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Blackpool Central Beach & Tower Festival Headland

Take a look around Blackpool Central Beach & Tower Festival Headland. Find it between North Pier and Central Pier. Also watched over by The Blackpool Tower – our world famous landmark!

A Space for Everyone!

Tower Festival Headland is engineered into the sea defences. The extra 60m of land extends seawards to create this amazing entertainment space. Most of the time it’s a place for fun and leisure, hanging about and enjoying the seaside views.

This video was made in summer when the temperatures soared to record highs! Come on in the water’s lovely…

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Amazing all Year Round!

There’s no doubt about it, any seafront is wonderful in the summer sunshine, and Blackpool is no exception. We all love to feel the warmth of the sun on our faces – it does wonders for your mood and makes us feel happy.

Tower Festival Headland is amazing all year round. Used to visiting the seaside in summer? It can be just as brilliant at other times of the year too. OK, it can be really awful in winter – but it can in summer too! But all year round there are amazing days that just make your spirits soar.

Blackpool promenade in winter
Blackpool promenade in winter

Changes at Blackpool Central Beach

Blackpool is a town that never stands still. There’s always something changing, buildings being demolished/built or renovated! We went for a walk along Blackpool Central Beach in June 2020, from Central to North Pier to see what’s new. Quieter than usual, this was the time when lockdown was beginning to ease after the first wave of coronavirus restrictions.

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Have you ever spotted reporters and film crews here? It tends to be the place where they make a bee-line for when reporting about things to do with Blackpool. It’s not uncommon to see TV crews reporting for the news, and Blackpool gets its fair share of film production companies too!

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Reporter filming a slot for the news

A Great Big Events Space!

Tower Festival Headland comes into its own as a major entertainment space with capacity for 20,000 people! The biggest event of the year here is the Blackpool Illuminations Switch On.

Have you noticed the lighting columns that sweep across the edge of the prom? You can see them in the next photo.

Blackpool Tower Festival Headland

They’re also frames for windbreaks which give some protection to big events. Invaluable for blocking out the worst of the weather, they make it a versatile space too.

Windbreaks and staging for events on Blackpool seafront
Windbreaks and staging for events on Blackpool seafront

The promenade road and tram tracks are sometimes closed when major events are held and together with Tower Festival Headland create one huge, safe event area.

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The first big event held here was the official opening concert by Sir Elton John. It was Saturday 16 June 2012 and sadly, the weather was vile (as it can be, even in summer). The event was stopped, for safety’s sake, just as it was getting going.

Other events like Blackpool Airshow are also based here. Literally tens of thousands of people gather for a perfect view as planes fly above the water.

Blackpool Airshow at Tower Festival Headland
Blackpool Airshow at Tower Festival Headland

Features of Blackpool Central Beach & Tower Festival Headland

There’s a few notable, iconic features in this part of Blackpool seafront, that you’re sure to have heard of!

The Blackpool Tower

It’s your favourite Fylde Coast landmark – soaring high above the seafront. Take a look around the exterior of the red-brick Blackpool Tower building, and find out about it’s amazing restoration –

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Comedy Carpet and Blades of Grass

The Headland is also where you’ll find the well known and hugely popular Comedy Carpet, opened in early 2012. A new icon for Blackpool, it features jokes, songs and comedy catchphrases from Britain’s best loved comedians.

Don’t forget the kinetic sculptures – not that you can miss them! Standing 35m high these Dune Grass blades bend and sway in the wind.

Comedy Carpet on Blackpool Central Promenade at Tower Festival Headland
Comedy Carpet on Blackpool Central Promenade at Tower Festival Headland

It’s a great place to head for to soak up that special Blackpool seaside atmosphere! You’ll find space to take a seat around the edge of the Comedy Carpet. Sit awhile and just relax on one of the seats or huge pebbles.

Seats around Tower Festival Headland
Seats around Tower Festival Headland

Festival House

You’ll also find the distinctive Festival House at Blackpool Central Beach & Tower Festival Headland. It’s the modern building, clad in twinkling gold tiles, right against the edge of the beach.

Festival House on Blackpool Tower Festival Headland
Festival House on Blackpool Tower Festival Headland

In its prime spot right against the sea it’s the home to the Visit Blackpool Tourist Information Centre.

Upstairs is the Wedding Chapel where you can get married looking at the Tower. You’ll see it through the window that you can see in the above photo, just at the top left of the tram. There are breathtaking views of the beach through the front windows.

The rest of the building is The Beach House, a seafront cafe restaurant.

Award Winning Design

In July 2012, Festival House was named as one of Britain’s 50 best new buildings by RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects). Just three north west buildings were chosen as amongst the best in Britain for architectural excellence. Festival House was one of two in Lancashire. cRMM are the architects for Festival House, and Parkinson Building Contractors of Blackpool the building contractors. The project was managed by Blackpool Council’s Capital Projects Team.

In November 2012, Blackpool Tower Festival Headland won the Design Excellence Award in a national design competition.
The Regeneration and Renewal Awards, held in London, recognised independent design consultancy LDA Design.
LDA Design began working on the project in 2007. They won an international design competition calling for a playful and surreal landscape for Blackpool’s seafront. It’s inspired by Blackpool’s tradition of fantasy and escape, recalling the natural dunes that once formed the coastline.

Blackpool Central Beach & Tower Festival Headland – Made Possible by the Sea Defences

Between north and south piers, the whole of Blackpool seafront has been transformed over recent years. It’s now a curvaceous piece of engineering from end to end.

The modern design includes Spanish Steps that link the beach to the promenade and also incorporates traditional vertical areas of sea wall into the design.

Blackpool seafront at Tower Festival Headland
Blackpool seafront at Tower Festival Headland

It’s primary purpose is to reduce the risk of flooding and erosion. But the attractive design has transformed a huge, practical area of concrete into our lovely seafront. It makes fabulous access to miles of golden sandy beaches!

Have you been to Blackpool promenade recently? Why don’t you take a look!

Blackpool Beach and sea wall at Tower Festival headland
Blackpool Beach and sea wall at Tower Festival headland

Stand against the steps at high tide and you’ll see how they work.

As the waves reach the steps you can see their energy washing away as the water tumbles against them. It’s a simple design but very effective. The next clip is an old one, taken from North Pier. You can see the steps in action at high tide –

Waves trickling up the steps at Blackpool promenade
Waves trickling up the steps at Blackpool promenade

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Not only are they effective and attractive, but the Spanish Steps make for fabulous access to the sands and unlimited seating. It’s a great place to sit and enjoy the seaside view of miles of unspoilt golden beaches.

Rebuilding the sea defences is the reason why engineers were able to create Tower Festival Headland.

Own your own Blackpool Seafront!

Have you seen our very own Seaside Emporium website? It’s full of our own original art and photographs.

This is our original watercolour painting of Blackpool Seafront. It’s available in various sizes and formats. Take a look!

Blackpool Seafront and Tower Festival Headland, watercolour painting from Seaside Emporium
Blackpool Seafront and Tower Festival Headland, watercolour painting from Seaside Emporium

There are loads more local scenes and traditional seaside views – find them all on the Seaside Emporium website.

Live Blackpool (and Seaside Emporium) is part of Visit Fylde Coast, a digital media product independently published by us here at The Rabbit Patch Ltd. We’re a design and creatives company here on the Fylde Coast.

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3 thoughts on “Blackpool Central Beach & Tower Festival Headland”

  1. Hi, Another interesting video of Blackpool , when I first spotted the 3 Tulips ( as I think they look like ) a few years ago I was worried they may break in the strong sea breezes but they bend and spring back ( no worries ) and gives us a good indication of the wind strength, so I would like to see a few more TULIPS along the coast. So come on Blackpool Council lets see some more ( preferably coloured ).

  2. dear jane rabbit thanks for all the nice videos of every place on the fylde coast its a tonic to enjoy all the sounds and see the sea. can you please include any of the fleetwood to poulton rail link some time in the future as thornton station looks nice with all flower boxes.. thank you for your emails sent to myself.. magic to say its just great what you do lovely jubly….

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