FREE Events at Stanley Park

FREE Events at Stanley Park

The Friends of Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland work hard throughout the year to bring you lots of FREE events at Stanley Park and outdoor concerts throughout the season.

Take a look at what’s on this year. Please note – correct at time of publication.

Stanley Park – Free Events

Free bandstand events at Stanley Park - 20.5.18 - photo from Elizabeth Gomm
Free bandstand events at Stanley Park – The first gig of 2018 on 20.5.18 – photo from Elizabeth Gomm

20th May 2018 Sunday – Ska Face and The Flash Hearts
27th May 2018 Sunday – Rupert Fabulous

28th May – May bank holiday – from 1 to 4.30pm celebrate the sounds of the 80s. Pack a picnic and your dancing shoes and enjoy an afternoon of the music of the 80s and dance the afternoon away. Also introducing the big sounds of Emma Louise Jackson & Stacey Rafferty, solo singers with a big punch and “elektrik dreams”.

3rd June 2018 Sunday – Shaun Preston
10th June 2018 Sunday – Bob On
17th June 2018 Sunday – Monster Squad, Louise Spiteri, Adam Soar and guests
24th June 2018 Sunday – Stowe School Big Band 11am to 1pm. Other tbd 1.30pm to 4pm.

1st July 2018 Sunday – Sixth Form College Bands
8th July 2018 Sunday – The Ask, Kudos. Plus The Motorcycle Show in the Italian Gardens
15th July Sunday – Johnny Bullitt and the Promise, Martini Blonde, Two Birds and a guitar.
22nd July 2018 Sunday – Beach House Cafe music on the Bandstand, with the Immediates
29th July 2018 Sunday – Rock ‘n Soul

5th August 2018 Sunday – Love Cats
12th August 2018 Sunday – Touch the Pearl
19th August 2018 Sunday – Brother Rabbit, Jon Brindley & Melvyn Ankers
26th August 2018 Sunday – Soul in the Park and the Classic Car Show in the Italian Gardens
27th August 2018 Monday – Bad Moon, Electric Boogie Club, Jeannie and the Tonics

2nd September 2018 Sunday – Blackaways
9th September 2018 Sunday – Elvis and bands – wear your Elvis gear
16th September 2018 Sunday – The Cracked plus….

Keep an eye on the Visit Fylde Coast Events Calendar where everything is listed individually. Make sure you don’t miss any of the great free entertainment this summer at Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland.

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More about Free Events in Stanley Park

There are music concerts throughout the summer – with a musical genre to suit every taste. Pitch your spot at the side of the bandstand, bring a picnic, enjoy an ice cream and while away the afternoon with a dance and a sing-along.

For vehicle enthusiasts there are events in the Italian Gardens.

Stanley Park bandstand has become a favourite place for the people of Blackpool on summer Sunday afternoons. Throughout the summer there is a mix of shows with concert bands, rock bands, metal, choirs, folk, reggae, soul and DJs.

Most acts love to appear on the bandstand. Some have large followings and up to 2,000 people have attended and created a carnival atmosphere, Rupert Fabulous comes to mind.

Touch the Pearl are a quality act and Kazoobian have their own material. Preston Concert Band and Sixteen Men Swinging are regulars. Recently choirs have become more popular. There are too many good acts to list them all. Blackpool has a lot of good young performers and the bandstand gives them a place to showcase their skills to a wide audience and there is no charge to the public.

Free events from the Friends of Stanley Park

The shows are put on by the Friends of Stanley Park who run events throughout the year to raise funds for them. For as long as anyone can remember, Carole Thaw, a member of the Friends of Stanley Park, has arranged the shows and been there on the day to staff them. To do this she has a number of volunteer helpers, such as Joan, Curtis, Billy and Dean, some who do a few shows and others who do more. There is always a need for more volunteers.

Public safety and the safety of the musicians has to be considered as electricity and water aren’t a good mix and the bandstand is open on all sides so on rainy days the acts have to be cancelled

There is plenty to do on the day of the show. A show may need special items which may need to be hired or borrowed. Items need to be transported to the bandstand, such as the dance floor for the Northern Soul show . The Friends of Stanley Park have a well-stocked stall and Carole does a great job finding small items that can be sold to make money towards the upkeep of the shows.

Every year from around October the next years shows are booked.

Volunteers needed for Stanley Park Bandstand Events

The Friends of Stanley Park have issued a plea for more people to help them out during the events that take place through the summer.

The free bandstand events take place every Sunday between May and September, as well as an extra event on the August bank holiday Monday. People are needed to help with marshalling people at the events, as well as with clearing up afterwards.

Elaine Smith, Chair of the Friends Group, said: “Yet again this year there are some excellent bands coming to the park for people to enjoy.

“However, these great events don’t put themselves on. We need volunteers to spare us a just a few hours of their weekend to put these kinds of shows on. In return, they get to spend their Sunday in the glorious Stanley Park listening to some fantastic music.”

For information, or to applying as a volunteer, call 316713 or email Carole Thaw on

Get in Touch with the Friends of Stanley Park

Friends of Stanley Park – external website

Friends of Stanley Park – Facebook page

Follow the Friends of Stanley Park on Twitter @BlackpoolFOSP

Chairman: Mrs Elaine Smith, tel:01253 318948 and e-mail:

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