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#shoplocal in Blackpool Town Centre

#shoplocal in Blackpool Town Centre

Please #shoplocal in Blackpool town centre while redevelopment and building work is underway to invest in the town and create better, more attractive places.

If you’ve been to Blackpool in recent weeks you’ll have noticed that there are road works and construction works going on in various places. Please #shoplocal and support the shops and businesses in Blackpool town centre while this work is going on.

St John's Square, Blackpool Town Centre

Take a look at the Blackpool BID Facebook page for offers, deals and more from Blackpool town centre shops and businesses.

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The work is part of a larger project to create better, more attractive places in Blackpool, leading to investment and jobs for local people. While it’s all going on, the BID continue to work for the businesses in Blackpool, trying to make the town cleaner and safer for everyone.

Blackpool BID Cleaning truck

View over Blackpool from Sainsbury's roof
The view over Blackpool from the roof of Sainsbury’s at Talbot Road

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It’s an exciting time in our town, with a lot of investment and planning coming to fruition. You know what they always say on house programmes on TV – infrastructure investment and building work is always a sign that a place is on the up!

The Blackpool tramway is being extended to the railway station. The town centre will be getting a new conference centre, a new IMAX cinema, more places to shop and eat. There are new four and five star hotels being built and the look and feel of streets will be improved.

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Events in Blackpool Town Centre

A number of people asked whether there would be a Blackpool Chilli Festival in 2018. Due to the ongoing development work in Blackpool town centre the BID reluctantly decided to cancel this year’s event. However, they are confident the popular event will be back for 2019, hotter than ever! 

Blackpool Classic Car Show

5 August 2018

Blackpool Classic Car Show 2018

The Blackpool Classic Car show is back!

This FREE event for all the family will once again be staged on Blackpool promenade just north of central pier.

See British and American Classic Cars, speciality vehicles plus hot rods, sports cars and kit cars. Bring your car along and exhibit on the day. Individuals just £5. Clubs on a decreasing price scale. The more cars you bring the cheaper it is. To register to exhibit your club or as an individual go to

Blackpool BID – A Better Town Centre for Everyone

While all this work is going on, Blackpool BID is concentrating on its primary role. To create a cleaner, safer and inviting town centre with something for everyone, for shopping, entertainment, food and drink.

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The BID is continuously involved in a multi-agency operation to tackle antisocial behaviour and public nuisance issues in the town centre, mainly caused by beggars, spice users and street drinkers. It’s a problem not just isolated to Blackpool town centre but prevalent in town centres throughout the UK.

The operation is ongoing and we are working with the Police, Trading Standards, Housing Options and the drug and alcohol service.  Although legally the process is quite slow we are pleased to report that the number of successes is steadily growing which has lead to a number of Criminal Behaviour Orders being issued with more cases on the court schedule.


The BID recruited 3 additional town centre wardens who joined the team in September 2017.  This enables a full 7 day service to 7.30pm most days. The additional staff have had a significant and positive effect, with praise coming from both retailers and the public alike.

The reintroduction of CCTV has proved invaluable with some significant crime prevention and arrests since its reinstatement. To this end the BID has agreed to support the continuance of a staffed service to the same level for another 2 years, until November 2019.

To help to improve safety and security for the night time economy, the BID will support the continuance of the Safe Haven Bus on Talbot Square. The service was in danger of closure due to a funding shortfall and, as it provides a valuable service the BID are happy to support it for the current 12 month period.


Bank Hey Street in Blackpool town centre

After the 12 month success of our seasonal cleaners, the BID Board decided to extend the role to an all year round service to provide afternoon and evening coverage throughout the winter months.

Our full time town centre cleaner is, as always, helping businesses deal with the detritus and rubbish that accumulates around their properties  and the positive feedback from businesses and the public alike is proving that our cleaning service is invaluable.

Blackpool BID Cleaning truck

Other Events in Blackpool

There’s always something to see and do in Blackpool, whatever the weather!

St Johns Square Blackpool

Take a look at the Visit Fylde Coast Events Calendar to find out what’s on for you to enjoy

Whatever you’re looking for you can find it in Blackpool Town Centre

There’s everything here that you’d expect from a great town centre destination.

The great thing about Blackpool Town Centre is that it’s got it all. Make it a part of your day out or holiday – a look round the shops, a bite to eat, a walk on the prom, fun and entertainment – all in close proximity and easy walking distance for a great day out for all the family.

Blackpool Town Centre, shopping by the sea

Blackpool Town Centre is managed by Blackpool BID – creating a cleaner, safer and inviting town centre with something for everyone – shopping and markets, entertainment, food and drink.

Blackpool Houndshill Shopping Centre
Blackpool Houndshill Shopping Centre

Enjoy the new indoor malls of the Houndshill Shopping Centre with national names including Debenhams, Next, New Look, H&M and more besides, all under cover in bright and spacious surroundings – with all the facilities that today’s modern shopper expects – including cafes, toilets, car parking and baby changing.

Head outside into the sunshine and sea air and in the streets immediately next to the Hounds Hill and in the shadow of the mighty Blackpool Tower you’ll find many other big high street names, including Marks and Spencer, WH Smith, TK Maxx, a spectacular Primark on four floors – and similar national chains.

Church Street in Blackpool town centre, Marks and Spencer

Get beyond the very centre of town and there are plenty of independent retailers to explore, with some really nice products to find – including of course all kinds of women’s, men’s and children’s fashions, but also hairdressers, nail bars, cafes and food shops, solicitors and pet shops – and the Co-op – a handy supermarket right in the centre of town on Birley Street, where you can stock up on provisions.

Co-op at Birley Street, Blackpool town centre

Just across the road from Birley Street is Abingdon Street Market – a traditional market and long standing part of Blackpool’s retail landscape – with independent fruit and veg stalls, bakeries, cheese and dairy, home cooked meats to make your mouth water, and more.

Abingdon Street Market, Blackpool town centre
Abingdon Street Market Blackpool

The good thing about Blackpool is that it’s actually quite a compact place, so you’re not too affected by the inclement British weather! Unlike some cities and town centres where you can walk for miles just getting from place to place, here in Blackpool you can spend most of your time and energy actually inside and finding whatever it is you came for – without getting a drowning from the weather!

Blackpool town centre near St Johns Square

Blackpool Town Centre is also a great place for leisure too so if you’re not a great shopper but like the atmosphere of a busy place to spend your free time, then there are plenty of restaurants, pavement cafes and bars where you can meet a friend for a drink and a bite to eat.

Try the ever popular Nando’s and Pizza Express – or maybe one of the Taste of Lancashire assured independent restaurants are more your thing. If you prefer a quick bite to eat, you’re spoilt for choice with coffee shops and cafes.

Why not head to Birley Street – a pedestrianised area where you’ll find Brilliance – with the huge overhead steel structures that play music and light shows and in season link the Illuminations to the town centre. Even in the daytime it’s an experience and somewhere to sit awhile and just take in the sights and sounds, but at night it comes to life!

Brilliance arches on Birley Street Blackpool

A short stroll away from Birley Street and past the renovated front of Abingdon Street Market is St John’s Square. A really nice open public space right in the heart of town, and where you’ll often find things happening including the Chilli Festival, and lots of fun things.

St Johns Square, Blackpool town centre
St John’s Square, Blackpool

Cafes and bars in St Johns Square Blackpool
Pavement cafes in St John’s Square, Blackpool

St John’s Square is another pedestrianised space so it’s perfectly safe for your little ones to run about and dodge the dancing water that fountains out of the ground in front of the church, and where you can sit a while in the sunshine with a coffee and a cake at one of the many cafes. As you pass through St John’s Square, you’ll see the diving sculpture and see how the light catches it at different times of the day and year.

Blackpool Grand Theatre at the heart of Blackpool Town Centre
Blackpool Grand Theatre

Of course Blackpool Town Centre is also where you’ll find the Winter Gardens, The Grand Theatre and Blackpool Tower – a world of entertainment and leisure to suit everyone, with West End shows, comedy, drama and places with dazzling nightlife are all here just waiting to be enjoyed.

Come and enjoy Blackpool Town Centre – it’s got it all!

More About Blackpool BID

Blackpool BID looks after the town centre area from the promenade between Central and North Piers to Sainsburys and the railway station going inland.

Businesses pay a levy amounting to 1% of their rateable value to pay for BID activities which include events, warden services and security.

The aim of Blackpool BID is to create a cleaner, safer and inviting town centre with something for everyone – shopping and markets, entertainment, food and drink.

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The resort’s Business Improvement District, or Blackpool BID, is just that - a partnershipbetween more than 500 of Blackpool's town centre businesses and organisations working together to improve business, and the environment, for the benefit of all.
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