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Destination Guide - Blackpool

 

The BIG one

Any age and any budget, Blackpool truly has something for everyone. 

 

The resort is unique, with household name attractions and a collection of accommodation that suits all needs - from bed for the night to luxury delights. 

 

Located on Lancashire's Fylde coast, Blackpool is anchored by its mighty Tower and three piers: North, Central and South. At South Shore you'll find the rides and slides of Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle Waterpark, Central you'll be in the heart of the action and North Shore is ideal if you are seeking a Blackpool base that is a tad quieter, but still within easy reach of all the resort has to offer. 

 

With 1,000 places to stay in Blackpool, on Little Touches Details Club you won't find all 1,000, but you will find the Fylde's finest, helping you to quickly identify the ideal establishment to stay. 

 

Blackpool Promenade    

Three is never a crowd in Blackpool, but a magic number. North Shore, Central and South Shore are the "holy trinity" areas of the resort, each with their own pier. 

North Shore encompasses North Pier to Bispham and is home to GOLD members The Valdene Hotel and the historic Cherry Blossom Inn

Central is the heart of the action, home to the Tower and its facing headland, which is now a key event location and also home to the Comedy Carpet. A few steps back and you will find a vibrant town centre and Winter Gardens. 

South Shore boasts the biggies: Sandcastle WaterparkPleasure Beach, the world's largest mirror ball and as of May 2015, Europe's largest pub - Wetherspoon's fantastic The Velvet Coaster. GOLD members Glen Guest House and Queen Victoria Guest House are located in this area. 

                                                              

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

 

The biggest, fastest and wettest rides and attractions await you at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Whether you are a scaredy cat or a wild cat, pick and choose from white knuckle roller coasters, the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land or entertainment spectacles such as Hot Ice. 

Ponchos at the ready as you prepare to get soaked on Valhalla, the world's largest indoor dark ride, before going for a tumble dry on The Big One at 235ft ! 

Or pehaps a day at the park will be child's play, with the 12 themed rides you'll find in the 6 acre Nickelodeon Land.

Theatre - Winter Gardens and Grand Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

CATS was 2015 and Mamma Mia was 2014, with a packed roster of West End shows for 2016. The Winter Gardens has a bustling year-round events calendar, as does the nearby Grand Theatre, a more intimate venue with exquisite architectural intricacies designed by Frank Matcham.                   

The third incarnation of the Winter Gardens Opera House opened 1939 and to this day remains one of the country's largest theatres, comfortably holding almost 3,000 people.

Just glancing at the "roll of honour" display unveiled in 1989 to celebrate the Opera House's centenary, one does not have to stray far to pick out the biggest of showbiz stars such as Charlie Chaplin (1904), George Formby (1939), Vera Lynn (1951), Shirley Bassey (1961), Bruce Forsyth (1967) and Cilla Black (1972).  In recent times, the ability to attract to entertainment superstars has not waned, with music from Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, Gary Barlow and One Direction, plus comedy from Peter Kay and Jimmy Carr.

 

Blackpool Illuminations

Autumn days when the lights are jewelled... six miles of twinkling and twirling, to be precise. 

Switch On night has evolved to become Switch On Weekend in recent years.  2015 saw Hollywood director Tim Burton do the honours, hot on the heels of Peter Kay in 2014 and a cavalcade of stars including Robbie Williams (2010), Alan Carr (2009), The Bee Gees (1995) and even racehorse extraordinaire Red Rum (1977).

 

Blackpool Tower

 

518 ft (158 metres) of magnificant steelwork has provided the resort's focal point since 1894.

After immersing all the senses at the 4D cinema, if you then brave the lift journey to the top of the Tower, you'll be rewarded with some of the best views in England: across the water to the Isle of Man, below you on the glass floor SkyWalk and side to side - down towards Lytham St Annes and up towards Bispham and Cleveleys. Keep your eyes firmly peeled on a clear day for Liverpool, Bowland and the Lake District too.

 

Blackpool Tower