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The 2019 Blackpool Destination Guide showcasing the myriad of attractions in the UK’s most popular beach resort is now available.

The free 84-page guide puts special focus on the 125thanniversary celebrations of two of the resort’s most iconic heritage assets – The Blackpool Tower and The Grand Theatre.

To mark these historic milestones, the cover of the guide features an extraordinary photograph taken inside the world-famous Tower Ballroom when a giant replica moon was suspended above the celebrated ballroom floor.

The publication includes details of all of Blackpool’s major attractions and events, including Armed Forces Week (June 24-30); Blackpool Air Show (August 10 and 11); Ride The Lights (August 27); Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On (August 30); World Fireworks (September 6, 13, 20 and 27); and Nickelodeon SLIMEFEST (October 19, 20 and 21).

It also features information on a wide selection of hotels and accommodation, restaurants and night-time attractions, and an expansive programme of shows and live entertainment, as well as tips on how visitors can get the best of all that Blackpool has to offer.

There is also useful information on transport links, accessibility and the Blackpool Resort Pass which gives heavily discounted access to the resort’s major attractions.

New inclusions for 2019 are:

  • The opening of The Boulevard, a stylish new seafront hotel, bar and restaurant at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • A brand new Dr Who exhibition at Madame Tussauds with a remarkably lifelike figure of Jodie Whittaker as the programme’s first ever woman doctor
  • New shows and festivals including Jason Manford’s Comedy Festival; American Idiot; Little Miss Sunshine; Motown The Musical; Kinky Boots and Dr Dolittle The Musical.

The 2019 Blackpool Destination Guide reflects the huge range of visitor attractions which make Blackpool such a compelling destination for families.

“2018 saw huge investment at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with its breath-taking ICON rollercoaster and at Blackpool Zoo with its new state-of-the-art elephant facility. 2019 sees even more to come.

“The new guide will give visitors an opportunity to see for themselves how all of these changes have created a perfect blend of Blackpool’s marvelous heritage with a new generation of free and paid-for events and attractions to create the ultimate family resort.”

To order a copy or view online, please go to


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New Year’s Eve Soul Party at the Winter Gardens

New Year’s Eve Gala Dance Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Funny Girls Christmas Spectacular runs until 6 January

There’s something for everyone in Blackpool this New Year. All of the usual daytime attractions are open including the Tower, Waxworks, Sealife Centre, shops, bars and arcades, restaurants and cafes.

In the evening Blackpool springs into action with both adult and family shows, pantomime, cabaret, parties, karaoke, clubs and bars and social clubs. There are numerous bars near to the Wescoe including The Last Resort, The Sun Inn, The Dutton Arms, Yates’, The Velvet Coaster, The Dog and Partridge, Ma Kelly’s South, The Gavel and The Royal Oak. The nearest social club is the Duple for family entertainment. Cabaret is available at the Viking Hotel and at Ma Kellys nearby.

Larger bars, nightclubs, Funny Girls, Viva Showbar and Ma Kellys Station can all be reached by a short tram or taxi ride.


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This is Lytham Festival’s 10th anniversary year & so, they have pulled out all of the stops to bring us this incredible line up:

Wednesday 10 July Human League

Thursday 11 July to be announced

Friday 12  July Kylie Minogue … yes … KYLIE, supported by Sophie Ellis Bextor

Saturday 13 July ROD STEWART … amazing!

Sunday 14 July Michael Ball & Sheridan Smith

This will be AMAZING!

Individual tickets on sale from Friday 30th November or discounted tickets for all 5 nights available now



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Blackpool Zoo’s herd of Asian elephants is now almost complete following the safe arrival of two females from Twycross Zoo. Noorjahan and her four-year-old calf, Esha have arrived at our new multi-million pound Project Elephant Base Camp at Blackpool Zoo following months of ‘behind the scenes’ work with specialists from Twycross Zoo and experts from the European Endangered Species Programme


Awesome New arrival

Zoo keepers and academics are heralding the birth of the UK’s only current female Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra foal in what has been described as a miracle for the vulnerable species.

The healthy foal was born at the zoo overnight on Wednesday 5thSeptember, making her the only surviving female born in the UK since 2002

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1. The Pleasure Beach … all day thrills & spills for around £39 (book online the day before your visit for substantial savings or save those Tesco Clubcard points). Give Icon, the newest roller coaster a try if you dare!

2. The beach … miles of golden sand & donkeys for traditional family fun

3. Blackpool Zoo … whether you have kids or not, this is a great day out … flat, beautifully landscaped, new animals, revamped enclosures & 2 cafes. Lots of interactive areas, too. Make sure you visit the new Elephant Base Camp.

4. Blackpool Tower Circus … entertaining & heart-stopping feats, different every year &, of course, Mooky, the best clown in the business (in my humble opinion)

5. Sandcastle Indoor Waterpark … slides & waves in tropical heat or relax in the spa area

6. Tower Dungeons … a great interactive attraction … real actors introduce you to some of history’s less-than-pleasant experiences; fun-scary not x-rated scary!

7. Tussauds Waxworks … featuring new Super Heroes section. Touch the models & take your own pictures with them

8. Shows … Lots of choice here from West-end quality musicals at the Winter Gardens, traditional end of pier shows on the North pier, Legends (temporarily in the Tower Ballroom for 2018), Kings & Queens on Central Pier, Funny Girls, family entertainment at the Pleasure Beach and great comedy, illusion and cabaret shows at Viva. Something for everyone!

9. Shopping … whether it’s small souvenir shops, big-name brands or Department stores you like, Blackpool has it all

10. Heritage tram tours for a view along some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK

11. Winter Gardens … heritage tours are now available & you get to see the glorious restoration of this impressive building … genuinely an absolute delight!

12. The Sealife Centre … fun AND educational. This year’s “Save a Turtle” was a great hit with our grandchildren!

I know that’s 12 things but it’s so difficult to stick to 10!!!!