What to look forward to in Lancashire in 2022 from Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Valhalla to restaurant openings

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From a reimagined rollercoaster, a permanent market and new theatre shows, there’s plenty to look forward in Lancashire in 2022


Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has big plans for 2022 (Image: Daily Record)

It’s nice to have something to look forward to.

Whether it be spending time with people we love, experiencing new adventure or enjoying a huge life event such as a wedding or milestone birthday.

And Lancashire also has plenty of new things coming in 2022 for us to get excited about.

From restaurant openings to musicals playing at the theatre in the county for the first time, we’ve put together some highlights of events coming up in the next 12 months, covid restrictions permitted, of course.

Blackpool the place to be

An aerial view of the ICON ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
An aerial view of the ICON ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The seaside resort will welcome a number of new events and attractions for all ages in 2022.

For starters, the country’s first Peter Rabbit attraction of its kind from Merlin Entertainments will open in 2022, with a launch date yet to be announced.

The £1m attraction is located next door to Madam Tussaud’s on the seafront.

Over at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, award-wining roller-coaster Valhalla has been re-imagined and will be revealed to thrill-seekers next year.

Also, the ICON ride is set to get a new ‘twist’ in 2022.

Restaurant openings

The White Horse, in Edgworth
The White Horse, in Edgworth

We already know of a raft of new restaurants coming to Lancashire in the coming months.

There’s family-run Italian Luciano’s in Chorley, which will be located on Market Walk and becomes an extension to Escape Entertainment Venue, Calico Lounge and Reel Cinema, as well as retailers Sports Direct, USC and M&S Food.

It is slated to open in February 2022.

Over in Edgworth, the White Horse pub is expected to open in early 2022 after undergoing a major £485,000 refurbishment.

And in Preston, enterpeauner Mark O’Rourke is set to expand his restaurant empire after taking over the vacant site at the Miller Arcade, which was formerly the Olive Tree.

Mark, who also runs Fino Tapas and fine dining restaurant 263 in the city plans to transform the space into a new English brasserie at the town centre location, with a gastro-pub inspired menu, using seasonal and locally-sourced produce.

It is yet to have a name.

Burnley market gets permanent home

The popular monthly Burnley Artisan Market will become a permanent fixture in the town, after successful trial runs at the end of this year.

Launching on Saturday, February 5, and then continuing the first Saturday of each month, the market will have a wide range of stalls, from homemade items, fresh produce and an emphasis on local traders.

Hit musicals

A plethora of musicals and shows are coming to theatres in Lanschire for the first time in 2022.

Blackpool will once again be a key stop for a number of touring productions in 2022, including Bat out of Hell The Musical, Chicago, Dream Girls and Jersey Boys.

There’s a number of venues to choose from, too, from the Opera House and Grand Theatre to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Meanwhile, among the highlights in Lancaster at The Grand Theatre funnymen Ed Byrne and Ross Noble will be bringing their new live shows to the town, while family show The Secret Garden will play for six nights in June.

While at Preston’s, audiences can look forward to seeing Liverpudlian comedian John Bishop live with Alan Carr also embarking on a new tour for the first time in six years with his only date in the region at King George’s Hall in Blackburn.