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Blackpool Central Pier

Blackpool Central Pier

Rides, Fun & Entertainment at Blackpool Central Pier

The resorts three piers are as famous as seaside rock! Come and take a look at Blackpool Central Pier – there’s fun and amusement for all of the family!

Believe it or not, most of these photos were taken early one morning in very unseasonably hot weather at the end of February 2019. It just goes to show that Blackpool is open all year round – don’t look at the calendar just come along and enjoy it!

Note that all opening hours are weather dependant. Check the Blackpool Central Pier Facebook page for details.

  • Central Pier is is OPEN DAILY during February HALF TERM
  • Then weekends only until the Easter holidays.
  • Easter onwards it’s OPEN DAILY for the season until 10 November 2024.
  • All opening hours are weather dependant.

Family Fun at Central Pier!

Enjoy free family-friendly entertainment, games, giveaways competitions in Pirates Bay. Weekends until November plus daily during school holidays. There’s something different every weekend! Take a look around –

What’s On Blackpool Central Pier

There’s a world of amusements in the arcade building at the entrance and the traditional world of fairground rides and the seaside pier beyond. Enjoy live outdoor entertainment (weather permitting) and family fun in Pirates Bay Family Bar. There’s rides, arcades, food stalls and game stalls – all open for you to enjoy. It’s the one with the landmark big wheel – see it from pretty much all of the Blackpool coastline.

Big wheel on Blackpool Central Pier

Head right to the end of Blackpool Central Pier and you’ll find the Pirates Bay family bar. And while you’re on Central Pier, don’t forget to enjoy the views!

FREE Entertainment at Pirate’s Bay Family Bar

Stroll to the end of Blackpool Central Pier and you’ll find the Pirate’s Bay Family Bar. Every weekend and every day during the school holidays, there’s FREE entertainment here for children!

DAILY – during the School Holidays. Monday, Wednesday and Sunday from 1pm – other days from 2.30pm – until close.

There’s FREE family friendly entertainment at Pirates Bay Family Bar! Back and better than ever, open every day until late. Enjoy a variety of entertainers, from Pirate Emma to Gerry & Cheeky Charlie – and so many more ? With its own amusement area, a toy shop and Captain Cook’s food kiosk it’s the perfect place for an afternoon or evenings fun for the whole family. Enjoy magic, games, disco, singing, kids karaoke and a whole lot more, with the Pirate’s Bay entertainment team.

Find out what’s on today from the Blackpool Central Pier Facebook page. Please note that opening times are weather dependent.

Amusements and Arcades

There’s two huge arcades on Blackpool Central Pier. Try your hand with the penny waterfalls and see if you can catch a toy in the grab machine. There’s other family favourites such as air hockey, pinball and pool. Plus all your favourite slot machines and arcade games.

  • The main arcade at the entrance to Central Pier is open daily from 10am all year round.
  • The Pirates Bay arcade is half way along the pier under the big wheel.
Arcade at Blackpool Central Pier

Fairground Rides

All the family can enjoy fairground rides on Central Pier! They’re open daily throughout the season. The rides don’t accept cash – buy your tickets in advance at the ticket booth. Ride pricing can be found at this link. Tickets can only be used on the pier where they were purchased. Just check the height restrictions for each ride first. Remember – adults aren’t allowed on the children’s rides!

Fairground rides on Blackpool Central Pier

Kiosks, Stalls & Cafes

It wouldn’t be Blackpool without side-stalls and there’s plenty to choose from on Central Pier! Test your skill with hoopla, darts and hook-a-duck. There are even stalls where everyone wins a prize. Great fun for all the family! Visit the rock and souvenir shops and of course, the palm reader!

If you’re feeling peckish there’s plenty of food to choose from. Fish and chips, ice cream, pizza, sandwiches and drinks are all available from cafes on the pier. They’re open right through the day until late.

Stalls, kiosks and cafes at Blackpool Central Pier

Kings and Queens Show

Central Pier Showbar is home to the amazing Kings and Queens of Rock, Pop and Roll. It’s the resorts favourite tribute show with all your favourite big names.

Kings and Queens Show at Central Pier

The showbar opens seasonally for Kings and Queens, through to the end of the Illuminations. Plus the Christmas shows in December. It’s Blackpool’s Greatest Tribute Show, this award winning show has been performing in Blackpool for 6 glittering years!

We’ve looked the dates up so you don’t have to!

  • Saturdays May 18, 25. June 1
  • Tues & Sat in June 4 & 8, 11 & 15, 18 & 22, 25 & 29 and July 2 & 6, 9 & 13
  • Tues, Weds & Sat from 16 July to 31 August
  • Tues & Sat in Sept 3 & 7, 10 & 14, 17 & 21, 24 & 28
  • Tues & Sat in Oct 1 & 5, 8 & 12, 15 & 19, 22 & 26, 29
  • Saturdays Nov, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Dec, 7, 14, 31


All Night Long – Soul & Motown Show

All Night Long - Soul & Motown Show

All Night Long will be running every Thursday and Sunday from the 25th July to the 1st September!
ONLY 12 DATES so don’t miss out and book today!! ⭐️Get ready for the best feel good Soul & Motown show yet!⭐️

⏰: Doors open 6:30pm. Show starts 7:30pm
: Central Pier Showbar, Blackpool

Terrace Bar

It’s a great place to enjoy an al-fresco drink while you soak up the sun – or watch it set! Find the Terrace Bar at the right of Central Pier, with fabulous beach and seafront views.

Enjoy the Seaside Atmosphere

Blackpool Central Pier is one of those places which is full of seaside atmosphere. You can hear the sea and the waves and the noise of the music and people chattering. Smell the onions frying for hotdogs, mixed with the sweet smell of candyfloss. There’s nowhere better for a big dose of that carefree holiday feeling!

The three piers are free to enter so you’re welcome to come on down for a wander. Sit for a while and enjoy the sunshine and soak up the rays. Or, on that one blistering hot day of English ‘summer’ go to the other side of the pier to enjoy the shade!

The view from the shady side of Central Pier
The view from the shady side of Central Pier

You can walk right around the very end of the Pier. Standing at the very seaward end, looking out into watery nothingness is an experience in itself – why don’t you go and take a look?

There are some very touching memorial plaques on the decking there too. Presumably in remembrance of people whose ashes have been interred at sea.

Memorials and flowers at the end of Central Pier

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