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Stanley Park - FREE Summer Events

Music to suit all tastes, vehicle events and outdoor adventure - free things for summer at Stanley Park.

The Friends of Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland work hard throughout the year to bring you lots of FREE things to enjoy in this fabulous park and wood right at the heart of Blackpool.

Your Memories of Stanley Park

Stanley Park celebrates its 90th summer this year with a big birthday celebration and a re-enactment of the original opening of the park.

Everyone is invited - there's more information below about the birthday party event. 

Bandstand music in the 1970s at Stanley Park
1970's bandstand event in Stanley Park. 

As part of the celebrations they are seeking your cherished memories of the park. These will be used as a feature during the event and may be published by the local media. 

Have you got a long cherished memory of Stanley Park?

You can contribute your memories online on the Friends website or on their Facebook page

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 .

2017 Events & Entertainment in Stanley Park

Events at Stanley Park

2nd July 2017, Sunday. The Stanley Park Motorcycle Show
Hosted by MAGS, in the Italian Gardens - 11am to 4pm.

2nd July 2017, Cadence, Free Roll, Secrets, OK on the Bandstand 1pm to 4pm.

Stanley Park, 90th Summer Celebration

8 July 2017

90th Birthday Celebrations at Stanley Park

Stanley Park celebrates the 90th anniversary of the park, when Lord Derby officiated and declared the Fylde Coasts favourite park open for the use of the public.

To mark the event, Lord Derby's grandson Edward Stanley, the 18th Earl of Derby, will replicate the ceremony dressed in 1920's clothes in a summer day of celebration. 

Schools from each decade between the 1920's and now will perform a song and a dance each on the bandstand, and there will be fun and entertainment throughout the park during the day. 

The organisers are asking everyone to come along and celebrate, and get dressed up in a costume of clothes from your own favourite decade and join the parade.

It's going to be a fabulous day of fun and entertainment - with local community choirs, the Ukulele Band and much more. Make a date!

- Family Activities, Schools Parade
- Earl of Derby, Ukelele Orchestra
- Ceremonial Opening of the Gates
- Schools on the Bandstand
- Climb the Clock Tower
- Dr Who and his TARDIS are bringing the Space Hoppers
- Hula Hoops, Hopscotch, Frisbies,
- Jenga, Hoop & Stick, Croquet, Yoyos, Ten pin bowling

10.30 to 11am -  hear The Ukelele Band at the gates 
Earl of Derby will open the gates with a parade
11 to 11.20am - Park Community School (1980) at the top of the Drive
The speeches will then be made from the Cafe Terrace steps
As they finish the Revolution Choir will sing in the Italian Gardens while the schools disperse

Following that the schools will perform on the bandstand in order of school age:

12.00....Stanley Primary School.....1920
12.20....Revoe Learning Academy.....1930
12.40....Waterloo Primary Academy.....1940
1.00.....Claremont Community Primary.....1950
1.20.....Christ the King Catholic Academy.....1960
1.40.....St Kentigern's Catholic Primary.....1970
2.00.....Marton School & South Shore Academy.....1990
2.20.....St Cuthbert's School.....2000
2.40.....St Nicholas C of E Primary.....2010
3.00.....Soloist - Jennifer Love

If you'd like to get involved please contact Elaine Smith on 01253 318948 (and please mention you saw it here!)

9th July 2017, Sixth Form College Bands on the Bandstand. 1pm to 4pm.

16th July 2017, Sunday. Rupert Fabulous on the Bandstand.
1pm to 4pm.

23rd July, Sunday. Choir Festival.
Afternoon - exact time tbc

23rd to 28th July, Love Parks Week. Family activities.

30th July, Ska Face on the bandstand. 1pm to 4.30pm.

6th August, Brother Rabbit on the Bandstand. 1pm to 4.30pm.

13th August, Modern Academy of Music, Fleetwood. On the Bandstand 1pm to 4.30pm.

20th August, Blue Pig Orchestra on the Bandstand. 1pm to 4.30pm.

27th August, Sunday. Soul in the Park.
1pm to 4.30pm.

27th August, Sunday. The Stanley Park Classic Car Show Hosted by the Blackpool Vehicle Preservation Society in the Italian Gardens - 10am to 4pm.

28th August, Monday. Bad Moon, Cartoon Food, Jeannie & the Tonics on the Bandstand 1pm to 4.30pm

3rd September, Room4 on the Bandstand. 1pm to 4.30pm.

10th September, The Ask and Friends on the Bandstand.  1pm to 4.30pm.

17th September, Mr Mel's Chill on the Bandstand.  12.30pm to 4.30pm.

24th September, Venezuela Venezuela and Friends on the Bandstand.  1pm to 4.30pm.

Keep a regular eye on the Events Calendar where everything is listed individually and make sure you don't miss any of the great free entertainment this summer at Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland.

If you sign up for the weekly Visit Fylde Coast newsletter, you'll get reminders about events and much more delivered straight to your inbox every week.

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.

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. 

Find out More

See for more information.

More about the Friends of Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodlands here.

Events at Stanley Park Bandstand

Events at Stanley Park


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