BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS 3 NIGHTS
Having opened back in 1867, the Imperial Hotel has had the chance to welcome all manner of
guests, including the Queen herself! Various members of royalty have stayed here in addition to
statesmen, politicians, prime ministers, and stage as well as screen stars. Even Charles Dickens
himself was a guest at one point. The Beatles were guests here back in 1964 straight after the
Royal World Première of the film A Hard Day’s Night in London. Thanks to advice from Beatles
manager Brian Epstein, they took the stage to live at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens to introduce the
new film. There is a photo that was taken in the Derby room showing John, Paul and Ringo
sprawled out on one of the sofas right before they went on the stage. This is still on display in the
Back in the 1970s, the Imperial Hotel would host concerts in its ballroom. As a result, many iconic
bands got to perform here, including the likes of Judas Priest, UFO, and Joy Division.
The seaside town of Blackpool was first lit up with “artificial sunshine” in 1879, a year before
Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb. Since then, the Blackpool Illuminations have become a
well-loved and celebrated attraction across the UK, drawing visitors from all around to see the
“greatest free light show on earth”. Six miles long and comprised of over 10 million bulbs, the
spectacular display shines for 66 days each year, from August/September until November.
During our stay here you will have the chance of having free days to entertain yourself with either
a visit to the Pleasure Beach, Tower or one of the many arcades and ballrooms, one evening after
the sun sets we will take a drive up the front so you can enjoy the lights at night.
To book this tour please call Loyalty Office on 01843 227757