With the advent of the railways in the early 1800s low cost travel became available to the masses, particularly the textile mill workers of the northern English towns. This resulted in Blackpool becoming a hugely popular location for a weeks annual holiday or short weekend break. Blackpool originally became popular as a family resort but in modern times it has become a multi purpose entertainment town catering to a wide variety of visitors, in the summer months Blackpool remains a popular family resort with wide sandy beaches, the sandy beaches run all along the Fylde coast from the Ribble Estuary, Lytham, St Annes, Blackpool itself, Cleveleys and Fleetwood. From sunbathing, paddling and swimming in the Irish sea, to donkey rides on the sands there is much to do for the beach enthusiasts.
The iconic Blackpool Tower is one of the most recognised landmarks in England, built 125 years ago and still a popular attraction for visitors with an unparalleled view across Blackpool and the Fylde from its viewing deck.
The tower is also home to the world renown Blackpool Tower Ballroom a must visit venue for ballroom dancing fans from around Europe and beyond, the Ballroom is host to the world championships and a musty have episode on the popular BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing.
The Blackpool Tower Circus has been wowing audiences since 1984 and continues to this day with daily shows from April through to November.
The Blackpool Tower Dungeon is a more recent addition to the Tower entertainment family bringing together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and a ride in a truly unique and exciting walk-through experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes just a little bit scary.
The Tower however is not the only fixed attraction the famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach fairground has spectacular rides and games with views across the beach from the height of the roller coaster.
Blackpool also boasts three piers, most resorts get away with just one but Blackpool has always been a bit special, the piers are named North Pier, South Pier and, yes you guessed it, Central Pier, all offering entertainment and refreshments for the whole family.
Next to South Pier and opposite the Pleasure Beach park is the fabulous water venue, Sandcastles Water Park a sensational day out for all.
Blackpool has always been a forward looking town amongst the first to install street lighting, which evolved into the famous Blackpool Illuminations which attract huge numbers of visitors to Blackpool in September and October each year. The Illuminations have grown to six miles from the tram terminus at Starr Gate to Bispham. The lights continually evolve utilising the latest technologies now with LED lighting fabulous displays with low power consumption are now possible.
To further enhance the joys of a September visit to Blackpool we have the World Fireworks Championships held on Fridays in the month of September each year. The most incredible fireworks displays from the best pyrotechnic experts from around the globe come to Blackpool to compete. The result a fabulous Friday night in Blackpool.
Blackpool has also become a popular destination for groups intent on fun boozy weekends, be it hen and stag parties or groups of friends letting their hair down for a few days enjoying g the multitude of hostelries all vying for their custom, live music and live cabaret and variety shows are on tap all year round.
Blackpool never stops, festivals and events are in action throughout the year, Dancing championships, pigeon fancier rally's, Pride rallies, Armed Forces week and vintage car rallies to name a few and with several theatres and show-bars Blackpool also offers star performers and shows all year round, check out our website for entertainment and events in Blackpool all year round.
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