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The 2017 Blackpool Bucket and Spade List

Blackpool Prom showing the Tower

Blackpool Tower, Blackpool, United Kingdom

Blackpool Prom and Tower ©Sean Convoy and VisitBlackpool

Looking to create some unforgettable summer memories?  Then why not head to Blackpool and you can see for yourself why this is the UK’s favourite beach resort.

Not only does it have sand and sea, more shows, attractions and entertainment than you can shake a stick at, but also a collection of unique experiences that will simply blow your mind!

Child holding out his arm to catch a tram in Blackpool by digihanger on Pixabay

Blackpool by digihanger on Pixabay

Ride (and walk) The Big One

The Big One is the tallest, fastest and scariest coaster on Blackpool Pleasure Beach (at least until 2018 when the new £16m Icon coaster is launched!). The question is: Are you brave enough to climb on board and face the awesome first drop, travelling at speeds of more than 85mph? The second question is: Could you walk The Big One a mere 235ft to the top of the first incline?

Tango In Blackpool Tower Ballroom

You have probably seen it on Strictly – but trust us, the world-famous Tower Ballroom looks even more jaw-dropping when you are actually in it. Step through the doors and you will enter the magical world of one of the most spectacular ballrooms on the planet. There is a unique sprung dance floor where you can follow in the footsteps of the world’s best dancers. Failing that, you can simply do an Ed Balls impression, Gangnam-style.

Feed The Cat

Not just any old cat, but one of Blackpool Zoo’s magnificent tigers. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal and serve breakfast to one of the resident big cats. Your experience includes a behind the scenes tour with one of the zoo’s experienced keepers and a whole host of goodies (and memories) to take away with you.

Take The Plunge

Picture the scene: You are on the roof of the Sandcastle Waterpark building on South Promenade. Just one thing stands between you and the tropical waters below. Well two things actually: The colossal Montazooma mat slide with 360 degree loops and back-to-back turns, or the Aztec Falls, an electrifying pitch-black descent into a giant bowl. The choice is yours!

Brave The SkyWalk

Dare you take a walk of faith at the top of Blackpool Tower? Step out of the lift 380 feet up and the thrilling SkyWalk awaits you. It’s a five centimetre-thick glass platform where you can look out over the Irish Sea and look down on the famous Golden Mile below you. It’s a viewing experience you will never forget!

Blackpool wheel and tower by digihanger on Pixabay

Blackpool wheel and tower by digihanger on Pixabay

Snorkel With Sharks

It’s a big step up from swimming with the fishes. This is a unique, exhilarating experience where you will come face to face with more than 20 sharks and other spectacular marine life in Blackpool’s SEA LIFE Centre. It’s your very own 15-minute Jaws adventure followed by a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about shark breeding, conservation and food preparation.

Have A Drink In The Rovers

Weatherfield aside, where on earth can you prop up the bar with Ken Barlow? Easy! Take a trip to Madame Tussauds’ on Blackpool’s Golden Mile, fight your way through the dozens of celebrities, take a stroll down Coronation Street and pop into the Rovers Return where you can meet some of the Corrie stars, past and present, and enjoy a freshly-poured drink in the fully licensed bar.

Discover Lancashire Cheese

Beacon Fell Traditional Lancashire Cheese PDO is a soft cheese. It is made in Fylde area of Lancashire, North of the River Ribble including the Preston and Blackpool district. Makers use full fat cows milk delivered daily from farms in the designated area. It carries the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) mark.

Local markets and fairs sold local cheeses at least from medieval times. Henry II granted a licence to Preston for markets and fairs. Throughout its long history the fortunes of cheesemaking have waxed and waned. In the second world war production of soft cheese was banned as hard cheese could be cut into rations more easily. This could have meant the end of Beacon Fell Traditional Lancashire Cheese. The cheese however recovered only to face another problem in the 1960s. A non-traditional mass produced version of the cheese almost put the traditional cheese makers out of business. Fortunately, several creameries persevered and the true Lancashire cheese is still sold for you to enjoy.

For more information about Lancashire cheese and a cheese trail through the Forest of Bowland AONB visit .

Ride The Tram Train

It’s the ultimate tramway experience and you can only do it here in Blackpool. Climb on board one of the amazing heritage trams and relive the art deco era of the 1930s. Better still; take a ride on one of the extraordinary illuminated trams that run during the autumn season. Imagine taking a ride on a tram decked out as a trawler or a Great Western train, bejewelled in thousands of tiny lights what’s not to love?

The Tram Train brightly illuminated in red, yellow and green lights

Tram Train © Sean Convoy and VisitBlackpool

Cycle Through the Lights

Get ready for an electrifying and magical cycle ride under Blackpool’s world-famous Illuminations. Head for the seafront on 29 August and you can join thousands of riders as they travel along the Promenade for a sneak preview of the 2017 Lights. The ride is totally traffic-free. This is bike riding but not as you know it!

Blackpool's golden Mile at night in the illuminations

Blackpool’s Golden Mile © Sean Convoy and VisitBlackpool

Join The Switch On Party

It’s the biggest night in Blackpool’s events calendar – the night when 20,000 people turn out for a great big free party on the Prom to mark the official start of the Blackpool Illuminations season. 2016 saw an amazing line-up including Diversity, The Vamps, Fleur East and showbiz royalty Dame Barbara Windsor. Are you ready to party under the stars on Friday 1 September? Register to win your free wristbands go to: www.visitblackpool.com/switchon

The magnificent entrance to Blackpool Winter Gardens © Visit Blackpool

Winter Gardens © Visit Blackpool

Keep checking www.visitblackpool.com  for to find out what is happening during your visit.

Click on the link   http://www.visitblackpool.com/blackpoolguide/ to view the 2017 Blackpool Destination Guide.

To view the online version of Blackpool’s 2017 Event Guide follows https://issuu.com/visitblackpool/docs/events_guide_2017

The 2017 Blackpool Bucket and Spade List

Blackpool Tower, Blackpool, United Kingdom

Blackpool Prom and Tower ©Sean Convoy and VisitBlackpool Looking to create some unforgettable summer memories?  Then why not head to Blackpool and you can see for yourself why this is the UK’s favourite beach resort. Not only does it have sand and sea, more shows, attractions and entertainment than you can shake a stick at, […]

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