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What’s On at Blackpool North Pier!

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!

As you can imagine, it’s not all sunny days at Blackpool Pier and the weather can be treacherous at times! So it’s open during the season and may be closed during exceptional weather. Basically have a look and if the gates are open it’s open!

North Pier Opening Times

  • North Pier is OPEN DAILY during February half term, then weekends until Easter
  • OPEN DAILY from Easter until November. May be open at weekends up to Christmas during good weather!
  • 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.

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.

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 including the train to the end of this Blackpool pier.

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

Blackpool North Pier Theatre, now the Joe Longthorne Theatre and Studio

There’s a different show for everyone at the theatre at the end of the pier. Grade II listed, built in 1939. With a capacity of 1465 it’s now one of only six operating pier-theatres in the country, and one of only four operating on the seaward end of the pier. Alongside is the Joe Longthorne Studio. It’s a smaller, 130 seated performance room and all purpose venue for intimate performances, book launches, talks, meetings and exhibitions.

In both venues there’s a wide range of shows and performance, with something for everyone. From adult comedy to children’s shows, music, tributes, big names and so much more.

Book your tickets online here

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.

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.

Cafes and kiosks at 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 the amazing sight of a starling murmuration.

Throughout the months of late autumn and winter, the Piers (especially North and Central) are a roost for tens of thousands of birds. 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.

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

History and Heritage

Blackpool North Pier is an amazing structure – especially when you consider that it was built in 1862/3! Built by Eugenius Birch, the eminent architect of the day, it’s the oldest remaining example of his work that’s still in use.

It’s seen wars and fires, shipwrecks and changing fashions. But it’s still standing and entertaining holiday makers now as it did back then. There’s loads of interesting information about the history and heritage of Blackpool North Pier here.

Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to one of the original glove puppets – it’s where Sooty comes from!

Bars at North Pier

There’s LOADS to see and do at Blackpool’s Heritage Pier! Open throughout the season it’s a great place to enjoy the views, the bars and the end-of-the-pier theatre. Plenty for all ages with the little train to the end of the pier, children’s rides and adult comedy – it’s all here!

  • the lovely indoor Bloom Bar and outdoor bar The Garden in the conservatory at the end of the pier
  • take 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 along with the smaller Joe Longthorne Studio.
  • Plus of course North Pier Lounge & Bar (formerly the Merrie England)
  • And cafes, ice creams and amusement arcades at the Pier entrance.

Come and take a look around…

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.

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. It’s undergoing another renovation to open as a brand new bar area in 2024.

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

Bailey J Mills: Unfiltered & Scummy at Blackpool North Pier – Saturday 20 April at 7.30pm

Bailey J Mills: Unfiltered & Scummy at Blackpool North Pier

Get ready to be swept off your feet into a whirlwind of laughter with Bailey J Mills: Unfiltered & Scummy at Blackpool North Pier in the Joe Longthorne Studio. The sensational comedy star is renowned for her appearance in ‘The After Shave’ alongside Danny Beard on BBC. Bailey J Mills makes a triumphant return to the stage with the highly-anticipated touring show, “Bailey J Mills: Unfiltered & Scummy!”


Lytham Dance Academy presents ‘The Beat Goes on 2’ – Sat 27 Apr at 7pm

Lytham Dance Academy presents 'The Beat Goes on 2' at the Joe Longthorne Theatre, Blackpool North Pier

Come and enjoy an evening from the Musicals. These talented children from 2 years to 18 will take you on a musical journey showing you their skills in Acro, Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre and contemporary. We are a family run Academy based in Lytham and we can’t wait to entertain you.


DLG Acro Dance School 2024 – 10 & 11 May at 1 & 6pm

Get your tickets for DLG Acro Dance School 2024 at North Piers Joe Longthorne Theatre and sees the stars of tomorrow performing today!

We are very pleased to welcome back the ‘DLG Acro Dance School’ to The Joe Longthorne Theatre. The Blackpool based Dance School will present an incredible range of dance styles during their show including Acro, Ballet, Tap, Modern, HipHop, Lyrical, Jazz and more.


An Audience with Marc Bolton – Sat 11 May at 3pm

Enjoy An Audience with Marc Bolton at North Piers Joe Longthorne Studio. On his way to Blackpool with singing, Comedy and vocal impressionism!

Marc Bolton is a man of many talents from Singer, Comedian to Vocal Impressionist. He’s quickly become a man who has taken the industry by storm touring across the UK, and now on his way to Blackpool.

With the ability to mimic many of the world’s leading stars such as Tom Jones, Frankie Valli, Barry White, Shirley Bassey, Barry Gibb, Pavarotti, Tina Turner – just to name a few. Marc has spent over 32 years perfecting his craft working alongside some of the top name’s in show business.


Friday Night Comedy Club – Fri 17 May at 8pm

Welcome to Blackpool's newest show, Friday Night Comedy Club at North Pier, performed in the Joe Longthorne Studio.

Welcome to Blackpools’ newest Comedy Club, performed in the Joe Longthorne Studio. MC Mike Richards will warm you up and assure you of an amazing evening. Presenting you 3 talented comics as featured on the box. We bring you Liam, who’s performed all over the UK and appeared at numerous festivals. In 2015, Liam performed his debut solo show to a sold out audience at the Liverpool Comedy Festival.

Next is Josh Elton from Swansea, now based in Cardiff, a comedic force to be reckoned with. With over seven years of experience and an impressive portfolio of over a thousand gigs on the Welsh comedy circuit, Josh has established himself as a true talent in the industry. And topping the bill is Masai Graham, a multi award winning one-liner comedian from the West Midlands. The former Care worker turned comic has been writing and performing comedy for over a decade. Winning accolades including ‘UK Pun Championship 2016, ‘Joke of the Fringe’ 2016 and 2022.


Stephanie Aird’s Lols Live – Sat 18 May & 3 Aug at 4pm

SHE'S BACK with TWO dates of Stephanie Aird's Lols Live at North Pier in the Joe Longthorne Studio, as she takes Blackpool by storm!

SHE’S BACK in the Joe Longthorne Studio! After phenomenal demand, we’re announcing TWO dates with Stephanie Aird as she takes Blackpool by storm. Stephanie is a comedian from Hartlepool whose videos have been viewed over 60 million times across her social media pages.

Stephanie has amassed more than 650,000 followers on Facebook, which has helped her gain fans from all around the world. After posting comedy videos on her Facebook page during 2014, she’s grown a legion of fans known as ‘Phannies’ and often tours around the country performing her show to SELL OUT audiences. We must remind you that IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED, then PLEASE STAY AWAY.


Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown at North Pier

18 May, 29 June, 26 July, 24 August, 28 September & 26 October – shows at 7pm

Roy Chubby Brown at North Pier

Politically incorrect and not for the faint-hearted – but enjoy a hilarious night out with Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown at North Pier, Blackpool. But after 50 years in show business he’s 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


Katie Hopkins ‘Silly Cow’ – 7-9 Jun at 2.30/7pm

Sick of not being able to say what you really think? Then this is the show for you - Katie Hopkins 'Silly Cow' at North Pier Blackpool!

Are you in need of a night out and a good laugh? Did you ever imagine KATIE HOPKINS, the SILLY COW would be the one bringing it? Couldn’t stand her and now love her? Think she’s a silly cow? Sick of not being able to say what you really think? Then this is the show for you. Katie has never been one to say what you are supposed to say in order to be liked, and it turns out she’s bloody funny with it.

Shredding idiot celebrities, ridiculing useless politicians, and tearing big chunks out of herself, nothing is off limits in this stand-up show. Katie isn’t here to hide. Exposing her epic fails and humiliating personal issues, Hopkins puts HERSELF in the cross hairs to make YOU hurt with laughter.


Showtime ’24 – Fri 21 Jun at 7pm

Mayfield Primary School, and schools from across the Fylde Coast, come together for an evening of song and dance in Showtime '24 at Blackpool North Pier

Mayfield Primary School, and schools from across the Fylde Coast, come together for an evening of song and dance.

The show will feature many children from across the local area as they perform pop songs from the 80s to the present day and present dances inspired by the great artistes of popular music in a very special evening that celebrates the talented and enthusiastic performers within our local schools in their very own Showtime production.’


Crissy Rock Live – Sat 22 Jun at 7pm

Hitting Blackpool for an evening of laughter, Crissy Rock Live at North Pier. Guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles!

Best known as one of the stars of ITV1’s hit series ‘Benidorm’ and a multi award winner, Crissy is better known to her fans as one of the most outstanding and outrageous stand up comedians of her generation. From her hilarious routines directed at useless partners (well, men in general) to her journey through the onset of middle age, Crissy’s non-stop blasts of comedy brilliance hit the right note every time.

You may of seen Crissy more recently on Lorraine, Loose Women, The Full Monty and as a semi finalist on 5 Star’s Celebs on the Farm, but in 2024, she is hitting to Blackpool for an evening guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles with laughter! Performed in the Joe Longthorne Studio.


A Celebrity Audience with the Legendary Rose Marie

Fri 28 June at 7pm in the Joe Longthorne Studio

Enjoy A Celebrity Audience with the Legendary Rose Marie at the Joe Longthorne Studio, Blackpool North Pier

An Evening of Music and Entertainment with the Legendary Rose-Marie in the intimate surroundings of the Joe Longthorne Studio at The Joe Longthorne Theatre, North Pier Blackpool. Rose-Marie will be joined by celebrity friends in an intimate evening of music and conversation.


The Dolly and Humpy Show

Sat 29 June at 5pm in the Joe Longthorne Studio

Enjoy the all-time greats and classic hits with The Dolly and Humpy Show at the Joe Longthorne Studio, Blackpool North Pier.

Scott Dee is the UK’s Top Tribute to the legendary Engelbert Humperdinck. Engelbert lived the show-business dream and become a global legend in the process, with millions of dedicated fans around the world. He looks like Engelbert, he’s the same height, has those green eyes, smouldering good looks and powerful three and a half octave vocal range ensuring the essence of ‘The King of Romance’ is captured in this fabulous, charismatic tribute. He’ll perform many of the hits made famous by Engelbert including ‘The Last Waltz’, ‘After the Lovin’, ‘Quando Quando Quando’ and ‘Release Me’. Scott performed in Las Vegas where he appeared in front of Engelbert and his family receiving great acclaim.

Claire Daye is a country singer in her own right. Touring Britain with live bands. She is noted as one of the best Dolly tributes in Europe! Exactly the same height and same physical attributes as Dolly, sounds alike and has the same quick wit as Miss Parton herself. Expect to hear all of Dolly’s hits including ‘Jolene, 9-5 and I Will Always Love You’, spanning the decades of the Queen of County’s songs.

N.B. This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.


An Evening with Darren Day

Sun 30 June at 7pm in the Joe Longthorne Studio, plus 25 Aug & 13 Oct

‘An Evening with Darren Day’ is an intimate, cabaret evening in The Joe Longthorne Studio, accompanied by Joe Longthorne’s MD Andy Mudd.

‘An Audience with Darren Day’ is an intimate, cabaret evening in The Joe Longthorne Studio, accompanied by Joe Longthorne’s Musical Director Mr Andy Mudd.

West End star Darren is a major recording artist including ‘This Is the Moment,’ a collection of Darren’s favourite musical theatre numbers. Darren’s delighted to be heading back to Blackpool for his 2024 engagements at The Joe Longthorne Studio North Pier. Joe and Darren were great friends and Joe personally asked Darren to take on his 2014 season when having to undergo lifesaving surgery. He credits his ‘dear and much missed’ friend with being a huge influence on his early days in showbusiness, recounting warm memories of watching Joe on TV growing up in the 1980s.


Freddie Davies “A Comedy Life – 75 Years a Comedian” – Fri 12 July at 2.30pm

Freddie Davies "A Comedy Life - 75 Years a Comedian"

Freddie Davies is the grandson of a music hall entertainer and one of Great Britain’s best loved comedians. From the 1960s-1980s he appeared in numerous TV shows including Opportunity Knocks and Sunday Night at the Palladium. Billed as Freddie ‘Parrotface’ Davies, he had his own TV series, parts in major TV soaps, dramas and films including Harry Potter. Freddie is a master of Panto and very much still at the top of his game after 50 years in the business.

In association with Blackpool Comedy Festival 2024.


Cats with Red Shoes – Musical Spectacular 2024 – Sat 13 July at 1 & 6pm

A musical tribute to 4 mini-musicals - Cats with Red Shoes - Musical Spectacular 2024 - dancing and artistic, rhythmic gymnastics!

‘Cats With Red Shoes Academy’ proudly present their ‘Musical Spectacular 2024’. This year they are presenting a musical tribute to 4 mini-musicals. With dancing and artistic, rhythmic gymnastics enjoy ‘Pippi Longstocking’, ‘Bring It On The Musical’, ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ The Comedy Musical and ‘101 Dalmations The Musical’.

This highly acclaimed Academy is the home of World Champions and Medallists. 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 hometown of Blackpool, performing many times at The Opera House, Blackpool Tower and all major venues in the resort. The cast is made up of 170 boys and girls, with an age range of 2 to 16 and features six world championship routines, covering Ballet, Tap and Modern plus Musical Theatre, Freestyle Disco and Cheerleading.


2-Alike Father & Son Duo Marty Wade & Jamie Gray – Sat 20 July at 5pm

Enjoy an afternoon musical performance with 2-Alike Father & Son Duo Marty Wade & Jamie Gray, at the Joe Longthorne Studio, North Pier.

We are pleased to present International vocalist Marty Wade performing with son Jamie Gray as Father and Son duo ’ 2-Alike’. Making their debut performance at The Joe Longthorne Studio North Pier Blackpool.

Marty is well known for his distinctive voice and has appeared right around the world. This show will consist of two halves with an interval in-between, with a dedicated bar located within the Studio, and step-free access throughout.


An Evening with the Legendary Stan Boardman – Sat 20 July at 7pm

Love a good laugh? Enjoy An Evening with the Legendary Stan Boardman at the Joe Longthorne Theatre, Blackpool North Pier

In the summer of 1976 his entire life and career changed dramatically, almost overnight. Stan and his family were on holiday at a Butlin’s holiday camp, when his twin children persuaded him to enter the weekly talent competition; just for fun. He reluctantly agreed and for the first time in his life he stood up on stage in front of a packed audience and entertained them with a hastily memorised list of jokes. Surprisingly he won first prize!

Starring appearances on Granada Television’s new Comedians series proved to be a tremendous springboard to even greater success for Stan Boardman. In the space of a handful of months he emerged as one of the most sort after comedians in show business. The diverse nature of his act meant that he appeared in, pantomimes, concerts, cabaret and summer seasons at major venues all over Britain.


Summer Circus Show – Adventure on the Sea

24 & 31 July, 7, 14, 21 & 27 Aug, shows at 2 & 7pm

Summer Circus Show - Adventure on the Sea

Get ready for fun in the all new summer circus show! Join the hilarious comedy hosts and a cast of amazing circus performers as they embark on a BIG sea adventure. You’re all part of the crew, so shipmates, get ready to board the “Jammy Dodger Galleon” and sail the high seas in search of the mysterious island of Xanadu. This fantastic show is full of hilarious slapstick comedy, laugh out loud comedy capers, songs and amazing circus acts.

On the way you’ll meet a motley crew of juggling and hula hooping pirates. Don’t forget to boo the wicked Captain Blackbeard and look out for the skeletons and crocodiles! Then it’s time to walk the plank for a journey to the bottom of the ocean. The magical glow in the dark underwater world is full of puppets, contortionists and bubbles! The acrobatic warriors will greet you as you arrive on the island of Xanadu, home to the awesome giant dinosaurs.


The Jolly Gang are Back! Sun 28 July at 6pm

Actors from the best sitcome 'Only Fools and Horses' - The Jolly Gang are Back! Join them on-stage at the Joe Longthorne Theatre!

Coming back to The Joe Longthorne Theatre, actors from the best sitcom ever made, ‘Only Fools and Horses.’ Join original cast members on stage for an evening of memories. The show is in memory of the great late Michael Jayston (James Turner) who was originally booked to appear but has sadly passed away recently.

Michael Fenton Stevens ‘Alan Perkins Leader of The Groovy Gang ‘, Daniel Peacock ‘Mental Mickey’ and Philip Pope ‘singing dustman Tony Angelino’ who will be performing ‘Cwing’. Joining them are special guests Bhasker Patel ‘Dr Singh’, Jean Warren ‘Sonia’ and Mike Kemp as ‘Stan Trotter. There’ll be stories, live Q&A, competitions , merchandise and a raffle and even the odd song too.


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