Blackpool Pleasure Beach has announced it will once again bring thousands of visitors to the resort when it plays host to television channel Nickelodeon’s Slimefest festival. The seaside amusement park will see a number of pop and television stars grace its Pleasure Beach Arena venue from 20 to 22 October.
In 2017, 12,000 guests came to the event,where they were covered in 9,000 litres of slime across the three-day event.
Managing director Amanda Thompson said she was delighted that Blackpool Pleasure Beach would once again be hosting Slimefest.
“Nickelodeon Land has been a huge hit with visitors since it opened in 2011 and this event gives them the chance to experience fantastic Nickelodeon live entertainment, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the only Nickelodeon-branded theme park in the UK.”
This will be the third consecutive year Slimefest has taken place in Blackpool,with 2016’s event taking place at the Empress Ballroom during Illumination’s Switch-On weekend, before it was moved to the Pleasure Beach.
Last year the event was hosted by stars from Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity, with performers from the pop world including Pixie Lott, Professor Green and The Vamps.
Councillor Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We are so excited to be partnering again with Nickelodeon on another Slimefest.This is a great event for families and we are looking forward to more slime-filled fun this year.”
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has garnered further publicity with the release of new images showing its new £16.25m rollercoaster Icon rising to heights of 20 metres, before cutting through the lift hill of the world-famous Big One ride.
The behind-the-scenes pictures, taken while the park’s doors were closed for winter, show where riders will be propelled out of a tunnel, soaring through the Big One structure at speeds of up to 50mph Icon will be the UK’s first ever double launch roller coaster, giving thrill-seekers two powerful thrusts of acceleration during the ride, and is set to reach heights of 88.5ft, with drops of up to 82ft.
Work on the new attraction started in December and although no specific launch date has been announced, it has been earmarked for a Spring opening.
Thompson said: “This is a key milestone in the build which marks the first in a series of thrilling interactions to guarantee riders a truly exhilarating experience.
“We’re looking forward to visitors getting their very first glimpse of Icon when our doors open on February 10.
“This is Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s biggest investment to date and will have a real impact on the town and regionasawhole.”