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Blackpool Civic Trust promoting excellence since 1975

Blackpool North Pier, Boxing Day 2017


Founded in 1975, Blackpool Civic Trust seeks to promote excellence and community spirit in Blackpool for people of all ages. We are interested in all things Blackpool, particularly its heritage and future for people. We have monthly meetings, visits to places of interest, and community activities such as Civic Week. We'd love you to join us.


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Become a Corporate Member find out more, click here

Most recent Corporate Member:

Live in Blackpool

Peter & Louise Mowbray with Manager Dave Kerr




Monthly Meetings
Monthly Meetings on the third Monday of the month at 7pm


non-members welcome.

Next two meetings:

Monday 19th August 2019 at St Stephens on the Cliffs

David Evans

From Little Acorns, Great Jaguars Grow


Monday 16th September 2019 at the Town Hall

Linda Tolsen

125yrs of the Glorious Grand


Blackpool Rock Gardens Video

A video by Peter Mowbray of Live in Blackpool, and a member of Blackpool Civic Trust, about work the trust is doing with the Friends of the Rock Gardens n Devonshire Road, Blackpool. (the photo below is Andy from the Friends group).



Our visit to the new Boulevard Hotel, 23rd July 2019


Blackpool Civic Trust toured the fabulous hotel now open beside the Pleasure Beach: The Boulevard Hotel. Here's a visit report from our member Peter Mowbray of 'Live in Blackpool'.

Click here to read the report




Blackpool Civic Trust Art Competition 2019.
Exhibition 7th to 31st July 2019 in the Solaris Centre, South Shore

'What I love about Blackpool'


Joan Humble, Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, welcomed winners, runners-up and guests to the opening of the very first art competition to be held by the Civic Trust. The theme of the competition was ‘What I love about Blackpool’


The original work of the 13 winners can be seen at the Solaris Centre, South Shore free of charge.The exhibition closes 31st July.

To accompany and commemorate the exhibition there is a very special art calendar. . A sample copy can be inspected at the Solaris and is available for purchase for £4.95 from Gill Howard who may be contacted on 01253 301264 or

Thanks to generous sponsorship from Granthams Graphics.

Read more on our news page.

Stephen Bruce being presented with the Winners Certificate by Sheryl of Granthams Graphics:

Blackpool Civic Trust Art Competition 2019 at the Solaris Centre



Blackpool Civic Trust Afternoon Tea
National Civic Day Celebration 2019

On Saturday 22nd June Blackpool Civic Trust celebrated National Civic Day with an afternoon tea at the Art Deco Cafe at Stanley Park.

Blackpool Civic Trust Chair, Joan Humble, commented how much the members and guests had enjoyed themselves. Read more on our Civic Week 2019 page.

Blackpool Civic Trust - Civic Day 2019  Afternoon Tea




Layton Cemetery Boundary Markers


The Civic Trust sponsored two boundary markers to be placed in Layton Cemetery. The marker in the photograph is for section ‘HH’, which is devoted to Church of England burials. The majority of the memorials date back to the mid-1920s.

Boundary Marker at Layton Cemetery sponsored by Blackpool Civic Trust



Devonshire Road Rock Garden - June Update

We continue to make good progress working on the Vista in Devonshire Rd Gardens. Work was suspended a few weeks ago in order to protect bird nests and wildlife. A friendly ornithologist carried out an inspection of the particular areas we intended to work on and gave the all-clear, providing we double-checked before actually starting work.

 In the accompanying photograph showing John, Roy and Stan we had to first carefully and gently move some frogs to a suitable habitat before commencing work. All in a day’s work!

Read more on our project page.

Blackpool Civic Trust Project at Devonshire Road Rock Gardens 2019



Our last meeting was Monday 20th May 2019 at St Stephen's on the Cliffs, North Shore with Guest Speaker Bez Cooper - The Joy of Being A Tiller Girl. Photographed below. Please read our full report on the news page:

Bez Cooper former Tiller Girl with Joan Humble of Blackpool Civic Trust
 May Monthly Meeting at  St Stephen's on the Cliffs, North Shore


Blackpool Civic Trust Annual Awards and Dinner

Friday 12th April 2019

Held at the Imperial Hotel Blackpool

For a full report and list of award winners please click here


Every year we present awards for the Best Community and Architecture of Blackpool

Blackpool Civic Trust Award winners Blackpool Victoria Hospital  12th April 2019


Blackpool Civic Trust Awards and Dinner at the Imperial Hotel 12th April 2019:

Blackpool Civic Trust Awards for 2018 held on 12th April 2019 at the Imperial Hotel



Blackpool Civic Trust Art Competition 2019


This year Blackpool civic Trust is holding an art competition open to any non -professional artists, schools, colleges and youth groups with an aim to producing a calendar for 2020. We have booked Exhibition space at the Solaris, south shore, for the whole of July next year where the shortlisted artworks will go on display, and the final 13 winners will each receive their artwork framed as their prize.

Please read more by clicking here to see our events page



Click here to see a list of our speakers and upcoming events in 2019




2018 Blackpool Civic Trust Awards


Every year we present awards for the Best Building Work and Community Activities in Blackpool.

You can get involved by nominating places and people for an Award. Closing date 31st December 2018.


Read about The Blackpool Civic Trust Awards click here.


Blackpool Civic Trust Commemorative Bench

The Civic Trust's 'Lest We Forget' commemorative bench has now been installed in the Fylde Memorial Arboretum, Moor Park Avenue. The bench has beeSn installed on a purpose-made concrete base diametrically opposite the wooden entrance to the Burma Star Association area of the Arboretum. This is a very appropriate place. More photos in News

Blackpool Civic Trust Commemorative Bench at Fylde Memorial Arboretum


Devonshire Road Rock Garden Project


Blackpool Civic Trust has been working with the Friends of the Rock Gardens to uncover and restore the impressive and extensive rock formations of the Devonshire Rock Gardens, which were opened in 1938 and are the highest point in the west Fylde.

At present volunteers are working hard on the Vista, where the original large rocks were obscured and sometimes buried beneath overgrown shrubs and the slow accumulation of soil.  The view across the Gardens with its two ponds and waterfalls is now much clearer and the attractive rocks in the Vista’s flowerbed are no longer hidden from sight.

Read more on our Project Page

Blackpool Civic Trust Devonshire Road Rock Gardens Project 2018




Tram 227 Restoration Project

On Thursday 25th October 2018 open top 'boat' tram 227 was rolled out following restoration work in which Blackpool Civic Trust Volunteers played a part on the internals.

See more information on our Projects page.

Blackpool Civic Trust volunteers wave the banner



Blackpool Civic Week 11th to 16th June 2018

Read our Civic Week page for full details click here




See our Events and Meetings page for a list of visits and events



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Blackpool contains many buildings and areas of importance:

Over 30 listed buildings

Over 50 blue plaques

One listed park

Four Conservation Areas

Local list of important buildings

Assets of Community Value

War Memorial Recording

Blackpool Heritage Open Days click here

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours click here

Blackpool Illuminations

See our news page for information of what we've done and what we're doing.


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