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Blackpool North Pier

Blackpool North Pier

Visit Blackpool North Pier – it’s one of three!

Blackpool North Pier is the Heritage Pier, with fun and entertainment for the whole family. Take a stroll along the decking and take in the view then sit awhile and breathe in the salty sea air. There’s always something to see and do here… PLUS new bars to enjoy with amazing views over the sea!

Promenade along North Pier and enjoy all it has to offer! Including:

  • the new indoor Bloom Bar and outdoor bar The Garden in the conservatory at the end of the pier
  • taking in the cafes and kiosks along the way, with their food, souvenirs and experiences
  • Not forgetting North Pier Theatre now called the Joe Longthorne Theatre at the end of the Pier. It’s home to a variety of shows throughout the year.
  • Plus of course North Pier Lounge & Bar (formerly the Merrie England)
  • Cafes, ice creams and amusement arcades at the Pier entrance!

Read on to find out more about what you’ll find at Blackpool North Pier…

Blackpool North Pier
Enjoy the sunshine at the end of the pier

Events, Shows and Entertainment at Blackpool North Pier

There’s entertainment for all the family, throughout the year at Blackpool North Pier.

North Pier Opening Times

  • North Pier is OPEN DAILY during February half term, then weekends until Easter
  • OPEN DAILY from Easter until the end of the Illuminations
  • Bloom Bar and The Garden is open daily until late, during the season.
  • The deck is open for the season.
  • All opening hours are weather dependent.
  • Sorry – no dogs allowed.
  • Ride tickets are only valid on the pier where they are bought.

Bloom Bar at the Pier

Have you seen the amazing new Bloom Bar at the end of North Pier? Open daily from 11am – usually till late – 10/11pm. May close earlier in poor weather.

With live entertainment, amazing cocktails, delicious food, friendly service and indoor plush seating… what more could you want? Treat yourself to an afternoon at the gin and prosecco bar – why not have afternoon tea? Also available for functions. There’s no need to book, first come – first served.

We went along to take a look, early on reopening day in 2021 before the crowds arrived –

Enjoy outdoor drinks in The Garden

The Garden is the ‘sister’ bar adjacent to Bloom, in what was the old solarium. This beautiful bar’s had a total transformation! It now features an outdoor cocktail and champagne bar, serving fabulous drinks. Make the most of the unique and unrivalled setting with amazing views over the sea.

Bloom Bar and The Garden at Blackpool North Pier
Bloom Bar and The Garden at Blackpool North Pier

The Garden is surrounded by glass and still features the original glass solarium structure. Organic floral displays complement the bar, along with comfy seating areas and contemporary furnishings.

Enjoy a variety of live entertainment (weather permitting) throughout the season. Live DJ’s everyday from 1-5pm, no need to book. Plus an extensive menu of delicious cocktails, wines, champagnes and gins along with your regular favourites. Delicious hot and cold food is available from The Tram food outlet.

Enjoy outdoor drinks in The Garden at North Pier
Enjoy outdoor drinks in The Garden at North Pier

North Pier Lounge and Bar

The North Pier Lounge and Bar (formerly the Merrie England Bar) is at the Promenade entrance to Blackpool North Pier, not far from Tower Festival Headland.

Merrie England Bar at the entrance to Blackpool-North Pier
Merrie England Bar at the entrance to Blackpool-North Pier


With something for everyone – which show will you go and see? BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

North Pier History & Heritage Tours

July 23 & 30. Aug 6, 13, 20. Sep 10, 17, 24. Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11am

North Pier History & Heritage Tours
North Pier History & Heritage Tours

Learn about the history of Blackpool’s very first attraction; from it’s Victorian beginnings as a ‘promenade pier’ to becoming one of the resort’s most important heritage buildings. Discover why the North Pier had a jetty added to it and what sailed (or flew!) from it. Hear of the international stars who graced the stage in its original Pavilion to the modern-day Theatre.

The tour lasts approximately two hours and ends with tea or coffee in the Joe Longthorne Museum Tea Rooms. Your host, Stephen Mercer, a trained Blackpool Heritage Champion, has a lot of in-depth knowledge of the North Pier. He may just pass on a tale or two of the stars of the shows from his days as theatre manager there!

Peter Kay Tribute – Family Comedy Night – 7.30pm on 25 June & 12 Nov

Tribute - Family Comedy Night at North Pier

After a SOLD OUT SHOW in 2021, Simon Mark returns to the Joe Longthorne Theatre in Blackpool with a BRAND NEW SHOW FOR 2022. After being dubbed “The UK’s MOST AUTHENTIC TRIBUTE to Peter Kay” – he’s ready to take you on a nostalgic trip with his relatable comedy, and iconic routines.

Simon Mark is quickly establishing himself as the UK’s most authentic tribute act to the comedy legend, Peter Kay. Delivering the iconic routines of the much loved funny man, Simon will have you in fits of laughter from ‘Garlic Bread’ to his ‘Misheard Song Lyrics’. Simon really does have Peter Kay down to a tee. With his mannerisms, faces and impeccable Peter Kay delivery, he’ll leave you wanting more but don’t just take our word for it…


Dave Lea & Andy Mudd

6pm on 30 June, 28 July, 25 Aug, 21 Sept – The Joe Longthorne MBE Museum

Dave Lea & Andy Mudd at North Pier

Join Dave Lea for a intimate 2 hour performance where Dave will perform some of his favourite re-arranged classics which his audiences have come to expect and in addition, many songs which his friend the late Joe Longthorne loved to sing. Dave’s built up a following of fans around the UK who love the classic’s including massive spine tingling ballads that Dave sings on stage.

A full 2 hours of some of the best known contemporary songs ever written including: IF I NEVER SING ANOTHER SONG, IMPOSSIBLE DREAM, MARY IN THE MORNING, WIND BENEATH MY WINGS, SOMEWHERE (A PLACE FOR US), LOVE IS IN THE AIR and many more instantly recognisable songs from his 8 CD albums released to date. A wonderful and friendly atmosphere where a night out is how it should be, full of like minded people who have come together to enjoy the music of Dave Lea. Its just like all friends together!!


Irish Annies – 1 July at 7.30pm

Irish Annies at North Pier

Come along and join in the fun at Irish Annie’s, a brand new musical play celebrating the best of Irish culture, from the music to the comedy. Meet landlady Annie and her regular madcap customers for a fun night of comedy and music in your favourite friendly Irish bar.

Featuring original tracks written for the show by Asa Murphy, along with your all-time favourite Irish tunes including Galway Shawl, Tell Me Ma, Dirty Old Town, Whiskey In The Jar, Danny Boy and many more. With a 6-piece Irish band The Shenanigans and a great cast live on stage. The evening promises to have the audience laughing, singing and dancing the night away.


Buddy Holly Lives – 2 July at 7.30pm

Buddy Holly Lives
Buddy Holly Lives

Buddy Holly Lives – The Music Never Died is a dazzling musical production written by and starring musician, performer and writer Asa Murphy. Buddy Holly Lives celebrates 70 years of legendary music from the genius boy from Lubbock Texas, featuring visual and audio moments in the short but historical career of Buddy Holly.

Dance the night away and enjoy all the hits performed by Asa Murphy as Buddy and backed by the live Buddy Rock N Roll Band. Featuring all the hits including… OH BOY, RAVE ON, THAT’LL BE THE DAY, TRUE LOVE WAYS, PEGGY SUE, RAINING IN MY HEART AND MANY MORE. It’s a guaranteed night of musical memories from one of the greatest artistes of all time.


‘MUSICAL SPECTACULAR’ – 9 July at 1 & 6pm

Musical Spectacular at North Pier

‘Cats With Red Shoes Academy’ are very proud to present an evening of dancing and artistic, rhythmic gymnastics spanning across every genre of music featuring many songs from popular Musicals.

The highly acclaimed Academy is the home of World Champions and medallists in 2020 and 2021. The pupils have performed at many prestige UK and International venues over the years, including the Royal Albert Hall, The Lowry Theatre and Disneyland Paris. They are big favourites in their home town of Blackpool , performing many times at The Opera House, Blackpool Tower and all major venues in the resort.


Summer Circus Party

July 11, 18, 25. Aug 1, 8, 15, 29 at 2.30pm

Summer Circus Party at North Pier
Summer Circus Party at North Pier

It’s an all new show for 2022 – Blackpool’s BIG family summer show! Expect laugh out loud slapstick comedy and incredible acrobats combined with colourful costumes and a carnival soundtrack in a show you simply don’t want to miss. This fast moving, high energy performance is perfect for all ages.

Our stunning Vocalists and Show Dancers feature alongside amazing Circus Acts in a show that will have you dancing in your seats. With Bubbles, Balloons, Lasers, Confetti Cannons and a UV light Show (complete with Giant Puppets) this is the BIGGEST family party in town! Pre-Show Fun with Mascot Characters, Have-A-Go Circus Skills and Face Painting. The funniest and most interactive show in Blackpool!


Rose Marie

6pm on 13 July, 17 Aug, 14 Sept, 12 Oct – The Joe Longthorne MBE Museum

Rose Marie at North Pier

An Evening of Entertainment with Irish Singing Sensation Rose-Marie in the intimate surroundings of the Joe Longthorne MBE Museum, located within The Joe Longthorne Theatre, North Pier Blackpool. Rose-Marie will be accompanied by Musical Director Mr Andy Mudd in an evening of music and conversation with a ‘Q & A’ session included.


We’ll Meet Again – 14 July & 15 Sept at 7.30pm

We'll Meet Again at North Pier


This 1940’s Variety Show is a light-hearted, yet respectful look at wartime entertainment known as E.N.S.A. Your host and 40’s vocalist Mervyn Francis returns along with comedy multi-instrumentalist Pete Lindup, and ukulele virtuoso Anthony Mason. Joining the team is our own forces sweetheart Beryl Johnson.

Together they re-create stars of the period in ‘ Workers Playtime ‘ with tributes to George Formby, Donald Peers, Gracie Fields, Noel Coward, Frank Randle, Anne Shelton, Jack Buchanan, Rob Wilton, Vera Lynn and more.


An Evening with Lee Cadman

6pm on 17 July, 6 Aug, 10 Sept, 8 Oct, 5 Nov – The Joe Longthorne MBE Museum

An Evening with Lee Cadman at North Pier
An Evening with Lee Cadman at North Pier

Vocalist Lee Cadman hails from Wigan and has been entertaining professionally for over 20 years. Starting out as a Pontin’s Bluecoat, Lee is always in demand and has performed worldwide and is also well known for his amazing impersonations of Robbie Williams and Neil Diamond.

Lee’s performance will feature classics by Elvis, Neil Diamond, Kenny Rodgers, Matt Monro and Lou Rawls to name but a few. His repertoire features songs from right across the musical spectrum, including some much loved songs by the late Joe Longthorne.


Wizard of Oz

2.30 & 7.30pm on 20 & 27 July, 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Aug

Wizard of Oz at North Pier

Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion on a magical adventure to find the Emerald City. This fun-packed pantomime twist on the original story is guaranteed to have you cheering Glinda the Good Fairy, booing the evil Wicked Witch of the West and rolling in the aisles with laughter.

Follow the brave foursome along the yellow brick road to find out if the scarecrow gets a brain, the tin man gets a heart, the lion gets some courage – and Dorothy finds her way back home! With stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and hilarious comedy, this is the summer treat for all the family.


Queen Will Rock You!

7.30pm on 21 & 28 July, 4, 11, 18, 25 Aug, 1 & 8 Sept

Queen Will Rock You at North Pier
Queen Will Rock You at North Pier

Queen Will Rock You are well established as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to the legend that is Freddie Mercury and Queen.

This electric theatre production fully imitates the enthralling appeal of rock’s most ostentatious front man. Faithfully and accurately recreating the unique Queen experience. From the movements of Freddie to the same equipment Queen used themselves to create their distinctive sound.

The extraordinary vocal range and outstanding delivery of Dominic Creighton as Freddie Mercury and the intricate guitar work of Alex Gaskell as Brian May are backed by superbly crafted harmonies, a driving rhythm section and state-of-the-art production. This show is a carbon copy experience of Queen’s famous 1986 Wembley Arena concert.


A Tribute to Elvis in Concert – 22 July at 7.30pm

A Tribute to Elvis in Concert at North Pier

Joe Marcel and The Kingsmen Band , Featuring The Sweet Aspirations, are proud to present ‘One Night With You’ a tribute to Legend and Superstar Elvis Presley. A celebration of the man and his music. A truly fun and exciting show to watch.

Join us on a musical journey charting such big ballads as American Trilogy, Hurt, Rags to Riches and Just Pretend. The repertoire also includes ‘If I Can Dream’ from the famous ‘1968 Comeback TV Special’.


Roy ‘Chubby Brown’

July 23, Aug 20, Sep 24, Oct 29 at 7.30pm

Roy 'Chubby Brown' at North Pier
Roy ‘Chubby Brown’ at North Pier

After 50 years in show business Roy Chubby Brown has proven himself time and time again!!

30 totally different DVDs in 30 years, 2,000 plus live shows worldwide, 4 books, countless original songs and millions of fans are testimony to the face that he is “Britain’s King of Comedy”. 18+ ADULTS ONLY. If easily offended… stay away


Psychology of Serial Killers – 30 July at 7.30pm

Join expert forensics lecturer Jennifer Rees to explore one of Forensic Psychology’s most troubling topics. During this talk, you will discover how serial killers are classified. What are the differences between lust killers like the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) Killer and visionary killers such as David Berkowitz (Son of Sam)? Jennifer will explore the different categories, using case studies to illustrate. She will also debunk common Serial Killer Myths – you may be surprised by what you learn!

Jennifer will discuss the typical differences between males and female serial killers, again, incorporating case studies to illustrate. Investigate the phenomenon of killer couples such as Fred and Rose West and The Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, as well exploring the Folie à deux syndrome a.k.a ‘shared psychosis’.


Alex Belfield

7.30pm on 6 Aug, 8 Oct & 5 Nov

Alex Belfield at North Pier

After 25 years in broadcasting & touring LIVE, Alex Belfield found himself in Lockdown. It was then that he launched ‘The Voice Of Reason’ on YouTube from his mother’s back bedroom. He’s now the UK’s #1 News talk presenter, commentator, troublemaker & comedian online. Having never done a proper job (and being permanently self-unemployed) – Alex is bringing his LIVE nonsense to his spiritual home Blackpool!

Laughing in the face of lefties – Alex brings old-school cabaret back to the stage. Half wits, fart heads & the hard of thinking are requested to stay away! This is entertainment for grown ups who love to laugh….not precious woke-flakes who want to be offended. Special guests are his ‘TV Comedy Legend’ Mr Bobby Davro and ‘Right Said Fred’. No refunds – no matter how many times you boo hoo on Twitter! Strictly over 18s only.


On with the Show! at North Pier – August 21 at 2pm

On with the show at North Pier
Take your seats for ‘On With The Show’ Charity Gala Performance!

‘On With The Show’ Charity Gala Performance hosted by Presenter and DJ Adam Smith in aid of locally based charities.
Plus special guests and full supporting company to be announced soon.


Sooty’s Coming Home

Mon 22 Aug, Sat 22 Oct. Shows at 12, 3 & 6pm

Sooty's Coming Home at North Pier
Sooty’s Coming Home at North Pier

Izzy Wizzy Let’s get busy – It’s The Sooty Show! Direct from Citv, Sooty heads home to Blackpool in a fabulous fun show to delight the whole family. With special guest Russ Brown Magical Entertainer. A spectacular treat for the whole family – including a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show!

Joining the nations favourite bear will be Sweep and Soo and who will be attempting to keep Sooty from getting up to mischief! A spectacular mix of magic, music and mess- guaranteed giggles for Sooty Fans old and new!


Tonight at the Musicals – 17 September at 7.30pm

Paul Burton Productions are pleased to be bringing Tonight at the Musicals to The Joe Longthorne Theatre on Saturday 17th September 2022 at 7.30pm. A large cast, including Alice Barlow (The Voice UK), Amelle Berrabah (Sugababes), Jaymi Hensley (Union J) and John Partridge (EastEnders), will perform songs from popular musicals during the concert to raise funds for RNLI Blackpool.

Singers will include: Alice Barlow (The Voice UK, Son of a Preacher Man), Nikki Bentley (Wicked), Amelle Berrabah (Sugababes, Club Tropicana), Emily Jane Brooks (Crazy for You), Catherine Digges (Calendar Girls), Georgina Hagen (Heathers), Jaymi Hensley (Union J, Joseph), Sophie Linder-Lee (The Rocky Horror Show), Jessica Martin (Mack and Mabel), John Partridge (EastEnders, Cabaret), Helen Power (Sunset Boulevard), Amy Ross (Wicked), Alice Ellen Wright (Les Misérables)


What’s at Blackpool North Pier?

Blackpool North Pier is an amazing example of Victorian architecture. You can explore it’s history here, and find out what makes it unique.

Promenade along an Original Heritage Pier

To ‘Promenade’ was originally to dress in your fine clothes and take a stroll in a popular place. Like the seafront – or a pier like this one.

Promenade along Blackpool North Pier
Promenade along Blackpool North Pier

Children’s Rides

There are traditional children’s rides at both ends of Blackpool North Pier where your little ones can enjoy the fun of the fair! You’ll spot the Helter Skelter from the promenade. There’s also a beautiful original merry go round too, plus various other rides.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets can only be redeemed on the Pier where they were bought. Not transferable.

Children's Rides at the entrance to North Pier
Children’s Rides at the entrance to North Pier

North Pier Theatre, now the Joe Longthorne Theatre

There’s a different show for everyone at the Theatre at the end of the Pier. Recent shows include Cinderella, Dick Whittington, the Rat Pack, Sunset Cinema and many more.

Book your tickets online here

Blackpool North Pier Theatre entrance
Blackpool North Pier Theatre entrance

Amusement Arcades

The Amusement Arcades at North Pier open all year round. Test your skills with a selection of video games, fruit machines and prize machines, games of skill, and pinball. There are even machines for the very little ones – there’s something for all the family at the Pier arcade. Open daily from 10am.

Blackpool North Pier
Blackpool North Pier

Cafes and Kiosks

From the entrance to the end of the Pier you’ll find an interesting assortment of kiosks, plus plenty of places to eat and drink too.

Kiosks on Blackpool North Pier
Kiosks on Blackpool North Pier

There’s the British seaside favourite of fish and chips – and of course ice cream. Choose from light snacks, meals, sandwiches, cakes and drinks. Various other kiosks sell gifts, sweets, records and clothes, and no self respecting pier would be complete without a resident fortune teller. Visit Gypsy Petulengro to see what the future holds for you!

Watch the Starlings

North Pier is one of a few places in the country where you can see this amazing sight.

Starlings getting ready to roost. Photo: Glenys Watson
Starlings getting ready to roost. Photo: Glenys Watson

Throughout the months of late autumn and winter, the Piers are a roost for tens of thousands of starlings. Each night when they arrive at dusk they create a spectacular display known as a murmuration. They swoop and glide as one huge, black mass as they fly to the pier to bed down for the night.

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