It may still be winter, but plenty of festival-style fun happens in Blackpool all year round


Whether you’re a pop princess or you love to rock out, there’s bound to be a show that will entertain you, so why not find some great deals on Blackpool hotels and enjoy a weekend away in the seaside town? Just try not to expect too much in the way of sunshine...

The annual illuminations may boast line-ups including Olly Murs, Pixie Lott and Scouting for Girls, but they’re not until August, so until then the Blackpool Opera House will be the source of the main entertainment. Here’s our pick of the best gigs and pop concerts this winter:

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Paloma Faith
The stylish songstress behind the tracks ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ and ‘Fall to Grace’ will be making an appearance on 13th February.

Ronan Keating – Fires Live 2013
Ex-Boyzone front-man Ronan Keating will be performing on 30th January as part of his ‘Fires Live’ tour, with the option of a Meet & Greet package.

Circus Hilarious
Taking place on 18th February during the day, Circus Hilarious will be a performance for all the family to enjoy.

Boogie Nights
A musical performance of the 1997 drama film, Boogie Nights will take centre stage at Blackpool Opera House on 31st March.

On the festival front there’s Showzam! and the Annual Dance Festival:

Showzam!
A vibrant international festival of circus, magic and new variety, this annual event brings a fab selection of world-class talent to Blackpool during February half term. With street entertainment, free events, sideshows it’s a magical festival, so why not make the most of the holidays, book into one of Blackpool’s hotels from Travelodge and join in the fun from 15th to 24th February?

Festival of Hair and Beauty
Attracting contestants and their models from all over Great Britain, the Festival of Hair and Beauty takes place every March at the Winter Gardens. Open to the public, it’s well worth going along to support the 600 competitors battling it out to win trophies, diplomas and generous prize money, if only for picking up style ideas and inspiration for your own hair and makeup. There’s also an exciting trade exhibition with free hair shows featuring brand new products.