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April 18 will see Blackpool’s newest indoor attraction open. Costing £3 million Illuminasia will be housed in Olympia in the Winter Gardens.

The spectacular interactive display will be made up of over 35,000 lights, blending traditional Chinese lantern crafts with the latest in lighting technology.

There will be 6 themed zones & the display promises to be unique in the UK & the rest of Europe. It will be open from 11.00 till 18.00 daily & later in the main season.

Tickets are priced at £12.95 per adult, children 3-14 years £9,95. Online discounts will be available.

To register for special offers or to book tickets visit www.illuminasia.co.uk

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1. My personal favourite, San Marco restaurant on Lytham Rd … great Italian food, steaks & an early bird menu midweek. Good for evening meal or a special occasion

2. Jade Delight, Bond St (behind our car park) … yummy all you can eat buffet or choose from the menu

3. The Mandarin, Talbot Rd (near North Pier) … voted 3rd best Chinese restaurant in the country … delicious

4. G Casino, South Prom (next to the Sandcastle waterpark) … lovely restaurant upstairs overlooking the gaming floor

5. Dutton Arms, South Prom (next to MacDonalds) … good value pub grub on a par with Wetherspoons

6. Tutti Frutti, Bond St (round the corner) … for sandwiches made freshly to order

7. Tiger Bill’s, South Prom (at the entrance to the Pleasure Beach)

8. Nunzios restaurant, Queen St (just off prom, near North Pier) … fab Italian dishes, steaks & early bird menu

9. Coral Island, Central Prom … carvery, fish & chips, seafood etc popular with families

10. Chain eateries galore … Nandos, 2 Pizza Huts, Frankie & Bennys, 2 MacDonalds, Bella Italia, Pizza Express, KFC, Burger King, Wetherspoons (3 in Blackpool) etc

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I just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you & Allan for the warm welcome & fabulous stay at the Wescoe. Pru & I really loved our room, and as you could see from the cleared plates, we particularly enjoyed the breakfasts. Unfortunately Pru cried all the way to the station, she didn’t want to come home – I think that’s why she wasn’t keen to turn & say goodbye because she had tears in her eyes. I’ve promised her that we will visit Blackpool again, & she made me promise that we would stay at Wescoe, which was very easy for me to do!

I’m going to work out the dates over Christmas, as I’d like to visit the Tower Circus panto, and hopefully I should see you both soon.

Thanks again, and I will definitely be recommending you to anyone who is considering visiting Blackpool.

All the best.

Claudette and Prudence.

Thank you Claudette & Prudence; that was a lovely email & we’re glad you enjoyed your weekend with us.

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Pre-booked Pleasure Beach wristbands & it rains on the day? Fear not … if it rains for 4 hours or more on the day you visit, keep your wristband on & you will be allowed into the park next day for free! Takes some of the uncertainty out of the great British weather!!

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A colony of about 500 Lesser Pipefish has been found in the sea at Blackpool. These tiny fish are very sensitive to water changes & are usually found in areas with a wide variety of seaweed & kelp so it is extremely unusual to find a colony living around the iron legs of Central Pier! Found during one of the monthly beach clean-ups organised by the Sealife Centre, some of the rare fish have now gone on display in the promenade attraction as they had become stranded in a rapidly vanishing pool at low tide.

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Did you know that Blackpool zoo is wonderful … my favourite day out! As well as lots of well-cared for animals, new arrivals such as a baby zebra (Benny) & baby gorilla, it’s beautifully landscaped & best of all, flat! Do your kids love dinosaurs? Well there’s a whole park full of them at Blackpool zoo & they’ve been re-vamped for 2013. Save your entrance ticket & you can also go into the Playbarn next door for half price. All in all a great day out.

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There is a new pass covering ALL of the major attractions in Blackpool! Valid for a week from first use, it’s perfect for an action packed weekend, short break or 2 week holiday. Each attraction can be visited once using the pass & you can plan your spending before you arrive, save loads of money, as well as save time queuing up at attractions.

What’s included?:

Pleasure Beach wristband … for a whole day of unlimited funfair riding; new for 2013, Wallace & Gromit ride
Nickelodeon Land … for unlimited riding
Sandcastle Indoor Waterpark … for water-based slides & rides
Blackpool Tower Eye & 4D Experience … thrilling high speed lift to the top of the Tower for views across to the Lake District
Blackpool Tower Dungeons … for scary, interactive fun (scary fun not scary scary)
Sealife Centre Blackpool … see sharks, rays & fish galore; new for 2013, Giant Japanese Crabs
Madame Tussauds Waxworks … life-like wax models of celebrities; new for 2013, Bear Grylls
Blackpool Zoo … beautiful surroundings & well-kept animals; new for 2013, Benny the baby zebra
Model Village & Gardens

Save over £55 on the cost of buying tickets to these 9 attractions individually (it’s a bit like buy entry to 6 attractions & get a Pleasure Beach wristband & entry to 2 other attractions for free)!

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Blackpool has retained its crown as the UK’s top seaside destination according to the latest Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Well done, Blackpool!

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Remember the days when you could do everything in the Tower for one, all-inclusive price? Well, buy a Tower Ticket (online or on the door) & that’s exactly what you get, saving yourself a fortune into the bargain.

A Tower Ticket gives you entry to the Circus, the ballroom, Jungle Jims, the Tower Top Lift & the Dungeons … that’s 5 major attractions for just £22.50 when booking online (that’s equivalent to just £4.50 per attraction)!