Blackpool Pleasure Beach nominated for best theme park award and 12 others

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The theme park could soon be named the best theme park in the UK – but it’s up to the public to decide

 

A view of Blackpool Pleasure Beach
A view of Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Manchester Evening News)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been nominated for more than a dozen awards, including best theme park of 2021.

The nominees of the the UK Theme Park Awards have been announced and the Blackpool based attraction is a strong contender in multiple categories.

Last year, the Pleasure Beach was pipped to Theme Park of the Year by Alton Towers in the first UK Theme Park Awards.

However, there is another shot at the gold this year, with the park featuring in several categories including best theme park, best theme park for families and best theme park for toddlers.

The Pleasure Beach has also been nominated for best classic coaster, with Steeplechase, the Big Dipper, the Grand National and the Big One all contenders.

There are 21 categories this year, including Theme Park of the Year, Best Customer Service and Best Value. New categories include Best Theme Park for Toddlers, Best Family Coaster, Best Classic Coaster and Best Live Entertainment.

The major competitors for the Blackpool Pleasure Beach include Alton Towers and Drayton Manor in Staffordshire, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey, LEGOLAND Windsor in Berkshire and Paultons Park in Hampshire.

Other theme parks to receive nominations include Pleasurewood Hills in Suffolk, Lightwater Valley and Flamingo Land in Yorkshire, Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire, Adventure Island in Essex, Fantasy Island in Lincolnshire and Crealy in Devon.

The public vote will open on July 21 with the votes combined with those of the Expert Judges to generate the final results.

The full list of nominees are as follows:

Theme Park of the Year

Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Chessington World of Adventures

Drayton Manor

Fantasy Island

Flamingo Land

Gulliver’s Valley

LEGOLAND Windsor

Paultons Park

Thorpe Park

Best Theme Park for Families (Large)

Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Chessington World of Adventures

Drayton Manor

Flamingo Land

LEGOLAND Windsor

Paultons Park

Thorpe Park

Best Theme Park for Families (Small)

Adventure Island

Crealy

Diggerland

Fantasy Island

Flambards

Gulliver’s Theme Parks

Lightwater Valley

Oakwood Theme Park

Pleasurewood Hills

Twinlakes

Best Theme Park for Toddlers

Alton Towers (Cbeebies Land)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Nickelodeon Land)

Crealy

Drayton Manor (Thomas Land)

Drusillas Park (Hello Kitty Secret Garden)

Gulliver’s Theme Parks

LEGOLAND Windsor (DUPLO Valley)

Paultons Park (Peppa Pig World)

Pettits Animal Adventure Park

Sundown Adventureland

Best Theme Park for Thrills

Adventure Island

Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Drayton Manor

Fantasy Island

Flamingo Land

Oakwood Theme Park

Thorpe Park

Best New Attraction

Al’s Auto Academy (Paultons Park)

Black Mirror Labyrinth (Thorpe Park)

Croc Drop (Chessington World of Adventures)

Cyclonator (Paultons Park)

Flight of the Sky Lion (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Gangsta Granny: The Ride (Alton Towers)

Grand Prix Racers (Gulliver’s Valley)

Spinning Racer (Fantasy Island)

Storm Chaser (Paultons Park)

The Retro Squad (Alton Towers)

Best Family Coaster

Accelerator (Drayton Manor)

Dragon’s Fury (Chessington World of Adventures)

Egg-Spress (Pleasurewood Hills)

Flight of the Pterosaur (Paultons Park)

Nickelodeon Streak (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Spinball Whizzer (Alton Towers)

The Dragon (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Treetops (Oakwood Theme Park)

Vampire (Chessington World of Adventures)

Wicker Man (Alton Towers)

Best Classic Coaster

Grand National (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Megafobia (Oakwood Theme Park)

Nemesis (Alton Towers)

Oblivion (Alton Towers)

Roller Coaster (Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach)

Scenic Railway (Dreamland Margate)

Steeplechase (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

The Big Dipper (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

The Big One (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

The Ultimate (Lightwater Valley)

Best Interactive Ride

Duel (Alton Towers)

Fire Academy (LEGOLAND Windsor)

LEGO City Driving School (LEGOLAND Windsor)

LEGO NINJAGO The Ride (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Sheriff’s Showdown (Drayton Manor)

SpongeBob’s Splash Bash (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Red Arrows Skyforce (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Rootin Tootin Target Trail (Pleasurewood Hills)

Tomb Blaster (Chessington World of Adventures)

Ziggy’s Blast Quest (The Milky Way Adventure Park)

Best Live Entertainment

ALIVE! Dinosaur Encounter (Paultons Park)

A Magical Pirate Adventure (Paultons Park)

Hot Ice (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Return to Skeleton Bay (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Pirates of Zanzibar (Flamingo Land)

Puppet Shows at the DUPLO Valley Theatre (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Sea Lion Splash (Pleasurewood Hills)

Sir Algenon’s Time Travelling Starship (Alton Towers)

Team Nick (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

The WIIILD Adventure Show (Chessington World of Adventures)

Best Animal Experience

African Village (West Midland Safari & Leisure Park)

Drayton Manor Zoo (Drayton Manor)

Giraffe Feed (Chessington World of Adventures)

Lemurland (Drusillas Park)

Little Africa (Paultons Park)

Lorikeet Lagoon (Chessington World of Adventures)

Lost River Ride (Flamingo Land)

Tiger Rock (Chessington World of Adventures)

Trail of the Kings (Chessington World of Adventures)

ZUFARI: Ride into Africa (Chessington World of Adventures)

Best Food & Drink

Adventure Island

Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Chessington World of Adventures

Crealy

Drayton Manor

LEGOLAND Windsor

Paultons Park

Thorpe Park

West Midland Safari & Leisure Park

Best Merchandise

Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Chessington World of Adventures

Crealy

Diggerland

Drayton Manor

Flamingo Land

LEGOLAND Windsor

Paultons Park

Thorpe Park

Best New Event

Adventure Cove Beach Party (Drayton Manor)

Coaster Cabana (Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach)

Fairground Frights (Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach)

Mardi Gras (Alton Towers)

Oktoberfest (Alton Towers)

Oktoberfest (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Oktoberfest (Thorpe Park)

ParkVibes (Thorpe Park)

Spring Beats (Oakwood Theme Park)

Wilderfest (Chessington World of Adventures)

Best Halloween Event

Brick or Treat (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Fairground Frights (Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach)

Fear Island (Fantasy Island)

Fright Fantastic (Adventure Island)

Fright Nights (Thorpe Park)

Happy Halloween (Paultons Park)

Howl’o’ween (Chessington World of Adventures)

Pleasurewood Chills (Pleasurewood Hills)

Scarefest (Alton Towers)

Xtreme Scream Park (Twinlakes)

Best Social Media Engagement

Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Chessington World of Adventures

Drayton Manor

Fantasy Island

Flamingo Land

LEGOLAND Windsor

Paultons Park

Pleasurewood Hills

Thorpe Park

Best Customer Service

Adventure Island

Alton Towers

Chessington World of Adventures

Crealy

Drayton Manor

LEGOLAND Windsor

Paultons Park

Pleasurewood Hills

Sundown Adventureland

Thorpe Park

Best Value

Adventure Island

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Crealy

Diggerland

Drayton Manor

Fantasy Island

Flamingo Land

Lightwater Valley

Oakwood Theme Park

Paultons Park

Blogger of the Year

Coaster Bot

Coasters on the Coast

Cupcakes & Coasters

Diary of a RollerCoaster Girl

Ginger Freckled Girl

Lift Hills and Thrills

Parks, Scares & Glitter

Theme Park Guide

Theme Park Insanity

Thrill Nation

YouTuber of the Year

Coaster Bot

Coaster Crazy

CoasterGen

DigitalDan

ParkSpill

Pleasure Beach Experience

ScrewyLoops

TheJackSilkstone

Theme Park Worldwide

Top Thrill Tourists

Instagrammer of the Year

Attraction Source

Cupcakes & Coasters

First Drop Photography

Roller Coaster Rachel

Rollercoasting Daily

Skyline Coasters

Tatts & Coasters

Thrill Riders

Thrill Rides Photography

TPI Photography