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Summer '19 with Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

Summer '19 with Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours are a brilliant way to take in the sights and the Lights. Travel the promenade and enjoy an iconic, traditional part of Blackpool. Details of special events below, plus don’t forget, Heritage Trams run each weekend!

August Bank Holiday Weekend

24 – 26 August from 10am to 5.30pm

August Bank Holiday Weekend with Heritage Tram Tours
August Bank Holiday Weekend with Heritage Tram Tours

An action packed weekend of enhanced Heritage Tram action in Blackpool.
Regular Tours along the promenade extending to Bispham, Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

The Official shop and info tram will be at North Pier on Saturday & Monday from 1030-1630.

Plus, visit the Open Day at Rigby Road Heritage Tram Depot on Sunday 25th August.

Heritage Tram Depot Open Day

Sunday 25 August from 10.30am – 4pm

Heritage Tram Depot Open Day with Heritage Tram Tours
Heritage Tram Depot Open Day with Heritage Tram Tours

Blundell Street, Blackpool, FY1 5DD. Please note, there is no on-site parking.

Get up close to trams, trolley turning, model displays, vintage vehicles and regular tram tours. Free Heritage Bus service to Blackpool train stations.

Ride the Lights Night with Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

Tuesday 27 August Every 15 minutes from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Ride the Lights Night 2019 with Blackpool Heritage Trams
Ride the Lights Night 2019 with Blackpool Heritage Trams

No need to book, just pay on board

For one night only – you can board the Western Train Tram at any Heritage Tram Stop. (On all other nights, tours board at the Pleasure Beach only).

FIVE trams will be in service, including the Trawler, Western Train, HMS Blackpool and Open Boat Tram (weather permitting!)

All in One Day Ticket

Don’t forget to maximise your Heritage Happiness! Get unlimited Heritage Tram tours PLUS modern trams and buses too with a Heritage Travelcard!

Adults £11, children £6 and Family ticket £25. Under 5s and well behaved doggies ride free on Heritage Trams!

Heritage Tram Tours All in One Day Ticket
Heritage Tram Tours All in One Day Ticket

Get your Heritage Travelcard:

  • on the Blackpool Transport App,
  • buses and trams,
  • the Blackpool Transport Travel Centre on Market Street and
  • the Tourist Information Centre on the promenade.

Take a look at the Heritage Tram Fleet

These are just some of the Blackpool Heritage Trams which you’ll see travelling along the promenade. Which one is your favourite?

The Ghost Tram

26 July, 2, 9,16 August, 6, 13,20, 27 September, 4, 11, 18 October.

The Ghost Tram with Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours
The Ghost Tram with Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

This chilling tour takes place on FRIDAY evenings, with a journey from Blackpool to Fleetwood and back. Begins at 7.30pm from North Pier Heritage Tram Stop, lasts approx 90 mins.

Join the Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer on the UK’s ONLY Ghost Tram Tour and hear NEW tales of terror and stories of the supernatural (along with a few old favourites) for 2019!

All tickets must be pre-booked either online at shop.visitblackpool.com or from the Tourist Information Centre at Festival House, next to our North Pier Heritage Tram Stop. See poster for full details.

The Great British Night Out!

26 July, 2, 9, 16 August, 6, 13, 20, 27 September, 3, 10, 17 October, 1 & 22 November

The Great British Night Out with Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours
The Great British Night Out with Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

An evening tour on a heritage tram, complete with a fish and chip supper!

  • Board the tram from 6.45pm at North Pier and Tower Heritage Tram stop (next to Festival House), departing at 7pm.
  • Enjoy an evening tour along the coast to Fleetwood, where fish and chips will be served on board by The Chippy, including mushy peas and a choice of refreshment.
  • Tours finish at North Pier at approximately 8.30pm (9pm during Illuminations).

Great value – only £12.50 from April – August. Dates from Sept – Nov are £15 and include an Illuminations tour.
Tickets must be pre-booked online – go to shop.visitblackpool.com

Blackpool Promenade Heritage Tram Tours

You can enjoy Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours on the promenade at weekends and most school holidays.

Weekend tours with Blackpool Heritage Trams
Weekend tours with Blackpool Heritage Trams

On selected weekends there are enhanced services for special events. Heritage Trams operate daily during peak holiday weeks at Easter, Spring Bank, for the summer and school half term holidays.

Different trams from the Heritage fleet operate Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours on different days. On beautiful sunny days the open-top tram cars come out too!

Catch a Heritage Tram at the special stops, up to every 20 minutes between 10am and 5pm. Different trams run on different days, subject to weather and which are available. Adults £3.50, Children £2 and under 5’s go free!

Split your trip

Did you know – that when you buy a Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours ticket that you can break your journey?

That means you can travel between North Pier and Blackpool Pleasure Beach as you wish. Get off – do whatever – and then get back on again later on the same day for your return journey. Travel to the other end of the promenade, have a fun morning/afternoon/day out, and travel back in style!

At just £3.50 for an adult ticket, child £2 and under 5’s go free, that’s unbeatable value! (And a well hidden fact!)

See Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours on Facebook for details of times and which trams are running on which days

Did you also know – that in 2017 you voted the Blackpool Tramway as the no 1 attraction in Blackpool on TripAdvisor?

Heritage Wedding Transport

Whether you’re planning a wedding or civil partnership, a Heritage Tram or Bus would be a talking point for years to come. And, there’s an exclusive tram stop right outside the Wedding Chapel on the promenade!

Blackpool Heritage Trams Wedding Hire
Blackpool Heritage Trams Wedding Hire

It’s a personal service, tailored to meet your requirements. Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will put a bespoke package together to make your day one to remember. At least one months notice is required, and a non-refundable deposit.

Just get in touch with Emma on 01253 209521 or email heritage.trams@blackpooltransport.com and please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

Illuminated Tram Parade

24 October 2019

It’s back again this year! See your favourite Illuminated Heritage Trams travelling in convoy along the Golden Mile.

Illuminated Tram Parade 2019. Photo: Barrie C Woods
Illuminated Tram Parade 2019. Photo: Barrie C Woods

Full details here about the Illuminated Tram Parade

The Ghost Tram – Halloween Special

31 October at 7.30pm

The Ghost Tram with Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

This chilling tour takes place on FRIDAY evenings, with a journey from Blackpool to Fleetwood and back. Begins at 7.30pm from North Pier Heritage Tram Stop, lasts approx 90 mins.

Join the Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer on the UK’s ONLY Ghost Tram Tour and hear NEW tales of terror and stories of the supernatural (along with a few old favourites) for 2019!

All tickets must be pre-booked either online at shop.visitblackpool.com or from the Tourist Information Centre at Festival House, next to our North Pier Heritage Tram Stop. See poster for full details.

Christmas Afternoon Tea and a Heritage Tram Tour

Saturday 30 November from 1pm

Christmas Afternoon Tea and a Blackpool Heritage Tram Tour
Christmas Afternoon Tea and a Blackpool Heritage Tram Tour

In partnership with Rachel’s Yummy Scrummy Cakes, join Heritage Tram Tours for afternoon tea aboard a Heritage Tram.

From North Pier Heritage Tram Stop at 1pm, for a coastal tour to Fleetwood.

Afternoon tea served on board the tram, and all guests receive a goody bag at the end of the event.

Tickets must be purchased in advance from shop.visitblackpool.com or telephone Emma Tingle on 01253 209521.

The Real Drive!

The Blackpool Heritage Tram Driving Experience. Your chance to drive an iconic tramcar, built in the 1930’s!

Blackpool Heritage Tram Driving Experience
Blackpool Heritage Tram Driving Experience

After familiarisation, training and safety instruction, you can ‘take to the handles’ under the supervision of one of our friendly, experienced instructors.

Drive along the famous promenade between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham.

Lunch, refreshments, exclusive souvenirs and a certificate are included.

A truly memorable day for yourself, or an amazing gift.

Gift vouchers available. Email for full details – heritage.trams@blackpooltransport.com – please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

Take a Ride on a Heritage Blackpool Tram

With Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours you can enjoy an experience like no other. Take a ride along the world famous Blackpool Tramway aboard a piece of moving history along the fantastic seafront of this world famous seaside resort.

Blackpool Heritage Tram
Blackpool Heritage Tram

Up until 2011, the “Heritage” cars were the service fleet trams. Operating every day except Christmas Day, they travelled along the tram lines, carrying residents and visitors from A to B. A multi-million pound upgrade transformed Blackpool’s tramway – the tracks were all relaid and a new, modern fleet of low-floor trams are now the service fleet.

However, the original Blackpool trams – with their distinctive ‘clickety-clack’ as they drive along – are much loved and as integral to Blackpool as fish and chips and the donkeys on the beach – so a core selection of trams from the original system were kept and returned to passenger carrying duties once more.

Many of these original trams are over 80 years old and have been retained and superbly restored. It’s a unique experience as nowhere else in the UK can you still ride on a Heritage Tram on the line for which it was originally built.

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours run most weekends throughout the year, daily during most UK school holidays and, of course, operate our famous Autumn Illumination Tours where you can ride aboard one of the illuminated trams.

Trams for Hire

Along with our Heritage Buses, the trams are also available for hire to help you celebrate your special occasion.

So, whether you want to hire a tram, join us for one of our regular events or just enjoy a very special ride along Blackpool’s Promenade, we have something to offer for everyone.

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours FAQs and Helpful Hints!

Can we pre-book tours? – Generally no, just turn up and pay the conductor on board. The only pre-bookable tours are Great British Night Out, Guided Tours and Ghost Tours.

Do you operate every day? – Promenade Tours operate most weekends & school holidays. Illumination Tours operate every evening during the Illuminations except Switch On night. Illumination Tours start from Switch-On time until 9pm Sun-Thurs & until 10pm Fri/Sat.

Can I get off and rejoin a tour (split tour)? – Daytime tours-Yes, Illumination tours-No.

Are Blackpool Transport Saver/Day/24/One tickets valid on Heritage Tram Tours – No. Heritage Day Tickets are available, which also include modern tram and bus services.

Where do we buy/how do we pay?

Can we buy Heritage Day Tickets on all trams and buses – Yes, Heritage Day Tickets can be bought on any Blackpool Transport bus or tram services, remember and ask for HERITAGE! Heritage Day Tickets: Adult £11, Child £6, Family £25 – includes all tours/buses/trams.

Can we buy Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours Tickets online or on the Blackpool Transport App – No.

Can we pay by Debit/Credit Card – No, we only accept £cash on our tours.

Are concession passes accepted on Heritage Trams – No, sorry these are not valid for tours.

Are Heritage Day Tickets valid for 24 hours – No, they’re only valid on the day of purchase.

Can I hire a Heritage Tram – Yes, please call Emma on 01253 209521 for more details!

Illuminations Tours and Illuminated Trams…

Do you operate tours on Switch On night – No, we start on Saturday 2nd September. This is because the Tramway is closed at Tower Headland for The Switch On event

What time is best to catch an Illumination Tour? – The first tours are always busiest and then get quieter during the evening, an hour after switch on time is best for a shorter wait! Friday/Saturday are busiest! Tours take just over an hour and operate around every 20 minutes.

Where do we catch an Illuminations Tour? – ONLY from Pleasure Beach Heritage Stop. You can alight an Illuminations tour at other Heritage Tram Stops on the return journey.

Are all trams illuminated? – Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours use a mix of Illuminated and Heritage trams. You get a great view of the Illuminations from the Top deck of our Double Deckers!

FUNDRAISING APPEALS

All of the heritage Tramcars, are, by definition, old! They need tender loving care, maintenance, and in many cases restoration.

Many of them have been moved to different places, different collections, and different owners – so there are opportunities to bring some of them back home, restore them and, one by one, add them to the operational fleet.

Blackpool Heritage Trust is always fundraising. They can’t continuously improve the fleet without your help so a BIG thank you goes to everyone who helps.

Make a Donation

If you would like to make a donation to assist us with the conservation of our historic fleet, your support would be most welcome. We hold regular appeals to fund our work to preserve our unique collections.

To donate please send a cheque payable to “Blackpool Heritage Trust” to 16 Seventh Avenue, Blackpool, FY4 2ED.

Alternatively, Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours would very much appreciate monthly standing orders. This form of regular contribution allows us to forward plan projects, and will help us to build on our achievements. It helps us to continue to operate these iconic vehicles on Blackpool promenade where they rightfully belong for everyone to enjoy.

A link to Blackpool Heritage Trust standing order forms can be found here.

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Today we paid a visit to Riley & Son Ltd in Heywood to view progress with the overhaul of Coronation tram 663's bogies. 663 moved from our depot to Heywood late last year for this major work as the first step towards getting it back into use in Blackpool on our Heritage Tram Tours - it last ran during the 1970's!

The scale of work required on these completely life expired bogies has been enormous, but we are pleased to say that the professionals at Riley's have taken this within their stride and are working wonders! Apart from the bogie frames, which themselves have required extensive repair, very little of the original assembly has been reusable. The majority of components have had to be re-manufactured, including all nuts, bolts, bushes and pins, and new steel mono-block wheels have been ordered at a cost of almost £15,000 following the creation of a new CAD drawing of the original Maley & Taunton wheelsets.

Replacement rubber suspension units are currently being sought, and this includes 32 rubber blocks of two different sizes, and 16 rubber "sandwiches" which bolt onto either side of each wheel. The four traction motors are also currently with a contractor for evaluation.
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FTS 2019 “POSTCARDS FOR ALICE”

We’re pleased to now offer for sale a set of three postcards, featuring superb photographs taken by two of our members, Jeremy Williams and Anthony Caddick. Each postcard features a full-colour photo on the front, with a caption and FTS branding on the rear... an ideal little gift for you or the Blackpool tram enthusiast in your life!

All money raised from the sale of these postcards will be donated to our Princess Alice restoration appeal - a worthy cause, we’re sure you’ll agree! A set of the three postcards is £2.50, including UK postage - alternatively, we’ll have them for sale on the FTS stall at this weekend’s Rigby Road open day for £1.50 - why not stop by and save on postage!

To order a set of the postcards by post, please send a cheque (payable to Fylde Tramway Society) and a letter with your details to:
Mark Green, Fylde Tramway Society, 23 Shevington Moor, Standish, Wigan WN6 0SQ

Alternatively, if you’d rather pay by direct bank transfer, please send an e-mail with your details to treasurer@fyldetramwaysociety.org.uk and we’ll be in touch with the appropriate bank details!

Please allow up to 14 days for delivery (though we’ll aim to have them with you sooner than that!) - for postage costs out-with the UK, please contact us at the above e-mail address first!

 

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