September 10, 2011 at 11:08 am
Blackpool Breaks Fancy a quick getaway? Blackpool has a variety of attractions, both man made and natural to keep you busy at any time of year. Situated on the west of England’s coast, alongside the Irish Sea, Blackpool has been a seaside hamlet town since the Middle Ages. In the 19th century, the modern railway system came to Blackpool and this caused a boom in the local population, and in visitors to the town. Attracted by the seven mile sandy beach and seaside promenade, piers, public houses, tram and donkey rides, gardens, fish-and-chip shops and theatres, the population grew to the 142,000 of today. Staycations Each year over ten million visitors to the town are housed in hotels and B&B beds, and it is rumoured that Blackpool has more of these than all of Portugal! In the 1950s British factory workers would take their annual summer holiday here and Blackpool gained a reputation for being a fun place to enjoy. The circus atmosphere, the multiple attractions and natural scenery offers much for all to see and do. Historical sights Blackpool Tower and exhibits, the Grand Theatre, North Pier, and the world famous Pleasure Beach are some of the well known attractions of Blackpool. There are many interesting snippets of history displayed, informative plaques and paintings with famous visitors and everything is easy to get to on the historic tram network. Parks and Gardens Stanley Park in Blackpool is a whopping 256-acres! Designed by the renowned Thomas Mawson in the Victorian style, it is currently undergoing £5 Million of investment to restore it to its former glory. You can take a peddle-O on the boating lake, choose to play sport in the many state of the art facilities as well as enjoy the beautiful gardens and the stunning art deco café. Illuminations Each year for sixty six nights from September to November the Blackpool promenade lights up for over seven miles with decorative lights. A tradition started in 1879 with just eight candle lights, the Illuminations are now world famous and are the ‘northern lights’ of Blackpool. Artists create tableaux interpretations and displays, trams whizz by shining with lights. Fun seekers parade down the promenade, shopping, seeking entertainment in Blackpool’s restaurants and bars, and soaking up the atmosphere. There is something in Blackpool for everyone, and always something new and surprising to see in this town that was built on fun and leisure.