Blackpool Beaches

Blackpool Beaches

Summer or winter there’s nothing like a walk on the many miles of golden sand on one of our Blackpool beaches!

Blackpool central beach
Blackpool central beach

Take a look at this short clip below, looking over the beach from Central Pier to North Pier on a slightly blustery day in March (excuse the background wind noise!)

Have a look at Blackpool Beaches, pier to pier

Golden Sands of Blackpool Beaches

Along the whole of the Fylde Coast from Cleveleys in the north to Lytham and St Annes in the south is a golden, sandy beach.

One of the beautiful Blackpool Beaches: Central promenade
One of the beautiful Blackpool Beaches: Central promenade

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Most of the seafront from Blackpool to Cleveleys is tidal – it’s covered completely by the incoming sea twice a day.

A couple of small areas of beach remain dry at high water along the main seafront of central Blackpool. Head for these if you fancy a day on the beach when the tide is in. One of these dry beaches is near to Central Pier – you can see it in the above photo.

This is central beach in the photo below, and behind it North Pier.

One of the beautiful Blackpool Beaches: looking towards North Pier
One of the beautiful Blackpool Beaches: looking towards North Pier

Why does everyone love Blackpool Beaches?

These gorgeous, golden sandy Blackpool beaches are enjoyed by people for many reasons.

Here’s our list of top 10 reasons to come to Blackpool Beach. What else would you do? Why don’t you leave a comment below?

1. It’s a perfect place for a long walk in winter or summer
2. Brilliant for building sandcastles
3. Sitting in a deckchair and sunbathing
4. Taking a donkey ride!
5. Great for sea angling and fishing
6. Great for kayaking
7. Usually plenty of wind for kite surfing
8. Likewise, plenty of space and wind to fly a kite
9. Photographing the beautiful sunsets and views
10. Enjoying the Great British Weather!
…. and loads of other good reasons you can probably think of!

Donkey Rides on Blackpool Beaches

Everyone’s favourite – the seaside donkey – can still be found on central Blackpool beach.

Enjoy donkey rides on Blackpool Beaches
Enjoy donkey rides on Blackpool Beaches

The donkeys are very well looked after. They have an annual veterinarian inspection and aren’t allowed to work more than 48 hours a week. Did you know they also have Fridays off!

There’s lots more here about the tradition of seaside donkeys and our own Blackpool herds.

Miles of Beach from South to North

Blackpool has a very long seafront – it’s 7 miles from end to end.

It stretches from the south and its boundary with St Annes at Squires Gate Lane, all the way to Anchorsholme in the north and the boundary with neighbouring Cleveleys.

Blackpool South Shore – is quiet and peaceful beyond the pier, with a wide promenade and plenty of space. Between South and Central Pier is still a reasonably quiet beach to visit too.

One of our Blackpool Beaches - looking towards South Pier
One of our Blackpool Beaches – looking towards South Pier

The Busiest of Blackpool Beaches!

Blackpool Central – and the Tower Festival Headland area is where you’ll find attractions, amusements and lots of people! This is Blackpool at its best – full of life, noise, sights and sounds!

Central beach in front of The Tower is the busiest bit of beach. It’s where families play and people set up camp for the day, to sunbathe and enjoy time at the coast. There aren’t any deckchairs to hire any longer, but the huge stepped sea defence is a big enough seat for everyone!

Walk a few metres out from the promenade onto the golden sand… and peace descends, especially when the tide is out. It’s the best of both worlds and curious how, by walking just a few yards, the world completely changes from one extreme to another.

Blackpool Beaches - central with Tower Festival Headland behind you
Blackpool Beaches – central with Tower Festival Headland behind you

Blackpool North – is another world again. It’s quieter on the beach and a good place to enjoy the views from the higher seafront promenade walks.

Head past North Pier to Bispham and the seafront changes quite dramatically, rising to the tall grassy banks and cliffs. Here you’ve got a perfect view over the beach.

Explore Blackpool North Shore – don’t forget there are lots of other pages to look at in this Seafront section!

Beach Safety

Always be aware of keeping safe when you’re on the beach. Remember that the sea can be dangerous. Always read and observe the safety signs at the entrance to the beach.

Enjoy the beach to your heart’s content, but remember basic beach safety. You will never outrun the tide and the sea can kill. Don’t use a lilo or similar on an outgoing tide, watch the incoming tide, and don’t get cut off on sandbanks.

If in any doubt ring 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Beach Care

Please look after the beach. When you come to the beach, please either take your litter with you or put it in one of the many bins which are provided.

Remember that litter left on the beach or promenade can end up in the sea. It not only pollutes the water, but it’s a big danger to wildlife.

Did you know that the rubbish which you leave on the beach in Blackpool usually washes up a few days later on the beach a bit further north at Cleveleys?

Dogs on Blackpool Beaches

In common with most seaside resorts, dogs are prohibited from the main Blackpool bathing beaches during the summer season.

Please, wherever your dog does it’s business, at whatever time of the year, be a responsible owner. Pick up the poo, bag it and bin it.

Enjoy Blackpool Beaches all year round

If we said ‘Blackpool beach’ the first I bet you’d think is a hot, sunny day, packed with people. But the beach is a great place to visit, all year round. There’s great weather in the middle of winter – albeit perhaps not quite as warm!

This  clip is an unseasonably warm day in february, with bright sunshine and hardly a cloud in the sky. The tide’s out and the beach is glorious. In fact, people were sunbathing at the end of Central Pier when this clip was shot!

Blackpool Beaches on a sunny day in February

You might actually be a fan of bad weather – lots of us are. OK, so really bad weather is a nightmare to go out in, By ‘really bad’ we mean heavy winds and driving, horizontal rain! But on a sunny, windy day the seaside is bracing. It makes a fabulous display out of the waves and it really invigorates!

Bad weather at Blackpool Beach

You know what they say. There’s no such things as bad weather – just the wrong clothes!

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