Great Promenade Show

This outdoor art gallery runs along Blackpool’s New South Promenade, from Squires Gate to the Sandcastle Waterpark.

In 1999 Blackpool Council approached over 50 artists and invited them to submit designs for Great Promenade Show. Following a public exhibition of the entries, local residents voted for their favourites. 10 designs were installed on the seafront.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Mirror ball sculpture by Michael Trainor, Blackpool.
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

Works commissioned include:

  • The High Tide Organ – A tidal organ designed by Liam Curtin and John Gooding. The instrument is played by the sea at high tide though pipes attached to the sea wall. Curtin also designed the Meccano Bridge at Prestolee Locks in Bolton.
  • They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – A huge mirror ball designed by Michael Trainor. Named after Horace McCoy’s novel and the subsequent Sydney Pollack movie.
  • The Swivelling Wind Shelters – This tall shelter moves with the wind so its occupants are always shielded from the elements. Designed by McChesney Architects and Atelier One.
  • Desire – An abstract sculpture consisting of steel slabs and spikes. Designed by Chris Knight.
Swivelling Wind Shelters, Great Promenade Show, Blackpool
Swivelling Wind Shelters
Desire sculpture by Chris Knight, Great Promenade Show Blackpool
High Tide Organ by Liam Curtin. Tidal organ at Great Promenade Show in Blackpool, Lancashire.
HIgh Tide Organ

Viewing the sculptures is obviously free. Other attractions on the South Shore include the Pleasure Beach, Sandcastle Waterpark, and the South Pier.

Nearby Attractions

Tourist attractions and things to do near Great Promenade Show include:

  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach (0.7 miles) - Britain's biggest tourist attraction. Theme park with 150 rides
  • Sandcastle Waterpark (0.7 miles) - Water-based leisure complex
  • South Pier (0.8 miles) - Pier near Pleasure Beach. Features extreme rides such as the Skyscreamer and Skycoaster.

Nearby Hotels

Hotels near Great Promenade Show include:

  • Carousel Hotel (0.1 miles)
  • The Colwyn Hotel (0.2 miles)
  • Pleasure Hotel by the Beach (0.2 miles)
  • Clifton Court Hotel (0.3 miles)
  • Elmfield (0.3 miles)
  • Just Roomz - By The Beach (0.3 miles)
  • The Big Blue Hotel (0.3 miles)
  • Boulevard Hotel (0.6 miles)
  • Aparthotel Blackpool (0.7 miles)
  • Golden Strand Hotel (0.8 miles)
  • The Danescourt (0.9 miles)
  • Danescourt Lodge (0.9 miles)
  • OYO Silver Strand Hotel (0.9 miles)

Nearby Train Stations

Train stations near Great Promenade Show include:


Map showing location of Great Promenade Show.

Map showing location of Great Promenade Show


Great Promenade Show

New South Promenade
United Kingdom

Reviews and Additional Information

  1. I Live in Blackpool near central pier and took a nice walk with my dog up past South Pier to the Mirror Ball stopping at the other sculptures on the way.
    Was a very nice walk and nice to see the sculptures.
    Unfortunately the tide was out at the time so I will have to go again when the tide is in to listen to the Organ.

  2. Looks great. It’s two years since I visited Blackpool. These images have made me consider a visit next month – well done Blackpool.

  3. Who would have thought it – Cultural Blackpool. Spent the whole day in Blackpool and didn’t go on one ride! Had a fantastic time.

  4. Nothing could be more exciting than to be there and witness the artworks which represent Blackpool.

  5. There’s some amazing works of art here. This is so different to the traditional Blackpool that many have come to hate.


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