Blackpool Museum Project team have been looking at what makes Blackpool special. Each week a museum team member will publish a post about the things that make Blackpool so unique, dynamic and exciting. This week Finance and Admin Manager Deborah Makin who loves the variety of attractions in Blackpool.

The variety of Blackpool’s Attractions

It was fairly easy for me to answer the question, what makes Blackpool special? For me it’s all about the range of things to do in the town.

Having lived here for the majority of my life I love the different experiences I can be a part of, literally on my doorstep. Whilst I often hear grumblings of Blackpool’s focus on visitors, I feel the town works very hard to provide entertainment for everyone.

Blackpool is around 13.5 square miles in size. According to Wikipedia it takes 302nd place in a list of 326 English districts ordered by size, and therefore we’re pretty small. Taking size into account I’m even more impressed with what Blackpool has to offer.

Many people will talk about the record breaking rides and attractions at the Pleasure Beach. The chutes and slides at the tropical Sandcastle where the sun always shines. The world famous Blackpool Tower or perhaps the historic circus. The relatively new Blackpool Dungeon which promises to thrill and chill, or maybe coming face to face with Boris the Bowmouth Guitar Shark at the Sea Life Centre.

Image above: The Pleasure Beach in 1905. Copyright Blackpool Council

Image above: The Pleasure Beach in 1905, one of Blackpool’s most famous attractions. Copyright Blackpool Council









Hidden gems

Blackpool revels in the big named attractions which are responsible for bringing millions of visitors to the resort each year. But there are many more which I think are really special. Have you visited Salisbury Woodland at Stanley Park or perhaps the Blackpool Model Village who host an annual mole hunt?

The Grand Theatre and Winter Gardens Opera House host singers, comedians, panto, ballet, opera, and Peppa Pig! You can listen to local historians or experience behind the scenes tours of some of the town’s oldest buildings. Festivals and events are a regular occurrence and you can enjoy Pride, Showzam, Armed Forces and the Air Show.

Image above: 1928 Air Pageant. Copyright Blackpool Council

Image above: 1928 Air Pageant. Copyright Blackpool Council

My favourite place…

Image above: Salisbury Woodland, Stanley Park courtesy of Friends of Stanley Park

Image above: Salisbury Woodland, Stanley Park courtesy of Friends of Stanley Park

I think my favourite place in Blackpool though is Stanley Park. It offers a mountain of variety in one place. I have a wealth of childhood memories centred here where I shared countless hours with my brother, family and friends. There’s so much to do including the traditional play area, masses of green space for games and running, the boating lake, trim trail, the Italian gardens, crazy golf.  Together with the new high ropes adventure, the sports centre and the cricket club there really is so much to be done. I’m now able to share this space with my three year old son and we have had such fantastic days exploring – seeing it through his eyes is truly magical!

So whether it’s pigeons or punk music, opera or octopuses there will be something in Blackpool that can appeal to you.  So look out for the advertising, pop into the tourist information centre and find something that’s right up your street. Blackpool may be small but it’s got it all!  Maybe it’s true what they say; good things come in small packages.

Deborah Makin, Finance & Admin Manager