Some Very Interesting Facts About The Fun Town Blackpool in the UK

tigger By tigger, 22nd Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Blackpool is considered the Fun Capital of the UK, Britains answer to Las Vegas some might say. But there some really interesting facts about Blackpool that most visitors are unaware of.

Introduction

I thought I would write a bit about some of the interesting facts on Blackpool which many people would not know, this may be very interesting to any visitor from abroad planning on places to visit in the UK, and I would cirtainly recommend a visit to Blackpool for anyone who is touring the UK.

General Statistics

Blackpool has over 90,600 Visitor Beds
There are over 3,000 hotels, guest houses and self-catering establishments in the resort.
On average Blackpool attracts over 16 million visitors each year.

The Tramway

The Worlds first permanent electric street Tramway was opened in Blackpool on the 29 September 1885, and is still there today, this alone attracts many tram and train enthusiasts worldwide.
65 Trams run in service during the summer months.
There is 11.5 miles of tram track from Blackpool South to Fleetwood.
There are 5 illuminated trams which come out during the illuminations season, these are: The Rocket, The Western Train, The Trawler, HMS Blackpool and The Hovertram.

Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower was opened on the 14th May 1894, and is 518ft 9" (158.12m) high, including the flagstaff.
It was painted Gold in 1994 to celebrate it's centenary year.
It sway's 1 inch in high winds of 70mph or over.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach was once home to the world's tallest and fastest rollercoaster - The Pepsi Max Big One, which is 235ft high and reaches speeds of 95mph. It Still holds the record in Europe.
Each year 500,000 candyflosses are sold enough to re-turf Wembley Stadium four times over.
Richard Rodriguez broke the world rollercoaster marathon record by riding the Big Dipper for 1013 hours - (47 days)!
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is Britain's Number 1 free tourist attractions with 7.8 million visitors (as listed by the English Tourist Board).

Blackpool North Pier

The largest fish ever caught in Blackpool was a 19lb Cod, from the North Pier
More than 11 million coins are fed into the Arcade machines in a year weighing a total of 86 tons. Edge to edge they would stretch 168 miles.
The Pier Manager walks 738 miles up and down the Pier in a year.

Famous Blackpool Illuminations

The Blackpool Illuminations cost £2.4 million to stage.
Electricity consumed totals 960,000 units, at an approximate cost of £50,000
The Lights are expected to attract in excess of 3.5 million visitors to Blackpool.
There are an amazing one million lamps in various types and styles.
There are more than 5,000 floodlights and spotlights
The army of visitors will spend more than £275 million while visiting the resort during the Lights.
The dazzling display stretches almost six miles from Starr Gate to Bispham.
Forty-five staff, which include Artists, Electricians, Joiners Mechanics, Painters and Engineers, work all year round to ensure the displays are ready on time.
Altogether 65,000 staff hours are used on maintenance, preparation, erection, operation and - finally - dismantling the features, fixtures and fittings.
Cable and wiring stretches more than 200 miles.
There are more than 500 scenic designs and features.
Forty large tableaux holding more than 5,000 square metres in surface area are included in the display.

Other Facts On Blackpool

Blackpool now has the World's Largest Mirror Ball.
Blackpool Company “Coronation Rock” made the world’s biggest stick of rock measuring 19ft and weighing in at a whopping 413.6kg on the 20 July 1991.
Television personalities Roy Castle and Cheryl Baker slid into the record books when they descended 400 feet on a rope from the top of Blackpool Tower to the Promenade below.

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author avatar christopheranton
22nd Nov 2010 (#)

Just the place for a
good holiday.

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author avatar Nnnnnn
9th Dec 2015 (#)

its not

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author avatar Paul Lines
22nd Nov 2010 (#)

Must go back again. Thanks for the reminder tigger

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author avatar Tempest
14th Mar 2011 (#)

Great article

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author avatar Maureen
29th Sep 2013 (#)

I love black pool because I love the rides there and the pear and the lights are lovely .

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author avatar Charlotte
28th Nov 2013 (#)

fab country love lots mah fav country lolfab rides fab pear love mah lyfff

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author avatar Jack
8th Dec 2013 (#)

cool

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author avatar Rambashi
28th May 2014 (#)

I absaloutely love there cause of the rides and everything

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author avatar Llena
7th Apr 2016 (#)

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author avatar Llena
7th Apr 2016 (#)

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author avatar Martin riley
17th Nov 2017 (#)

Brings nack lots of memories of my life in Blackpool

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author avatar Martin riley
17th Nov 2017 (#)

Good memories of the prom when I used to live there years ago

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