Blackpool Heritage Open Days

Blackpool Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days annually celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors free of charge.

Blackpool Heritage Open Days take place this year over the weekend of Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September.

Open to everyone with free entry are some fabulous buildings which are normally either closed to the public or charge for admission, and they’re brought to life through the knowledge of the guides who can take you back through their past. Anyone with an interest in Blackpool is welcome to come along, but it’s a great weekend for residents to get to know all about the town in which they live.

We are thrilled to introduce fifty-seven fantastic events, sites and tours for 2017. We would like to welcome Bispham Court, Brooks Collectables and The Regent Cinema, as new additions in this year’s programme.

We would also like to welcome back many returning venues across Blackpool, Lytham and Wyre. This year, tours include the Illuminations Depot, Grundy Art Gallery, Fylde Town Hall, Cleveleys Cottage Exhibition and a new Cinema Heritage Tour, the latest addition to the Heritage Guided Tour programme led by Blackpool Community Heritage.

This terrific programme is only made possible with the support of many organisations and individuals who give up their time to plan and deliver the events, many of who are volunteers. We extend our thanks to all of them.

We would also like to thank Fleetwood Civic Society for coordinating the Fleetwood events and Northern Print Distribution for the distribution of brochures. The brochure has been compiled and coordinated by the Community Heritage team, which now forms part of Blackpool Heritage Service.

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture. Every year on four days in September buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors free of charge.

It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.

Click on the cover to download the Blackpool Heritage Open Days Brochure

Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Heritage Open Days brochure


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Sites and Buildings to visit in Blackpool

All Hallows Church:
86 All Hallows’ Road, Bispham, Blackpool, FY2 0AY Short informal historical chat and look around the “Mother Church” of Blackpool. Open: Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September: 1pm – 2pm each day. Access details: Full wheelchair access. Disabled parking on site. Accessible toilets on site. Side door in bell tower visible from the front. Booking Info: No booking required Contact Details: Rev Canon Dr Cox. Tel: 01253 274172 This event has been organised by: Bispham All Hallows Church

Bispham Court:
357 Norbreck Road, Little Bispham, FY5 1NU A talk led by Tom Roberts who has lived at the property since 1946, focusing on the history of Bispham’s oldest house and the stars who stayed at Bispham Court over the summer seasons between 1949 and 1984. An opportunity to look through newspaper articles and photographs of the stars during their stay. Refreshments included. Open: Sunday 10th September: 12 noon – 5pm Access details: Full wheelchair access Max Group Size: 20 Booking Info: No booking required This event has been organised by: The family at Bispham Court

Blackpool Pleasure Beach:
Ocean Boulevard, South Shore, Blackpool A free Pleasure Beach pass allows entry to the park, where you can ride on the Pleasure Beach Express, explore the Chinese Puzzle Maze, see the spectacular Dancing Water Show, visit Bradley and Bella’s Learning Garden and enjoy the ambience of the park. On arrival at the ticket office, please quote ‘Heritage Open Days’. Open: Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September: 11am – 5pm Access details: Partial wheelchair access. Disabled parking on site. Accessible toilets on site. Booking Info: No booking required Contact Details: Tel: 0871 222 1234 (calls to 0871 numbers will cost 13p per minute plus your telephone access charge) This event has been organised by: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Tower:
Central Promenade, Blackpool The Blackpool Tower is a Victorian Pleasure Complex that opened in 1894. This guided tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy the many historic architectural gems and see the many exciting changes. Meet at Bank Hey Street entrance. *Please note – due to overwhelming demand, only two places can be booked per enquiry for the Blackpool Tower tour. Open: Friday 8th September: 11am Access details: Partial wheelchair access is available from Bank Hey Street. Max Group Size: 20 Booking Info: BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Booking open Mon to Wed 10am – 2pm, Thurs 5pm – 7pm from 31st July to 6th September or by email heritageopendaysbfc@gmail.com Contact Details: Tel. 01253 478090 This event has been organised by: Heritage Guided Tours and Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Town Centre ‘History and Haunts’ Tour:
Meet outside the Town Hall. Are you brave enough to venture out on this walking tour of haunted Blackpool? Open: Saturday 9th September: 1pm Access details: Wheelchair accessible. Max Group Size: 30 Booking Info: BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Booking open Mon to Wed 10am – 2pm, Thurs 5pm – 7pm from 31st July to 6th September or by email heritageopendaysbfc@gmail.com Contact Details: Tel: 01253 478090 This event has been organised by: Dave Evans 2

Blackpool Town Hall:
Talbot Square, Blackpool, FY1 1AD Blackpool Civic Trust guides will welcome visitors to Blackpool Town Hall, explaining the history, historical significance of the building and its current use by Councillors and officers of the Local Authority. Open: Saturday 9th September: first tour 9.30am, last tour 2.30pm Access details: Full wheelchair access. On-site accessible toilets. Booking Info: No booking required This event has been organised by: Blackpool Civic Trust

Brooks Memorabilia Exhibition:
7 Waterloo Road, Blackpool, FY4 1AF Exhibition of Blackpool memorabilia and vintage toys. A family run business since 1949. Open: Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September: 10am – 12pm, 2 – 4pm. Access details: No wheelchair access Max Group Size: 15 Booking Info: No booking required This event has been organised by: Brooks Collectables

Central Library:
Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX Tour around the Grade II Listed Carnegie Library. The library has undergone extensive redevelopment (2011) which has revealed many of its architectural features. Also, the lovely stained glass windows are one of the new features. Open: Friday 8th September at 2pm Access details: Full wheelchair access. On-site accessible toilets. Assistance dogs welcome. Max Group Size: 15 Booking Info: BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Booking open Mon to Wed 10am – 2pm, Thurs 5pm – 7pm from 31st July to 6th September or by email heritageopendaysbfc@gmail.com Contact Details: Tel: 01253 478090 This event has been organised by: Central Library, Blackpool

Central Mosque:
2 Revoe Street, Blackpool, FY1 5HN Tour of the Mosque and introduction to the Islamic faith and culture. Visitors will need to remove their shoes on entry. Visitors will be required to dress modestly and appropriately. Open: Thursday 7th September: 10am – 2pm; Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September: 1pm – 4pm Access details: Partial wheelchair access. On-site disabled toilets. Max Group Size: 20 Booking Info: No booking required This event has been organised by: Central Mosque, Blackpool

Cinema Heritage Tour:
Discover the history of Blackpool cinemas on this enjoyable guided walking tour. Visit the sites of some of the iconic cinemas of the past, while learning the history of cinema in Blackpool. Meeting point is the old Imperial Picture Palace (now Horizon) on the corner of Dickson Road and Lansdowne Place. Open: Saturday 9th September: 11am Access details: Full wheelchair access Max Group Size: 20 Booking Info: BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Booking open Mon to Wed 10am – 2pm, Thurs 5pm – 7pm from 31st July to 6th September or by email heritageopendaysbfc@gmail.com Contact Details: Tel: 01253 478090 This event has been organised by: Blackpool Heritage Guided Tours NEW

Friends of Little Marton Windmill:
Preston New Road, Blackpool, FY4 4XQ Historic tour of an 1838 mill and exhibition. Refreshments provided. Children 5 years and upwards are welcome providing they are accompanied by an adult. Open: Sunday 10th September: 11am – 3.30pm (last entry) Access details: Wheelchair access to ground floor only. Assistance dogs welcome. On-site accessible toilets. Pushchair/pram friendly (Ground floor only). Lots of stairs, low ceilings. Booking Info: No booking required This event has been organised by: Friends of Little Marton Windmill

Funny Girls:
Dickson Road, Blackpool This year, Funny Girls will be open for visitors to explore. The building was originally the biggest Odeon Cinema outside of Leicester Square, London and one of Blackpool’s premier entertainment venues. Funny Girls still retains many of its 1930s architectural features. Open: Thursday 7th September: 10am – 2pm Access Details: Partial Wheelchair access. Booking Info: No booking required Contact Details: Tel: 01253 649194 This event has been organised by: Funny Girls Ltd

Grand Theatre:
33 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HT Grand Theatre Heritage Guides will be on hand to give free mini tours of the grade ll* listed theatre, including backstage. A unique opportunity to visit this fine example of Victorian theatre architecture. There will also be an archive exhibition of old programmes and memorabilia. Open: Sunday 10th September: 11am – 4pm Access details: Partial wheelchair access. Tours will
involve climbing stairs but there is plenty to see from the stalls if you have mobility concerns. Flat shoes recommended. Booking Info: No booking required. This event has been organised by: Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Grundy Art Gallery:
Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PU Education Officer, Taneesha Ahmed will deliver a tour of the current exhibitions and explain the story behind the Grundy Art Gallery collection. Open: Tours: Friday 8th September: 2pm and 4pm (duration 30 mins) The Grundy will be open Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th September: 10am – 5pm Access details: Ground floor is fully accessible with ramp leading up to the building. Wheelchair access to ground floor only. Max Group Size: 20 Booking Info: BOOKING ESSENTIAL for the tours. Contact Details: Tel: 01253 478170 This event has been organised by: Grundy Art Gallery

Holy Trinity Church:
Dean Street, South Shore, Blackpool, FY4 1BP An impressive, grade ll listed church built in 1884-5 – one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical architecture in Blackpool. The church will be open for visitors over Heritage Open Days. Open: Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September: 9am – 3pm, Saturday 9th September: 10am – 3pm, Sunday 10th September: 11am – 12.15pm (worship) Access details: Full wheelchair access. On-site accessible toilets. On-site disabled parking. Booking Info: No booking required This event has been organised by: The Reverend Tracy Charnock, Holy Trinity Church

Illuminations Depot:
Lightworks, Amy Johnson Way, Blackpool, FY4 2RL A tour of Blackpool Illuminations Depot. Includes a presentation on the history of the Illuminations and a look at the stunning artwork collection. Open: Thursday 7th September: 11am – 12.30pm Access Details: Full wheelchair access. On-site accessible toilet. Max Group Size: 20 Booking Info: BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Booking open Mon to Wed 10am – 2pm, Thurs 5 – 7pm from 31st July to 6th September or by email heritageopendaysbfc@gmail.com Contact details: Tel: 01253 478090 This event has been organised by: Blackpool Heritage Guided Tours

Imperial Hotel:
North Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 2HB Immerse yourself in the rich and charming history of Blackpool’s most historic hotel. Open: Tours: Thursday 7th September at 10am, 2pm, 3.30pm and Friday 8th September at 10am. Access details: Partial wheelchair access – some behind the scenes areas are not accessible. On-site disabled parking. On-site accessible toilets. Assistance dogs welcome. Hearing loop. Max Group Size: 20 Booking Info: BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Booking open Mon to Wed 10am – 2pm, Thurs 5pm – 7pm from 31st July to 6th September or by email heritageopendaysbfc@gmail.com Contact Details: Tel: 01253 478090 This event has been organised by: Caroline Richardson

Layton Cemetery:
Talbot Road, Layton, Blackpool, FY3 7BD (opposite Layton Library) Tour the atmospheric resting place of many famous Blackpool residents at this 140 year old cemetery. Open: Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th September. Tour times: 10am, 11am and 2pm Sunday 10th September tours on request. Access details: Partial wheelchair access. Max Group Size: 30 Booking Info: Booking advisable but not essential for Thursday – Saturday. BOOKING ESSENTIAL for Sunday. Contact Details: Tel: 01253 399982/318075 Monday & Tuesday, 11.30am – 1.30pm This event has been organised by: Friends of Layton Cemetery

Masonic Hall:
East end of Adelaide Street, Blackpool, FY1 4LU Tours available on arrival at this 19th century Masonic building. The building was substantially added to in the 1950s and the Hall contains one of West Lancashire’s foremost Masonic Lodge Rooms. There will also be the opportunity to see the newly refurbished Masonic Museum. Open: Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September: 10am – 4pm Access details: Full wheelchair access. On-site accessible toilets. Booking Info: No booking required This event has been organised by: The Blackpool Group of Lodges and Chapters

North Shore Methodist Church:
Dickson Road, Blackpool, FY1 2AP (Corner of Dickson Rd/Cocker St) Grade ll listed building, opened in 1907. The church has art nouveau style stained glass windows with flower and foliage design and warm mahogany woodwork in the balcony and choir stalls. There is an additional modern stained glass window in the lounge/chapel area. Displays, organ recitals and refreshments available. The Fylde Ukulele Network Band will play in the afternoon on Thurs 7th September. Open: Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th September: 10am – 4pm Access details: Partial wheelchair access. On-site disabled parking. On-site accessible toilets. Assistant dogs welcome. Limited parking outside the church. Booking Info: No booking required This event has been organised by: Members of North Shore Methodist Church

St John the Evangelist:
St John’s Square, Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1BP St John’s is a grade ll listed building featuring magnificent stained glass windows and original architecture and carvings. The cathedral sized building incorporates a mixture of contemporary and traditional worship areas, including a military chapel and memorial screen. There will be access to the church tower leading to the clock / bellroom which includes the original bell ropes and hand bells. Live music performances will take place at intervals during the day and the chance to observe a craftsman demonstrating the art of making stained glass. Open: Saturday 9th September: 11am – 3pm Access details: On-site accessible toilets. Partial wheelchair access (no wheelchair access to church tower). Booking Info: No booking required This event has been organised by: St John the Evangelist

St Paul’s Worship Centre:
Egerton Road, Blackpool, FY1 2NP Exhibition of photos, memorabilia and documents dating from the building of St Paul’s in the 1890s through to its demolition In the 1990s. This is a hands on experience were visitors are encouraged to examine the exhibits of books and paperwork. Open: Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September: 10am – 3pm Sunday 10th September: 11.15am Service of Thanksgiving Access details: Full wheelchair access. On-site accessible toilets, Assistance dogs welcome, baby changing facilities. Booking Info: No booking required This event has been organised by: Hazel Nicholls on behalf of St Paul’s Worship Centre

St Stephen on the Cliffs Church:
Holmfield Road, Blackpool, FY2 9RB Guided tours of the church building, lasting approximately 30 – 40 minutes. This will include the famous Actors Chapel, believed to be one of only two in the world. Open: Saturday 9th September: 10am – 4pm Sunday 10th September: 12.30pm – 4pm Access details: Main church fully wheelchair accessible. On-site accessible toilets. Baby changing facilities. Booking Info: No booking required This event has been organised by: The Friends of St Stephen on the Cliffs

Stanley Park & Cocker Clock Tower:
West Park Drive, Blackpool. Meet outside the Visitor Centre, next to the car park. Discover the hidden histories of Stanley Park, created by the most celebrated architect of the Edwardian era, Thomas H. Mawson. Explore this historic, grade ll* listed park with our heritage guides and climb the Cocker Clock Tower to get a beautiful and unique view of Stanley Park. Open: Sunday 10th September: 11am. Access Details: Full wheelchair access except for Cocker Clock Tower. Max Group Size: 20 Booking Info: BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Booking open Mon to Wed 10am – 2pm, Thurs 5pm – 7pm from 31st July to 6th September or by email heritageopendaysbfc@gmail.com Contact Details: Tel: 01253 478090 This event has been organised by: Blackpool Heritage Guided Tours

The Regent Cinema:
181-189 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3NY Restoration of The Regent. A guided tour with visitors shown footage on the cinema screen of how The Regent has evolved over the last three years. With footage of the journey and images of the building in its heyday. Open: Tours take place daily between Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September: 11am and 2.30pm. The Regent is open Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September: 10am – 4.30pm Access details: No wheelchair access to the cinema and first floor. Ground floor is wheelchair accessible. Booking Info: No booking required This event has been organised by: Richard Taylor

Winter Gardens Heritage Talk
Brunswick Room, Central Library, Blackpool Friday 8th September, 3-4pm
Enjoy this wonderful building’s history through photographs and information. Includes the Opera House and Empress Ballroom. See and hear about the array of magnificent rooms such as the Spanish Hall, Baronial Hall and Mazzei café. Hear about the development of Blackpool’s oldest existing theatre – the Pavilion. Includes the Big Wheel, Olympia and much more. No booking required – first come, first served.

World Healing Centre:
476 Lytham Road, Blackpool, FY4 1JF A unique surprise in urban Blackpool of a stunning and original character. A beautiful Edwardian building built in 1911. Open: Thursday 7th September: 10am – 4pm and Friday 8th September: 10am – 4pm Access details: Partial wheelchair access (ground floor access only). On-site accessible toilets. Booking Info: No booking required Contact Details: Tel: 01253 343701 This event has been organised by: The World Healing Centre Photo credit: Juliette Gregson

The organisors of the Blackpool and The Fylde Coast Heritage Open Days would like to acknowledge the support of English Heritage, the Councils, the property owners, their staff and volunteer groups – thank you!

Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Heritage Open Days 2017

Blackpool Central LibraryBlackpool Central Library – just one of the buildings to explore

The Grand Theatre BlackpoolThe Grand Theatre Blackpool

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