Blackpool Borough Council

10/21/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/21/2019 08:07

Park for a pound this Christmas

Posted on Monday 21st October 2019

The campaign will start on Saturday 30 November when the majority of council-owned car parks across Blackpool* will be free to use to celebrate both National Small Business Saturday and the Christmas Lights Switch-On event in St John's Square.

Then, throughout December, residents and out-of-town visitors will be able to park for just £1 for any three-hour period on Central, East Topping Street and West Street car parks in the town centre.

The £1 parking offer, which is being funded by Blackpool Council and the Town Centre BID, will run from December 1 to January 1 inclusive.

Cllr Mark Smith, Blackpool Council's Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Job Creation, said:

'We are pleased to be able to repeat last year's highly-popular £1 parking offer throughout the month of December on three of our main town centre car parks.

'We are also delighted to add another bonus by way of free use of the majority of our car parks on Small Business Saturday on November 30. This will give people throughout the town an opportunity to support their local shops and businesses, as well as giving people an extra incentive to watch the Christmas lights switch on in the town centre.

'We hope that will encourage residents to shop in their own town centre this Christmas and will also provide an attractive deal for visitors coming from out-of-town.'

The Christmas lights switch-on event, which has been organised by the Town Centre BID, will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 30 November with a special guest appearance by TV personality, Scarlett Moffatt.

Ryan Skyrme, BID Operations Manager, added:

'Blackpool town centre has a great deal to offer to shoppers with a vastly-improved range of cafes and restaurants, as well as a mix of independent and national brands.

'We hope the discounted parking offer will be a great incentive for people to not just shop in Blackpool this Christmas, but also enjoy some of the fantastic entertainment that is on offer at our theatres and venues.'

This year sees a number of top-quality Christmas productions in and around the town centre including the Peter Pan pantomime at the Grand Theatre; Horrible Christmas at the Opera House; and Pinocchio at The Blackpool Tower Circus.

In addition, there is a wide range of Christmas shows and party nights at leading venues such as Viva.

Full details of all the Christmas shows and entertainment in Blackpool

(*Note: The November 30 free parking offer excludes Talbot multi-storey, Tower Street and Filey Place).

Posted on Monday 21st October 2019