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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.”

 

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

Theme-park lovers set for Blackpool Pleasure Beach wedding which took only a week to plan

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Rollercoaster enthusiasts Emma and Shane planned their dream theme park at a spot that was sentimental to them both

 

Theme park enthusiast couple Emma and Shane during their pre-wedding photoshoot at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Theme park enthusiast couple Emma and Shane during their pre-wedding photoshoot at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Somerside Photography)

A Blackpool couple with a love of theme parks are set to marry in a unique ceremony at the Pleasure Beach early next month.

Emma, 27, and Shane, 28, who run the YouTube channel ‘Gotta Go Orlando’, both work in the tourism industry and met each other four years ago.

The couple, who had their first date at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2017, have decided they wanted to take things back to where it all started.

The couple have each got their own sentimental links to the theme park as Shane and his father worked there for many years and it was a holiday destination for Emma who had moved to Orlando during her childhood.

Left: Emma and Shane on their first date at the Pleasure Beach Right: Emma and Shane during pre-wedding photoshoot
Left: Emma and Shane on their first date at the Pleasure Beach Right: Emma and Shane during pre-wedding photoshoot (Image: Somerside Photography)

It was only a month and half ago when the pair decided to go ahead with the Pleasure Beach wedding and their plans are well underway.

Emma said: “We are so excited, so excited.

“We had been planning our wedding for so long but obviously with everything going on with the restrictions it’s just been very all over but we’re so excited now.

“We want to move together now as man and wife, we don’t want to wait any longer and we’re just excited to be together now.”

Emma and Shane pictured in front of Revolution ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Emma and Shane pictured in front of Revolution ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Somerside Photography)

Since becoming a couple, the theme park enthusiasts have started their own YouTube channel Gotta Go Orlando to share their journey and plans of moving from Blackpool back to Emma’s childhood home in Orlando. They will be vlogging their wedding for their subscribers.

They hope to have a private and intimate ceremony with Emma, Shane and parents but once the vows are done, the happy couple will be venturing around the park in their wedding finery to spend the rest of the big day on the roller coasters.

Unlike many traditional wedding ceremonies, Emma, Shane and their guests won’t be having a set dinner menu but will be enjoying the foods available to them at the park.

Emma and Shane pictured at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during pre-wedding photoshoot
Emma and Shane pictured at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during pre-wedding photoshoot

Planning for this wedding has been a whirlwind of a journey as the couple managed to plan it all in a little as a week and it didn’t take Emma much time to find her dress.

She said: “I walked straight into the dress shop and it was a brand new dress.

“It was my size, it was the only one they had in and no one had even tried it on yet.

“I walked out with it that day and it wasn’t even 24 hours of us deciding that we were doing it.”

A traditional Blackpool horse and carriage will be there on the day to take Emma to the venue while fiance Shane will be arriving in a movie magic car from the Disney movie Wind in the Willows.

Whilst singing and dancing is not allowed at weddings due to current Covid restrictions, Emma and Shane hope to have a “unique” first dance that adheres to the rules whilst enjoying their time at Blackpool. But they will only reveal these details on the day.

A day at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and a verdict on rules, restrictions, queues and more

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Restrictions are in place around the whole park but queues are still packed with people excited to get on rides

 

Queues for the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Queues for the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: LancsLive)

As the days are now longer and weather is clearer, theme parks are now reopen for all and have visitors have flocking to their favourite parks in their thousands.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, one of the North West’s claims to fame, attracts thousands of visitors each year, but of course, like anything else, recent times have meant things are now a little different due to Covid-19.

This year will be the park’s 125th birthday and here is what visitors can expect on their next trip.

When booking-either in advance or at the door, e-tickets are now available instead of wristbands to minimise the need of physical contact between the parks staff and visitors and work well as a quick way to scan into the park and onto rides seamlessly throughout the day.

E-tickets do however, rely on smart phones to be fully charged and at a brighter setting so they can be scanned which may leave visitors with very little battery life at the end of the day. Consider a portable charger.

Immediately when entering, visitors will find members of staff wearing masks and doing their best to maintain social distancing.

Stand behind the yellow line
Stand behind the yellow line

As the park is outdoors, masks aren’t always required when walking from ride to ride or when eating, however, selected rides do require visitors to wear masks while on the rides.

This may be confusing at times for visitors who don’t know which rides require masks and which don’t, but staff monitoring the rides are always there on hand to remind people when needed.

Sanitising stations are in abundance at the park with a minimum of two for each ride. Others are dotted around at various points of the Pleasure Beach, near toilets and food areas as well as at the park’s entrance and exit.

There are also many signs displayed around the park reminding visitors of the social distancing rules, along pathways and as guides whilst queuing up.

A hand sanitising station at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
A hand sanitising station at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

One way systems are in place in areas of the park making it more of a task than usual to navigate around the park, but with members of staff dotted along pathways, there is always someone to ask for guidance if visitors find themselves struggling to find rides.

Despite the Pleasure Beach’s efforts to encourage social distancing with clear signs and markers, it’s very difficult for those wanting to maintain a distance to do so because of other visitors around the park.

Theme parks are notoriously known for long queuing times and Blackpool Pleasure Beach is no exception, though it doesn’t verge to the lengths you might see somewhere like Alton Towers on this visit.

"Keep left"
“Keep left”

Headline rollercoasters like The Big One and Iconic, attract visitors from all over the nation so it’s no surprise that queuing times in Blackpool can range from anything between 10 minutes to almost an hour for the more popular rides.

It’s also worth noting that queuing time may be lengthened if there are any technical difficulties resulting in a breakdown and resetting of the ride.

While most queues have now been pushed further outdoors to allow for more air flow, visitors may need to be wary as there is very little social distancing in queues and there is a high chance of being less than a metre apart from fellow park visitors.

Even though visitors are likely to spend more than half the time at the park queuing up than going on rides, all thrill seekers will agree that the wait worth is usually worth it.

The Big One, also known as Pepsi Max, is the park’s biggest and fastest ride as well as the UK’s tallest roller coaster reaching up to 235 ft.

It’s no surprise to see the queues stretch further and further out into the park, but looks can be deceiving as the queue for The Big One moves much faster than visitors may anticipate after a first glance of the length.

Waiting for Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Waiting for Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The ride itself is definitely one for the thrill seekers. The excitement and anticipation of the climb up to the 235 ft peak eats away at the passengers, so much so, it’s easy to miss the best view of the park from up there.

No matter how many times visitors of Blackpool Pleasure Beach ride The Big One, the thrill and fun of the ride never gets old.

Icon, the newest ride on the park, is the UK’s first double launch roller coaster with two boosts of speed and as the newest and most modern ride in the park, the queue for Icon is most likely the longest with a waiting of almost an hour.

But the comfort of the headrest along with the design of the ride makes it all the more worth it, not forgetting the thrilling twists and loops along the way.

As the queue extends further down the park, two sanitising stations are available at the end and beginning of the queue for visitors to use before getting on the ride as well as one to use once getting off the ride.

Social distancing in the Icon’s queue still remains a challenge due to it’s popularity enticing visitors to experience the newest ride at the park

Waiting for the Big Dipper at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Waiting for the Big Dipper at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The Big Dipper, one of the oldest rides in the park and famous for its rickety dips and bumps has one of the fastest moving queues in the park with a queuing time of about 10 minutes and 15 minutes during busier moments.

The ride is one to try for traditional roller coaster lovers.

Similar to the Big Dipper with the shortest queueing time is Ice Blast- blink and it’s over.

Because the ride itself is quick, queues are also quick to move so issues with social distancing are far less than on other rides in the park.

Like The Big One, Ice Blast has another one of the best views of the park, that is if you can bare to keep your eyes open after that heart dropping lift to the top.

Another quick, shock to the system ride, is Revolution with a 360 spin forwards and backwards, there really is no preparing yourself for the speed and thrill of this ride.

Queues to Revolution follow up a tall tower of steps and the platform where visitors wait for the carriage is more exposed to the open air than other rides allowing for more ventilation of fresh air whilst waiting for their turn.

Social distancing is slightly better within queue as the steps are wide for people to alternate which side the choose to stand on.

The queue for Revolution at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The queue for Revolution at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Similar to Icon, is Infusion with a queue time of around 35 to 40 minutes.

Full of head banging twists and turns, screams and cheers can definitely be heard from around the park.

As another outdoor queue in the park, visitors aren’t required to wear masks; however it raises questions as to whether they should be allowed to be so close to one another whilst waiting.

Avalanche, with its unique carriages allows two people per seat and is designed like bob sleds with passengers sitting in the laps of the other passenger in the cart making it an uncomfortable one in the park.

Despite the worry of head butting or crushing the friend or family member behind you, Avalanche continues it’s bobsleigh theme with the ride twisting at high speeds around ‘runs’.

The wait for Infusion at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The wait for Infusion at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Visitors may be disappointed to find that the parks popular water ride Valhalla is shut until 2022, although this has been widely reported.

Other than the sanitiser provided at various points in the queue and rides, there is very little evidence of the rides being cleaned in between groups as when one group of passengers exit the ride, the second group jump on immediately after.

A visit to Blackpool Pleasure Beach has always been a fun day out for everyone, regardless of whether or not you enjoy big rides, there are plenty of others to choose from as well as arcades and food places to enjoy too.

Even during difficult times, with guidelines constantly changing, all the measures are put in place to make it a good visit for all but the measures themselves don’t seem to be enough to effectively encourage social distancing.