Strutting the Ballroom at Blackpool

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Luckily, I didn’t have any dancing shoes

Our main reason for visiting Blackpool was to experience the delights of the annual illuminations.

Blackpool Illuminations, Lancashire, England, UK

This twinkling historical event takes place every year for 66 nights, from early September to early November.

However, a trip to Blackpool strictly isn’t complete without visiting the iconic Tower, and I don’t mean just standing outside.

Welcome to the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
The Blackpool Tower & Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

The crème de la crème of Blackpool is most definitely the breathtaking Tower Ballroom, dating from 1894.

Wow

When we first walked into the ballroom, I was just taken aback by the sheer size of the hall, and its incredible grandeur and elegance.

Inside the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

It was like stepping into an old movie set, the echoing tones of the old Wurlitzer organ reverberating around the hall and watching couples young and old swaying and rotating in time with each other.

Ticket Tip

Blackpool Tower tickets can be purchased at the Tourist Information office opposite the tower, at a discounted price. The Tower Ballroom ticket was £2.95 cheaper per person, and you were even able to jump the queues.

How wrong was I?

I initially imagined we would wander in have a look around for a while, take a few photos and then continue to enjoy the delights of Blackpool.

The beauty's in the detail, Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

However, this was really quite special.  Now don’t get me wrong I’m not going to suddenly throw on my Cuban heels and take up ballroom and Latin dancing.  However, you could feel there was a true passion for this historical pastime and an art that was going to be lovingly preserved for decades.

Elegance

So, Gary and I seated ourselves at one of the many strategically placed tables, which are all angled towards the wooden sprung dancefloor, and we sat and watched in awe.

Sit back and enjoy, Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

All above and around you, are chandeliers hanging from the intricate décor, amongst the elaborate waves of the balconies.

The chandeliers, Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
All sparkles, Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

I spared the paying public

However, you just can’t help but stare at the couples gliding around the dancefloor in unison. Anyone can join in, as long as you don’t mind an audience.

The dancefloor of the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

Year after year couples from around the UK and even further afield, come to Blackpool to enjoy this piece of history that continues, while other dance trends get lost in time.

Why Not?

Head to Blackpool during the illuminations, which are held annually from early September to early November. You can then glide your way along the twinkling promenade, when you’ve thrown off your dancing shoes.

Living art

Equally enjoyable is the music from the old Wurlitzer organs, being played by a resident organist.

The Wurlitzer inside the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

Keep an eye out, because if you are there when the organists hand over to each other, the Wurlitzer complete with the organist, disappears under the stage.

Making a memory

What we also thought was great, was that you could wander around the ballroom and sit wherever you wish.
Either at ground level or stroll up and view the duos from the balconies above.

Looking down at the floor, Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

However, if you want to make this occasion even more special, you can book a table for afternoon tea and enjoy the delicacies or even with a glass of Champagne.

The water urns on the bar, Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
From the circle, Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

Before you go!

Check the opening times at the Ballroom website as this little piece of history isn’t open every day, and you wouldn’t want to be disappointed!

Strictly Legend

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom has become more and more popular over recent years with the annual event of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, (or for our overseas friends “Dancing with the Stars”).

Looking up to the Gods, Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

But sadly, Sir Bruce Forsyth who was the legend of the show, passed away in 2017, but if you glance out the window of the Blackpool Tower look below, you will see one of Blackpool’s more recent installations the “Comedy Carpet”. And a little memory of one of Bruce’s catchphrase “Nice to see you, to see you nice.”

Nice to See You, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

Inspired to visit The Tower Ballroom Blackpool?

Are you going to slip on your dancing shoes, or will you just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere?

Why not check out the latest deals for Blackpool on Booking.Com?

The north end of the Golden Mile tends to be more elegant.  The southern end caters for the more budget conscious.

Our choice was the Imperial Hotel

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Strutting the Ballroom at Blackpool

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Have You?

Visited Blackpool and were brave enough to take to the ballroom floor, or like us did you watch from a distance?

About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight.Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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Strutting the Ballroom at Blackpool was last modified: November 16th, 2018 by Janis