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Ways to celebrate the King’s Coronation in Blackpool this May

  • Thursday 20th April 2023

King Charles III MTL 2023 (1)

The Coronation of His Majesty The King will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May, 2023. The world will be watching as King Charles III officially takes the throne and many are looking for ways to celebrate the occasion with style.

For those of you planning to be in Blackpool over the Coronation weekend or looking to continue the celebrations throughout May there’s plenty to do in Blackpool! Here’s a round-up of our top activities for celebrating the King’s Coronation in Blackpool.

Rub shoulders with Royalty at Madame Tussauds Blackpool

It has been announced there will be a new Royal joining the line-up at Madame Tussauds Blackpool.

The new King has been immortalised in wax and the life-like figure of King Charles III will be taking up residence in the attractions Best of British area, alongside first in line to the throne William, Prince of Wales; Catherine, Princess of Wales; as well as his late mother, Her Majesty the Queen. 

Madame Tussauds King Charles figure

Take to the skies to an English garden at the top of the Tower

Blackpool Tower is in bloom with a wonderful garden in the sky! Visit the top of Blackpool Tower Eye as you’ve never seen it before; head 380ft up to the highest garden in Blackpool.

The beautiful garden in the sky takes inspiration from the seasonality of English gardens and includes displays of artificial flowering plants and trailing vines. In May the garden will be full of beautiful cherry and apple blossoms before transforming later for the Summer and Autumn seasons.

Watch the Coronation tram parade

On Sunday 7th May, the day following His Majesty’s Coronation there will be a very special tram parade in Blackpool. There will be 11 trams from the heritage fleet travelling in convoy from Blackpool Pleasure Beach to Little Bispham. The trams are due to set off at 2.15pm, will pause at the Tower Festival Headland (in front of The Blackpool Tower) for a unique photo opportunity.

As well as lining the prom to watch the trams go by there’s also the opportunity for a handful of people lucky enough to grab tickets to ride on the trams during the parade, being part of the action!

Have a Coronation picnic on the Comedy Carpet

Sunday 7th May has more on offer as well as the trams!

From 3pm you are invited to bring a picnic, relax, and take advantage of an al fresco dining area opposite The Blackpool Tower for The Big Coronation Lunch. If a picnic isn’t your thing, there’ll also be food huts serving a wide variety of dishes.

There will be free live entertainment throughout the afternoon, hosted by Blackpool’s very own Hayley Kay, with performances from X Factor finalists Rob King and Rachael Wooding and, direct from the West End, Leanne Jones.

They will be joined by an impressive line-up of the resort’s most popular entertainers including The Jersey Beats, Angels Elite and Mooky and Mr Boo, the lovable clowns from the Blackpool Tower Circus.

Watch a live screening of the Coronation Concert and see the illuminations

The Blackpool celebrations continue into the evening on 7th May with the Coronation Concert happening at Windsor Castle being screened live on the Festival Headland area across from the Tower. As well as the concert, it wouldn’t be a celebration Blackpool style with out some Illuminations! As the night draws in, there’ll be some specially lit bespoke illuminations for the Coronation. This finale to Blackpool’s day of celebration will also include an interactive light show on The Blackpool Tower.

Stop by the Ballroom for a truly British afternoon tea in splendour

On selected dates throughout May (and all throughout the year) the Blackpool Tower Ballroom will be open to the public to experience the age old British tradition of Afternoon Tea. Prepare to be lost in a world of elegant charm and refined beauty in one of the truly iconic venues of the 19th century. The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is known and celebrated throughout the world for both its stunning architecture and fantastic dance floor, making it the perfect place for Afternoon Tea, some would say it’s an afternoon tea fit for a King!

Afternoon Tea at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom