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Monthly Archives: August 2014

BLAM!

By |August 15th, 2014|Blackpool Attractions|

BLAM! is currently at the Blackpool Grand Theatre and is proving as much of a hit here as it was in the West End and the Edinburgh Fringe. BLAM! is a Danish production that’s part reproduction of The Office, part dance and part physical theatre. That description doesn’t quite do it justice as it’s a [...]

Switch-On Food & Drink Festival

By |August 15th, 2014|Blackpool Attractions|

The Switch-On Food & Drink Festival is being held on Blackpool Promenade to coincide with the Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Weekend on the 29th to 31st of August 2014. Food festivals are proving quite popular right now. Taking advantage of our distrust of supermarkets, hugely improved local produce and the rise of the artisan producer, these [...]

Illuminasia

By |August 15th, 2014|Blackpool Attractions|

Illuminasia is billed as “The World’s Largest Indoor Illumination’s Experience.” Set in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens and opened this April, the show is an indoor attraction that’s a light show like no other. It’s new for Blackpool and already proving exceptionally popular. Costing around £3m, the attraction has over 35,000 lights within six zones covering around [...]

Viva Blackpool

By |August 15th, 2014|Blackpool Attractions|

It’s difficult to think of something to say about Viva Blackpool that hasn’t been said a million times before. It’s outrageous, but in a good way, it’s fabulous, funny, entertaining and above all, a good night out. Located on Blackpool Promenade near the Tower, the venue is a cabaret, comedy club, wedding venue, party and [...]

Blackpool Donkeys now accepting contactless payments

By |August 15th, 2014|Hotel News|

It’s at once amusing and reassuring that our very own Blackpool Donkeys are moving with the times. In a town attraction that has graced our beaches and delighted visitors for the longest time, technology has finally caught up with them. There are few sights in Blackpool that hearken back to the golden age of our [...]

Blackpool Illuminations giving joy to Margate

By |August 15th, 2014|Hotel News|

The big Blackpool Illuminations switch-on weekend is coming up in a little over a week. That got us thinking about the old lights and what happens to them. Then, a day later, the BBC published a story about some old displays being donated to Margate. The donation is to help the Kent town rebuild their [...]

The next step in hotel automation is smart phone room keys

By |August 15th, 2014|Hotel News|

We read the other day that Hilton hotels are planning to gradually roll out smartphone keys and room management apps across their hotel chain. This got us thinking about how the industry is evolving and whether guests would be happy with such changes. The plan is for Hilton Worldwide to roll out a new app [...]

Would a VAT cut boost Blackpool tourism?

By |August 15th, 2014|Hotel News|

The campaign to reduce Value Added Tax for tourist-related businesses isn’t anything new. It has been running a while now but has only really hit the headlines recently thanks to coverage by national media. As you would imagine, such a cut is something the North Ocean Hotel is seriously in favour of. While it wouldn’t [...]