Central Pier is one of three piers in the town of Blackpool, England.LocationThe pier is central in that it is located between the other two, but it was close to the site of the now-defunct Blackpool Central railway station about 550 yards south of Blackpool Tower. Since the coastline is very straight and flat, the pier simply extends at right angles to the sea front, roughly level with the promenade.HistoryThe success of the North Pier prompted the formation of the Blackpool South Jetty Company one year later in 1864. Impressed with the construction of Blackpool Pier (North Pier), the company hired the same contractor, Richard Laidlaw and Son of Glasgow for the project. This time, however, the company used the designs of Lieutenant-Colonel John Isaac Mawson rather than those of Eugenius Birch. When the pier was opened on 30 May 1868, it was 503 yards in length, 131 yards of which was a landing jetty for use at low tide. The first manager of the pier was Robert Bickerstaffe, coxswain of the first Blackpool lifeboat. Blackpool's lifeboat station is located next to Central Pier.From the start, the new pier's emphasis was on fun rather than the genteel relaxation provided at North Pier. In the early days fun was provided mainly by dancing facilities, but in the 20th century, roller skating was introduced along with fairground rides and amusement machines. Steamboat excursions departed from the landing jetty as they did from North Pier. The dance halls became less popular after the Second World War and the facilities were adapted into a theatre, bars and amusement arcades by the 1970s.
There’s something for everyone at Blackpool Pleasure Beach! Britain’s most ride-intensive amusement park lies in a 42 acre site on the seafront and started with just one ride in 1896. The current Managing Director, Amanda Thompson, is the great-granddaughter of its founder, W.G Bean. There are over 125 rides and attractions, plenty of places to grab a delicious bite to eat plus spectacular award winning shows.
If you love thrilling white-knuckle rides then Pleasure Beach is the place for you. Boasting an amazing 10 roller coasters including the world famous Big One, classic wooden coasters the Big Dipper and the Grand National and Infusion, the world’s only suspended looping coaster completely over water. If you prefer things at a more leisurely pace you can enjoy a trip on our very own steam train, the Pleasure Beach Express, take a cruise around the world on the River Caves or ride a Cheshire cat through Alice’s Wonderland. In 2013, the world's first Wallace & Gromit ride, The Thrill-O-Matic, opened at Pleasure Beach along with an exclusive Wallace & Gromit shop. Guests can ride this unique and amazing ride, meet & greet the characters in person and purchase exclusive souvenirs to make their visit unforgettable!
Whatever your tastes, there is something to suit every palette at Pleasure Beach. Pleasure Beach’s newest restaurant, the Big Pizza Kitchen serves mouthwatering pizza, delicious pasta and fresh, crispy salad. If you want to grab something on the go, Coasters, The Plaice and Burger King are perfect places to get a bite to eat. If you want something a little bit special then The Grill is ideal. Our award-winning chef serves classic favourites in stylish surroundings with views of the world famous Blackpool promenade.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is also home to the UK's only Nickelodeon Land. This collaboration with Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, is 6 acre area of Pleasure Beach featuring 12 rides, a Nickelodeon shop, exciting games, a brand new family restaurant and opportunities to meet with famous Nickelodeon characters such as Spongebob Squarepants, Dora & Diego and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
With so much to see and do there is no need to try and cram everything into just one day. Pleasure Beach has it’s very own hotel at the South end of the 42 acre park. The Big Blue Hotel is cool, chic and a haven of calm and style among the thrills of Britain’s top tourist attraction and is setting the new standard for holiday and business accommodation. This unique hotel consists of 157 beautifully designed bedrooms sized to american style specifications and sporting a totally contemporary feel. Sumptuous fabrics, state-of-the-art lighting, DVD players in every room, funky family rooms and big, big beds are just a few of the innovative touches that make all the difference.
Pleasure Beach Arena is home to the spectacular Hot Ice show. This award winning show brings together skaters from around the globe to create a stunning show. Hot Ice follows in the long running tradition of spectacular shows in Blackpool. The Pleasure Beach Arena has been home to regular ice shows since 1937, making it home to the longest running ice shows in the world!
Hot Ice runs at The Arena every July through to September. The show is suitable for all members of the family, with elements that appeal to everyone!
There are 2 great ways to enjoy Pleasure Beach. Guests can purchase either an unlimited ride wristband or a £6 Pleasure Beach Pass which allows access to the park along with the chance to experience the Pleasure Beach Express, Chinese Puzzle Maze, South Beach Show and the Spectacular Dancing Water Show.
For more information on opening dates & times visit our website
www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com or call 0871 222 1234. To book tickets for Hot Ice, call 0871 222 9090 for bookings or visit www.hoticeshow.com.
Gate prices are £29.99 for adults and £26.99 for Juniors and Seniors. Family packages available. Online prices are always better value especially if you take advantage of our new 10 Day Advance saver offer.
Pasaje del Terror BlackpoolDistance: 1.3 miTourist Information 525 Ocean Boulevard, Casino Building, Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1EZ 01253 406618
Pasaje Del Terror is an interactive and realistic horror experience. Interactive walk through horror show with live actors. The most famous characters from the horror genre come to life within the confides of The Pasaje Del Terror to produce a unique, terrifying venture where the public become .... THE VICTIM!
A theatrical setting arranged into 20 sets and with around 18 actors lurking in the darkness. This, combined with a wide selection of FX (sound, lighting, etc.) helps to create an absolutely compelling environment.
Pasaje del Terror is an extraordinary experience
in which groups of around 8-10 people embark on a terrifying journey, without any guide, through a labyrinth of hair-raising shocks and surprises.
South Pier, BlackpoolDistance: 1.1 miTourist Information New South Promenade Blackpool Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1B
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.
In the UK’s first National Gaming Academy, we offer innovative casino dealer training courses and gaming machine maintenance training that have been developed alongside industry. With gaming tables, coin slot machines and a cash desk, the NGA looks and feels just like a real casino and is the ideal environment to train for a career in this exciting area.
The NGA offers a wide variety of courses for those seeking employment within the casino industry either at home or abroad. Programmes range from bespoke tuition to highly structured degree programmes, many of which offer students the chance to develop important skills like literacy, numeracy and ICT as they progress through their course.
While studying with us, you’ll enjoy excellent facilities including a training casino, coin slot workshops, seminar rooms, customer service laboratory and a hospitality area in a spectacular self-contained facility that occupies on entire floor.
The NGA is a huge hit with the Gaming Industry. Because of this, we have high employment rates and many companies including Carnival Cruise lines, Genting and Aspers choose to recruit direct from the academies.
There are two fully equipped academies located at Blackpool and The Fylde & North Warwickshire and Hinckley College. The geographical spread of our academies means we can offer training to all corners of the country and our assessors can travel to deliver on site training, something which would be more difficult without these locations. Working together, we can also develop partnerships with national as well as local companies, enhance our reputation and share best practise to ensure we are at the top of our game.
We’ve made a massive breakthrough in professionalising the gaming industry. Offering qualifications right up to degree level means people see working in this industry as a career now, rather than just a stop gap job. Anyone can get a job working in a casino, and our training means they can work their way up and progress quickly up the career ladder. Alternatively, they can enrol at a gaming academy, train on our top level facilities and leave job-ready.
Our croupier training courses give you the underpinning knowledge and skills to work as a croupier and an understanding of the economic, social and legal background to the industry. You’ll learn about customer service and how to deal Roulette, Blackjack and Poker.
For those interested in a career as a Technician we also offer courses specialising in Gambling Operations. This course fully prepares you for life as a Coin Slot Engineer and you will learn technical skills including setting up machines, security systems monitoring and maintenance skills as well as core skills such as customer service, health and safety and social responsibility.
Happy dayz amusement centreDistance: 0.1 miTourist Information 95-97 Promenade Blackpool, United Kingdom FY1 5AA
new image for 2014,
new refurbished café kids eat free offer available,(cj's café bistro)
prize bingo now bigger and better than ever before,
several new machines ,
whole new look with families in mind ,
longer opening hours .