. . throw light on EnglandAny organisers wishing to give their groups a real taste of England and lots of fun should find a place in their itinerary for a visit to Blackpool, in Lancashire, during the dark nights of autumn or winter. This is an experience unique to this part of England.
The Blackpool Illuminations have been famous for many decades and are one of the visitor attractions to be seen at least once in a lifetime.
Friday, 5 September, was the start of the 2014 Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Festival Weekend. Lancashire-born comedian and entertainer, Peter Kay performed the ceremony of turning on the lights, accompanied by a host of top show business and pop music celebrities.
The ‘lights’ are likely to go far beyond anything any newcomer can possibly envisage. It is not an exaggeration to say that the whole of Blackpool, and everything that moves within it, is festooned with the most colourful of animated lighting. This includes Blackpool Tower that can be seen from many miles away, the whole of the miles-long seafront, the three piers, North, South and Central, that stretch out to sea, the hotels, shops, sideshows that line the promenade – they are all a fairyland of glittering colour.
Crowds of visitors see the illuminations by travelling on the buses and trams – which are, of course, themselves, part of the overall moving multicoloured effect. Nothing can prepare you for the impression gained from visiting the Blackpool Illuminations in person, but for an outline idea visit www.visitblackpool.com/illuminations