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South Pier, Blackpool, Blackpool | Tourist Information


Promenade
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1BB

01253343097

South Pier is one of three piers in Blackpool, England. Located on South Promenade on the South Shore, the pier contains a number of amusement and adrenalin rides. It opens each year from March to November and is owned by Six Piers Limited.Construction and openingThe Blackpool South Shore Pier & Pavilion Co. Ltd. was registered in November 1890 and work began to build the pier in 1892. It was constructed, at a total cost of £50,000, using a different method than that used for North and Central piers, the Worthington Screwpile System. It opened, with a choir, two brass bands and an orchestra on Good Friday, 1893. The 3,000 capacity Grand Pavilion opened on 20 May. At 163yd long, it was the shortest of the three piers, and had 36 shops, a bandstand, an ice-cream vendor and a photograph stall,which was different for people in those days. It was built shorter and wider than North and Central piers to accommodate pavilions.HistoryVictoria Pier was considered to be more "upmarket" than North and Central piers, and at first provided little entertainment. Holidaymakers started visiting the South Shore in 1896 when a carousel was installed on the sand dunes. In 1902 the south entrance of the promenade was widened with the construction of the present promenade, and the pier entrance had to be moved back. In 1930 the pier was renamed South Pier. In 1938 the entrance was widened, and the Regal Pavilion constructed.Two fires in six years changed the pier dramatically. First in 1958, a fire damaged the Grand Pavilion, followed by a further fire in 1964 which completely destroyed it. It was replaced with a theatre. In 1963 the Regal Theatre, at the entrance, was converted into the Beachcomber Amusement Arcade.

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Big Dipper (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
Distance: 0.4 mi Tourist Information
Pleasure Beach, 525 Ocean Boulevard
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1

Big Dipper is a wooden out and back roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, England. The ride was first built in 1923 by John Miller but was extended in 1936 by Charlie Paige and Joe Emberton; adding arches over the south entrance of the park and additional drops. The ride operates with two trains, each containing three four-bench cars, seating two people per bench. The roller coaster is also referenced in the Jethro Tull song Big Dipper, from their 1976 album Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!In August 1998, Richard Rodriguez set a world record by riding the Big Dipper for over 1000 hours. There is a plaque commemorating this event in the ride's station. Although he doubled this mark two years later to 2000 hours, Guinness World Records nullified the achievements by altering the rules in 2007 and Rodriguez's new record was set on the Big One (roller coaster) and Big Dipper and stands at 405 hours 40 minutes.Accidents (DLAN)On 11 August 2009 - two trains, carrying a total of 32 guests, collided. This resulted in 21 guests requiring treatment at a nearby hospital for injuries ranging from whiplash and broken noses, to cuts and bruises.On 5 June 2010 - there was another incident with part of a train derailing. This occurred at the same point as the 2009 crash, however there were no injuries and the ride began operating again shortly afterwards.

Avalanche (Pleasure Beach Blackpool)
Distance: 0.4 mi Tourist Information
Pleasure Beach Resort
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1

0871 222 1234

Avalanche is the first ever steel bobsled roller coaster constructed in the UK. It was built by Mack of Germany in 1988 at Pleasure Beach Blackpool, an amusement park in Blackpool, England.The ride uses three trains, each consisting of 7 cars. Each car can hold two riders, one behind the other.HistoryAvalanche opened in 1988 and was the first ever Bobsled type roller coaster to be constructed in the UK, it was also the third Bobsled coaster built by Mack Rides, who were in competition with Intamin, the only other company who designed Steel Bobsled Coasters. The ride was to be themed around an Alpine bobsled course, and the station was built to reflect this. The ride was officially opened by Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, a famous British ski-jumper, and the British Bobsleigh Team.The rideAvalanche starts by passing through the storage room of the trains, then out of the building and onto the lift hill, so far the ride follows a normal ride track, at the top of the lift hill, the ride is released onto the main downhill track, which the ride is not physically held onto, it travels through various bobsled track style curves, picking up speed, before reaching the lowest curve and curving back up again, it then flattens out and travels into the first brake run, it then releases and the train travels around a bend and onto the second brake run, before being released again to travel into the station. The two brake runs are designed for when the roller coaster operates in full capacity, with all three trains running, so that the two trains returning to the station can wait on the brakes while the train in the station loads and unloads.

Wild Mouse (Pleasure Beach Blackpool)
Distance: 0.3 mi Tourist Information
Pleasure Beach Blackpool
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1

0871 222 1234

The Wild Mouse is a Wooden roller coaster located at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool in Blackpool. Opened in 1958, it's one of only 5 remaining wooden Wild Mouse coasters left in the world and is held in very high regard as one of the finest and most extreme examples of Wild Mouse coasters.HistoryBegun in 1955, both the design and construction of the Wild Mouse was done entirely in-house by the Pleasure Beach. Designed by Frank Wright and opened in 1958 it was the first major ride to be built at the Pleasure Beach since World War II.The ride was subsequently modified in 1960s by the Velare Brothers (the originators of Sky Wheels and Space Wheels). The top circuit preceding the switchbacks, containing a big drop and a shallower dip, was added making the ride about 1/3 longer. Apparently this change was inspired by a similar alteration of the Velare's Wild Mouse at Nu-Pike in Long Beach, California.Ride Layout & ExperienceThe Wild Mouse is by far the smallest of the "adult" coasters at the pleasure beach. The ride itself is packed into more-or-less a cube, bar one turn which pops out over the busy foot path below. Unlike most versions of this type of ride, passengers sit one in front of the other, in tandem.From the station, two 90 degree turns lead to the lift hill. Half way up this, the car passes underneath another part of the track, so close that it is quite easily possible to reach up and touch it. At the top comes the first of many 90° "near miss" turns, as the car nearly ploughs straight into the turret of the nearby Ghost Train. Trim brakes are present just before the next turn, which leads to the first drop; however, these are rarely used. Even if the brakes are working, the car launches itself into the steep first drop, with the proximity of the structure giving a real feeling of speed.

Grand National (roller coaster)
Distance: 0.4 mi Tourist Information
Bond Street
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1EZ

The Grand National is a wooden roller coaster at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool. It was designed and constructed by Charles Paige in 1935 and is now one of only three surviving Möbius Loop roller coasters in the world and the only one in Eurasia. It is themed and named after the Grand National; with elements of the ride signposted to mimic features of the horse race. The trains climb the lift-hill and pass under the 'They're Off' sign and race through 'Becher's Brook', 'Valentine's' and 'Canal Turn' before returning to the 'Winning Post'. The ride stands at 62 feet high and has a track length of 3302 feet (6604 in total).Special eventsAndy Hine, the chairman of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain, was married on the ride in the early 1990s. A plaque with his name is installed on one of the trains.IncidentsOn 20 May 2004, an electrical fault in the lighting system of the roof of the station caused a fire which destroyed the station and parts of two adjacent rides as well as the trains of the ride. The station was rebuilt and new trains installed and the ride re-opened on 28 October 2004 after repairs were completed.At the start of 2010, Pleasure Beach staff said that due to an electrical fault the ride had, it would not run for some time. However it was running again in July 2010.In 2014, 58-year-old Robert Sycamore broke his neck whilst riding.

Pleasure beach
Distance: 0.3 mi Tourist Information
525 Ocean Boulevard
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1EZ

0871 222 1234

Infusion (roller coaster)
Distance: 0.3 mi Tourist Information
525 Ocean Boulevard
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1

0871 222 1234

Infusion, previously known as Traumatizer, is an inverted steel roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire, England. It is a 689m standard "Mark 3" model Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster (SLC) and the first to be suspended entirely over water.HistoryInfusion was relocated from Pleasureland Southport, Blackpool Pleasure Beach's sister park where it was known as Traumatizer. When Pleasureland closed in 2005, the ride was dismantled and moved to its current location where it has operated since. The original ride featured a red track with teal supports, however the track has since been repainted Persian Blue and the supports Midnight Blue. The ride has operated (both in its original and new form) since 1999 and cost a total of £8 million to construct.AestheticsInfusion was built and manufactured by Vekoma Rides Manufacturing based in the Netherlands. It is one of many 689m standard model SLC's found in amusement parks around the world. Riders are seated in eight rows of two for a total of 16 passengers per train with 2 trains being operated at any given time. Most Vekoma SLC's are capable of running up to 10 cars on each train however Vekoma modeled Infusion with only 8 to make the ride both smoother and faster. The ride can carry up to 832 riders per hour when both trains are in operation. The ride is decorated with water jets and fountains and at night is illuminated by floodlighting. Infusion can be found to the right of the Big Dipper on the Watson Overpass and guests must be between 132 cm and 200 cm to ride.

Sandcastle Waterpark Blackpool
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sandcastle Waterpark, South Beach, Blackpool, FY4 1BB
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1BB

1253-340700

Sandcastle Waterpark is the UK's largest indoor waterpark with 18 slides and attractions in an 84 degree tropical climate. There is something to entertain the whole family! Our aim is to ensure our guests have a fun filled and memorable experience, delivered by a polite and attentive team who are commited to providing quality and Guest Service Excellence!!

Lucky Star
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
501-507 Promenade
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1BA

01253 34 34 32

Lucky Star is situated on South Promenade, we are a family friendly amusements arcade offering a wide range of entertainments such as 10 lane Bowlingo and the NEW 'Laser Maze' where you can test your skills by avoiding multiple laser beams in the attempt to escape in the quickest time!

Karting2000Raceway
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
south Promenade Adjacent South Pier
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1BB

01253 408068

Old time photo studio
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
South pier south promenade
Blackpool, United Kingdom fy41bb

07737007978