The Holiday Town of Blackpool


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is a seaside resort
in Lancashire in the North West of England on the coast of the Irish Sea. It is a traditional and extremely popular holiday destination attracting more visitors than any other holiday resort in Europe. Blackpool is famous for, among other things, the historic Tower, the three Victorian piers, the Golden Mile , the Pleasure Beach, and its shows rides and nightlife, as well as the features usually associated with British holiday resorts - fish and chip restaurants, candy floss stalls, days on the beach etc.

But perhaps Blackpool is most famous of all for its spectacular Illuminations which provide Autumn holiday visitors with a dazzling display along much of the promenade. The town has a wide variety of accommodation suitable for every requirement, including hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast accommodation and self catering holiday flats; it has been said that Blackpool has more than two thousand holiday establishments of various kinds. At the last count the figure was two thousand six hundred and twenty one holiday units, containing over ninety thousand five hundred holiday beds.

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North Pier
In fact it is claimed that the town has more holiday accommodation than the whole of Portugal! With an estimated sixteen million visitors annually, it is believed that Blackpool receives a greater income from tourism than Greece and the Greek islands put together. Tourism in Blackpool brings a total revenue of five hundred and forty five million pounds into the resort.

In this site we hope to look at some aspects of Blackpool such as the towns history as a place for holidays, and the various entertainment attractions including the shows rides and illuminations, and the range of tourist accommodation available. Blackpool holiday accommodation comprises two main sectors - serviced accommodation, including hotels, guest houses, B&B's, and self catering accommodation.

In addition to the resort's many holiday attractions, Blackpool is widely renowned as the dance capital of the World. With two magnificent ballrooms the town regularly hosts important national and international competitions. The largest and most famous of these is Blackpool's Annual dance festival which dates from 1920 and today attracts a top international line-up of competitors and a global audience. This event inspired the imagination of American film producers in the Peter Chelsom Movie 'Shall we Dance', starring Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere.

Blackpool Air Display A less well known aspect of of the town is the longstanding tradition of hosting aeronautic performances. Flying machines have been wowing the Blackpool crowds ever since the early 1900's when the resort staged one of the country's first air shows. Keeping the tradition alive today, top aviators including the world famous red arrows regularly visit the resort packing the promenade with their skillful aerobatics.
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