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Dog & Pet Friendly Hotels in Blackpool - Reserve for Rex

    Paws for thought ! Wouldn't it be nice if you could find a quality conscious list of pet friendly places to stay in Blackpool, all in one fully filtered resource ?    Well, if you holiday or take short breaks away with your four-legged furry friend, we're on hand to guide you to the perfect accommodation choice, so that your pet can feel at home in Blackpool's home from home B&Bs, Guest Houses, Hotels and Apartments.    Speaking of which, the property which comes with our highest endorsement should you wish to bring your dog to the resort is our…

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100K Pack The Prom for the 108th Blackpool Air Show

  Over 100,00 people attended the two-day Blackpool Air Show spectacular on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August.   The 2017 Air Show - the very definition of a mainstay of the Blackpool events calendar with its 108th outing - saw a packed promenade from South Pier to North Pier and pavements ten persons deep across the resort were a regular sighting all weekend long.    Closing each day at around 4pm, the RAF Red Arrows dazzled droves upon droves of residents and visitors alike with their ups and downs and round and rounds in the sky.  Moving the Air Show from…

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DON'T MISS Joe Pasquale - The Devil In Disguise at Viva Blackpool

We all have a good side and a dark side, and a backside, so come and witness Joe showing off all three, in a show that defies description...He's been away searching for the fabled ancient merkin (Google it) of Macedonia, once owned by Genghis Khan's Nan (Maud), who used to wear it for special occasions, but only if she was going to Lidl on the way home. Witness Joe explain the mysteries of why the four horseman of the apocalypse will be arriving on my little ponies, and what Action Man held with those gripping hands...it'll be a show you…

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Supernatural at The Seaside with Blackpool Ghost Walks

  For Blackpool Ghost Walks host Stephen Mercer, his interest in the supernatural has spanned over three decades, yet the turning point for him pursuing his passion in a new format came in Halloween 2006 when he was due to perform a night-time tour at The Grand, where he believed 30 were registered to attend. In the end, it turned out they'd missed a nought off, as the actual tally was 300 visitors all eager to know more about the past presences lurking in the theatre billed as architect Frank Matcham's Matcham Masterpiece.   From that sell-out, a series spawned that would see Stephen…

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BUMPER BUNDLE with Merlin's Blackpool Big Ticket

    Bumper Bundle   Plump for the Merlin Blackpool Big Ticket and make collective savings of more than 50% on the individual standard admission prices.    7 Attractions, Valid for 90 days at just £45 for Adults and £32.50 for Children.    Call 01253 420 121 or pop into the LT Ticket Office at 110 Bond Street. Reserve a Room, Right this Way

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Let's Go See The Wizard at North Pier Blackpool

  Proving that pantomime can work just as well in summer as the more traditional Christmas scheduling of the family favourite, back for a fifth year in a row is The Wizard of Oz at Blackpool's North Pier.    It's fun for all the family in the 1500 seater North Pier Theatre every Wednesday until 23rd August, with double helpings as there will be performances at 2.30pm and 7pm.    Expect lots of slapstick and silliness from Reece Sibbald, who leads the cast as Scarecrow alongside Pippa Smith as Dorothy. Jordan Carling is the Cowardly Lion, Alex Smith the Tin Man and Duke DeMilo the main man, The…

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Step Back In Time at Blackpool's Regent Cinema

  The words Established 1921, Reclaimed 2016 are what greet all visitors to The Regent Cinema, located on Church Street in the heart of Blackpool Town Centre. Following its heyday as a cinema, the venue carried on the entertainment baton as it spent some time as a bingo hall, later being the home of pay as you go snooker before closing in 2011.    Fast-forward to 2017 and within just a year of reopening The Regent Cinema has quickly become part of the things to see and do furniture once again. It's full marks for familiarity as the roster of classics is…

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Hot Ice - 81 Years and Counting at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    From the off, Hot Ice makes it clear to expect nothing less than elements on aggregate throughout: detailed costumes, masterful music, ingenious choreography and well-crafted lighting and effects, giving rise to a collective entertainment clout akin to musicians in an orchestra in perfect harmony.     There's interaction with the audience in all the right places, particularly from those that don the production's trademark feathers, which all adds up to fun for all the family whether attending the afternoon matinee or evening performance.    Light and shade, day into night, you never quite know where in the Arena the stars of the show will…

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DON'T MISS An Intimate Evening With Christina Bianco

  Blackpool has pulled off the unthinkable: Streisand, Bassey, Cher, Adele, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Shakira, Christina Aguilera and many more superstars all on the same bill, in one venue, on the same night.   It's all been made possible thanks to the one-woman whirlwind that is actress, singer and impressionist Christina Bianco. The "woman of a thousand voices" returns to Viva Blackpool on Thursday 20th July to unleash her extensive repertoire of vocal impressions in the UK's Entertainment Capital once again.    We're delighted to be welcoming back the hugely talented Christina Bianco to Viva Blackpool.    Christina is…

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Wine and Dine at LT GOLD's Vegan Friendly Faringo's

                                                      Picture the scene.... It was breakfast time at LT GOLD's Kings and a family of four had taken their seats for a hearty way to begin their day. Getting to know his Guests, host Paul White discovered that dad was a carnivore, mum was vegetarian, the eldest daughter was vegan and the youngest sibling didn't eat much at all.     Exploring the opportunity more closely, Kings - Master of the Families and Couples Niche…

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Children's Afternoon Tea at The Blackpool Tower

  Friday 21st July is almost in sight and as soon as it hits, Blackpool is ready to help schoolchildren from across England and Wales celebrate.    On Saturday 22nd July, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom launches its Children's Afternoon Tea. Characters from classic children's books will welcome and entertain Guests from midday onwards. Afternoon Tea is about creating happy memories and making everyone feel special. We want all our visitors, regardless of their age, to feel like royalty for the day.    Kenny Mew,  General Manager The Blackpool Tower     Designed by kids, for kids the new service is the…

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FAVOR UK Recovery Walk - Official Accommodation Provider

  For almost three decades, International Recovery Month, which takes place every September, has raised awareness of alcohol and drug use disorders and promoted the benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery support services.    Faces and Voices of Recovery UK (FAVOR UK) is the only organisation in the UK supporting, unifying and mobilising the UK Recovery Movement.   In 2017 FAVOR UK is going about its great work in three ways: the launch of a Recovery Month Toolkit and the relaunching of the short film We are you - the affected, culminating in the UK Recovery Walk on Saturday 9th September in Blackpool when…

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Two Years On The Trot - Blackpool's Blue Flag Beach

  A post shared by Little Touches (@littletouches) on May 26, 2017 at 12:09pm PDT The sands of South Beach are simply sublime. That is the verdict for a second consecutive year from the world-renowned Blue Flag mark of exceedingly good coastlines. Furthermore, Seaside Awards have also been maintained by the three other Blackpool beaches - North, Central and Bispham - for the fourth year in a row.   Blackpool is one of the privileged few when number crunching the accolades granted, as the national totals are just 68 Blue Flags and 117 Seaside Awards. Neighbouring St Annes to the south and Fleetwood's Marine…

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Wine and Dine at LT GOLD's Famille

LT GOLD's Families and Couples Master Hotel Famille, situated within Blackpool's Restaurant Quarter in Bispham, North Shore is home to two in-house restaurants spanning casual to fine dining: Bellagio's and Oliver's on the Prom.      We want to take chefs' skills to the max, take them to what they want to be   Mark Collier, Head Chef     Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bellagio's is where you can immerse yourself in New York Italian surroundings: a Big Apple theme on Bispham's Queens Promenade. Expect nothing less than the finest pizzas, burgers, steaks and ribs served throughout the day and…

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Game Mania - Official Accommodation Provider

           New to Blackpool for 2017 is an event that has been brewing in the creative mind of organiser Nigel Moran for many a year. For him it all started with an Omega Spectrum, before an introduction to the iconic Sega Megadrive and all the must have consoles as time marched on.    Such was his enthusiasm for all things gaming, that he even volunteered at a games company in his native Southport. Today, Nigel spends most of his time at Comic Cons up and down the country selling toys, T-Shirts and memorabilia, and it was…

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Easter Feast of Things To See and Do

April in Blackpool is what you'd expect...and then some ! As of 1st April, the Pleasure Beach is now open daily until 5th November. The same rule of thumb applies to the Tower Circus too, with the exception of most Fridays.   Needless to say, attraction wise the rollcall of ready is our stable of tried and tested, who tempt families and couples back year after year with their offering: Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool Zoo, Illuminasia and Merlin's Tower, Dungeons, SeaLife and Madame Tussauds - to name but a few.    Described as a combination of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, Wonderland:…

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LT Official Partner: Viva - Blackpool's Vegas Venue

  Viva is the Vegas venue in the heart of Blackpool. Three stunning rooms are filled with some of the very best entertainment Blackpool has to offer throughout the year.   From the highest quality shows produced and delivered by their own cast of incredibly talented performers and technicians, to some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, there truly is something for everyone at his fabulous venue.   We are proud to be an Official Partner of Viva Blackpool, a high-quality entertainment product like no other.   Reserve a Room, Right this Way

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Come Marvel at March in Blackpool

  The start of March saw the Winter Gardens Empress Ballroom host Lancashire's premier business ceremony the Red Rose Awards which sets the tone for all that's about to spring up this Spring to entertain the resort's many visitors.   Pleasure Beach WOW Weekends continue until the end of the month, so Saturdays and Sundays are fun days on the 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th. It's then not much of a waiting game for the UK's leading amusement park to be open 7 days a week, as from 1st April daily doses of white knuckle thrills are on tap until…

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Wine and Dine at LT GOLD's Kenley

Mark and Josie, owners of LT GOLD's Families and Couples Master The Kenley, situated within a quality cluster on St. Chad's Road, South Shore, Blackpool are pleased to announce the opening of their new in-house licensed steak restaurant Love Me Tender.      We think this is what Blackpool needed, rustic and a little retro with a touch of french cuisine along with veggie, coeliac and vegan options.    Mark Solomon, Executive Chef         With starters like Mark's famous King Prawns, Lancashire Black Pudding and Bacon flash fried topped with melted cheese, mains including Duck Breast in a secret sauce, a…

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Fab in Feb - Far From Shuttered, More Full Steam Ahead

January was far from a quiet one in Blackpool. With the resort hosting the 45th Royal Pigeon Racing Association Show of The Year - the 40th to be held in Blackpool - that event alone brought 25,000 visitors to the Winter Gardens.   Prior to the UK's largest gathering of pigeon fanciers, WG's Opera House welcomed Britain's Got Talent for their annual auditions tour for the first time in five years, meaning another entertainment juggernaut making a beeline for Blackpool when it comes to outside broadcasts that require added razzmatazz.    The evidence is certainly amounting that Blackpool is far…

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The Lesser Seen Side of Blackpool - Sunsets & Greenery

Blackpool would not be Blackpool without its well-knowns: The Tower, fish and chips, donkeys, piers, amusement arcades and the rides and slides of Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle Waterpark. Yet the resort has a best kept secret that provides the perfect picture-postcard backdrop to all of the full-throttle leisure action: sparkling sunsets and gorgeous greenery.   Join us on our journey from South Shore to North Shore in the UK's Entertainment Capital, taking in all of Mother Nature's finest bestowments on a certain 52 Week Resort situated on Lancashire's Fylde Coast.   South Shore Home of LT GOLD's Families and Couples…

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Supercharged Super Saturday

  Saturday 19th November saw the very first Festive Fun Day from Blackpool BID, culminating in the Switch On of the Town Centre's Christmas Lights. As the action in and around St. John's Square came to a close, the day was topped off with the added razzmatazz of BBC light entertainment juggernaut Strictly Come Dancing broadcasting live from the Tower Ballroom to 12 million people.   The goings-on may have been heightened, but at heart Supercharged Super Saturday still had all the "typically Blackpool" hallmarks that visitors have come to expect from the country's foremost year-round resort.   All of…

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Bustling Blackpool - October Half Term

All Little Touches ® Destinations are open annually for 52 weeks, as peak is prolonged each and every year from 1st January to 31st December. Here at LT, 365 days is unashamedly "the season." Having said that, if we were to single out one part of the year for Bustling Blackpool in terms of an extra helping of visitors, it would be October Half Term.    For 2016, Autumn is once again awesome as The Entertainment Capital of the United Kingdom has far from "shut up shop" as we march towards Winter.    West End at Winter Gardens: SHOUT ! The Mod Musical…

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Miss Inform - South Beach's Alternative Tour Guide

  Miss Inform, equipped in her "hi-vis" not-so-typically tourist guide outfit is the alternative hostess with the mostess to the sights and sounds of South Beach.    Performed by Jenny Wilson of Irregular Arts, the tours have been developed by South Beach Beacons, a local community group who are also behind the upcoming Blackpool Carnival. In their own words they are "working to improve the area and bring it back to being a sparkling asset for Blackpool and a joyful and colourful place to live."   The Miss Inform project is funded by LeftCoast, the Blackpool and Wyre arm of the Arts Council,…

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A Warm Blackpool Welcome

What links Blackpool to fellow seaside resorts Skegness and Great Yarmouth, plus Liverpool City Region ? Blackpool has recently joined the privileged places in achieving WorldHost Recognised Destination status.    WorldHost is the gold standard training programme for customer service and approval for the resort as a destination as a whole means visitors can be assured of a warm Blackpool welcome at turnstiles, transport, theatres and theme parks throughout the town.    The ambitious vision has been realised through a committed consortium in the form of Blackpool Tourism Academy: flagship travel, hospitality and leisure operators working together to ensure a seamless visitor…

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Vincent & Flavia - The Last Tango at The Grand Theatre

    A review by Pat Hayes, Corporate Members Officer, Blackpool Civic Trust   In their farewell tour and final flourish around the dance floor, Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone are certainly leaving their audiences wanting more. Blackpool's Grand Theatre provided the perfect intimate setting for the poignant story of The Last Tango.    This simple but moving love story is told through the reminiscences of George, played by Teddy Kempner, who is sorting through his attic as he prepares to move out of the house where he has lived for most of his life.    Each item has its own tale…

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Comedy Carpet - Laughs Beneath Your Loafers

  Unveiled in 2011, Blackpool's Comedy Carpet has fast become one of the resort's favourite free things to see. Central Pier to the left, North Pier to the right and top and tailed by the Tower and Spanish Steps, the Carpet has rapidly established itself as a meeting and eating hub for many visitors to Blackpool.   It is of little surprise, given that you can choose to take a leisurely stroll through the scripts, eat a sarnie with a side-order of shenanigans or say to your nearest and dearest "I'll meet you at the Doddy section at half two."…

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Peachy Beaches and MORE - Summertime in Blackpool

Heading into the peak summer season in Blackpool the resort is on a high, hot on the heels of receiving the world-renowned Blue Flag accreditation for South Beach, alongside Seaside Award status for North, Central and Bispham beaches.   All the key anchor events return for 2016, complemented by exciting new additions from now until September.  The biggies are back: Blackpool Pride​ Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June   70 market stalls, 5 Stages of Entertainment, 1 Pride Parade Armed Forces Week​ Monday 20th to Sunday 26th June   Thanking our serving military personnel, veterans and cadets Hot Ice​ Thursday July 7th to…

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Flag and Flyover

  The announcement on Thursday 19th May that Blackpool's South Beach has achieved Blue Flag status heralds the start of a sensational summer in the resort. On Saturday 21st May, that very beach will be brimming with visitors wishing to catch a glimpse of the Royal Air Force Red Arrows, who are in town to celebrate the first anniversary of the Pleasure Beach Skyforce ride.    The display starts at 6.30pm and lasts approximately 20 minutes   Blue Flag Blackpool has been made possible by a collaborative effort from: Blackpool Council United Utilities Environment Agency LOVEmyBEACH Hundreds of businesses and volunteers…

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Blood Brothers

    Lyn Paul may have started her career off as a supporting child actress playing ball in front of the corner shop in the very first episode of Coronation Street, but she is most certainly the centre stage stalwart in Willy Russell's Blood Brothers.    The Winter Gardens Opera House played host to a diverse audience, with a noticeable sprinkling of students who were not necessarily bypassing BBC Bitesize, but seeking to go a peg better with the ultimate revision guide for GCSE English Lit.     So did you hear the story of the Johnstone twins ?  As like each…

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BPL @ Easter

Christmas time, mistletoe and wine. Easter time, eggs and hot cross buns. Yet in Blackpool there's much more to proceedings at this time of year than scoffing your face !    Just opened Ascent Trampoline Park on Monday 14th March.  Facts & Figs Location:  Prestige House, Cornford Road, near the M55 Size of site:  40,000 sq ft   Number of Trampolines:  Over 100   Other features include:  Ninja Assault Course, Foam Pit, Giant Air Bag, Flip Zone and Toddler area     Prices start at:    £9     Roll up, roll up For the Silver Jubilee of the Tower…

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Joe was Joseph

  I last saw Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat around 10 years ago at Tameside Hippodrome in Ashton. A decade later and it is still doing the rounds, and boy oh boy are we grateful that it made a stop in Blackpool.    The Winter Gardens was alive with a good mix of young and old ready and waiting to see headline star Joe McElderry of X Factor fame, alongside narrative lynchpin Lucy Kay of Britain's Got Talent 2014.    The PA announcement set the tone for our Saturday matinee performance, with the gag that phones or cameras weren't yet on the scene in the book…

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Wham, Bam, Showzam !

I caught him at the interval of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in the Winter Gardens Floral Hall and I caught him after on Church Street, captivating locals and visitors alike. Who am I talking about ? Lougarock, the werewolf that likes to roam the streets of Blackpool on his steampunk engine.  A roaming werewolf @showzam https://t.co/6HtTURPkpA #Blackpool #Lancashire — LT Details Club (@LTdetails) February 13, 2016 Now in its nineth year, Showzam - Blackpool's Annual Festival of Circus and Performance - is stronger than ever, taking place from Saturday 13th to 20th February. Many of the circus sights are free, and those which are not…

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12 Rooms of Winter

The 12 Rooms of Winter flung open their doors to the public on Saturday 23rd January as part of what has now become an annual Access All Areas event at Winter Gardens Blackpool.   We explored:   - Empress Ballroom   - Opera House Which is home to the BarryDOOR...                                  And played host to the 2009 Royal Variety Performance...       - Pavilion Theatre - Horseshoe - Spanish Hall Which reminds me of Gene Kelly's rooftop antics...     - Baronial Hall Which takes…

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One for R'Jack

He can be found in wax form alongside his "little puddleduck" wife Vera down at Madame Tussauds, but this weekend's events at the Winter Gardens would have been a sure-fire hit with a certain Mr Duckworth.    Corrie's Jack loved pigeons and he loved Blackpool, and with the 39th annual Royal Pigeon Racing Association Show of the Year getting underway this weekend in the resort, his two loves have clearly become intertwined.    Facts & Figs Takes place:  15-17 January Venue:  Winter Gardens   Pigeons on Parade:    2,500   People on Parade:   15,000   Range of transactions:   Tenner…

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Full Board

Unveiled in 1989 to celebrate Blackpool Opera House's centenary, the Roll of Honour board situated inside the Winter Gardens Church Street entrance is a who's who of British showbusiness. A single word per entertainer sums up the calibre of performers over the years: Chaplin, Formby, Bassey, Forsyth and Cilla.   Occasionally an entire production gets to dominate a particular year on the board, such as 2009's Royal Variety Performance and 2011's Calendar Girls. Speaking of Calendar Girls, its famous "considerably bigger buns" line is now relevant for the Winter Gardens, as they need a considerably bigger yearly legends board following one final addition.   …

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Super Saturday

It was of case of lights on and legs out on Saturday 21st November as St John's Square saw the Switch On of Blackpool's Christmas lights and a hop, skip and a jump away at the Tower Ballroom, flagship BBC entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing rolled into town.   Crowds gathered...   Image courtesy of Blackpool Gazette   Britain's Got Talent's The Neales met X Factor's reigning champ... Backstage with Ben Haenow and the Neales Blackool's lights switch on. pic.twitter.com/M5ljTayzpc — Blackpool Gazette (@The_Gazette) November 21, 2015   Followed by another Cowell united photo with BGT's Jack Pack... #Blackpool u…

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Return of The Mc !

Jane McDonald wowed audiences this summer at Blackpool Opera House as Grizabella in CATS and she is set to do so once again at the Winter Gardens venue in 2016.    Yorkshire once again meets Lancashire as the ultimate all-round performer brings Making Memories to the resort on 30th June next year. Expect classics, original songs and plenty of Jane's trademark one-liners.    Earlier this year... A fascinating interview with Jane McDonald in July's magazine about her life and starring role in 'Cats' @Blackpool pic.twitter.com/hD8RX2DFV6 — Lancashire Magazine (@lancashiremag) June 11, 2015 Review of CATS and interview with Jane by Alex Belfield...  …

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They Think It's All Over

The 2015 Blackpool Illuminations may have ended on Sunday 8th November, but the year is far from over with all the exciting things on the way over the next couple of weeks. Saturday 21st November:   Christmas Lights Switch On 2015 by X Factor winner Ben Haenow, alongside Britain’s Got Talent’s dad and lad quartet The Neales and kings of swing Jack Pack. Proceedings kick off in the town centre’s St John’s Square at 3pm and finish at approximately 5.30pm Strictly Come Dancing live from the Tower Ballroom, featuring Take That. The entertainment juggernaut broadcasts from its spiritual home bringing…

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Baby When The Lights Go Out

Not long left to see the 2015 Blackpool illuminations, as it is L-E-D O-F-F time on November 8th. I attended the Switch On at the Tower Headland on September 4th and below is a selection of pictures from the event.   Music was provided by Professor Green, Lawson and The Vamps, but Toploader’s classic Dancing in the Moonlight was the musical hit that pushed the 14,000 strong crowd’s buttons the most.   Legendary Hollywood director Tim Burton flicked the big switch, aided by a crab claw that looked like it had come fresh from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.   Coming…

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Welcome to Little Touches ® Details Club

We are pleased to announce that after months of planning, preparation, dedication and hard work, that our new travel portal is now live!   The goal for the website is to have one central reservation engine that seaside B&Bs, Guest Houses and Hotels can use to sell their rooms without incurring the large monthly costs of other Online Travel Agencies.   There is also much more to read about too, such as destination updates, news items and blogs to keep up to date on coastal goings-on, initially in Blackpool and Southport, then Morecambe, Llanduno, Scarborough and Whitby too.    Briefly, we seek…

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