Home of the iconic Blackpool Tower and the Pleasure Beach (where you’ll find the Big One rollercoaster), the coastal town of Blackpool in Lancashire continues to attract millions of visitors each year. In its heyday, it was the place to go for traditional British seaside fun, with its promenade complete with piers, fortune-tellers, pubs, trams, donkey rides, theatres and fish and chip shops. Today, with more opportunities to travel overseas, the town has dwindled in popularity, but it remains a sought-after destination for families on a budget, weekend break seekers, as well as hen and stag parties. In addition to its sandy beaches, Blackpool boasts a zoo, illuminations display, waterpark and the UK’s only first-generation tramway.
Blackpool offers plenty of entertainment, with big names flocking to the town to perform their one-man shows over the course of the summer season. It has seen an increase in the number of local festivals and events taking place in the town, including the Blackpool Festival, Blackpool Air Show, Gay Blackpool and Blackpool Dance Festival, and the Grand Theatre (known locally as ‘The Grand’) has also enjoyed a recent transformation. Outside the main holiday season, Blackpool’s Winter Gardens routinely hosts major political and trade union conferences, while the Young Farmers convention has been regularly held here since the late 1960s.
Blackpool’s urban fabric and economy remains relatively undiversified, and firmly rooted in the tourism sector. Having moved with the times, the town’s pioneering wireless network covers the entire town centre, promenade and beach front, taking visitors on a virtual tour and providing full internet access. While Blackpool has a large number of small businesses, there are also some bigger employers based here, such as the government-owned National Savings and Investments, Burton’s Biscuit Company, Tangerine Confectionery, Klarius UK (automotive component manufacturer) and Victrex (high-performance polymer manufacturer). In addition, retail is fast becoming a major contributor to Blackpool’s economy, with many residents working in either the town centre (the main shopping streets are Church Street, Victoria Street, Birley Street, Market Street, Corporation Street, Bank Hey Street, Abingdon Street and Talbot Road) or retail parks on the edge of town.
Blackpool International Airport operated regular charter and scheduled flights throughout the UK and Europe but it is now only open to small aircraft. Blackpool Transport operates the main bus services in and around the town, while it is well-served by railway links, the tramway system and the M55 motorway, which connects Blackpool to the national motorway network. Other major roads in the town are the A583, A587, A586, A584 and the B5261.
There are 29 state primary schools and eight state secondary schools in Blackpool, along with a range of activities for children and young people to keep them amused, some of which are delivered by Blackpool Young People Services.
The majority of property sales during the last year in Blackpool were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £130,522, with an overall average price of £127,662. This is a similar situation as the figures shown for the previous year. The town is also one of the top UK cities for rental returns. As the property prices are among some of the most affordable, the high rental yields create a very favourable environment for real estate investors.