The great thing about Blackpool Town Centre is that it’s got it all. Make it a part of your day out or holiday – a look round the shops, a bite to eat, a walk on the prom, fun and entertainment – all in close proximity and easy walking distance for a great day out for all the family.
Blackpool Town Centre is managed by Blackpool BID - creating a cleaner, safer and inviting town centre with something for everyone - shopping and markets, entertainment, food and drink.
Blackpool Houndshill Shopping Centre
Enjoy the new indoor malls of the Hounds Hill Shopping Centre with national names including Debenhams, Next, New Look, H&M and more besides, all under cover in bright and spacious surroundings - with all the facilities that today’s modern shopper expects - including cafes, toilets, car parking and baby changing.
Head outside into the sunshine and sea air and in the streets immediately next to the Hounds Hill and in the shadow of the mighty Blackpool Tower you’ll find many other big high street names, including Marks and Spencer, BHS, WH Smith, TK Maxx, a spectacular Primark on four floors - and similar national chains.
Get beyond the very centre of town and there are plenty of independent retailers to explore, with some really nice products to find – including of course all kinds of women’s, men’s and children’s fashions, but also hairdressers, nail bars, cafes and food shops, solicitors and pet shops – and the Co-op – a handy supermarket right in the centre of town on Birley Street, where you can stock up on provisions.
Just across the road from Birley Street is Abingdon Street Market – a traditional market and long standing part of Blackpool’s retail landscape - with independent fruit and veg stalls, bakeries, cheese and dairy, home cooked meats to make your mouth water, and more.
Abingdon Street Market Blackpool
The good thing about Blackpool is that it’s actually quite a compact place, so you’re not too affected by the inclement British weather! Unlike some cities and town centres where you can walk for miles just getting from place to place, here in Blackpool you can spend most of your time and energy actually inside and finding whatever it is you came for – without getting a drowning from the weather!
Blackpool Town Centre is also a great place for leisure too so if you’re not a great shopper but like the atmosphere of a busy place to spend your free time, then there are plenty of restaurants, pavement cafes and bars where you can meet a friend for a drink and a bite to eat.
Try the ever popular Nando’s and Pizza Express – or maybe one of the Taste of Lancashire assured independent restaurants are more your thing. If you prefer a quick bite to eat, you’re spoilt for choice with coffee shops and cafes.
Why not head to Birley Street – a pedestrianised area where you’ll find Brilliance - with the huge overhead steel structures that play music and light shows and in season link the Illuminations to the town centre. Even in the daytime it’s an experience and somewhere to sit awhile and just take in the sights and sounds, but at night it comes to life!
A short stroll away from Birley Street and past the newly renovated front of Abingdon Street Market, St John’s Square is a really nice open public space right in the heart of town, and where you’ll often find things happening including the Chilli Festival, and lots of fun things.
St John's Square, Blackpool
Pavement cafes in St John's Square, Blackpool
St John’s Square is another pedestrianised space so it’s perfectly safe for your little ones to run about and dodge the dancing water that fountains out of the ground in front of the church, and where you can sit a while in the sunshine with a coffee and a cake at one of the many cafes. As you pass through St John’s Square, you’ll see the diving sculpture and see how the light catches it at different times of the day and year.
Blackpool Grand Theatre
Of course Blackpool Town Centre is also where you’ll find the Winter Gardens, The Grand Theatre and Blackpool Tower – a world of entertainment and leisure to suit everyone, with West End shows, comedy, drama and places with dazzling nightlife are all here just waiting to be enjoyed.
Come and enjoy Blackpool Town Centre – it’s got it all!
Blackpool BID looks after the town centre area from the promenade between Central and North Piers to Sainsburys and the railway station going inland.
Businesses pay a levy amounting to 1% of their rateable value to pay for BID activities which include events, warden services and security.
The aim of Blackpool BID is to create a cleaner, safer and inviting town centre with something for everyone - shopping and markets, entertainment, food and drink.
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If you've been to Blackpool in recent weeks you'll have noticed that there are road works and construction works going on in various places. Please #shoplocal and support the shops and businesses in the town centre while this work is going on.
The view over Blackpool from the roof of Sainsbury's at Talbot Road
The work is part of a larger project to create better, more attractive places in Blackpool, leading to investment and jobs for local people.
It's an exciting time in our town, with a lot of investment and planning coming to fruition. You know what they always say on house programmes on TV - infrastructure investment and building work is always a sign that a place is on the up!
The Blackpool tramway is being extended to the railway station. The town centre will be getting a new conference centre, a new IMAX cinema, more places to shop and eat. There are new four and five star hotels being built and the look and feel of streets will be improved.
While all this is going on, Blackpool BID is concentrating on its primary role - to create a cleaner, safer and inviting town centre with something for everyone, for shopping, entertainment, food and drink.
The BID is continuously involved in a multi-agency operation to tackle antisocial behaviour and public nuisance issues in the town centre, mainly caused by beggars, spice users and street drinkers. It's a problem not just isolated to Blackpool town centre but prevalent in town centres throughout the UK.
The operation is ongoing and we are working with the Police, Trading Standards, Housing Options and the drug and alcohol service. Although legally the process is quite slow we are pleased to report that the number of successes is steadily growing which has lead to a number of Criminal Behaviour Orders being issued with more cases on the court schedule.
The BID recruited 3 additional town centre wardens who joined the team in September 2017. This enables a full 7 day service to 7.30pm most days. The additional staff have had a significant and positive effect, with praise coming from both retailers and the public alike.
The reintroduction of CCTV has proved invaluable with some significant crime prevention and arrests since its reinstatement. To this end the BID has agreed to support the continuance of a staffed service to the same level for another 2 years, until November 2019.
To help to improve safety and security for the night time economy, the BID will support the continuance of the Safe Haven Bus on Talbot Square. The service was in danger of closure due to a funding shortfall and, as it provides a valuable service the BID are happy to support it for the current 12 month period.
After the 12 month success of our seasonal cleaners, the BID Board decided to extend the role to an all year round service to provide afternoon and evening coverage throughout the winter months.
Our full time town centre cleaner is, as always, helping businesses deal with the detritus and rubbish that accumulates around their properties and the positive feedback from businesses and the public alike is proving that our cleaning service is invaluable.
5 August 2018
The Blackpool Classic Car show is back!
This FREE event for all the family will once again be staged on Blackpool promenade just north of central pier.
See British and American Classic Cars, speciality vehicles plus hot rods, sports cars and kit cars.
Bring your car along and exhibit on the day. Individuals just £5. Clubs on a decreasing price scale. The more cars you bring the cheaper it is.
To register to exhibit your club or as an individual go to www.ukwheelsevents.com
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