BLACKPOOL

England, United Kingdom

Blackpool is a seaside resort in Lancashire, England, on England's northwest coast. The town is on the Irish Sea, between the Ribble and Wyre estuaries, 17.5 miles (28.2 km) northwest of Preston, 27 miles (43 km) north of Liverpool, 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Bolton and 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Manchester. It had an estimated population of 142,065 at the 2011 Census.

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Blackpool is a seaside resort in Lancashire, England, on England's northwest coast. The town is on the Irish Sea, between the Ribble and Wyre estuaries, 17.5 miles (28.2 km) northwest of Preston, 27 miles (43 km) north of Liverpool, 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Bolton and 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Manchester. It had an estimated population of 142,065 at the 2011 Census.

Throughout the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, Blackpool was a coastal hamlet in Lancashire's Hundred of Amounderness, and remained such until the mid-18th century when it became fashionable in England to travel to the coast in the summer to bathe in sea water to improve well-being. In 1781, visitors attracted to Blackpool's 7-mile (11 km) sandy beach were able to use a new private road, built by Thomas Clifton and Sir Henry Hoghton. Stagecoaches began running to Blackpool from Manchester in the same year, and from Halifax in 1782. In the early 19th century, Henry Banks and his son-in-law John Cocker erected new buildings in Blackpool such that its population grew from less than 500 in 1801 to over 2,500 in 1851. St John's Church in Blackpool was consecrated in 1821.

Blackpool rose to prominence as a major centre of tourism in England when a railway was built in the 1840s connecting it to the industrialised regions of Northern England. The railway made it much easier and cheaper for visitors to reach Blackpool, triggering an influx of settlers, such that in 1876 Blackpool was incorporated as a borough, governed by its own town council and aldermen. In 1881, Blackpool was a booming resort with a population of 14,000 and a promenade complete with piers, fortune-tellers, public houses, trams, donkey rides, fish-and-chip shops and theatres. By 1901 the population of Blackpool was 47,000, by which time its place was cemented as "the archetypal British seaside resort". By 1951 it had grown to 147,000.

Shifts in tastes, combined with opportunities for Britons to travel overseas, affected Blackpool's status as a leading resort in the late 20th century. Nevertheless, Blackpool's urban fabric and economy remains relatively undiversified, and firmly rooted in the tourism sector, and the borough's seafront continues to attract millions of visitors every year. In addition to its sandy beaches, Blackpool's major attractions and landmarks include Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Illuminations, the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Zoo, Sandcastle Water Park, the Winter Gardens, and the UK's only surviving first-generation tramway.

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POPULATION : 142,065
FOUNDED :  
TIME ZONE :Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
LANGUAGE : English
RELIGION : 
AREA : 13.46 sq mi (34.85 km2)
ELEVATION : 16 ft (5 m)
COORDINATES : 53°48′51″N 03°03′01″W
SEX RATIO : Male: 49.3%
 Female: 50.7%
ETHNIC :95.5% White
2.0% South Asian
0.9% Mixed
0.8% Black
0.6% Chinese
0.2% Other Asian
AREA CODE : 01253
POSTAL CODE : FY1-FY4
DIALING CODE : +44 1253
WEBSITE :  visitblackpool.com

Tourism

Blackpool is a seaside resort town in the North West of England and Britain's favourite beach resort.

Over 12 million people visit Blackpool each year, making it Britain's number one holiday resort. Many come for the two largest attractions, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Tower, although the town features many other smaller attractions including three piers, numerous amusement arcades, seven miles of beaches and pedestrian promenade, and a vibrant nightlife.

Following a heyday in the first half of the twentieth century as the working classes gained freedom and disposable income, Blackpool has struggled to find a new role with the advent of package holidays to the Mediterranean. It has long used the Blackpool Illuminations light show to extend its tourist season into the autumn months, and has recently been campaigning the government to allow the redevelopment of its central seafront Golden Mile with Las Vegas-style casino hotels in an attempt to become a gambling haven.

While many tourists go to Blackpool nowadays for party weekends (often hen or stag groups), an older clientele enjoys the nostalgia of the town. The Tower Ballroom remains a global mecca for ballroom dancing and many remember Reginald Dixon playing his Wurlitzer organ with songs such as "Oh I do like to be beside the seaside" - synonymous with the town.

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RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2€26.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2€48.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2
Mac Meal or similar1 meal€6.30
Water0.33 l€1.05
Cappuccino1 cup€2.90
Beer (Imported)0.33 l€4.20
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€3.60
Coca-Cola0.33 l€1.35
Coctail drink1 drink€11.00

History

Toponymy

Blackpool gets its name from a historic drainage channel (possibly Spen Dyke) that ran over a peat bog, discharging discoloured water into the Irish Sea, which formed a black pool (on the other side of the sea, "Dublin" (Dubh Linn) is derived from the Irish for "black pool"). Another explanation is that the local dialect for stream was "pul" or "poole", hence "Black poole".

People originating from Blackpool are called Blackpudlians although Sandgrownians or Sandgrown'uns is sometimes used  (as too for persons originating from Morecambe and Southport) or Seasiders (although this is more commonly associated with Blackpool F.C.).


Early history

A 13,500-year-old elk skeleton was found with man-made barbed bone points (probably from spears) on Blackpool Old Road in Carleton in 1970. Now displayed in the Harris Museumthis provided the first evidence of humans living on the Fyldeas far back as the Palaeolithicera. The Fylde was also home to a British tribe, the Setantii (the "dwellers in the water") a sub-tribe of the Brigantes, who from about AD80 were controlled byRomans from their fort at Dowbridge, Kirkham. During the Roman occupation the area was covered by oak forests and bog land.

Some of the earliest villages on the Fylde, which were later to become part of Blackpool town, were named in the Domesday Book in 1086. Many of them were Anglo-Saxon settlements. Some though had 9th and 10th century Viking place names. The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons seem to have co-existed peacefully, with some Anglo-Saxon and Viking placenames later being joined together – such as Layton-with-Warbreck and Bispham-with-Norbreck. Layton was controlled by the Butlers, Barons of Warrington from the 12th century.

In medieval times Blackpool emerged as a few farmsteads on the coast within Layton-with-Warbreck, the name coming from "le pull", a stream that drained Marton Mere and Marton Moss into the sea close to what is now Manchester Square. The stream ran through peatlands that discoloured the water, so the name for the area became "Black Poole". In the 15th century the area was just called Pul, and a 1532 map calls the area "the pole howsys alias the north howsys".

In 1602, entries in Bispham Parish Church baptismal register include both Pooleand for the first time blackpoole. The first house of any substance, Foxhall, was built toward the end of the 17th century by Edward Tyldesley, the Squire of Myerscough and son of the Royalist Sir Thomas Tyldesley. An Act of Parliament in 1767 enclosed a common, mostly sand hills on the coast, that stretched from Spen Dyke southwards. Plots of the land were allocated to landowners in Bispham, Layton,Great Marton and Little Marton. The same act also provided for the layout of a number of long straight roads that would be built in the areas south of the town centre, such as Lytham Road, St. Annes Road, Watson Road and Highfield Road.


Arrival of the railways

The most significant event in the early growth of the town occurred in 1846, with the completion of a branch line to Blackpool from Poulton on the main Preston and Wyre Joint Railway line from Preston to Fleetwood. Fleetwood declined as a resort, as its founder and principal financial backer,Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood, went bankrupt. In contrast, Blackpool boomed. A sudden influx of visitors, arriving by rail, provided the motivation for entrepreneurs to build accommodation and create new attractions, leading to more visitors and a rapid cycle of growth throughout the 1850s and 1860s. In 1851 a Board of Health was formed. Gas lighting was introduced in 1852, and piped water in 1864. By 1851, the town's population was over 2,500.

The growth was intensified by the practice among the Lancashire cotton mill owners of closing the factories for a week every year to service and repair machinery. These became known as wakes weeks. Each town's mills would close for a different week, allowing Blackpool to manage a steady and reliable stream of visitors over a prolonged period in the summer.

In 1863, the North Pier was completed, rapidly becoming a centre of attraction for elite visitors. Central Pier was completed in 1868, with a theatre and a large open-air dance floor. The town expanded southward beyond what is today known as the Golden Mile, towards South Shore, and South Pier was completed in 1893, making Blackpool the only town in the United Kingdom with three piers. In 1878, the Winter Gardens complex opened, incorporating ten years later the Opera House, said to be the largest in Britain outside London.

The town was granted a Charter of Incorporation as a municipal borough in 1876. W.H. Cocker, son of Dr John Cocker, and therefore grandson of Henry Banks, was its first mayor. The town would become a county borough in 1904.


Electricity

Much of Blackpool's growth and character from the 1870s on was predicated on the town's pioneering use of electrical power. In 1879, it became the first municipality in the world to have electric street lighting, as large parts of the promenade were wired. The lighting and its accompanying pageants reinforced Blackpool's status as the North of England's most prominent holiday resort, and its specifically working class character. It was the forerunner of the present-day Blackpool Illuminations. In 1885 one of the world's first electric tramways was laid down as a conduit line running from Cocker Street to Dean Street on the Promenade. The line was operated by the Blackpool Electric Tramway Company until 1892 when their lease expired and Blackpool Corporation took over running the line. A further line was added in 1895 from Manchester Square along Lytham Road to South Shore, and the line was extended north, first to Gynn Square in 1899, and then to Fleetwood. In 1899 the conduit system was replaced by overhead wires. The tramway has remained in continuous service to this day.

By the 1890s, the town had a population of 35,000, and could accommodate 250,000 holidaymakers. The number of annual visitors, many staying for a week, was estimated at three million. 1894 saw the opening of two of the town's most prominent buildings, the Grand Theatre on Church Street, and Blackpool Tower on the Promenade. The Grand Theatre was one of Britain's first all-electric theatres.

The first decade of the new century saw the development of the Promenade as we know it today, and further development southwards beyond South Shore towards Harrowside and Squires Gate. The Pleasure Beach was first established about this time. Seasonal static illuminations were first set up in 1912, although due to World War I and its aftermath they only enjoyed two seasons until they were re-introduced in 1925. The illuminations extended the holiday season into September and early October.


Towards the present

The inter-war period saw Blackpool attain pre-eminence as a holiday destination. By 1920, Blackpool claimed around eight million visitors per year, three times as many as its nearest British rivals, still drawn largely from the mill towns of East Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. Stanley Park was laid out in 1920 and opened in 1926. The area round the park has become renowned for some of the most desirable residences in the area.

In 1937, Littlewoods opened its first department store in the town.

Documents have been found to suggest that the reason Blackpool escaped heavy damage in World War II was that Adolf Hitler had earmarked the town to remain a place of leisure after his planned invasion. Despite this, on 11 September 1940, German bombs fell near Blackpool North railway station and eight people were killed in nearby houses in Seed Street This site today is occupied by the new Town Hall offices and Sainsbury's Supermarket. No plaque is erected to remember the injured or dead.

In the same war, the Free Polish Air Force made its headquarters in exile at Blackpool in Talbot Square, after the force evacuated to Britain from France. The nearby Layton Cemetery contains the war graves of 26 Polish airmen. The famous No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron was formed in Blackpool, and became the most successful Fighter Command unit shooting down 126 German machines in only 42 days during the Battle of Britain.

Blackpool's population boom was complete by 1951, by which time some 147,000 people were living in the town – compared to 47,000 in 1901 and a mere 14,000 in 1881. In the decade after the war, the town continued to attract more visitors, reaching a zenith of 17 million per year. However, several factors combined to make this growth untenable. The decline of the textile industry led to a de-emphasis of the traditional week-long break, known as wakes week. The rise of package holidaystook many of Blackpool's traditional visitors abroad, where the weather was more reliably warm and dry, and improved road communications, epitomised by the construction of the M55 motorway in 1975, made Blackpool more feasible as a day trip rather than an overnight stay. The economy, however, remains relatively undiversified, and firmly rooted in the tourism sector.

The Blackpool Co-operative Society Emporium, a flagship store built in 1938, which incorporated the Jubilee Theatre, stood on Coronation Street, until 1988 when it was demolished for a planned shopping centre. The site remained an empty until eventually it becoming a car park and then was re developed when the Hounds Hill Centre was expanded to include the Debenham's Store.

Climate

Blackpool has, like all of the UK, a temperate maritime climate according to the Köppen climate classification system. Thus the same cool summer, frequent overcast skies, and small annual temperature range is typical.

The absolute minimum temperature stands at −15.1 °C (4.8 °F), recorded during December 1981. The lowest temperature to occur in recent years is −11.9 °C (10.6 °F) during December 2010. In a more normal winter, the coldest night averages −7.6 °C (18.3 °F).

The absolute maximum temperature recorded at Blackpool was 33.7 °C (92.7 °F) during July 1976. The highest temperature to occur in recent years is 33.5 °C (92.3 °F) during July 2015. In a more normal summer, the warmest day will likely average 28.1 °C (82.6 °F), with slightly fewer than 5 days a year attaining a temperature of 25.1 °C (77.2 °F) or above.

Rainfall averages slightly less than 900 mm (35 in), with over 1 mm of precipitation occurring on 143 days of the year.

Climate data for Blackpool

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)14.3
(57.7)
15.6
(60.1)
19.1
(66.4)
24.0
(75.2)
26.8
(80.2)
31.3
(88.3)
33.7
(92.7)
32.2
(90)
26.8
(80.2)
23.7
(74.7)
16.8
(62.2)
14.2
(57.6)
33.7
(92.7)
Average high °C (°F)7.2
(45)
7.4
(45.3)
9.4
(48.9)
12.1
(53.8)
15.5
(59.9)
17.7
(63.9)
19.6
(67.3)
19.4
(66.9)
17.4
(63.3)
13.9
(57)
10.1
(50.2)
7.5
(45.5)
13.1
(55.6)
Average low °C (°F)1.9
(35.4)
1.7
(35.1)
3.3
(37.9)
4.7
(40.5)
7.4
(45.3)
10.5
(50.9)
12.8
(55)
12.7
(54.9)
10.4
(50.7)
7.6
(45.7)
4.7
(40.5)
2.0
(35.6)
6.7
(44.1)
Record low °C (°F)−11.3            
Source #1: MetOffice
Source #2: Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute

Economy

While Blackpool hosts a large number of small businesses and self-employed people, there are some large employers. The government-owned National Savings and Investments is based at Marton, together with their Hardware random number generator, ERNIE ( "Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment"), which picks thePremium Bond numbers, while other government agencies are based at Warbreck and Norcross further up the Fylde coast. Burton's Biscuit Company Tangerine Confectionery produce biscuits and other confectionery products, Klarius UK manufactures automotive components, Victrexmanufactures high performance polymers and the Glasdon Group is a plastics manufacturer making litter bins, park benches and reflective road signs.

TVR formerly produced sports cars at its Bispham factory. Blackpool was also the original site of Swallow Sidecar Company, forerunner of Jaguar Cars.

The 2015 HSBC research on rental yields ranks Blackpool in the top three cities with the best rental returns. The numerous urban regeneration projects, the property prices which are among the most affordable in the UK, and the high rental yields create a very favourable environment for real estate investors.

Retail is also becoming a major contributor to Blackpool's economy; many Blackpool residents work in the retail sector, either in the town centre or the retail parks on the edge of town.

Blackpool's main shopping streets are Church Street, Victoria Street, Birley Street, Market Street, Corporation Street, Bank Hey Street, Abingdon Street and Talbot Road. There is currently one shopping centre within the town, Houndshill Shopping Centre. This has recently been redeveloped with the opening of a new Debenhams department store along with other major high street names.

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MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter€1.04
Tomatoes1 kg€1.70
Cheese0.5 kg€4.50
Apples1 kg€1.90
Oranges1 kg€1.70
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€1.55
Bottle of Wine1 bottle€7.90
Coca-Cola2 liters
Bread1 piece
Water1.5 l€1.15

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RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2€26.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2€48.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2
Mac Meal or similar1 meal€6.30
Water0.33 l€1.05
Cappuccino1 cup€2.90
Beer (Imported)0.33 l€4.20
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€3.60
Coca-Cola0.33 l€1.35
Coctail drink1 drink€11.00

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ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets€20.00
Gym1 month€37.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut
Theatar2 tickets
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.€0.13
Pack of Marlboro1 pack€10.50

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PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack
Tampons32 pieces
Deodorant50 ml.
Shampoo400 ml.
Toilet paper4 rolls
Toothpaste1 tube

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CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1 pair
Dress summer (Zara, H&M….)1 pair
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas…)1 pair
Leather shoes1 pair

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TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter€1.30
TaxiStart€3.00
Taxi1 km
Local Transport1 ticket

 

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Blackpool has its own airport with scheduled flights to/from Alicante, Belfast, Dublin,Faro, Geneva, Girona, Ibiza, Isle of Man, Mahon, Malaga, Murcia, Mallorca, and Tenerife.

Blackpool Airport is one of the fastest growing in the UK and is served by budget airline Jet2, whilst an increasing number of charter flights also operate from there.

Manchester Airport is also easily accessible from Blackpool and offers a greater selection of destinations.

Transportation - Get In

By Train

The trains run to Blackpool North and Blackpool South stations from Preston,Nelson and many other destinations. Blackpool North is the main station but for a day trip to the Pleasure Beach, change at Kirkham and take the Blackpool South line; the last station before Blackpool South is the Pleasure Beach Blackpool. Blackpool north is served by frequent trains from York, Manchester Victoria and other cities in the north of England. Interchange at Preston is provided for services to Scotland and Southern England (Birmingham, London)

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

Local bus services run from Preston,Lancaster, Nelson, Southport and Fleetwood. Long distance bus services, and charters, run from virtually everywhere in Great Britain.

Transportation - Get In

By Car

Blackpool can be reached via the M55 from theM6, the UK's main motorway through the North West of England. Blackpool has many car parks available to visitors, several of which are very close the town's main attractions and promenade.


Transportation - Get Around

Transportation - Get Around

By tram

The Blackpool Tramway has antique electric trams on its original 1885 tram system which runs along the complete length of the sea front from Starr Gate near Blackpool Airport to Fleetwood at the northern end of the Fylde coast.

If arriving by train, a "Plusbus" ticket allows travel on trams between Starr Gate and Thornton Gate.

Transportation - Get Around

By bus

The town is well served by buses; the main operators within the town are Blackpool Transport and Stagecoach. Note that Blackpool Transport altered or renumbered most of its routes in July 2010. Until the change, every route had distinctive colour-coded buses but this system has been abandoned and the buses are now deployed on any route. Both operators sell day tickets but with very few exceptions these are only accepted on their own buses.

Transportation - Get Around

By horse

Horse-drawn "landaus" offer an old-fashioned alternative to modern taxis for journeys along the seafront.

Transportation - Get Around

On foot

The majority of Blackpool's attractions are located on the promenade and, as a result, most are easily accessible on foot.

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Shopping

No trip to the seaside capital would be complete without purchasing a stick of Blackpool rock (hard candy) with your name written right the way through it and a mandatory "Kiss Me Quick" hat on Blackpool's Golden Mile.

Beyond these specialities, Blackpool plays host to most other shops that you'd expect to find on a British high street including a Marks & Spencer department store as well as the Houndshill Shopping Centre, home to a Debenhams department store, Boots the Chemist, Next (clothing) and other chain stores.

  • Big Woody's Skateshop32 Talbot Road, FY1 1LF,  +44 1253 296296, e-mail: . 10AM-5:30PM. Huge selection of skate and scooter merchandise alongside a wide range of clothing, safety gear and accessories. A skater-owned shop.

Restaurants

Fish and Chips. "Chippies" are everywhere in Blackpool, however, the quality varies enormously. The promenade hosts many take away outlets and restaurants serving an assortment of fast foods and snacks, with fish and chips alongside them.

  • Harry Ramsden's60-63 The Promenade, FY1 4QU,  +44 1253 294386. 11:30-21:00 Sunday to Thursday. 22:00 close Friday and Saturday. Part of the "world famous" Harry Ramsden's chain located on the promenade. Ideally located near many of Blackpool's attractions and the sea front. Offers eat-in and take away services.
  • Mandarin27 Clifton Street, FY1 1JD,  +44 1253 622687. Award winning Cantonese restaurant established over 46 years ago. A regular recommendation from hotel owners and taxi drivers.
  • West Coast Rock Cafe5-7 Abingdon St, FY1 1DG (Directly opposite the Winter Gardens), +44 1253 751283. A legendary Blackpool restaurant loved by the locals and visited by the stars! Winner of Restaurant of the Year 2009 & 2011. Great 100% Burgers, the best Steaks in town, succulent Barbecued Ribs, Chicken, Pizza, Pasta and loads more. Only place to go for Tex-Mex food for over 20 years.
  • Red Pepper51 Central Drive, FY1 5DS,  +44 1253 291152. A well respected, family-run, Chinese restaurant and takeaway on Central Drive. Ten minutes' walk from the Tower, this restaurant is not in the poshest part of town, but the food is excellent - as a consequence of which, in common with many of the other longer-established businesses on Central Drive, the Red Pepper has a loyal local following.
  • Tasty Diner57 Central Drive, FY1 5DS,  +44 1253 421908. 11:00-21:00. A friendly and pleasant café serving authentic Polish and English food. Ten minutes' walk from the Tower.
  • Boonnak60 Topping Street, FY1 3AQ,  +44 1253 290647. Very popular local Thai restaurant. Recipient of the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014.

Sights & Landmarks

  • Blackpool Tower. A Victorian alike of the Eiffel Tower, the view from the top is worth seeing, but gets busy at the peak of the tourist season. Blackpool Tower is one of the famous towers in the UK. Once inside, you climb through seven levels of attractions, including a circus, children's indoor adventure play area and ballroom (for you film buffs, this is the lavish ballroom seen in the 1996 Japanese filmShall We Dance?), before going up in a glass elevator to the observation decks.
  • The Piers. Blackpool is the only British resort with three piers. All are free to visit. North pier is relaxed and has a sun trap lounge area at the end. Central Pier has arcades, rides and theatres, and South Pier also hosts arcades, rides and family bars. North Pier is the oldest and largest of the three coastal piers in Blackpool.
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Is perhaps Britain's largest amusement park, with eleven roller-coasters including the original Roller Coaster which gave the rides their name. This has been eclipsed by more modern coasters, including Britain's tallest roller coaster ride the "Pepsi Max Big One" (more commonly known simply as "The Big One") which is over 200 feet high. Other roller coasters include the Irn Bru Revolution and Big Dipper. Rides require 2-9 £1 tickets, or a £30 all day wristband, which is a few pounds cheaper when bought online. A wristband is needed for entry into the park. In addition to the all day ticket there is a spectator pass which allows entry into the park and access to a small number of attractions. Tickets can then be used for other rides. As well as the adult rides, children's rides area, and sidestalls, the park also has some excellent architecture to see. The park began life as a funfair on the sands in the Victorian era, and by the 1930s some permanent buildings arrived in the style of the day - Art Deco. In particular don't miss the station of the Roller Coaster ride, and the White Tower at the south entrance to the park, both of which have "streamline moderne" influences just like some of the classic trams which operate on the seafront nearby.

Things to do

  • The Winter Gardens. Many shows are happening at the Winter Gardens this year including Russell Brand and Blackpool Fringe
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach.Fun fair and roller coaster rides. New for 2011 Nickelodeonland themed on the TV Channels favourite characters
  • The Grand Theatre. A 1100-seat theatre designed by Frank Matcham in 1894.
  • Go to watch the town's long suffering football team Blackpool FCplay at Bloomfield Road and witness their recent revival!
  • Take a donkey ride on the sands.
  • What's on in Blackpool. Month by month view Blackpool Events
  • Blackpool Illuminations. Stretching for 6 miles along the Blackpool Promenade 'The Lights', as they're fondly called, consist of spectacular displays using over one million light bulbs. A vast collection of characters and themes are displayed, along with lasers, and searchlights. Free.
  • Blackpool Shows. Details of shows in Blackpool for Opera House, Legends - Central Pier and Tower, North Pier, Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Tower
  • The Blackpool Tower DungeonBank Hey Street, FY1 5BJ,  +44 1253 622242. 10:00-18:00. Opened 1st September 2011. New attraction with 10 actor-led shows, that take visitors into the dark chapters of 1000 years of Blackpool and Lancashire history. Scary, entertaining and educational.
  • St Annes-on-Sea Beach. Good sandy beach. A lot cleaner and calmer than the one at Blackpool

Festivals and events

Blackpool plays host to several major events each year. From music festivals and dance competitions, to the greatest free light show on earth.

Event/FestivalYearsDescription
Blackpool Illuminations1879–presentBlackpool Illuminations, consisting of a series of lighted displays and collages arranged along the entire length of the seafront, 7 miles (11 km) in total, attract many visitors from late August to early November.
Blackpool Air Show1909–presentThe air show is an annual free event which features the world-famous RAF Red Arrows, a group of daredevil wing walkers, some of the most spectacular pilots in the country as well as a range of new and exciting displays.
Blackpool Dance Festival1920–presentA world-famous annual ballroom dance competition of international significance, as featured in the 1996 film Shall We Dance?
Punk Rock Rebellion Festival1996–presentBlackpool has played host to the Punk rockRebellion Festival, an annual event which after a couple of intervening years in nearbyMorecambe made its permanent home in Blackpool.

Nightlife

Blackpool's night life is varied and numerous. There are clubs and pubs to suit everybody who comes to Blackpool looking for an evening out, With so much going on in Blackpool it is difficult to decide where to go.

  • The famous Funny Girls transvestite show bar.
  • Blue Room, opposite Syndicate nightclub.
  • The Last Orders pub, in North Shore. Drink with the locals.
  • Sanuk. Another popular nightclub with young people, on the front near North Pier
  • Tache. Blackpool's alternative/rock night club. Formerly behind Talbot Road Bus Station, the club moved to a new venue on Corporation Street.
  • The AuctioneerLytham Road South Shore. A Wetherspoons favourite with its good value drinks and food
  • Duple Club96 Bond Street South Shore Blackpool,  +44 1253 341647. The Duple CIU club with its traditional Blackpool bingo and nightly entertainment welcomes all guests to visit whilst in Blackpool. Good value drinks and a Friendly including families with children welcome.
  • The Dutton ArmsCorner of Wateroo Road and the Promenade. The Dutton Arms is The Party Pub of South Shore Blackpool. Popular DJ's at the weekend and late closing. Unfortunately a large fire destroyed most of the building on 25 January 2010 but this family friendly pub-restaurant which offers football TV and a beer-patio facing the sea was refurbished that July and is still running successfully.
  • The Harold46 Bond Street, South Shore (From the promenade turn into Rawcliffe St (between Colonial & Queens Hotel) and we are directly infront of you, on the corner of Bond St & Rawcliffe St; close to both The Pleasure Beach & Blackpool FC Football Club.),  +44 1253 408807.10AM - midnight/01AM. The Harold is South Shores premier venue for both locals and visitors to Blackpool. A fantastic line up of entertainment both day and night, with live bands on Saturday nights (limited during winter months Nov-Feb, please check details). No need for drinks promotions, cheap drinks all day/everyday and you don't need to be a local - all customers are charged the same price.
  • The Albert and the LionCorner of Adelaide Street West and the Promenade. The JD Wetherspoons latest addition to Blackpool opened on 2nd July 2010 and can be found almost under the Blackpool Tower at the junction of The Promenade and Adelaide Street West. As always a Blackpool favourite with its competitively priced food and drinks
  • Rose & Crown22 Corporation Street, FY1 1EJ (2 minutes from the Grand Theatre, 3 minutes from the Winter Gardens),  +44 1253 299821. Continental style eating and drinking in the centre of Blackpool. This locally owned pub has the largest outdoor seating area in the town centre - and it's heated! Steaks, Burgers, Pasta, Toasties. Paninins, Curry, Fish, Pies. Plus of course a great Sunday Lunch!
  • Pump and Truncheon13 Bonny Street, FY1 5AR (Located just behind the Golden Mile (behind Tussauds) next to the Law courts). One of the most famous old pubs in town. The only building on this part of the Golden Mile that survived the great fire of Blackpool. Great real ales and traditionally cooked food. Wooden and stone floors and a roaring fire complement the old style feel of this famous little pub!
  • The Sun Inn88 Bolton Street, FY1 6AA (Less than 100 yards from the Promenade, right next to South Shore Yates). An independent local family owned Pub that isn't tied to anyone. With Real Ales, Big Screen Sport TV and famous Pie and Peas.

Safety in Blackpool

Stay Safe


Visits to Blackpool are generally incident-free. During Friday and Saturday nights, the busiest areas of the town centre such as Talbot Square and Queen Street can become very crowded and somewhat rowdy, but there is a large and generally good-natured police presence. The sea front and piers are usually crowded so are generally safe.

You should take care in the Central Drive area at night, and avoid back-alleys anywhere in the town centre after dark. In particular there are a small number of street prostitutes operating in these areas after 11PM, who approach single males who are under the influence of alcohol. Do not accept any offers of sex; you will be risking being mugged by the prostitute and/or a male accomplice.

Gay male visitors should avoid the Middle Walk cruising area; a gay man was recently murdered here and there have been several violent homophobic attacks. Lighting in this area has been improved and there are regular police patrols. Note that the "gay quarter" around Talbot Road, Dickson Road and Queen Street is as safe as the rest of the town centre. It is now being heavily monitored with CCTV.

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