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New Walk the Big One XL experience at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Thrill seekers will get to see Blackpool from a viewpoint like never before

 

Blackpool’s new Walk the Big One XL experience (Image: Twitter/Pleasure Beach)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is introducing a new ‘Walk the Big One XL’ experience to the theme park this summer.

Thrill seekers will be “taken to places the public have never been before” as the original ‘Walk the Big One’ attraction is extended.

Participants will ascend the 72 metre roller coaster and are taken to two new exciting and different locations outside on the ride course to enjoy unique access and spectacular views of the ride, the park and the sea.

They will then have to descend 420 back down to terra firma.

Afterwards, visitors will have a chance to exclusive Walk the Big One XL merchandise.

The experience is described as an ‘in depth extended version of Walk the Big One’.

In total, the full experience lasts 90 minutes and harnesses and protective clothing will be provided.

Sensible shoes or boots with a good grip must be worn, but will not be provided by the organisers.

This activity may not be suitable for everyone. The walk is a physically demanding activity including steep climbs, drops, heights and the surface can be uneven, dirty and slippery.

It goes without saying that the activity is weather dependent so it will be worth checking the forecast if you do book.

The experience is priced at £150 per person.

Limited dates are available for the unique experience.

  • Friday 29th April – 4 spaces per walk. 5.30pm & 7.30pm
  • Friday 6th May – 6 spaces per walk. 5.30pm & 7.30pm
  • Friday 17th June – 6 spaces per walk. 5.30pm & 7.30pm

To book and for more information, visit the Pleasure Beach website.

 

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach set to reopen for White Knuckle Weekends

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach reopens this year for White Knuckle Weekends from Saturday, February 12 until Sunday March 27.

 

The adrenaline-fuelled adventure park includes the Big One and nine other rollercoasters

Younger guests can join the fun down at Nickelodeon Land and meet all their favourite Nickelodeon characters.

Amanda Thompson OBE, managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, said: “We’re all so excited to open the park gates for the White Knuckle Weekends – they’re such a fantastic way to start the year as we welcome back all of our visitors old and new after the winter break.”

The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

For more information and to book, please visit: https://www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/

 

 

Pleasure Beach bosses promise white knuckle thrills as the attraction gets ready to reopen in 2022

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A Blackpool tourist attraction is getting ready for a thrilling new year reopening.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach re-opens in 2022 for White Knuckle Weekends from Saturday, February 12 until Sunday, March 27.

Guests can travel 235ft into the air before descending at breathtaking speeds on the UK’s tallest rollercoaster, the Big One then check out the twists, turns and acceleration of ICON, the UK’s first and only double launch coaster. In total the park has 10 rollercoasters and there is something for everyone.

If guests prefer things a little more sedate, they can enjoy the River Caves, Alice in Wonderland and the world’s first Wallace & Gromit ride, Thrill-O-Matic.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is set to reopen next month

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is set to reopen next month

Thrills of the rides as Blackpool Pleasure Beach grew

Amanda Thompson OBE, managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, said: “We’re all so excited to open the park gates for the White Knuckle Weekends – they’re such a fantastic way to start the year as we welcome back all of our visitors old and new after the winter break.”

For more information and to book, please visit: https://www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/

 

How you can visit Blackpool Pleasure Beach for 75p a go

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There’s some great new rides coming next year you don’t want to miss out on

 

In a first for Europe, riders on ICON’s rear two seats will spin and twist freely during the ride’s existing thrilling duration.
In a first for Europe, riders on ICON’s rear two seats will spin and twist freely during the ride’s existing thrilling duration. (Image: Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is offering people the perfect solution to make the festive season more special and promises a thrilling new year with a fantastic sale on Platinum Club Season Passes for the 2022 season, working out at just 75p a go.

The Platinum Club Season Pass is perfect for those looking for year-round thrills, offering unlimited rides for every day of the 2022 season.

Platinum Pass holders can enjoy unlimited access to all of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s rides and attractions.

For £145 people can experience all the thrills every day of the 2022 season, from the stell mega coaster of the Big One, the twists and turn of the UK’s first and only double-launch rollercoaster ICON, to the more sedate surroundings of the River Caves, Alice in Wonderland and the world’s first Wallace & Gromit ride, Thrill-O-Matic.

Join the fun down at Nickelodeon Land and meet all of your favourite Nickelodeon characters. Meet and greet SpongeBob and PAW Patrol, have a ride on SpongeBob’s Splash Bash or take a ride on the Bikini Bottom Bus Tour. Take a browse around the UK’s only Nick shop and pick up some fabulous Nickelodeon goodies.

Next year promises to be an exciting year for thrillseekers at the pleasure beach. VALHALLA is back for the 2022 summer season. Brave the adventure as you travel through the best water ride in the world and experience fantastic special effects and extreme elements like no other.

The UK’s first and only double-launch rollercoaster ICON is getting twisted in 2022 with Ensō. In a first for Europe, ICON’s rear seats have been adapted so that riders can spin and twist freely during the ride’s existing thrilling duration.

ICON’s exhilarating high-speed accelerations, electrifying twists and turns and heart-stopping interactions will all be turned up to a whole new level by Ensō.

ICON launches riders with the same acceleration as a Formula One car, rising and swooping through numerous interactions with other rides before hitting a second launch which powers riders high above Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Ensō magnifies these thrills and creates a whole new experience for those who dare to get twisted.

With Blackpool Pleasure Beach open for over 200 days in 2022, a Platinum Club Season Pass could work out at less than 75p for each visit.

As well as days of fun, excitement and adrenaline-fuelled thrills, Platinum Club Season Passes offer holders a range of discounts and money-saving offers at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Anyone with a Platinum Club Season Pass will receive 25% off full price character and location photographs, 20% off on-ride photos and 10% off Speedy Pass, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Adventure Golf, and nights at the Big Blue Hotel. They will also receive 10% off retail, meal deals and food at the White Tower and Big Blue Hotel.

The Platinum Pass is available online now for £145 – a fantastic saving of almost £45 – for a limited time only. From February 28, the Platinum Club Season Pass will be £189.60. For more information and to purchase the Platinum Club Season Pass please visit blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/season-passes.

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Halloween advert ‘likely to distress children’

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An advert for Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Halloween event has been banned after the advertising watchdog ruled it was “likely to distress” children.

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The tourist attraction displayed the image near the Trafford Centre in Greater Manchester in September

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld 26 complaints about the poster, which showed a pale face, with yellow eyes and bloodied teeth, and the text “Journey to Hell Freak Nights”.

It said the complainants believed it was “inappropriate and disturbing”.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach said it would follow the ASA’s recommendations.

The digital poster was displayed near the Trafford Centre in Greater Manchester in September.

‘A threatening expression’

The ASA said when asked about the advert, Blackpool Pleasure Beach said it “was not targeted at children and due to the location, any children seeing it would have been accompanied by an adult and any viewing… would have been brief”.

“They explained that the ad was shown at Halloween… at a time when similar images and themes were displayed in public and was no more likely to cause fear and distress than any other examples,” the ASA said.

It added that the tourist attraction believed the number of complaints received was “small for an image that would have been seen by thousands” and there had been “no intent to cause fear or distress”.

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The ASA rejected 10 complaints that the advert would be “disturbing for adults”

Ruling that the ad must not appear again in its current form, the ASA said the character depicted had “blood around its mouth and its teeth were jagged, suggesting [it] had recently bitten something, and overall, it had a threatening expression”.

“We considered that the image was likely to distress young children, particularly, but not only in combination with the text.

“For those reasons, we considered that the poster was unsuitable for display in an untargeted medium where it was likely to be seen by young children.”

In the ruling, the ASA also rejected 10 complaints that the advert would also be “disturbing for adults”.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach said it acknowledged the ASA’s ruling “and will follow their recommendations in the future”.

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach slammed for ‘disturbing’ poster kids will have seen

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The poster received almost 30 filed complaints

 

A general view of Blackpool Pleasure Beach
A general view of Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Getty Images)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has come under fire by the advertising watchdog for alleged ‘disturbing’ marketing attempts using a digital poster to promote a Halloween attraction.

The advert featured an image of a ‘screaming’ pale face with yellow eyes, visible skin cracks and blood on the character’s fanged teeth and around its mouth.

It included the text: “JOURNEY TO HELL FREAK NIGHTS.” The digital poster, specifically one outside the Trafford Centre, has received a number of complaints.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said in a published ruling the digital poster was seen in September at the Trafford Centre and received 29 complaints.

The ASA said many of the complainants believed the image used was ‘inappropriate and disturbing for young children’ and challenged whether the ad was ‘unsuitable for outdoor display’.

Complainants also said they believed the image would be disturbing for adults, too.

The full advert
The full advert

The ASA said two issues were investigated – one was upheld and one wasn’t.

In its ruling, the watchdog said: “The ASA noted that the face in the ad had a very pale appearance, with cracked skin and yellow eyes, and that its mouth was open, apparently shouting or screaming.

“There was blood around its mouth and its teeth were jagged, suggesting the character had recently bitten something, and overall it had a threatening expression.

“We considered that the image was likely to distress young children, particularly, but not only in combination with the text ‘JOURNEY TO HELL FREAK NIGHTS’.

“For those reasons, we considered that the poster was unsuitable for display in an untargeted medium where it was likely to be seen by young children. We concluded that the ad breached the code.”

As a result, the ASA found the ad breached rules around ‘social responsibility and ‘harm and offence’.

But the watchdog said it found the image was unlikely to cause distress to adults, saying the ‘Halloween theme’ would be clear to them.

In response to the ASA, Blackpool Pleasure Beach said the image was displayed at the Trafford Centre, which received more than 35 million visitors a year, and the road where it was situated was ‘used by thousands more vehicles as a through road to Manchester’.

The ad was not targeted at children, they added, and due to the location, ‘any children seeing it would have been accompanied by an adult and any viewing of the ad would have been brief.’

“They explained that the ad was shown at Halloween, recognised within the UK as an annual event and participated in by a wide demographic range, at a time when similar images and themes were displayed in public and was no more likely to cause fear and distress than any other examples,” added the ruling.

“They [Blackpool Pleasure Beach] believed that the number of complaints received was small for an image that would have been seen by thousands of people from a wide range of demographics.

“They stated that there had been no intent to cause fear or distress and neither the image nor the wording of the ad offended the general public’s sensitivities.”

The Halloween attraction at the popular resort was billed as a collection of ‘scare zones, haunted ride areas and outrageous live entertainment’. for over-10s only. Adults had to be with under-16s.

The ASA ruled: “The ad must not appear again in its current form.

“We told Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ltd to ensure that ads which were likely to cause fear or distress for young children did not appear where they were likely to see it.”

A spokesperson from Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: “Blackpool Pleasure Beach acknowledges the ASA’s ruling on our Journey to Hell outdoor advertising at the Trafford Centre and will follow their recommendations in the future.”

 

 

Last 4 dates available for the Magical Gatsby Christmas Dinner Show at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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There are just four more shows left for the The Gatsby Christmas Dinner Show at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

This fantastic show promises glitz, glamour and fun for friends and family and is perfect for a Christmas party night out.

It’s an extravaganza not to be missed – the only dates left are for this Saturday 11th, Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and the final one Saturday 18th December.

The show features an amazing cast of dancers, singers with beautifully stylish costumes and a stunning variety act, guests of all ages are invited to marvel in the magical performance and enjoy a festive three-course meal.

Lights! Pre-show and dine drinks from 6pm.

Camera! At 7.15pm have your photo taken on your way into the Paradise Room.

Action! Take your seats as the meal and show begin at 7.30pm.

The food is delicious traditional Christmas fayre with spectacular puddings set alight to sparkle up your evening. This promises to be a festive night to enjoy, remember and brighten up your Christmas.

To start, guests can enjoy a succulent ham hock terrine followed by traditional roast Fylde turkey served with all the trimmings.  Dessert is a festive Paradise Christmas pudding followed by coffee and gingerbread.

Amanda Thompson OBE, producer and director of the show adds, “We’re thrilled to be staging our fabulous Christmas Dinner Show this year. It has been going down so well with all our guests, who’ve been enjoying a spectacular festive evening showcasing the very best in live entertainment.

The performers really are so talented and have been rehearsing tirelessly to put on an amazing performance. It’s such a fantastic experience and we welcome all to join us for these last few shows before Christmas.”

If guests would like to make a night of it, they can also book a stay at one of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s luxury hotels for a special rate.

Accommodation in state of the art rooms, including breakfast, start from £70 per room for the Big Blue Hotel and £100 per room for the Boulevard Hotel.  To book please call 01253 336081 and quote DINNER SHOW RATE 2021

Gatsby Christmas Dinner Show tickets: Show Only (inc. a glass of Prosecco or soft drink) £25.00 Adult or £20.00 Child; Show & Dine (3-course dinner) £39.99 Adult or £30.00 Child *(12 years or under). Secure parking is available in the car park adjacent to the Casino Building (charges apply).

To book tickets for The Gatsby Christmas Dinner Show, please call 0871 222 2121 or click here.

 

 

Blackpool’s Big One might not be the biggest for much longer

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s famous rollercoaster The Big One looks set to lose its title as the largest ride in the UK.

 

Attraction Thorpe Park, near London, has unveiled plans for a new rollercoaster which will eclipse The Big One’s 25 year record.

The theme park, just southwest of London near Chertsey, in Surrey, already boasts an enviable selection of ‘coasters with big names, with Stealth and Swarm some of its prime attractions.

Accoding to theme park website RideRater, local residents were the first to have the plans presented to them at an in-person meeting on Thursday.

The Big One at the Pleasure Beach

The Big One at the Pleasure Beach

The site claims the new planned rollercoaster will be taller than any other in the UK at 236ft (72m).

This would make it taller than the current tallest, The 213ft (65m) Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which has held the record for over 25 years since it was built in 1994.

Details have now been shared online from Thorpe Park’s official website with a public consultation launched allowing members of the public to give their feedback on the plans.

In a statement explaining the decision behind the new ride a spokesperson for Thorpe Park said:

“The Covid-19 pandemic has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on admission numbers to the Resort. Thorpe Park Resort aims to continue to invest in the Park’s attractions to encourage more people to return to the Resort now that the tourism industry has re-opened.

“This key investment and the introduction of new attractions is critical to the Resort’s recovery from the Covid-related impacts on the business.

“With this in mind, we are delighted to announce that we are proposing to add an exciting new rollercoaster to Thorpe Park Resort’s portfolio of world-class attractions.

“This will be the first new rollercoaster at Thorpe Park since the arrival of THE SWARM in 2012.”

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Icon ride gets redesign with Europe-first new feature

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ENSŌ will see the ride change and feature twisting carts

 

In a first for Europe, riders on ICON’s rear two seats will spin and twist freely during the ride’s existing thrilling duration.
In a first for Europe, riders on ICON’s rear two seats will spin and twist freely during the ride’s existing thrilling duration. (Image: Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is set to get a first for Europe next spring as riders on the rollercaoster ICON, will get two rear seats which will spin and twist freely during the ride’s duration.

ICON, the UK’s first and only double launch rollercoaster, has exhilarating high speed accelerations, twists and turns and ‘heart stopping’ interactions.

This will reportedly be turned up to a whole new level by the addition known as ENSŌ.

The experience launches riders with the same acceleration as a Formula One car, rising and swooping through numerous interactions with other rides before hitting a second launch which powers riders high above Blackpool Pleasure Beach and through to the conclusion of the exciting journey.

Left to right Thorsten Koebel (Mack-Rides) Amanda-Thompson-OBE (Blackpool Pleasure Beach) Christian von-Elverfeldt (Mack Rides)
Left to right Thorsten Koebel (Mack-Rides) Amanda-Thompson-OBE (Blackpool Pleasure Beach) Christian von-Elverfeldt (Mack Rides) (Image: Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Managing Director, Amanda Thompson OBE, met with Mack Rides Chief Executive Officer, Christian von Elverfeldt, and Chief Officer Sales and Marketing, Thorsten Koebele at the recent IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Expo in Orlando to sign the deal.

On signing this contact with Mack Rides, Amanda Thompson OBE said: “We are delighted to once again be working with Mack Rides. We have a longstanding relationship with the Mack family and this continues the strong links between our two families. ENSŌ promises to be a thrilling addition to ICON and I can’t wait to see everyone get twisted next year.”

 

 

The man who spent 112 days eating, drinking and sleeping on the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Richard Rodriguez ate, drank and slept on the ride for three-and-a-half months

 

Richard Rodriguez arriving at a ballon-filled end of the Big One
Richard Rodriguez at the end of one his marathon stints on the Big One (Image: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

For a lot of people, the idea of riding the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a terrifying prospect.

The idea of a few rides back-to-back, even more so. But what about riding it for an entire summer?

That’s exactly what American Richard Rodriguez did when he smashed his own world record for the longest time spent on a roller coaster.

Aside from a five minute break each hour, Richard spent three-and-a-half months eating, drinking and sleeping on the 213ft, 75mph ride.

The epic challenge was no one-off, but instead the culmination of a series of records the lecturer had set at the seaside attraction.

He claimed his first record in 1979 with a 140 hour relay at Blackpool and returned in 1994 when he racked up 549 hours on the Big Dipper.

Richard, who was scared of roller coasters as a child, was back in Lancashire in 1998 when rival Normand St Pierre challenged with 670 hours on a coaster in Montreal.

That year, he racked up an astonishing 47 consecutive days on the resort’s Big Dipper ride, to record a new total of 1,013 hours.

He had asked permission from the park’s then managing director Geoffrey Thompson to stay on the wooden coaster until he had hit the 1,000-hour mark.

Upon his completion, Mr Thompson said: “Richard has shown incredible resilience, riding day and night through appalling weather.

“On behalf of all the staff and management at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the tens of thousands of members of the public who have cheered him on his way, I congratulate him on this remarkable achievement.”

Mr Rodriguez added: “I’d like to thank Mr Thompson, the Thompson family, the many members of staff who have been involved in this world record attempt and all those people who have come down to the Big Dipper and given me their generous moral support.”

The daredevil was back in 2000 when he almost doubled that record to a jaw-dropping 2,000 hours. As he set off on the madcap challenge, he told reporters: “I guess I just like a challenge and I hope to set the world record once and for all. And riding for 2,000 hours is a great way to celebrate the Millennium.

Richard Rodriguez
Richard Rodriguez (Image: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

“I love this ride and Blackpool Pleasure Beach has always been good to me so this is the ideal place to set a record.”

In 2012, he returned for one final effort, this time moving onto the Big One, as he stretched that record to 112 days while also raising money for the charity Give Kids The World which helps children with life-threatening illnesses.

In total, he spent three-and-a-half months on the ride between May and September 19.

As well as eating and drinking, diabetic Richard would even inject himself with insulin mid-ride. Under the Guinness Book of Record rules, he was allowed to take five minutes for each hour on the roller-coaster, which he saved up for a one-hour break each morning and evening, during which he would eat a bigger meal than he could manage on the ride or simply lie down for 15 minutes.

He would also while away the time on the ride by reading newspapers and writing pun-filled postcards telling friends, “This summer break is having its ups and downs.”

While the breaks were hugely important, what really kept him motivated were the holiday-makers who came to visit and cheer him on.

He said: “People from all over the world came to chat with me and give me support.

“I met a little boy and girl, now grown up, who had come to see me on a similar challenge in 1979.”

At night, as the wind howled and the rain poured, blankets and tarpaulins covered him as he slept in the fetal position.

Reflecting on his experience, he added: “I love the romance, adventure and sometimes danger of it. I like the idea of seeing it through with a team. The people I met and the technical operators were fantastic.”

 

 

 

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach update as theme park teases new ‘twist’ to Icon ride

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A teaser video has been posted by the amusement park – but what does it mean?

An aerial view of the ICON ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

An aerial view of the ICON ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has teased a new ‘twist’ coming to a popular ride in 2022.

The amusement park, on Ocean Boulevard, is home to a variety of thrilling rides, the most popular arguably being The Big One, followed by Icon, Valhalla and Infusion.

Icon opened in 2018 and was the UK’s first double launch rollercoaster. The ride accelerates at speed and takes passengers twisting and turning across the park, interacting with other rides.

A second boost of speed then launch riders to heights of 88.5ft, with drops of up to 82ft.

But, it is set to get a new ‘twist’.

A 15 second video posted on Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Facebook page shows the word ‘Enso’ appear.

Above the word is ‘2022’ and just before the video ends, the words ‘Icon with a twist’ appear on the screen.

The popular park hasn’t made any other announcements, leaving fans to wonder what the video could mean. Some have speculated about the meaning of the title ‘Enso’, which means circle in Japanese.

But for now the details remain under wraps.

 

 

You can play Squid Game at The Circus of Horrors at Blackpool Pleasure Beach – here’s how …

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To celebrate the arrival of The Circus of Horrors at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the public have a chance to feel what it is like to be a ‘Squid Game’ competitor in the circus’ very own performance space … surrounded by Zombies, Vampires and an assortment of other terrifying characters.

A scene from the Netflix mega-hit Squid Game

A scene from the Netflix mega-hit Squid Game

Fans of the cult TV series will know that the show is all about jeopardy and winning the ultimate prize. To this end, a giant ‘Squid Game’ logo has been added to the stage area, on which people will compete in traditional Apple-Bobbing and Pumpkin Carving games … and then, finally, if they can scare The Circus of Horrors’ MC, they will indeed receive the ultimate Halloween reward.

Circus of Horrors Director, Dr Haze said: “Like Squid Game, The Circus of Horrors is full of terrifying deeds; and we are only too happy to be bringing an extra dose of danger into our performance space … all done with forked tongues firmly in each cheek of course!”

To find out more about Squid Game at The Circus of Horrors visit their website.

A scene from the Netflix mega-hit Squid Game

A scene from the Netflix mega-hit Squid Game

Here’s everything you need to know about Squid Game …

What is Squid Game?

Squid Game is a mega-popular Netlfix TV series which sees competitors compete in a variety of deadly games for cash. The drama has proved to be one of Netflix’ biggest ever successes.

How many episodes are there?

There are nine episodes, each just shy of an hour long.

Why is it called Squid Game?

It’s named after a popular Korean children’s game a little like British Bulldog where the playing field drawn on the ground resembles a squid.

Where is it set?

South Korea

Who are the stars?

You probably won’t have heard of any of the cast, unless you’re a fan of all things South Korean. Needless to say the show is excellently cast with stand-out performances from Lee Jung-jae, Lee Ji-ha, Park Hae Soo and Jung Ho-yeon. If you watched the Oscar winning Parasite, also a South Korean smash hit, you’ll love this.

Is it subtitled?

Netflix give you the option to watch it in Korean with subtitles or a dubbed English version without.

Is it suitable for children?

No. Though there is little swearing, it is gory to say the least.

What have people said about it?

Critics have raved about it. On review accumulator site Rotten Tomatoes, it has received a rating of 94 per cent from critics and 84 per cent from viewers. Google reviews have 96 per cent of viewers liking it and it has a rating of 8.3 out of 10 on the internet movie database (IMDB).

Will there be a second season?

There are no plans as yet, but due to its worldwide popularity, it is likely there will be.

 

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach to stage Aladdin: The Pantomime this Christmas

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Aladdin is one of the most magical pantomimes ever written. It tells the story of a streetwise boy from Peking who finds a strange lamp at the market with hidden powers.

 

The magic of Aladdin is at the Globe at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The magic of Aladdin is at the Globe at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The wicked wizard Abanazar wants to steal Aladdin’s magic lamp to help him become the most powerful wizard in the world and also wants to kidnap the beautiful Princess and make her his bride.

Stageworks Worldwide Productions of Aladdin: the Pantomime in The Globe at Blackpool Pleasure follows Aladdin’s adventures as he gets entangled in the struggle between good and evil…as the audience sits back, claps, cheers, boos and finds the answers to these important questions: Will the Princess tell her father, the Emperor of Abanazar’s evil plot? Will Aladdin save the day and find true love? Will the Widow Twanky ever get her washing done?

Starring Kevin Simm, lead singer of Wet, Wet, Wet, winner of The Voice and star of Liberty X, as Aladdin, the show features a fabulous cast of singers and dancers including Del Wilden as Widow Twanky, Russ Brown as Wishee Washee, Nigel Garton as Abanazar, Tuesday as So-Shy, Cheryl Naylor as The Empress, Sarah Ward as Slave of the Ring and Alexey Kofanov as Genie of the Lamp.

Aladdin the Pantomime is written and directed by Roger Hannah, Executive Producer is Amanda Thompson OBE. Assistant Director is Alexa Robinson and the show is choreographed by Lynsey Brown. Costumes, scenery and sets are all created by Stageworks Worldwide Productions.

Amanda Thompson OBE, Executive Producer of Aladdin the Pantomime comments, “We are delighted to bring audiences the magic of live entertainment this festive season at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We have a truly talented cast of actors, singers and dancers who will bring Aladdin, one of the most popular pantomimes ever, to life on the stage. I can’t wait to open the doors of the Globe Theatre and share this fantastic production with everyone.”

Aladdin the Pantomime runs on selected dates from Thursday 25th November until Friday 24th December with tickets starting from £12 per person. To book, please call 0871 222 9090* or visit www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/panto.

Special schools packages are available. To book please contact our Groups Department on 0871 222 8787* or email groups@bpbltd.com

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Man City star Kevin De Bruyne spends day at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has been spotted at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

 

The 30-year-old striker appears to have been spending his day off from club duties at the amusement park, following his club’s Champions Leagure victory against Club Brugge on Tuesday.

It’s understood the player was was attracting lots of attention and it’s believed security were helping him around the park at times.

A photo of De Bruyne on the Blue Flyer, part of the park’s Nickelodeon Land, was also circulated on social media.

A photo of Kevin De Bruyne on the Blue Flyer  was circulated on social media.

A photo of Kevin De Bruyne on the Blue Flyer was circulated on social media.

Both he and his Manchester City teammates will setting their sight on this weekend’s Premier League clash against Brighton.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach was contacted for comment.

 

Go ahead for new car park near Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Buildings which were previously used as accommodation for Blackpool Pleasure Beach workers are set to be bulldozed to make way for a public car park.

 

Blackpool Council has approved an application by the Pleasure Beach to redevelop the site between Balmoral Road and Osborne Road in South Shore as a 31-space pay and display public car park.

Three buildings, which had also previously been used as holiday accommodation, are earmarked for demolition.

Planners, who granted permission using their delegated powers, branded the premises as “unsightly”.

Artists impression of the planned new car park

Artists impression of the planned new car park

A report setting out the decision adds: “The site is on the boundary with an area where there is a significant oversupply of small, poor quality bedsits, flats and HMOs.

“The properties themselves have not been used as holiday accommodation for a long time and are in need of investment and renewal and the applicant has indicated that the expense would result in them not being viable.

“The demolition of at least one of the buildings, on Balmoral Road, would make a positive contribution to the quality of the surrounding environment by removing an unsightly building which negatively impacts on the surrounding environment.

“Number 30 Balmoral is a particularly unsightly former hotel and HMO and its removal can only help the appearance of the area, especially on such a prominent corner.

“The council has a focus on strengthening the resort’s appeal to attract new audiences year-round and a car park would help here.”

 

 

We took the ‘Journey to Hell’ at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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This year’s horror walk includes a trip on four rides – and a whole lot of screaming

 

A character you could have the unfortunate pleasure of facing on your Journey To Hell at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Lancs Live)

My idea of a scarewalk when I was a kid was some boy in the year above dressed as a toilet roll ghost jumping out on us shouting ‘trick or treat’ as we walked home from school.

But the bar has shifted so much higher in recent times, or shall I say lower, to the depths of hell, in Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s case for 2021.

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The make-up, costumes and masks are good enough for a movie close-up, props are disturbingly realistic, actors have been rehearsing for months to perfect their sinister characters and then when you mix all that with riding roller-coasters in the dark, you have the perfect ‘freak night’ melting pot.

Journey to Hell: Freak Nights is the resort’s latest late-night Halloween adventure and LancsLive were invited to the preview ahead of it opening to the public on October 8.

Pig Head, anyone? (Image: Lancs Live)

The walk takes you through nine zones spread across the park, which has been mysteriously cursed and it is your job to uncover the secrets of the curse – and get out alive.

I went through the experience alone, but I would recommend attending with at least one other person, so that you can sit with them on the four rides dispersed throughout the route – and also squeeze their hand when you’re spooked.

Otherwise, you’ll end up instinctively grabbing a random person’s arm, like I did.

The route weaves through several disturbing characters, from evil clowns, Day of The Dead, ghost-like ninja warriors, ghouls, Plague Doctors, evil scientists and skeletons.

The journey begins at The Legend of the Cursed River Caves in total darkness, which is unsettling in itself, then you throw in live actors hellbent on adding to your terror and imposing special effects, and you emerge into the night afterwards sufficiently freaked out.

An actor gets in gruesome character for Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Journey To Hell (Image: Lancs Live)

“There’s only one way out” I’m told by a grumpy and unsightly ‘conductor’, as we’re then ushered into the appropriately-named Hell Tunnels before taking in Blind Faith, Day of the Dead and the BIG Dark Abyss.

I’m conscious to not give away exactly which rides you’ll get to experience but I will tell you there is a sadistic twist at one of them that will give you a whole new experience, even if you have been on that rollercoaster several times before.

There’s some classic – and predictable – jumpy moments and some of it is quite silly, but the majority of the characters are engaging and believable and the experience is as immersive as you – and your imagination – allow it to be.

If you love all things Halloween and riding rollercoasters, this after-dark adventure is not to be missed.

The event is not recommended for anyone under 10 due to the content and that’s even more understandable given the amount of swearing and aggressive language used by the actor.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach brings together scare zones, haunted ride areas and outrageous live entertainment after hours at the amusement park for Journey To Hel (Image: Lancs Live)

Expect several sets of steps, water spray, sudden naked flames, smoke, strobe lighting and limited visibility.

It takes around 90 minutes to complete the whole walk, with some long stretches between zones, but you are efficiently directed along the way by a combination of security staff and actors.

Journey to Hell, which runs until October 31, is a separately ticketed event to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and tickets start at £32.

It is designed for staggered entry and for groups no bigger than six.

The resort will then open at weekends only from November 6 to December 12.

 

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach wins seven Theme Park Awards as site is named best value

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The Blackpool attraction won gold awards for best value and best live entertainment for it’s Hot Ice show

 

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been rated as the best value theme park in the UK.

This comes as the attraction won seven Theme Park Awards 2021.

The awards have taken place for the second time, and consist of 21 categories including theme park of the year, best new attraction, best customer service and best value.

To decide on winners, the public were invited to vote for their favourite theme parks.

A total of 176,370 votes were combined with the scores from the Expert Judges to determine the winners in each category.

Unsurprisingly, Blackpool Pleasure Beach managed to secure multiple titles and were the third biggest winners overall – behind Alton Towers in Staffordshire and Paultons Park in Hampshire.

The Blackpool attraction won gold awards for best value and best live entertainment for it’s Hot Ice show.

It secured silver awards for best food and drink and best merchandise.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach won both silver and bronze in the best classic coaster category for the Grand National and the Big One.

It was also awarded a bronze award for the best theme park for thrills.

See a full list of categories and winners below:

Best New Attraction

  • Gold: Storm Chaser (Paultons Park)
  • Silver: Flight of the Sky Lion (LEGOLAND Windsor)
  • Bronze: Gangsta Granny: The Ride (Alton Towers)

Best Theme Park for Families (Large)

  • Gold: Alton Towers
  • Silver: Paultons Park
  • Bronze: LEGOLAND Windsor

Best Theme Park for Families (Small)

  • Gold: Gulliver’s Theme Parks
  • Silver: Pleasurewood Hills
  • Bronze: Fantasy Island

Best Theme Park for Toddlers

  • Gold: Paultons Park
  • Silver: Alton Towers
  • Bronze: Drayton Manor

Best Theme Park for Thrills

  • Gold: Thorpe Park
  • Silver: Alton Towers
  • Bronze: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Best Classic Coaster

  • Gold: Nemesis (Alton Towers)
  • Silver: Grand National (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
  • Bronze: The Big One (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Best Family Coaster

  • Gold: Wicker Man (Alton Towers)
  • Silver: Vampire (Chessington World of Adventures)
  • Bronze: Flight of the Pterosaur (Paultons Park)

Best Interactive Ride

  • Gold: LEGO NINJAGO The Ride (LEGOLAND Windsor)
  • Silver: Duel (Alton Towers)
  • Bronze: Tomb Blaster (Chessington World of Adventures)

Best Food & Drink

  • Gold: Alton Towers
  • Silver: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Bronze: Paultons Park

Best Merchandise

  • Gold: Alton Towers
  • Silver: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Bronze: Thorpe Park

Best Live Entertainment

  • Gold: Hot Ice (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
  • Silver: Return to Skeleton Bay (LEGOLAND Windsor)
  • Bronze: ALIVE! Dinosaur Encounter (Paultons Park)

Best New Event

  • Gold: Oktoberfest (Alton Towers)
  • Silver: Mardi Gras (Alton Towers)
  • Bronze: Oktoberfest (Thorpe Park)

Best Halloween Event

  • Gold: Scarefest (Alton Towers)
  • Silver: Fright Nights (Thorpe Park)
  • Bronze: Xtreme Scream Park (Twinlakes)

Best Animal Experience

  • Gold: ZUFARI: Ride into Africa (Chessington World of Adventures)
  • Silver: Tiger Rock (Chessington World of Adventures)
  • Bronze: Lost River Ride (Flamingo Land)

Best Social Media Engagement

  • Gold: Alton Towers
  • Silver: Thorpe Park
  • Bronze: Drayton Manor

Best Customer Service

  • Gold: Alton Towers
  • Silver: Paultons Park
  • Bronze: Adventure Island

Best Value

  • Gold: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Silver: Paultons Park
  • Bronze: Drayton Manor

Blogger of the Year

  • Gold: Thrill Nation
  • Silver: Theme Park Guide
  • Bronze: Cupcakes & Coasters

YouTuber of the Year

  • Gold: Theme Park Worldwide
  • Silver: Pleasure Beach Experience
  • Bronze: TheJackSilkstone

Instagrammer of the Year

  • Gold: Thrill Riders
  • Silver: Roller Coaster Rachel
  • Bronze: Cupcakes & Coasters

Theme Park of the Year

  • Gold: Alton Towers
  • Silver: Paultons Park
  • Bronze: LEGOLAND Windsor

 

HomeNewsLancashire NewsBlackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool Pleasure Beach is looking to recruit ‘horrible staff’

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Cast members are being sought for the upcoming Halloween event, Journey To Hell

 

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is on the look out to recruit ‘horrible staff’ – and only the ‘ghastliest will be offered a job.

The amusement park is looking for scarily good cast members to join its upcoming Halloween event, Journey To Hell.

A strong stomach and a tolerance for blood and gore are essential.

A Pleasure Beach spokesperson said: “Journey to Hell is a terrifying experience led event through themed areas of Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

“The event raises the bar for the fear factor at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and promises to be scarier than ever in 2021.

“Journey to Hell is a scare zone live actor and horror based experience taking place over selected nights from 8th to 31st October after the park has closed. It will include ICON, the Ghost Train and the River Caves .

“The journey starts at the HUB where brave potential victims will be taken to the scare zones including Day of the Dead, Legend of the Voodoo Curse, Clown Scare Maze, Hell Tunnels and The Devil’s Gate.”

To apply to be a scare actor at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, candidates must be available between 1st and 31st October. CVs and headshots can be emailed to info@stageworkswwp.comFull training and hourly rate of pay will be provided.

Journey to Hell at Blackpool Pleasure Beach run on selected dates between October 8 and 31. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit halloween.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com or call 0871 222 1234.

 

 

Hilarious TikTok video of man spinning on Blackpool Pleasure Beach ride goes viral

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The 72ft high ride promises to take you on ‘a 360-degree tour of the skies’

 

A man has been filmed spinning continuously on a ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
A man has been filmed spinning continuously on a ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

A man has been filmed spinning continuously on a ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach – while everyone else stays still.

The video has been shared more than 4,000 times on TikTok and viewed more than 800,000 times on Instagram so far.

It shows a man taking a ride on Red Arrows SkyForce at the theme park.

The 72ft high ride promises to take you on ‘a 360-degree tour of the skies’ and sits in the shadow of the world famous Big One rollercoaster.

The man can be seen spinning around constantly for the duration of the ride, while all the other passengers are remaining still.

When going past the camera the first time, he can be heard shouting ‘I can’t see straight’ while continuing to spin.

According to the website: “Red Arrows Skyforce has you spinning, swirling and exciting the senses while your fellow pilots take control of their own flights before touching down and checking out a dedicated a Red Arrows shop, which features exclusive merchandise and souvenirs designed for Blackpool Pleasure Beach.”

Peter Kay returns to Blackpool Pleasure Beach five years after last visit

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The comedian was wearing a hat and a checked shirt – a reoccurring theme in his visits in 2015, 2016 and 2021

 

Peter Kay at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2021
Peter Kay at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2021

Peter Kay paid a visit to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

The comedian was spotted at the theme park on Thursday (August 26) – five years after his last visit.

A spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: “It was great to have Peter Kay join us yesterday and true to style he wore one of his Blackpool Pleasure Beach shirts!”

This comes after Peter took to the stage earlier this month for two charity shows in aid of Lancashire woman Laura Nuttall.

The comedian, who has been largely absent from the public eye for the last three years, appeared at the O2 Apollo in Manchester for the Doing it for Laura gigs.

Peter Kay at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2016
Peter Kay at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2016

Laura Nuttall, 20, has an aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme.

Laura’s mum, Nicola Nuttall, told LancsLive that the entire experience had been somewhat “surreal.”

“We were lucky enough to go to both shows and it was amazing, it was fantastic,” said the 58-year-old.

Peter Kay at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2015
Peter Kay at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2015

“Peter is just so funny, he makes you laugh until your face aches, he’s a real gentleman too, he’s very generous with his time.

“It’s just so surreal, when we were driving back in the car it was like: ‘Did that just happen?’

“It was a Peter Kay comeback show done for Laura, it meant everything to us, it was so special.

“I can’t quite believe that it happened, that everyone was there and that everyone knew my daughter’s name.

“People wanted selfies with her and she was getting papped through the car door; that’s not something we expected.”