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Panto Time at The Blackpool Tower!

Panto Time at The Blackpool Tower!
Roll up, roll up! It’s Circus panto time throughout the Festive season! Let your imagination run wild with the fun, festive, Winter Pantomime – PINOCCHIO. Starring Britain’s favourite clowns Mooky and Mr Boo!There’s a variety of passes available for the Blackpool Tower depending on what you want to see and how long you want to stay. All the ticket details are here.

The Blackpool Tower Circus Panto 2019 – Pinocchio

Roll up, roll up! The Circus panto starts at the end of November and runs through the Festive season!

Let your imagination run wild with the fun, festive, Winter Pantomime – PINOCCHIO, starring Britain’s favourite clowns Mooky and Mr Boo!

The Blackpool Tower Circus

Produced and directed by the legendary Endresz family, showcasing the very best of The Blackpool Tower Circus. There’s been a Circus at the Blackpool Tower since 1894. Mooky and Mr Boo with the Endresz family has wowed audiences and delighted families for over two decades!

With a whole host of incredible stunts, jaw-dropping feats and comedy capers, not mention the world-famous water-finale, The Blackpool Tower Circus is the perfect place to enjoy family fun!

The Blackpool Tower Circus Show Times

Be entertained and amazed by The Blackpool Tower Circus Panto this year!

Blackpool Tower Circus Panto 2019, Pinocchio

  • December – shows on every day EXCEPT Mon, Thurs Fri, 2, 5, 6 and 9, 12, 13 and 16, 19, 20 and Christmas Day.
    Show times 12, 1, 2.30, 3 & 4pm.
    Please check the Tower Circus website for details and to book your tickets
  • January – Shows on 1 & 2 Jan, plus Saturday and Sunday, 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 January
    At 2.30pm
    Please check the Tower Circus website for details and to book your tickets

Don’t forget to check out the Visit Fylde Coast Events Calendar for Circus show dates and more besides –

Local Residents Discount – 50% off!

Local residents can save 50% on admission all year round with Merlin Blackpool’s amazing Residents Discount card. Get half price entry for you and three friends!

50% off Merlin attractions for local residents, including the Blackpool Tower
50% off Merlin attractions for local residents, including the Blackpool Tower
  • The Blackpool Tower Eye,
  • Blackpool Tower Dungeon,
  • The Blackpool Tower Ballroom,
  • Madame Tussauds Blackpool
  • The Blackpool Tower Circus

Explore some of the most exciting attractions in Blackpool for half price with your FREE Merlin Resident’s Pass.

How to get your pass:

All you need is proof of FY or PR postcode, plus a passport sized photo. Take them to either The Blackpool Tower or Madame Tussauds Blackpool to receive your free personalized pass. Or order online now.

Explore the iconic Blackpool Tower, head to the dazzling Blackpool Tower Circus or challenge your friends to a roar-some game of Dino Mini Golf.

Journey to the depths of The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, it’s so much fun it’s scary! If you’d rather stay above the ground, why not experience the best views in the North West, at the top of The Blackpool Tower (closed until March 2020). Plus don’t forget to grab a drink at Bar 380!

Get up close and personal with some of your favourite celebrities from the world of music, sport, TV and comedy at Madame Tussauds Blackpool. Waltz across to the amazing new Strictly Experience to see Craig Revel Horwood and glam judges Tess and Claudia. Join the heroes in the incredible MARVEL SUPER HEROES area, where you can step right in to the action and come face-to-face with your favourite comic book and film heroes.

Your Merlin Residents Pass is valid on entry all year round, with some date exclusions in peak periods.

Or BUY an Annual Pass

If you LOVE Merlin’s attractions in Blackpool and plan to visit many times, you might prefer a full Annual Pass.

Black Friday sale on Merlin annual passes
Black Friday sale on Merlin annual passes


You can buy your Merlin Annual Pass today from just £109pp and get 3 FREE extra months! Makes a great Christmas gift!

Experience 30 of the UK’s top attractions and enjoy fantastic, fun-filled days out for everyone! Offer ends 3rd December 2019.


HALF PRICE Senior Tickets!

Did somebody say HALF PRICE senior tickets until the end of the year? YES, we did! Visitors over 65 can now visit Blackpool’s best attractions for half the price until the end of the year!

50% off Merlin Blackpool Senior Tickets
50% off Merlin Blackpool Senior Tickets

Just use the promo code SENIOR50 at the checkout to get 50% OFF at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon. SEA LIFE Blackpool and Madame Tussauds Blackpool also included!

Valid photo ID is needed to collect tickets. Over 65 year only.

  • 50% off Entry for over 65s
  • Walk-up & online
  • Valid until 31 December 2019


Madame Tussauds Blackpool * SEA LIFE Blackpool * The Blackpool Tower Dungeon

NEW: The Fifth Floor

The Fifth Floor Family Bar is a BRAND NEW and TOTALLY FREE venue for families featuring the very BEST in family entertainment!

Check out the immersive new VR Zone, complete with the only 8k VR Rollercoaster in Blackpool, taking you higher than any theme park dares to! The Tower Coaster takes you on an exhilarating ride, experiencing Blackpool as you’ve never seen it before! Only at The Fifth Floor at The Blackpool Tower.

It’s in the space right under the legs of the famous Blackpool Tower – in fact you can SEE the legs in the roof space! It’s the area that was formerly Jungle Jim’s – refitted and reshaped during the summer of 2019.

The Fifth Floor at the Blackpool Tower
The Fifth Floor at the Blackpool Tower

There’s NO ticket needed, and NO admission fee to pay. Just come into The Tower and follow the signs. The entertainment is totally FREE too! See amazing magic, live singers, fun family hosts and much more.

Fun for all the family at the Fifth Bar at the Blackpool Tower
Fun for all the family at the Fifth Bar at the Blackpool Tower

The beautiful new space includes a family bar, a special circus-themed arcade and the only 8K Virtual Reality Roller Coaster in Blackpool! All this plus a huge variety of incredible free, live entertainment every weekend! What are you waiting for? Come and visit for free now!

Opening Times:

  • Friday 7pm – 11pm
  • Saturday 11am – 11pm
  • Sunday 11am – 6pm
  • Daily opening during school holidays from 11am – 11pm

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Experience The Blackpool Tower Ballroom in true style. It’s known and celebrated throughout the world for both its stunning architecture and fantastic dance floor, making it the perfect place for Afternoon Tea.


You can dance the day away to the sounds of the famous Wurlitzer organ amidst this stunning setting, or watch from the side lines as you enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in Blackpool. Whether you want to glide around the dance floor, relax at your table or spectate from up on the balconies, it’s an experience you will never forget.

The Blackpool Tower Eye **CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE**

The Blackpool Tower Eye is closing for essential winter maintenance works for 16 weeks. From the end of trading Thursday 14 November, reopening on Saturday 28th March 2020. The 4D Cinema will remain open throughout the closure.

Take a trip 380ft into the sky to the top of The Blackpool Tower Eye and experience the thrilling SkyWalk. Take in the best views across the North West of England from the top of the iconic Tower.


Celebrate 125 years of magical memories with a trip UP The Blackpool Tower!

The Blackpool Tower Eye and glass Sky Walk offer stunning panoramic views across the North West from the very top of the iconic Blackpool Tower.

Start your journey to the sky with a stop at their incredible 4D cinema. The multi-sensory special effects and incredible filming techniques bring the history of The Blackpool Tower to life. It’s a thrill for kids and adults alike!

Then take the trip a whopping 380ft to the top of The Blackpool Tower and experience the awesome Sky Walk.

Dare you walk on the glass?

Stride out if you dare onto the thick safety glass viewing platform, where you can look out over the sparkling Irish Sea and see the famous Blackpool Promenade spread out below you. Way below you! You can also stop by Bar380 for some refreshments in truly elevated style, whilst you drink in the spectacular views.

Timelapse at the top of Blackpool Tower

From the top of the iconic Blackpool Tower you can see the North West of England laid before you with clear day views over Bowland, up to the Lake District, down to Liverpool and even across to the Isle of Man!

Book your tickets here for admission to all of the Blackpool Tower attractions.

The Blackpool Tower Dungeon

Step back into the darkest of times and experience live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects for a thrilling and fun adventure that will leave your family screaming for more!

NEW for summer 2019… dare you brave the Evil Executions Show?


Scary true stories, ‘orrible actors and a thrilling ride! Join us in the depths of The Blackpool Tower Dungeon for 1,000 years of Lancashire’s history. A uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to the town’s most perilous past. See, hear, feel and (ahem) smell the chillingly amusing characters of the ‘bad old days’ as they come to life before you. Will you lose yourself in fear or in mirth? Whichever way, it’s not looking good for your underwear…


Experience a full cast of brilliant actors in ten shows backed with laughs and frights. You’ll pass through Lytham Priory, meet the Doctor and be judged in an unfair court. See and feel the effects of the plague, visit the torture chamber in Lancaster Castle, and meet the Vikings.

A mix of fun and fear…

Plus a whole host of authentic sets, amazing special effects and an exciting drop ride. Together they make The Blackpool Tower Dungeon the best attraction for those who like a mix of fun and fear.

Dare you enter Blackpool Dungeon at Blackpool Tower? Photo © Jason Lock Photography
Dare you enter Blackpool Dungeon at Blackpool Tower? Photo © Jason Lock Photography

Take a trip through 1,000 years of Lancashire’s gruesome and funny history and experience the dark and mysterious past of the pool that is black…. The Blackpool Tower Dungeon is open 7 days a week, excluding Christmas Day.

Book your tickets here for admission to all of the Blackpool Tower attractions.

The Blackpool Tower Celebrates 125 Glorious Years!

2019 marks the 125th anniversary of the opening of The Blackpool Tower. Find out more about the beginnings and the history of this amazing building at this link.


**50% off for Local Residents**

Are you a local resident? DON’T FORGET you can pick up your FREE Resident Discount Card to save 50% on admission to SIX great Blackpool attractions – all year round! Includes:

  • The Blackpool Tower Eye
  • Dino Mini Golf
  • The Blackpool Tower Circus
  • Dare you visit The Blackpool Tower Dungeon…
  • The Blackpool Tower Ballroom
  • Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Just take proof of your FY or PR postcode along with a passport sized photo, to either The Blackpool Tower or Madame Tussauds Blackpool to get your free personalised pass.

Visit The Blackpool Tower website for more details


More info and booking link here for all of the special events throughout the year at The Blackpool Tower. Plus, link to book tickets here for admission to all of the Blackpool Tower attractions.

Salsa, Kizomba and Bachata
Saturday 23rd November, 8pm – 3.00am

Salsa in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom

3 Room Event in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. 4 The Love of Dance returns with an evening of dance lessons and social dancing.

Tickets: Early Bird £16.00, On The Day: £20.00

More info and booking link here

Health & Wellbeing Roadshow
Monday 25 November, 9am – 3pm

Entry is free and everyone is welcome. Come along and get some free advice on a wide range of subjects including mental health, healthy eating, smoking cessation, legal advice, employment and volunteering.

Keynote Speakers and workshops will be run throughout the day. These will be provided by a number of organisations including Blackpool Transport, Chance to Shine, Blackpool Council, Blackpool and Fylde College, Blackpool Carers, Guide Dogs Fylde Coast, Amazing Graze Soup Kitchen and many more to be confirmed.

More info and booking link here

Christmas Party Nights
Fridays 6 & 13 December


Bring your party to Blackpool Tower Ballroom on either Friday 6th or 13th December 2019. Celebrate with colleagues, family and friends in the beautiful Ballroom.

Campbell & Rowley’s are serving up a festive 3 course meal on the evening with live music from the local band ‘Touch the Pearl’ and a DJ playing into the early hours. The cost per person is £40.

More info and booking link here

Northern Soul and Motown Christmas Party
Saturday 7 December from 8.30pm – 2am


Our annual Christmas party with all the greatest Motown and Northern Soul memories plus The Soultrain “live” on stage with a superb show of your favourite soul classics!

A great way to celebrate with friends for Christmas in the world-famous surroundings of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Dancing to the music you grew up with and which we still love so much today!

More info and booking link here

School of Dance Show Night
Monday 9 December, 6 – 8.30pm

Blackburn Cathedral Superb Sing Together Concert in the Tower Ballroom

Our School of Dance Show night provides the perfect stage for pupils to showcase their newly acquired ballroom dancing skills. Local and regional schools will be participating in this fantastic event as a culmination of their Ballroom dance lessons. Friends, family and anyone with an interest in Ballroom dance are invited to attend this event to see the talents of the class of 2018! Refreshments and licenced bar facilities available on the night.

More info and booking link here

G4 Christmas
12 December 7-9.30pm

After sell-out tours in 2017 & 2018, G4 return in 2019 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date!

With a series of 28 shows in beautiful venues nationwide, join Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Duncan as they recall the musical experiences of their childhoods.

Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered exquisitely in some of the UK’s most iconic historical venues.

VIP tickets are available, including a pre-show Meet & Greet with G4 at 6pm for all “G4Christmas” tour dates.

More info and booking link here

Snowman Live – A Family Christmas Concert
15 December, performances at 2:30 and 5:30pm

It’s a magical Christmas treat, featuring the LIVE SCREENING of the classic story of – The Snowman – synchronised to our LIVE professional orchestra.

Featuring the renowned ‘Walking in The Air’- performed by a local boy treble at each venue.

The performance will also feature the acclaimed national choir – Let’s Sing. The Let’s Sing Choir will be performing fun and festive Christmas music alongside our professional orchestra – including audience participation for all ages to enjoy!

*Please note that this event is only suitable for children aged 3 years and older and children under 3 will not be permitted.

More info and booking link here

Phil Hurst Twixmas Dance
27 December


Social dance evenings featuring Ballroom, Latin and Popular Sequence. Held in the magnificent Blackpool Tower Ballroom. With an amazing demonstration, plus music and Compere for the evening from Philip Hurst.

PLUS… we’ve maximised the dance floor. Tickets are limited for quality so we advise you to purchase tickets as far in advance as possible as it isn’t unusual for a dance to be sold out 6 months prior!

Dance includes:

  • 17.30 Dance Workshop
  • 19.30 – midnight Dancing (50/50 Ballroom & Latin / Sequence)
  • Amazing dance demonstration
  • Tickets from £19.50

More info and booking link here

New Years Eve Family Party
31 December from 7pm

The Blackpool Tower presents our New Year’s Eve family party to be held in the brand new Fifth Floor Family venue!

Join us from 7pm for our amazing New Year’s Eve family party featuring a full night of entertainment. Bring in the New Year in style at our brand new Fifth Floor Family venue.

More info and booking link here

New Years Eve Gala Dance
31 December at 7pm

Bring in the New Year with a night to remember at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to celebrate New Year’s Eve in an iconic setting. The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is rich with elegance and history making it the perfect venue for an evening of glitz and glamour.

Dance the night away from 7pm until 1am at Blackpool’s biggest and best New Year’s Eve party featuring live music from Ashley Frolic and the Empress Orchestra, regarded “the finest orchestra in the world” for Ballroom Dancing. No Ballroom event would be complete without our legendary organists Phil Kelsall and Chris Hopkins, who will be playing throughout the night.

More info and booking link here

Dino Golf

Travel back in time and roar like a Dinosaur at The Blackpool Tower’s Dino Mini Golf attraction.

Play Dino Golf at Blackpool Tower
Play Dino Golf at Blackpool Tower

Join us for 9 holes of prehistoric fun for a truly Dino-Mite day out! Get in touch with our team to book in your ROAR-SOME adventure! Great for team building or for some just great old fashioned fun!

Book your tickets here for admission to all of the Blackpool Tower attractions.

Jungle Jims

Jungle Jim’s closed its doors in April 2019. It’s now a multi-use, themed entertainment and event space called the Fifth Floor.

Did you know? 25 facts in The Blackpool Tower’s 125th year!

With 125 years of history crammed inside, there’s plenty of things you might not know about Blackpool’s favourite landmark…

  1. Old attractions at The Blackpool Tower include an aviary, aquarium and menagerie.
  2. It used to take The Blackpool Tower team approximately seven years to paint the building from top to bottom. Now it’s a much quicker process.
  3. When The Blackpool Tower opened it cost a sixpence to enter. Now it’s free to enter and explore!
  4. There’s a post box located in The Blackpool Tower Eye making it one of the highest post boxes in the country.
  5. The Blackpool Tower has struggled to find someone brave enough to clean the windows 380ft in the air. But today, in its 125th year – it has finally found someone brave enough!


  1. The Blackpool Tower sparked the resort’s reputation as a seaside holiday destination. Over 3,000 people lined the promenade on its opening day in 1894 to see the impressive views.
  2. Famous faces who have visited The Blackpool Tower include Hollywood director Tim Burton, Princess Diana, Take That and even King Kong himself who was seen swinging from The Blackpool Tower in 1984.
  3. Up until 1990, the Circus show featured animals including lions, polar bears, tigers and elephants.
  4. The Blackpool Tower Ballroom has hosted Strictly Come Dancing’s Blackpool Special nine times. Celebrities such as Stacey Dooley, Alexandra Burke, Ed Balls and Ore Oduba have all graced the famous dancefloor.
  5. Don’t be scared to jump up and down on the glass skywalk found at the top of The Blackpool Tower Eye, it can hold the weight of two elephants!


  1. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently visited The Blackpool Tower in March this year and were seen admiring the dancing in The Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
  2. The Tower Circus searches for its acts from all over the world. This year’s circus performance features many different nationalities including Hungarian, Argentinian, Cuban and Mexican.


Never Miss a Season!


  1. The Blackpool Tower has never missed a circus season in 125 years, even during the two World Wars! That’s well over 45,000 shows which equates to more than 10 years of performing back to back.
  2. The Tower generated its own electricity until 1924.
  3. It has featured in major Hollywood films from Oscar-nominated film Phantom Thread and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.


  1. The Blackpool Tower Dungeon is one of only a handful of Dungeon attractions found in the world. Other Dungeons can be found in London, Shanghai, Amsterdam and San Francisco.
  2. The Tower is the crowning jewel in the resort’s illuminations period (August – November). Every year, a team of engineers scale the building to check and replace the 25,000 light bulbs that illuminate The Blackpool Tower at night.
  3. The Tower Circus is one of only four circuses in the world to have a water feature finale. The incredible spectacle sees the arena under the circus ring fill with over 42,000 gallons of water in less than one minute.
  4. In 1985, an escapologist married his wife in a steel cage, suspended from The Blackpool Tower.
  5. The Tower was one of three buildings inspired by the Eiffel Tower to be built in the UK. It is the only one still standing.


  1. The Tower also has its own Red Lion pub. It was opened in 2018 by ‘The Red Lioness’, a pub fanatic who has visited over 650 Red Lions in the UK.
  2. It cost almost £300,000 (the equivalent of over £40 million in 2019) to build The Tower.
  3. Phil Kelsall MBE, the resident organist, is now the Tower’s longest serving organist at more than 42 years, eclipsing Reginald Dixon’s record which he held between 1930 – 1970.
  4. Peter Kay’s ‘Live At The Top of The Tower’ was filmed in the Circus ring. It is the performance that gained him mainstream media attention and helped set him on his career to stardom.
  5. Charlie Cairoli, one of the most recognisable names in the circus industry, was the resident clown at the Circus between 1939 – 1979.

Did you see – The Circus Parade!


On Thursday 12 July 2018, a procession of quirky characters and amazing performers from all over the world paraded along Blackpool Promenade. They were celebrating the rich history of Circus in Blackpool as part of the Circus250 celebrations.

Led by Mooky and Mr Boo, the parade included circus acts, performers, local schools and more. They made their way to the Comedy Carpet for a special Circus Performance.

Have a look at the full gallery of photos, taken by Visit Fylde Coast Contributor Kate Yates

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