Tag: Blackpool

Tourism brands extend the season and think outside the box

Blackpool Illuminations Haven tourism
The domestic tourism industry, faced with the near decimation of its traditional summer season is utilising imaginative marketing and positioning techniques in an attempt to repackage, refresh and reinvent the offering.

Blackpool numbers way up on pre-lockdown levels

Blackpool busy post lockdown
An anecdotal surge in footfall at Britain’s coastal resorts has been borne out by hard numbers - with research by think-tank the Centre for Cities suggesting visitation is up in Blackpool a full 30 per cent on pre-lockdown levels.

Coastal cash cull?

Blackpool cashless payment parking
Following the successful launch of a new mobile parking app, Blackpool Council has confirmed it will introduce cashless payment for its car parks and on-street bays.

Arcade Club submits application to convert Blackpool casino

Arcade Club Blackpool planning application
Arcade Club has submitted a planning application to Blackpool Council for permission to turn the town’s former Sam Thai casino into a new retro arcade and video game centre.

Blackpool busiest it’s been for a decade

Blackpool Tourism
Blackpool is enjoying its busiest summer season in a decade - that’s according to its director of tourism Alan Cavill.

Blackpool thrives amid staycation surge

Blackpool visitor numbers
Blackpool is enjoying a boom in footfall comparable with its Victorian hey-day: that’s according to a new report.

Blackpool Central Pier opens just one week after fire

Blackpool Central Pier reopens
Blackpool Central Pier re-opened in style on 24 July, just one week after fire destroyed part of the landmark’s ride deck - including the “the best Waltzer in town.”

Fire shuts down Blackpool Central Pier

Blackpool Central Pier fire
As if 2020 couldn’t get any worse: a fire on Blackpool’s iconic Central Pier has forced most of the attraction to close to the public..less than a week after emerging from lockdown

Blackpool re-opening goes ahead despite loss of coach operators

Blackpool tourism illuminations coach tours
The loss of coach tours will hit Blackpool hard, predicts a local council report, as will convincing visitors that a trip to the coast won’t cost them their health. So, how is the UK’s biggest seaside resort planning to keep the Blackpool bounce from going flat?

Blackpool Illuminations extended by two months

Blackpool Illuminations extended two months
Blackpool Illuminations are to remain lit-up for an additional two months this year, in a bid to help boost tourism to the Lancashire coast in the wake of Coronavirus.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach to re-open on 4 July

Blackpool Pleasure Beach reopening
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has announced 4 July as its re-opening date, alongside a range of newly established safety measures, including capped capacity and mandatory PPE

To lock or unlock, that is the question

Blackpool unlock lockdown seaside economy
The greatest fear going into lockdown was the potential loss of a summer season and the devastating impact it would have on seaside economies. Now, with two or three months left to salvage, the greatest fear is the potential damage a summer season could have on seaside communities. Not everyone seems to be keen on opening up just yet as Blackpool and Brighton are finding out.

Blackpool to suffer more than most from lockdown, says new report

lockdown economic impact Blackpool
A new report by think-tank the Centre for Cities has once again highlighted the degree of regional disparity in Britain when it comes to the economic impact of the country’s ongoing lockdown misery.

Blackpool Police seek arcade raid thief

Man wanted theft Warwicks Amusements Blackpool
Police in Blackpool are appealing for information after a man broke into Warwicks Amusements in the early hours of 27 February and stole approximately £2,000.

Blackpool ‘committed’ to 2020 spending, says council

Blackpool regeneration investment
Blackpool Council has said that it will go ahead with a massive new investment scheme which will revitalise the local economy “beyond all recognition,”.. 

Robbed of Easter: Coastal resorts at risk of becoming “ghost towns” says DCN

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A spokesperson for seaside authorities has said the loss of the Easter season could have “devastating impact” on the long-term health of the UK’s coastal resorts. No shit?

Second-gen Sedgwick grabs a piece of Blackpool’s Golden Mile

Blackpool Golden Mile
The daughter of a Blackpool amusements magnate has stepped in to purchase a key piece of real estate on Blackpool’s Golden Mile

Blackpool positive for its post-Brexit future

Blackpool positive future post brexit
Nearly four years on from its decision to leave the EU, business and politics stakeholders in Blackpool remain optimistic for Britain’s brave new world..

Retro arcade at former Blackpool casino site

Retro Arcade to open Blackpool
A large retro arcade is to be opened in Blackpool at the site of two former casinos. The Arcade Club venture will open in a premises on Bloomfield Road..

Blackpool South Pier directors face six month wait for asbestos sentence

Preston Court Buildings Blackpool Pier Company
Two directors of The Blackpool Pier Company found guilty of failing to ensure the health and safety of employees must wait until 1 May 2020 to be sentenced by Preston Crown Court.

No dice: South Pier’s log flume forced into early retirement

Blackpool South Pier log flume dismantled
The log-flume ride on the Prom by Blackpool’s South Pier will shortly be no more - after an appeal to the UK Planning Inspectorate fell on deaf ears.

Blackpool visitor numbers rise for fourth year running

Blackpool visitor number increasing
A report by independent tourism analyst GTS has revealed that 2018 saw Blackpool enjoy its fourth consecutive rise in annual visitor numbers, with two..

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..