Blackpool attractions: Pleasure Beach, tower, zoo, Sandcastle and more – tickets, prices and Covid rules after updated travel advice

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Zoo, Blackpool Dungeons and other top attractions are staying open following advice but visitors should check the rules before turning up

Blackpool Tower in the sunshine

Blackpool Tower in the sunshine (Image: LancsLive / BPL Bible)

England’s long-awaited exit from lockdown has been delayed until next month with the current Coronavirus restrictions remaining in place for another four weeks.

After delaying another four weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that he is “pretty confident” that July 19 would be the “terminus date” for the remaining Covid restrictions.

Last week Blackpool was declared a Covid “enhanced response area” to bring it in line with the rest of Lancashire with increased testing encouraged and residents urged to meet people outdoors rather than outside .

Despite people being asked to minimise travel however no travel ban is in place and Blackpool Council say that the resort is very much open for business and Covid secure.

The town’s biggest attractions have had a number of measures in place to keep guests safe since many of them re-opened on May 17.

Here at LancsLive we took a look at the restrictions each attraction has in place and what visitors need to know before planning their visit.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

In line with government guidelines, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is Covid secure and ‘Good To Go’.

The attraction is open daily and as there is no currently no travel ban in place so the attraction says guests are free to continue with their planned visits.

According to the park, there are a range of ‘robust procedures’ in place to keep guests and staff safe during the busy spring and summer season.

On some rides, it is necessary to leave empty seats between guests and a dedicated plan for each ride has been developed and implemented in order to enable social distancing between groups. This vary between the rides.

A number or procedures have been put in place such as lateral flow testing for staff, social distancing, deep cleaning and hand washing stations.

Guests are required to wear a face covering in any indoor setting and on most rides so take a suitable face covering with you, with two masks being recommended.

The direction of travel along some of the walkways has been changed so follow the signage when visiting.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach urges anyone visiting to plan ahead and take a cautious and sensible approach to social contact and follow all rules around social distancing and wearing face coverings where required.

Visitors must now also purchase eTickets before their arrival.

Prices for various days vary from £33 for an adult or child aged 12+ on an off-peak day to £42 for an ‘on the day’ ticket. There are also a number of discount schemes in place.

To find out more, please visit the Blackpool Pleasure beach website https://covid.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/

Blackpool Zoo

Baby monkey just born at Blackpool Zoo
Baby monkey just born at Blackpool Zoo (Image: Blackpool Zoo)

The zoo re-opened on May 17 with enhanced health and safety measures in place including increased cleaning procedures.

Your visit might look very different for a while, but you’ll still be able to see your favourite animals and enjoy the parkland.

All indoor viewing areas including Project Elephant Base Camp, Orangutan Outlook, Gorilla House, Big Cats, the small primate house and Giraffe Heights have re-opened and remain so.

Each indoor area has a strict capacity and staff present help manage visitor flow at peak times. Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas, unless exempt.

It is mandatory to wear a face covering in the majority of indoor areas of Blackpool Zoo unless you declare that you have a government listed exemption.

You may be refused admission if you do not have one.

There are multiple hand washing points and hand sanitiser stations throughout the complex and visitors must use them regularly and as directed.

There are a range of ticket options available with a price of £89.50 for a family of five, £73.50 for a family of four or £22.90 for an individual adult.

To find out more and book tickets, please visit Blackpool Zoo website here.

Sandcastle Waterpark

Sandcastle Waterpark, in Blackpool
Sandcastle Waterpark, in Blackpool (Image: Daily Record)

The UK’s largest indoor water park was certified as ‘Good to Go’ in March just in time for its 35th anniversary.

Guests must wear a face covering before entering the building and in all public areas. This excludes the Waterpark, whilst changing and when eating and drinking in its catering outlets.

Social distancing measures are in place of two metres with visible signage, floor markings and one way systems.

The water park is operating at a reduced capacity with all tickets being available for three hour sessions.

It is essential for all guests to book online in advance.

Guests are asked to be ‘beach ready’ to allow less time in the changing room and the park’s previous three changing rooms have been combined to create its new Changing Village.

These changes allow for greater space throughout the changing areas where the waterpark has also added additional cubicles and new showers to ensure guests can socially distance in confidence

An enhanced cleaning regime is in place and hand sanitisers and protective screens throughout the attraction.

Tickets must be bought online no less than two hours before arrival.

There are a range of prices for various age groups with children under three getting free admission.

Tickets for children between 3 and 7 years of age cost £12 and it is £18 for those aged between 8 and 11.

Anyone above the age of 12 will pay £22 to enter.

To find out more, please visit Sandcastle Waterpark here.

Blackpool Sealife Centre

Sea Life Blackpool
Sea Life Blackpool (Image: Daily Record)

Blackpool Sealife Centre has been awarded the Visit England ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry charter mark.

Pre-booking tickets online is essential as the attraction is operating on reduced capacity to helping to manage social distancing.

Non-contact temperature checks for guests and employees are a condition of entry and guests are encouraged to pay attention to the signage in place and use the hand sanitizer stations throughout.

The centre is now completely cashless so be sure to have a ‘contactless’ payment card ready.

All guests over 11 are required to wear face coverings and these are also available to buy on the day of your visit.

Before leaving home, please check the social media pages for the latest guidance and information.

Tickets cost from £17.50 for adults and this goes up to £19.50 for an ‘on the day’ booking.

There are also multi-attraction ticket options for those wishing to visit two or more Merlin attractions, which include the Blackpool Tower, the Dungeons and Madame Tussauds.

It is advised to book online in advance and reserve a slot.

To find out more, please visit the Blackpool Sealife Centre website here.

Blackpool Tower

The sun rises behind the Blackpool Tower in Blackpool, Lancashire. Picture date: Friday April 2, 2021. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
The sun rises behind the Blackpool Tower in Blackpool, Lancashire. (Image: PA)

The town’s most iconic landmark is operating safely in line with the latest Government guidance.

You can pre-book tickets now which are covered by a booking guarantee.

Numerous measures are in place including reduced capacities, clear social distancing measures, temperature checks, pre-booking online, cashless payments and enhanced cleaning procedures.

Guests who visit the attraction are asked to observe guidelines on maintaining a safe distance between each other and maintain good hygiene practices.

If they or any family member display any symptoms of COVID-19 they must postpone their visit.

All guests need to wear a face covering as a condition of entry however it is not required for children under the age of 11 or if exempt.

In addition, visitors will see guest-facing employees wearing Personal Protective Equipment including facemasks and visors.

The number of guests who can visit each day, is restricted, including travelling up to the Blackpool Eye, to ensure social distancing in all areas of the attraction.

You will be able to find NHS QR code ‘check-in’ posters at key points around the attraction entrance and visitors are encouraged to scan the NHS QR code with your smartphone on arrival.

Single admission tickets for adults start at £15 if pre-booked before the day of arrival.

To find out more, please visit the Blackpool Tower website here.

Blackpool Dungeon

Blackpool Tower Dungeon requires pre-booking so checking online first is essential for all guests.

Inside groups isolated and limited with guests standing on social distancing markers throughout as well as sitting away from each other during performances.

All actors are socially distanced and wear face coverings as part of their costumes also.

Numerous measures are in place including reduced capacities, clear social distancing measures, temperature checks, pre-booking online, cashless payments and enhanced cleaning procedures.

All guests need to wear a face covering as a condition of entry however it is not required for children under the age of 11 or if exempt.

Single admission tickets for adults start at £15 if pre-booked before the day of arrival. Again there is the option of ‘on the day’ or multi-attraction tickets.

To find out more, please visit the Blackpool Tower Dungeon here.

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds, Blackpool during lockdown two
Madame Tussauds, Blackpool during lockdown two (Image: This is influential)

The UK numerous lockdowns have provided an opportunity for make up artists and stylists to give the wax works a makeover so there’s plenty new to see at Blackpool’s Madame Tussauds.

Team members and guests are asked to participate in a temperature check using a non-touch thermometer. Anyone who is displaying a temperature above 37.8 degrees Celsius will not be allowed to enter.

In this event the museum will rebook your visit when convenient and at no additional cost as it does not expect anyone to be penalised for doing the right thing.

Visitors with certain health conditions and disabilities related to higher bodily temperatures should speak to the attraction team upon arrival to ensure we can provide the correct assistance on an individual basis.

The wax museum is restricting the number of guests who can visit each day, to ensure it can maintain social distancing in all areas of the attraction.

You will be able to find NHS QR code ‘check-in’ posters at key points around the attraction entrance and you are encouraged to scan the NHS QR code with your smartphone on arrival.

Madame Tussauds is accepting cashless payments and has enhanced cleaning procedures including hand sanitiser stations throughout.

A standard ticket starts at £30.50 if pre-booked.

To find out more, please visit the Madame Tussauds website here.

Blackpool funeral wake attack outside pub leaves man seriously injured

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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident involving a weapon outside The Plough Inn

 

North West Ambulance Service said they were called to a police incident outside The Plough Inn
North West Ambulance Service said they were called to a police incident outside The Plough Inn

A man has been taken to hospital with a ‘significant head injury’ after being attacked with a ‘weapon’ at a funeral wake.

Police, paramedics and an air ambulance were called to the scene following reports of a disturbance on Chain Lane in the Staining area of Blackpool yesterday (June 15).

It is believed a funeral gathering had been taking place outside the Plough Inn pub when the incident occurred.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing an air ambulance land in the field opposite the local school.

The incident was first reported to 999 shortly after 4.30pm.

Lancashire Police today said two men have been arrested on suspicion of assault.

They remain in custody for questioning.

An air ambulance landed in a nearby field
An air ambulance landed in a nearby field

A North West Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “Two Ambulances, a helimed crew and two response vehicles attended a police incident outside the Plough Inn, Chain Lane, Staining, following a 999 call at 16.33 yesterday.

“We have taken man to hospital by road with a significant head injury.”

The age of the victim and the two men arrested have not been disclosed.

Drive thru coffee plan for Blackpool’s Asda

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Plans have been revealed to build a drive-thru coffee shop at Asda’s Blackpool store.

 

Town hall planners will consider the application

Town hall planners will consider the application

The single storey unit would be built on redundant car parking spaces at the store on Cherry Tree Road in Marton.

Applicant the EG Group says there is currently over provision of parking at the site.

A planning statement says the coffee shop would operate 24 hours a day and create the equivalent of up to 30 full-time jobs.

“EG Group and Asda have agreed a shared spaces strategy in order to ensure that both the superstore and the coffee unit benefit from ample parking provision. ”

The proposals will now go before town hall planners at a future date.

 

£1m cannabis farm found in former Blackpool club made famous by a Robbie Williams music video

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A famous Blackpool club was being used as a major cannabis farm with a street value of more than £1m.

 

Resort officers, with help from Lancashire Fire and Rescue, made the discovery at the former Central Club in Kent Road, just off Central Drive, on Friday (June 11) at around 1pm.

Police said they were responding to concerns about possible structural issues.

Following a search of the club detectives found 1,500 cannabis plants, along with a large amount of electrical equipment, across the building’s three floors.

The former Central Club was being used as a cannabis farmThe former Central Club was being used as a cannabis farm

The venue, which has been closed for a number of years, was popular on the resort’s club circuit and it achieved nationwide fame when chart-topper Robbie filmed the video for his Advertising Space single there in 2005.

During the search at the club a man was found by police and was subsequently arrested.

A police spokesman said that the force, along with assistance from Blackpool Council, have cleared the site and the plants and equipment will be destroyed.

Insp Cara Leadbetter, of Blackpool Police, said: “The activities of drug dealers can have a dramatic effect on our communities. It can ruin lives, fuel other crime, such as burglary and robbery, and can instil fear in our neighbourhoods and we are determined to tackle that.

Robbie Williams used the club for a music video in 2005 -  PA Photo/ChrysalisRobbie Williams used the club for a music video in 2005 – PA Photo/Chrysalis

“It’s also really key that as part of this work, communities feel stronger and more empowered to do what they can to prevent serious organised crime from becoming the community norm.

“Local people are a vital source of intelligence and they need to help us to keep them safe by telling us what they know and turning rumour into hard evidence.

“We need the public to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity.”

A 25-year-old man from Ashford, London, was arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation. He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

The former Central Club had been put up for sale in 2019 with a guide price of £300,000. It was being advertised as a development opportunity at the time.

A deliberate fire was also started at the old working men’s club in 2018.

Firefighters believed the blaze in was started by youths in an outbuilding and the building was thought to have not suffered any serious damage.

Man in his 30s found dead in Blackpool town centre

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A young man was found dead in a house in Blackpool town centre on Tuesday.

 

Hull Road, Blackpool

Hull Road, Blackpool

Police were called to Hull Road at around 10.30am, shortly after the body was found.

Police concerned for welfare of missing Blackpool man

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A search is under way for a missing Blackpool man who disappeared from home yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, June 15).

 

Lancashire Police said it is “concerned for the welfare” of Jason Scott, 37, who was last seen in the Preston New Road area at around 4.30pm.

The force has issued a public appeal and is asking anyone who might have seen Jason or knows of his current whereabouts to get in touch immediately.

Jason is described as 6ft tall, medium build, with shaved brown hair and a short beard. He was last seen wearing a grey jumper, black shorts and grey/red trainers.

Lancashire Police said it is "concerned for the welfare" of Jason Scott, 37, who was last seen in the Preston New Road area of Blackpool at around 4.30pm on Tuesday (June 15)Lancashire Police said it is “concerned for the welfare” of Jason Scott, 37, who was last seen in the Preston New Road area of Blackpool at around 4.30pm on Tuesday (June 15)

A police spokesman said: “We are concerned for the welfare of Jason Scott and I encourage anybody who sees him or knows his current whereabouts to call us on 101 and quote log number 1254 of June 15.”

Coastguard in ‘rescue attempt’ warning after near miss in Blackpool

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As the coastguard arrived at the scene, all three people exited the water.

An image from the scene issued by HM Coastguard Lytham

An image from the scene issued by HM Coastguard Lytham

A warning has been issued by the coastguard after two people in danger in the sea around Central Pier were subject to a rescue attempt from a third person.

The coastguard urges people never to enter the water to attempt a rescue, which can ultimately result in one extra person being at risk than was previously.

The coastguard was called out from Lytham at 9.05pm to reports of two people in trouble in the water around Central Pier. During the time it took them to reach the site, a third person entered the water to attempt a rescue.

As the coastguard arrived at the scene, all three people exited the water.

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard Lytham said: “Fortunately, none of the casualties needed medical attention. HM Coastguard Fleetwood were also tasked.

“We must urge people to never enter the water to attempt a rescue, you put yourself at risk and it can end in tragedy. Leave it to the professionals!”

St Annes miniature train set for to stay on track after sea defence work

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The future of a much-loved St Annes attraction is looking much brighter after a wave of backing from the public prompted a rethink over sea defence plans.

 

Fylde Council announced last month that it was looking to follow the new defences between Lytham and Fairhaven with a similar project at St Annes

The family behind the resort’s seafront miniature train were taken aback that the initial proposal appeared to suggest that it’s future could be under threat as the area currently occupied by the track would be swallowed up after the work – and more than 2,000 people protested to the council that the attraction needed to be preserved.

The responses clogged the inbox of the consultation taking place at the time and it was relaunched, with all previous views taken into account and the council saying it would do everything possible to accommodate all existing businesses.

The miniature train and beach huts at St AnnesThe miniature train and beach huts at St Annes

Miniature train owners’ delight at public support over seawall fears

The council added in a statement that the consultation “has proven to be a major success with great feedback from project partners and the public.

“The revised proposals have been costed and they will next be formally approved by the project partners and discussed with concession holders and businesses on The Island, after which they will be presented to committee.”

Coun Roger Small, chairman of the council’s operational management committee, said: “We are keen to build on the success of the sea defence projects at Fairhaven, Church Scar and Granny’s Bay offering protection to hundreds of properties while at the same time providing a great facility that can be enjoyed.

“The Island sea defence is different to the other schemes because of the need to partner with the 25 businesses and other organisations on site. Early and sustained engagement with all partners and now the wider public has produced a proposal that will deliver the protection the public expect while retaining the business community on The Island. I would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation and all partners for their involvement.”

Helen Leeming, of the family behind the miniature railway, said: “We are not cracking open the Champagne just yet but we certainly feel a lot better than we did a few weeks ago.”

Once the scheme is approved by the council and the delivery partners, the aim is start on site in autumn 2022 with completion scheduled in late summer 2023,with regular updates throughout.project before, during and after delivery.

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Let’s make Blackpool a city by the sea, say coast MPs

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Blackpool MPs are calling for the resort to be made a city to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee next year.

 

Local authorities around the nation are being encouraged to apply for city status by the Government with the competition closing date set for December 8.

In 2011 Blackpool failed to apply for city status to match that of neighbour Preston which was granted its title in 2002. But now the town’s two Tory MPs have said it is time to give it a go.

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, said: “You only have to look at the criteria to see this is the perfect fit for Blackpool.

Blackpool MPs Scott Benton and Paul Maynard want Blackpool to bid to become a city

Blackpool MPs Scott Benton and Paul Maynard want Blackpool to bid to become a city

“They are talking about distinct identity, civic pride, interesting heritage, a record of innovation and a vibrant and welcoming community.

“Those are things Blackpool has in buckets and spades!”

Blackpool South’s Scott Benton said: “Blackpool is Britain’s premier tourist resort and so much more.

“We have a thriving artistic community, world famous venues and landmarks and welcome millions of people every year.Blackpool has helped lead innovation in aerospace and in the automotive sector, Jaguar, one of the ultimate British brands was born here.

Blackpool has the chance to bid to become a city during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee yearBlackpool has the chance to bid to become a city during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year

“Fun and entertainment is at the heart of what we do here, but there is so much more to this town.”

The MPs are now urging Blackpool Council to put together a bid. City status would be purely honorific and comes with no additional funding or powers.

Paul Maynard said: “After the difficult year so many have endured, what a boost it would be for everyone to be able to call Blackpool a city. It is absolutely deserved and, indeed, there are many who are surprised when I tell them Blackpool isn’t a city already.”

City status for Blackpool would be a lasting honour says leading councillor

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Becoming a city could prove a motivator to Blackpool to achieve its full potential and  recognise its place as the UK capital of fun.

 

That is the view of leader of the Conservatives on Blackpool Council, Coun Tony Williams.

His comments come after the resort’s two Tory MPs said the council should lead a bid for Blackpool to be made a city as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year.

Paul Maynard and Scott Benton said that the town’s tourism and entertainment heritage would count strongly towards being one of the areas chosen.

Councillors area mulling over whether to bid for city status for BlackpoolCouncillors area mulling over whether to bid for city status for Blackpool

Coun Williams said: “Over the last few years Blackpool has endured and fought many local battles including deprivation, job losses, business closures, rising anti social behaviour and a loss of self pride.

“Yet still the real heart of a vibrant community keeps beating strongly from within.

“Blackpool needs pulling up by its boot straps and what better way to give its residents pride and ownership than the honour of becoming a city by royal appointment.

“It would be an honour that will last for generations to come, so in terms of value for money becoming a city is a far better investment than other options of self recognition.
Conservative group leader Coun Tony Williams
Conservative group leader Coun Tony Williams

“Research into other recent awards has confirmed that new cities economically outperformed their regional counterparts, increasing investment and reducing unemployment.

“It’s not just a status medal, becoming a city is a true recognition of all the many good things that Blackpool has to offer and a real motivator for those who live, work and invest in Europe’s most famous resort.”

A Blackpool Council spokesman said: “We have received notification of the opportunity over the past few days and are considering whether it is something where we want to throw our hat into the ring.”