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Blackpool Tower wins heritage award

Blackpool Tower 2016

More than 120 years after it was built, Blackpool Tower has won a heritage award.

The structure was given the first North West Civil Engineering Heritage Award by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). ICE said the tower was “possibly the most instantly recognisable work of civil engineering in the country” and “all about having fun”.

It beat 12 other entries including Manchester’s Victoria Station.
The £44m redevelopment of the railway station won instead the Large Project Award at a ceremony held in Cumbria on Friday.

Blackpool TowerOther contenders for the heritage award were Thomas Telford’s Nantwich Aqueduct in Cheshire, John Rennie’s Old Tram Bridge in Preston and the 200-year-old Wigan Flight of 23 locks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

North West regional director of ICE Darrell Matthews said the tower was “a really interesting nomination” because civil engineering was usually associated with “highly practical things like railways and bridges” whereas Blackpool Tower is “all about having fun”.

But he added: “There’s no doubting the engineering skill that went into designing and building it, so it’s a very worthy winner. The Blackpool Tower is possibly the most instantly recognisable work of civil engineering in the UK.

Chris Hudson from ICE’s Lancashire branch said: “Blackpool Promenade itself is a fantastic showcase of civil engineering old and new – the piers, the sea defences, the tramway – and they’re all amazing works of engineering in their own ways.

“But Blackpool Tower literally stands tall. In fact it’s 518 feet and nine inches of monument to civil engineering genius.”Blackpool Tower award

  • The seafront tower opened in 1894 and more than 3,000 people ascended it on the opening day
  • Its design is inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Nine tons of paint are needed to cover the tower
  • The tower is 158m or 518ft
  • The Grade-I listed landmark has been owned by the council since 2010
  • The tower was restored in 2011 and underwent a major 10-month restoration programme
  • On a clear day the tower can be seen from north Wales and the Lake District
  • The glass Skywalk is 5cm thick and can hold the weight of two elephants

Source: BBC

The Rocky Gardens at the Cliffs Hotel in Blackpool

The Cliffs hotel Blackpool city This Christmas, the kids club at the Cliffs Hotel in Blackpool will reveal a new look after benefiting from a £20,000 investment to bring it up to date with the wants and needs of the 21st century child.

Officially to be unveiled on Christmas Eve, the new activities area will be named ‘Rocky Gardens’ after the hotel’s mascot Rocky the Rooster and will cater for children up to 14 years of age.

The new zone includes a dedicated soft-play space for babies, an arts and crafts section, all the latest video games and an opportunity to take part in a full activities programme.

Older children will now be able to take part in thrilling Nerf Gun Wars, challenge each other on interactive games on a state of the art X Box Kinnect and play on traditional arcade games that are synonymous with the resort.

Tom Nelder, trainee manager at The Cliffs hotel said: “We really wanted the new kids club to be as much fun as possible.

“The majority of the guests who visit us at The Cliffs hotel are families and we are committed to making continuous improvements to suit modern tastes and demands.”

To create Rocky Gardens The Cliffs hotel canvassed young visitors to ensure it captured their imagination and catered for everyone’s needs from babies to teens.

“The new kids’ club offers everyone a place to have fun, be creative and interact in a bright and safe environment.

Choice Hotels is an independent family owned business which had humble beginnings when it opened its first guest house almost 70 years ago.

With five hotels, three in Blackpool and two in the Lake District, its management team now boasts more than 360 years’ experience in the industry.

Tom added: “The staff at Choice have all worked really hard and as a result we’re able to launch Rocky Gardens a month before we’d planned to.

“We are very proud to have transformed the former kids’ club into a more modern and interactive play area and we hope that it brings hours of fun to all the children who spend time at The Cliffs Hotel.”


The Cliffs Hotel in Blackpool


The World Famous Blackpool Promenade

Blackpool Promenade is divided into the North Shore, Central Promenade and South Shore. The North Shore lies along the lines to Bishphan from the point of the North Pier and makes its way to Uncle Tom’s cabin passing the cliffs. This was first constructed during the Victorian era and has not changed much, but continues to be one of Blackpool’s historic parts. Central lies between the North Pier and South Pier.

Blackpool Promenade

The rebuilding of this will create Spanish steps and headlands beginning at the promenade and going down to the beach. The South Promenade has spectacular views and beautiful scenery. It stretches all the way to the Starr Gate. This is a perfect place to go on an evening stroll, view the art exhibits and simply relax in the peaceful atmosphere. Plus there is a wide range of Blackpool hotels to choose from.

Blackpool Attractions

Considered to be one of Britain’s most popular vacationing spots, Blackpool is filled with excitement and thrill for people of all ages. Get ready to have a fun filled adventure while holidaying in Blackpool. There are a variety of attractions to see while visiting Blackpool. Visit the world famous Pleasure Beach, go on a roller coaster water slide at the Sandcastle Waterpark, get your adrenalin pumping at the Pepsi Max Big One. Take a troll through the fabulous Blackpool Zoo which houses over 1500 birds, insects and animals.

You can spend a perfect day out with your family visiting the Blackpool Tower and witness the wonderful family circus. Waltz in the amazing ballroom, meet your celebrity favourites at Louis Tassaud, go crazy with golf at Golden Isle, visit the Sea Life Centre and examine the amazing species of the ocean and swing from the Jungle Jim Tower. There are so many fun activities in Blackpool, you wouldn’t know which one to begin with. Plan your holiday between September and November, where you will get to witness an extraordinary site at the Golden Mile, which shines bright for sixty six nights. Also, make sure that you get the best deals from one of the Blackpool hotels for a more convenient and comfortable trip.

Where To Stay

imperial-blackpool-hotelIf you are looking for a great place to stay while on vacation in Blackpool, Imperial Hotel Blackpool is one good choice. This is one of the luxurious four star Blackpool hotels where you can enjoy a Victorian building overlooking the North Promenade all the way to the ocean. You can visit the North Pier about 900 meters away by tram. The Blackpool rail station in the North Pier is about 800 meters from the hotel.  Barcelo Imperial Hotel Blackpool exclusively provides an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gym, steam room and bar. This Imperial Hotel Blackpool is situated in the quieter area of the North Shore. Imperial Hotel Blackpool facilities include 24 hour front desk, elevator, heating, luggage, Wi-fi available per 24 hours £15, parking on site £2.50 per day, check in at 14.00, check out at 11.00, children under 2 can stay free of charge.

This Beautiful Victorian hotel was first established in 1867 that long maintains its antique character combined with modern day comforts. You can visit the Health and Leisure Club where you will be offered relaxation and a range of beauty treatments. Barcelo Imperial Hotel Blackpool comes well equipped with 180 en suite rooms decorated with a traditional touch and includes television, tea/coffee making facilities. Room rates start at £114.

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Abba Mania hits Blackpool

Abba Mania hits Blackpool

The musical spectacular show Abba Mania will be coming to Blackpool Winter Gardens this summer or 19 August 2010.

Enjoy a great summer night at the classic hit music and an amazing atmosphere by contacting the box office on 08448561111.

Why not enjoy a warm summer break in the UK is capital of seaside fun, today in one of the excellent seafront hotels in Blackpool.

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Blackpool pleasure Beach precedes £2 million investment

Blackpool pleasure Beach

Bosses of Blackpool pleasure Beach, one of the UK’s top tourist attractions, have announced that the park will be receiving £2.25 million of investment this year to secure its place as a world-class attraction.

Much of the money will be spent on or you all to national advertising campaign to increase visitor numbers, while improvements to the park itself into a new state of the art door gyms ride with artwork inspired by the pop singer Robbie Williams all declared dodgems to be his favourite ride on the previous Blackpool visit, and annual water garden designed by world-renowned sculptors.

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Spike Milligan at the Grand Theatre at Blackpool

Grand Theatre at Blackpool

The comedy adventures of Spike Milligan’s war memories are on tour once again and willl be playing at the Blackpool Grand Theatre from 2nd to 6th of February 2010.

Spike Milligan’s “ Adolf Hitler. My part in his Downfall” combines laughter and tragedy, following or an uplifting stay of how determination, comradeship and positivity defeated the Nazis.  The show features classic jazz songs such as Chaltanooga Choo Choo and and has received excellent reviews from top national critics.

Call the box office on 01253 290 190.

If you’re coming over to Blackpool for the show, why not make a weekend of it and stay at one of the many excellent hotels in BlackpoolCompare the best rates on Blackpool hotels now…