Blackpool North Pier
February 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm
The Blackpool North Pier is also known as the “Pier of all Ages”, and has theatre shows; sun-lounger bars; Victorian tea-rooms and coffee shops; and a variety of up-market events such as the Champagne and Oyster Bar. You can nibble on the delights of the sea, and sink bubbly at the same time. Currently the North Pier is under extensive refurbishment and should be at full strength for summer 2012. The next major event is Showzam, with the North Pier hosting fringe comedy magic events in February 2012. Historic Blackpool North Pier Officially opened in 1863, Blackpool North Pier is the oldest of the three piers, and is an officially listed Grade II Heritage building. The pier is located 400 metres north of Blackpool Central Pier, yet each pier has unique culture and characteristics. The Central Pier has more action, rides and adventure, whereas The North Pier is for sun-seekers and relaxation activities. Initially, the pier was used as a jetty, but is not used this way today, being primarily a tourism and leisure venue. The gorgeous entrance sign has a wavy, carnival feel to it, and is back by a gorgeous cast-iron dome laid in glass and Victorian design. The most exciting news for the pier is that it has recently changed hands and been bought by local family; The Sedgewicks. Peter Sedgewick has announced that he wants the Victorian Heritage of the pier fully restored, and is keen to keep the heritage aspects alive. The pier used to have a charge to enter it, but it will now be free entry, and then there is the extensive refurbishments taking place right now. The attractions that are here to stay are the Merrie England Bar at the very top of the pier, where you can eat and drink while enjoying live music and entertainment. At the other end of the pier lies the Sun Lounge, complete with outdoor chairs, and some wind protection, making this the perfect sun-trap and a great way to get a tan. Not to mention the swing jazz band entertainment in the late afternoon. It is worth checking out the carousel ride, it is well maintained and dates back to Victorian times. At night you can visit the Carousel Bar, which offers a stunning view of the Blackpool Illuminations, which are on between September and November each year. Make sure you enjoy the delights of Blackpool North Pier.