Join us for a sociable weekend in the fabulous seaside resort of Blackpool.
Although Blackpool has never had any airs and graces it has managed, by hook or by crook, to maintain its status as one of the UK’s most popular places for tourists. Its success can be put down to an endless dedication to unpretentious holiday entertainment: from pier shows to mind-blowing fairground rides, from tongue in cheek kitsch to the famous illuminations.
The 7 miles of golden, sandy beach is the reason the holidaying hoards came here originally with trams up and down the entire length of the sands with three amusement-laden piers. The sands are overlooked by Blackpool’s famous Eiffel-like tower – the only part of Blackpool that’s in any way similar to Paris. This is the supreme British seaside resort, with an overwhelming extravagance of amusements, fairground rides, and surreal seaside kitsch.
Beyond the Beach
Explore Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, a series of pavilions built in 1878. They have an air of faded, dilapidated splendour: the Spanish Hall Suite is shaped like a carved galleon.
Besides the bucket-and-spade fun of the beach, there’s Blackpool Pleasure Beach a thrilling amusement park with a mind-boggling array of rides, including the UK's biggest, fastest, scariest rollercoaster: The Big One. As well as state-of-the-art rides, there is a brilliant collection of vintage rollercoasters, including the worlds first Big Dipper. Y
For watery fun, Sandcastle Waterpark is an indoor water complex with pools, huge slides, water cannon, water chutes, and more. Punctuating the beach, with more rides and amusements, are three Victorian piers, best and longest of which is the North Pier.
The Blackpool tower houses some most wonderfully old-fashioned entertainment, which as sequin heavy Moorish Circus and glittering Edwardian ballroom with regular tea dances. You can also take a lift to the top of the tower for astounding views.