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The North West town of Blackpool has been UK's favourite tourist resort for over 200 years. It began as a small village with a large beach. The Victorian age saw a tremendous growth of the resort with the building of major attractions, many of which remain today. Nowadays there are attractions and entertainment of every kind for all tastes, but the beach remains Blackpool's main attraction with its donkeys and ice cream stalls. The sands stretch from the South Shore, past the bustling central promenade with its famous Golden Mile to the more tranquil open space of the North Shore.

Blackpool Illuminations

Every year in autumn the town of Blackpool becomes a vibrant display of lights and light displays. Blackpool Illuminations consist of over six miles of exciting displays that attract millions of visitors to the town every year. Whether you choose to ride on one of the fabulous illuminate trams put into service only for this occasion, take a coach tour or walk through these delightful lights you will be awed by their sheer size and brightness.

The illuminations switch on at the start of September when the town invites a celebrity to do the honours of flicking the switch. Celebrities such as Shirley Bassey, Blue and Gerri Haliwell are amongst some of the famous names who have taken part in the spectacular switching on ceremony that has a carnival atmosphere including fireworks.

From the time when the first 'illuminations' consisting of just eight arc lamps were switched on, to the present day they have proved to be a delight for both adults and children alike.

North Shore

On North Pier is the famous theatre where you can see a whole host of shows from adult only performances, to family shows and children's theatre. There is an amusement arcade, a family bar, an adult entertainment bar as well as sunbathing areas.

Opposite the North Pier there are a whole host of pubs and clubs as well as a number of excellent restaurants. North Shore is also the site of the famous burlesque club, Funny Girls where you will be treated to a fabulous show of well choreographed dances, great music and sights to behold.

Travel up along the promenade from Blackpool North Pier and you will find the delightful Gynn Gardens. Here you can play crazy golf, enjoy the lawns of flowers seen at summer or have a drink in the nearby pub. From Gynn Gardens you will find the discerning Queens Promenade. Here is the home of Castle Casino and the first pub in Blackpool, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Central Blackpool

Standing at an impressive 518ft 9 Blackpool Tower is guaranteed fun for the whole family. For one price you can enjoy the Tower Circus, Tower Ballroom, Walk of Faith, Aquarium and much more. Open day and night this is a value for money attraction suitable for all ages.

Behind the tower can be found the Winter Gardens and Opera House where you can see the Empress Ballroom and the biggest theatre stage in Britain.

Opened in 1894, The Grand Theatre is certainly one of the most beautiful theatres in Britain. With continuous renovation work the design and decoration in the theatre is as superb as ever. This venue offers a wide range of shows and attracts a wide variety of stars to Blackpool. Classic shows and performers like Ken Dodd, The Chuckle Brothers and Billy Pearce attract thousands of tourists to Blackpool every year. This venue is also the ideal place to go for the lovers of ballet and opera.

In the middle of Central Pier is the Big Wheel from where you can see the whole of Blackpool, measuring 108 feet high it can carry over 200 passengers in its 26 carriages. This Pier is also home to the well-known Legends show, a professional look-a-like show with a whole host of 'stars'.

You can visit the Hound Hill Shopping Centre with a variety of leading retail stores and entertainment to make your shopping trip a pleasure or the Tower shopping centre where there is also an excellent choice of shops.

South Shore

The South Shore boasts the world famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach will its thrilling rides, children's Beaver Creek theme area and amusement stalls. The Sandcastle Waterworld offers a tropical indoor paradise. Suitable for all weather this is a giant watery amusement park with wave pools, slides and water chutes. Captain Sandcastle's adventure playground with ball ponds, giant inflatables and mini slides is a child's paradise. With bars, cafes, sun beds and amusements this is an entire family day out all under one roof. South Pier offers a great opportunity for daredevils with the skycoaster and skyscreamer - bungee at its best. Don't forget to try the Mousetrap at the end of the pier for a real white knuckle ride.

The brash and bustling Golden Mile offers hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream and candy floss, all the seaside favourites. Here Blackpool is awash with silly hats and sloganed t-shirts as well as every type of souvenir imaginable. There are giant leisure arcades such as Coral Island with thousands of slot and grab machines. Home to discos, cabarets and exhibitions the Golden Mile boasts the Sea Life Centre with its thrilling shark tunnel and giant claws display, and Louis Tussauds Waxworks with real life models of famous and infamous celebrities.

Inland Blackpool

Only two miles from the sea front is Blackpool Zoo and covers 32 acres, housing over 400 animals - a great day out for the whole family. There are special exhibitions such as Gorilla Mountain and Panda Mania, feeding demonstrations, a miniature railway and even a children's play-area. Picnic areas throughout the zoo offer an alternative to sampling the delights of eating in the zoo restaurant but is best reserved for a sunny day! From the days when it was housed in the Tower buildings to its current position next to the lovely Stanley Park and Model Village the zoo remains a great value day out and there is even a free bus to get you there which leaves from the promenade at regular intervals during the season.

Located next to the Zoo is the beautiful Stanley Park. This park offers a wide range of activities to ensure a great day out. There is tennis, golf, a roller blading area, a children's play area and even table tennis. You can take a stroll by the lake or visit the beautiful rose gardens, visit the temperature zones and view the beautiful tropical flowers. You can even enjoy a picnic by the lake or any area of the park.

The list of activities to do during your time in Blackpool is endless. From go-karting, paintballing and bowling to days out at the main attractions you will never be stuck for things to do. After busy days and exhausting nights you may need a holiday to recover from your Blackpool break.

Contact

By Post:  Blackpool Tourist Information, 1 Clifton Street, Blackpool, Lancashire. FY1 1LY.
By Tel:     +44 (0)1253 478222
Email:      tourism@blackpool.gov.uk
Website: Blackpool Tourist Information

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