Blackpool Armed Forces Week

Blackpool Armed Forces Week

Blackpool Armed Forces Week

25th June – July 1st 2018

Say thank you to our heroes. From June 25 – 1st July the Blackpool comes together welcoming serving military personnel, veterans and cadets. Thousands will flock to the resort, book your Gurkha Hotel room/s now!

25th June we have ‘Music for Hero’s’ set within the Blackpool Winter Gardens musical extravaganza will be in Blackpool’s famous Empress Ballroom.
FREE TICKETS however there is a £1.00 booking fee per ticket, available from Blackpool Winter Gardens and the VisitBlackpool Tourist Information Centre.
A free concert, now in its 10th year, established as one of the highlights of the Armed Forces Week Blackpool. The evening will see a night of music, comedy and live performance with a full program of entertainment.27th June: Military themed Afternoon tea Dance in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom
29th June: Service of dedication at the Blackpool Arboretum
29th June: Armed Forces Gala Dinner
30th June: National Armed forces Day on Blackpool Promenade
30th June: Military Concert with The Band and Corp of Drums of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Lancashire
1st July at the Blackpool Cenotaph on the promanade will be  the Sunday Morning Service and Parade
Blackpool comes together to honour and unite Britain’s Armed Forces past, present and future in an emotional and fitting tribute to the Armed Forces Past, Present and Future.

Only a small selection of activities have been listed here, please follow the links set in the above content for full details.

Blackpool Illuminations 2018

Blackpool Illuminations 2018

Blackpool Illuminations ‘Switch on Weekend’ with Live Music on the headland , 31st August – 2nd September 2018

Illuminations total duration 31st August – 4th November 2018

Complete the perfect visit to Blackpool to see ‘the lights’ book a room with us at the Gurkha Hotel

A chance of free wristbands to the biggest event in Blackpool’s calendar and the most popular annual event in the United Kingdom @

The best nights in the resort’s calendar, the event will take place on Friday 31st August and will feature a host of top music and live entertainments well as the big moment when the Blackpool Illuminations are turned on for the first time.

20,000 lucky people will be given free wristbands to enter the Switch-On night, the event will be held on the Tower Festival Headland and attracts visitors from all over the UK as well as locals who will have a dedicated allocation of tickets just for them.

The line-ups, ticketing details and VIP packages, will be revealed very soon

Visit Blackpool for all the event news Facebook and Twitter pages for exciting updates!

Championship Fireworks Blackpool

Championship Fireworks Blackpool

World Fireworks Championship Blackpool 2017

Don’t miss the spectacular FREE event on the Blackpool calendar, this year from the 8th – 29th September.

The world’s firework elite will compete with a series of shows that will amaze and entertain the whole family. Why not take an extended weekend break at the Gurkha Hotel to take advantage of this opportunity.

Fireworks are fired over the sea from North Pier, on Blackpool promenade.

Friday 8 September – Super Power from Poland

Friday 15 September – Brezac Artifices from France

Friday 22 September – Fireworks for Africa

Friday 29 September – Celebration finale from the UK’s Titanium Fireworks, and announcement of the winner

The displays at Blackpool World Fireworks Championships 2017will be fantastic, the best fireworks companies and engineers in the world. They’re synchronised to music for a fantastic show!


The Beach House Bar & Bistro are sponsoring the judges HQ and proprietor Cheryl Tchobanian is one of the judges. Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council and Peter Sedgwick, owner of Blackpool’s three piers, make up the judges team.

The event starts from 7.30pm, with the first fireworks firing from approximately 8.30pm.All displays subject to suitable weather conditions.



Hotel for Blackpool Illuminations 2017

Hotel for Blackpool Illuminations 2017

Blackpool Illuminations 2017

01 Sep 2017 – 05 Nov 2017

The Gurkha Hotel is the perfect location for your trip to Blackpool, our rate are among the most reasonable you will find BOOK NOW.For more information on events in our resort town follow this link

Blackpool Illuminations attract millions of visitors every year.If you have never experienced ‘the lights’, then you are missing out!, there is nothing like it anywhere! The Blackpool promenade was the first to use electricity to attract tourists in the world. The original attraction was known as ‘Artificial Sunshine’ and has been a spectacular feature of the resort town since 1879, the greatest free light show on earth!

The star studded Celebrity Switch-On night!

The best night in Blackpool’s events calendar,  in association with MTV, featuring headline performances by Example and DJ Wire, Conor Maynard, Diversity and Louisa Johnson.
Tower Festival Headland Arena on Friday 1 September, also sees the return of Club MTV DJs R3wire and Varski.

 Blackpool’s heritage trams ride the Illuminations

For Illuminations season, book a ride on of the historic, fantastic heritage trams operated by Blackpool Transport. Take the opportunity to get the feel of the art deco era of the 1930s.
The famous tours of the Illuminations depart from the Pleasure Beach Loop stop each evening at dusk from September 2 until November 5, for more detail on the Heritage Trams contact Blackpool Transport.

Blackpool Illuminations £2 million investment 

Coastal Communities Fund made this investment in 2015 to create the  LightPool at Blackpool Illuminations – a wonderful and electrifying new attraction. LightPool transforms The Blackpool Tower into a sea of light, colour and sound, a digitally-mapped multi-media show is projected on to this iconic building.
View from the Comedy Carpet – the area of the Promenade in front of The Tower. A completely FREE tourist experience throughout the illuminations period!

Enjoy Blackpool and your stay at the Gurkha Hotel




Book Gurkha Hotel Stay for Blackpool Airshow 2017

Book Gurkha Hotel Stay for Blackpool Airshow 2017

Saturday August 12 and Sunday August 13.

The world’s leading aerial aerobatic display teams, the Red Arrows will perform between the Central and North Piers om the Blackpool Promenade.

 Confirmed for both days for this year’s show are the RAF Typhoon display team and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring the Spitfire, Hurricane and a Lancaster Bomber.  There’s been an airshow in Blackpool for more than 100 years and it’s one of the longest running ones in the world. The initial major airshow was held at Blackpool Airport in 1909 with over 2000 spectators witnessing the most primitive planes take to the skies.