Blackpool’s skyline has been dominated for more than a century by a Victorian signpost for all its many attractions.
Everyone knows it better as The Blackpool Tower, the brainchild of several swashbuckling entrepreneurs who recognised that the booming resort needed something new to underline its appeal to tourists.
Nowadays that same initiative continues to rub off on all those tasked with ensuring Blackpool maintains its pre-eminence as the UK’s leading resort. It’s led to the council investing in the modernisation of the Tower and the Winter Gardens, restoring them both to the splendour of their original design, as giant indoor playgrounds.
Nowadays they both host everything from TV’s Strictly Come Dancing to the biggest international show stars and have become year-round attractions, pulling in thousands of theatregoers to Blackpool.
The same has been achieved at the resort’s Grand Theatre, considered a national gem of a venue and now polished up again to provide a wealth of attractions.
But Blackpool town centre’s entertainment ‘offer’ is not confined to these illustrious landmarks. Nowadays it extends to everything you might expect in a much bigger metropolis.
The appeal of Blackpool’s many pubs and bars is legendary, and extends from everything to the quiet and cosy to the cutting edge. The nightclub scene remains one of the most vibrant and diverse in the country.
But there’s a wealth of family-oriented fun to be had in among the resort’s piers, bowling alley, cinemas and amusements.
To paraphrase Dr Johnson: “If you’re tired of Blackpool, you’re tired of Life!”
At some point above you need to mention the Merlin operates the tower and the Blackpool Entertainment Company operates the WG although the important one to work in is Merlin.