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Motorhome goes up in flames in Blackpool caravan park

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Two fire engines from Blackpool and St Annes had to be called last night after a motorhome caught on fire.

 

The fire happened on Cropper Road last night

The fire happened on Cropper Road last night

Firefighters were called to the motorhome on Cropper Road, where the Blackpool South Caravan and Motorhome Club campsite is located, at 7.49pm. They used two hose reels and four breathing apparatus to extinguish the flames.

Nobody was injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, though a Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said police were not involved.

 

Haven’s Carla Gran holiday park in Fleetwood granted extension to open until end of November

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The Haven Cala Gran Holiday Park in Fleetwood will be able to stay open until the end of November this year.

 

The holiday park of Fleetwood Road, a brand of Bourne Leisure Group, submitted proposals in June for it to extend the holiday season.

Normally the park would close at the latest on November 8, a decision that was made by town hall officials back in 1988.

However bosses for the holiday park company said that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a need to open the park to ‘benefit the local community.

Cala Gran Holiday Park in FleetwoodCala Gran Holiday Park in Fleetwood

In the application sent to Wyre Council officials, it says: “This application seeks to facilitate the opening of the park until November 30 this year. The mandated closure of tourism, retail and leisure businesses across the UK has had a stark impact, particularly upon communities that are heavily reliant on visitors to support the local economy.

“Provided that the necessary restriction are lifted, Bourne would like to open Cala Gran Holiday Park to guests for longer this year.

“This extension to the holiday season will have direct and important benefits for the local economy through the provision of jobs for the local community and through spending in Wyre.”

The plans were approved by Fylde Council and a temporary relaxation of the regulations are now in place, however the closing date will return to November 8 for next year.

Blackpool caravan giving families with autism a fully funded holiday

LancsLive - Latest news, sport, business and more from Lancashire“I can’t wait for other families to experience the break away! We feel so lucky to have such a wonderful organisation to support us.”

The A World UK is providing a fully-funded caravan for those with an autism diagnosis

The A World UK is providing a fully-funded caravan for those with an autism diagnosis (Image: The A World UK)

A non-profit community interest company is offering families living with autism a fully-funded caravan holiday.

And on Friday last week (May 21) the first family arrived to enjoy their holiday at the caravan at Haven, Marton Mere in Blackpool.

The breakaway gave them an opportunity to interact, bond and fully recharge courtesy of The A World UK CIC.

Founded in November 2019, the CIC raises money through their eight community shops in Bury, Burnley, Salford, Tameside, Rochdale and Wigan.

The money is invested to provide activities such as therapeutic horse-riding sessions for people with autism.

Brad Thorpe, Managing Director, said: “Our aim has always been to be an advocate for autism and we are continuously thinking of ways we can expand our services.

“That’s why we are really excited to be able to provide these fantastic experiences for families who are affected by autism.”

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The living area of the caravan at Haven, Martin Mere, Blackpool (Image: The A World UK)

The coronavirus pandemic severely restricted the services The A World could provide and the CIC took the opportunity to think of another way they can provide support for the community.

This encouraged the CIC to purchase the caravan at the Haven site near Marton Mare, Blackpool in the hope the trips will provide families the time to step away from everyday life, having a positive effect for the entire family.

Adam Howell, Managing Director, added: “We believe that the change of scenery and break from everyday life is a great way to strengthen relationships and has benefits for the whole family.

“The park has a range of activities and facilities that the whole family can enjoy and make cherished memories together.”

The A World UK is providing a fully-funded caravan for those with an autism diagnosis

The A World UK is providing a fully-funded caravan for those with an autism diagnosis (Image: The A World UK)

Facilities at the Haven site include a heated indoor pool, adventure golf, nature walks, multi- sports court and much more

Mum Beth, who was first to stay at the caravan with her family, said: “It’s so hard to find support for your family, especially families who live with autism.

“I came across The A World UK when I took my son Jacob to an autism friendly football session that they were running.

“Things that people would normally take for granted like a weekend break wasn’t even an option for us but thanks to The A World we have been able to have a break.

“The kids got a break from their usual routine and me and Jack were able to relax and not stress about work, appointments, and the usual worries that come with being an Autism parent.

“I can’t wait for other families to experience the break away.

“We feel so lucky to have such a wonderful organisation to support us.”

To help fund these holidays, the CIC still need help with collections of clothes, shoes, bags, toys, games, bric-a-brac, electricals and so much more.

For more information about The A World UK and their services, please visit the website here.

 

Blackpool is back! Resort celebrates biggest unlocking of lockdown yet

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The sun shone on the resort, which today celebrated the biggest unlocking of Covid restrictions yet.

With arcades, pubs, eateries and attractions filled by the sound of chatter and laughter – and the jingling of tills – the excitement was palpable as traders declared: ‘Blackpool is back’.

To mark the big day, a 70m etching of the town’s skyline – including the Tower, Central Pier’s big wheel, and the Big One – was raked into the sand on the beach.

“We are thrilled our tourism businesses can get back to doing what they do best – providing fun and entertainment to millions of people,” tourism chief Coun Gillian Campbell said.

To mark the big day, a 70m etching of the town’s skyline – including the Tower, Central Pier’s big wheel, and the Big One – was raked into the sand on the beachTo mark the big day, a 70m etching of the town’s skyline – including the Tower, Central Pier’s big wheel, and the Big One – was raked into the sand on the beach

“The last 15 months have been incredibly difficult but finally we can tell the world that we are back in business.”

The easing of lockdown measures meant major attractions like the Tower and Circus, Sandcastle Waterpark, Coral Island arcade, Sea Life aquarium, and Madame Tussauds waxworks museum could all reopen for the first time in months ahead of the upcoming bank holiday.

Other indoor venues welcoming visitors once again include Winter Gardens, Funny Girls, Viva, and hundreds of hotels and guest houses – including the new Premier Inn North Pier, built on the site of the burned down Yates’s Wine Lodge in Talbot Square.

Friends Mary Caveney and Maria Farrar at the Winter Gardens
Friends Mary Caveney and Maria Farrar at the Winter Gardens

“We are feeling a range of emotions at the moment but mainly we are all raring to go.”

Tower Circus clowns Mooky and Boo took to the Comedy Carpet this afternoon to practice.

Mooky said: “We’ve been rehearsing for this day since the beginning of the second lockdown and we can’t wait to be entertaining live audiences once again.”

Last month, self-catering accommodation and outdoor hospitality and attractions – including the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Zoo, and the resort’s three piers – were allowed to open.

Jade Benson and Joe Cooper pulling pints in the Brew Room.Jade Benson and Joe Cooper pulling pints in the Brew Room.

The next phase, which would see all remaining restrictions on social contact scrapped, is pencilled in for June 21 – although concern over the Indian variant of coronavirus has cast doubt on that date.

That dark cloud on the horizon didn’t dampen any spirits, though.

Friends Mary Caveney, 69 and Maria Farrar, 68, were among the first few to sit down for a cup of tea and a sandwich in the Winter Gardens.

The pair hadn’t seen each other since before Christmas and were enjoying a catch up.

Three-year-old Jaiden and six-year-old Jasmine at the arcades on Central PierThree-year-old Jaiden and six-year-old Jasmine at the arcades on Central Pier

Maria, of Norbreck Road in Bispham, said: “It’s the first time I have been on the trams in over a year and I am really happy to be out.

“Mary and I haven’t seen each other for quite a while and decided we’d meet today.

“It seems really weird to say it but I have found it quite emotional coming back into Blackpool because it has been so long.

“It’s quite a big deal for me and we had been talking about the Winter Gardens so we have come here especially to have a nice gossip and natter.”

Mary, of Willow Bank Avenue in South Shore, said: “I’m slightly different as I have been out a few times as I can’t stand being cooped up in the house.

“I have been very impressed with how all the businesses have been dealing with the lockdown relaxation so it’s really good to be out.”

The arcades were all open again in BlackpoolThe arcades were all open again in Blackpool

The pair, who have known each other for more than 15 years, have both had their two jabs and feel safer than earlier in the pandemic.

Maria said: “It gives you a sense of security knowing you have the vaccine in you.

“Perhaps it won’t stop me from catching it but it makes me feel like I won’t end up in hospital with it.

“I don’t like wearing my mask at all but I do it out of courtesy and you don’t have to wear it while you are sitting down having a bite to eat and a cuppa anyway.”

Mary added: “There has been far fewer flu and food poisoning since we all started wearing masks so I’m all for them.

“I don’t like wearing them all the time but they have their plus points.

“It makes you think how many people haven’t been washing their hands all these years.”

Susan and Barry Taylor from Bispham said they think the resort is back in business for good – and had a pint at The Brew Room in Church Street for the first time this year.

Susan, 70, said: “It feels really good to be in the pub again after the year we have had.

“I’ve had problems with my heart and am having tests on it, so it feels great to have something to look forward to and enjoy at the moment.

“We really like the food in here and we knew it would be one of the first places to go once it reopened.

“It’s also great to be supporting local business and workers in Blackpool because they have all been hit hard recently.

Barry, 69, added: “It really does feel great to be doing things in Blackpool again and back in some sort of routine.

“It’s a Marmite town but one that some people really do love and it is great to see people coming back on their holidays here so soon as well.

“For Susan and I, it’s just great to be able to have a stroll round town and pop in for some pub grub, which we have been missing.

“We just have to hope that this is the last of the virus and we don’t get pushed into another lockdown.”

Businessman and former Blackpool mayor Robert Wynne, owner of The Brew Room, The Rose and Crown, and West Coast Rock Cafe, said the response to lockdown relaxation has been super.

He said: “It has been a really positive start for all three places.

“We are offering online table bookings and in the last two weeks we have done 1,200 bookings.

“We are also allowing walk-in customers and the response at West Coast has been brilliant on the first day.

“It’s great to have both Blackpool residents and tourists back in the town and with even more options for them to do something they haven’t been able to do in so long.”

Friends Gail Prasher, Maureen Penfold and Eve Wells from Banbury in Oxfordshire came to Blackpool for the weekend and had been looking forward to the resort’s arcades being open again.

The trio were at Central Pier on the penny machines.

Gail said: “I’ve been coming to Blackpool every year since I was a child and I just really enjoy it.

“With all the restrictions being relaxed we thought we would make a weekend of it.

“It’s just nice that we can do stuff like this again and not be in fear of the virus all the time.

“It does help having the vaccine as well.”

Maureen added: “I think doing things like being at the arcade helps a bit with your mental health as it is something different for your brain to try out.

“We’ve not had much luck yet in the arcade – but fingers crossed we will before we leave.”

And Eve said: “The thing I most enjoy about Blackpool is the same thing I have missed in the last year – socialising. Everyone is so friendly here and they make you feel welcome.

“It’s always good to get the opportunity to come and we have all had a good weekend of shopping, drinking and enjoying being out with friends again.”

James Mulachy from Liverpool visited with his family and also took advantage of the arcades reopening to entertain his children, Jaiden, three, and Jasmine, six.

He said: “We hired a lodge for the weekend because the children really love it in Blackpool.

“It’s really good to get away from your house because after so long you get sick of seeing the same thing all the time.

“We head back today but it was good to get them into the arcades after so long.

“Each relaxation of the lockdown feels like normality is being resumed again and it has definitely put a smile on Jaiden and Jasmine.”

WHAT CHANGED?

Since midnight, people in England have been able to meet outdoors in groups of up to 30, and indoors in groups of six, or two households.

Pubs and restaurants are able to serve customers outdoors, although they are still limited to table service.

Other recreational venues such as cinemas, museums, theatres, and concert halls are allowed to open, although there are capacity limits on large events.

Up to 30 people are allowed at weddings, and the cap on the number of mourners attending funerals was lifted, in line with the safe capacity of venues.

Secondary school pupils in most areas are no longer being told to wear face masks in class and communal areas, and university students can return to campus for in-person lectures.

The ‘stay in the UK’ restriction has lifted and people can travel to ‘green list’ countries without having to quarantine, provided they take on post-arrival test.

FLY IN THE OINTMENT?

Boris Johnson and health experts urged people to exercise caution when they head to pubs and restaurants as the lockdown eases despite concerns about the spread of an Indian coronavirus variant.

Although ministers believe the vaccines will be effective against the highly transmissible Indian variant of concern, there are worries about the impact of its spread on those who have refused to have a jab or not yet been offered one.

The Prime Minister urged people to treat the latest easing of restrictions with a “heavy dose of caution” while Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng warned against excessive drinking for those returning to bars.

Mr Kwarteng insisted the June 21 date for the ending of restrictions in England was still likely to be met.

He said “people should have common sense, they should use judgment and I think if we act in a reasonable way, there is no reason to suppose that we can’t reopen the economy entirely on June 21”.

He added: “We need to be cautious because if we get too carried away and the mutant variant spreads too quickly, that could endanger our ability to open up on June 21.”

Professor Graham Medley, a member of the Government’s Sage scientific advisory panel, said the chances of the June 21 date being delayed was “well less than 50 per cent” but added “it is uncertain”.

The main cause for concern is the Indian variant, which is on the way to becoming the dominant strain in some places including Bolton and Blackburn.

A major campaign has been launched to encourage people in those areas to receive a jab.

Mr Kwarteng said he did not want to “stigmatise people” over vaccine hesitancy, but said: “We’re not exactly where we want to be among certain communities but I think the take-up has been much greater in the last few months and more and more people are convinced that this is the way to keep themselves and their families safe.”

Dr Helen Wall, who is leading the vaccination effort in Bolton, said over the weekend more than 6,200 vaccines were administered in the area.

She said before the weekend there were around 10,000 people in the area in the highest priority groups, those deemed to be clinically vulnerable and the over-50s, who were yet to be vaccinated, but added: “I’m hoping that we’ve made a big dent into that now”.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said there were “concerns” about small numbers of older people who are yet to take up their vaccine offer.

“The biggest risk comes from, if there are large numbers of older people who are unvaccinated,” he said.

Mr Kwarteng defended the timing of tougher restrictions being imposed on travel from India amid speculation decisions may have been delayed due to the Prime Minister’s planned trade mission to the country in April.

India was placed on the red list, effectively banning travel except for returning Britons who had to go into a quarantine hotel, on April 23.

“It is easy with hindsight to say things could have been better or quicker and all the rest of it, but I think there was a balanced approach,” he said.

Despite the pleas for caution, some drinkers took advantage of the relaxations to sink pints shortly after midnight yesterday.

 

Marton Mere and Cala Gran Haven holiday parks prepare for busy summer season as lockdown eases

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Haven holidays have been the cornerstone of British staycations for over 50 years – and the Fylde coast’s parks are getting ready to welcome back families and provide them with memories that last a lifetime.

Every year, tens of thousands of tourists flock to the Fylde coast to enjoy a summer staycation, with families traversing the length and breadth of the country to visit Haven holiday sites.

The coast is home to two Havens – Marton Mere in Mythop Road, Blackpool, and Cala Gran in Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood.

The pandemic hit the holiday industry hard, with sites forced to close and employees put on furlough.

Arcades are rigorously cleaned between users to keep areas clean and safe. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media
Arcades are rigorously cleaned between users to keep areas clean and safe. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Haven seasons run between March and October – and its UK sites were only able to open for a week in March 2020 before the pandemic closed them down.

They were able to reopen in June, but on limited means – with many sites only being able to offer a holiday with accommodation only, without the activities or entertainment beloved by families.

The company suffered no job losses, and was given recognition for its prompt and efficient refunds when thousands of holiday makers were forced to cancel their bookings during lockdown.

Haven also looked after its valued team members and accommodation owners, by topping up their furlough pay to 100 per cent for some months and waiving site fees for owners.

Outdoor seating spaced out to allow for social distancing. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI MediaOutdoor seating spaced out to allow for social distancing. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Marton Mere and Cala Gran employ around 75 and 50 permanent staff respectively, additional seasonal employees are recruited throughout the year and over 700 private owners visit the Blackpool site.

But despite the absence of the usual hustle and bustle while parks remained empty – except for a small team of admin staff at each during the lockdown – it didn’t dampen the spirits of the teams.

From Monday, indoor entertainment and dining can resume, the indoor pools can reopen, and families are expected to swarm back to the receptions to grab the keys to their caravans in an excited rush.

Signs outside the on-site shop. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media
Signs outside the on-site shop. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

She said the park had come back to life since self-catering accommodation was given the green light back in April – but there is nothing quite like the bright lights of indoor entertainment and seeing families come together over a meal.

“For the first couple of weeks since reopening we were blessed with good weather, which made it much easier for our outdoor activities and entertainment to continue,” Andrea said.

“We’re fortunate enough to have a big entertainment lounge here, so now that we can open up again from Monday it can all be set up to allow for social distancing and the children can enjoy it with their families.

Haven mascots Polly and Rory the Tiger can't wait to welcome families back to Marton Mere in Blackpool. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI MediaHaven mascots Polly and Rory the Tiger can’t wait to welcome families back to Marton Mere in Blackpool. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

“I’m so proud of my team and how they’ve been able to deliver the changes required of them. It’s about being able to delight the guests.

Marton Mere’s general manager Keith Robson recently celebrated 20 years with Haven, and has been welcoming families and accommodation owners to the resort site for seven years.

Keith has been passionately campaigning for the resort’s tourism industry recovery post-lockdown alongside Blackpool Council and other resort businesses, and said he was looking forward to seeing the park lively with the sound of happy families again.

He said: “We have over 700 owners here, and they’ve not been able to visit during lockdown so it’s been an awful time for them as well as visitors really.

Entertainment lounges have been laid out to accommodate social distancing. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media
Entertainment lounges have been laid out to accommodate social distancing. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

“It’s absolutely fantastic that we’re going to be opening up indoors again, and we can get back to doing our usual jobs. We’ve put in loads of safety measures to keep everybody safe and secure.

“We’ve got an army of team members constantly walking around the park, making sure everything’s clean and everyone has their own set of safety procedures.

“Visiting us is an opportunity for you and your family to have some wonderful times together, and undergo some new experiences. We have such a beautiful setting here, and you can jump on a bus to get into town and experience everything Blackpool has to offer too.

“Opening up in April has been wonderful, but we can’t wait to be able to offer everything to guests from Monday. We’re really excited by that prospect.”

One of the first things that may come to mind when you think of Haven and the classic British caravan holiday is the entertainment value – particularly for young children.

But for the people behind the characters and evening performances, the pandemic was a gut-wrenching and unsettling time.

All over the country, entertainers were out of work when their venues closed with nowhere to go – but Haven’s team members were given a lifeline when they learned they could return to the parks after spending lockdown on furlough.

Rob Lock, entertainment manager at Marton Mere, heads up a team of seven entertainers and oversees a number of visiting acts at the park.

Rob said: “I’m really excited to get back to it, it’s one of those things as an entertainer when you’re born to be on the stage and suddenly you can’t be, it was very hard.

“We’ve all had so much extra training around Covid safety and all the entertainers practice social distancing.

“Since we reopened in April we’ve been able to keep the kids happy with outdoor performances, we’ve had mascots walking around which has been great for them.

“Being able to bring back live indoor entertainment and singers has really made me appreciate how much I’ve missed it. I hadn’t realised, but now I’m just so excited.”

Outdoor splash zones have been open since April, but Haven employees are looking forward to indoor pools opening again. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Outdoor splash zones have been open since April, but Haven employees are looking forward to indoor pools opening again. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Families have been enjoying using the outdoor pools since Haven sites reopened in April. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Families have been enjoying using the outdoor pools since Haven sites reopened in April. Picture: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Tiny wine bars, big rides and huge hopes: What Blackpool has waiting for visitors next week

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“We’re really looking forward to be welcoming guests as soon as possible, I think everyone needs a glass of wine after this year! ”

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

Blackpool is set to welcome back visitors to its bars, theatres and attractions on May 17 following a government announcement that remaining restrictions on the town’s tourism industry can be safely lifted.

The next step of the Prime Minister’s roadmap is now for indoor hospitality and attractions to reopen along with show venues, hotels and guesthouses.

The past 15 months has seen Blackpool face its biggest challenges in a long history of successful tourism.

Even throughout the first and second world wars the town attractions could largely remain open as a form of escapism for both locals and visitors.

The coronavirus pandemic however has meant many bars, pubs and hotels have been unable to accommodate customers, rendering its beach and promenades uncharacteristically quiet.

Sadly some businesses have not made it to the other side of lockdown, with the financial burden too great. However for some, the down time has been an opportunity to renovate and create.

Amazing lockdown transformation at Lemmy's Bar in Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
Amazing lockdown transformation at Lemmy’s Bar in Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool (Image: Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool)

Waterloo Music Bar in Waterloo Road has had a particularly hard time after it failed to secure government funding to help it get through the Covid crisis.

Throughout the pandemic loyal customers and musicians have joined a campaign to save the bar from closure with Music Venue Trust getting involved.

Staff have come up with all kinds of creative ideas from selling merchandise to wild and wonderful ideas for virtual events to help raise funds after a year with no income.

Lockdown provided the opportunity to add to the already meticulously decorated bar and its infamous Motorhead-themed Lemmy’s bar.

Owner Ian Fletcher said: “The Waterloo Music Bar can’t wait to open it’s doors again on May 17, and our team are very excited to welcome everyone back to see what we have been doing through lockdown.

“We have the one and only Lemmy’s Motorhead-themed bar in the UK and our entire venue is packed with music memorabilia and artwork. We can only operate at reduced capacity from May until June 21, which means our early gigs are mostly sold out, but we have an epic year of music coming up, just checkout our website for dates and tickets.”

International graffiti and street artist, Chris Fenn AKA Seca One Art, has painted a spectacularly colourful mural of grapes and flowers on the front Nook Wine bar set to open in May 2020
International graffiti and street artist, Chris Fenn AKA Seca One Art, has painted a spectacularly colourful mural of grapes and flowers on the front Nook Wine bar set to open in May 2020 (Image: Nook Wine Bar)

Lockdown also saw the creation of the town’s smallest wine bar. Tucked away down Cheapside, a former sandwich shop, the Hideaway, was transformed into Nook wine bar, a small but mightynew bar for 2021.

Spectacularly painted with a colourful mural by Blackpool’s International graffiti and street artist Seca One Art, the bar will not be just another “stuffy wine gaff” and will be focusing on serving premium and unique wines from all around the world.

Owner Jake Whittington, who also owns Dirty Blondes and Paradise Coast said: “Nook will be Blackpool’s first wine and charcuterie venue, so there’s a lot of excitement, and pressure, around the project.

“The tired old building has had to have extensive work done for such a small place. We were really aiming to get open for the 17th, but we may be running a couple of weeks behind.

“Opening a bar in lockdown is a challenge to say the least, suppliers and contractors are running at a reduced capacity so it certainly makes for an interesting time! We’re really looking forward to be welcoming guests as soon as possible, I think everyone needs a glass of wine after this year! ”

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

Excitement is building at the news that some of Blackpool’s biggest and longstanding attractions will be able to welcome customers back including the Tower, the Dungeons and Madame Tussauds.

After operating at a reduced capacity at times the well-loved destinations had to close completely during the third national lockdown.

Now the iconic landmarks can begin to come back to life.

Kate Shane, Head of the Blackpool Cluster for Merlin Entertainments, said: “We’ve been counting down the days until we can reopen our doors at The Blackpool Tower attractions, Sea Life and Madame Tussauds, so it’s great to have the green light for this to go ahead.

“Our teams are overjoyed to be back and this week they are busy with final preparations for our attractions opening on the May 17 alongside final rehearsals for The Blackpool Tower Dungeons and Circus which open on Saturday May 22.

“We have all been separated from our families and friends for over 12 months, so we simply can’t wait to reconnect loved ones and help them make magical new memories together.

“Our attractions were created for fun, so we’re counting down the days until we can see the smiles and hear the laughter of our guests once more.”


Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach will also be able to get back to normal with visitors able to experience more fun at the fair.

After re-opening on April 12 it has been receiving guests on a daily basis however the lifting of restrictions means its guests can enjoy more.

A Spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: From 17th May we will be able to reopen our both of our hotels, The Big Blue and The Boulevard, which will see many more visitors coming to the resort.

“In addition to this the White Tower restaurant and our indoor attractions Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Pasaje Del Terror and will open again and provide much more for our guests to enjoy.”

For more information on where to visit in Blackpool come May 17, please visit Visit Blackpool.

New Blackpool caravan site confirmed despite fears over late night noise

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“We are a small residential rural community and we do not want a holiday park next to our homes.”

Beryldene on New Hall Avenue
Beryldene on New Hall Avenue

Plans for a holiday caravan site on Marton Moss have been given the go ahead despite objections from neighbours who fear the scheme will lead to late night noise.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee approved an application by David and Amanda Wrigley to use land at Beryldene on New Hall Avenue for 12 touring caravans, a washroom, parking and landscaping.

Seven objections had been received to the proposals with concerns also including the impact on drainage, wildlife and road safety.

Pete Langley, who addressed the committee online on behalf of objectors, said the land was surrounded by houses and residents were worried about noise from caravanners returning late at night from Blackpool

He added waste water might also harm wildlife and cause drainage problems.

Mr Langley said: “We are a small residential rural community and we do not want a holiday park next to our homes.”

Blackpool Civic Trust had also objected, saying the development was “out of character” for the conservation area and was ” potentially the first stage of a longer term more intense development”.

But Amanda Wrigley said management would be on site at all times to control potential disturbance and maintain a 10pm curfew.

She said there was already traffic generated in the area from existing businesses such as stables, and they had maintained drainage dykes to prevent any flood risk.

Committee member Coun Graham Baker said he felt the holiday caravan park was appropriate for the land, with a similar park already operating on New Hall Avenue.

He added: “I think a caravan site on the Moss during the summer months is better than over development.”

The application was approved with conditions included a site management plan to be agreed with the council.