Everything points to 2012 being Blackpool’s Year.
The best of British holiday resorts is all ready to help you celebrate the feel-good factor that will be generated by the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the staging of the London Olympics which will be preceded with the Olympic torch passing through Blackpool in June.
Blackpool has plenty to shout about as well as London with the arrival of the new super trams and late season celebrations to mark the 100 hundredth anniversary of the world famous Blackpool Illuminations.
After several seasons when the seafront resembled a giant building site, the resort is proud to greet visitors, old and new, to it’s terrific new headlands. Many old friends of Blackpool will recall when the Promenade was a long straight line of iron railings! Not anymore! Radical change as part of major regeneration has seen a series of giant headlands created along the Fylde coast from Blackpool South Shore by the Pier up to beyond Blackpool North Pier at North Shore giving much more space for visitors to explore, in many places traffic plays second fiddle to pedestrians.
The new headlands, part of hi tech sea defences are also the setting for special events throughout the year and to mark the launch of the Blackpool Tower Festival Headland, there are special summer concerts by the likes of International superstar Elton John and Boy Band sensations The Wanted and McFly. The Illuminations season kicks off in its anniversary year on Friday 31st August 2012 when the lights will be switched on in a showpiece ceremony and concert which will also be taking place on this headland.
So whether on a short break, a longer holiday or just in Blackpool for a few days visitors will have to return to take everything in – the UK’s most famous, popular premier seaside resort has got it all. Boasting the longest season of the lot, it is packed with enough undercover attractions to become a year round destination, whatever the weather.
How many other British seaside towns still have a pier let alone 3 of them? Central pier offers traditional fairground fun and the resorts largest family bar. North pier is Blackpool oldest and longest perfect for promenading in the same way the Victorians did over 100 years ago when it was first built. It also boasts one of the last few end of pier theatres which opens every summer with some top shows. Last but not least is South pier the youngest of the three and packed with family attractions including the funfair, laughing donkey family bar, the white knuckle adrenaline zone and of course one of the few Log Plume rides left along the British coasts.
Opposite the Irish sea is the famous Golden Mile which runs from Blackpool Pleasure Beach up past the 3 piers and Tower ending just beyond North Pier. The Golden Mile is home to arcades and attractions such as Madame Tussauds, the Sea Life Centre and Coral Island. At the Southern end Blackpool Pleasure Beach goes from strength to strength where Nickelodeonland is entering its second year of operation. Just opposite the Pleasure Beach and between it and South Pier lies the Sandcastle Water Park with its tropical temperatures, water slides and white knuckle hyperzones, an ideal stop for the family on those few bad weather days Blackpool sees.
Not all Blackpool’s family fun lies on the promenade some of it is inland such as Blackpool zoo, just beyond the grade 3 listed Stanley Park.
So for 2012 in what the press and media are again labelling a ‘staycation’ year Blackpool offers all sorts of family fun and with it’s easy travel links from all over the UK will feature on many families ‘to do’ lists this year.