Blackpool South Pier
September 28, 2011 at 11:51 am
The South Pier, or Victorian Pier, as it has been known, is the third of the famous Blackpool Piers. This pier, the last of the three to be built in 1893, has the feel of being the chilled out cousin of the other two bigger and busier piers. For a day out that feels a little more intimate, but can still rocket you along at a frenetic pace, the South Pier is perfect. The newest ride to be launched in the South Pier area is Carnesky’s Ghost Train, and song mistress Paloma Faith sung her hit tunes at the opening as a favour to the owner, a long time friend and mentor to her. This really sums up the feel of Blackpool’s South Pier. It’s a place to make friends, become inspired and feel part of a bunch of people having fun and good times. Rides, Beaches, Shops There are over 30 rides to enjoy on the South Pier, including the Miami, the Crazy Mouse, a seated twister and a Sky Screamer with sky coaster views of the seaside. Part of the undercover pier area has many craft stores, candy floss and rock shops, ice cream stalls and the famous Laughing Donkey Bar. You can also book a donkey ride around the promenade from inside this big top marketplace. You can combine a day of rides and eats with fun on the beach, as only a few short steps down from the pier itself are the golden sands of the South Beach area. Locals recommend you check the incoming tidal times, as whilst this beach is very popular for its clean sparkling sands and peaceful ambience, it is also prone to quick tides that can leave you stranded if you are not careful! There’s something for every age range on the South Pier. There are many rides catering for younger children, alongside what is known as the ultra white knuckle rides, involving being flung into the sky by what looks like nothing more than some rubber bands and a steel bar cocoon! (The Sky Screamer ride). A good selection of family restaurants and pubs pepper the South Pier and promenade area, which is a perfect end of day stop to watch the sun set over the water. For a family day out, or a romantic one, with beach strolls, fun rides, and a hearty meal at the end of it, Blackpool’s South Pier has the perfect combination.