7 reasons to love Blackpool's ballroom scene

Watch our exclusive video with World Dance Champions Katya and Neil Jones to find out what makes Blackpool such a special place not just for them but dancers, architecture lovers and romantics alike. Then discover SEVENNNN reasons why the Blackpool ballro


The Blackpool Tower Ballroom looks like something out of a fairy tale

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Blackpool BallroomShimmering chandeliers, gilded balconies and dreamy frescos make the Blackpool Tower Ballroom one of the most romantic places in the world to ask someone to dance. Just ask Katya and Neil Jones who met in Blackpool.


The Empress Ballroom isn’t too shoddy either

The Empress Ballroom

Blackpool Tower This ballroom beauty with its cavernous barrel-vaulted ceiling and bang-on acoustics has hosted the Blackpool Dance Festival since 1920. Book a ticket to one of the annual events taking place through the year to see sequinned couples light up the dance floor as they shimmy and sway under the glow of no fewer than 12 glass chandeliers.


Dancers from across the world dream of competing here

The Winter Gardens

Blackpool Tower BallroomFor professional dancers, it doesn’t get more prestigious than the eight-day Blackpool Dance Festival. It’s the first and most famous annual ballroom dance competition in the world, attracting dancers from no fewer than 60 countries.


You can follow in their footsteps on a sprung dance floor

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Blackpool Tower BallroomThrow some sultry shapes on the Blackpool Tower Ballroom’s vast sprung dance floor made up of an incredible 30,602 blocks of mahogany, oak and walnut (let’s not think about how they counted them). Skills permitting, you’ll be tangoing and two-stepping where the stars of Strictly have performed.


Indulge in unique afternoon tea

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Blackpool Tower Afternoon TeaIf you’ve got two left feet, you can always watch from the sidelines instead as you enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. Fine china, dainty sandwiches, scones slathered with cream and jam, and if you’re feeling fancy, a glass of champagne. Don’t mind if we do!


The Blackpool Tower Ballroom also plays host to Strictly Come Dancing

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

This dazzling dancehall regularly features in the famous show, with the likes of Myleene Klass, Ed Balls, Alexandra Burke, and World Champion Katya Jones who Blackpool Tower Ballroomwon in 2017 alongside celebrity dance partner Joe McFadden.


Oh, and did we mention the Wurlitzer?

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Blackpool Tower WurlitzerIf ever there was a sound to transport you back to the golden age of dancehalls this elaborate theatre organ has it. Watch in awe as the organist brings this charming, neon-bathed instrument to life, providing an elegant backing track for dancers and tea quaffers alike.

04 Oct 2018(last updated)
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