Have a look at what's coming up October half term in Blackpool from Around the World in 80s Days to Halloween events and family shows Elf the Musical, Evolution of Magic with Britain's Got Talent Elizabeth Best and Circus of Horrors

Half term holidays are nearly here already. Struggling to keep up with all the events and goings on in and around Blackpool. Here is a quick guide of upcoming live entertainment and nights to add to the social diary before and beyond October 22..

Wednesday, 13th October 2021, 4:55 am
Updated Friday, 22nd October 2021, 4:49 pm
Judge Jules Live at Lowther Pavilion

Around the World in 80s Days

The hit musical comedy, an in-house production exclusive to The Grand Theatre and written by local writer Ian McFadden is back for a second run until November 5.

A mash-up of 80s hits and a journey around the world based on Jules Verne’s acclaimed novel,

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Baby Strange at Bootleg Social later this month

Tickets for the show, which start at 7.30pm throughout the week and 2pm and 7.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, cost £18 or £15 for over-65s, under-18s, and 1894 Club members.

The show will run until Friday, November 5.

Lightpool Festival

The award-winning Lightpool Festival returns for October half-term until October 30. A myriad of indoor and outdoor spaces will come alive with large-scale light installations, larger than life projections, music and performance. Visitors can look forward to 16 new artworks, nine world premieres and one UK premiere, showcasing an unforgettable experience.

Around the World in '80s Days at the Grand Theatre

It’s two weeks of pure magic, music and illuminated magnificence – and it’s all free.

There are LumiDogs workshops, a 100 lanterns exhibition, the Illuminated Tram Parade headlined by LED drummers Spark! and an exhilarating evening of Carnival Magic with giant puppets, Indian elephants and red-hot carnival drummers.

World Fireworks Championship Blackpool

The World Fireworks Championship Blackpool will conclude on October 23 with a celebratory display by Titanium Fireworks.

Elesha Paul Moses is Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It at the Opera House

Celebratory display and winners announcement from Titanium Fireworks.

All displays subject to suitable weather conditions.

The event starts from 7.30pm, with the first fireworks firing from approximately 8:30pm*.

Please note that due to the popularity of the World Fireworks Championship Blackpool, there may be traffic delays arriving and leaving the event.

Take extra time to arrive and we would recommend if travelling by car to park in the southern car parks and use the tramway to travel to the event. Alternative public transport via the rail systems and buses are also recommended.

Baby Strange at Bootleg Social

Glasgow indie-punk trio Baby Strange head to the resort at the end of the month on their UK headline tour with a gig at Bootleg Social on October 29;

The staunchly independent band will be bringing some of the UK’s finest up and coming indie talent along for the ridewith alternating support from The Dunts.

Baby Strange vocalist and guitarist Johnny Madden and brothers Connaire and Aidan McCann are re-establishing themselves as one of the most innovative and uncompromising outfits in the UK.

Since the release of their critically acclaimed 2016 debut album ‘Want It Need It’, Baby Strange have toured tirelessly, building an enthusiastic and dedicated

live audience - Their ‘Land of Nothing’ UK tour sees the band back on that independent venue trail and you’re not going to want to miss out.

The Evolution Of Magic show at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Horseshoe is open to audiences until October 30.

The Evolution of Magic is a fast-paced, thrill riding and thoroughly entertaining show!

Starring Craig Christian Magician and Illusionist who has the dexterity of a true artist. He performs miracles with just a deck of cards. His urban and edgy style is changing the face of Magic and Entertainment. Whilst Elizabeth’s thought-provoking tales of the impossible delve into the world of the unknown.

You may recognise Elizabeth who has recently appeared and performed on the popular ITV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Having got through to the semi-finals she shocked audiences with a terrifying audition that resulted in Amanda Holden swearing live on stage!

Craig and Elizabeth perform all over the world but enjoy coming back to the home of magic, that is Blackpool. This show is truly a performance not to be missed!

Windmill Players - a 75 year celebration

The amateur theatre group, The Windmill Players of Thornton-Cleveleys will present 'Celebration 75' at Cleveleys Park Methodist Church Hall from November 4 to 6.

The show is so named because Windmill was founded in 1946 and 2021 is the 75th anniversary of the group's inception. The players have chosen to present an evening of extracts from their favourite plays produced , to commemorate the occasion.

All tickets £10 available from 01253 859466

Not Without my Ghosts - Grundy Art Gallery

Grundy Art Gallery and Hayward Gallery Touring presents Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium, a major exhibition of 30+ international artists from 19th century to the present day, whose works are variously inspired by mediumship and its deep cultural history.

Featuring works inspired by spirit experiences during séances and trances, to practices of automatism, surrealist experiments, and communications with higher powers and other realities, Not Without My Ghosts addresses 200 years of medium art by exploring how artists have been inspired or directly influenced by forces beyond those accepted by the modern world.

Also on the new a new light art installation by the internationally renowned artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman for the exterior of Grundy’s building; a major new international exhibition from Hayward Gallery Touring; a foyer display that looks back at Grundy’s 110 year history; and a new project for Grundy’s forecourt to coincide with Black History Month.

Not Without My Ghosts opens on October 15 to December 11

Rapunzel - Adult Pantomime

Funny Girls presents adult pantomime Rapunzel on Monday November 8 at 8.30pm

The fast-paced and glittering show will be sound-tracked to pop’s most iconic tunes and anthems with fabulous costumes, dramatic lighting, group numbers and a very naughty, laugh a minute script.

Get ready to ‘whip your hair back and forth’ as a naughty little tale comes to Funny Girls. Featuring an All-Star international Drag Cast, including Drag Race UK Season 2 finalist Ellie Diamond, Drag Race USA Series 13 icon, Tamisha Iman, Season 6 and All-Star Season 6 Trinity K Bonet and Season 3 and All-Star Seasons 1 and 5 Alexis Mateo.

Complete with glittering sets and more sequins than ‘Ru Paul’s Wardrobe’ and of course a back catalogue of pop songs, cheesy anthems and a love duet! It’s going to be camp, fabulous and filthy.

Tickets from £28.50 + booking fee https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/venueplan/rNkGeAbhPavMJudge Jules Live

Join of the scene’s most best-known names at Lowther Pavilion on November 27.

For more than three decades, Judge Jules has never shied away from pushing the boundaries in dance music. In 2021, for the first time ever, audiences will be able to experience the iconic tracks that have defined his career through a ten-piece live band with Judge Jules at the helm. This is Judge Jules: Live.

Judge Jules said: “There is something about music being played live that never fails to send shivers down your spine – it doesn’t matter what the genre is, hearing a track performed by live musicians on stage is something you cannot replicate in the studio, or even on the best nightclub environment. So, I decided to create my own bespoke versions of my all-time favourite records with a specially selected band. It’s taken a long time to put together, but finally we look forward to taking the “Judge Jules Live” tour on the road. This truly is a new take on the ‘live dance music’ phenomenon and the tour bus starts rolling shortly.”

This is not a show to sit down for – combining the energy of specially-chosen outstanding musicians with his own inimitable presence behind the decks, Jules will take the audience on a tailor-made journey through dance music with vocals, hands-in-the-air moments and plenty of basslines that’ll take you right back to your very first rave.