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5 of the best Blackpool pubs near Pleasure Beach and the seaside

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From The Spen Dyke to Half Way House, here are the best watering holes to visit near the beach

There are pubs a short distance from the Pleasure Beach and seafront in Blackpool
There are pubs a short distance from the Pleasure Beach and seafront in Blackpool (Image: Unsplash)

With pubs set to reopen indoors on May 17, it’s time to start thinking about getting a tipple in again. No longer are you at the mercy of the elements, as groups of up to six people will be allowed to enjoy drinks and food inside again.

There are a great selection of boozers on offer in Blackpool, with each offering its own quintessential charm.

Whether it’s a good pint you seek, or a cosy place with great food, this seaside resort has everything you need.

Here’s a selection of five of the best to while away a sunny day in the town.

The Spen Dyke

Situated on Lytham Road, just a stone’s throw from Pleasure Beach, The Spen Dyke is perfectly located for a few pints after a ride on the rollercoaster (if you’re brave enough). With outdoor and indoor seating available, this is also a great bar if the weather holds up.

They serve tapas (perfect for a snack while downing some bevvies) as well as burgers, and a generous Sunday roast menu on – you guessed it – Sundays.

Farmers Arms

Owned by Greene King, the Farmers Arms is just down the road from the Spen Dyke. Offering your usual selection of affordable grub, this pub is ideal for a day out by the seaside.

Situated in a very residential-style building, this bar offers a quirky charm to while away those sunny days (hopefully) in Blackpool.

Half Way House

A bit further out, but still within walking distance to the seaside – Blackpool’s Half Way House has everything you could ask for in an English boozer. Part of the Joseph Holy pub chain, this bar boasts a pizza menu, as well as your more traditional pub offering.

Situated on St Anne’s Road, the Half Way House is located right beside Blackpool Airport for those travelling from further afield and in need of a quick top-up.

The Velvet Coaster

Yes, it is a Wetherspoon’s – but you can’t beat this particular boozer for location, or name. The Velvet Coaster is named after the famous ride that was introduced to the Pleasure Beach in the early 1990s, and this building exists as a tribute to that particular attraction.

With the kind of spacious interior typically found in JD Wetherspoon boozers, there’s room for all the family in this one.

The Velvet Coaster in Blackpool
The Velvet Coaster in Blackpool (Image: Google)

The Dutton Arms

Centrally located, and showing live sport, The Dutton Arms offers everything you could want for a sunny day out in Blackpool. Only minutes away from both Pleasure Beach, and the beach itself, you can’t beat this watering hole for location.

With a full food and breakfast menu on offer, this is the perfect spot for any time of the day.

 

 

Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach’s Hot Ice returns with new ‘Euphoria’ show

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Hot Ice is described as “a dream that is brought to life by the stunning lighting that reflects the mood and magnificence of each scene”.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach's Hot Ice Show
Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Hot Ice Show (Image: Blackpool Pleasure Beach’)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Hot Ice show has announced it is set to return with a new show called Euphoria.

The show, which is the world’s longest running ice show, opens for the summer season on July 8 and runs until September 11 2021

This year’s show features everything that is hot in ice skating with the very best performers from around the world taking to the ice in over 400 stunning costumes to a collection of mesmerising music, state-of-the-art lighting system and explosive pyrotechnic fire effects.

This years’ new production ‘Euphoria’ has been described as a ‘fast-moving live performance’, which promises to keep the audience sitting on the edge of their seats.

Hot Ice is described as “a dream that is brought to life by the stunning lighting that reflects the mood and magnificence of each scene”.

Amanda Thompson OBE has been both producer and director of the Hot Ice Show for over 20 years.

In 2005 she also took over as managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and has managed to successfully combine the two major and demanding roles.

The show is choreographed by Oula Jaaskelainen, a former Olympic athlete and Hot Ice cast member, who creates excitement by encouraging the performers to skate at high speeds with intricate footwork and spine-tingling jumps.

Created by the talented Pleasure Beach Wardrobe Team, the show’s breath-taking costumes are some of the best to see anywhere in the theatre world.

One of the world-class Skaters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach's Hot Ice Show
One of the world-class Skaters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Hot Ice Show (Image: Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Hot Ice has always boasted some of the world’s best skaters with numerous national, world and Olympic champions performing at the event since its inception.

Anyone purchasing tickets in May for shows between July 9 and 23 can get a discount on all seats, excluding standing, on either evening or matinee shows.

Evening shows get £5 off with the code EVENING5OFF and matinee shows get £2 off with the code MATINEE2OFF.

Anyone booking tickets in May for performances on selected dates in July can also get a great money off deal.

 

What’s a trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach like after lockdown?

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Children from the age of six need to wear a mask on most rides (Image: Emma Gill / Manchester Evening News)

After what feels like an eternity in lockdown, a trip to the theme park is perhaps a daunting prospect for most.

Purposely mixing with lots of different households and touching bars and handles used by thousands of people in the same day is a far cry from the stay at home mantra we’ve become accustomed to.

But with outdoor attractions finally reopening while the school holidays are still in full swing, it was an exciting prospect too – to finally experience the thrills of the rides and seaside once again.

The queue that greeted us at the entrance to Blackpool Pleasure Beach was far from thrilling though, as we arrived on the morning of the grand reopening to find people weaving through the car park and stretching along the front as far as Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

We needn’t have worried though. As soon as the gates opened at 11am we got moving and were getting on our first ride by 10 past. I’ve never known a queue that long to move so fast.

Helped by visitors having to book eTickets in advance, we simply had to zap the bar code on the machine to get in – we had ours on a mobile phone, but you can print it out too if you’d rather.

You need the bar code for getting on rides too, as it’s replaced the wristband system, so if your battery life on your phone isn’t too great – or you want to save it for all those photos you’ll be taking – then a print out would be best.

Once inside and the hundreds of people who’d formed the queue outside quickly dispersed across the park, leaving many rides with no queues at all.

In fact we rarely queued for more than 10 or 15 minutes for any ride, including the most popular ones like Icon and the Big One, both of which we got on twice.

Signs on the floors to keep people apart while queuing (Image: Emma Gill / Manchester Evening News)

To help with Covid restrictions such as social distancing, the park – which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year – is operating at 30 to 50% of normal capacity, which explains why it’s pretty quiet whilst walking around.

There are one way systems and keep left signs in place to help keep groups apart and boards and screens have been installed in some of the queues to help with that separation.

‘Stand behind the yellow line’ signs on the floor remind people to stay apart too and while not everyone follows the rules, the majority seemed to oblige.

Nickelodeon Streak at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Emma Gill / Manchester Evening News)

Mask wearing is required indoors and on most rides, even for younger children from the age of six, and while that’s a obviously a good thing for safety, it makes it difficult to see if they’re enjoying the ride or not. It was left to my son’s frown and uncharacteristic silence to indicate he wasn’t feeling too comfortable as we ascended the Big One.

Keeping your mask in place on the way down is another matter but while mine slipped below my nose, I managed to keep it over my mouth and my children’s masks didn’t budge.

The hardest thing is making sure nobody loses theirs with all the taking on and off throughout the day and there was at least one occasion we were backtracking to find a lost mask which ended up being in my son’s pocket.

Rides are being regularly cleaned (Image: Emma Gill / Manchester Evening News)

The distancing measures means empty seats are left on rides too, so if you’re in a group of three like we were, one of you isn’t plonked alongside a stranger, and on some of the rides entire rows are left empty.

With the extra cleaning measures in place, sometimes pausing rides so every seat and handle bar can be wiped down, it’s easy to see why visitor numbers have to be reduced – but it’s a reassuring sight for the smaller crowds who do attend.

Food and drink stalls are back in business too and while there’s no indoor eating allowed yet, additional outdoor seating has been arranged around the park.

There’s a new online food ordering system in place, letting you purchase food for a contact-less service, or you can just turn up and buy, like we did at the Burger King inside the park, which is operating with a limited but pretty extensive menu and has its own distancing and sanitising measures in place.

Distancing measures inside Burger King at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Emma Gill / Manchester Evening News)

Park staff, who were visible across the site, are temperature tested daily and equipped with the appropriate PPE. Most seemed genuinely pleased to be back at work. With the exception of one cleaner in the toilets that is, who told me she was counting down to her 6.30 finish – and who can blame her.

It’s probably a shock to the system getting back to work after months at home and there are changes we’re all having to adapt to as the country eases out of lockdown.

If you’d have asked me a year ago whether I’d enjoy a theme park visit while wearing a mask on every ride, I probably would have said no.

The queue for the Big One was less than 15 minutes (Image: Emma Gill / Manchester Evening News)

But they’ve become part of our lives and it’s a small price to pay for some normality – indeed some actual fun – in these strange times.

In many ways, with less crowds and fewer queues, it’s a better experience than it was before. And when you do need the loo whilst out and about, at least you know there’s more chance of it being clean, even if it is rather reluctantly.

Tickets for Blackpool Pleasure Beach cost £30 for 11 years and under and £35 for ages 12 and over. Book online here.

How Blackpool Pleasure Beach has changed over the last 125 years

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach will open its gates on Monday – here’s a look back at the theme park over the years


How Blackpool Pleasure Beach has changed over the last 125 years (Image: Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo)

Interest in theme parks has surged online by 65 per cent in the past three months amid the third national lockdown – showing that people are eager to get back to the thrill of rides.

One renowned north west attraction that’s been sorely missed is Blackpool Pleasure Beach, with its fun of the fair and its host of entertainment and interaction experiences.

It’s set to reopen its gates on Monday, April 12 after outdoor attractions were given the green light to welcome back visitors as part of Step Two in the roadmap.

And while it’ll be a big day for Pleasure Beach, it will also be celebrating its 125th anniversary.

A lot has changed at the theme park over the years, and there are even more new experiences launching in 2021, reports LancsLive.

This includes Walk the Woodie, which is an escorted, guided walk of the track and lift hills of one of the park’s classic wooden roller coasters.

Skipping ahead to autumn, there will be a new ‘it’s Friday night’ event, which will see the park open from 4.30pm-9.30pm.

While the hub is also a new centre for park entertainment located in the middle of the grounds near the fountains, which will also welcome Oktoberfest in September.

To allow visitors next week, the amusement park has put in place a number of robust Covid-secure measures, such as limiting the number of guests, compulsory masks and temperature checks.

Here, our sister site LancsLive takes a look at the iconic history of the family-owned Pleasure Beach and its 125 seasons.

Vision of an American-style theme park

1890 – 1910

Alderman William George Bean founded Pleasure Beach in 1896 after being inspired to build an American-style amusement park.

He had ambitious plans to build a world-renowned attraction “to make adults feel like children again”.

In conjunction with partner John Outhwaite, A.W.G. Bean bought a 42-acre plot of land where the park still stands today.

The local businessman travelled extensively to bring new rides and ideas to Pleasure Beach.

He introduced the Hotchkiss Bicycle Railroad to the site in July 1896 and Sir Hiram Maxim’s Flying Machines and Noah’s Ark – which still stand today.

The Infamous Flying Machines are not only one of the oldest continuously working machines in the Blackpool Pleasure Beach but also in Europe.

125 years later A.W.G. Bean’s Creation has brought joy to millions of visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

Still thriving through the first World War

1910 – 1930

31st March 1936: Men painting the pleasure boats at Blackpool Boating Lake, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire, in preparation for the Easter holiday visitors

The outbreak of the first world war saw Pleasure Beach face many challenges.

The exporting of rides from the United States eventually ground to a halt and investment in the park stopped as a result of this and the mounting difficulties faced.

Always resilient through hard times however, Blackpool found a way to overcome problems.

Against the odds and due its unwavering popularity, the amusement park’s profits soared and it became one of the most prolific employers in the North West.

Escapism from war and handing down of the business

1930 – 1950

13th September 1939: Young evacuees from Manchester and Salford enjoying themselves on the aeroplane ride pretending to bomb Berlin, at Blackpool pleasure beach

Throughout the war years, Pleasure Beach remained open all year round.

Thousands of servicemen, evacuees and a wider population would come through its gates to briefly escape the burden of the world war around them.

So much so, signs around the park were written in Polish due to the number of Polish air force bases around the town at that time.

Once again, despite the turmoils of the external environment, this proved a great time of development for the park which started with the opening of Noah’s Ark and The Virginia Reel.

1923 also saw the introduction of a fast and modern ride like no other in the park. This was the Big Dipper which still operates today.

At the end of this prosperous decade for the theme park, W. G. Bean died in 1929. This is when Blackpool’s most well-established attraction was passed on to his son-in-law, Leonard Thompson.

Disney Inspiration and influx of rides

1950 -1960

Walt Disney himself came over to pay a visit (Image: Publicity Picture)

The company saw continued success under Thompson when there was an intensive period of development, including the building of the then modernistic Casino Building.

Inspired by Walt Disney’s penultimate amusement park, ‘Disneyland’, Leonard concentrated on introducing several groundbreaking rides including The Rollercoaster, The Pleasure Beach Express and the world-famous, twin-tracked coaster, The Grand National.

Returning the compliment, the Pleasure Beach became so world-renowned that Walt Disney himself came over to pay a visit.

The entrepreneur and animator came over to see it for himself and stated that he liked the fact it was a family park and that it was “a higher class of resort”.

This resulted in him granting permission for the company to use Alice in Wonderland as inspiration for a ride.

The second world war had seen a temporary holt in terms of the rides and attractions development however it soon saw a return to prominence with the opening of the highly regarded Wild Mouse wooden rollercoaster in 1958.

This was then followed by The Derby Racer in 1959 which carousel has 56 horses, each one hand-carved at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Britain’s first commercial monorail and influx of popular rides

1960- 1970

During the 1960s, Britain’s first commercial Monorail was built along here with an explosion of new popular rides including the Monster, the Astro Swirl and the world’s longest Log Flume.

Visitors were also wowed by an enchanting trip through the Looking Glass on Alice in Wonderland; the Grand Prix and the popular Tea Cup ride .

Europe’s first 360-degree looping coaster and the UK’s only bobsleigh ride

1970- 1990

Geoffrey Thompson became Managing Director in 1976 and added several exciting and iconic rides to the pleasure beach.

These include the Steeplechase, opened by the racehorse Red Rum in 1977., then two years later, Europe’s first 360-degree looping coaster, the Revolution, which received huge acclaim.

This time also saw the introduction of the infamous The Big One – the tallest, fastest rollercoaster in the world at the time of its creation and the Avalanche – the UK’s only bobsleigh ride.

This remains the only bobsleigh rollercoaster in the country and in the year the British bobsleigh team were competing in the Winter Olympics, 1988, Avalanche opened and carried over one million passengers during the first year.

The world’s tallest, fastest rollercoaster

1990-2000

(Image: Graham Young)

In 1994 the Pepsi Max Big One opened at 235ft tall, meaning it was the world’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster of its time.

This was part of Geoffrey Thompson’s great legacy after he invested £12m in the gigantic ride.

The Big One changed the skyline of Blackpool’s seafront forever and attracted roller coaster superfans from all over the world.

Another UK first was also established around this time, the £2 million Ice Blast, which catapults riders 210 feet vertically into the air.

Expansion

2000-2020

Millions continued to be invested in the Pleasure Beach from the 2000s and beyond.

Over £3m was invested in new rides, enhancements and attractions.

The notorious Valhalla ride opened in 2000 after a massive £15m investment, the biggest amount up until that point.

This thrilling new ride was hailed as the biggest, most spectacular dark ride ever to be constructed by mankind.

The Big Blue Hotel opened its doors in 2002 offering luxury accommodation which also saw the 100th birthday of Chairman, Mrs L.D. Thompson. The 157-bedroom hotel has now established itself as one of the most popular hotels in Blackpool.

Sadly in 2004 Mrs L.D. Thompson M.B.E. J.P. and Geoffrey Thompson O.B.E. passed away and the company was passed to the Managing Director.

Amanda Thompson re-themed and refurbished the park and there has since been the introduction of Infusion – the world’s first rollercoaster suspended entirely over water, Nickelodeon Land, Red Arrows Skyforce and ICON – the UK’s first double launch rollercoaster costing £16.25m.

In 2019, the £12m Boulevard Hotel opened with 120 stylish rooms with views of the seafront or park, a 90-seat restaurant and state-of-the-art conference facilities.

The future and beyond

2021

Now the team at Blackpool Pleasure Beach is hard at work in order to re-open the gates on April 12 after a tumultuous 12 months.

Staff have used lockdown as an opportunity to improve and enhance visitor experiences for its well-loved guests down to replacing rollercoasters wheels and old pieces of track.

They have also implemented, and will maintain, a new unprecedented and enhanced deep cleaning regime to keep visitors Covid safe.

 

Blackpool-themed children’s toy launches as creator offers free handouts to schools

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Due its educational purposes, Hippo Mat is looking to give away as many mats as it can to deserving schools and organisations for free

Blackpool-themed children's road mat launched by Hippo Mat
Blackpool-themed children’s road mat launched by Hippo Mat (Image: Hippo Mat)

A new Blackpool-themed educational toy for children designed by a local artist has just been launched and is unlike any of its kind.

Creators Hippo Mat, based in Brighton, employed the services of Blackpool’s Billie Franks to design a children’s road mat which includes many unique landmarks and road safety features.

Children in the town can now let their imaginations run free where they can visit the famous Blackpool Tower, stroll peacefully through Stanley Park or pay a visit to the animals at Blackpool zoo.

Hippo Mat is in the process of creating children’s road maps for 62 locations around the UK.

The fun maps are not made to 100% scale however landmarks are accurate in terms of where they are in relation to each other.

Hippo Mat Director Marcos said: “Each artist is from that location so our Blackpool artist is Billie Franks from Blackpool.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach on Hippo Mat's road mat
Blackpool Pleasure Beach on Hippo Mat’s road mat (Image: Hippo Mat)

“I’m a driving instructor normally so that’s why it’s so imperative it has to have the road signs and road paint!

“The idea came about literally on a driving lesson when a learner and I were reminiscing of childhood.”

“Local Geography is part of the KS1 Curriculum so our products are definitely more educational than generic car play mats for that reason.

Coral Island on Hippo Mat's road mat
Coral Island on Hippo Mat’s road mat (Image: Hippo Mat)

Due its educational purposes, Hippo Mat is looking to give away as many mats as it can to deserving schools and organisations for free.

So far the toy maker has emailed 15 Blackpool schools and organisations however have not had a response.

The mats are also available to buy from the company’s website.

To find out more about Hippo Mat’s products, please visit the website here.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach eyes doomed hotel site for new long-stay car park

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The Argosy Hotel on Balmoral Road, near the theme park, has been earmarked for demolition

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is applying for permission to build a new car park on the site of a former hotel.

The popular theme park is looking to build a 32-space long stay car park on land at 30 Balmoral Road and 31-33 Osborne Road.

According to planning documents, the car park would be created following the demolition of the existing buildings at the site, which include the Argosy Hotel – which is currently lying empty.

The hotel, along with two residential dwellinga on Osborne Road, have already been earmarked for demolition – but this has not started yet.

A planning application has been submitted to Blackpool Council, showing the company’s intention to use the new car park for staff purposes if it is approved.

Access to the site would be gained from Osborne Road.

Comments can be submitted in favour of, or against the development until later this month. A decision is expected at the end of next month.

To view the application visit Blackpool Council’s planning applications page.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach opens new coffee shop dedicated to founder

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The Great-Grand-daughter of founder WG Bean, Amanda Thompson OBE, personally oversaw the design of the new coffee shop

The new WG Bean's coffee shop faces out onto Balmoral Road, close to Blackpool’s famous Promenade, and has seating for over 80 customers across two floors.
The new WG Bean’s coffee shop faces out onto Balmoral Road, close to Blackpool’s famous Promenade, and has seating for over 80 customers across two floors. (Image: Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

To celebrate its 125th anniversary year, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has opened a new coffee shop that has links to the very beginnings of the world-famous amusement park.

WG Bean’s is named after Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s founder, WG Bean, and is located at the front of the iconic Casino Building, close to the park’s main entrance.

The coffee shop is open now and will be serving freshly ground coffee and snacks every day throughout the 2021 season.

The building faces out onto Balmoral Road, close to Blackpool’s famous Promenade, and has seating for over 80 customers across two floors.

As well as freshly brewed coffees, teas and refreshing drinks, WG Bean’s will also serve delicious sandwiches and sweet treats.

WG Bean founded Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 1896 and is the Great-Grandfather of current Managing Director, Amanda Thompson OBE.

Amanda personally oversaw the design of the new coffee shop and has been instrumental in developing the venue’s unique style.

Amanda said: “At Blackpool Pleasure Beach we are always looking to the future but at the same time we celebrate our heritage.

“This new venue gives us the opportunity to create a beautiful space which also pays tribute to the fabulous history of the park and the vision of my great-grandfather William George Bean.”

Atkinsons Archetype Espresso blend served at WG Bean's coffee shop in Blackpool Pleasure BeachAtkinsons Archetype Espresso blend served at WG Bean’s coffee shop in Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

WG Bean’s brews Atkinsons Archetype Espresso blend, which aims to be all about big body, dark chocolate and caramel flavours, with a medium to low acidity.

Atkinsons was founded as another family business in Lancaster in 1837 and work with cafes, bars and restaurants across the North West and the UK.

WG Bean’s is currently open for takeaway only and is COVID safe in line with Government guidelines.

The new establishment also meets all of VisitBritain’s Good To Go certifications.

If the Government roadmap out of lockdown continues as scheduled, WG Bean’s will welcome guests to sit in and enjoy refreshments from Monday 17th May.

Once WG Beans can accommodate customers, it’s the ideal place to relax or work, with views across Blackpool Promenade and out to sea.

To launch the new venue, all customers purchasing a hot drink will receive 50% off any cake or breakfast roll. This offer is valid until 30 June 2021.

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby enjoys fun and thrills of Blackpool

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby has had a rollercoaster ride since joining the cobbles last year but took some time out of filming to enjoy fun and thrills by the sea at Blackpool Pleasure Beach for her 23rd birthday.

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson
Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Wigan born Harriet, who plays Summer Spellman in the soap and is represented by Blackpool agent Jess Bell of Red Door Management, visited the tourist trap, which is celebrating its 125th season with friends.

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby riding Icon on a day out at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby riding Icon on a day out at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby ,who plays Summer Spellman in the iconic Soap, celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby ,who plays Summer Spellman in the iconic Soap, celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby and friends celebrate her 23rd birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby and friends celebrate her 23rd birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Wigan born actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Wigan born actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Riding the waves of the Rugrats log flume in Nickelodeon Land Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby and friends celebrate her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Riding the waves of the Rugrats log flume in Nickelodeon Land Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby and friends celebrate her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her 23rd birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her 23rd birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

 

Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach breaks down near the top forcing people to climb down

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The iconic rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach was evacuated by staff this afternoon

Theme park visitors were forced to climb down from the top of an iconic rollercoaster after it broke down this afternoon.

Adrenaline junkies were left stranded high up The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Park staff were forced to scale the rollercoaster before tentatively guiding nervous visitors to safety by making them walk down.

LancsLive has contacted Blackpool Pleasure Beach for further information.

Images of the rescue have been shared on social media.

One person said: “OMG. Big one stopped right at top today 12ish and the staff had to walk every one down safely. Well done

“Think I would have been really scared. Then it was sent round the track empty a few times then we walked home bit of excitement. All worked out ok.”

The Big One broke down near the top
The Big One broke down near the top

Another commented: “My brother’s in Blackpool and just sent a video of people stuck at the top of the Big One and having to walk down to get off it. I’d be welded to my seat. They’d have to get me out with a crane.”

A third person said: “Walking people down the Big One in Blackpool. At least they will get their steps done today.”

Another added: “Can you Imagine if I was stuck on the big one, I think I’d be screaming.”

When the £12m ride, formerly known as the Pepsi Max, opened in 1994, it was the tallest and steepest roller coaster in the world.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach reopened on April 12 as part of the easing of lockdown measures.