Jubilee Gardens Blackpool

Look at Jubilee Gardens Blackpool

Jubilee Gardens Blackpool is the sunken gardens which you pass on the seafront, heading north past Gynn roundabout.

We went to take a look around in July 2020. Come and explore with us!

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Did you know? There’s another Jubilee Gardens, nearby at Cleveleys? That’s also right on the seafront too.

Look Around Jubilee Gardens Blackpool

It’s a lovely spot to sit awhile. It’s slightly sheltered from the seafront breeze as the gardens are slightly sunken from the level of the footpath.

Flower beds in Jubilee Gardens Blackpool, planted by the Friends in 2019
Flower beds in Jubilee Gardens Blackpool, planted by the Friends in 2019

The whole garden is about four or five feet lower than the height of the surrounding promenade. Surrounded by a tamarisk hedge it’s surprisingly less breezy than the prom!

At the south end of the garden is the entrance archway, proclaiming the name of the park. It’s close to Gynn roundabout and not far from the public toilets. The Blue Light Emergency Services Memorial is also here. Carry on reading to find out more about it.

Jubilee Gardens Blackpool
South end of Jubilee Gardens Blackpool

A winding footpath meanders through the centre, surrounded by lawns and borders. There’s plenty of benches for you to sit awhile and enjoy the sunshine, peace and the view.

At the north end is the impressive ornamental waterfall and small pond. Stand here and enjoy the view, looking over The Cliffs to North Pier!

The Cliffs at North Shore - a high point for walking in Blackpool
The Cliffs at North Shore – a high point for walking in Blackpool with a view of North Pier

Cliff Top Walk

This seafront park near to Gynn roundabout is also adjacent to the amazing view from The Cliffs. It’s not quite the White Cliffs of Dover, but it is the highest part of the seafront on the Fylde Coast. (Not counting the top of The Tower, of course!)

When you’ve explored the gardens, why don’t you take a walk along Blackpool north seafront, and take in the view. Visit later in the day for the amazing sunsets!

Come for a walk with us in the next video –

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History of Jubilee Gardens

Jubilee Gardens has had a few different names over its 100 year history. First called ‘North Shore Gardens’ it was first opened to the public in 1914.

The initial design featured three large lawned terraces, interconnected by elegant steps and ornate pillars. Waterworn limestone boulders surrounding the gardens provided protection from the harsh weather.

North Shore sunken gardens. The original name for Jubilee Gardens Blackpool
North Shore sunken gardens. The original name for Jubilee Gardens Blackpool

Redesigns and renaming

  • In 1928 the first complete redesign happened, and the waterfall was built. Internally illuminated it was built in fibreglass. Complete with a meandering stream running the length of the gardens. You can just make it out in the above photo.

    Newly laid out flower beds flowed throughout, planted with colourful coastal planting.
  • Next, in 1977, it’s renamed Jubilee Gardens to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. And that’s what we still know it as today.
  • The next change was in 1992. The waterfall was redesigned and the current incarnation of it constructed.
  • And in the early 2000’s the meandering stream was removed and turfed over.
  • The next big change is in 2016 when the Friends of Jubilee Gardens formed. They’ve not made any structural changes, but have certainly transformed the look of the garden!

Friends of Jubilee Gardens

Blackpool Council own the seafront park, it’s one of a number of open spaces in the town.

But in May 2016 the Friends of Jubilee Gardens formed to look after the gardens. They’re a group of like minded individuals who are passionate about looking after this popular open space. 

In their few years, the Friends have made an enormous difference at Jubilee Gardens Blackpool. They’ve cleared overgrown beds, planted up new areas, restored the waterfall and so much more. This is how the gardens looked in 2014 –

Jubilee Gardens in 2014 before the Friends Group began
Jubilee Gardens in 2014 before the Friends Group began

And this photo was taken in 2017. Just a year after the group began working in the area. What a transformation!

Improvements made by the Friends of Jubilee Gardens Blackpool
Improvements made by the Friends of Jubilee Gardens Blackpool

Here’s the view through the main entrance gates, taken when the Friends Group was just starting out in 2016 –

Gynn roundabout entrance to Jubilee Gardens Blackpool
Gynn roundabout entrance to Jubilee Gardens Blackpool

The entrance archway was repainted in autumn 2019, and this is the same view in 2020. What a difference!

View through Jubilee Gardens Blackpool from main entrance gates in 2020
View through Jubilee Gardens Blackpool from main entrance gates in 2020

See how lovely the waterfall looks, lit up at night!

Waterfall lit up at night
Waterfall lit up at night

In 2017 the Friends were recipients of Tesco Bags of Help. The funding was used to buy shrubs and plants which volunteers planted in the flower beds. Bit by bit the gardens are being restored to their former glory, for the enjoyment of the community and visitors.

Gardens at the south end of the site
Gardens at the south end of the site

How YOU can help the Friends of Jubilee Gardens

There are lots of ways that you can support the amazing work that’s going on in the gardens. It takes a lot of time and effort to keep the place looking so good.

But it’s very rewarding, great exercise and a good way to make friends too. Any amount of spare time that you can donate will be greatly appreciated.

If you’re a visitor to the gardens, please help the Friends by putting your own litter in a bin, and picking up any that you see.

Flower beds in Jubilee Gardens Blackpool, planted by the Friends in 2019
Flower beds in Jubilee Gardens Blackpool, planted by the Friends in 2019
Flower beds in Jubilee Gardens Blackpool, planted by the Friends in 2019
Flower beds in Jubilee Gardens Blackpool, planted by the Friends in 2019

Help is ALWAYS need help with –

  • Weeding
  • Hoeing
  • Clearing
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Sweeping
  • Bench and Handrail Painting
  • Litter Picking
  • Keep up with the Friends of Jubilee Gardens on their Facebook page

Blue Light Emergency Services Memorial

The Blue Light Emergency Services Memorial pays tribute to the police, fire, ambulance and coastguard services. Find it at the south end of Jubilee Gardens, near to Gynn roundabout.

It remembers the lives of three Blackpool officers who drowned during a tragic, attempted sea rescue.

Blue Light Memorial in Jubilee Gardens Blackpool
Blue Light Memorial in Jubilee Gardens Blackpool

PCs Colin Morrison, Gordon Connolly and Angela Bradley drowned while trying to save a tourist, Alistair Anthony. He’d gone into the Irish Sea in order to rescue his pet dog on January 5, 1983.

PCs Colin Morrison, Gordon Connolly and Angela Bradley

The three officers entered the water close to Gynn Square. But they were soon to be overcome by the strong tide, waves and freezing cold water. The 25-year-old tourist was on a trip to the resort from Glasgow but also tragically perished.

PC Pat Abram was the fourth officer who went into the sea, but was very lucky to be rescued by colleagues. They managed to throw a rope around his neck and pull him out. After mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the promenade he thankfully survived.

The Blue Light Emergency Services Memorial was erected in Jubilee Gardens in 2013. See it on the promenade off Gynn Square. It’s both in tribute of this awful event and to mark the bravery of all our emergency services.

Creating a fitting tribute

Dana Gledhill worked hard for three years to fundraise and put the memorial in place. She grew up near the spot of the 1983 tragedy on Blackpool’s seafront and wanted to mark it forever.

The 8ft sculpture of four figures holding hands is the work of Matt Titherington. He won the competition as a student at Blackpool & The Fylde College.

Blue Light Memorial at Jubilee Gardens Blackpool
Blue Light Memorial at Jubilee Gardens Blackpool

There’s also an original memorial plaque at the southern (Gynn roundabout) entrance to Jubilee Gardens. Look out for it when you visit the seafront garden at Blackpool North shore.

It’s an enduring marker of the three officers whose lives were lost.

Memorial Plaque in Jubilee Gardens Blackpool
Memorial Plaque in Jubilee Gardens Blackpool
Memorial Plaque in Jubilee Gardens Blackpool

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2 thoughts on “Look at Jubilee Gardens Blackpool”

  1. I would like an apprenticeship or volunteer work in the parks and green spaces department,
    I’m highly knowledgeable and would like to be given a chance by an employer in this chosen area of experience.
    I have a non verbal communication disability which makes it harder and with pandemic is depressingly harder,
    please help me,

    As jubilee gardens in blackpool needs tending loving. Care and I have the experience to do this.

    Thank you,

  2. Julie Sidderley

    Myself & my husband walk through Jubilee Garden’s North Shore and we pick litter and plastic up as we go ! We do this on the Promenade also !
    We live across the Road so we enjoy looking after our Community !

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