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Unmissable Events and Shows in Blackpool for September 2023

  • Wednesday 30th August 2023

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If you’re planning a visit to Blackpool in September 2023, you’ll want to check out our list of top shows and events.

Illuminations Switch On

The first event happening during September in Blackpool is the Illuminations Switch On – one of the biggest events in the seaside town’s calendar. Taking place once a year at the start of September, the event signals the beginning of the Illuminations running throughout the winter months.

This year, the event is being hosted outdoors and will include a Nickelodeon Grand Parade, family entertainment on the Tower Festival Headland and fireworks to close the evening. Guests can also expect a performance from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who will also be the one to pull the switch to start this year’s Illuminations.

The event will be happening on the 1st of the month and is free to attend. Following the event, visitors to the town can enjoy the Illuminations display up until 1st January 2024.

FAQs about the Illuminations Switch On


How do I get tickets for Illuminations Switch On?

No tickets are required for this event, simply make your way down to the Tower Festival Headland.

Is the Illuminations Switch On free entry?

This event is free of charge.

Is Illuminations Switch On family-friendly?

Yes! The event is for families to enjoy. The Nickelodeon Grand Parade will feature some of Nickelodeon’s most-loved characters.

Tower Lates

When it comes to events and shows in Blackpool during September, one event that is a must is the Tower Lates, hosted by The Blackpool Tower.

The Eye will be opening late on selected dates during September and October so guests can experience the 4D cinema before heading 380ft in the sky. But there’s a twist - not only will guests be able to brave the SkyWalk late at night, they will also be able to enjoy the Blackpool Illuminations in a whole new light.

Why not make a night of it and enjoy a drink or two? Bar 380, situated at the top of the iconic tower, will be serving a range of drinks during the event.

If you want to get a bird’s eye view of the world-famous Illuminations, book your tickets for the event here.

FAQs about the Tower Lates


How do I get tickets for the Tower Lates?

You can book tickets for the event here:

It is recommended that you book tickets in advance to secure your place before tickets sell out.

Are the Tower Lates family-friendly?

Guests of all ages are welcome to attend the event.

The Blackpool Tower Circus

If you’re looking for a daytime show in Blackpool with the kids this September, The Blackpool Tower Circus is the perfect event.

The Circus is Blackpool’s longest-running show, and is guaranteed to entertain with incredible stunts and amazing acrobats, as well as legendary clown duo Mooky and Mr Boo. No other show has the rich heritage that The Blackpool Tower Circus possesses; it really is the must-see show of the season.

During September, the Circus has a show time of 2.30pm mid-week and 1pm and 4pm at weekends, making it the perfect option for those looking for daytime entertainment.

If you want a family-friendly show which is both hilarious and incredibly entertaining, this is the show for you.

FAQs about The Blackpool Tower Circus


How do I get tickets for The Blackpool Tower Circus?

You can book tickets for the Circus online, here:

Is The Blackpool Tower Circus free entry?

Guests are required to buy tickets for the Circus, however, throughout September there is 40% off tickets Monday to Friday with the Midweek Madness offer.

Find out more about Midweek Madness here: Midweek Madness Sale (

Is The Blackpool Tower Circus family-friendly?

Yes, the Circus is perfect for the whole family!


Blackpool World Fireworks Championships 2023

Another event in Blackpool starting in September, with a limited number of dates, is the Blackpool World Fireworks Championship 2023.

The event will be taking place across 3 evenings - 16th September, 30th September and 20th October – and will bring a spectacular firework display over the beach, in front of The Blackpool Tower.

Three countries will be competing with their display, and like in previous years, these are set to be some of the busiest events in Blackpool this year. And the best part is, they’re free! Simply make your way down to Blackpool’s promenade on the three evenings and enjoy the dazzling display of lights.

FAQs about Blackpool World Fireworks Championship 2023


How do I get tickets for Blackpool World Fireworks Championship 2023?

The event is free of charge and doesn’t require tickets. Simply head to Blackpool Promenade in front of The Blackpool Tower on the evenings of the events.

Is Blackpool World Fireworks Championship 2023 family-friendly?

Yes, this is a family-friendly event.



When it comes to shows, Blackpool has plenty to offer. This September, for one week only, West End production of Annie is coming to Blackpool!

The show in Blackpool is starring Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood and Jodie Prenger, both as Miss Hannigan. You can see the show at Winter Gardens Opera House Blackpool from Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th September 2023, with Prenger starring on the Wednesday and Horwood the remainder of the dates.

FAQs about Annie


How do I get tickets for Annie?

You can buy tickets to Annie here:

The show is coming to Blackpool for a limited time only and guests are required to pre-book tickets.

Is Annie family-friendly?

Yes, Annie is a show which is suitable to all ages.

Shows at The Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre Blackpool always has a variety of shows on throughout the year, including this September.

This September, their shows include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Haunting of Blaine Manor and 80s Live!, to name a few. Shows vary from family favourites, musicals and one-off shows. There is plenty to choose from each month.

On top of the shows themselves, guests can enjoy the stunning architecture of the theatre. The historic building opened in 1894 and is one of Blackpool’s historic landmarks!

FAQs about The Grand Theatre

How do I get tickets for shows at The Grand Theatre?

You can get tickets for shows at The Grand Theatre on their website: