135th Anniversary Weekend

2020 is the 135th anniversary of the Blackpool Tramway. We’d planned to have a bigger, more spectacular, celebration, however the current pandemic has restricted what we can do. Our timetable is shown below. Unfortunately we’re not able to have any depot tours this year, however we have something new, a tram procession on Sunday morning. Read on for more details.

Why not grab a Saver Pack of 135th Anniversary goodies – you can order them with free delivery from our online shop.

Saturday 26th September

On Saturday we will have a package of Promenade and Coastal Tours throughout the day including relaunch tours featuring the Frigate, HMS Blackpool, which will return to the tracks following a replacement of the illuminations lighting. These daytime tours are boarding only from North Pier & Tower Heritage Tram Stop, however you can leave the tour at any of our stops en-route.

All tours must be pre-booked.

Sunday 27th September

On Sunday we will have a Procession of Trams through the Ages which will feature 6 trams. The procession will depart from Pleasure Beach and will travel at slow speed between Central Pier and North Pier before continuing to Little Bispham and then returning to Pleasure Beach. You must board the Procession at Pleasure Beach but can leave the tram at any heritage tram stop on the return portion of the tour.

The Sunday afternoon will feature a mix of Promenade and Coastal Tours featuring the trams from the procession. These afternoon tours are boarding only from North Pier & Tower Heritage Tram Stop, however you can leave the tour at any of our stops en-route.

All tours must be pre-booked.

Tickets & Booking

Bookings for the 135th Anniversary Weekend have now closed but we still have plenty of tours available on other days. You can see which tours we have for the day of your visit from our Choose Your Tour by Date page

Timetable for 135th Anniversary Weekend 2020

Saturday 26th September

DepartTour
Type
Tram
Type
10:30PBalloon
10:45CSingle
11:00PVintage
12:30PVintage
13:00CBalloon
14:00CFrigate
14:00PSingle
15:00CVintage
15:15PBalloon
15:30PSingle
16:15PFrigate
See notes below

Sunday 27th September

DepartTour
Type
Tram
Type
10:50PProcession
12:30PVintage
12:45CSingle
13:00PBalloon
13:15PSingle*
14:00CMod Balloon**
14:45CVintage
15:00PCentenary**
15:15CBalloon
16:00PSingle
For * and ** see notes below

Tour Type:

  • P = Promenade Tour (approx 50/60 minutes)
  • C = Coastal Tour (approx 1hr 50m)

All Promenade & Coastal tours are boarding only from North Pier & Tower Heritage Tram Stop, however you can leave the tour at any of our stops en-route. The procession is boarding only from Pleasure Beach.

Tram Types and Notes:

  • Single: Enclosed single decker which may (unless marked with *) be replaced by a Boat tram if the weather is suitable.
  • Boat: Boat tram. If the weather is unsuitable it will be replaced by an enclosed single decker.
  • Vintage: Standard-type tram (66/147).
  • Mod Balloon**: Modified Balloon (aka Millennium). These tours on our booking pages show generic information about balloon trams. Our intention is to run a Modified Balloon on this specific tour.
  • Centenary**: These tours on our booking pages show generic information about single deckers. Our intention is to run a Centenary on this specific tour.