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For nearly 300 years, Blackpool has been a popular holiday destination frequented by those looking for a summer break by the sea. Its famous tower which looms 380ft above the town has become synonymous with the coastal town since the 1800s.
Blackpool has since evolved from a small hamlet into a huge coastal hub filled with attractions and is host to various year-round events.
It may boast the most spectacular annual lightshow with its Blackpool Illuminations and be the place where you can ride the UK’s tallest rollercoaster (The Big One) at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, but it is still very much a bucket and spade destination with its fantastic golden sand beaches which have the added accolade of Blue Flag status.
The Blackpool Tower provides a picture postcard backdrop for any photo opportunity but taking the trip to the top is another memorable moment. The SkyWalk enables you to walk out onto a glass viewing platform and take in the panoramic views over the Irish sea and across to the Isle of Man.
For more sky-high thrills Blackpool Pleasure Beach is rollercoaster central with its phenomenal rides such as The Big One, Valhalla and Red Arrows Skyforce.
The newly renovated South Promenade which stretches from South Pier to Starr Gate is a great place to explore and to take a leisurely stroll. Especially by those who love their art and culture. The Great Promenade Show is a public art display consisting of ten pieces of contemporary artwork including a revolving disco glitterball which sits 10 ft above the promenade and features a staggering 46,500 mirrors. There's also two sculptures by pop artist Sir Peter Blake.
The Comedy Carpet too at the foot of Blackpool Tower is another sight to behold. The 2200m2 of artwork features songs, jokes and catchphrases of more than 1,000 comedy writers and comedians.
From West End-style shows to music concerts The Winter Gardens with its collection of theatre and ballroom venues are the setting for unmissable entertainment. The Opera House, described as a ‘masterpiece of theatre design’ can hold up to 3,000 people and is one of the UK’s largest theatres. It has seen legendary stars from Frank Sinatra to Judy Garland and in more recent times, Peter Kay, grace its stage. While the Empress Ballroom is home of the Blackpool Dance Festival and other decadent events.
Blackpool has something for everyone!
The best way to visit Blackpool’s biggest and best attractions is with a Blackpool Resort Pass which allows you to visit top attractions including Sea Life, Pleasure Beach, the Tower Eye and 4D Experience, Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Madame Tussauds and Nickleodean Land for one price.
One for the diary:
The Blackpool Illuminations annual switch-on event takes place on 31 August 2018 and will see the promenade lit up by with thousands of bulbs throughout the Autumn until November.