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Celebrating a birthday in Blackpool?


Celebrating your birthday whilst in Blackpool?   We can make any badge for your loved ones and place it in your room as an extra surprise Large ones (77mm) are only £2.40 We’d need to know a theme….unicorns, superhero etc and a message you want on it so you’ll need to email us separately. Not too […]

Blackpool Tower on a penny and Queen’s proclamation for new £5 coin


blackpool tower stamped on a pennyYou may have seen on the news that the Queen recently gave a new proclamation ordering the Blackpool Tower to be featured on a new silver £5 coin.

We’d like to point out that it’s not the first time the Tower has featured on UK currency.

Anyone got one of these?

Image courtesy of www.chards.co.uk

Bonzo likes to strike a pose!

Took Bonzo to Beacon Fell today (half an hour from the Canasta)

Beautiful day so plenty of other dogs there for him to socialise and play with.

He does like to strike a pose…which is handy if you have your camera.

He’s grown a LOT in a week.  Quite remarkable really.  He’s going to be a big lad.  Lovely temperament with other dogs and people.


Bonzo have you seen that red feather cushion anywhere?

Nope…not seen that for a while now.

Plucky Gran makes citizens arrest!


We had a bit of excitement on Tuesday morning

Mandy was up early, as usual, to prepare breakfasts and she startled a burglar at 6:45.  He’d got in our back door which was temporarily not as secure as it should have been.  He got away with my camera (and expensive lens) and my mobile phone.  By the time Mandy came back to wake me up he was long gone.

But…Mandy suggested we try and track the phone on Google’s “Find My Phone”.   Brilliant idea…if you have an android device and have connected your phone to your Google account then it will track it.  So we pinpointed it to a house about a mile away and notified the police.

The “pin” started moving though so we rang the police to tell them – who were doing house to house searches in that area but they seemed confused about what I was telling them so we decided to go there ourselves.

We screeched up outside the house and Mandy shouts, “I’m going in!!”    I was lost for words and wanted to scream “Noooo” but it wouldn’t come out.  She was out the car in an instant and running down the road.   Oh Jeeze….she’s going in the wrong house, I thought, but by the time I’d got out of the car she was 20 yards down the road and had this smackhead pinned against a wall.   She’d recognised him.   I ran to assist in detaining him but I really wasn’t needed – he wasn’t going anywhere with Mandy’s vice like grip.

Police were 50 yards away and they took over when they saw the commotion.

He still had my gear on him!!   Result!!

Potential guests – it’s the first burglary we’ve had in 15 years and…we have a new lock and security lights being fitted

It made the local rag:  http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/crime/plucky-blackpool-hotelier-uses-google-to-catch-burglar-1-8812390

Update:  it made the Daily Fail as well 🙂


(LOL…typical comments from the Daily Fails readers questioning where I was and if I was a man or a mouse….thanks “Pippa” from Surbiton )


It’s worse than that he’s dead, Jim – Star Trek to switch on this years Lights


Blackpool will boldly go where no one has gone before with the first intergalactic switch-on of the world-famous Illuminations.

A Star Trek switch-on finale completes the line-up for this year’s event, which is being staged in association with MTV. There will be live performances from artists Example and DJ Wire, Diversity, Conor Maynard and Louisa Johnson.

Book Early!


Strictly Blackpool for Ballroom Dancing

Its nice to see Strictly returning in November

Here is a great snippet showing the preparations


Dolphins back in Blackpool

I often mention to folk that we sometimes spot dolphins

They do visit us now and again – and their favourite spot when they come in close seems to be opposite the Canasta

So keep your eyes peeled – I’m NOT telling porkies!! They come in real close sometimes usually when the sea is very calm – I think the fish come in closer then and the dolphins will follow them for a tasty snack


Winter Gardens now charging us to advertise them

Once Upon a Time we used to get freebie tickets from places like the Winter Gardens in return for telling our guests about forthcoming shows and how wonderful they are and for displaying promotional material etc.

Now the Winter Gardens want £50 (plus VAT – so lets call that £60 a year) and in return they’ll give us tickets for the shows and a dispenser for their program of events

I find that a crazy business decision and when their rep visited me a few weeks ago I made my feelings known in no uncertain terms (and asked him to convey them back to their marketing department).  It was only two words so shouldn’t have been hard to forget.

I’ll continue to advertise the Winter Gardens as they do put on some marvellous shows in town and, no doubt, bring plenty of folk in to see them (some of them may even decide to stay with us once in a while) but it does irk me a bit and if you notice the Winter Gardens listings are appearing lower down in our forthcoming events pages – you’ll know why.

We prefer to scratch the backs of others who scratch ours … trying to survive in the tourist sector in Blackpool is hard enough without stupid ideas like this.

Now then….have you seen what Viva Blackpool are up to lately?  Its a great venue and some fantastic shows coming up this year





Blackpool Pleasure Beach Wristbands

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The weather is starting to get warmer and where better to enjoy a day out this half-term than at Blackpool Pleasure Beach! The ideal destination for family days out with exciting rides and attractions.

Enjoy the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land with your favourite characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Chase & Marshall from PAW Patrol!

Ride the UK’s tallest rollercoaster, the Big One, check out the twists and turns of Infusion, enjoy a race on the Grand National and take flight on the Red Arrows Skyforce.

Pre-booking your visit online is still the best value way to have an
awesome day out at Pleasure Beach.

Did you know…
You can get an even better deal with our family wristband packages saving up to £10 per person off gate prices.

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