Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tag: Blackpool

Locked-down and now blocked off Blackpool’s promenade

Blackpool Central Pier street locked down
Blackpool Promenade will be partially closed for up to ten weeks as work commences to fill in an abandoned tunnel close to Blackpool’s Central Pier.

£40m grant funding is the “start of the journey” for Blackpool, says council

Blackpool Grant Tourism
The leader of Blackpool Council has said that he hopes the town’s latest £40m in grant funding will be “the start of the journey,” and that the government will continue to support much-needed regeneration throughout the resort

Blackpool tops UK jobless charts, an unhappy run for the country’s leading seaside resort

Blackpool jobs hardest hit
Blackpool remains the hardest-hit job market in the country, with new government figures showing that just over 12 per cent of all adults in the resort city were out of work - as tourism and hospitality continues to suffer under the yoke of punitive lockdown and social distancing restrictions.

“Hugely disappointing”: Blackpool turns off Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations switch off lockdown
Blackpool Council has confirmed it will turn off the town’s iconic Illuminations for a period of four weeks as of midnight on 4 November, in line with new national lockdown restrictions.

Coping with Covid restrictions is a tall order for Blackpool’s tourism economy

Blackpool Tower SOS visitor economy hit tier 3 lockdown
Blackpool is a resort that’s synonymous with the amusements industry and the appeal of the traditional British seaside holiday. However, following its Tier 3 status operators are referring to a ‘chaos of silence’ as the once vibrant visitor economy transforms into a ghost town; one lit up in a warning red last week as Blackpool Tower signalled an SOS message from a town facing ‘irreparable damage’.

From rave to the grave: Blackpool becomes ghost town as it enters Tier Three lockdown

Blackpool tourism Tier 3 lockdown
One seaside resort surfing so many waves in such a short space of time. Last week saw Blackpool’s tide ride out to sea as the government smacked the resort down with crushing Tier 3 Covid lockdown. Coinslot reports on how the jewel of north west tourism is coping following a diktat from Westminster and a good kicking from Nicola Sturgeon.

Club 3000 to open in former Wigan Buzz Bingo

Club 3000 Wigan
Bingo operator Club 3000 has announced the opening of a new hall in Wigan, repurposing the town’s former Buzz Bingo venue in Robin Park, which closed earlier this year.

Arcade Club gains go-ahead for new Blackpool venue

Arcade Club granted permission Blackpool
Another week, and another story of expansion within the old-skool retro video arcade sector: with news that the Bury-based Arcade Club brand will soon be expanding to Blackpool.

Blackpool tops UK unemployment stats

Blackpool unemployment data
Figures from the Centre for Cities suggest that Lancashire’s top resort town is still suffering from the worst level of joblessness in the country. Blackpool’s unemployment figures are cause for concern.

Cinderella will go to the ‘pool as panto comes to North Pier

Blackpool North Pier pantomime
Blackpool’s North Pier is to present a Christmas pantomime for the first time in 157 years, with a production of Cinderella staged in the newly-named Joe Longthorne Theatre.

‘Beacon of light’ planned for Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower light projections
Blackpool Tower is set to become “a sea of light, colour and sound” from 11 October to 3 November, as the iconic landmark unveils three new light installations as part of its extended projections.

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

Blackpool StayBlackpool DCN
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..