Blackpool Illuminations will be extended for the second consecutive year in 2021, by two months.
The famous light display will begin on Friday September 3rd and will run all the way through to Monday January 3rd 2022.
VisitBlackpool announced the good news, saying that the two-month extension is intended to give the resort’s hard-hit tourism industry an added boost, with Covid-19 still expected to cause further disruption for the next few months.
On top of this, the winter extension of the illuminations will coincide with a significantly enhanced, resort-wide Christmas offering.
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Cabinet Member for Tourism & Culture for Blackpool Council, said: “Although last year’s extension was disrupted by tier restrictions and a second lockdown, all of the evidence showed that there was a huge appetite for the public to visit the Illuminations in a safe and enjoyable way.
“We know from all of the positive feedback that we received that, amid so much gloom, the Illuminations provided a much-needed tonic to so many people.
“We are making this decision early so that our businesses can start to plan for the extended season. At the same time, we are planning a comprehensive package of themed shows, events and attractions to give visitors plenty of reasons to come to Blackpool over the festive season.”
More details about the Christmas offer will be announced over the coming weeks, with Friends Festive Live already confirmed to be coming to the Winter Gardens for two weeks in November.
Strictly judge Shirley Ballas will also star in the Cinderella panto at the Opera House in December.
Plans for the annual Illuminations Switch-On ceremony on Friday September 3rd will also be unveiled in the next few months – last year, the event was presented as a virtual show in association with MTV, with seven Corona Heroes from the UK pulling the switch.
You can find more information on Blackpool Illuminations, including 2021 Switch-On times, here.
Tickets for magical Harry Potter forbidden forest experience are out now
A truly magical experience for all Harry Potter fans
Calling all Harry Potter fans: An enchanting forest trail inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter is set to come to Cheshire later this year.
Warner Brothers Themed Entertainment have teamed up with Thinkwell in a partnership that will see Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience – taking place usually in the United States – arrive just around the corner from Manchester over in Cheshire.
The exciting Forbidden Forest attraction will debut this autumn in the beautiful woodlands at Arley Hall & Gardens, giving fans of the magical franchise the chance to experience a night time trail akin to the films.
Visitors will be able to make their way through the magical woodland and follow an illuminated path on which they will discover not only a whole array of surprises, but some of their favourite moments from the books and the films.
After watching the beautiful forest come to life, visitors can then go on to enjoy a wide range of food and drinks at the nearby village, before perusing the on-site shop for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise to take home.
Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros Themed Entertainment, said: “The Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience offers fans a new way to enjoy some of the most iconic and magical wizarding world moments.
“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Thinkwell to bring this incredible light trail to life at Arley Hall & Gardens, a perfect location where the natural beauty of the forest trail and illuminated sets filled with familiar creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, will make for a magical experience for fans of all ages.”
The trail will follow a one-way route through the gardens, and will also be fully accessible to all as well as Covid secure in adherence with the latest Government safety guidelines.
The event is on from October 16th until November 22nd and you can grab tickets here.
Peter Kay announces return to stage with two special live shows next month
He’s been out the spotlight since 2017
Peter Kay is finally returning to the stage with two new special live shows next month.
The Bolton legend has announced he will be doing two Q&As in aid of Laura Nuttall. The 20-year-old was diagnosed with a fast-growing, aggressive brain tumour called Glioblastoma multiforme back in October 2018.
The special shows will be happening at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on August 7th, at 1:30pm and 6:30pm.
Laura’s mum wrote: “Still can’t believe this is actually happening! So incredibly grateful to Peter for doing this and just cannot wait for August 7th.’”
Peter has been out of the spotlight since 2017, when he cancelled his 14-month tour out of the blue, citing ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.
A statement from the time read: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.
“My sincerest apologies… I’m sure you’ll understand that my family must always come first.
“I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I’m very sorry.”
Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday, July 30th, at 9am – you can find them here.
Crepe City is coming to Manchester this weekend with tickets for just £10
Know anyone who loves trainers?
If nothing makes you happier than a good pair of trainers, then you need to get yourself down to Crepe City.
Europe’s largest trainer festival is returning to Manchester this weekend, after it was forced to cancel last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Crepe City will bring with it absolutely loads of rare and exclusive shoes, with more than 150 traders ‘showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers’.
There’ll be more than just trainers there as well, with DJs and performers, street food, bar, a sneaker-cleaning service, competitions and panel discussions.
The event description reads: “The leading sneaker event in Europe returns to Manchester! Expect to see over 150 traders showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers all for sale under one roof.
“The festival will also have competitions, panel discussions, live performances, Manchester-based DJs playing throughout the day, street food, and a bar sponsored by upcoming Manchester-based spirits brand Rockstar Spirits.
“Clothing brands from Manchester and London will also be present alongside local footwear sellers with local talent and workforce represented. Don’t miss it!”
Crepe City is happening this Sunday, August 1st, from 12pm-5pm, over at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Trafford Park.
Tickets are live now and are only £10 each – you can grab them here.