Blackpool Illuminations






Known as the greatest free show in the country, the annual Blackpool Illuminations are Blackpool’s most popular attraction. Running from September to November each year, the Illuminations consist of 6 glittering miles of lights. It is during this period that Blackpool really comes alive!

* The Illuminations cost £2.4m to stage.

* The mountain of equipment is worth £10m
* The Lights are expected to attract in excess of 3.5 million visitors to Blackpool.

* Visitors will spend more than £275 million while visiting the resort during the Lights.
* The Illuminations will shine non-stop for 66 nights.
* The dazzling display stretches almost six miles from Starr Gate to Bispham.
* 45 staff, which include Artists, Electricians, Joiners Mechanics, Painters and Engineers, work all year round to ensure the displays are ready on time.
* Altogether 65,000 staff hours are used on maintenance, preparation, erection, operation and – finally – dismantling the features, fixtures and fittings.
* The Rigby Road workshop, resembles something of a Santa’s Grotto with its network of workshops, halls, corridors and storage area.
* There are more than 100-miles of festoon strip strung between promenade poles and across the carriageway.
* Cable and wiring stretches more than 200 miles.
* There are one million lamps in various types and styles.
* The equipment weighs more than 711,000 kilograms which is equivalent to 350 Blackpool trams.
* There are more than 500 scenic designs and features.
* 40 large tableaux holding more than 5,000 square metres in surface area are included in the display.
* There are more than 5,000 floodlights and spotlights.
* Most of the display now operates on low voltage eg 12v and 24v.
* New infrastructure for the lights, street lighting and tramways cost £9m
* The lights are supported by more than 1,500 poles.
* Electricity consumed totals 960,000 units, at an approximate cost of £50,000.

  1. February 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Love Blackpool Illuminations cant wait till 2009’s festival

  2. June 18, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Its getting close to the anouncement of the switch-on celebrity. The council will soon announce who will actually flick the switch and turn 2009’s Illuminations on. The switch-on night is a real treat as in the afternoon a huge concert is staged in the car park by the tower and lots of big bands and local bands play. The best bit is its FREE!!! I cant wait.

  3. November 8, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Im going to be performing at the switch on of the illuminations on the 21st of november in st.johns square on a stage with my streetdancing group FY west coast wooooo!!! can’t wait.

  4. November 8, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I feel like george sampson or someone like that now its ace lol 🙂

  5. September 10, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I can’t wait to see the Blackpool illuminations this year! I’ve seen it for the past 3 years and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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