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There is the Majestic Tower Ballroom where you can engage in the pleasure of ballroom dancing, and where you can also listen to the Wurlitzer being played, enjoy afternoon tea, and in the evening hear the big band sounds with Ashley Frohlick and the Empress Orchestra every Wednesday from 11th July to 24th October at 7.30 pm. This year the Tower Ballroom will also host the Billy Pierce Laughter Show every Thursday from 12th July to 25th October. The Legends of Motown are on Tuesdays from 10th July to 10th October, and are a tribute to the best of Motown, including the music of the Four Tops and Drifters. The Tower lounge is home to stag and hen parties, sports clubs and party crowds from throughout the country . There is also the Undersea World Aquarium. The Tower Circus running from 31st March to 4th November, starring Mooky the clown, and over 60 other circus artistes. Blackpool Tower
Infoline: 01253 622 242 ticketline: 0870 380 1111.

Blackpool Sandcastle Waterpark This has "whiteknuckle watershoots, giant waterslides, wave pools....and more...." Including The Caribbean Storm Treehouse and HMS Thundersplash. Hyperzone water slides - 'Mega White Knuckle Rides'. The Sidewinder 'The First Indoor white-Knuckle Side Winder in The World'. MasterBlaster - ' The world's Longest Indoor Rollercoaster Water Slide'. Waterpark information: 01253 340 700

Funny Girls: 0870 350 2665

Blackpool Sea Life with the new attraction: Pirates - The Legend Of Blackbeard. Tel: 01253 622 445

The Grand Theatre Some of the productions for this season are: Willy Russell's Blood Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, The Rocky Horror Show, 42nd Street, South Pacific....and other great shows, including the ever popular Joe Longthorne. Box office 01253 290 190

Blackpool Winter Gardens This Historic building dating from 1878 comprises 12 self-contained venues, each with a distinctive character and style. It is actually a complex of theatres and facilities for exhibitions, conferences, dancing, trade shows, banquets, weddings, and other occasions, all contained within an art deco exterior. There are two main entrances connected by a large arcade and some of the venues have their own entrances. Much of the construction dates from the 1930's. The winter Gardens is perhaps best known as a traditional home for political conferences: all three main British political parties have held their annual conferences here, as have the big trade unions. It is said that every British Prime Minister going back to the Second World War has given a speech here. Ever since its beginning in 1920 the Blackpool Dance Festival has also been held in the Winter Gardens, and since 1994 it has been the venue for the World Matchplay darts tournament. The chief component areas of the Winter Garden site are - the Empress Ballroom, the Opera House, the Olympia Hall, the Arena, the Spanish Hall, and the Horseshoe and Pavilion.

The Empress Ballroom constructed in 1896 is a stunning architectural achievement, with its glittering chandeliers, intricately decorated balconies, magnificent vaulted ceiling, parquet flooring and vast dimensions, it has hosted music concerts, political conferences, dance festivals and a variety of other events. The Empress is described as 'the jewel in the crown' of the Winter Gardens.  
Blackpool Opera House With close to 3000 seats the opera house is the largest theatre in Britain and the second largest in Europe, and ever since its opening in 1939 has played host to the greatest shows and entertainers in the World. Legendary Hollywood names such as Judy Garland, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra have performed here as have British stars such as Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Peter Kay and Jim Davidson. There have been top West End shows such as Grease and Cats. Shows this year include, Chicago (27th August to 8th September), Roy Chubby Brown (every Saturday from 21st July to 27th October), Cannon and Ball's Comedy Bonanza featuring the Grumbleweeds (every Wednesday from 18th July to 24th October). Tel: 0870 380 1111
The Arena is a spacious venue having a neo-classical appearance made more dramatic by the inventive use of interior lighting. It it is used on its own or with the adjacent Empress Ballroom for banquets, meetings and presentations.
The Spanish Hall is a spectacular art deco centre themed as an Andalucian village and provides a lavish setting for occasions ranging from wedding receptions to grand banquets. The ornate plastering was created by Andrew Mezzei, a well known film set designer and the hall retains many fittings from its original construction in the 1930's.
The Horseshoe and Pavilion comprises a Promenade and Victorian theatre. The Horseshoe is a semi-circular construction containing an exhibition area, and at its centre is the Pavilion which has a seating capacity of 600 guests for shows, conferences and meetings.
The Olympia opened in June 1930 is home to important trade shows and exhibitions. It is a spacious purpose-built venue and is the Winter Garden's main exhibition hall.

Apollo Bingo: "South Shore's No1 Bingo". Open every day, afternoon and evenings. Fully licensed Bar, food available. On Waterloo Road, Blackpool, next to the Royal Oak Pub, opposite South Shore Railway Station.  Free Membership. 01253 342 023

Blackpool Waxworks . "Open daily all year round". Opposite Central Pier, Central Promenade, Blackpool. Tel: 01253 625 953

Blackpool Fireworks - World Fireworks Championships Sundays or Fridays in September.

Central Pier: Legends - Live in Concert. Impressions of Elvis, Rod Stewart, John Lennon, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Freddie Mercury, Elton John, Ronan Keating and Buddy Holly. From 19th June to 3rd November. Tel: 0870 380 1111 Group Bookings: 01253 299 277

Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Having over 125 rides and attractions and shows, there is always plenty to do at the ever popular Pleasure Beach. Fantastic rides - the thrilling Pepsi Max Big One, the Revolution, the Classic twin tracked coaster, the Grand National. Other rides include: Avalanche, Big Dipper, Rollercoaster, Steeplechase, Valhalla, Wild Mouse, and a new ride for the 2007 season - Infusion. The shows include: Hot Ice (The Arena - 28th March to 3rd November), Forbidden (The Globe Theatre - 6th June to 4th November) , The Drifters, and ken Webster - Licensed to hypnotise. The Paradise Room presents Freddie Starr every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 8.00 pm from 7th September to 4th November. The Pleasure beach is Britain's No 1 tourist attraction , with over 6.2 million visitors travelling to the Resort Theme Park every year. Enquiries Hotline: 0870 444 5566 Shows Hotline: 0870 444 5588

The Grundy Art Gallery: In addition to its permanent collection of Victorian and Modern Painting, this purpose-built art venue which opened in 1911 hosts a wide programme of temporary exhibitions displaying historical, modern and contemporary art from emerging and established artists, and throughout the year there are exhibitions of works from the Gallery's collection. The Grundy also has a shop which specialises in artist made jewellery. The Gallery is open from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 10.00 am and 5.00 pm, and is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Admission is free and there is wheelchair access.
The Gallery houses a large collection which was initiated by the Grundy brothers, Cuthbert and John, and it has grown over time to include Victorian watercolours and oils, prints, oriental ivories, ceramics, jewellery, photographs of early Blackpool and modern British paintings. The Edwardian galleries regularly exhibit contemporary sculpture and art. The building of the Grundy art Gallery was commissioned in 1908 by Blackpool Council, after a bequest of thirty-three works of art and a financial gift from the Grundy brothers. A fund for the purchase of new artworks was established in 1912 and to accommodate the expanding collection, an extension of two additional galleries was erected and this was opened in 1938. There are now almost two thousand pieces including works by Gilbert and George, Martin Creed, Augustus John, Lucy Kemp-Welch, Dame Laura Knight and other artists.
The Art Gallery will present two summer exhibitions in 2007: Rembrandt as printmaker, and Annie Whiles slideshow. Address: Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX. Telephone: 01253 478170

The Syndicate Super club
:  01253 753222 Address: The Syndicate Superclub, 130-140 Church Street, Blackpool,FY1 3PR.

Blackpool Zoo - 01253 830 830 Address: Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 8PP.

Fleetwood is a fishing town with ' a lovely promenade with picturesque views over Morecambe Bay to the Lake District.' Plus: The Marine Hall, Fleetwood Pier, Marine Lake, The Mount, and Fleetwood Museum.
Fleetwood Market is one of the oldest traditional markets in Lancashire and has over 250 stalls, indoor and outdoor, with 80% being under cover; and there are three heated halls. There are facilities for disabled people, car and coach parking, and dogs are allowed on lead. The market is open from 9.00 am to 4.30 Pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (June - October). Tuesday, Friday, Saturday (November - May) and Bank Holidays, with a Farmers Market every 3rd Friday in the Month. Address: Fleetwood Market, Victoria Street / Adelaide Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6AB. Telephone: 01253 771651
Freeport Fleetwood, outlet shopping village. This has over 45 outlet shops offering up to 60% off the recommended retail prices of a host of famous brands, and has regular entertainment and live events, providing the ingredients for a great day out! It is situated on the Fylde Coast with an attractive environment and tranquil marina setting, making a visit to the village 'a unique shopping experience'. Address: Anchorage Road, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6AE. Telephone: 01253 877 377

In 2007 there will be international sport on the promenade when St Chad's Headland on the newly redeveloped Promenade stages Beach Volleyball, and there will be top women's teams from across Europe. The televised Blackpool event will be the first time an the finals of a UK beach volleyball tournament has been held under floodlights. Over 200 tons of sand will be moved from the beach to the headland to form the beach court and there will be a 1,000 seat stadium. For more information regarding things to do in the resort see Blackpool Attractions. For information about the history of theatrical productions see Blackpool Shows.

The sights, landmarks and attractions
that have contributed to Blackpool having the position of being Europe's busiest tourist resort should be mentioned here. The dates given for shows refer to the 2007 season unless otherwise stipulated.  While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the details provided here we cannot guarantee that the information is correct, and visitors are advised to confirm details with the venues concerned before booking or finalising their travelling plans.

Blackpool Tower. This imposing Victorian structure stands over 500 foot tall and dominates the Blackpool landscape. It was actually designed by Gustav Eiffel who also had the distinction of creating the Parisian Eiffel Tower. However Blackpool Tower is not merely of architectural interest - it is an entertainment centre in its own right - packed with things to do for all the family.

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