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Rail disruption led to summer slump in Blackpool

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Improvement works and labour disputes at Northern Rail led to a marked drop-off summer visitation to Blackpool - as day-trippers “lost all faith” in the network. Rail chaos on the way in to Blackpool earlier this year was so disruptive that it kept large numbers of visitors away long after improvement work had come to an end, according to the...

Plans to boost Blackpool economy by £1bn unveiled

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A local partnership of the public and private sectors is hoping to secure government funding to help Blackpool return to its heyday as the country’s most popular seaside destination. A plan to restore Blackpool to its tourist heyday and boost its economy by £1bn over the next decade have been unveiled. Published by the Blackpool Pride of Place Partnerhip, the masterplan...

Blackpool to put gambling policy out for public discourse, but what about local operators asks Higgit?

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Councillors in Blackpool have announced an upcoming period of public consultation regarding local gambling regs - but operators like Chris Higgit have thus far been left out of the equation. A triennial review of policy pertaining to the issuance of gambling licences in Blackpool is to be put out for public consultation - but operators are struggling to find information...

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

Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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 loses log flume planning permission decision

Blackpool South Pier
After moving onto the promenade, Blackpool South Pier’s log flume has been a hit with holidaymakers. But now the council has ordered it to be removed. The owner of Blackpool’s South Pier has lost out in its bid to keep a log flume ride on its current site on the resort’s promenade just north of the attraction. The Blackpool Pier...

“Follow the lead” of inclusive tourist attractions, urge ministers

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A leading Blackpool attraction is among those tipped by government as a template for how operators approach provision for disabled visitors. Two government ministers have urged leisure operators to follow the example of Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool by ensuring that the needs of disabled visitors are fully catered for. Minister for disabled people Sarah Newton and Tourism Minister Michael Ellis have...

Blackpool Illuminations highlight its bright future

Blackpool Illuminations
This year’s Blackpool Illuminations are more than just a grand display of flashing lights; they represent a town with a bright future, and one that can illuminate the way for Britain’s seaside resorts. The future of Blackpool is as bright as last weekend’s illuminations,according to the resort’s operators, who welcomed 130,000 visitors over the weekend for celebrations and fireworks that...

SG Gaming rolls out Jackpot Party to Blackpool’s Coral Island casino

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SG Gaming has announced the addition of Jackpot Party to Riviera terminals in Blackpool’s Coral Island casino, bringing the globally recognised mystery progressive to the UK for the first time. Rolled out to selected venues throughout the country, including Grosvenor and Caesars, Jackpot Party has already proven its performance across the pond, becoming a favourite brand across digital and social...

Blackpool South Pier log flume decision deferred

Blackpool South Pier
Blackpool South Pier hasn’t got its ticket to ride just yet. The council has deferred its decision on whether to allow the log flume ride a permanent residency on the promenade. The owner of Blackpool’s South Pier will now have to wait until September to see if its application to keep the attraction’s log flume ride on its current site...

Blackpool South Pier set to hear decision on log flume location

Blackpool South Pier
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...

Council knock back Blackpool regeneration plan

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Plans to turn a failing pub site into a £6.8m bingo hall have been struck down in Blackpool after the council voiced concerns about the negative impact it would have on traffic. Bingo, Club 3000 style, just isn’t worth travelling for according to Blackpool council. Blackpool Council’s planning committee has unanimously voted to oppose a £6.8m bingo project over menial...

New data reveals visitor numbers still booming in Blackpool

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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

Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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...

Blackpool’s £6.8m bingo project recommended for approval

Club 3000
A multi-million pound bingo hall project that as recently as last month appeared dead in the water has been given fresh hope of approval in Blackpool. Plans to turn an underperforming pub into a £6.8m Club 3000 bingo venue in Blackpool have been recommended for approval by town councillors, having previously been dismissed over perceived build issues. The project was initially...

Hot under the collar

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We have thrust our grubby hands deep into the tombola of tenuous news this week and pulled out some ginger people in a dungeon, a robotic sexual organ and a whiskey bottle love letter, which sounds like an interesting night at least. Winter, all is forgiven, we are sick to death of the smell of suncream and explaining to the...

Blackpool amusement park moves a step closer

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The possibility of a second amusement park at Blackpool has moved a step closer after the resort’s council claimed it is close to drafting agreements for the development of the Central Station site as a new leisure destination...

Unified approach helping Blackpool operators boost overnight stays

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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...

Club 3000’s plan deemed too far away from town centre by contradictory committee

Club 3000
Blackpool Council’s planning committee has recommended the refusal of Club 3000’s plan to turn a retail park pub into a bingo hall due to the site in question being 300m too far away from the town centre boundaries. While acknowledging the application represents “significant inward investment into the town”, the planning committee recommendation stated the proposals fail to satisfy the...

Blackpool’s Central Pier celebrates 150 years of fun

Blackpool pier
As if celebrating a significant 150-year milestone, owner Blackpool Pier Company has decided to mark the occasion with a revamp of the front of the pier’s main amusement arcade. Blackpool’s Central Pier, the second such amusement attraction of its type to open at the resort, has celebrated its 150th anniversary. Last week it hosted a full day of free entertainment to...

ICON rollercoaster opens at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool ICON
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...

Funding sought to help save Blackpool’s endangered piers

Blackpool pier
With all three of Blackpool’s piers included on an influential global watch list of at-risk heritage sites, the resort’s council is seeking vital funding to protect them against the ravages of climate change. Blackpool Council has applied for hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding to help preserve the future for the resort’s pleasure piers. Heritage officers at the council have...

Blackpool amongst those celebrating Blue Flag awards

Blackpool
Blackpool was amongst several traditional amusements resorts celebrating the annual award of Blue Flag beach status. The resort’s South beach retained its award for the third year running, recognition of its highest quality of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management. It was one of 65 Blue Flag beaches recognised in England this year, while Blackpool North and Central beaches were...

Icon to launch at Blackpool Pleasure Beach this month

Icon Pleasure Beach
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has announced that its new £16.25m roller coaster will open to guests on Friday 25 May 2018. Amusement park stakeholders, experts and fans have been hotly anticipating the launch of Icon since work began on it in December 2016. Now Pleasure Beach management has con- firmed that their wait is almost over and that what has been billed...

Blackpool’s Easter prospects hit by rail works delay

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If you were a Blackpool amusements operator, you should be pretty pissed off at the mess Northern Railway has made of delivering an improved transport network in time for the crucial Easter period. One of the most important trading weeks for local operators, travelling to Blackpool during the Easter break by train will not be possible. Railway services, which were...

Seaside resorts top Brits’ favourite destination league

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  Analysis of British holidaymakers’ preferences by online booking engine Eviivo has revealed that the seaside is their favourite destination for extended weekend stays. Most popular weekend destination Blackpool London Edinburgh Torquay York Scarborough Weymouth Glasgow Llandudno Great Yarmouth Resorts including Blackpool, Great Yarmouth and Scarborough all charted highly in...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Slimefest set to bring thousands to the resort

blackpool slimefest
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...

Mini-golf course scheme still proposed for Blackpool Central Pier

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The owners of Blackpool’s three piers have said they still want to move forward with proposals for a new golf-based attraction on a site adjacent to the Central Pier.   The Sedgwick family’s scheme for an 18-hole mini adventure golf course has recently had its planning permission renewed by Blackpool Council. Applicant Gaynor Sedgwick said the project was still one they wanted...

Play Expo Blackpool to host Wonderful Dizzy launch

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Play Expo Blackpool has announced a new game plan for its 2018 event, which will feature the launch of new Dizzy game, Wonderful Dizzy, four YouTube retro super-gamers and other gaming “royalty”.   The event is moving to February 10 and 11, from its usual May dates. A line-up of gaming VIPs includes gaming legends Philip and Andrew Oliver (pictured), who will...

VisitBritain chief brands Blackpool not “pretty” enough to promote

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Blackpool tourist chiefs were fuming at VisitBritain after one of their officials claimed the seaside resort was not being “pretty” enough.   Sabine Kalkmann, who represents VisitBritain and VisitEngland in Germany, made the remarks in an email to ex-Blackpool businessman Julian Allitt asking why more was not being done to promote the north’s coastal resorts. "Blackpool does not have the reputation to...

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