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Merlin to phase out plastic straws by end of 2018

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The scourge of plastic waste across the oceans has piqued the public conscience like no other environmental campaign in many a year. From images of whales dying to beaches covered in plastic bottles, the response to the issue has been rapid with businesses, usually the last to set sail on the environment, setting the agenda. Merlin Entertainments have nailed...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach rides scoop double awards win

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has celebrated more awards success after two of its rides were voted among the best for thrill-seekers in Europe. The amusement park’s new £16.25m ICON rollercoaster was voted as one of the best new coasters in Europe and Valhalla was named one of the continent’s best water rides at the European Star Awards. In addition, Blackpool Pleasure Beach...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach looks for new junior board members

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach is seeking new applicants for ‘Junior Board of Directors’ who will offer a younger perspective on the running of the amusement park. Successful applicants will be tasked with assisting with the development of new merchandise, marketing of the park and customer engagement strategies. Pleasure Beach management are looking for new board members to join the existing team, aged...

Blackpool South Pier set to hear decision on log flume location

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The owner of Blackpool’s South Pier will learn this week if its application for permission to keep the attraction’s log flume ride in its current site has been successful. The move has been opposed by Blackpool Council’s planning officers and the nearby Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Eighteen months ago, Blackpool Pier Company was granted permission to re-locate the log flume from its...

Seaside amusement parks amongst UK holidaymakers’ favourites

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The British public have had their say on their highest-rated holiday attractions, and unsurprisingly seaside amusement parks are right up there amongst them. Seaside amusement parks have once again proved to be amongst UK holidaymakers’ favourites in the Trip Advisor’s 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Brighton Palace Pier and Southend Adventure Island all featured in the internationally popular...

Business round-up: Pleasure beach, Go karts and Oakwood seeks ‘directors of fun’

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Natwest provided Icon boost It has been revealed that Natwest, alongside Lombard, supplied a £6m asset finance package to owners of Blackpool Pleasure Beach to make sure the now-opened Icon coast was operational in time. Chris Thomas, relationship manager at NatWest, said: “From working with Jonathan and the Blackpool Pleasure Beach team, I know there was so much work that went...

New data reveals visitor numbers still booming in Blackpool

Amusements operators across Blackpool can expect a bumper season if the increase in visitors it is experiencing continues. Visitor numbers are on the rise in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast according to new figures that analyse the resort’s transport network. A report by Blackpool Council revealed that the number of people using its car parks and trams in May and June...

Pleasure Beach to help mothers quit smoking

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Blackpool’s iconic Pleasure Beach has joined forces with a town-wide initiative to curb smoking amongst pregnant women. Those who have dropped the habit during pregnancy will be given vouchers for the iconic theme park, high street retailers and Madame Tussauds in a project backed by local councillors. Recent data from the NHS has revealed that the town has the highest rate...

Unified approach helping Blackpool operators boost overnight stays

In that all important battle to attract overnight visitors to the British seaside, the combined efforts of the resort’s biggest operators appears to be making a difference. Blackpool’s biggest amusements and leisure operators have praised the impact of a tourism marketing initiative on business in the resort. Both Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Merlin Entertainments said that teaming up to promote sales...

ICON rollercoaster opens at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has launched its new £16.25m ICON ride, the UK’s first ever double-launch rollercoaster. The amusement park opened the new attraction - the biggest investment in its 122-year history - to the public last Friday, in time for the bank holiday weekend. The 80-second ride has acceleration equivalent to a Formula 1 racing car, going from zero to over...

Keeping Margate’s Dreamland alive

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After helping Skegness’ Fantasy Island realise its potential in 2016, Ben Wiles, MD of Duff & Phelps, was the obvious candidate to rescue Dreamland in Margate from financial difficulties. Not only did he have the restructuring nous, but he knew the value of landmark seaside attractions. In discussion with Business Quarter, he talks about the challenge of dreaming big. When...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Slimefest set to bring thousands to the resort

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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...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach boss Amanda Thompson OBE elected as IAAPA vice-chair

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The board of directors of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) elected Amanda Thompson OBE second vice-chair during its meeting on 25 September in Berlin, Germany.   Thompson is managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and will serve as IAAPA's second vice-chair in 2018. She will be first vice-chair in 2019 and then lead the global attractions...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach unveils its new Icon

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has revealed the name of the new £16.25m rollercoaster, Icon, which will open next year.   The ride, which had gone under the working title of ‘Construction 2018’ until last week, was officially christened ‘Icon’ in a dramatic trailer published on the amusement park’s YouTube channel. The video gave visitors a computer-generated preview of what they could expect from...

First phase of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s new rollercoaster set for completion

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has confirmed that the first phase of work on its new £16.25m rollercoaster is on schedule and will be delivered on time.   The amusement park said over 80 per cent of the foundations for the rollercoaster ride, currently dubbed Construction MMXVIII, has been completed. Once finalised, it will be the UK’s first double launch rollercoaster and will feature...

Tourism Sector Backs Campaign for Lighter Evenings

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“Let’s use our daylight hours more wisely” states BALPPA. Britain’s leading tourism sector amusement and leisure parks are calling on the Government to shift UK clocks to Central European Time, putting the UK one hour ahead of GMT in winter and two hours ahead in the summer - creating lighter evenings all year round for the UK's tourism sector. According to...

Three generations of Thompson at BALPPA

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Nick Thompson, of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, has become the third member of his well-known family to become chairman of the attractions trade association, BALPPA. For the first time in its 81 year history, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) has elected a third-generation chairman. Announced during the trade association’s January AGM, Nick Thompson was selected to...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach announces new 4G rollercoaster

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Executives at Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach have revealed plans for a new £16.25m rollercoaster. Temporarily dubbed ‘Construction 2018,’ the two-and-a half-minute ride that will run at 50mph and put punters through 4.3Gs, is scheduled to open in the spring of 2018. Nick Thompson, deputy managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, said: “We have been working on this concept for five years now...