Blackpool Moves to Attract Families
Date Posted: 08/08/14
In recent years, Blackpool has become better known for attracting stag and hen parties than families on a summer holiday, but this is something that the destination’s tourism organisation wants to rectify.
It is launching a major advertising campaign to encourage more parents to bring their children to Blackpool to experience its attractions for themselves and, of course, make use of the beach.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Blackpool councillor and cabinet member for tourism and leisure Graham Cain commented: “We’re aiming to re-engage families that used to visit the resort, perhaps as youngsters themselves, as well as stimulating new visits from families and younger couples for whom Blackpool is simply not on their holiday radar.”
He highlighted the many wonderful attractions that the iconic seaside spot has to offer, including its zoo and the famous Pleasure Beach.
As well as a big push in terms of advertising, things are changing on the ground too, with Blackpool seafront undergoing a £250 million redevelopment, while the Talbot Gateway project - a mixed-use development of retail and office space - is under construction and set to transform the centre of the town.
Plans have also been submitted for a new hotel on Blackpool Promenade, which, if approved, would see rundown buildings opposite Central Pier knocked down and replaced by new accommodation for visitors on weekend breaks or longer holidays.
If you don’t want to wait until the regeneration has been completed though, there is plenty for families to enjoy in Blackpool already. In fact, earlier this month one of the town’s green spaces - Stanley Park - received a Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy.
Spanning almost 400 acres, this park has lots of attractions within its boundaries. The newly-added animal farm-themed play area, designed for children aged two to eight, is likely to be a highlight for families, but the Italian gardens, water fountains, boat lake and bandstand are among the other things to look out for on a visit here.
Posted by Hayley Brent
UK Destinations News
Not booked your next short break yet? Our last minute deals page will have just the thing...
The perfect ready-made break, these great two night deals include dinner on the first night of your stay!
We're famous for our theatre breaks! Check out our great West End and regional theatre breaks here...
Check out our great attraction breaks and theme parks right across the country - great for a family day out!
Take advantage of this terrific family offer - stay on a half board basis at Hinckley Island from just £109 per family per night!