Blackpool’s ‘brightest season ever’ as businesses go ‘above and beyond’ to create winter to remember

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‘The buzz around town especially on the prom has been extremely positive’

 

Blackpool at night
Blackpool at night (Image: PA)

Blackpool residents are praising the resort following its ‘brightest season ever’ throughout the winter period.

For the 2021 Christmas period, Blackpool was crowned the cheapest Christmas attraction for families in the UK, with a study finding that the total cost for a family of four was only £37.

The seaside town hosted a variety of things to do including, ice skating, snowfalls, a projection show and magic forest, as well as the Star Flyer ride and Winter Gardens Wonderland – and those who live at the resort are celebrating the ‘best’ season as it passes.

 

Director of StayBlackpool, Ian White, told LancsLive: “As a Blackpool Hotelier and Director of the Hotel Association StayBlackpool, I am delighted at the way the extended season has brought so many people to town. The buzz around town especially on the prom has been extremely positive.

“It has been heartwarming to see and hear so much positive feedback on social media platforms and from StayBlackpool members. Blackpool Council and so many businesses have excelled during this period, going above and beyond at so many levels, creating a winter season to remember for all the right reasons.

“It is great to know the extended Illuminations and so much more will return during the winter 2022. Lots of positive lessons have been learned during a period of so much uncertainty and various challenges, giving the certainty this coming winter will be much bigger and better.”

Margaret Summers shared a post congratulating the resort to the Blackpool & Fylde COAST Past, Present and Future group on Facebook.

She wrote: “I feel I have to congratulate Blackpool my home for 73 years we have been walking the prom almost daily for the last 4 year but this year has been amazing with the new ride and all going on on the comedy carpet and else where In the town,

“The illuminations to us have shone the brightest ever all this has been a great thing for Blackpool we drove along the prom the other night it was so busy with family’s and others like the middle of summer let’s hope they all come back in the years to come so we’ll done Blackpool xx I love you xx”

The Star Flyer ride on Blackpool's sea front opposite the Tower
The Star Flyer ride on Blackpool’s sea front opposite the Tower

Brian Sherratt added: “Thats great we lived here for 36 years and we do the same all the time we walk the prom to town and back a lot and went down to have a look on new years eve called in C Fresh near the foxhall pub and had our tea it brilliant.”

Carol Mooney wrote: “I agree! It’s been wonderful seeing Blackpool so busy. The Christmas market and ride have been a great success. Blackpool gets a bad press but it has a lot of good points and I love it.”

The winter season at the resort saw the Christmas illuminations extended until January 3, with early indicators showing that the decision to extend the display was already paying off as early as December 7.

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens Wonderland also provided Bavarian-style Christmas markets as well as a Santa’s grotto, Ice-skating, snowfalls, a projection show and magic forest which were all free to access.

For the first time, Winter Gardens also hosted the Star Flyer – Europe’s largest travelling aerial ride – which saw those brave enough to get on it soar half the height of Blackpool Tower.