Visiting Blackpool years ago as a kid with the family,my most vivid memory is the Illuminations.The whole area is lit up with lights and stretches for about 6 miles.The cost per year for the electricity bill is about £60,000 and 500,000 lamps are used.
The illuminations attract 8 million visitors each year to Blackpool...They are switched on in September each year.
In this age when everyone is obsessed by 'image', Blackpool council has jumped on the bandwagon and is desperately trying to update Blackpool's somewhat old-fashioned image.
Their thought police (sorry council inspectors) are encouraging shop owners to tidy up their act and remove the tackiest of their stock of souveniers. This is daft, in most people's books Blackpool=Tackiness, it should be their U.S.P !
In another move they are trying to get rid of their stock of council owned deckchairs (renting out up to 8,000 a day) and replacing them with sun loungers (surely that presupposses the existence of sun ?)
This is madness. In the words of Brian Hunt (found on a website discussing the matter) :
I wonder which management consultancy gave them that advice?
"Deck chairs are a brilliant example of design. They are cheap to manufacture and take up little storage space. As low technolgy products they can easily be manufactured in the local area and provide local employment. The economic working life of a deckchair will be greater than that of the sunlounger.
'And what about consumer perception?:
Fish and chips, knotted hanky on the head and a deckchair - bloody luxury!!. Leave the sunbeds to the southern pansys! "
The central pier is the "fun" pier of Blackpool with its Ferris wheel although in former years there were roller skating and shock horror outdoor dancing here!
The central platform was converted into an open-air auditorium, and the pier-head dance area made way for a new theatre back in the 1960's.
Favorite thing: The North Pier was the first of Blackpool's 3 piers - opened on 21st May 1863. It is 1,405 feet long, 27 feet wide and built from 12,000 tons of metal it claimed, in its day, to be 'the finest, strongest and most beautiful marine parade in Europe'. It has suffered damage over the years and resultant modifications. and today the pier has several bars, a beer garden, a 1500-seat theatre, and an amusement arcade - all the typical type of seaside pier attractions. Its probably the most traditional of the three piers and retains mor Victorian charm than the others.
Favorite thing: The last of Blackpool's three piers - work began on Blackpool’s South pier in 1892. It has bungee jumps and sky dives for those brave enough - me ?, well I was just happy to watch others hand over lots off money for a few seconds thrill whilst I enjoyed a drink in the laughhing donkey bar here.
Favorite thing: Of course what attracts many people to Blackpool is the lights in the winter season. Its quite a colourful display by night and by day too...seeing all the charcaters on the "golden mile". There were several good ones but I liked the animals which were in halves as they flanked the road.
Favorite thing: The trams are a much loved feature of Blackpool as they rattle along the promenade. There are so amny different ones - all advertising some kind of Blacpool entertainment venue or other product. Of course we rode one just for the fun of it as well as saving our legs walking all the way back to the north pier end from the south. Many are old style ones - some have been lovingly refurbished.
Favorite thing: The whole of Blackpool is a living souvenir! It is a town aimed almost exclusively at tourists. This ride in the Pleasure Beach has the date changed daily so that people like us can drape themselves over the poor goldminers and have a cheezy snap taken by an unsuspecting passer-by. There is stuff like this all around the Pleasure Beach.
When I did my university end of module dissertation for one of my humanity modules in 2009 I always wanted to return to Blackpool. I studied about the social and technological development of Victorian seaside resorts including Blackpool from how it began in the 19th Century to up to how it's view as a resort in the 21st Century. My study included analysing 'Bhaji on the Beach' movie and explored a variety of social, equality and cultural concerns how Blackpool was and is perceived. The movie has become one of my favourites. I even watched the movie again a couple of days before my weekend trip to Manchester and Blackpool.
I was able to relate to both my dissertation and 'Bhaji on the Beach' movie whilst I was exploring with my friend and also to celebrate my Nan's memory.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory was going to Blackpool with my family and Nan to pay a visit to the illuminations and also Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
The Pleasure Beach is the main attraction here. Loads of rides and cheesy fun things to do! You'll never be bored! The best ride is 'The Big One', a roller coaster which you can see from most places in Blackpool. Although it doesn't invert or loop it is very scary! No shoulder restraints here, just a lap bar to hold you in as you tip almost vertically downwards...those of a faint heart should not attempt this! Fear is not an option!
Fondest memory: My best memory is the fact that none of my travelling party knew each other although we all knew the bride-to-be. I made a lot of new friends from the weekend I spent here.
Get yourself a decent hostel, and then just walk around. Yes, do try out the rollercoaster and hit as many pubs as possible. But hit the pubs AFTER the coaster. BLEEEECH! Just enjoy the carnival atmosphere, in a Niagara Falls kinda way.
Fondest memory: Sorry, but I don't remember the whole trip, or the name of the hostel we stayed in, but the owner had a small bar downstairs, and let us drink ALL NIGHT, after the bars had closed. If I recall correctly, the bars weren't open much past 1am, which sucked. We got drunk at the hostel, took some kinds of other intoxicant, and wandered down to the beach to watch the sun rise.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach covers 42 acres, and there are 125 attractions. Entrance is free, you can either pay per ride of buy a set of tickets, or new this year there is an unlimited ride wristband.
Opening times vary - it is best to check by phoning 0870 444 5566.
There are height restrictions on certain rides. Also rides are in categories, A, B C and certain other criteria.
1 day wristband £30.00
There is a cheaper wristband for Beaver Creek which is an area of smaller rides for younger children and I think this is £14
I think that some of these tickets also includes admission to some of the shows, but it is better to check when buying tickets.
Here's Joe who couldnt resist an ice cream!
There are plenty of things that you need to see. Blackpool really does have everything! Of course if your a child or what to be scared then the obvious choices are Pleasure Beach, Tower, etc. However there is also the illuminations, sea, best of all shopping! If you like to watch shows there are theaters like the Grand theater, Winter Gradens - they have a wide range of shows! Also there are amusements like bowling, cinema I don't think you will get bored!
Fondest memory: My fondest memory here although I have alot is probably just being able to stroll across the beach when ever I want. (As long as it's not to cold!) It really is breathe taking you can just escape from everything and if it's not busy and you can watch the sunset. It is a magical feeling definately worth going.
Favorite thing: We had gone as usual on the spur of the moment to Blackpool for a few hours. After Wayne and Joe had been on the fairground rides, we bought some fish and chips and sat on the promenade watching the sun go down. It is was lovely.
Favorite thing: You really should visit the pleasure beach which is the best theme park in the uk and also take a trip to the tower it makes a really good day out. I would advise you do these on diffrent days also if you came when the illuminations are on i would advise you take a city sight seeing tour through the illuminations.