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Blackpool Central Pier

Big Wheel on Blackpool Central Pier

Blackpool Central Pier

The resorts three piers are as famous as seaside rock! Come and take a look at Blackpool Central Pier – there’s fun and amusement for all of the family!

Believe it or not, most of these photos were taken early one morning in very unseasonably hot weather at the end of February 2019. It just goes to show that Blackpool is open all year round – don’t look at the calendar just come along and enjoy it!

  • Central Pier is open weekends from February until the Easter holidays.
  • Then open daily for the season.
  • All opening hours are weather dependant.

What’s On Blackpool Central Pier

This is the pier with the landmark big wheel, so you can see it from pretty much all of the Blackpool coastline!

Live outdoor entertainment (weather permitting) in the terrace bar. Plus Pirates Bay Family Bar, rides, arcades, food stalls and game stalls – all open again for you to enjoy.

Entrance to Blackpool Central Pier
Entrance to Blackpool Central Pier

Response to Covid-19:

Please note: track and trace and safety measures are in place and complying with government guidelines. Social distancing applies.

Covid-19 Safety Measures at Blackpool Piers
Covid-19 Safety Measures at Blackpool Piers

What you’ll find on Central Pier

There’s a world of amusements in the arcade building at the entrance and the traditional world of fairground rides and the seaside pier beyond.

Central Pier is the one with the amazing big wheel. Dare you ride it?

Big wheel on Blackpool Central Pier
Big wheel on Blackpool Central Pier

The view from the top of the big wheel is just amazing – from up there you can see everything!

Try your hand at one of the side stalls – you might be lucky or really skilled and win something on one of the stalls.

Head right to the end of Blackpool Central Pier and you’ll find the Pirates Bay family bar. And while you’re on Central Pier, don’t forget to enjoy the views!

Amusements and Arcades

There’s two huge arcades on Blackpool Central Pier.

  • The main arcade at the entrance to Central Pier is open daily from 10am all year round.
  • The Pirates Bay arcade is half way along the pier under the big wheel.
Arcade at Blackpool Central Pier
Arcade at Blackpool Central Pier

Try your hand with the penny waterfalls and see if you can catch a toy in the grab machine. There’s other family favourites such as air hockey, pinball and pool. Plus all your favourite slot machines and arcade games.

Fairground Rides

All the family can enjoy fairground rides on Central Pier! They’re open daily throughout the season.

Fairground rides on Blackpool Central Pier
Fairground rides on Blackpool Central Pier

The rides don’t accept cash – buy your tickets in advance at the ticket booth. Ride pricing can be found at this link. Tickets can only be used on the pier where they were purchased.

Just check the height restrictions for each ride first. Remember – adults aren’t allowed on the children’s rides!

Pirate’s Bay Family Bar

Stroll to the end of Blackpool Central Pier and you’ll find the Pirate’s Bay Family Bar.

Pirates Bay Family Bar at the end of Blackpool Central Pier
Pirates Bay Family Bar at the end of Blackpool Central Pier

Every weekend and every day during the school holidays, there’s FREE entertainment here for children! Enjoy magic, games, disco, singing, kids karaoke and a whole lot more, with the Pirate’s Bay entertainment team.

Inside the Pirates Bay Family Bar on Blackpool Central Pier
Inside the Pirates Bay Family Bar on Blackpool Central Pier
Family entertainment at Pirates Bay family bar on Central Pier
Family entertainment at Pirates Bay family bar
Family entertainment at Pirates Bay family bar

With its own amusement area, a toy shop and Captain Cook’s food kiosk it’s the perfect place for an afternoon or evenings fun for the whole family.

Find out what’s on today from the Blackpool Central Pier Facebook page. Please note that opening times are weather dependent.

Kiosks, Stalls & Cafes

It wouldn’t be Blackpool without side-stalls and there’s plenty to choose from on Central Pier!

Stalls, kiosks and cafes at Blackpool Central Pier
Stalls, kiosks and cafes at Blackpool Central Pier

Test your skill with hoopla, darts and hook-a-duck. There are even stalls where everyone wins a prize. Great fun for all the family! Visit the rock and souvenir shops and of course, the palm reader!

If you’re feeling peckish there’s plenty of food to choose from. Fish and chips, ice cream, pizza, sandwiches and drinks are all available from cafes on the pier. They’re open right through the day until late.

Kings and Queens Show

Central Pier Showbar is home to the amazing Kings and Queens of Rock, Pop and Roll. It’s the resorts favourite tribute show with all your favourite big names.

The showbar reopens for Kings and Queens in late June to the end of the Illuminations in November. Plus the Christmas show in December.

Opening Times

Central Pier is open every weekend until the Easter holidays, then daily until the end of the Blackpool Illuminations.

Note that all opening hours are weather dependant. Check the Blackpool Central Pier Facebook page for details.

Enjoy the Seaside Atmosphere

Blackpool Central Pier is one of those places which is full of seaside atmosphere. You can hear the sea and the waves and the noise of the music and people chattering. Smell the onions frying for hotdogs, mixed with the sweet smell of candyfloss. There’s nowhere better for a big dose of that carefree holiday feeling!

The three piers are free to enter so you’re welcome to come on down for a wander. Sit for a while and enjoy the sunshine and soak up the rays. Or, on that one blistering hot day of English ‘summer’ go to the other side of the pier to enjoy the shade!

The view from the shady side of Central Pier
The view from the shady side of Central Pier

You can walk right around the very end of the Pier. Standing at the very seaward end, looking out into watery nothingness is an experience in itself – why don’t you go and take a look?

There are some very touching memorial plaques on the decking there too. Presumably in remembrance of people whose ashes have been interred at sea.

Memorials and flowers at the end of Central Pier
Memorials and flowers at the end of the Pier

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