FREE Events at Stanley Park

FREE Events at Stanley Park

The Friends of Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland work hard throughout the year to bring you lots of FREE events at Stanley Park and outdoor concerts throughout the season.

Take a look at what’s on this year. Please note – correct at time of publication.

Stanley Park – Free Events

Free bandstand events at Stanley Park - 20.5.18 - photo from Elizabeth Gomm
Free bandstand events at Stanley Park – The first gig of 2018 on 20.5.18 – photo from Elizabeth Gomm

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.

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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. Acts love to appear on the bandstand. Some have large followings and up to 2,000 people attend to create a carnival atmosphere. 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 with no charge to the public.

Keep an eye on the Visit Fylde Coast Events Calendar where everything is listed individually. Make sure you don’t miss any of the great free entertainment this summer at Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland.

Don’t forget to 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.


**Please check the Friends of Stanley Park – Facebook page for the latest updates**

Bring along a picnic and your dancing shoes, for the Fylde Coast’s favourite FREE entertainment on Sunday afternoons (plus other days).

Friends of Stanley Park is short of volunteers to help to run these events. If you’d like to help please get in touch with


Sunday 14th April – The Stroke Association Resolution Run on Stanley Park Blackpool
Sat 20th-Sun 21st – Easter Fair and Easter Bonnet Competition


Mon 6th-Wed 8th – “Lancastrians” Play performed in the Visitor Centre
Sunday 12th – 12.30pm to 5pm – Music at the Bandstand from Mr Mel’s Big Chill on the Bandstand. The Water Diamonds, Heartbreakers, Millwood Duo, Ian Brown, Henry Hockings.
Sunday 19th – ‘Walkies for Wards‘ Blue Skies and Friends of Stanley Park Dog Show.
Sunday 19th – Music at the Bandstand from Power Trip and Friends, 1-4.30pm
Sunday 26th – Music at the Bandstand with Steve McCartney, Bandit and Repeater from 1-4.30pm


Sat 2nd  – Music at the bandstand from Don’t Panic and Old Rope.
Sat 8th – “Wind in the Willows” performed on the Bandstand
Sunday 9th  – Music at the bandstand from Shaun Preston with his baby grand piano. Plus Red Bank Road, Molly’s Chamber
16th June – Music at the Bandstand from Bob On and Friends
Sat 22nd – Veterans Day in the Park
Sat 22nd – Music at the Bandstand with Stowe School Band
Sun 23rd – Music at the Bandstand with Brother Rabbit and Friends
Sat 29th – Blackpool’s Armed Forces Day
Sun 30th – Bandstand’s 90th Birthday celebrations. NOW AND THEN AT THE BANDSTAND from 12.30-4.30pm. With Poet Melvyn Ankers, Blackpool & Fylde Light Operatic Society and Ska Face.


Sat 6th – Wordpool Family Day
Sunday 7th – 11am to 4pm – The Motorcycle Show at Stanley Park Blackpool, organised by the Motorcycle Action Group.
Sunday 7th – Music on the bandstand with funky Touch the Pearl from 1pm to 4.30pm
Sunday 14th – Music on the bandstand with the fabulous Rupert Fabulous & special guest, from 1-4.30pm
Sunday 21st – Music on the bandstand with Elektrik Dreams – sounds of the 80’s, Lucky Escape, Steve Matthews from 1-4.30pm
Mon 22nd-Fri 26th – Love Parks Week
Sunday 28th – Music on the bandstand  with Makapaca party band, Prime Mover show band, Joe Marcel with the Kingsman, feat. the Sweet Aspirations and Tribute to Elvis


Sunday 4th – Music at the Bandstand from Majesty, Queen Tribute Band, and The Heat.
Sat 10th – Table Top Sale in the Visitor Centre
Sunday 11th – Music on the bandstand from Parka Monkeys, The Immediates and The Getsettes
Sun 18th – BARK Dog event
Sunday 18th – Music on the bandstand from The Switch, Odall and Overload, 1-4.30pm as usual
Sunday 25th – Music on the bandstand with Soul in the Park DJs from 1-4.30pm
Monday 26th – Music on the bandstand with Free Roll, Beast Decoys plus friends.


Sunday 1st – Music on the bandstand Johnny Bullitt and the Promise plus Two Birds and a Guitar and Room 4.
Sunday 8th – Music on the bandstand with The Sacred Woods, Laura Oldfield and Vala Fouth.
Saturday 14th – Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids – Cancer Research Race for Life events
Sunday 15th – Music on the bandstand with Kazoobian plus special guest
Friday 20th September – Climb the Cocker Clock Tower for Heritage Open Days. Drop in event – note that that climbing the tower involves steep steps up and down, without a lift.
Saturday 21st September – An extra event for 2019 – Music on the Bandstand with Breakout & Badwax Audio DJs with more to be announced. 1pm to 4.30pm.
Sat 28th/Sun 29th – Coffee Mornings in aid of Macmillan


Sat 26th/Sun 27th – Halloween and Carved Pumpkin Competition


Sat 9th – Remembrance Day on Veterans Walk
Sat 30th – Christmas Fair


Sun 1st – Christmas Fair
Sat 7th – “A Christmas Carol” performed in the Visitor Centre
Sun 22nd – Carols and Christmas Songs at the Bandstand

Dog Walkers Club

Do you walk your dog in Stanley Park? Why don’t you join the Dog Walkers Club? Meet on Wednesday morning from 10am to 12.30 in the Visitor Centre by the car park in the middle of Stanley Park.

Dog Walkers Club at Stanley Park
Dog Walkers Club at Stanley Park

Come along to the coffee morning to enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits. Plus a biscuit and water for your dog as well.

Just drop in or ring on the day – 01253 699470 – please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

Other Friends of Stanley Park Groups

The Craft Club meet in the Visitor’s Centre on Tuesday mornings, and a Gardening Group meet at pre-arranged locations in the park on Thursdays.

Free events from the Friends of Stanley Park

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.

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

Get in Touch with the Friends of Stanley Park

Friends of Stanley Park – external website

Friends of Stanley Park – Facebook page

Follow the Friends of Stanley Park on Twitter @BlackpoolFOSP

Chairman: Mrs Elaine Smith, tel:01253 318948 and e-mail:

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    Looking thru the list of bands in Stanley Pk.I was disappointed at the omission of brass bands.
    Particularly as there are so many fine bands in the area …Blackpool Brass ..Thornton -Cleveleys. ..Pilling..Eccleston..Freckleton…in fact the NWest association who hold their annual competition in Blackpool boasts a membership of 70 active bands. The list even includes the National Champions.
    There are a number of non member bands around also.
    Many School & Yth Brass bands in the region.
    Yet none are performing In Stanley Park .. not once ! Why ..?
    I doubt it is a financial reason I see Stowe School are engaged ..all the way from Bucks….mind you they are NOT a brass band so I suppose that may the reason

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      It’s my understanding that bookings at the bandstand are made by groups/bands approaching the Friends of Stanley Park and booking the available slots.

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