Tag: Blackpool

Crisis averted: Coral Island gets off lightly in fire

Coral Island Blackpool Fire
Fears that a fire at Coral Island amusements on Blackpool’s Central Promenade last week would cause irreparable damage have been allayed.

Blackpool couple opens new Glitch Gaming Lounge

Glitch Gaming Lounge Blackpool
Blackpool gamers have welcomed the arrival of Glitch Gaming Lounge, a brand new video gaming venue on Grosvenor Street, opened and run by local couple..

Blackpool’s new Boulevard hotel is a sign of changing times, says Thompson

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Boulevard Hotel
Pleasure Beach dynasty-member Amanda Thompson says a new luxury hotel in shows how Britain’s best-loved seaside resort is branching out.

Blackpool wins legal dispute over problem promenade

Blackpool promenade
Blackpool Council has confirmed that cracks in the town’s promenade caused by defects in the sea defences are to be repaired by the contractor, at no cost

Club 3000 bingo given approval for Blackpool site following appeal

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Club 3000 bingo is to open in Blackpool next year after a successful appeal against the plan’s blocking. A successful appeal has overturned a Blackpool council decision to block a Club 3000 bingo project. The company sough to develop on the site of an under-performing pub at the Festival Leisure Park. The council cited parking worries when throwing the plans out. Club...

Hopes raised once more for Blackpool mega-casino

Blackpool super casino mega casino
An exclusive report from The Sun last week claimed that ministers have suggested that Blackpool could once again be earmarked for Britain’s first ever “super-casino.”

Blackpool to welcome first museum after £4m Lottery grant

Blackpool Lottery Grant Museum Coastal Communities Fund
Blackpool Council has announced its Show Town: The Museum of Fun and Entertainment will open in March 2021, after the town secured a £4m lottery grant to open its first museum.

Blackpool survey shows impressive gains in footfall

Blackpool Tower survey
Visitation rates have leapt in Blackpool this year, with particular growth in the number of overnight stays. according to the latest figures from the..

“The Great British Coast has enormous potential”

James Brokenshire Lords Select Committee Seaside towns Regeneration
In his response to a report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities, communities secretary James Brokenshire

Long-running attractions align to celebrate Blackpool Tower’s anniversary

Blackpool Tower anniversary
As Blackpool Tower celebrated 125 years since it opened to the public in 1894, fellow attractions on the Lancashire coast have wished the landmark well..

South pier flume gets Blackpool all astir

Blackpool South Pier
The repositioning of a log-flume ride by Blackpool’s South Pier continues to ruffle feathers amongst the town council’s planning committee.

Blackpool identified as key to seaside revival

Blackpool, tourism, seaside, revival, business
Blackpool has been identified as the key for a new initiative that would show how the issues affecting seaside resorts could be replicated nationwide. The House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns recommended it be the first resort to receive a ‘town deal’, involving a strategic approach between national and local government to develop specific solutions. Lord McNally, a...

Cork set to welcome new Blackpool-born bingo hall

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Cork County Council has granted permission for Sunbeam Bingo to convert a former furniture store on Ballyhooly Road, Ballyvolane, into a new bingo hall. Following the closure of the operator’s Blackpool hall in June 2018, Sunbeam are set to remploy 12 people previously employed at the venue in its new Irish location. The submission for the site, next to a Lidl...

Visitors still seeking the “nostalgic, family-friendly seaside experience that’s synonymous with Blackpool”

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Chris Higgitt, operator of Higgitt's Las Vegas Amusements, explains that despite the ongoing rail disruption...

New Blackpool tourism plan aims for 500,000 visitor boost

Blackpool’s ambition to maintain its position as the UK’s most popular seaside resort has been laid out in a new version of its destination management plan. Blackpool Council has set out its tourism goals that aim to boost annual visitor numbers at the resort by 500,000 in its second destination management plan. It revealed that since the first plan was launched...

Blackpool posts five year plan for “first-class tourism product”

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A five year plan for Blackpool, which includes investment in transport links and the completion of the new conference centre at Winter Gardens,has been laid out by the council. The blueprints spell out a timeline for finishing the tram extension up the Prom and developing the £300m plans for Blackpool Central Station, as well as proposing changes to the town’s...

Flooding disaster shuts Funland until Spring

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One of Blackpool’s biggest amusement arcades has had to close its doors early ahead of the winter season after it was hit with flooding on three floors. Fire crews were called to the arcade at 5:30am on Thursday December 20 after reports of flooding at the popular seafront arcade. Funland has confirmed it will remain closed ahead of the winter season,...

‘Bleakpool’ no more: New developments could see change in Blackpool’s reputation

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In what was heralded as a “game changer”, Blackpool’s tourist economy will be given a boost thanks to a new £300m project which promises to provide a shot in the arm for the Golden Mile suggests Edward Lowton. Blackpool hasn’t always attracted the best press over the years, even Coinslot - yes Coinslot my friends - inadvertently and with an...

Blackpool reveals plans for £300 million game changing leisure investment

Blackpool, leisure, investment, seaside, holiday
Blackpool hasn’t been top of the seaside resort charts without reason. And it intends on staying there with a £300 million reinvention for the amusements capital of the UK. Hi-tech regeneration plans released by Blackpool Council aim to pump £300m into a new leisure complex, in what will be the single largest investment in the resort’s tourist industry for over...

Plans for major development in Blackpool set for imminent release

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An announcement regarding plans to build a major year-round leisure destination in Blackpool is expected within weeks. Plans for a “major new leisure development” in the heart of Blackpool are set to be released imminently as the local council looks to improve the resort’s year-round offering. Nick Gerrard, programme director for growth and prosperity at Blackpool Council, revealed that the project...

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

Blackpool, tourism, economy, Blackpool Pride of Place Partnerhip, Merlin Entertainment
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?

Blackpool, gambling policy, gambling, policy, local politics, politics
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

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...