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


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 9.30am to 1pm in the Visitor Centre by the car park in the middle of Stanley Park.

Dog walkers club in Stanley Park
Dog walkers club in 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. Every Tuesday between 11 and 2 in the Visitor Centre. A friendly group who make all kinds of things and welcome all. The group is run by Mike and items can be sold in the cabinet with proceeds going to the park. Ring the Visitor Centre for more information on 07554 4387700.

A Gardening Group also meets 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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