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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. PROVIDED BY Blackpool Tourist Association (Image: Daily Record)

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

 

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

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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.”

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has got talent: here are all the shows to keep families entertained in the 125th anniversary season

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been thrilling fun seekers with high speed and wild rides for 125 seasons but boss behind the world famous amusement park Amanda Thompson loves to show off talent.

 

The 125th anniversary season is no exception with performers from the world stage back in the spotlight for an action packed summer.

And Amanda Thompson said: “Have we got a line up this summer!

“After months of lockdowns and restrictions, our shows really are a fantastic opportunity to get out with the family.

Hot Ice Euphoria at Blackpool Pleasure Beach ArenaHot Ice Euphoria at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena

“Our performers are so talented and there is something for everyone, from magic and illusions to stunning singing and dance routines from some of the world’s best.

“We can’t wait for the season ahead and to welcome guests, old and new.”

TV personality and stage ventriloquist Paul Zerdin said after a year of highs and lows, he was ecstatic to be back in the home of entertainment with his family of puppets for his new family show.

He will be appearing at the Horseshoe on selected dates until August 28, he said: “It’s just so much fun to be back in Blackpool, I’ve done many seasons now and after such a long time off stage it’s just wonderful to be on stage at all.

Paul Zerdin at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Horseshoe until the end of AugustPaul Zerdin at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Horseshoe until the end of August

“But Blackpool, the Pleasure Beach they are very special.”

From Paul’s vocal wizardry to the magic of Craig Christian and Britain’s Got Talent Elizabeth Best in the Evolution of Magic.

The dazzling duo and their team will present their show until Saturday October 30.

And not forgetting the jewel in the crown at the Pleasure Beach Arena Hot Ice – the world’s longest-running ice show.

Evolution of Magic at the Horseshoe until OctoberEvolution of Magic at the Horseshoe until October

Euphoria opened last month and will run until Saturday September 11 – featuring skating from some of the best performers from across the globe, including four Olympians.

Other exciting shows taking place at Blackpool Pleasure Beach this season include The Gatsby Summer Dinner Show is the perfect evening of glitz and glam. Running every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in August in the Paradise Room

Ken Webster, the Outrageous Comedy Hypnotist who is returning for his 33rd season, Horseshoe Faulty Towers the Dining Experience, and Majesty – A tribute to Queen.

For show timings and tickets bookings.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/shows.

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Valhalla – creators share a few more secrets behind ambitious ‘reimagining’ for 2022 opening

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Spine-tingling imagery created by designers behind the Pleasure Beach’s ‘reimagining’ of  their popular Valhalla ride has been making a splash online.

 

'Where only the bravest dare' creators behind Viking inspired water adventure say thrill seekers can expect the unexpected from revamp

‘Where only the bravest dare’ creators behind Viking inspired water adventure say thrill seekers can expect the unexpected from revamp

The creator behind the exciting ride project, Adam Slevin, shared the latest tease on social media, a chilling skull image, with the water ride’s haunting slogan ‘Where only the bravest dare.’

The latest developments in the project follow a Q&A released on Tik Tok where Adam said thrill seekers could expect a number of surprises in the revamp of the Viking inspired adventure – including physical special effects and a ‘new audio experience.’

Many of its special effects and props, which include wind, ice, and fire, have been replaced or removed in its 20-year history.

The team led by Pleasure Beach boss Amanda Thompson, have so far remained tight-lipped on all the changes for the new experience, which is not expected to make its debut until 2022.

Adam who has helped develop the concept behind the reimagining said: “It’s been great to work with the team, the guys in the model shop, the talent on park and working with Amanda.

“It’s been a real privilege to work on a attraction of such legend.”

One of the top questions amongst fans of the ride – which opened in 2000 and is one of the longest water rides in the world – is how wet they will get, with riders renowned for being left drenched on the final drop.

Adam added: “You will get wet ,you may still get soaked.”

Valhalla was shut in 2019 for the revamp but plans had to be put on hold owing to the pandemic.

The Pleasure Beach Tik Tok account has more than 80,000 subscribers follow at https://www.tiktok.com/@pleasure_beach

Tributes paid as Blackpool Pleasure Beach director Barbara Thompson dies aged 82

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach director Barbara Thompson has died peacefully at her home in Lytham, aged 82.

 

Barbara Thompson (centre) with Judith Chalmers and Pleasure Beach mascots

Barbara Thompson (centre) with Judith Chalmers and Pleasure Beach mascots

Mrs Thompson, who died on Tuesday, began her career working for a firm of solicitors in Blackpool.

Born Barbara Joan Foxcroft in 1939, she married Geoffrey Thompson OBE in 1962. Geoffrey then became managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 1976 and passed away in 2004.

Mrs Thompson leaves three children, Amanda Thompson OBE, Nicholas Thompson and Fiona Gilje, and eight grandchildren.

As an active member of the Lady Taverner’s, Mrs Thompson was a dedicated fundraiser and supported the children’s charity for many years.

Former television presenter Judith Chalmers, a fellow member of the Lady Taverner’s, paid tribute to her friend, saying: “Barbara and the family made everyone so welcome whenever the Lady Taverner’s visited the Pleasure Beach.

“She would always have a big smile on her face and everyone would have a great time. The Pleasure Beach had that family feel, and that was down to Barbara.

“The Taverner’s would bring children for a day out, and I remember the buses were lined up on the road and the children could not wait to get out and go on the rides.”

A Pleasure Beach spokesperson said: “Following her husband’s death in 2004, Barbara remained an active and much-loved member of the Blackpool Pleasure Beach family.

“She will be greatly missed by everyone at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and within the attractions industry worldwide.”

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach protestor scaled The Big One over his ‘homelessness plight’ and he plans to climb Blackpool Tower as well

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A man climbed Britain’s tallest roller coaster as a protest about his ‘homelessness’ plight.

 

A court heard how David Little scaled The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and was remanded in custody after he threatened to climb up Blackpool Tower.

Little, 49, originally from Scotland but has lived in the town for 29 years, admitted causing a public nuisance on Monday (July 5) at around 7.30pm.

The court heard how he had caused emergency services to attend, hindered the public and forced Pleasure Beach bosses to bring in a specialist safety team to check the 213ft tall ride before it could be put into operation again.

The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure BeachThe Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

District Judge Jane Goodwin, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court, asked the Crown Prosecution Service to produce a full break down of the financial cost of Little’s action.

She had already been told how it cost the fire service £2,000 to attend the incident and that three out of the four fire engines on duty across the Fylde coast had to be drafted in.

The police and Blackpool Pleasure Beach have yet to submit reports on their financial impact.

The court heard that Little did not realise he had put himself in danger and had planned his climb for three weeks.

In a statement to police, he said he was also planning to climbing the town’s iconic Blackpool Tower because he was fed up of having no home.

Steven Duffy, defending, said that Little, currently of no fixed address, had lived in Blackpool for nearly three decades and had been homeless for the past seven months.

Mr Duffy said: “He has worked on the sea defences in Blackpool and worked on the tram tracks and after 29 years considers himself a local who should get local help. All he has been offered is a hostel in Preston.

“He feels estranged by the local authority.”

The judge adjourned sentence pending the financial impact statements and a probation report on Little and warned him she may send him to be sentenced at Crown Court.

Remanding him, Judge Goodwin said: “If I was to bail you there is a risk of re-offending and I have heard how you intend to climb another building.”

Man arrested after climbing up Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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The Promenade was shut as emergency services responded

Police and firefighters were called after the man scaled the Big One
Police and firefighters were called after the man scaled the Big One (Image: Insider Blackpool)

A man who climbed up the Big One rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been arrested.

The incident sparked a large emergency services response with police, firefighters and paramedics called to the scene at 7.50pm last night (July 5).

The Promenade was also shut.

Pictures posted on social media appeared to show the offender sitting on the Big One track above the Promenade before moving onto the steps.

Lancashire Constabulary said the man came down voluntarily after 20 minutes before being arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance.

He remains in custody today for questioning.

No injuries were reported.

He was seen to be lying down on the steps next to the tracks
He was seen to be lying down on the steps next to the tracks (Image: Steve Low)

A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary told LancsLive: “We were called around 7.50pm yesterday (Monday, July 5) to a report of a concern for safety in Blackpool.

“A man had climbed part of the Big One rollercoaster at the Pleasure Beach in Ocean Boulevard.

“Emergency services attended with the Promenade closed.

“The man came down on his own and was later arrested.

“A 49-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance and is in custody.”