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Town square to be fabulous festive grotto

How the Blackpool Christmas fun fair will be set up and (below) North Piers Peter Sedgwick.

How the Blackpool Christmas fun fair will be set up and (below) North Piers Peter Sedgwick.

  • by Rebecca Draper
 

THE full plans for Blackpool’s Christmas fun fair and light show have been unveiled.

For the next six Thursdays, St John’s Square will be transformed into a festive grotto – boasting some of the resort’s most popular funfair rides from the owners of the historic North Pier.

The fair, which is designed for both children and adults, is expected to pull in the crowds, who can also enjoy a sparkling light show, produced in partnership with the Illuminations department.

A festive food and drink emporium, late night shopping on Thursdays, live entertainment and the man in red himself Father Christmas will also be on show.

Within the funfair there will be a train ride and children’s Formula One racing cars and motorbikes. New for this year will be adult rides and dodgems.

This year’s light show will see moving images projected on to the front of the Winter Gardens of lasers shooting into the night sky and swirling light patters on the ground in the square.

Illuminated characters including Noddy, Basil Brush and Doctor Who’s Tardis will be displayed within the funfair grounds outside St John’s Church.

Thursday’s launch event has been organised by Blackpool Business Improvement District (BID) and North Pier.

Town centre manager Eileen Ormand said: “The funfair and all its attractions sit side by side with great shops, cafes and restaurants so there really is something for everyone in Blackpool town centre this year.”

The location of the winter showstopper should help boost 
local trade, according to Abingdon Street Market assistant manager John Leeming.

He said: “Christmas always has a big impact anyway. I think the square being fuller because of these activities will make it better. I hope it will do well for the town as well.”

North Pier’s Peter Sedgwick added: “This is the second year we have been asked to put on a Christmas funfair in St John’s Square and we can’t wait until it opens.

“The funfair will be bigger and better this year and both adults and children will be able to experience the rides together.”

Funded by Blackpool BID and the businesses in Blackpool town centre, there will be free car parking on Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm in West Street and East Topping Street Car Parks and at the Houndshill Centre.

Mr Leeming said the free parking was an “added bonus” for the town.

SIX-WEEK FAIR RIGHT THROUGH CHRISTMAS

BLACKPOOL’S festive fair opens on Thursday at 6pm in St John’s Square, and runs for six weeks until January 4. Here is what people can expect for the resort’s seasonal celebrations:

>> Family fun fair with rides for children an adults

>> A food and drink emporium providing the taste of Christmas

>> Santa’s grotto with pictures

>> Light show with lasers, projected images and illuminated figures within the funfair

>> On stage entertainment includes local choirs, bands and the cast of Funny Girls on Thursday evenings

Activities run each day from 11am to 11pm, excluding Christmas Day. Free parking is available at West Street and East Topping Street car parks and at the Houndshill Centre on Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm.

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