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The Grade II-listed park, which opened in 1926, has been voted the best park in the UK for the second time in three years. A visit to these glorious surroundings will help you understand how Stanley Park beat 364 other parks and green spaces in a public vote to win the accolade and why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tweeted their congratulations. Stretching across 390 breath-taking acres, this oasis of elegance boasts a magical blend of architecture, horticulture and recreation. Known across the land for its bandstand, boating lake and Italian gardens, this beautiful, tranquil place is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Blackpool seafront. Open every day between dawn and dusk, the park is split into four zones: the north and western formal gardens; the eastern area lake and woodland area; and the south stretch containing children’s play areas and sports facilities. More than two million people visit the park every year – make sure you’re one of them! Be sure to visit the superb cafe serving breakfast and lunch.
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Stanley Park
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The Grade II-listed park, which opened in 1926, has been voted the best park in the UK for the second time in three years. A visit to these glorious surroundings will help you understand how Stanley Park beat 364 other parks and green spaces in a public vote to win the accolade and why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tweeted their congratulations. Stretching across 390 breath-taking acres, this oasis of elegance boasts a magical blend of architecture, horticulture and recreation. Known across the land for its bandstand, boating lake and Italian gardens, this beautiful, tranquil place is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Blackpool seafront. Open every day between dawn and dusk, the park is split into four zones: the north and western formal gardens; the eastern area lake and woodland area; and the south stretch containing children’s play areas and sports facilities. More than two million people visit the park every year – make sure you’re one of them! Be sure to visit the superb cafe serving breakfast and lunch.
About the Zoo What sets Blackpool Zoo apart from other zoos? Close encounters with animals, excellent facilities for our less able visitors and happy, friendly staff who want to make your visit fun! The zoo stands out in the resort, too, as being an attraction the whole family can visit together. We also have the only gorillas in the north-west and one of the best sea lion displays in the UK. Add to that those, Project Elephant Base Camp, then put it all into 37 acres of beautiful, traditional English parkland and you have the hidden gem that is Blackpool Zoo. COVID-19 measures at Blackpool Zoo The changes put in place at Blackpool Zoo include, but are not limited to: Reduced ticketed capacity to allow for social distancing. Pre-book your tickets on their website to guarantee entry The installation of over 70 hand sanitiser stations around the Zoo A new series of podcast talks after suspending their in-person talks Manned queuing systems to enforce social distancing at our main entrance, popular animal enclosures, toilets blocks, catering outlets and our gift shop Some one-way routes All staff members will wear face masks and PPE, where appropriate From Saturday 8th August 2020 face coverings are mandatory in all indoor areas of the zoo unless you declare that you have a government listed exemption or are under the age of 11. You may be refused admission if you attempt to visit the zoo without a face covering and don’t declare an exemption. Indoor areas include the main entrance, café, gift shop and indoor viewing areas at Project Elephant Base Camp, Orangutan Outlook, Gorilla House, Children’s Farm, small primate house and giraffe house. Each will have a strict capacity displayed and staff present to help everyone get used to this new way of visiting. Animals at Blackpool Zoo: Over 1000 animals live at Blackpool Zoo, including many favourites and some you might not know! From aardvarks to zebras, cockroaches to camels – they’re all here! Big Cats The zoo is home to father and son African lions, Wallace and Khari, as well as beautiful Amur tiger, Alyona. Their enclosures include large windows that allow you to get closer to these magnificent big cats than you ever thought possible. Elephants Our elderly elephant Kate was joined by four more females, Minbu, Noorjahan, Tara and Esha, from Twycross Zoo in 2018. Bull elephant, Emmett, joined the herd in 2019 from Whipsnade Zoo. Our magnificent herd reside in Project Elephant Base Camp, an amazing new elephant house, with the UK’s largest indoor facility and extensive paddocks with a pool. Orangutans Blackpool Zoo is home to a group of wonderful Bornean orangutans. You won’t want to miss the chance to get to know Ramon, Cherie, Summer and Jingga! Gorillas Did you know that the only gorillas in the northwest live in Blackpool? Our family of Western lowland gorillas comprises silverback, Bukavu, mums Miliki and Njema, and youngsters, Meisie, Moanda and Makari. Penguins Penguins have always been a firm favourite of zoo visitors, so be sure to visit their spacious enclosure, where these cute waddlers can be found walking, swimming and enjoying feeding time. You can even see them underwater! Giraffes Calm and elegant, our giraffes amble round their enclosure enjoying plenty of attention from our visitors. This most iconic of African mammals, the tallest on Earth, can be hand fed during school holidays so why not treat yourself to a close encounter? (Charges apply) Sea Lions They’re everybody’s favourite. They’re sleek, black, agile and often noisy! They’re Californian sea lions! Make sure to see their display and let them demonstrate all their incredible traits and what makes them so very special. And much more! Here at Blackpool Zoo you’ll see all your favourites and perhaps some new ones too! Will you be able to resist the ambling aardvarks or active anteaters? There is so much to do, you’d best start early! Plan your visit: If you’re planning a full day out, you’ll need to factor in food and drink. The Lake View Cafe is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat, serving healthy meals, salads and snacks. Burgers, pizzas and hot dogs are also available at the BBQ kiosk, too. Elsewhere, the Coffee Shop is available if you want to stop off for a Starbucks, our new Asian outlet, Nawala Street Food, and during the summer months there are various ice cream kiosks open around the Zoo. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop on the way out, too. You’ll find a selection of cuddly toys, books, models and souvenirs that will provide your little ones with something to remember their day by. If you’d like to find out more, check out the zoo’s social media channels for regular updates, news and special offers.
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Blackpool Zoo
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About the Zoo What sets Blackpool Zoo apart from other zoos? Close encounters with animals, excellent facilities for our less able visitors and happy, friendly staff who want to make your visit fun! The zoo stands out in the resort, too, as being an attraction the whole family can visit together. We also have the only gorillas in the north-west and one of the best sea lion displays in the UK. Add to that those, Project Elephant Base Camp, then put it all into 37 acres of beautiful, traditional English parkland and you have the hidden gem that is Blackpool Zoo. COVID-19 measures at Blackpool Zoo The changes put in place at Blackpool Zoo include, but are not limited to: Reduced ticketed capacity to allow for social distancing. Pre-book your tickets on their website to guarantee entry The installation of over 70 hand sanitiser stations around the Zoo A new series of podcast talks after suspending their in-person talks Manned queuing systems to enforce social distancing at our main entrance, popular animal enclosures, toilets blocks, catering outlets and our gift shop Some one-way routes All staff members will wear face masks and PPE, where appropriate From Saturday 8th August 2020 face coverings are mandatory in all indoor areas of the zoo unless you declare that you have a government listed exemption or are under the age of 11. You may be refused admission if you attempt to visit the zoo without a face covering and don’t declare an exemption. Indoor areas include the main entrance, café, gift shop and indoor viewing areas at Project Elephant Base Camp, Orangutan Outlook, Gorilla House, Children’s Farm, small primate house and giraffe house. Each will have a strict capacity displayed and staff present to help everyone get used to this new way of visiting. Animals at Blackpool Zoo: Over 1000 animals live at Blackpool Zoo, including many favourites and some you might not know! From aardvarks to zebras, cockroaches to camels – they’re all here! Big Cats The zoo is home to father and son African lions, Wallace and Khari, as well as beautiful Amur tiger, Alyona. Their enclosures include large windows that allow you to get closer to these magnificent big cats than you ever thought possible. Elephants Our elderly elephant Kate was joined by four more females, Minbu, Noorjahan, Tara and Esha, from Twycross Zoo in 2018. Bull elephant, Emmett, joined the herd in 2019 from Whipsnade Zoo. Our magnificent herd reside in Project Elephant Base Camp, an amazing new elephant house, with the UK’s largest indoor facility and extensive paddocks with a pool. Orangutans Blackpool Zoo is home to a group of wonderful Bornean orangutans. You won’t want to miss the chance to get to know Ramon, Cherie, Summer and Jingga! Gorillas Did you know that the only gorillas in the northwest live in Blackpool? Our family of Western lowland gorillas comprises silverback, Bukavu, mums Miliki and Njema, and youngsters, Meisie, Moanda and Makari. Penguins Penguins have always been a firm favourite of zoo visitors, so be sure to visit their spacious enclosure, where these cute waddlers can be found walking, swimming and enjoying feeding time. You can even see them underwater! Giraffes Calm and elegant, our giraffes amble round their enclosure enjoying plenty of attention from our visitors. This most iconic of African mammals, the tallest on Earth, can be hand fed during school holidays so why not treat yourself to a close encounter? (Charges apply) Sea Lions They’re everybody’s favourite. They’re sleek, black, agile and often noisy! They’re Californian sea lions! Make sure to see their display and let them demonstrate all their incredible traits and what makes them so very special. And much more! Here at Blackpool Zoo you’ll see all your favourites and perhaps some new ones too! Will you be able to resist the ambling aardvarks or active anteaters? There is so much to do, you’d best start early! Plan your visit: If you’re planning a full day out, you’ll need to factor in food and drink. The Lake View Cafe is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat, serving healthy meals, salads and snacks. Burgers, pizzas and hot dogs are also available at the BBQ kiosk, too. Elsewhere, the Coffee Shop is available if you want to stop off for a Starbucks, our new Asian outlet, Nawala Street Food, and during the summer months there are various ice cream kiosks open around the Zoo. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop on the way out, too. You’ll find a selection of cuddly toys, books, models and souvenirs that will provide your little ones with something to remember their day by. If you’d like to find out more, check out the zoo’s social media channels for regular updates, news and special offers.
Britain’s favourite amusement park! There’s something for everyone at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with thrilling rides and spectacular shows you’ll be sure to have the time of your life! For the ultimate in thrills, why not brave Pleasure Beach’s tallest rollercoaster, the Big One? Experience the Pleasure Beach's newest coaster, Icon. Hold your breath as you board Infusion, the exhilarating five looping coaster suspended completely over water. Brave Valhalla, the world’s most spectacular dark ride featuring amazing special effects or feel the thrill of one of the world’s only twin track coasters, the Grand National plus lots, lots more. COVID-19 measures at Blackpool Pleasure Beach To keep everyone safe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has introduced a number of COVID-19 health and safety measures. These include, but are not limited to: Reduced ticketed capacity to allow for social distancing. Pre-book your tickets on their website to guarantee entry Frequent deep cleaning measures Hand sanitiser stations available Specific rides will leave empty seats between guests Social distancing measures around the park Some rides will require you to wear a mask. These are available to buy or you can bring your own from home Just like their rollercoasters, we’re confident they are on track to make sure you have an unforgettable experience. Find the full list of their COVID-secure changes and book your tickets online. Upcoming Events Oktoberfest with the Bavarian Stompers every Saturday in September in our new area "The Hub" Comedy Chaos with Steve Royle and Russ Brown on selected dates between 19 September and 31 October Late Night Riding & FY4 DJ - 26th September, 24th October and 31st October Circus of horrors - 28th October - 1st November Vampire Pleasure Beach 31st October & Halloween activity throughout October Aladdin the Pantomime in the Globe - 21st November - 20th December Gatsby Christmas Dinner Show - 27th November - 19th December Winter Weekends - 7th November - 13th December RIDE ICON – The UK’s first double launch coaster! Ride ICON the UK’s first double launch coaster, featuring 15 interactions involving five different rides. A double launch will see thrillseekers propelled forward at high speed not only at the start of the ride, but also at a second point half way through the two and a half minute experience. Meet SpongeBob, PAW Patrol and more… Enjoy the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land loaded with 12 rides and attractions, a Nick shop and home to a whole host of famous Nickelodeon characters including Chase, Marshall and Skye from PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For the Theatre Lovers: The Hot Ice Show Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 show will not go ahead. By far the most spectacular show on offer at the Pleasure Beach Arena, the Hot Ice Show features world-class performers displaying dazzling routines against a backdrop of stunning special effects. Tickets start at just £10 for matinee performances. Keep scrolling down the page for Pleasure Beach opening times and ticket prices. And if you feel like taking to the ice and having a go yourself the Pleasure Beach Arena is open year round for skating sessions and classes. Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Discover a unique collection of strange, unusual and extraordinary exhibits as you journey through eight themed galleries, across two amazing floors and witness the astonishing world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Adventure Golf Hundreds of exhibits of the odd, the unusual and the just plain bizarre – Seeing is Believing! Each hole of our Adventure Golf offers unique hazards ranging from jumps and bumps to rivers and underground tunnels, all adding to the fun of the game. Look out for the water hazard on holes 11 & 6, and tackle the figure eight spectacular on hole 9 – a first to the UK! Don't worry if your new to Adventure Golf - both beginners and experts are catered for with different levels of difficulty to tackle on each hole!
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach
525 Ocean Blvd
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locals recommend
Britain’s favourite amusement park! There’s something for everyone at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with thrilling rides and spectacular shows you’ll be sure to have the time of your life! For the ultimate in thrills, why not brave Pleasure Beach’s tallest rollercoaster, the Big One? Experience the Pleasure Beach's newest coaster, Icon. Hold your breath as you board Infusion, the exhilarating five looping coaster suspended completely over water. Brave Valhalla, the world’s most spectacular dark ride featuring amazing special effects or feel the thrill of one of the world’s only twin track coasters, the Grand National plus lots, lots more. COVID-19 measures at Blackpool Pleasure Beach To keep everyone safe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has introduced a number of COVID-19 health and safety measures. These include, but are not limited to: Reduced ticketed capacity to allow for social distancing. Pre-book your tickets on their website to guarantee entry Frequent deep cleaning measures Hand sanitiser stations available Specific rides will leave empty seats between guests Social distancing measures around the park Some rides will require you to wear a mask. These are available to buy or you can bring your own from home Just like their rollercoasters, we’re confident they are on track to make sure you have an unforgettable experience. Find the full list of their COVID-secure changes and book your tickets online. Upcoming Events Oktoberfest with the Bavarian Stompers every Saturday in September in our new area "The Hub" Comedy Chaos with Steve Royle and Russ Brown on selected dates between 19 September and 31 October Late Night Riding & FY4 DJ - 26th September, 24th October and 31st October Circus of horrors - 28th October - 1st November Vampire Pleasure Beach 31st October & Halloween activity throughout October Aladdin the Pantomime in the Globe - 21st November - 20th December Gatsby Christmas Dinner Show - 27th November - 19th December Winter Weekends - 7th November - 13th December RIDE ICON – The UK’s first double launch coaster! Ride ICON the UK’s first double launch coaster, featuring 15 interactions involving five different rides. A double launch will see thrillseekers propelled forward at high speed not only at the start of the ride, but also at a second point half way through the two and a half minute experience. Meet SpongeBob, PAW Patrol and more… Enjoy the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land loaded with 12 rides and attractions, a Nick shop and home to a whole host of famous Nickelodeon characters including Chase, Marshall and Skye from PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For the Theatre Lovers: The Hot Ice Show Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 show will not go ahead. By far the most spectacular show on offer at the Pleasure Beach Arena, the Hot Ice Show features world-class performers displaying dazzling routines against a backdrop of stunning special effects. Tickets start at just £10 for matinee performances. Keep scrolling down the page for Pleasure Beach opening times and ticket prices. And if you feel like taking to the ice and having a go yourself the Pleasure Beach Arena is open year round for skating sessions and classes. Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Discover a unique collection of strange, unusual and extraordinary exhibits as you journey through eight themed galleries, across two amazing floors and witness the astonishing world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Adventure Golf Hundreds of exhibits of the odd, the unusual and the just plain bizarre – Seeing is Believing! Each hole of our Adventure Golf offers unique hazards ranging from jumps and bumps to rivers and underground tunnels, all adding to the fun of the game. Look out for the water hazard on holes 11 & 6, and tackle the figure eight spectacular on hole 9 – a first to the UK! Don't worry if your new to Adventure Golf - both beginners and experts are catered for with different levels of difficulty to tackle on each hole!
The Blackpool Tower The Blackpool Tower is a true British institution. It is the iconic feature of Blackpool’s famous seafront, and continues to bring as much joy to visitors as it did when it was first constructed in 1894. Few attractions prove that #BlackpoolHasItAll quite like The Blackpool Tower, with stunning attractions for all the family to enjoy. Let’s take a look at what you can expect: COVID-19 measure at The Blackpool Tower Upon arrival at The Blackpool Tower, you will find measures including but not limited to: Significantly reduced daily ticketed capacity to allow for effective social distancing. You must pre-book your time slot before visiting You could be required to participate in a non-invasive temperature check upon entry Hand sanitiser stations available One way routes Staff members will wear face masks and PPE, where appropriate Enhanced cleaning measures throughout the day, concentrating on high-touch areas The measures put in place won’t stop you from making magical memories, so make sure you book now before their time slots sell out. The Blackpool Tower Eye For a truly spectacular view of Blackpool, you need to head to the top of the tower. At 518ft tall, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lifts to the summit, where superb panoramic views await. Here, you can gaze out at the beautiful Irish Sea and get a unique bird’s-eye view of Blackpool itself, while on clear days you can see as far as North Wales, the Lake District and the Isle of Man. The brave amongst you can also try out the glass floor, where you can peek straight down to the streets below. Don’t forget to visit the spectacular 4D Cinema Experience too, where all your senses will be dazzled as you are taken on a trip down Blackpool’s memory lane. The Fifth Floor Come and experience The Blackpool Tower’s Brand New Attraction – The Fifth Floor – the best place for family fun in-town! Our beautiful new space includes a family bar, a special circus-themed arcade and the only 8K Virtual Reality Rollercoaster in Blackpool! All this plus a huge variety of incredible free, live entertainment every weekend! What are you waiting for? Come and visit for free now! The Blackpool Tower Ballroom One of the world’s most magnificent ballrooms, nothing sums up the historic charm of Blackpool quite like the breathtaking Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Designed by Victorian architect Frank Matcham, it’s something you truly have to experience first-hand to appreciate. Its famous tea dances occur daily, accompanied by a live organist. Bring your dancing shoes and hit the floor for a tango, waltz or foxtrot, or take a seat and simply soak up the atmosphere. Look out for year-round themed nights that will allow you to dance the night away to your favourite music, while there are also great family days out to be enjoyed, such as the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The Blackpool Tower Dungeon If you’re looking for family fun in Blackpool, it doesn’t get much better than The Blackpool Tower Dungeons! This hilarious 60-minute show transports visitors back in time for a look at the spookier aspects of Blackpool’s history. The Blackpool Tower Circus The show will not disappoint as it brings even more astonishing jaw-dropping stunts and comedy capers in what can only be described as the must-see show of the season. Mooky and Mr.Boo deliver belly-laughs aplenty with their hilarious slapstick antics teamed with edge of your seat death defying stunts from top class acts all over the world. Find more information on the Tower Circus, along with their COVID measures here. Explore The Blackpool Tower Today As you can see, there is a lot to fit in when you visit The Blackpool Tower! To ensure you make the most of your day, take a look at www.theblackpooltower.com for information on ticket prices, special offers and opening times.
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Blackpool Tower
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The Blackpool Tower The Blackpool Tower is a true British institution. It is the iconic feature of Blackpool’s famous seafront, and continues to bring as much joy to visitors as it did when it was first constructed in 1894. Few attractions prove that #BlackpoolHasItAll quite like The Blackpool Tower, with stunning attractions for all the family to enjoy. Let’s take a look at what you can expect: COVID-19 measure at The Blackpool Tower Upon arrival at The Blackpool Tower, you will find measures including but not limited to: Significantly reduced daily ticketed capacity to allow for effective social distancing. You must pre-book your time slot before visiting You could be required to participate in a non-invasive temperature check upon entry Hand sanitiser stations available One way routes Staff members will wear face masks and PPE, where appropriate Enhanced cleaning measures throughout the day, concentrating on high-touch areas The measures put in place won’t stop you from making magical memories, so make sure you book now before their time slots sell out. The Blackpool Tower Eye For a truly spectacular view of Blackpool, you need to head to the top of the tower. At 518ft tall, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lifts to the summit, where superb panoramic views await. Here, you can gaze out at the beautiful Irish Sea and get a unique bird’s-eye view of Blackpool itself, while on clear days you can see as far as North Wales, the Lake District and the Isle of Man. The brave amongst you can also try out the glass floor, where you can peek straight down to the streets below. Don’t forget to visit the spectacular 4D Cinema Experience too, where all your senses will be dazzled as you are taken on a trip down Blackpool’s memory lane. The Fifth Floor Come and experience The Blackpool Tower’s Brand New Attraction – The Fifth Floor – the best place for family fun in-town! Our beautiful new space includes a family bar, a special circus-themed arcade and the only 8K Virtual Reality Rollercoaster in Blackpool! All this plus a huge variety of incredible free, live entertainment every weekend! What are you waiting for? Come and visit for free now! The Blackpool Tower Ballroom One of the world’s most magnificent ballrooms, nothing sums up the historic charm of Blackpool quite like the breathtaking Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Designed by Victorian architect Frank Matcham, it’s something you truly have to experience first-hand to appreciate. Its famous tea dances occur daily, accompanied by a live organist. Bring your dancing shoes and hit the floor for a tango, waltz or foxtrot, or take a seat and simply soak up the atmosphere. Look out for year-round themed nights that will allow you to dance the night away to your favourite music, while there are also great family days out to be enjoyed, such as the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The Blackpool Tower Dungeon If you’re looking for family fun in Blackpool, it doesn’t get much better than The Blackpool Tower Dungeons! This hilarious 60-minute show transports visitors back in time for a look at the spookier aspects of Blackpool’s history. The Blackpool Tower Circus The show will not disappoint as it brings even more astonishing jaw-dropping stunts and comedy capers in what can only be described as the must-see show of the season. Mooky and Mr.Boo deliver belly-laughs aplenty with their hilarious slapstick antics teamed with edge of your seat death defying stunts from top class acts all over the world. Find more information on the Tower Circus, along with their COVID measures here. Explore The Blackpool Tower Today As you can see, there is a lot to fit in when you visit The Blackpool Tower! To ensure you make the most of your day, take a look at www.theblackpooltower.com for information on ticket prices, special offers and opening times.
The South Pier is a brilliant attraction for families, particularly for the Blue Flag beach opposite Blackpool Pleasure Beach. This latest accolade marks the excellent sea quality, and makes this the perfect location for paddling in the waves or having a seaside picnic. By the time you’ve explored all the beaches between the Central and South Piers, you’ll find yourself near Sandcastle Waterpark and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The South Pier certainly does its best to fit in with the thrills and adventure on offer at these two attractions, with plenty to keep all ages entertained. The whole pier is a mini theme park, featuring go-karting, dodgems, waltzers, the Crazy Mouse rollercoaster, Skycoaster, Skyscreamer bungee ride, Spider Mountain climbing frame and Maxibounce trampolines. There is also a Kiddies Ride Arena for younger children, and when everyone’s tired out you can enjoy a drink in the Laughing Donkey Family Bar, which also hosts live entertainment. As you can see, there are plenty of exciting ways to keep your whole family occupied along Blackpool’s brilliant beaches. The only question is, how will you fit everything in?
South Pier
The South Pier is a brilliant attraction for families, particularly for the Blue Flag beach opposite Blackpool Pleasure Beach. This latest accolade marks the excellent sea quality, and makes this the perfect location for paddling in the waves or having a seaside picnic. By the time you’ve explored all the beaches between the Central and South Piers, you’ll find yourself near Sandcastle Waterpark and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The South Pier certainly does its best to fit in with the thrills and adventure on offer at these two attractions, with plenty to keep all ages entertained. The whole pier is a mini theme park, featuring go-karting, dodgems, waltzers, the Crazy Mouse rollercoaster, Skycoaster, Skyscreamer bungee ride, Spider Mountain climbing frame and Maxibounce trampolines. There is also a Kiddies Ride Arena for younger children, and when everyone’s tired out you can enjoy a drink in the Laughing Donkey Family Bar, which also hosts live entertainment. As you can see, there are plenty of exciting ways to keep your whole family occupied along Blackpool’s brilliant beaches. The only question is, how will you fit everything in?
The only Blackpool Pier to hold Grade II listed status, the North Pier is a wonderful starting point for exploring Blackpool’s beaches. It is home to the North Pier Theatre, which hosts regular comedy and musical acts, while families will love the Victorian tea room, two-tier Venetian Carousel and ice cream parlour. You will also find an arcade where you can play the famous penny slots, and if you look carefully you will also notice the first ever Sooty puppet, purchased by original TV show presenter Harry Corbett in 1948. You won’t have to walk far to find yourself in the shadow of The Blackpool Tower. While you’re here, it’s worth wandering up the steps from the beach to the entertaining Comedy Carpet, featuring a collection of hilarious quotes from some of the most iconic comedians to have made the country laugh over the years, many of whom started out performing in Blackpool. If you want to be at the heart of the action, this is the place to put up your sun-loungers.
North Pier
The only Blackpool Pier to hold Grade II listed status, the North Pier is a wonderful starting point for exploring Blackpool’s beaches. It is home to the North Pier Theatre, which hosts regular comedy and musical acts, while families will love the Victorian tea room, two-tier Venetian Carousel and ice cream parlour. You will also find an arcade where you can play the famous penny slots, and if you look carefully you will also notice the first ever Sooty puppet, purchased by original TV show presenter Harry Corbett in 1948. You won’t have to walk far to find yourself in the shadow of The Blackpool Tower. While you’re here, it’s worth wandering up the steps from the beach to the entertaining Comedy Carpet, featuring a collection of hilarious quotes from some of the most iconic comedians to have made the country laugh over the years, many of whom started out performing in Blackpool. If you want to be at the heart of the action, this is the place to put up your sun-loungers.
Sandcastle Waterpark Blackpool is the UK’s largest Indoor waterpark. With over 18 slides and plenty of exciting attractions in an 84-degree tropical climate, there is something to entertain the whole family. COVID-19 measures at Sandcastle Waterpark The team at Sandcastle Waterpark have been working hard behind closed doors. New safety measures have been put in place, and these can be viewed below: We recommend that all guests wear face coverings whilst queuing for admission, and on departure from our Changing Village when leaving. Enhanced cleaning regimes are in place throughout our Waterpark including all public areas, Changing Village and on our slides and attractions. Hand sanitisation stations are located throughout the building and Waterpark for you to use. Social distancing measures are in place throughout our building. Increased air ventilation within our Waterpark. All of our team members have received training in COVID-19 measures. Contactless payment systems are in operation including our free Splash Cash facility. Order food at our catering outlets and collect from our Food Collection points. Guests are required to book their visit online, in advance. Perspex screens have been installed at our counter. You can watch their short video below for a further insight:​​​​​​​ Book your Sandcastle Waterpark tickets here Thrill Seekers The waterpark boasts four more impressive slides that can be accessed with a Hyperzone Wristband. It’s an additional price but well worth it for the thrill seekers in your group. Slides featured include two Aztec themed slides, which launch from high up on the waterpark’s roof, venturing outside and then sweeping back into the building before hitting the water. The first – Montazooma – is a colossal mat slide with 360° loops and back-to-back turns, while the second – Aztec Falls – involves an electrifying pitch-black descent into a giant bowl. Families can add these slides to the list of thrill slides like Masterblaster, the longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide in the world, and Sidewinder, which was the world’s first indoor vertical waterslide. Family Fun There’s plenty to entertain the whole family and those who don’t fancy the bigger thrills: whether it's relaxing in the free-flowing Ushi Gushi Action River or Thunderfall’s long but relatively gentle twisting slides. There’s also the faster pace of the Duelling Dragons, the tranquil Shimmering Shallows and the ever-popular Typhoon Lagoon Wavepool to check out. Younger explorers will love the Caribbean Storm Treehouse, which is an interactive adventure play area with a giant tipping coconut that cascades over 600 gallons of water over unsuspecting victims. The fun doesn’t stop there. Everyone can expend a little energy using the water cannons, mini slides and jets at HMS Thundersplash and Fort Riptide. Extra Tips Cashless Splashcash Wristbands make it easy to pay for food and drinks when inside the waterpark and can be purchased in advance or on the day - this means you can leave your wallet in your locker and is one less thing to worry about! At an additional cost, guests over 18 years old can enjoy Seabreeze Spa, which features a steam room, sauna, salt inhalation room, aromatherapy room, foot spas, ice feature and heated loungers. VIP Tiki Cabana Our new VIP Cabana is perfect for guests looking for an an all-inclusive day out. You’ll enjoy your own private area, which includes a lounge area with TV, plus a separate dining area with lunch for all guests included – all overlooking the rest of the waterpark. You’ll also get to relax in your private hot tub and take refreshments from your fully-stocked bar (which also includes soft drinks!). There’s also a handy private car parking space and admission to all areas of the waterpark including Hyperzone and Sea Breeze Spa (height, weight and age restrictions apply). Our VIP Tiki Cabana is perfect for special occasions, celebrating with friends, or a birthday treat for the whole family. For prices and availability, please call 01253 340700. The Sandcastle Waterpark Team is committed to Guest Service Excellence and Tourism for All. For more information and to book online to guarantee your entry and beat the admission queues, please visit the official Sandcastle Waterpark website.
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Sandcastle Waterpark
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Sandcastle Waterpark Blackpool is the UK’s largest Indoor waterpark. With over 18 slides and plenty of exciting attractions in an 84-degree tropical climate, there is something to entertain the whole family. COVID-19 measures at Sandcastle Waterpark The team at Sandcastle Waterpark have been working hard behind closed doors. New safety measures have been put in place, and these can be viewed below: We recommend that all guests wear face coverings whilst queuing for admission, and on departure from our Changing Village when leaving. Enhanced cleaning regimes are in place throughout our Waterpark including all public areas, Changing Village and on our slides and attractions. Hand sanitisation stations are located throughout the building and Waterpark for you to use. Social distancing measures are in place throughout our building. Increased air ventilation within our Waterpark. All of our team members have received training in COVID-19 measures. Contactless payment systems are in operation including our free Splash Cash facility. Order food at our catering outlets and collect from our Food Collection points. Guests are required to book their visit online, in advance. Perspex screens have been installed at our counter. You can watch their short video below for a further insight:​​​​​​​ Book your Sandcastle Waterpark tickets here Thrill Seekers The waterpark boasts four more impressive slides that can be accessed with a Hyperzone Wristband. It’s an additional price but well worth it for the thrill seekers in your group. Slides featured include two Aztec themed slides, which launch from high up on the waterpark’s roof, venturing outside and then sweeping back into the building before hitting the water. The first – Montazooma – is a colossal mat slide with 360° loops and back-to-back turns, while the second – Aztec Falls – involves an electrifying pitch-black descent into a giant bowl. Families can add these slides to the list of thrill slides like Masterblaster, the longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide in the world, and Sidewinder, which was the world’s first indoor vertical waterslide. Family Fun There’s plenty to entertain the whole family and those who don’t fancy the bigger thrills: whether it's relaxing in the free-flowing Ushi Gushi Action River or Thunderfall’s long but relatively gentle twisting slides. There’s also the faster pace of the Duelling Dragons, the tranquil Shimmering Shallows and the ever-popular Typhoon Lagoon Wavepool to check out. Younger explorers will love the Caribbean Storm Treehouse, which is an interactive adventure play area with a giant tipping coconut that cascades over 600 gallons of water over unsuspecting victims. The fun doesn’t stop there. Everyone can expend a little energy using the water cannons, mini slides and jets at HMS Thundersplash and Fort Riptide. Extra Tips Cashless Splashcash Wristbands make it easy to pay for food and drinks when inside the waterpark and can be purchased in advance or on the day - this means you can leave your wallet in your locker and is one less thing to worry about! At an additional cost, guests over 18 years old can enjoy Seabreeze Spa, which features a steam room, sauna, salt inhalation room, aromatherapy room, foot spas, ice feature and heated loungers. VIP Tiki Cabana Our new VIP Cabana is perfect for guests looking for an an all-inclusive day out. You’ll enjoy your own private area, which includes a lounge area with TV, plus a separate dining area with lunch for all guests included – all overlooking the rest of the waterpark. You’ll also get to relax in your private hot tub and take refreshments from your fully-stocked bar (which also includes soft drinks!). There’s also a handy private car parking space and admission to all areas of the waterpark including Hyperzone and Sea Breeze Spa (height, weight and age restrictions apply). Our VIP Tiki Cabana is perfect for special occasions, celebrating with friends, or a birthday treat for the whole family. For prices and availability, please call 01253 340700. The Sandcastle Waterpark Team is committed to Guest Service Excellence and Tourism for All. For more information and to book online to guarantee your entry and beat the admission queues, please visit the official Sandcastle Waterpark website.
A local soft play which is great for the children.
Blackpool Zoo Playbarn
A local soft play which is great for the children.
SEA LIFE Blackpool Showcasing over 1,000 spectacular aquatic creatures across 50 dazzling displays, SEA LIFE Blackpool is sure to excite visitors of all ages. Experience the secrets of the deep sea and examine these spectacular species up close from just £14.50. COVID-19 measures in place at SEA LIFE Blackpool Calling all sea explorers, you can once again get closer to the underwater world at SEA LIFE Blackpool! Since they closed in March, they have been working tirelessly to make sure they welcome you back in the safest way possible. Here are a few of their measures: Significantly reduced the daily ticketed capacity to allow for effective social distancing. You must pre-book your tickets before visiting You could be required to participate in a non-invasive temperature check upon entry Hand sanitiser stations available One way route Staff members will wear face masks and PPE, where appropriate Enhanced cleaning measures throughout the day, concentrating on high-touch areas Have a magical visit at SEA LIFE - the creatures can’t wait to welcome you back. Before you set off, don’t forget to read their full list of COVID-measures and book your tickets in advance here . Four Corners of the World Four Corners of the World will explore four different sets all created around man made wrecks that have been taken over by marine life. Asia, Africa, Europe and America have been represented with famous underwater landmarks such as the Terracotta Warriors being recreated. Visitors will also find information on the many local wrecks off the Fylde Coast such as Nelson’s then flagship HMS Foudroyant famously ran aground and was wrecked in a hurricane-force storm in 1897. Amazing creatures include: Leopard eels, Dwarf fuzzy lionfish, Brittle stars, Spider crabs, Flashlight fish and Mandarin fish who were voted the most beautiful fish in the world plus many more. What can you see? SEA LIFE Blackpool is packed with fascinating creatures. Be sure to visit the huge ocean tank, where a maze of tunnels allows you a unique view of a host of amazing aquatic animals, including tropical sharks. Look out for Boris the Bowmouth Guitar Shark as he swims above you, as this is the best perspective you can get to see how his shape gave this species its name. You might also spot Nobby, the Giant Lobster who keepers believe is over 100 years old! Elsewhere, highlights include Clownfish, Turtles, Rays, Seahorses, Jellyfish and Eels. You can also chart the movements of Flowrider, the Basking Shark fitted with a satellite tracker by SEA LIFE Blackpool. He’s already had quite a year, visiting oceans off the coast of France and Morocco. Where will he end up next? Feeding time For many visitors, the highlight of their visit is seeing these wonderful creatures at feeding time. Watching on as they interact with the keepers is an enthralling sight, so be sure to make a note of each animal’s feeding times in order not to miss out. The ocean tank tends to be visited around 2:30. A Truely Unique Sleep Over Experience a night of oceanic slumber with sharks and tropical fish at our sea bed sleep over. Get your friends and sleeping bags together and enjoy the most incredible night, here under the ocean! £29 per person for a minimum of 35 people - 1 free adult for every 5 children, additional adults/children £25pp Add food/other attractions to make your experience truly unique. Our dedicated events team can tailor the perfect trip for you, simply let them know your needs and they will create you a bespoke package. Snorkelling with Sharks How would you like to come face to fin with SEA LIFE Blackpool’s collection of tropical Sharks? Well, with their Snorkel with Sharks Experience, you can do just that! The experience includes: Behind The Scenes Tour prior to your snorkel Priority admission to SEA LIFE Blackpool for the day 15-minute snorkel with a group of over 20 magnificent sharks – including our impressive Brown Shark, 5 sleek Black Tip Reef Sharks and two Guitar Shovelnose sharks in the Ocean display at 11am / 1pm / 3pm Full instructional briefing and orientation by trained Aquarists All equipment including snorkel gear and wetsuits You don’t need to have any previous diving experience, as all instructions will be given by SEA LIFE Blackpool’s experienced divers on the day. The Snorkelling with Sharks Experience is available every day (excluding Monday and Friday) at 11am / 1pm / 3pm. The maximum number of people per dive is 4. The experience lasts a total of 90 minutes. Spectator tickets are available at £25.00 per person. Please note that guests are required to arrive one full hour before the allocated snorkel time 10am for the 11am dive/ 12pm for the 1pm dive and 2pm for the 3pm dive. Plan your visit SEA LIFE Blackpool is open 7 days a week, every day of the year (except Christmas Day). See below for further information on ticket prices and directions.
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SEA LIFE Blackpool
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SEA LIFE Blackpool Showcasing over 1,000 spectacular aquatic creatures across 50 dazzling displays, SEA LIFE Blackpool is sure to excite visitors of all ages. Experience the secrets of the deep sea and examine these spectacular species up close from just £14.50. COVID-19 measures in place at SEA LIFE Blackpool Calling all sea explorers, you can once again get closer to the underwater world at SEA LIFE Blackpool! Since they closed in March, they have been working tirelessly to make sure they welcome you back in the safest way possible. Here are a few of their measures: Significantly reduced the daily ticketed capacity to allow for effective social distancing. You must pre-book your tickets before visiting You could be required to participate in a non-invasive temperature check upon entry Hand sanitiser stations available One way route Staff members will wear face masks and PPE, where appropriate Enhanced cleaning measures throughout the day, concentrating on high-touch areas Have a magical visit at SEA LIFE - the creatures can’t wait to welcome you back. Before you set off, don’t forget to read their full list of COVID-measures and book your tickets in advance here . Four Corners of the World Four Corners of the World will explore four different sets all created around man made wrecks that have been taken over by marine life. Asia, Africa, Europe and America have been represented with famous underwater landmarks such as the Terracotta Warriors being recreated. Visitors will also find information on the many local wrecks off the Fylde Coast such as Nelson’s then flagship HMS Foudroyant famously ran aground and was wrecked in a hurricane-force storm in 1897. Amazing creatures include: Leopard eels, Dwarf fuzzy lionfish, Brittle stars, Spider crabs, Flashlight fish and Mandarin fish who were voted the most beautiful fish in the world plus many more. What can you see? SEA LIFE Blackpool is packed with fascinating creatures. Be sure to visit the huge ocean tank, where a maze of tunnels allows you a unique view of a host of amazing aquatic animals, including tropical sharks. Look out for Boris the Bowmouth Guitar Shark as he swims above you, as this is the best perspective you can get to see how his shape gave this species its name. You might also spot Nobby, the Giant Lobster who keepers believe is over 100 years old! Elsewhere, highlights include Clownfish, Turtles, Rays, Seahorses, Jellyfish and Eels. You can also chart the movements of Flowrider, the Basking Shark fitted with a satellite tracker by SEA LIFE Blackpool. He’s already had quite a year, visiting oceans off the coast of France and Morocco. Where will he end up next? Feeding time For many visitors, the highlight of their visit is seeing these wonderful creatures at feeding time. Watching on as they interact with the keepers is an enthralling sight, so be sure to make a note of each animal’s feeding times in order not to miss out. The ocean tank tends to be visited around 2:30. A Truely Unique Sleep Over Experience a night of oceanic slumber with sharks and tropical fish at our sea bed sleep over. Get your friends and sleeping bags together and enjoy the most incredible night, here under the ocean! £29 per person for a minimum of 35 people - 1 free adult for every 5 children, additional adults/children £25pp Add food/other attractions to make your experience truly unique. Our dedicated events team can tailor the perfect trip for you, simply let them know your needs and they will create you a bespoke package. Snorkelling with Sharks How would you like to come face to fin with SEA LIFE Blackpool’s collection of tropical Sharks? Well, with their Snorkel with Sharks Experience, you can do just that! The experience includes: Behind The Scenes Tour prior to your snorkel Priority admission to SEA LIFE Blackpool for the day 15-minute snorkel with a group of over 20 magnificent sharks – including our impressive Brown Shark, 5 sleek Black Tip Reef Sharks and two Guitar Shovelnose sharks in the Ocean display at 11am / 1pm / 3pm Full instructional briefing and orientation by trained Aquarists All equipment including snorkel gear and wetsuits You don’t need to have any previous diving experience, as all instructions will be given by SEA LIFE Blackpool’s experienced divers on the day. The Snorkelling with Sharks Experience is available every day (excluding Monday and Friday) at 11am / 1pm / 3pm. The maximum number of people per dive is 4. The experience lasts a total of 90 minutes. Spectator tickets are available at £25.00 per person. Please note that guests are required to arrive one full hour before the allocated snorkel time 10am for the 11am dive/ 12pm for the 1pm dive and 2pm for the 3pm dive. Plan your visit SEA LIFE Blackpool is open 7 days a week, every day of the year (except Christmas Day). See below for further information on ticket prices and directions.
Madame Tussauds Blackpool Madame Tussauds Blackpool offers a celebrity experience unlike any other. Mixing the best of British with international stars, there really is something for everyone. From national treasures to the new kids on the block, you will find hours of fun awaiting you. Book now and start planning your visit, or go all in with our Resort Pass and experience all of Blackpool’s best attractions in one visit. COVID-19 measures at Madame Tussauds On arrival to Madame Tussauds, you will find measures including but are not limited to: Significantly reduced the daily ticketed capacity to allow for effective social distancing. You must pre-book your tickets before visiting You could be required to participate in a non-invasive temperature check upon entry Hand sanitiser stations available Staff members will wear face masks and PPE, where appropriate Enhanced cleaning measures throughout the day, concentrating on high-touch areas Find their full list on how they will keep you safe and book your tickets here. We hope you have a star-studded visit! Striclty Come Dancing Take to the floor and meet the stars of Strictly! Tess and Claudia join judge Craig Revel Horwood in the Brand New Strictly Come Dancing experience only at Madame Tussauds Blackpool! Fans will meet the new Tess and Claudia wax figures and enjoy three new areas of fun, where activities include lifting a replica of the famous glitter ball trophy, busting a move on a Strictly inspired dancefloor and even raising a score paddle from behind a re-creation of the Strictly judges’ desk. Madame Tussauds Blackpool’s Strictly Come Dancing immersive experience offers fans of all ages to chance to add some ballroom brilliance to their visit to the attraction. Be the Hero with Marvel! Burst through the pages of vintage Marvel comic strips and step right into the action with Marvel Heroes. First enter a Jottenheim ice cave and come face to face with Thor. Are you brave enough to lift his hammer? Then fight your way through debris, destruction and chaos in a New York Street and test your strength against the incredible Hulk, before hanging out with Spiderman. Be quick, the Daily Bugle have just arrived to take your photograph together. Finally journey through the Guardians of The Galaxy corridor to the sounds of the 80s. Step into the prison bar and don your uniforms before standing stand side by side Groot and Rocket in a prison line up with a difference! Sporting Hero Academy Enter the Sporting Hero Academy and become immersed in a number of fun physical and mental challenges to test and hone your own heroic skills. Come face to face with the stars of the sporting world including Olympic champion Mo Farah and British Formula 1 Racing Car Driver Lewis Hamilton and learn about their very own dedication to sport. Then test your own credentials as you begin an exciting personal trial using speed, poise, agility, stealth and focus to unleash your inner sporting hero! Who will you meet? Madame Tussauds Blackpool contains a whole host of famous faces for you to visit and pose for a selfie with. We’ve got TV royalty with the likes of Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir David Attenborough and Ant & Dec, alongside actual royalty in the form of Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge and Her Majesty The Queen. You will find music giants such as The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle and Michael Jackson and sports stars like Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Mo Farah, Lewis Hamilton and Tiger Woods. Legendary comedians like Tommy Cooper, The Two Ronnies and Morecambe & Wise mingle with modern-day talent such as Graham Norton, John Bishop, Alan Carr and Russell Brand. There is also a real treat for fans of Coronation Street, as Madame Tussauds Blackpool has created a replica of the iconic Rovers Return. Not only are all your favourite characters such as Ken & Deirdre Barlow, Jack & Vera Duckworth, Bet Lynch and Hilda Ogden found around the bar, it is also a licensed premises so you will be able to take the weight off your feet and enjoy a drink! Visit Madame Tussauds Blackpool today To find yourself face-to-face with these celebrities and more, be sure to plan your trip in advance and leave plenty of time to enjoy everything Madame Tussauds Blackpool has to offer. See below for information about opening times and ticket prices.
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Madame Tussauds Blackpool
87-89 Promenade
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Madame Tussauds Blackpool Madame Tussauds Blackpool offers a celebrity experience unlike any other. Mixing the best of British with international stars, there really is something for everyone. From national treasures to the new kids on the block, you will find hours of fun awaiting you. Book now and start planning your visit, or go all in with our Resort Pass and experience all of Blackpool’s best attractions in one visit. COVID-19 measures at Madame Tussauds On arrival to Madame Tussauds, you will find measures including but are not limited to: Significantly reduced the daily ticketed capacity to allow for effective social distancing. You must pre-book your tickets before visiting You could be required to participate in a non-invasive temperature check upon entry Hand sanitiser stations available Staff members will wear face masks and PPE, where appropriate Enhanced cleaning measures throughout the day, concentrating on high-touch areas Find their full list on how they will keep you safe and book your tickets here. We hope you have a star-studded visit! Striclty Come Dancing Take to the floor and meet the stars of Strictly! Tess and Claudia join judge Craig Revel Horwood in the Brand New Strictly Come Dancing experience only at Madame Tussauds Blackpool! Fans will meet the new Tess and Claudia wax figures and enjoy three new areas of fun, where activities include lifting a replica of the famous glitter ball trophy, busting a move on a Strictly inspired dancefloor and even raising a score paddle from behind a re-creation of the Strictly judges’ desk. Madame Tussauds Blackpool’s Strictly Come Dancing immersive experience offers fans of all ages to chance to add some ballroom brilliance to their visit to the attraction. Be the Hero with Marvel! Burst through the pages of vintage Marvel comic strips and step right into the action with Marvel Heroes. First enter a Jottenheim ice cave and come face to face with Thor. Are you brave enough to lift his hammer? Then fight your way through debris, destruction and chaos in a New York Street and test your strength against the incredible Hulk, before hanging out with Spiderman. Be quick, the Daily Bugle have just arrived to take your photograph together. Finally journey through the Guardians of The Galaxy corridor to the sounds of the 80s. Step into the prison bar and don your uniforms before standing stand side by side Groot and Rocket in a prison line up with a difference! Sporting Hero Academy Enter the Sporting Hero Academy and become immersed in a number of fun physical and mental challenges to test and hone your own heroic skills. Come face to face with the stars of the sporting world including Olympic champion Mo Farah and British Formula 1 Racing Car Driver Lewis Hamilton and learn about their very own dedication to sport. Then test your own credentials as you begin an exciting personal trial using speed, poise, agility, stealth and focus to unleash your inner sporting hero! Who will you meet? Madame Tussauds Blackpool contains a whole host of famous faces for you to visit and pose for a selfie with. We’ve got TV royalty with the likes of Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir David Attenborough and Ant & Dec, alongside actual royalty in the form of Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge and Her Majesty The Queen. You will find music giants such as The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle and Michael Jackson and sports stars like Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Mo Farah, Lewis Hamilton and Tiger Woods. Legendary comedians like Tommy Cooper, The Two Ronnies and Morecambe & Wise mingle with modern-day talent such as Graham Norton, John Bishop, Alan Carr and Russell Brand. There is also a real treat for fans of Coronation Street, as Madame Tussauds Blackpool has created a replica of the iconic Rovers Return. Not only are all your favourite characters such as Ken & Deirdre Barlow, Jack & Vera Duckworth, Bet Lynch and Hilda Ogden found around the bar, it is also a licensed premises so you will be able to take the weight off your feet and enjoy a drink! Visit Madame Tussauds Blackpool today To find yourself face-to-face with these celebrities and more, be sure to plan your trip in advance and leave plenty of time to enjoy everything Madame Tussauds Blackpool has to offer. See below for information about opening times and ticket prices.
Grundy Art Gallery organizes a programme of contemporary visual art exhibitions that feature the work of established and emerging artists from the UK and abroad, as well as historically important artwork loaned from major UK institutions and objects from its own permanent collection. COVID-19 safety measures Grundy has introduced a number of additional measures including: Hand sanitiser stations available Enhanced cleaning regime across all staff and public areas One-way system around the exhibition Limited capacity in the gallery at any one time (up to 12 people) Protective screens installed at the reception Please note that the Grundy Art Gallery will be operating at reduced hours from Wed-Sat 11am-4pm. The shop and Rotunda gallery will remain closed until further notice. Find out more information.
Grundy Art Gallery
Grundy Art Gallery organizes a programme of contemporary visual art exhibitions that feature the work of established and emerging artists from the UK and abroad, as well as historically important artwork loaned from major UK institutions and objects from its own permanent collection. COVID-19 safety measures Grundy has introduced a number of additional measures including: Hand sanitiser stations available Enhanced cleaning regime across all staff and public areas One-way system around the exhibition Limited capacity in the gallery at any one time (up to 12 people) Protective screens installed at the reception Please note that the Grundy Art Gallery will be operating at reduced hours from Wed-Sat 11am-4pm. The shop and Rotunda gallery will remain closed until further notice. Find out more information.
Neighbourhoods
Some beautiful shops, restaurants and bars. If you're looking for a more up-market area to eat then this would be a place to visit. We would recommend the 'Thai Mews,' 'Pucli pizza, ' Ricos Italian' 'Miller and Carter'
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Poulton-le-Fylde
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Some beautiful shops, restaurants and bars. If you're looking for a more up-market area to eat then this would be a place to visit. We would recommend the 'Thai Mews,' 'Pucli pizza, ' Ricos Italian' 'Miller and Carter'
'Leafy Lytham' a beautiful town on the coast, it includes many seafront attractions, bars and restaurants. We would recommend the following restaurants, Lytham house Bosco The Queens pub The Deacon The Grand hotel St annes For a beachfront cafe we would recommend the beach cafe.
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Lytham St Annes
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'Leafy Lytham' a beautiful town on the coast, it includes many seafront attractions, bars and restaurants. We would recommend the following restaurants, Lytham house Bosco The Queens pub The Deacon The Grand hotel St annes For a beachfront cafe we would recommend the beach cafe.
City/town information
A coastal town with a lovely beach and attractions across seven miles. The restaurants we recommend are the following, - The Beach house restaurant (mixed cuisine) -Michaels indian restaurant (Indian) -The mandarin restaurant (Chinese) -Ocean palace (Chinese)
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Blackpool
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A coastal town with a lovely beach and attractions across seven miles. The restaurants we recommend are the following, - The Beach house restaurant (mixed cuisine) -Michaels indian restaurant (Indian) -The mandarin restaurant (Chinese) -Ocean palace (Chinese)
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Windermere
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Manchester
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Entertaining
A gorgeous restaurant and golf course with lovely countryside views
Staining Lodge Golf Course
A gorgeous restaurant and golf course with lovely countryside views
There’s nothing quite like a day at the seaside, and Blackpool is one of the best beach resorts you will find in the UK. The whole family will love relaxing in the sun, taking a dip in the sea and enjoying an ice cream along the promenade here in Blackpool. There is plenty of space for sandcastles, sunbathing and family games, so you really can make a day of it. Of course, Blackpool is also the only British beach resort to boast three fabulous piers, so don’t forget to pay these a visit as part of your day at the beach. Let’s take a look at what you’ll find along Blackpool’s famous Golden Mile. Enjoy the Great Promenade Show! A giant mirror ball will leave you reflecting on an aesthetically pleasing stretch of rejuvenated promenade at South Beach. It’s part of the Great Promenade Show where some of the country’s top artists and designers have created two kilometres of gobsmacking sculptures and lighting. It’s certainly a break from the norm for Blackpool, but one that has gone down a storm with visitors. Mixing with our old-school seaside resort, Blackpool’s gone all continental with its own Spanish-style Steps. When the town redesigned its sea defences, in a project totalling £80m, it did so in style, with the creation of six new headlands, sculpted spaces and the Spanish Steps leading down to the sea. When in Blackpool, do as the Romans do!
Blackpool Promenade
There’s nothing quite like a day at the seaside, and Blackpool is one of the best beach resorts you will find in the UK. The whole family will love relaxing in the sun, taking a dip in the sea and enjoying an ice cream along the promenade here in Blackpool. There is plenty of space for sandcastles, sunbathing and family games, so you really can make a day of it. Of course, Blackpool is also the only British beach resort to boast three fabulous piers, so don’t forget to pay these a visit as part of your day at the beach. Let’s take a look at what you’ll find along Blackpool’s famous Golden Mile. Enjoy the Great Promenade Show! A giant mirror ball will leave you reflecting on an aesthetically pleasing stretch of rejuvenated promenade at South Beach. It’s part of the Great Promenade Show where some of the country’s top artists and designers have created two kilometres of gobsmacking sculptures and lighting. It’s certainly a break from the norm for Blackpool, but one that has gone down a storm with visitors. Mixing with our old-school seaside resort, Blackpool’s gone all continental with its own Spanish-style Steps. When the town redesigned its sea defences, in a project totalling £80m, it did so in style, with the creation of six new headlands, sculpted spaces and the Spanish Steps leading down to the sea. When in Blackpool, do as the Romans do!
Walk a little further down the beach, past SEA LIFE Blackpool and Madame Tussauds, and you’ll reach the Central Pier. Its most striking feature is its 108ft-high ferris wheel, which gives you a unique perspective of Blackpool and affords superb views across the Irish Sea. The Central Pier is extremely family-friendly, with arcade games, a funfair and the popular Funhouse Family Bar.
Central Pier
Walk a little further down the beach, past SEA LIFE Blackpool and Madame Tussauds, and you’ll reach the Central Pier. Its most striking feature is its 108ft-high ferris wheel, which gives you a unique perspective of Blackpool and affords superb views across the Irish Sea. The Central Pier is extremely family-friendly, with arcade games, a funfair and the popular Funhouse Family Bar.
Village Herons Reach Golf Course
Hundreds of exhibits of the odd, the unusual and the just plain bizarre – Seeing is Believing! Each hole of our Adventure Golf offers unique hazards ranging from jumps and bumps to rivers and underground tunnels, all adding to the fun of the game. Look out for the water hazard on holes 11 & 6, and tackle the figure eight spectacular on hole 9 – a first to the UK! Don't worry if your new to Adventure Golf - both beginners and experts are catered for with different levels of difficulty to tackle on each hole!
Adventure Golf
525 Promenade
Hundreds of exhibits of the odd, the unusual and the just plain bizarre – Seeing is Believing! Each hole of our Adventure Golf offers unique hazards ranging from jumps and bumps to rivers and underground tunnels, all adding to the fun of the game. Look out for the water hazard on holes 11 & 6, and tackle the figure eight spectacular on hole 9 – a first to the UK! Don't worry if your new to Adventure Golf - both beginners and experts are catered for with different levels of difficulty to tackle on each hole!
Ascent Trampoline Park is THE ultimate day out providing a fun, safe and enjoyable atmosphere suitable for all ages. Ascent is an indoor Trampoline Park with over 100 Interconnected Trampolines, a Giant Airbag, a Climbing Wall, the Meltdown, Dodgeball Court, Basketball Area, Flip Lanes, Foam Pits AND Ninja Assault Course. We specialise in Kids Parties, Fitness Classes COVID-19 safety measures: At over 38,000 square feet, Ascent’s space lends itself to social distancing. The changes put in place at Ascent include, but are not limited to: Online booking system enhanced and pre-bookings advised (but not essential). To book click here https://bit.ly/30zvjXY Reduced capacity to help manage social distancing One way system installed to help manage traffic flow Installation of over 15 new sanitisers including a number that are hands free Full staff re-training to assist in dealing with operating within the ‘new normal’ Frequent deep cleaning measures installed and enhanced original cleaning schedules Protective screens installed at Reception and Café area Staff members will wear face masks and PPE where appropriate ie applying First Aid Cashless and Contactless transactions encouraged (but not essential) New for 2020 - Soft Play Introducing one of our main features, the interactive keyboard where your child can record their own song with their feet and then play it back to their audience! They can choose to follow the nursery rhymes displayed or be inventive and create their own little piece of magic. As a parent you know the importance of your child’s balance, strength, co-ordination and more! With that in mind we will be including an assault course, puzzles and ability ranging challenges for them to sink their teeth into. Our new addition will be packed full of lights, sound and movement to help stimulate each participant and help brain development! The Meltdown The Meltdown is an 8-player ‘Total Wipe-out’ style action game that will challenge your stamina, agility and reactions. Not one, but TWO spinning arms will try to knock you off your podium! You will be required to either duck under or jump over the spinning foam arms to remain in the game. Will you make it as the last one standing? This game is fun for all ages so why not come down with your friends or family and have a go to see who will be crowned the MELTDOWN CHAMPION! Climbing Wall Ascend higher than ever before! Our 4 Metre x 12 Metre Climbing Wall puts a different spin on your normal trampoline park experience. Race against the timer with the agility test, beat the Wall is Lava challenge by avoiding the red blocks or just take your time and enjoy what our wall has to offer! Café Area Feeling hungry after your bounce session? Fancy a warm drink whilst the kids are playing? Ascent’s Café is here to save the day! With a wide selection of Food, Drink and other refreshments to choose from at very reasonable prices, we are sure to keep you well hydrated and fed during your visit. Dodgeball Arena Dip, duck, dive, dodge! Our arena has 16 trampolines and provides the perfect environment to battle out with your friends and become the dodgeball champion. Slam Dunk We’re not talking about biscuits in your tea! Our dedicated Slam Dunk area will allow you to reach the heights and nail those Slam Dunks! We’ve got two hoops – pro level and super pro level. Can you hit the height and master our basketball zone? Airbag Fly high and land in the sky...? Ascent Trampoline Park is home to one of the UK’s largest airbags which means more space for you to jump! Described as “landing on a cloud” our Airbag is the perfect place to showcase your latest flips and tricks as well as giving you a safer way to try new ones! Show us what you’ve got! Flip Zone So, you think yourself a bit of a gymnast? Here at Ascent we try hard not to disappoint, so how about Three lanes of trampoline, dedicated to just flipping and tumbling? Sounds great, right? Ninja Assault Course Begin your training for Ninja School using Ascent’s very own assault course, with a Balance Beam, Raised Steps and hoops, this will test your balance and speed to the limit. If you can master our assault course, there is no reason for you not to be crowned king of your dojo! The Pits Imagine a giant pillow filled with feathers, only instead of feathers, blocks of foam… No? Anyway, Ascent has a huge foam pit that would put any Royal bed to shame. With two tumble tracks a box and a 4ft deep pit, Ascent’s foam pit is perfect for you to show off your flips. You might need a hand getting out though, it’s just that soft!
Ascent Trampoline Park
Ascent Trampoline Park is THE ultimate day out providing a fun, safe and enjoyable atmosphere suitable for all ages. Ascent is an indoor Trampoline Park with over 100 Interconnected Trampolines, a Giant Airbag, a Climbing Wall, the Meltdown, Dodgeball Court, Basketball Area, Flip Lanes, Foam Pits AND Ninja Assault Course. We specialise in Kids Parties, Fitness Classes COVID-19 safety measures: At over 38,000 square feet, Ascent’s space lends itself to social distancing. The changes put in place at Ascent include, but are not limited to: Online booking system enhanced and pre-bookings advised (but not essential). To book click here https://bit.ly/30zvjXY Reduced capacity to help manage social distancing One way system installed to help manage traffic flow Installation of over 15 new sanitisers including a number that are hands free Full staff re-training to assist in dealing with operating within the ‘new normal’ Frequent deep cleaning measures installed and enhanced original cleaning schedules Protective screens installed at Reception and Café area Staff members will wear face masks and PPE where appropriate ie applying First Aid Cashless and Contactless transactions encouraged (but not essential) New for 2020 - Soft Play Introducing one of our main features, the interactive keyboard where your child can record their own song with their feet and then play it back to their audience! They can choose to follow the nursery rhymes displayed or be inventive and create their own little piece of magic. As a parent you know the importance of your child’s balance, strength, co-ordination and more! With that in mind we will be including an assault course, puzzles and ability ranging challenges for them to sink their teeth into. Our new addition will be packed full of lights, sound and movement to help stimulate each participant and help brain development! The Meltdown The Meltdown is an 8-player ‘Total Wipe-out’ style action game that will challenge your stamina, agility and reactions. Not one, but TWO spinning arms will try to knock you off your podium! You will be required to either duck under or jump over the spinning foam arms to remain in the game. Will you make it as the last one standing? This game is fun for all ages so why not come down with your friends or family and have a go to see who will be crowned the MELTDOWN CHAMPION! Climbing Wall Ascend higher than ever before! Our 4 Metre x 12 Metre Climbing Wall puts a different spin on your normal trampoline park experience. Race against the timer with the agility test, beat the Wall is Lava challenge by avoiding the red blocks or just take your time and enjoy what our wall has to offer! Café Area Feeling hungry after your bounce session? Fancy a warm drink whilst the kids are playing? Ascent’s Café is here to save the day! With a wide selection of Food, Drink and other refreshments to choose from at very reasonable prices, we are sure to keep you well hydrated and fed during your visit. Dodgeball Arena Dip, duck, dive, dodge! Our arena has 16 trampolines and provides the perfect environment to battle out with your friends and become the dodgeball champion. Slam Dunk We’re not talking about biscuits in your tea! Our dedicated Slam Dunk area will allow you to reach the heights and nail those Slam Dunks! We’ve got two hoops – pro level and super pro level. Can you hit the height and master our basketball zone? Airbag Fly high and land in the sky...? Ascent Trampoline Park is home to one of the UK’s largest airbags which means more space for you to jump! Described as “landing on a cloud” our Airbag is the perfect place to showcase your latest flips and tricks as well as giving you a safer way to try new ones! Show us what you’ve got! Flip Zone So, you think yourself a bit of a gymnast? Here at Ascent we try hard not to disappoint, so how about Three lanes of trampoline, dedicated to just flipping and tumbling? Sounds great, right? Ninja Assault Course Begin your training for Ninja School using Ascent’s very own assault course, with a Balance Beam, Raised Steps and hoops, this will test your balance and speed to the limit. If you can master our assault course, there is no reason for you not to be crowned king of your dojo! The Pits Imagine a giant pillow filled with feathers, only instead of feathers, blocks of foam… No? Anyway, Ascent has a huge foam pit that would put any Royal bed to shame. With two tumble tracks a box and a 4ft deep pit, Ascent’s foam pit is perfect for you to show off your flips. You might need a hand getting out though, it’s just that soft!
Climbing walls meet theme park in an exciting new leisure concept for all ages. Clip N Climb have implemented the following COVID-safety measures: Temperature taken upon arrival Hand sanitiser throughout the centre Reduced session numbers Extended harness and briefing area Social distancing throughout the centre
Clip 'n Climb Blackpool
Climbing walls meet theme park in an exciting new leisure concept for all ages. Clip N Climb have implemented the following COVID-safety measures: Temperature taken upon arrival Hand sanitiser throughout the centre Reduced session numbers Extended harness and briefing area Social distancing throughout the centre
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