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Blackpool Illuminations

Most famous for its illuminations, Blackpool lights up millions of people`s lives whether they arrive in the town on a day trip, for a fun packed weekend or the two week annual holiday. The illuminations light up the skies from September onwards for 66 nights, sparkling and twinkling they bedazzle visitors throughout the autumn nights as they have each year since 1879. Hotel Libra welcomes back many familiar faces for a visit to the illuminations each year.

Blackpool Tower Hosts Strictly Come Dancing

Equally iconic is Blackpool Tower, standing 518 feet tall. Britain`s answer to the Eiffel tower stands on the promenade overlooking the beaches and the town and giving visitors great views across the surrounding area. Events are held in the Blackpool Tower complex all year round and there is also an indoor play area for the little ones. From the Hotel Libra you are no more than a 5 minute stroll to the Promenade, the Grand Theatre or Blackpool Tower.

The very popular TV show Strictly Come Dancing is often held each season in the ballroom at Blackpool Tower. The show is a huge hit with Blackpool visitors and people travel from afar for the chance to experience a bit of Strictly glitter! The show is so popular, and tickets so sought after, that the BBC operate a random online draw system. This is the only way that tickets can be obtained, as they are not offered for purchase, and fans can only apply for a maximum of one pair of tickets.

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Blackpool Tower Ballroom is the ideal venue for this prestigious dance event with all it's charm and pizazz. Its outstandingly ornate architecture delights all who visit with beautifully decorated ceilings, sparkling chandeliers and fabulous balconies. The ballroom is world famous for its outstanding sprung [bouncy] dance floor, which dancers love. Sprung floors absorb any shocks, decrease impact levels, and are considered perfect for dance floors and halls where sports activities are carried out.

Many of the stars who take part in the competition, consider it a benchmark of success to be included in the annual line up at Blackpool. This is all despite the fact that this charming and historic venue was not designed for big TV productions. Therefore the judges dress in broom cupboards, the disabled toilet is used as a physio treatment room and getting props through narrow doors is always a struggle. But nobody, stars and staff alike, minds these inconveniences, and all experience a growing affection for this wonderful piece of history.

Blackpool Piers

Blackpool is a traditional seaside resort with miles of golden sand where visitors relax by building sandcastles, paddling in the sea, sitting back in a deck chair or simply walking along the sand or the famous Blackpool Promenade, to the piers. North Pier pier itself reaches out almost a quarter of a mile into the sea and retains its Victorian atmosphere with carousel, painted railings and benches. The Carousel Bar serves afternoon tea and hosts swing era music events at the weekend in the Sun Lounge. Along the Promenade are a series of sculptures and lighting features which give the traditional seafront walk a modern twist.

Blackpool’s Character Theatres

Entertainment lies at the heart of Blackpool with the Grand Theatre and the Winter Gardens both offering all kinds of live performance - comedy, drama, opera, top selling artists and bands and pantomime. The buildings themselves are also architecturally splendid with baroque ceilings, ornate plasterwork and balconies, sparkling chandeliers and pristine parquet floors.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Resort & Stanley Park

No trip is complete without a visit to the Pleasure Beach Resort where rides and shows offer exhilarating family fun. For a more sedate time visit Stanley Park a 256 acre area of gardens and woodland situated about two miles from the seafront. There you will also find a model village. Further afield, Marton Mere is a perfect spot for bird watchers and those looking for a pleasant walk in this special nature reserve.

More natural wonders can be enjoyed in the Sea-life Centre which is home to thousands of sea creatures and has an underwater tunnel where visitors can watch the fish as if submerged with them.

Blackpool Hotels & Guest Houses

There are numerous places to stay in Blackpool whether the visitor is looking for a hotel, bed and breakfast, self catering apartment or camping, whatever your preference there will be something to suit your taste and budget. And the same can be said for food and drink too; there is a wealth of choice from fine dining to the customary fish and chips.

Wherever you live in the UK a trip to Blackpool is a must, it is a unique place that offers a genuine mix of traditional British seaside with full blown modern entertainment. If you need a train from Birmingham or a coach from Cambridge to get out of the capital for a weekend make Blackpool your next chosen destination and book you hotel room at Hotel Libra – call 01253 752796 or e mail

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Blackpool Tower Ballroom & Zoo, Blackpool Pleasure Beach Resort, Winter Gardens, Grand Theatre, Blackpool Promenade & Piers, Golden Mile, Blackpool Illuminations.

Blackpool Attractions close to Hotel Libra
Blackpool Attractions close to Hotel Libra
Blackpool Attractions close to Hotel Libra


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