To think Blackpool is a bit shit

(573 Posts)
Cutitup Tue 23-Jul-13 20:55:13

Just came back from Blackpool and it was utter shit. Why haven't the council there made improvements and made it a decent place to visit?

There is hardly anywhere halfway reasonable to eat, it looks completely broken and unloved. There is just so much potential for development and it could be the "Orlando" of England. Instead, it's just shite.

I've come away thinking I don't need to take my children to Africa to appreciate what they've got: just take them to Blackpool.

On a good note, the beach is very nice. Shame about the drunks weeing all over the stairs to the beach and leaving beer cans everywhere. I saw broken Britain in Blackpool and I shall never go back again.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 20:56:18


It's not a bit shit

It is utterly vile with nothing to redeem it whatsoever and should be wiped from the face of the earth

I live near it. I have to shower if for some reason I am forced to enter it.

JudgeJodie Tue 23-Jul-13 20:56:36

999 what's your emergency


MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 20:57:37

The last time I went there, in 1999, I saw a girl getting rug-munched by two blokes on the Prom. She was even wearing a Kiss Me Quick hat.

I shit you not.

I love it.

I'm foreign.

Are the two connected?

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 20:58:47

Dammit Marmalade

I didn't think anyone saw me.

Nancy66 Tue 23-Jul-13 20:59:01

it's one of the worst places I've ever been. I cannot think why anybody would go there by choice.

MarianneEnjolras Tue 23-Jul-13 20:59:38

If you think Blackpool is bad... you should visit Rhyl sometime to gain some perspective. grin

AnnabelleLee Tue 23-Jul-13 20:59:57

I used to live there. I now live far far away and never go within 100 miles of the place.
nuff said.

When we visited I went to the loo just near the sea front and there was a needle disposal bin in the cubicle, with blood smeared all over it. Horrible place, we went to Lytham st Anne, just next to Blackpool and that's lovely.

Ashoething Tue 23-Jul-13 21:00:38

FFs stop being so snobby. We are going to Blackpool next week for our holidays. We stay in a caravan site in a lovely village and avoid blackpool at night. The dcs love it.

Yes it is run down but for a day at the pleasure beach,the seaside,donkey's and ice cream then whats not to like?

No one else is watching the darts, then?

<--- lowbrow as hell.

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 21:01:44

It's not being snobby. Being snobby is to be derogatory about somewhere that is perfectly fine for most humans.

The best thing about Blackpool is Manchester Square, a sewage pumping station, positioned on the promenade, there's not many places with landmarks like that.

You can't take a picnic to the Pleasure Beach now apparently. shock I haven't been since 1985. grin

LazyMonkeyButler Tue 23-Jul-13 21:03:44

Marianne grin. Yes, visit Rhyl and somehow Blackpool doesn't look so bad.

It is tacky, true, but lots of people like it - if you are not one of them then just go elsewhere next time. There are lots of less-plastic seaside resorts in the UK smile.

LegoAcupuncture Tue 23-Jul-13 21:04:26

Im going next week, will report back on its shabbiness.

Floralnomad Tue 23-Jul-13 21:04:53

It is a crap hole , having said that The Big Blue hotel is vey nice , the pleasure beach has some lovely old roller coasters and The Sandcastle is a great waterpark ,so if you just stay 1 night and just visit those places it is quite tolerable .

Lilyloo Tue 23-Jul-13 21:04:56

When we went recently we spent the day in the tower which looks like it needs a lot of tlc and gave up looking for somewhere nice to eat and had chips walking down the beach.
St Anne's is much much nicer. The kids do still like the illuminations though.

BlueStones Tue 23-Jul-13 21:04:56

I grew up there. I always feel validated when outsiders tell me it's shit. I always thought it was, but my family insisted in telling us how LUCKY we were to be growing up in such a lovely place [hmmm]

I remember when I moved away to uni - the novelty of walking down a street and not a single gang of drunken men to shout abuse at me! 'Twas revelatory.

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 21:07:15

grin catgirl. It was BROAD DAYLIGHT.

I had to go there for a course a few years ago. It was vile beyond belief, and this was during the illuminations, so supposedly when it's at its best. I will never, ever go back there.

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:07:43

It is HIDEOUS. Really run down and vile.

I also remember being forced to go on the Grand National roller coaster which scared me to death. How can a wooden fairground ride from the 1920s be so scary?

And that is NOT a beach.

And I am not being snooty, I grew up in Ilfracombe so know what a rundown shithole of a seaside town looks like, but Blackpool is hideous. And the pubs are quite simply frightening.

nenevomito Tue 23-Jul-13 21:08:47

It's one of the poorest places in the UK. Low incomes, unemployment. It's run down and has fuck all investment or change of growth or regeneration on its current path. Add into that the hen and stag do crowd and you have a recipe for not only being shit, but being unutterably shit.

You have to go in like a commando. Target your area (the sandcastle) get in, get out.

I think the music played between darts games should be the national anthem.

Do do do do do do, do do do do, do do do do do, oi oi oi!

(carries on conversation with self)

The Grand National Rollercoaster was fab, and the one where you got strapped onto a wooden horse? Or was that the same thing?

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:10:06

binky when I was a kid they piped raw sewage in the sea, when it was low tide we used to play on the sewage pipe and swim in the sea with the effluent.

It is a miracle I didn't catch cholera. Funnily enough I have never had a stomach bug in my life, a childhood swimming in shit has made me immune, evidently.

soontobeburns Tue 23-Jul-13 21:10:21

I love it!! But im from Belfast so it does feel more treat like grin

Pleasure beach at day and flares at night.

It has got one thing going for it, it doesn't smell like Fleetwood. Fleetwood has the delicate aroma (depending which way the wind is blowing) of rotting fish, sewage works, landfill site and Fishermans Friend.

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:11:29

No, it wasn't on a horse, you got strapped in carriages and went up and down over these fucking terrible wooden hills. I have never been so scared in my life.

Mind you I grip tight when I go on the teacups, so perhaps I am not the best judge.

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 21:12:16

My dad who is a royal fucking snob very choosy got forced into going there on a last-minute stag weekend after the original plan of going to a real ale festival in Devon got cancelled.

He sent me a text after ONE HOUR of being there saying that he knew what Hell was.

Taz1212 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:14:03

Ditto to the suggestions about Lytham St Anne's. We spend a week in St Anne's every year and just do the odd day trip into Blackpool. St Anne's is lovely and has some really nice restaurants and gorgeous beach. OP, YANBU about Blackpool but the surrounding area is nice!

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:14:07

I love your dad, Marm.

Mind you I have been to real ale festivals in Devon, they get very, very messy indeed. The ale and cider is something ridiculous like 9%. Lots of hollering and running into the sea ime.

leGavorf I have just been informed by DH, who sadly is a man in the know on this site, that they pumped the shit out on an outgoing tide not a low tide, they still pump the shit out but it has now moved further up the coast to anchorsholme.

Anyone still fancy visiting the beach there?

LazyMonkeyButler Tue 23-Jul-13 21:14:51

LeGav - Ilfracombe a shit hole? Really? confused

Sparklingbrook - that'll be the Steeplechase you're thinking of <helpful>.

threepiecesuite Tue 23-Jul-13 21:15:07

It is truly the arsehole of England. I live an hour away, we went a few times as small children and even my 6 year old self could work out what a shit hole it was. And it seems to be bleak, lashing down and blowing a gale for about 340 days of the year.
The Illuminations are shit too - and they beg ask for donations at the start, after you've queued for 2 hours.

perplexedpirate Tue 23-Jul-13 21:16:02

It's a terrible, terrible place. Unfortunately, it also happens to be my MIL's favourite place on earth. She constantly suggests we all go on a 'family day out' which I have so far avoided.
Last time DH went with her, on his return he shakily recounted the tale of the the 10p cup of tea his mum had made them go for in an arcade. He's never been the same since. sad

I loved the Steeplechase- thanks Lazy. You got proper bruises and everything. grin

ANormalOne Tue 23-Jul-13 21:16:45

It's a shit-heap, drive through it to see the lights at Christmas, don't stop though and avoid it like the plague for the rest of the year.

Instead, come to Southport which was lovely until Blackpool stole all of our fucking attractions is lovely.


BlueStones Tue 23-Jul-13 21:17:03

It's weird in a way, though - very few people leave the area (to the extent that it has a higher than average level of genetic disorders). Hardly anyone from my childhood has moved away, and most of those still there cannot understand why I have - they fully believe I will one day come to my senses and move "home".

Given that EVERYONE else can see it, I do wonder why so many within the area cannot.

I hope I don't sound like a snob. As long as folk are happy, that's all good - but it does appear from this thread that the crapness is real, not imagined.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:17:12

Lytham, bit further down than St. Annes is very nice

No sewage, windmill, lovely restaurants, cobbled streets, a green all along the promenade fishing boats and no drunks except me

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:17:42

Ilfracombe is a shithole if you live there for 27 years. It is a beautiful place, but apart from the summer season very difficult place to live, small town minded, no jobs, drug culture and a lot of poverty. A brilliant place to bring children up but probably the worst place for bored teens, IMO.

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:19:06

Even Coleen Nolan still lives there.

CitrusSunshine Tue 23-Jul-13 21:20:55

This thread is making me feel a bit sad. I haven't been to Blackpool probably for about 30 years but when I was a kid we used to go EVERY YEAR to drive thru the Illuminations and we used to absolutely love it and think it was so exciting! (It was the 70s/80s. Didn't get out much)

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:21:00

Binky I was talking about swimming in shite in Ilfracombe, not Blackpool. grin. Christ what a strange sentence to type!

As far as I know they don't pump raw sewage into the sea any more. Well that's what they told us.

LazyMonkeyButler Tue 23-Jul-13 21:21:59

ANormal - Southport itself is lovely but the name always makes me shudder - I once spent a weekend at Pontins. Nuff said.

CitrusSunshine Tue 23-Jul-13 21:22:43

I remember it used to take about 3 hours to walk to the sea on Blackpool beach though. We usually used to give up.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:24:19

You were lucky not to have got there Citrus

It's literally shit

AudrinaAdare Tue 23-Jul-13 21:24:33

That roller-coaster was much scarier than the Pepsi-Max one. I think because it was so old and rickety...

I live fifteen miles from Southend. Seaside towns always attract the disenfranchised. I went to school near there as well, proper bed-sit land, big houses all divided up with a recently-released sex-offender in every attic and all-day drinkers everywhere.

A few of my friends who didn't go to or finish sixth-from college ended up in those houses and they were bloody scary and odd. You'd have for example, the obligatory damp room, attic nonce and a massive bathroom with a double jacuzzi... filled with sand, for example.

Ilfracombe? good job that one wasn't on my Places to Visit list.

There is no raw sewage pumped into the sea anymore, it is treated sewage. (Doing my PR bit, don't want DH to lose his job grin)

How about a MN away day to Blackpool? grin We can hire a bus.

Southport is great. We stopped at the Premier Inn and had a fab few days.

I've never been further north than Birmingham. Is Blackpool worse than Hull?

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:26:51

I agree Audrina, the Big One was scary on the way up and the first terrible plummet, but the rest of it was fun. The Grand National was sheer nail baiting terror and pain all the way round. I think the ricketiness made it ten times worse. Plus I had images of gory deaths a la Final Destination all the way round.

Cutitup Tue 23-Jul-13 21:27:09

So glad I'm not the only one.

Utter shite!

Never again. Ever!

I am still recovering and my DCs are still thanking me for not spending a second night there. We forfeited our hotel hovel night just to come home. Frankly, I would have paid the hotel double to have not spent another night there.

The council for Blackpool should be ashamed.

Sirzy Tue 23-Jul-13 21:27:14

It has been shit for as long as I can remember (I am 29)

I try to avoid the place as much as possible, but the zoo is a good day out and next week we are going to the sea life centre as DS wants to meet the Octonauts.

I don't think Southport is that nice though. They had done the pier quite nicely but that is a dump already. Its better than Blackpool but that doesn't take much!

AudrinaAdare Tue 23-Jul-13 21:27:20

For example x 2 hmm

The shops were nice in Southport IIRC and lots of places to eat. no good for beach though.

AudrinaAdare Tue 23-Jul-13 21:28:50

I think Chessington tried to recreate it with The Rattlesnake but it wasn't half as terrifying.

Ashoething Tue 23-Jul-13 21:28:52

I have been to blackpool numerous times as both a child and an adult and have never seen drunken lager louts or people shagging on the beachhmm

As I said we stay on the outskirts and I wouldn't dream of taking my dcs into a pub in blackpool city centre at night_who would?

I hope none of you watched the 9.50 Sun holidays programme-your heads would probably implode at the shabbiness of the caravan sites.

ANormalOne Tue 23-Jul-13 21:29:37

LazyMonkey I totally agree, it used ot be a lot nicer, it's gone down hill. It seems that every time we get something nice, bloody Blackpool thieves it buys it off of us.

I did my teaching practice at a biiiig comprehensive in Blackpool. Baptism of fire. It was 12 years ago and it is still my mantra after a bad day 'It can never be as bad as Blackpool.' sad

Some lovely lovely kids there too, just so much deprivation.

DH saw a pornography photo shoot on Blackpool Beach, near the tower. I don't think any shagging was going on, but I think that sort of thing happens under the piers.

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 21:31:23

Oh Pa Twatkins like a drink and no mistake, GetOrf! Just generally not bottles of Blue WKD served onto a sticky bar in a pub playing oonse oonse oonse music grin

The one saving grace of Blackpool is Flamingos, the gay nightclub. I would have lived in there if I could. grin

ANormalOne Tue 23-Jul-13 21:32:09

SparklingBrook it's a crap beach but a great nature reserve, Formby and Freshfield are good for beaches.

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:32:40

Pissing myself at oonse oonse oonse music.

We went there in November overnight Sat/Sun when ds3's football team were playing there.

The hotel- [Norbreck] was shite, it pissed down whilst at the Pleasure Beach and the team lost.

However, it was a laugh, we had a terrific Italian meal and the memory of having to walk through the reception in our pj's to change rooms after complaining about the leaking roof in our room will hold a memory for years grin

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:33:43

The Greggs in Blackpool has indoor and outdoor seating

Like it's a restaurant

True fact

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:34:33

Haha at greggs restaurant.

Actually I want one here now.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:35:23

I wonder if you can book? grin

I may have to ring them tomorrow and find out

I live in Blackpool, and I have to say I love it. I grew up here, my parents had a B&B, and as a kid it was a fantastic place to live. I fell out of love with it when I was in my late teens/twenties asit just wasn't a cool place to be, no culture, horrendous in then town centre at night etc. However, now I have a four year old DS and once again I think its a great place to live. We live in a lovely area in South Shore, 5 minutes from the beach and the prom, lots of lovely parks nearby, St Anne's is 10 minutes away by car. There is always somewhere to take DS, even if it's only for a walk or a bike ride down the prom. We don't go out so much at night so the whole hen/stag thing doesn't affect us, and we know the good places to eat. I would rather live here than in a lot of places I have visited...I can walk to my local shops down the promenade (which has had a lot of money spent on it in the last few years) and in the summer time its just lovely. So there!

Lilyloo Tue 23-Jul-13 21:36:09

Ashoething that must be rare to have never seen a lager lout in Blackpool. We were there mid week during the day and some guy was vomiting at the pelican crossing. Weekends are full of stag and hen party's and plenty of drinking, not a family place at all as unfortunately the shops, tower, sea life etc are all placed amongst the pubs and clubs.

ENormaSnob Tue 23-Jul-13 21:37:15

I had a beltin' night out in Blackpool for a mates 19th birthday blush

<hides kiss me quick hat>

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 21:37:56

Well we're not talking about the naice outskirts, Ashoething.

We're talking about the seaside ghetto heaven that is Cackpool.

The only time I would go back there is if Benedict Cumberbatch was offering sex with any ladies brave enough to enter the town centre. And even then, only if he paid my train fare.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:39:34

Benedict would implode if he had to enter Blackpool sad

I don't think he could take it

Wuldric Tue 23-Jul-13 21:39:34

I had to go to Blackpool once. I won't go into the detail. In any event, you would have to persuade me that my children's lives were in peril to get me there for a second time. I have never ever been anywhere more soulless in my entire life. And I have been to Hull.

DameEdnasBridesmaid Tue 23-Jul-13 21:39:41

Blackpool is a shithole.

Half a day for the illuminations was as much as I could bear when the DC's were small.

It's a bloody disgrace considering the money the council must rake in. Dirty, overflowing bins, stinks, disgusting toilets.

ANormalOne Tue 23-Jul-13 21:39:45

My DM went on a ride out to Blackpool with a bunch of her biker friends, they got attacked by a stag do with loads of squirty bottles of mayonnaise. hmm They must've been extremely drunk to think it would be a good idea to do it to bikers but I doubt they found it so amusing in the morning....

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 21:39:52

I live in the "shit hole" sad. The surrounding areas are fab. St Anne's beach is fantastic. The town centre is hellish in the season but I stay away and so do most of the locals. There are some lovely parks, fabulous zoo and I never tire of something to do with ds. There are lovely places only a couple of miles away from the scum. It's not all that bad. Just stay away from the " kiss me quick" area.

ANormalOne Tue 23-Jul-13 21:40:50

Oh my gosh Wuldric I just snorted milk at that comment. grin

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 21:41:17

"I had to go to Blackpool once. I won't go into the detail. In any event, you would have to persuade me that my children's lives were in peril to get me there for a second time. I have never ever been anywhere more soulless in my entire life. And I have been to Hull."

That just made me roar! grin

apostropheuse Tue 23-Jul-13 21:41:47

Blackpool has been shite for many years - not really news to me I'm afraid to say!

As a child of the sixties we went a few time to St Anne's and just went into Blackpool for a few specific visits, e.g. the tower circus or the pleasure beach.

St Anne's was a much nicer place!

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:42:56

I just read Wuldric's post to DH

He laughed his head off smile

He hates the pool as much as me. Possibly more as he's from Kent

waves at tanfastic.... where abouts are you? I'm sticking up formy home town here!

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 21:43:50

Most of you have never been to Morecambe then.

Morecambe does that place still exist?

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 21:45:49

Itstheyearzero, Bispham smile I'm from Oxford, I'd rather live in Blackpool. Yes REALLY! grin

apostropheuse Tue 23-Jul-13 21:46:04

Well I have been to Morecambe often and we loved it. I guess it might have changed in over forty years though. My brother reliably informs me that Rhyl has changed since the sixties too though. grin

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:46:12

Fuck Kent. I went on holiday there once. New Romney. Beach of shite and views of a power station.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:46:55

Well he's from Southborough which is a shit hole too, but we both agree Blackpool tops it

ReindeerBollocks Tue 23-Jul-13 21:47:01

I think the beach is lovely and has really been improved.

However the rest of it is horrendous - they've cashed in on the hen/stag shite and it has ruined the place. Getting a cup of tea at 11am surrounded by half pissed stags and hens put me off Blackpool for a good few years.

ANormalOne Tue 23-Jul-13 21:47:12

Formby is teh shit! I love it. I'm from Liverpool originally but I live in Southport now and regularly visit Formby.

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:47:39

Has anyone been to Skegness? That always makes me laugh, the name, Skeggy.

DameEdnasBridesmaid Tue 23-Jul-13 21:48:04

tanfastic not too far away myself and agree its the centre that's shite but the council should sort it out. Blackpool council should hang their heads in shame. But I guess the sort of people that walk around at midnight with a baby in one arm and a bottle of Stella in the other, or have a shag in broad daylight, love it. (Seen both)

Lots of lovely areas around (Cleveleys has gone down IMO- sad)' like St Anne's and Lytham.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:48:26

So much so, after we realised DS's birth certificate states "BLACKPOOL" on it, we both wished I'd pushed harder for that home birth grin

ANormalOne Tue 23-Jul-13 21:49:33

Oh wow, I meant *the shit, I swear I'm not a 14 year old boy. blush

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:50:04

<waves to fellow Fylde-coasters>

Anyone fancy a Lytham meet up? smile

AnnabelleLee Tue 23-Jul-13 21:50:10

Morecombe is paradise in comparison. In fact we used to leave Blackpool to go on holiday to Morecombe poor bastards that we were

Bispham is nice, nothing offensive about Bispham! Well I like living here and DS loves it! I. going to shut up now, carry on Blackpool bashing, see if I care, we are very happy here smile

Ifancyashandy Tue 23-Jul-13 21:51:32

I had to go to Southport the other day. It was a shit hole. A beach that is also a massive carpark - and is MILES from the sea - is never a good thing. Shan't be heading back.

WorraLiberty Tue 23-Jul-13 21:51:32


Blackpool is the shittiest shit hole I've ever wasted my money on visiting

Never again

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:51:45

How the hell do you say Bispham? I can't say it without sounding pissed. grin

AnnabelleLee Tue 23-Jul-13 21:52:07


AnnabelleLee Tue 23-Jul-13 21:52:39

Or, more accurately in the local twang - Busp-em

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:53:26

I have just remembered I have been to somewhere worse than Blackpool

Limerick in Ireland


LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:53:32

Haha I still sound like Frank from Shameless.

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:54:06

I have been to Lloret de Mar <wins>

marriedinwhiteagain Tue 23-Jul-13 21:54:52

Been once. About 1990(ish). It was horrid.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:55:07


I know someone who went to Kavos once

Can you win by association? grin

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 21:55:16

The town centre is terrible but its full of people not from Blackpool. Nobody I know goes out in Blackpool for a night out. Locals stay away or go out in Poulton, Lytham or St Annes.

I'm a southerner and love living here. The locals are some of the loveliest people I've met.

The stag and hen culture here lets the whole place down.

DIddled Tue 23-Jul-13 21:55:36

I once went on a girls ( well they were all well over 40) night away- I knew them loosely through my husbands drinking buddies.Their behaviour and the sights I saw that night have scarred me for life. I would rather stick pins in my eyes than go back- it's utterly vile!!!

I returned home in time for Sunday lunch but the rest of them rolled up at eleven o'clock on the Sunday night- royally arseholed. I remember thinking ' hope they have got the kids school uniform ready for Monday'

What's the Blackpool Hilton like?

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:58:39

I think Hilton have sold it Sparkling

It is ok by Blackpool standards but very souless

The Imperial is actually very nice (Churchill once stayed there and it has a lot of period charm)

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:59:40

A quick google says I am wrong about the Hilton being sold. I thought I had heard that

It's clean and ok but nothing mega special.

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 21:59:59

My mum still says Bisfam. She's lived here 20 odd years grin

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 22:00:01

LOLing at GetOrf's "Fuck Kent."

Fuck a whole county, eh? Impressive.

I think I would honestly cry if ever I had to return to Blackpool. The last time I went, it was on a grim hen weekend of a girl I didn't even like that much but all of my other mates were going. The rest of her mates were typical Yates's Wine Lodge guttermeat. You know the type. Three of them picked up some squaddies and brought them back to our delaightful B&B for some horizontal fun. One of them got crabs. Me and my other snobby friend sat holed up in our grim room, praying for morning to come without being bitten by the cat-sized cockroaches or having pervy Ken the landlord let himself into our room again to check the telly. sad

Strictly Come Dancing always have their week at Blackpool Tower Ballroom and everyone seems to like that. confused

sad at The Hilton being sold.

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 22:00:33

I remember going to the Blackpool Hilton to watch a pool championship final (yes fucking really). It looks like a modern day Premier Inn in Hanger Lane.

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 22:01:16

The Imperial is ok, I got married there actually. Some of the rooms are tired though.

<arf> at 'Pool Championship'. Riveting.

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Wuldric Tue 23-Jul-13 22:02:15

What's the Blackpool Hilton like?

Utterly shit. That is where I stayed. Allegedly it is the best hotel in Blackpool. If that is the case then I am truly very sorry.

Blackpool has a whole other frame of reference IMO.

ANormalOne Tue 23-Jul-13 22:02:29

Go to Formby or Freshfields instead Ifancy best beaches ever and a red-squirrel forest.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:03:26

Should the impulse to visit Blackpool ever overcome you stay here here or here

Out of Blackpool itself, very nice and only a tram ride away if you really think watching a 17 year old dressed as a sexy bee get roasted whilst vomiting in a shop doorway at 11am on a Monday morning will enhance your life

Cuddleswithcats Tue 23-Jul-13 22:03:34

Tanfastic I live in Bispham too and I love it. I do avoid Blackpool town centre of an evening though smile

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 22:03:44

"Guess who's just turned 40" it says under the third picture down.

Well I'll have to keep on guessing because I am sure as buggery that no fucker in THAT picture has seen 40 for over a decade.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:04:22

Uncle Brian is going to give me nightmares shock sad

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 22:04:33

Ooh lots of locals on here <waves>wine

HondaJizz Tue 23-Jul-13 22:05:48

Catgirl! I will meet you in Zest! I'm Blackpool born and bred and DC's father still there. I always stop off in Lytham for a browse and a vino when sans children...

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:06:41

<waves to Honda> grin

Zest sounds like a plan!

beatback Tue 23-Jul-13 22:08:59

Blackpool had a plan that would now just about be coming on stream and would have transformed the place and made it the best holiday resort in the country and probably a great place for all families and within time would have been hailed as a way to transform a dying old seaside town in to a major resort. Then BLAIR decided that the SUPER CASINO that in time in Blackpool would have resulted in 5 STAR HOTELS and massive development should go to " THE LABOUR ARSES MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL AS A THANK YOU" then the SANCTIMONIUS EGOTISTICAL MEGLOMANIC BROWN cancelled the whole SUPER CASINO IDEA. If Blackpool and the local council"s plan had been allowed to happen it would now be a world class resort. Unfortunatly the weather would not be guaranteed though.

Still18atheart Tue 23-Jul-13 22:09:39


We were going to go, but by dgf died so couldn't. A few years later we spent a night there, on the way back from somewhere because we wanted to see what ot was like. I was ill the whole time ,due to the fact i went to bed at 4am the night before, and behaved like a stroppy teen the entire time.

We stayed in a guest house where there was a calender in a random place, mum lifted it up find a hole due to someone punching the wall in.

The pleasure beach was ridiclously over priced and I have never been able to eat chip butties since.

We now say that by grandfathers passing was blessing in disguise because it meant that we didn't have to go blackpool that first time.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:09:53

I am off to bed. Just think, in a few weeks Jason Donovan will be serenading outside my bedroom window and waking my toddler up. Stupid proms hmm

I have thought of something good about Blackpool though

1) The West Coast Rock Cafe
2) Scrooges' Wine Bar
3) The World Fireworks Championships in September

Pretty sure that is all though.

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 22:11:16

What the flip?!

From Uncle Brian's guestbook...



catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:13:48

Pity poor Helen Young who spent her honeymoon at Uncle Brian's hmm

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 22:14:04

Ooh Scrooges. Many a time in my yoof I got pissed in there on blackcurrant wine grin.

I can't actually think of anything else. The Grand Theatre is quite nice, I like a mooch round Debenhams. That's about it.

Flossiechops Tue 23-Jul-13 22:14:17

Bollocks I'm going next week too. Staying at the Big Blue Hotel at the pleasure beach, only for one night though !

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 22:16:12

Flossie ignore them, you will have a grand time. Just take lots of brass for the Pleasure Beach and use St Anne's beach. You aren't far from that.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:17:54

Flossie I have heard very nice things about the Big Blue

Just avoid the town center, you'll be fine

Ifancyashandy Tue 23-Jul-13 22:17:55

Righto anormalone. Thanks for the tip, sounds much more my style.

HondaJizz Tue 23-Jul-13 22:18:53

Ah Brenda at Scrooges. How she never lost her license for serving 15 year olds is beyond me.

Fond memories of telling West Coast Rock that it was my birthday every time I ate there. I even looked at having my wedding on the top floor there.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:20:40


Ahh......fond memories smile

Strawberry wine at Scrooges and Fajitas at the West Coast

followed by the Tache or Jenks

HondaJizz Tue 23-Jul-13 22:20:57

Anyone remember the Palace, when it was Golden Wheels roller disco?

Or The Lobster Pot roller disco slash under 18's venue? of all, the Sally Army's Fig Tree on a Friday night?

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 22:21:18

I was more of an Addisons girl grin

Wuldric Tue 23-Jul-13 22:21:48

You are all forcing me to relive my night in Blackpool. But you know, there are some memories that are better repressed.

The food was terrible. The hotel was worse. The carousers were a bit loud and offputting and went on all night. The police helicopters and multiple sirens for someone who had decided to take a swim at 3.:30am (and who had got submerged) were not good. I learned from the hotel that he had survived.

Worst of all was my wake up call at 5:50am. I had not ordered a wake up call. The man outside my window who was retching and vomiting for England did not know this. Honestly it was as if he was in my room.

I wondered if I should call an ambulance, because he sounded seriously ill. Then I figured on the balance of probabilities that he was just pissed as a fart. I pulled the sad and motheaten duvet over my head, and counted the minutes until I could speed out of Blackpool.

Never again.

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 22:22:35

Or Rumours.....followed by onion bargis at Shalimar Gardens shock

HondaJizz Tue 23-Jul-13 22:22:38

Catgirl, we always ended up in Basil's on the Strand. No entrance fee and really good, cheesy disco music.

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 22:22:46

Irony lost on this Trip Advisor thicko

"Was shocked to find a half eaten sausage roll that was manky just on the floor under the widow in my room! Sink and shower was disgusting, was that bad I didn't dare wash. Then in the morning went down for breakfast and didn't dare drink coz the cups was filthy and all uncle brain was saying was racist jokes that was horrible! Keeping in mind there was a coloured couple at the next table, never ever will I be staying in this horrid bed and breakfast!!!"

Honda you are taking me back....Zowies?

Aquamildred Tue 23-Jul-13 22:23:28

Nothing wrong with Blackpool, especially out of season! There's loads to keep the children entertained.

My only problem with it is the trouble caused by people coming from outside of the area who seem to thing getting drunk and fighting is a fun night out. We avoid the bar areas at the weekend.

They are trying to turn it back towards families and I hope they succeed. I lived in centralish Blackpool for four years and loved it. They do seem to have inherited other towns shit though.

Me and dd spent all yesterday there and had a wonderful time.

HondaJizz Tue 23-Jul-13 22:23:43

Tanfastic, I could pm you some stuff about Shalimar Gardens. It would make your stomach curdle. So maybe best not then??

Flatasawitchestit Tue 23-Jul-13 22:25:04

I loved Blackpool as I get nostalgic, many trips there as a kid for last weekend of the lights.

Re-lived this a few years back with my own kids, siblings and their kids. Pulled up outside hotel around 6pm to a woman stood in the street, one hand holding phone to ear, other pulling knickers down - she then proceeded to piss full throttle whilst stood, and talking on the phone like it was a Normal thing you do. I think I kerbed the car shock

The hotel was awful, couldn't even take a shower. Baby wipes all the way. Nowhere decent to eat.

We still go once a year, but keep it to a day trip. Agree pleasure beach is good and sandcastle is brilliant.

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 22:25:04

Nothing I don't already know Honda grin

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:26:11

Did anyone ever go to the Galleon?

Fake fish tanks.


tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 22:27:12

I went there once but I was very pissed.

HondaJizz Tue 23-Jul-13 22:28:12

Yes, Zowies! Used to be Paddington's???

Me and me lovely sister used to go to the Palace every Saturday in our sunglasses, not drink an ounce of booze and just work the floor. Dancing to Jackie Graham and Jason Donovan...even met the Grange Hill Just Say No group there!

I am also Miss Wet Tshirt 1988 at the Hitman and Her. That takes pride of place on my social worker CV.

Loved the Galleon, coolest place ever. Spent many a Saturday night in there. Such a shame it was flattened. There are some photos on FB of it just before it was demolished, they are really eerie, fishtanks all broken etc. End of an era when that went... sob.

That's some accolade Honda. I'm impressed!

beatback Tue 23-Jul-13 22:31:31

Honda Jizz . I am glad some one mentioned pete and michela from the palace in 1988.

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 22:31:49

Bloody hell at Uncle Brian's - the visitor book is priceless.

HondaJizz Tue 23-Jul-13 22:32:58

Galleon was indie music and live bands, but we used to go because it had a late licence and no entrance fee. So shallow....

My most disturbing memory was Addison's and they had a male stripper on...he put whipped cream all over his genitals and encouraged a girl to lick it off. She did. We were so scared he would come over to us and do something similar. That was too much, even as Balckpool girls.

One thing I do feel though is how safe it all was, back in the day. We used to walk home alone at 2am without an ounce of fear, snogging boys in alleys as we went. There was no trouble. No major drunkeness.

Aquamildred Tue 23-Jul-13 22:32:59

Can I point out there's loads of us on Mumsnet Blackpool Facebook page for the locals that would like to join us and I would be up for a Lytham meet up.

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 22:34:31

I go on the fb page, in fact I won Sea life tickets last week, bloody chuffed I was!

mumofthemonsters808 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:34:45

Well my DC love the place and if they had it their way we would go there for our main holiday every year. I have wonderful memories of visiting Blackpool as a child but unfortunately like other parts of the country the town has deteriorated rapidly. I much prefer St Annes, (especially the St Ives Hotel) which gives us the option of popping into Blackpool and leaving minus £150 spent on the Pleasure Beach and Waxworks.

Must admit having watch 999 Emergency I'm horrified by what goes on in the resort at night.

Reallynothappy Tue 23-Jul-13 22:35:39

I grew up in Blackpool, I remember the Lobster Pot disco, Man Fridays, Golden Wheels roller disco, the Oyster Catcher (became the West Coast Rock Cafe) the Blue Room, Scrooges, and many more. I left when I was 21 (am 40 now). I still keep in touch with family, and am amazed at how many of my old school friends still live there. When I was originally thinking of moving away, my friends all tried to put me off, saying "why do you want to leave? What can anywhere else offer that Blackpool can't?" They are still waiting for me to come back with my tail inbetween my legs, nearly 20 years later.

HondaJizz Tue 23-Jul-13 22:38:51

Thanks Aquamildred! I haven't visited that page, but will look out for it (although not on FB).

My lovely best friend who is in Marton has just had her first child so I will be over there loads during the summer. It would be brilliant to meet new people.

chickensaladagain Tue 23-Jul-13 22:40:11

We love Blackpool very sheltered life

We go in September every year

Straight from school on Friday, sandcastle for a few hours then watch the fireworks
Stay at the premier inn near the football ground then spend Saturday in the pleasure beach

First year dd2 was tall enough I took her on the grand national. We sat right in the front and she had her arms in the air the whole time. The group of teenage boys sat behind us gave her 'massive respect' and were high fiving her as they got off -she was only 7 and it made her day

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 22:40:29

I'd be up for a meet up.

charlottehere Tue 23-Jul-13 22:41:10

Yabu tocompare to Africa

beatback Tue 23-Jul-13 22:41:46

If i race up the m6 i can get to Blackpool in a hour to watch the sunset over the sea which can be great but i never get out of the car these days because it is so rough ." SUCH A SHAME " because as a kid it was so exciting to watch the illumnations and go on the pleasure beach even the IMPERIAL/HILTON HOTEL ARE POOR HOTELS NOW.

HondaJizz Tue 23-Jul-13 22:42:03

Oh reallynothappy, maybe we skated past each other at Golden Wheels? Oh, Man Fridays! How could I ever, ever forget that. That was indeed a right of passage.

I'm not in Blackpool anymore but my best friends are, and I do get nostalgic when I visit...which is many times a month. I was happy there.

tanfastic Tue 23-Jul-13 22:42:17

Africa is warmer. At least.

littlewhitebag Tue 23-Jul-13 22:45:12

We went last summer on the way home north on holiday with DH and DD. It was bloody appalling and we couldn't leave soon enough. Horrible place.

HondaJizz Tue 23-Jul-13 22:45:19

Tanfastic, maybe we can grab Catgirl and have a wee meet?

LineRunner Tue 23-Jul-13 22:46:01

And all very handy for a viewing of the Mold Cape.

Reallynothappy Tue 23-Jul-13 22:50:57

I used to alternate Saturdays between Golden Wheels ( skating really badly whilst hyped up on additives from lots of slush puppies), and the Fun House on the Pleasure Beach ( taking a layer of skin off my shins and elbows on all the death trap rides).

shockers Tue 23-Jul-13 22:54:13

I'm wondering how many of you I would recognise if I met you in RL! I spent many drunken happy hours in Scrooges and The Galleon, as well as Trader Jacks, The Adam & Eve, Just Ji's, Schofields, Brannigans... grin

We used to eat at Carriages or Mammas before we went out, or Scrooges when they did food; quite often we'd walk home to Bispham, along the prom, if the night was warm.

I enjoyed living in Bispham, but would not have wanted to live in Blackpool itself. I was there for over 20 years, but moved close to Lancaster 3 years ago. I don't think I'll ever move back.

RalphGnu Tue 23-Jul-13 22:57:30

Even I don't like Blackpool and I live in Morecambe.

sussexmum38 Tue 23-Jul-13 23:00:35

Our parents use to take us their as kids with great excitement of spotting the tower. I go back occasionally as it makes you appreciate most other places. The illuminations seemed magical but agree with my kids now how dated and boring it all seems. Sad really.

Suzieismyname Tue 23-Jul-13 23:03:04

Vile place!

Reallynothappy Tue 23-Jul-13 23:04:53

I have frequented all those establishments, yes our paths may have crossed!
I have good memories, but I do feel its gone really downhill, it feels quite depressing now sad

HondaJizz Tue 23-Jul-13 23:05:15

Just Ji's!! The bus stations finest. And how could I forget Adam and was so easy to get in underage and they used to play loads of the Cure and Smiths.

What was the other one on Central Drive / chapel St called? The one at the crossroads before the big carpark?

There was also Swans opposite the Tower...over 21's so no atmosphere but we just felt good being allowed in at 18.

LucyTheValiant Tue 23-Jul-13 23:08:18

"Bless Uncle Brian, a real hero and a gentleman. Nothing
was too much trouble, when we wanted a pint of vodka at
5:00am Brian woke up with a gentle call of his name and
nudge with the mop handle. When we wanted to play
jungle music at 2:00am after the pubs shut, Brian would
come in and dance. Massive breakfast, never seen so
many sausages, which me and the lads scoffed down
before hitting the pubs. Uncle Brian treated us like
real nephews even though two of us were women"

Good old Uncle Brian, eh?

raisah Tue 23-Jul-13 23:11:58

Margate seafront looks broken & unloved aswell but the beach is fine and sandy. Apparantly lots of redevelopments are going modernise it.

I went to Blackpool 20 years ago & it wasn't too bad then but have heard its gone downhill since then. I am not too keen on British seaside holidays mainly because I need sunshine.

cornyblend37 Tue 23-Jul-13 23:13:28

I remember those wooden horses - they were terrifying

I lived with a girl from St Annes when I did my PGCE. She told us that she was posh and that her parents had a dead nice kitchen.
I was very gullible.

Reallynothappy Tue 23-Jul-13 23:23:11

Is Abingdon Street market still there?

StrangerintheNight Tue 23-Jul-13 23:23:21

Cutitup your original post asked why the council haven't made improvements? The sad fact is they have done a lot in the past few years - and yet it's still a dump.

GrimmaTheNome Tue 23-Jul-13 23:24:09

We live quite near we go to Lytham or St Annes.

Blackpool zoo is nice though - lovely sea lion pool - it's not huge but what it has is pretty good.

Morecambe.... well, its ok if what you do there is cycle along the prom (you can do a nice big triangle along canal from Lancaster to Hesketh Bank, along prom then there's an off road path back into Lancaster). OK coffee shop on the pier. If you look out over the views to the Lake district its lovely.

polosareverynice Tue 23-Jul-13 23:31:13

I went to blackpool for a hen party while people who worked in blackpool were friendly and welcoming some of the clientele were not, but it had to be one of the most run down place I ever had the misfortune to be in. Had I not been with 20 other women I wouldn't have felt safe.

FuntimeFuschia Wed 24-Jul-13 00:03:40

I'm a Blackpool lass smile. Yes, its a bit of a shithole but it's certainly unique. I also frequented many of the previously mentioned bars, and am a little freaked out by how many of us there are on here!

stopgap Wed 24-Jul-13 00:17:47

I used to go there thirty years ago. My parents made the drive up from South Lancashire every October, and we used to do the Pleasure Beach, the Tower, pick up some chips, drive along looking at the lights, then drive back home. Very fond memories.

I doubt I'd go there now, though, based on the above descriptions.

megsmouse Wed 24-Jul-13 00:30:49

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tanfastic Wed 24-Jul-13 07:20:31

I don't think the 999 Emergency programme gave people a true reflection of what Blackpool is like to be fair. Not all local folk queue up at 12.01 in their PJ's to withdraw their benefit money so they can go and buy drugs.

tanfastic Wed 24-Jul-13 07:27:12

I think it's like a lot of cities or large towns, Blackpool is huge and has some really nice areas and some really shit areas overly populated by undesirables. I live in a really nice area. If I didn't live here it's not a place I'd choose to bring my family but I'd happily go on a hen do as long as I vetted the accommodation as you get what you pay for in Blackpool. Pay £20 a night and you get a shithole.

Aquamildred Wed 24-Jul-13 07:34:37

999 whats your emergency was not a TRUE reflection of what its like to live there, it was a snap shot of mainly the crappest area to live in and the problems with nightlife.

Problem with Blackpool is it gets everyone elses shit. I moved with work. Originally I lived in a multiple occupancy of 16 with three next door the same.

None of them came from Blackpool, none of them worked and only two of them were not drug dependent.

Its easy and pretty cheap to move their if you look in right places and people go to escape their past but bring their problems.

When I moved out to an area of mostly Blackpoolers it was lovely, the people were welcoming and helpful.

We moved near Wigan to the area I grew up last year, dd hates it, there's nothing to do and the people aren't friendly.

Before we could fill every day off with an activity!

tanfastic Wed 24-Jul-13 07:47:11

Blackpool - the magpie of the north grin

I agree, it attracts the cream of the crop of scumsville grin

trinitybleu Wed 24-Jul-13 08:16:12

The IL's live in Fleetwood (MIL works at the Norbreck, hello to those who stayed there!) and refuse to leave, we've even offered to buy them a house... sad Stayed in Blackpool itself once - never again. We always stayed at the Travelodge in Lancaster and drove in each day after that!

TheRealFellatio Wed 24-Jul-13 08:19:35

Blackpool is up there in the top 5 of my least favourite places in the UK. Some of the surrounding areas are very pleasant, but Blackpool itself is heinous.

BlueStones Wed 24-Jul-13 09:07:07

Anyone remember Jenks? Was where all the cool kids went in the nineties.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 09:24:56

Remember when Alan Bradley got ran over by a Blackpool Tram chasing Rita Fairclough down the prom? He deserved that, the woman-beating shyster. Death By Blackpool. A fitting end.

Babyroobs Wed 24-Jul-13 09:30:29

Yanbu - I hate it, horrible place, however my kids loved it and beg to go back. I guess kids see past the tackiness.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Wed 24-Jul-13 09:39:38

i love Blackpool
we live about 50mins drive away, so we get there early, and pack up at about three-ish before the stag parties and sex workers take over.

everyone raves about Southport but as an incomer I can't get my head around a seaside resort with no actual sea.

Mind you, I grew up in North Kent, not too far from Margate, so as far as seaside towns go, the bar was not set that high...

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 09:41:33

The stag parties and sex workers were in 24 hour operation when I was last there grin

Ah Twatters - your fondness for the old place just shines through.

I had to go there a few years back to attend an event that one of the offspring competed in. DH and I had an absolute ironic riot.

My chest hurt from laughing so much. Highlights included:

The Doctor Who Illumination above the Prom - David Tennant looked more like Julian Clary

The Waxworks - there was what looked like a shop dummy in a white suit, with a Mexican bandit hat and moustache, that was supposed to be Johnny Depp

A cafe called Birdy Num Nums

The superb array of shite souvenirs


We always swore we'd go back. Somehow just have not got around to it. confused

Aquamildred Wed 24-Jul-13 09:46:42

I don't know what the wooden horses were called but I took dd on them when she was around three thinking it was a gentle horsey ride. Dd screamed the whole way round!

Wayne Rooney in Blackpool Waxworks

icklemssunshine1 Wed 24-Jul-13 09:50:30

When I was 19 (a million years ago) I went on a girls' w'end there. Went to have my fortune told by a gypsy who had a fag hanging from her lip. She was famous apparently - read all the palms of the Corrie gang. She insightfully told me I would receive a brown envelope in the post, beware of a woman with blonde hair & I would have an "even" amount of children but more than 2. Eek!

Blackpool is great if you like to see women stumble down the promenade with dildos tied around their necks!

jellybeans Wed 24-Jul-13 09:50:50

It used to be great but is ruined by the strip clubs, seedy items for sale in full view of children, stag and hen groups. Not a family place now. If they got rid of that element it could be good.

HondaJizz Wed 24-Jul-13 09:50:56

Aqua, that's the Steeplechase!

I want to go to Blackpool Pleasure beach right now.

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2rebecca Wed 24-Jul-13 10:05:06

My husband hates the tackiness, but I've been for the weekend a couple of times with the kids and we had a great time. We went in the autumn at illuminations time though so minimal beaching. The trams, the tower, the 2p slot machines, the Dr Who museum the illuminations. It's a great way to spend a November weekend. Yes you eat crap holiday food but that's OK occasionally. Blackpool tower is a wonderful place.
I hope the Dr Who museum is still there. It was better than the cardiff one.
We went there as kids and loved the House of Fun, sad that burned down as it had excellent slides.

KellyElly Wed 24-Jul-13 10:05:36

We used to go every year to the pleasure beach and illuminations and as a kid I thought it was fab. I had the misfortune to go there on a hen do in June and it doesn't have the same appeal any more grin

usuallyright Wed 24-Jul-13 10:06:43

grew up there, went to school there. Just down the road in Cleveleys, the town where people go to wait to die!
Depressing, awful, deprived place.
Poulton, Lytham, St.Annes are lovely though.

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glastocat Wed 24-Jul-13 10:10:25

I am howling at Uncle Brian's tripadvisor reviews!

glastocat Wed 24-Jul-13 10:14:38


17 Wednesday July 4, 2007 - 07:08pm
hi bri,i have never been to a hotel that cum's forth! infact it was a close aquaintance that did and said you were indead the perfect host with a hose.
i'd like to thank you for looking after my friend so well and hope he cums your way soon and will continue to do so

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 10:14:56

Talcy, isn't the Blackpool waxworks called Louis Two Swords or summat?! I remember going when I was 4 and crying all the way round.

My mother also has a picture of my crying on The Mad Mouse ride, aged 4. hmm

pigglepaggle Wed 24-Jul-13 10:24:39

Loving the reviews on Uncle Brian's guestbook.
Where else can you get a pint of vodka at 5am, champane and a great breckfust all from £14pppn

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2rebecca Wed 24-Jul-13 10:25:36

Just saw the Dr Who exhibition closed in 2009, hadn't realised it was that long since i last went. Sad.

FeralStreep Wed 24-Jul-13 10:28:51

I'm <weeping> at that Brian link.

It's the opposite of an advert.

chenin Wed 24-Jul-13 10:43:53

The Brian link is hilarious!

Look at one of the visitors feedback...

^Bless Uncle Brian, a real hero and a gentleman. Nothing
was too much trouble, when we wanted a pint of vodka at
5:00am Brian woke up with a gentle call of his name and
nudge with the mop handle. When we wanted to play
jungle music at 2:00am after the pubs shut, Brian would
come in and dance. Massive breakfast, never seen so
many sausages, which me and the lads scoffed down
before hitting the pubs. Uncle Brian treated us like
real nephews even though two of us were women^

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 10:46:18

"Uncle Brian treated us like
real nephews even though two of us were women"

Actually LOLing! grin

Ishouldanoticed Wed 24-Jul-13 10:54:21

I live in Blackpool <not from here though> , I went to the beach the other day with my Ds while waiting for my Dp to finish work & it would of been nice if the tourists had taken all their sodding rubbish home instead of using the beach as a giant bin , will be sticking with going to the beach at Gynn Square as the tourists never go to that part !
The council are making improvements finally , but the improvements aren't for the tourists its for us who live here .
Oh & id say around 90% of the druggies etc are all out of towners chucked out of their own home town & told to come here as the rent is cheap .
Its the Tourists that make the mess & don't know how to act/behave appropriately .
I could never live anywhere else though as like somebody else said their is always something to do with my Ds

Alconleigh Wed 24-Jul-13 11:12:00

I've had the pleasure of nights out in both Blackpool and Hull. If I hd to pick one of them again, I would pick Hull.
I am not sure you can find a more damning indictment of a town than that.

glastocat Wed 24-Jul-13 11:13:35

I need to know is Uncle Brian for real? Surely that is a spoof..... Isn't it? I mean the reviews, the photos! I'd almost be tempted but very scared to visit. And how the hell does he do a three course meal for seven quid and make a profit? Actually, on second thoughts, I'd rather not know. grin

As for the rest of Blackpool, my folks used to take me there on holiday from Northern Ireland in the early 70s, so I have fond memories of the Pleasure beach. The last time I was there was for a day trip from the Lake District eleven years ago, it was the first beach my son was on and he loved it. It was a bit grim though, one afternoon was enough. No way would I be brave enough to venture at night, or go in the sea, isn't Sellafield nearby?

Treagues Wed 24-Jul-13 11:16:16

I've literally never been anywhere as depressing as Blackpool.
I was taken there on a day trip by my auntie. All I'd seen of it was archive footage of jolly-faced people having seaside fun.
I was not well prepared.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 11:16:50

I can confirm that Uncle Brian is bona fide.

A bona fide PERVERT. He let himself into our room three times in one stay to check the telly, apparently. hmm My friend also swore that there was a peep-hole drilled into the bathroom wall. <shudder>

He also has an aroma of stale piss that follows him round like a Ready Brek glow.

LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 11:19:17

Hahaha at Wayne Rooney, why the bloody hell are his shorts pulled down.

I tried to copy and paste that Uncle Brian review last night but copying things on an iPad is a bit hit and miss (for me anyway).

glastocat Wed 24-Jul-13 11:28:16

I can't stop laughing at 'never seen so many sausages'. I am definitely going to use that in any future meal appraisal. grin

BridgetBidet Wed 24-Jul-13 11:29:57

YABU, I love Blackpool. It's the shitness that makes it so good. You have to embrace the shitness.

Not going to Uncle Brian's though. That would be an 'embrace' too far.

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LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 11:30:53

Have you seen how cheap it is to stay at Uncle Brian's? I bet they don't change the sheets when the guests changeover.

glastocat Wed 24-Jul-13 11:31:31

Marmalade, did you look up the website before you stayed there? Did you know what you were letting yourself in for?

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glastocat Wed 24-Jul-13 11:33:50

Your bed awaits at a reasonable price! And that picture of Brian, love it!

glastocat Wed 24-Jul-13 11:37:55

This is on tripadvisor. Love the even handed ness of ' a mixed bag to be fair'

'A mixed bag to be fair. The location is good and within walking distance to the town but the accommodation itself is like something from decades past.

My first question is why does Blackpool Council not investigate premises? There appeared to be little regard for fire safety with the smoke sensor hanging off the roof and corridors used as storage areas.

The rooms are appalling. Think 1960's Coronation Street only worse. No really...

As for 'Uncle Brian' thank goodness he is not my uncle. Clearly the most obnoxious man in the North West'

Crinkle77 Wed 24-Jul-13 11:38:44

Me and my boyfriend went to stay there for a couple of days last July. Found everything a bit expensive and once we had done the arcades, shops, pier etc... there wasn't much else to do that didn't cost a fortune. We also struggled to find the nightlife. There was a few bars and stuff but thought Blackpool would be booming. Maybe it gets busier later on in the summer or at weekends. Saying that we stayed in a great hotel and got a great deal. Stayed in the Viking on the front. Got a special deal £120 for two of us for two nights 3 course dinner, bed and breakfast. We were surrounded by pensioners but didn't care cos it was that cheap. Anyway all in all it is good for a night or two but wouldn't want to stay any longer.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 11:40:07

glasto, it was years ago, before the dawning of interwebs. If only I had been able to check out Bri's credentials beforehand sad

MrsDeVere Wed 24-Jul-13 11:41:46

I went to Southend a couple of weeks ago.
Its the Blackpool of the South.

I am still trying to get the images out of my head and work out why anyone would want to go there.

And my standards aren't that high, I'm from Holloway and live in Walthamstow!

glastocat Wed 24-Jul-13 11:54:00

You mean uncle Brian has stayed in business for decades? Fucking hell. My FIL runs a B and B, the rules in Ireland must be a bit different! thank feck

AnnabelleLee Wed 24-Jul-13 11:55:25

I had VIP Gold cards for Jellies and Flamingos back in the early 90's, and if you used to go to the all night burger bar opposite the Palace off your face, I was the one who kept your change if you were too stoned off your tits to ask for it.

Aquamildred Wed 24-Jul-13 11:58:55

I used to live near Uncle Brians, I have had people stop me in the street leaving there asking for somewhere nice lol

Owllady Wed 24-Jul-13 12:01:19

Can you imagine living there though? sad

I know this is generally light hearted
but needle bins and blood in toilets, high level alcoholism, addiction, unemployment, poverty. It's absolutely awful really

I used to live not far from Margate (sorry Margate) but it is already a struggling seaside town with similar problems to Blackpool and then they just 'dump' people there. People with addiction issues (why? surely it's the worst place to put them??) People with mental health probmes. People who are sex offenders. then children's homes. Immigrants. A whole mix of people with varying issues put in a place that already has more than its fair share of problems.

I actually think it's an awful thing to do. Sorry for being so serious

mumandboys123 Wed 24-Jul-13 12:01:56

waves to the Bispham ladies
Wouldn't it be nice to give some credit to all the hard working families, decent down to earth people who live and work here? and remember that anything that sounds bad is 99%likely to have involved people from out of town - the tourists - thats you people who are moaning about us. You will also find that tourist towns attract large transitory populations and we are no different from other seaside towns in that regard. and the benefits claimants in dressing gowns? You must be very, very daft to think similar isn't going on in a town near you.

And the PGCE student? I also did teaching practise here. A wonderful experience -only those teachers who treat us all like we're on 999 what's your emergency seem to have problems....

BridgetBidet Wed 24-Jul-13 12:37:27

Owllady, apparently it is because of all the old former hotels which have closed down as proper hotels. People don't holiday at home in the numbers to make them viable businesses any more and they are converted to cheap bedsits. That's the reason why it's seaside towns this happens to.

Ishouldanoticed Wed 24-Jul-13 12:44:00

mumandboys well said

Aquamildred Wed 24-Jul-13 13:01:22

"emember that anything that sounds bad is 99%likely to have involved people from out of town - the tourists - thats you people who are moaning about us. "

This ^

When I lived central we just did not go into town from Friday - Sunday after 2ish at all.

The only trouble I ever had?
Fighting - tourists
Abusive shouting or leering - tourists
Flashing at dd - tourists.

We do not use the toilets on the prom, we use the ones in cafe's or the houndshill that are perfectly fine.
November until Easter is lovely!

Blackpool is a lovely place to live as long as you do not live on the prom or the couple of streets around it where the bar was.

If you look at the crime map thingy you will see the vast majority of crime is antisocial behaviour and violent crime is on the main streets were the bars are.

MrsDeVere Wed 24-Jul-13 13:10:21

It doesn't help the residents that the local business owners court the kind of visitor that causes trouble.

I saw some on the news whinging that the new 'No taking knickers off' rule in lap dancing clubs would ruin their trade.

It won't change as long as people think they can make money from selling sex and alcohol.

lemonmuffin Wed 24-Jul-13 13:14:39

When I was little I used to think Blackpool was fairyland/LasVegas combined. Then I grew up and realised the grim truth.

Blackpool's main role in life is to make every other seaside resort look better and, I have to say, it does this very well grin

Aquamildred Wed 24-Jul-13 13:24:11

What happened was this.

Blackpool was a family resort and for a lot of people the main holiday they would have.
The area raked in massive amounts of income.
Foreign holidays became much cheaper - people started to go abroad
Blackpool was no longer peoples main holiday destination
The council and the attractions failed to plough the money it had raked in back in to the town
In order to fill their now empty rooms and venues b & b and venues offer cheap deals for stag and hen do.
Stag and hen do's take over, cause fighting, anti social behaviour, vomit everywhere etc
Families no longer go as they do not want their kids to see a naked man throwing up.
Council and resort panic and start ploughing money back in to resort and try to turn it round,

The above is only a problem for the couple of miles that stretch the prom and the bar areas.

Everywhere else is mostly lovely!

If you look at the crime map here its easy to see who is causing the most trouble in Blackpool as it is centered around the bars and clubs and front!

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 14:10:47

Sorry to sound a twat but you are deluding yourself if you think that all of Blackpool's problems stem from tourists. One of my friends went to the photography college there and he said that Blackpool residents live like it is the Wild West.

I remember The Secret Millionaire in Blackpool and it made grim viewing. The residential parts are even worse than the town centre, believe it or not. It was like looking at a war-torn country. And on 999 What's Your Emergency, they are all Blackpool residents that are ringing up because they've been battered by their own kids. sad It is very deprived and where there is deprivation, there will be drugs/violence. It's not nice at all. None of it.

tanfastic Wed 24-Jul-13 14:13:30

I agree with the other locals on here. I am not originally from Blackpool. I'm from Oxford which is just as shit, if not shittier in some parts as Blackpool is. I think most major cities have their shit areas. Blackpool central promenade and the surrounding streets are the shittiest parts of the town mainly caused by holidaymakers.

It's like when my sister comes up to visit from Oxford and we sometimes do the holiday thing and have a walk down the prom, she will say "fucking hell there are some right mingers in Blackpool aren't there"....ummm yes but most of them don't live here bright spark.

Cravey Wed 24-Jul-13 14:16:28

I've not been to Blackpool for many years my dh goes every year for a punk festival. He says its fine for that purpose ie going to the winter garden and listening to a lt of bands. He does say though that its very rough at night lots of sirens etc. I think it's sad it used to be a place for all Brits to flock too.

Aquamildred Wed 24-Jul-13 14:18:55


See my earlier post

"Problem with Blackpool is it gets everyone elses shit. I moved with work. Originally I lived in a multiple occupancy of 16 with three next door the same.None of them came from Blackpool, none of them worked and only two of them were not drug dependent.Its easy and pretty cheap to move their if you look in right places and people go to escape their past but bring their problems."

I am not saying that all residents are angels, they aren't but how many of those with drugs and alchohol problems on 999 emergency said they weren't from Blackpool originally. Loads.

I have lived in a really rough area in Blackpool and two nicer ones and never seen anything like what was depicted on either program out of the town centre.

I know the area you are on about in secret millionaire and it is a lot of bedsit let multiple occupancy filled with people who are running from their problems.

Aquamildred Wed 24-Jul-13 14:20:18

I will also add I currently live in a village near Wigan and I felt safer walking to shops at night in Bispham/south shore and central than I do here!

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 14:22:17

Sorry Aqua, I don't mean to be a Blackpool Basher. I bet it has some nice things that I wouldn't have seen on a hen weekend incorporating Uncle Brian's Grief Hole and Yates's on three floors. <weep>

Maybe we could have a MN meet-up there and us nay-sayers could be shown the error of our ways.

I do remember going to a nice Italian restaurant actually <remembers after almost 15 years...)

EstelleGetty Wed 24-Jul-13 14:26:19

Poor old Blackpool. My dad spent many a happy holiday there as a child. I was there a few years ago, staying in a village a few stops away on the train, with a friend from the area. To be honest, we had a great time! We rode the trams (I'm a vintage transport geeks), looked round the charity shops and at night went to a club with a revolving dancefloor called the Sin-dicate. At the age I am now, I doubt I'd enjoy the latter place, but when I was 19 and drunk, I thought it was great!

FuntimeFuschia Wed 24-Jul-13 14:29:37

'Blackpool residents live like it is the Wild West'

There is a rather fabulous shop near my house that sells line dancing gear and cowboys boots, I always wondered how it managed to stay open!

Locals have no choice other than to accept the seediness and damage that the tourism industry brings as otherwise the place would suffer from even more deprivation than it already does. The 999 show was fascinating, but not representative of all residents!
Obviously not all problems are caused by tourists, but a pretty hefty wodge certainly are. The emergency services and the health services are overstretched dealing with out-of-towners.

There are strong and well established communities in this area. We're all fucking skint, and we all hate the fact that we can't go near the town centre during the summer or take the kids for a walk down the prom of an evening because of piss-heads but we suck it up and accept what they do to our home, because we need the industry.

You could always go to Poulton, or Lytham instead. The nightlife is just as rowdy, but a lot posher grin

Aquamildred Wed 24-Jul-13 14:30:02


There are lovely parts and like any city there is the shithole.

I lived their four years and would go back tomorrow.
The shit holes are central and south shore up towards the pleasure beach house wise.

There are lovely area's to live though near Marton, Bispham, Poulton, parts of lytham and St Annes

squoosh Wed 24-Jul-13 14:30:41

One of the grimmest places on earth, once had the 'pleasure' of going there on a day trip. At least I get to cross it off my list now I suppose, just have to visit Belarus and Chernobyl to complete the set.

Why anyone would choose to go there for their holidays blows my mind.

There’s something very melancholic about some seaside resorts who had their heyday was over half a century ago but Blackpool is just depressing.

Aquamildred Wed 24-Jul-13 14:31:25

Oh and the 999 whats your emergency at the cash machine in dressing gown was on central drive which is where I lived with the hoards of people who do not come from Blackpool originally and have never worked.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 14:54:53

DS would bloody LOVE Blackpool. He is all about arcades, tat shops and flashing things.

I wonder if I might take him for a day in the 6 weeks...

Marmalade my two would spend all day on the 2p falls. hmm

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Wed 24-Jul-13 15:01:02

Wow just found this thread, I think I must have bumped into some of you in my misspent youth and possibly misspent not so young anymore

Jenks - check
Scrooges - check
Tache - check
Blue room / Hogs Head / Stanley Beer Engine / Blue Room again - check
Galleon - check

I don't think Brenda is doing too well now, last I heard she is an alcoholic (no surprise there) and needs a full time carer.

I kind of agree with the general feel of the thread, Blackpool centre is horrible but the surrounding areas are nice.
Some South Shore is horribly deprived, average life expectancy for a man is only 66.

Can't believe no one has mentioned the scariest ride at the Pleasure Beach, the Wild Mouse. I've seen people come off that with nose bleeds.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 15:02:54

That's what DS loves, Sparkling. I once gave him £4.50 for the 2p falls. Do you know how long £4.50 bought him on the 2p falls?



LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 15:09:58

Oh I don't mean to bash Blackpool either.

It is rather depressing in seaside towns whose heydays were years ago. I lived in one. And lots of hotels were converted to bedsits in the 80s which had a real impact. It is a real shame. Thankfully no hen and stag culture, that must be hellish to live amongst.

tanfastic Wed 24-Jul-13 15:12:16

The problem is a small part of the town, as I've said like most towns and cities, you get your shit areas. I think we've all established its not the best place for a family holiday.

As a resident though, you rarely associate with that part of the town very often. Unfortunately my job means I deal with the type of people featured on 999 Emergency (in fact I knew quite a lot of them through work) but what I love about living here are the friendly born and bred in Blackpool locals, living an hour's drive from Manchester centre and The Lakes, living a ten minute walk to the promenade and the sea where there is a lovely beach and miles of cycle track (I'm not talking the brash end). Being surrounded by picturesque villages and lovely small towns like Lytham St Anne's. a great zoo and park, fabulous schools and leisure centres and when you have small children there always seems to be something going on in Blackpool. I'm not saying you don't get that in other towns but really as a local it's really not that bad.

lemonmuffin Wed 24-Jul-13 15:12:51

Squoosh, I can honestly tell you that very many people go to Blackpool for their annual holidays year after year.

I know. I don't get it either.

FuntimeFuschia Wed 24-Jul-13 15:18:19

You mean Brenda is still alive? Holy shit. She did a cracking Steps impression.

I think the Blue Room is now shut and last time I went into Scrooges half of it was bloody missing!

tanfastic Wed 24-Jul-13 15:20:30

The Blue Room is closing if not shut already, a real shame.

mumandboys123 Wed 24-Jul-13 15:41:12

marmalde the residential part of town i live in is lovely. We are certainly not war-torn and it has been a long while since i saw a get your facts right, it's not a ghetto and we're not all standing by the cash machine at midnight (whistles to self quietly :-D)

Hell, I was navigating the bit that is to be the new sainsburys recently and remembered the nights started in scrooges and finished in the tache. Happy days!!!!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Wed 24-Jul-13 15:51:09

She was a few years ago, I don't think she's going to make it to a ripe old age.

I heard the Blueroom shut down a few weeks ago. No idea what will happen to it.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Wed 24-Jul-13 15:52:14

mumandboys did you ever go to Barney Rubbles above the Tache, that really was an experience.

mumandboys123 Wed 24-Jul-13 16:04:46

No, can't say i ever old....think the last time i was in the tache was about 1993!!!! hell, i remember the days when the cinemas were cinemas and not nightclubs....running for the last bus after a film, warm wine in yates...and a club i cant remember the name of now...oooh, i also spent a few evenings in the galleon with that musical trio who would play the girl from ipanema for me if i asked....

You know i moved away for nearly 15 years but my memories of blackpool are strongest!!!!

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 16:10:04

Mumandboys, I'm from Wolverhampton. I have no room in my glass house to fling rocks. grin

mumandboys123 Wed 24-Jul-13 16:18:53

Ooh....was it the village? Was that a nightclub or is that from a different part of my mis-spent youth?

chocoluvva Wed 24-Jul-13 16:23:00

Teenage DC and I went last year for two days. We stayed at the Hilton which was poor for a Hilton but also cheap for a Hilton.

We were pleasantly surprised by how clean the beach/Pleasure Beach was and at the good choice of places to eat at The Pleasure Beach: fresh seafood, noodle bars etc

So many people there were from Liverpool. It was really noticeable.

The Madame Tussauds didn't amount to a great deal IMO.

Aquamildred Wed 24-Jul-13 16:47:36

What is making me laugh on this thread is the people who live there (or the majority of them ) are saying where they live is lovely and not at all like the programs and that the shit is confined.

And the people who do not live there but have visited the centre are like nooo your wrong you live in a shithole because x has visited and said so.

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ComposHat Wed 24-Jul-13 16:57:44

'in the seaside town that they forgot to close down, come armagedon come armagedon come'

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Wed 24-Jul-13 17:04:12

I love that Morrisey

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Wed 24-Jul-13 17:05:21

oops song but it makes me think of Morecambe. Sorry Morecambe, haven't been there in years.

Owllady Wed 24-Jul-13 17:07:34

I used that song for my final show at university <fashion>

Owllady Wed 24-Jul-13 17:09:35

omg someone from wolvo as well shock

we are going to barmouth on our annual holiday this year and my youngest said he was so excited about going to wales and when questioned he was excited about the bumper cars shock grin

ComposHat Wed 24-Jul-13 17:12:05

Excellent....not the obvious choice for a fashion show, so even more kudos is due!

I love the 'hide on the promenade etch a postcard, how I dearly wish I were not here' I suppose it is a better fit with Morecambe ... silent anf grey Blackpool isn't!

Owllady Wed 24-Jul-13 17:15:53

I think you have to have lived by the coast to know that end of the world feeling though, especially in winter.

You sit on the beach and look at that massive expanse of sea and you realise how insignificant you are. At that point in my life I think I had a near nervous breakdown but therapy helped grin

insancerre Wed 24-Jul-13 17:24:41

Blackpool is grim
I live in St Annes
it's so much nicer
Butthe punk festival at the winter gardens is bloody fantastic
in fact, I do really like the wintergardens, it's my fav venue for live bands
I also graduated there (twice)

beatback Wed 24-Jul-13 18:22:37

MARMALADE. Keep EDUCATING people about the charms of BLACKPOOL!

Pilgit Wed 24-Jul-13 18:32:06

I have been to Blackpool once to visit my then boyfriend whose parents ran a B&B. Their B&B was one of the most hideous shit holes I have ever stayed in (and that includes the ex army barracks for £2 a night in Krakow - which was just scary for the communal mixed showers - but I digress). They didn't change the sheets between guests - just put extra on the bed. The pubs were hideous (and as he was local we went to non-tourist ones), the centre of town was horrid and the people made Londoners look friendly and welcoming to tourists. The best part about it was the train out. I am sure there are other experiences of it though.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Wed 24-Jul-13 18:38:26

Yanbu. It is rough but it can be fun slumming it once in a while. I did not realise how bad it was going to be. I put on a Mulberry bag before we went and dh pissed himself laughing at me and told me I'd be mugged. He was right that the bag was truly surplus to requirements! We had a nice enough day though and endless entertainment gawping at the state of the drunken young stags and hens stumbling around half clothed.Ended up in the Pizza Hut for supper and stopped for a McD drive thru cup of tea on the way home.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 19:54:52

Erm OK beatback, WILL DO!

confused grin

TimeofChange Wed 24-Jul-13 20:16:16

Blackpool is wonderful for a couple of days.
The Pleasure Beach is fantastic fun and a lot cleaner than 15 years ago.
The Tower is amazing and then a tram ride through the illuminations is a great experience for kids.

I wouldn't want to go for a week, I would prefer a naice cottage in the country.

It has already been said that a lot of 'problem' families have been moved there from other areas. This has happened a lot too in Colwyn Bay and Rhyl.

I don't want to see drunks half naked on the streets, but that happens every weekend in all cities. I wouldn't go out to Chester in the evening and Race Days are pretty terrible there.

TiggyD Wed 24-Jul-13 20:28:00

Better than Rhyll.

FunnyLittleFrog Wed 24-Jul-13 20:29:31

The train from Blackpool North to Leeds of an evening is something of an 'experience'.

The Pleasure Beach is great though, loads of weird old-fashioned rides like Alice in Wonderland and the Grand National.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 20:32:16

Rhyl is a special place.

I remember going on a glass-bottomed boat and being confused about why you couldn't see jeff all. I thought they'd got it wrong and we were on an opaque-bottomed boat but no, it was just the putrid water.

There was also a grim museum of Wales there. It made me depressed.

catgirl1976 Wed 24-Jul-13 20:41:38


I went to the Palace once (a loooong time ago)

Someone hit my friend, and then, when he hit the floor, pulled out their penis and pissed on him.

I didn't go a second time.

beatback Wed 24-Jul-13 20:51:16

MARMALADE ATKINS. If a film was made about life after a NUCLEAR WAR RHYL would be the perfect choice for location work and the costs would be zero because its a ready made set for a film about NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON . I remember going on a School trip to the SUN CENTRE 28 years ago when the SUN CENTRE WAS DESCRIBED AS " THE MOST MODERN SUN CENTRE IN EUORPE" nuff said i think.

timidviper Wed 24-Jul-13 20:51:51

I live in one of the "naice" bits outside Blackpool and work in South Shore and Central. I agree with Aquamildred the deprivation is very localised although that doesn't make you feel much better when you work in it!

Many of the problems are caused by people visiting or moving into the area but, I'm afraid, I do blame the council. They have mismanaged the area for ages, turned down all sorts of opportunities such as out of town superstores and leisure places in case they detracted from the centre but not invested in that centre so now there is nothing to attract anybody anywhere near and a huge downward spiral. All my friends shop, go out, etc in Preston, not Blackpool. Their latest idiotic wheeze has reduced the prom to one lane each way in the centre which just jams up the illuminations stupidly. My DB came with his family last year, it took them over an hour to go a mile so they turned around and will never come again.

catgirl1976 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:03:23


Georgealexanderlouis Wed 24-Jul-13 21:05:06

Anyone else think the 'fracking' near Blackpool is an attempt to try and get the town to drift off from the mainland?

RedToothBrush Wed 24-Jul-13 21:10:32


Blackpool is not a bit shit.

Its a LOT shit.

catgirl1976 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:13:07

Are Lytham too timid

We're going to need a big table in Zest at this rate grin

catgirl1976 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:13:33

"Are you" that should read blush

beatback Wed 24-Jul-13 21:13:41

The whole of the front, all the arcades and the other scruffy buildings have not had a penny spent on them for decades. The owner/s of the arcades have just counted all the money and never invested any money back in to thier business and every year that passes the whole of Blackpool gets worse and now you hear all the arcade owners moaning how hard it is now, they have only themselves to blame for their businesses struggling. As i said further up the thread the council with the casino/casinos idea was a very plausible idea and possibly the only idea that could regenerate Blackpool face it " BIG ROLLERS AND SPENDERS" are not going to come to Blackpool for ROCK or SUNSHINE ARE THEY. The biggest stabbing in the back that Blackpool got though was when the LABOUR PARTY DECIDED THAT BLACKPOOL WAS TO ROUGH AND WORKING CLASS "to hold their party Conferences. As for MORECAMBE and the council idea that URBAN SPLASH would recreate the MIDLAND HOTEL in to a Grand 5 star Hotel and that MORECAMBE would have a rebirth as a stylish resort. ITS JUST VERY SAD AND NO DOUBT IS JUST THE SAME IN MARGATE GREAT YARMOUTH AND SOUTHEND.

timidviper Wed 24-Jul-13 21:21:05

catgirl St Annes but happy to trek to Lytham for a meetup! I often meet friends at Zest or Java, both lovely. Are you in Lytham?

chocoluvva Wed 24-Jul-13 21:25:06

The promenade is very clean and smart now. The trams are too.

Filimou Wed 24-Jul-13 21:41:41

Amazing how many posts start with I went there once when I was 3/4 places change and yes there are ropey areas of blackpool but also masses of investment/improvement. True Story grin

Nancy66 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:44:46

I have been in the past 12 months and thought it was fucking awful.

Aquamildred Wed 24-Jul-13 21:46:54

The only bit of new prom I don't like is when you cross from beach to tower there is a particular area which looks like a pedestrianised area, there is no drop at all on pavement to road, how someone with sight issues is meant to manage I don't know!

catgirl1976 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:47:22

yy viper grin

Although I work in St Annes so always good for a meet up there too!

Filimou Wed 24-Jul-13 21:49:03

Bit late to the thread hello to fellow fylde coasters

Filimou Wed 24-Jul-13 21:49:35

aqua that is a pain..

TSSDNCOP Wed 24-Jul-13 21:55:28

Oh dear God, I've just watched the Steeplechase clip. DSIS and I went on that age 12/10 IN THE FUCKING DARK. all the way round was this song going "FUN, FUN, FUN YES IT'S FUN, FUN, FUN"

We still use that song now in terrible times as a reminder things can be worse.

Blackpool, whilst a solid gold shit hole is a lot of awful fun.

BridgetBidet Wed 24-Jul-13 21:56:51

Oh fuck me BeatBack we've had some UrbanSplash* fiddling in Sheffield which has turned some ugly social housing into some even uglier housing for rich people. I absolutely despise them.

BridgetBidet Wed 24-Jul-13 21:58:24

I love Blackpool. My family are originally from Manchester although I grew up in London. We often used to go to Blackpool when

BridgetBidet Wed 24-Jul-13 22:00:34

I was little and I still love 50p to the first person who can see the Blackpool Tower, tacky hats, weird scary kids rides and that odd sunshine man at Blackpool Pleasure beach. I even had odd memories like my Great Gran dying when I was at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. I have loads of memories there. And it's always been a bit shit in my lifetime but that's part of the reason I love it.

beatback Wed 24-Jul-13 22:01:16

BridgetBidet. Your are right about URBAN SPLASH they come in promising the world and just make things look worse.

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Crikeyblimey Wed 24-Jul-13 22:07:05

Oooh - I'm an almost Fylde Coaster too! Just outside Kirkham. I'm up for "Lytham and Lunch" if there's a meet up going!

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LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 22:20:59

Oh god someone mentioned race day in Chester. Genteel Cheltenham turns into an absolute hellhole during gold cup week to the extent it would make Blackpool look respectable.

LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 22:22:03

I think we should all meet up in Blackpool and go on the steeplechase, grand national and the mice ride. Dear god.

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LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 22:30:11


Lets wait until Peter Andre has booked the winter gardens and then we will have the MN meet up par excellence.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 22:32:12

I would totes be up for a meet-up with MNers in Cackpool.

Me and GetOrf could be faghags in Flamingoes.

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MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 22:36:35

His star has been moribund for the last twenty years, yet strangely it is clinging on for dear life longer than Mark Fowler did in 'Enders, when he had the AIDS.

LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 22:37:35

You should come to the next Cheltenham meet up Marm. We will show you the posh bits of Cheltenham so you don't just traipse up and down the high street thinking 'what is this shithole?' grin

I don't think I could seriously go to Blackpool again. It is so far away for one. When I first drove there I thought you just went 10 minutes north of Liverpool. It's a long drive!

FreudiansSlipper Wed 24-Jul-13 22:40:14

i thought that was the appeal

we stayed in a b&b than had not been decorated or had any new fittings since the mid 60's and the breakfast was swimming in lard

i quite enjoyed it but once was enought

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LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 22:41:24

Lol at Wednesday excitement grin

Crikeyblimey Wed 24-Jul-13 22:41:56

BeerTricks - not Wesham, I'm betwixt (I like that word) Kirkham and Preston - I used to work in Kirkham though!

LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 22:42:54


They have one pound baguette shops in Cheltenham and Gloucester now, plus they do breakfasts, egg on toast, panini (ooooOOOOOOoooo) and jacket spuds for a quid an' all.

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2rebecca Wed 24-Jul-13 22:46:08

I've always avoided the pleasure beach as i hate heights and get motion sick, I have to take piriton if going on any roller coasters. The steeplechase looks like my sort of ride though. I'm sure I can persuade the kids they want to go again

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MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 22:54:15

"You should come to the next Cheltenham meet up Marm. We will show you the posh bits of Cheltenham so you don't just traipse up and down the high street thinking 'what is this shithole"

I DID DO THAT. Did I tell you that? <worries>

They have £1 baguette shops? I AM THERE. Can I stop at yours though?

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 22:55:14

"I have to take piriton if going on any roller coasters"

Serious? Are you allergic to something on the rollercoasters? Like the rubber on the handles?

navada Wed 24-Jul-13 22:59:40

I've only ever seen if on the telly, & that's bad enough.

LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 23:02:13

YES. Come and stay at mine. I live in Gloucester which is an eternal disappointment in life.

I will treat you to an egg bap though, bab.

2rebecca Wed 24-Jul-13 23:03:38

Piriton helps with motions sickness. It's like stugeron the travel sickness tab you buy otc but shorter acting so wears off faster so you can drink later. I use it if travelling in the backs of cars or on ferry trips too, and for the kids if they get car sick.

LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 23:04:16

Yes Marm you did tell me you went up and down the high street with your DH wondering what was so special about Cheltenham, I remember that. Why do I listen to people on mumsnet but when dd tells me things I am 'yeah yeah' with one eye on Come Dine With Me. <awful mother>

Ooh a Cheltenham meet up? I could get the Park and Ride. It does seem to be a town of two halves. grin There's a Lido isn't there?

LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 23:07:32

Yes sparkling you are only up the road aren't you iirc. I have never been to the Lido. There are lots of fantastic bars though.

LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 23:08:44

Have been on a couple of meetuos with dollytwat and ledkr and they are brilliant. Last one was at a festival where we drank wine all day and watched the Human League. God it was fun.

Yes, just a couple of Junctions north on the M5. But Cheltenham is horrible to drive round. sad

SkinnedAlive Wed 24-Jul-13 23:09:35

I went to Blackpool for a day out a month or so ago. I didn't think it was so bad. I had a yummy fish and chips on the promenade (which was really cheap) and a nice walk on the beach where I sat and read in the sun. Hardly any toilets though which was inconvenient. For me it was mostly the nostalga since my mum took me most summers as a kid for a week. Pleasurebeach looked a bit expensive so never went in. I would LOVE a go on the steeplechase if it is still in action though - so any MN day's out in Blackpool count me in smile

BridgetBidet Wed 24-Jul-13 23:10:53

I actually broke my husband's rib on the MadMouse. Somebody broke them by kicking them when he was a young lad and because he has asthma periodically they break when he has an attack.

We went on the madmouse and I sat in front. As soon as the mouse jerked upwards all I felt behind my back and heard was 'Crack, crack, crack, crack' Was horrible. Ride was good though.

LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 23:11:41

Cheltenham is terrible to drive around, it has a fiendish one way system. Best bet is the park and ride just off the motorway or get a train. I hate driving round there, it is a devil at rush hour and on weekends.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 23:12:08

" It's like stugeron the travel sickness tab you buy otc but shorter acting so wears off faster so you can drink later "

You get your priorities right, mate. grin

I am so fucking there, Gerrof. We can be like Rizzo and Frenchie in Grease, having a sleepover. <wistful>

LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 23:12:17

Haha at 'rise was good though'

everlong Wed 24-Jul-13 23:13:50

Blackpool is rough, there's no getting around it.
Loud and uncouth.

Will never go again.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 23:20:15

But it has naice outskirts, everlong. Get yourself up there, pronto.

I would love to go to Blackpool now, but would want to be beamed there a la Star Trek and beamed back when I had had enough.

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MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 23:29:55

I want to go too. You are ON, Potter.

WTF? I want to go now. I am looking at bee & bees in Cackpool. Has this thread been some kind of voodoo shit by Blackpool Tourism Board to get people to WANT to go?!

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LauraPashley Wed 24-Jul-13 23:35:36

I had a few brilliant nights out in Blackpool in my mid twenties (travelled from Scotland to do so!) . We went to a drag queen cabaret place it was great! Then a disco that seemed to be right under the tower? Black carpets, lots of chrome and glass and it always played wham. Happy days!

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SoleSource Wed 24-Jul-13 23:37:59

Used to be great in the early 1980's, enjoyed good short breaks there with family. Blackpool get your act together and do the town up. Last time I went was in 2007. No point in going back unless for The Pleasurebeach.

InViennaWeWerePoetry Wed 24-Jul-13 23:39:28

Oi, don't diss Blackpool, Blackpool is fab grin I grew up there and had a great time. Lytham St Annes is lovely.

everlong Wed 24-Jul-13 23:47:41

I'm in sunny CA atm marmalade. Just a bit different from good old Blackers wink

everlong Wed 24-Jul-13 23:50:15

I'll never forget as an 8 year old seeing some old lush puking into her fish and chips on the prom.

Scarred me.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 24-Jul-13 23:51:18

"and you won't have to poke Uncle Brian with a broom handle if you want a pint of vodka"

But it's all part of the rustic charm of Blackpool! shock

I am doing this thing. Deffo. I will bring some class to Blackpool. As a Wolverhampton lass, there aren't many places I can say that about. grin

LOL at creaky stair.

LeGavrOrf Wed 24-Jul-13 23:51:36

California! You bastard!

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 24-Jul-13 23:53:36

For REAL shitness you need good old Clacton. For TOTAL shitness you want Great Yarmouth!

everlong Wed 24-Jul-13 23:56:16

That's right Gavlar.
G and T on the porch.


InViennaWeWerePoetry Wed 24-Jul-13 23:56:58

I was taken on the Grand National as soon as I was tall enough. I have never been back on a roller coaster since and I never will.

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 00:00:59

You are making me feel very sad. My brother lived in California for years, used to send pictures of Laguna Beach at sunset when it was pissing down in England.

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 00:01:23

Vienna it is bloody terrifying isn't it?

everlong Thu 25-Jul-13 00:03:39

It's amazing isn't it. We are staying in Santa Barbara.
People are so so lovely. Not grumpy bastards like me grin

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 00:03:47

Why is Vienna terrifying?! Do they do Viennese Whirls there? I am thinking of taking DH for his 40th next year...

InViennaWeWerePoetry Thu 25-Jul-13 00:06:17

It's hell on earth LeGavrOrf, it put me off roller coasters for life. My brother took me on it one summer when I was about 9 and I never recovered. Quite frankly I'm surprised they let me on I was such a midget.

everlong Thu 25-Jul-13 00:06:25

Dh's favourite biscuit.

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 00:06:46

There is a poster called Vienna up there talking about the grand national ride at Blackpool, you drunken bastard. grin not talking about scary Viennese waltzes/tortes/biscuits

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 00:08:10

Have another glass of Chardonnay Marm, I am <Hic>

InViennaWeWerePoetry Thu 25-Jul-13 00:09:16

Vienna is gorgeous Marmalade, there's nothing scary about Vienna smile

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 00:09:47

Oh soz, ha ha ha! Fucking dunce.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 00:10:15

It means nothing to me.


LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 00:13:50

I love you Marm <pours some more>

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 00:15:30

Don't go to Austria with your DH Marm, you need to go with just other gels so you can perve on all the Austrian ski instructor whippersnappers.

InViennaWeWerePoetry Thu 25-Jul-13 00:23:08

Oh but the culture and the history in Vienna is gorgeous, go to Vienna with DH and a skiing trip without him.

KatyTheCleaningLady Thu 25-Jul-13 00:45:12

marmalade How do two guys munch the same rug?

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 00:45:30

I love you as well, you drunken cowbag <honks boob of Gerroff>

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 00:45:57

Ask your mum, Katy. wink

Filimou Thu 25-Jul-13 06:09:19

I'm near cleveleys....I'd be up for a Fylde Coast meet-up...

Cakebitch Thu 25-Jul-13 06:45:50

I was born there. yes. its a horrid place. Nowhere nice to eat, tacky, full of drunks. St annes, although sometimes can have its moments, is a lovely place to live. lytham even nicer, but far too expensive.

Cakebitch Thu 25-Jul-13 06:46:32

And yeah.. a fylde meetup would be great.

insancerre Thu 25-Jul-13 07:21:02

Anyone been in the new Blossoms?
it's really quite civilised
DS is livid there is no longer a pool table
he has to slum it in the Institute with the old people

Cardiomardio Thu 25-Jul-13 07:26:40

Blackpool is shit awful. We went for a week years ago on 'holiday' - we lasted 3 days and I've never holidayed in Britain since. Disgusting, tacky place full of drunks, junkies, chavs and fishwives. I couldn't wait to leave the horrible place.

tanfastic Thu 25-Jul-13 07:48:13

Full if junkies, drunks and fishwives from all over the country wink

tanfastic Thu 25-Jul-13 07:50:06

Fylde peeps, get ye over to the Blackpool Mumsnet Facebook page and arrange a meet smile

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tanfastic Thu 25-Jul-13 08:05:53

Blackpool is what it is, you can have a lot of fun here on a day out . It's never gonna be any different until the stags and hens are driven out and that isn't going to happen IMO.

It's fucking great for people watching blush

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ComposHat Thu 25-Jul-13 08:34:58

I have one fond memory of Blackpool, going there in Winter for an FA Cup 1st round tie and seeing my team (the mighty Hednesford Town) pull off a giant killing.

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ComposHat Thu 25-Jul-13 09:11:13

Yes indeed. Their ground was a right shithole and all

RhondaJean Thu 25-Jul-13 09:23:15

I haven't been to Blackpool for 30 years.

I'm going tomorrow confused

Only to take the kids to the pleasure beach though. At 9 and 13 I think they might enjoy it?

Do they still have those zillions (impression at 7) of shops selling things made out of shells?

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 25-Jul-13 10:12:05


Not been in the new Blossoms yet. Too annoyed by the bloody road works on Woodlands Road. Dh will be gutted about the pool tables. Never been in the Institute, should make an effort.

tanfastic its bloody great for people watching oh so true. I remember watching two girls (18-20 years). Falling over drunk in the street, paramedics were called but they were abusive to them. The ambulance parked over the street to keep an eye on them until they finally fell asleep passed out

This was at 7.30pm on a Friday night.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 10:20:06

OK, I think I feel ready to recount the full horror of the weekend in Blackpool in 1999 now. <steels self>

Got there at a respectable hour, about 11am Saturday morning. Went straight to a public house, I think it was called The Clock House.... the something House anyway. Walked in to find a group of stags and hens simulating various sex acts on the floors and tables. We only wanted a quiet sandwich. sad One of then men puked into a pint glass and re-drank it. I did not eat my sandwich.

Went to get "settled in" at Uncle Brian's B&B. Got shown to our rooms. Mine and my friend's en suite room was a room with a double bed and some room to shin down the side of it, to enter the en-suite bathroom which was part of the original room cordoned off with chipboard. Used condom in sink and pubes around taps. Brian fished it out with his hands. Needless to say, we did not partake in Brian's famous breakfast.

Went out on the night, starting off in a Yates's (spread over three storeys, no less) Almost immediately attracted a group of men that can only be described as unfortunate-looking. One of them asked me and my friend how old we were (we were 20) My friend said "42" sarcastically. He looked really shocked and went "NO WAY! I'd have only said you were like 30!" Again, we were twenty. Suppose it served us right. Some of the hen's guttermeat mates had ordered her a stripper. However Yates's policy wouldn't allow him to "perform" in the main area so they hustled us upstairs into a closed area and the stripper jiggled his bits at us up there. Stuff happened with baby oil. He seemed to be enjoying it a bit too much IYSWIM and because we were in a cordoned off area it seemed seedy and rank instead of the kitsch fun it might have been if it were in the main bar. Grim.

So on that note, me and my other snobby friend ran off to Flamingos. We had a marvellous time. Got back to Uncle Brian's to find the hen and assembled guttermeat slagging us off to Brian for being snooty cunts. Some squaddies were there. Night time activity took place, the hen participating. The next day she shat herself because she found out that the squaddie she had shagged was in the same barracks as her FIANCE. Promptly rang her fiancé and told him that she'd been raped by a squaddie. shock hmm shock sad Big argument ensued between hens trying to persuade hen to come clean but she wouldn't because Dazza would kick off. She said she'd just let him think it but not let him call the police so no-one would be hurt in the long run. 'Twas awful. We refused to go to the wedding. Group splintered off.

Me and splinter group went to La Fontana Italian restaurant and had a decent time in there then we moseyed up to the Pleasure Beach and had a go on all the rides which would have been nice if we didn't have a false rape allegation clouding events.

Went back to Uncle Brian's to get our things and leave the area. Found Uncle Brian wrestling with an irish bloke in the front garden. Paid up and drove like a bat out of hell back down the M6.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 10:21:55

"We only wanted a quiet sandwich" and "Get settled in"

I realise that a weekend in Eastbourne would probably have been more to my tastes. grin

thistlelicker Thu 25-Jul-13 10:28:54

I'm going tomorrow, after reading this slightly apprehensive!

Marmalade I'm just picking my jaw up off the table grin

That is an amazing tale. But feel sorry for the squaddie. Did you actually attend the wedding in the end?

MrsDeVere Thu 25-Jul-13 10:33:01

Only slightly this?
Blimey, I am terrified grin

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 10:41:00

No I bloody didn't! I doubt the squaddie was any the wiser tbh. She wouldn't "let" her fiancé ring the police for obvious reasons. She has never told the truth, AFAIK. I've never spoken to her since.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 25-Jul-13 10:43:41

shock marmalade, that's fucking awful.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 25-Jul-13 10:45:48

thistlelicker do not under any circumstances go to the Walkabout in Blackpool. If any ok pubs occur to me I'll let you know drawing a blank so far

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 25-Jul-13 10:47:20

Ooh I just figured out which pub you went to - the Counting House, near North Pier.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 10:47:59

That's the one!

FreudiansSlipper Thu 25-Jul-13 11:00:20

we went to an italian restaurant in blackpool recommended at the 60's dump b&b we were staying at

quite nice smile very sickly but never seen it on a menu since

Owllady Thu 25-Jul-13 11:03:38

omg I was eating my lunch whilst reading that post marmalade!

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 11:04:10

Sorry Owl!

Grim innit?!

Owllady Thu 25-Jul-13 11:04:21

well it is more of a brunch I suppose blush

FreudiansSlipper Thu 25-Jul-13 11:09:07

that must take time and a lot of therapy to recover from shock

a few years ago there were plans to make Blackpool the UK's Las Vegas

how i laughed and laughed

strange how it seems to have fallen through

Filimou Thu 25-Jul-13 11:11:30

marmalade you'd have trouble going to caught fire a few weeks back.
Does make me grin that the poster for the aussie bbq is still visible.

Filimou Thu 25-Jul-13 11:14:30

sorry meant whenshewasbad not marmalade blush

Filimou Thu 25-Jul-13 11:18:14

marmalade Blackpool has changed a hell of a lot since 1999.

tanfastic Thu 25-Jul-13 11:18:18

Walkabout went up in smoke the other week.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 25-Jul-13 11:29:31

filimou tanfastic Walkabout caught fire shock

Couldn't have happened to a nicer place [evil]. Was it an accident?

spotscotch Thu 25-Jul-13 11:35:47

I will now always associate Blackpool as the place where two of DH's (now ex thankfully) friends had a threesome with a prostitute on a stag weekend, while both of their pregnant partners were waiting at home. Apparently they literally picked her up off the street and even bartered with another bloke to ensure that they got her.

Enough said really.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 11:43:20

shock shock shock

tanfastic Thu 25-Jul-13 11:56:52

Not sure what happened where Walkabout is concerned, I just woke up one morning and it was all over the news - burnt to the ground!

My parents used to have a B&B in Blackpool (for 20 years for their sins, took 3 bastard years to sell it when my dad died). Anyway, when they first took it over they had to honour the bookings taken by the predecessor which was mainly stag and hens. My mum didn't know what had bloody hit her. One weekend she had a stag party and a hen party booked in and they wrecked the rooms and the women from the hen party were taking it in turns to shag the stag and were making no secret about it. Now I'm broad minded but un-fucking-believable confused.

After that they only took couples and families grin

tanfastic Thu 25-Jul-13 11:58:20

Actually I think my mum got her big stick out and threatened to throw them all out gringringrin

PGTip Thu 25-Jul-13 12:42:51

I love going grin

I love the illuminations, the plastic tattiness of it all. I think that's why I love it! I know what it is and expect nothing else.

We go to see the lights, we go to the Pleasure Beach & we go up the tower, it's fab to visit but I wouldn't want to live there.

Ooh yes, if I'm going it will have to be during the hallucinations. grin

WhiteDogBlackSpots Thu 25-Jul-13 13:07:17

Blackpool has again failed to achieve minimum water quality on its beaches.
If you go, don't go in the sea whatever you do!

chocoluvva Thu 25-Jul-13 13:30:28

Rhonda it'll be great. The kids will love the Pleasure Beach and you'll surprise yourself by finding it much better than you expect.

tanfastic Thu 25-Jul-13 13:40:41

I went in the sea the other week and i'm still here!

Tweasels Thu 25-Jul-13 13:47:34

I went on a hen night to Blackpool. It was hideous.

The bar in the B&B we were staying in had newspaper cuttings on the walls of local murders hmm

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 14:11:38

grin Tweasels! shock

minouminou Thu 25-Jul-13 14:36:08

Has anyone nominated this for Classics?
I'm dying here!!!
Attic nonce, crabs, cat-sized cockroaches, rug-munching with a kiss me quick hat....

It's brilliant.

minouminou Thu 25-Jul-13 14:39:39

Oh god....I just read about the man writing 'Fuck' in his own urine on the wall of the Job Centre. I'm crying....partly with laughter, partly with despair.

Davsmum Thu 25-Jul-13 14:44:17

I agree with the earlier comments about Lytham St Anne's - I had never bothered going there until a few weeks ago and its really nice - Hard to believe its so near to Blackpool, which is really scruffy.
We did pop in to Blackpool and were shocked how shabby it was.

We went to a lovely Italian restaurant in St Anne's. We may even book to stay there for a few days.

minouminou Thu 25-Jul-13 14:49:09

We have friends who live in one of the nice regions on the outskirts, and they simply don't go into the middle of town - ever.

Lytham and Bispham are nice, yes.

Reallynothappy Thu 25-Jul-13 14:51:42

I used to work in that jobcentre sad

tanfastic Thu 25-Jul-13 15:12:57

If only I could afford property in Lytham hmm

beatback Thu 25-Jul-13 15:50:35

Davsmum. Yes Lytham St Annes is very place nice and TIGGIS is a very decent resturant.

beatback Thu 25-Jul-13 15:51:09

very nice place!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 25-Jul-13 15:53:22

Lytham st Annes is the third most desirable location in the North West grin

Davsmum Thu 25-Jul-13 15:56:50

We only had lunch there but it was lovely and the staff were lovely. We intend to go back for a BIG dinner!

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MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 16:11:53

What bit of Merseyside did I go to last year to collect a Habitat cd rack that I won on eBay?... It was lovely and I wanted to live there after just driving through it.

Must investigate.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 16:14:03

Hoylake. That was it. I liked it. Just the right balance of naiceness, northern grit and seaside to appeal.

timidviper Thu 25-Jul-13 16:33:24

Well I am looking at St Annes beach now Beer and it is stunning in this nice weather, a huge, golden, sandy beach! Maybe the grey is more to do with the normal weather smile

Which restaurant did you go to Davsmum? Jack's Bistro is excellent, as is Zen (chinese and thai food). St Annes is getting some nice places to eat now and I think is nicer at night than Lytham as it is less pretentious. You don't have to suffer the identikit women (skinny, blonde, plastic-y types) looking out for the next man with a few quid.

everlong Thu 25-Jul-13 16:40:06

Tbf St Anne's is not comparable to Blackpool.

usuallyright Thu 25-Jul-13 17:34:58

has anyone mentioned gods waiting room, aka Cleveleys, one of the most depressing places on earth?

beatback Thu 25-Jul-13 17:42:45

EDUCATING MARMALADE! Hoylake has a fantastic views and is a very desirable place to live.

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Poetnojo Thu 25-Jul-13 18:11:25

I'm scared now after reading this thread!!!
We are going for a week very soon, staying in burbage holiday lodge in bisham, the apartments seem lovely, but just worried about what my kids might see in the center!!

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Meringue33 Thu 25-Jul-13 18:22:07

I love Blackpool. Eclectic, surreal, and authentically retro. I love the contradictions: an old fashioned gypsy fortune teller operating out of a concrete bunker attached to the mall. It's really friendly and laid back. The beach is awesome. Extremely cheap accommodation! The tower is ace, so is the rollercoaster.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Thu 25-Jul-13 18:22:22

I seem to remember family hols in Blackpool eleventy million years ago where we got soaked on the log flume, saw 'big names' at the pier theatre, ate in a 'sizzlin' restaurant and as I was very little got to see sooty at the theatre, I seem to recall getting a balloon and leaving it under the bed in the family room arf of the b&b we stayed in and crying all the way home. the illuminations and the lit up trams were fab
<disclaimer, i was approx 4 and am now 51>

YouStayClassySanDiego crikey, the Norbreck! dh when we first met was a union rep and went all over to conferences, he went to one in Blackpool and they were in the Norbreck castle, we were newly met and in lurvvve so he said i could go with him for the weekend. we got there and taxi driver offered to wait for us as he said he had so many people turn round and come back out again smile. we declined (poor and bill was paid for by union) downstairs the place looked rather nice if a bit faded grandeur but the higher it got the mankier it was, the room we ended up in was like a student bedsit in grottier times and we passed a whole section that had obviously been burnt down. the taxi driver who dropped us back after our night out joked that 'ah well if you want a lift at any time give us a call' as apparently the owner had been trying to burn the place down to claim the insurance for months. we laughed but that very night the joining wing was evacuated cos of a fire shock we complained and were offered a free weekend there at our choosing..... we declined smile

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 18:27:35

"We nearly ran Goebbels over on a pedestrian crossing. DH had to slam on sharpish and the guy just carried on, imperious and oblivious. Exactly how a senior member of the Nazi party would cross a road, I imagine"

This is why I love Mumsnet.

tanfastic Thu 25-Jul-13 18:30:32

I agree with whoever said St Anne's is less pretentious for a night out than Lytham. I love a night out in St Annes, has some great restaurants.

Cleveleys is full of pensioners but the prom is really nice with a great cinema on the prom. I often take ds for a walk along Cleveleys front. It's very civilised with a few dog walkers and cyclists (no undesirables or pissheads/shaggers).

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timidviper Thu 25-Jul-13 20:49:18

Cleveleys makes me nervous, I have never seen so many little old people in one place. I am 5'7 and feel like a giant, I can see over the top of their little white heads as they move at random up and down the high street. Does anyone remember learning about "Brownian Motion" at school, well that's what it looks like from my vantage point!

It can take your whole lunch hour to but a sandwich in Tesco because everyone in the queue has 1 item, tries to chat to the cashier, looks surprised when asked for money, rummages through bags/pockets, etc.

HugAMoo Thu 25-Jul-13 21:12:21

YABU. It is what it is. Exactly what it says on the tin. Complete trashy, cheesy, seaside fun. If it's not your cup of tea, go somewhere else. CentreParcs?

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 21:14:37

Erm, I think you're missing the point HugAMoo.

Most people who've been will be going somewhere else, in future. grin

HugAMoo Thu 25-Jul-13 21:16:21

Excellent! Off you toddle, then! Enjoy smile

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 21:17:37

Oh God.

YOU were the woman in the Kiss Me Quick hat on the prom, weren't you? Don't take it personally, love. I'm sure that Blackpool has it's charms. Like being able to get someone to perform a sex act on you at any given moment

HugAMoo Thu 25-Jul-13 21:22:53

Oh NO, you've got me! Don't knock it till you've tried it though!

amothersplaceisinthewrong Thu 25-Jul-13 21:22:56

OP, You are not at all unreasonable, Blackpool is UTTER SHITE now and full of the chavviest people.

Both DH and I were born there and have family still in the vicinity so we visit the area several times a year. The town centre is utterly horrible. My kids (southerners) always ask me why everyone is fat in Blackpool (and they have a point). The Norbreck is a hell hole....

TImidviper, if you think Cleveleys is full of old people, take a quick trip up the coast to Morecambe...

AnnabelleLee Thu 25-Jul-13 21:23:22

yeah, complete trashy, cheesy, drug taking, public shagging, filthy, street sleeping, hooker ridden, noisy, filthy, gutter puking, knob waving, hen & stag partying, seaside fun.
Are you the demographic?

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 21:24:06

I have tried it! And written a detailed account of it above!

Unless you are talking about daytime public oral sex on Blackpool Prom in which case I have not tried or liked it!

HugAMoo Thu 25-Jul-13 21:26:44

Oh the latter, dear!, just re-read the original comment, wasn't me. I'm pretty sure there were 3 guys, not 2.

AnnabelleLee Thu 25-Jul-13 21:28:32

Don't tell me Tiggis is still there? shock The sheer delight of going to Tiggis in the late 80's and being on a table near to Ian Botham or Les Dawson, it was the most fun you could have in St Annes at the time. That or fishing in the rock pools.

HugAMoo Thu 25-Jul-13 21:30:49

*yeah, complete trashy, cheesy, drug taking, public shagging, filthy, street sleeping, hooker ridden, noisy, filthy, gutter puking, knob waving, hen & stag partying, seaside fun.
Are you the demographic?*

annabelle do untwist your knickers, you'll give yourself a hernia!

Chippednailvarnish Thu 25-Jul-13 21:47:10

I might send my mil to Uncle Brian's as a birthday surprise, but I might be being unfair on him.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 21:52:06

Chipped grin

Almostfifty Thu 25-Jul-13 21:55:28

Ah, Blackpool.

I went there in 1999, to meet up with some of my oldest friends. I was living a couple of hours away, so DH told me to go and see them, leaving him with our DCs, it was the first time I'd left our youngest and was slightly apprehensive about being away, so I only went for the one night.

Got there and they were already on the beer. We ended up going out really early in the evening, all dressed to the nines, which was quite nice, as I'd not really been out much in the past few years (too busy having babies).

Anyway, first pub we went to, I was chatted up. Lad was desperate to kiss me, I told him I was at least twice his age and to find a girl instead of a Mum.

Next pub, almost exactly the same.

We then went to Funny Girls. Should have just stayed there, cos we had an absolutely brilliant time, but the others wanted to go on. We ended up in lots more places unfortunately.

Anyway, every single pub we went to, I had lads trying it on. Every single one of them was at least ten years younger than me. At the time, I was 35, and while certainly not ugly, I was definitely not astoundingly gorgeous, I imagine I looked mumsy.

Each lad would not listen when I told them I was just out with my pals, and was happily married. They all seemed to think I was just out on the pull and wanted nothing more than to take them to my bed.

Part of me was flattered, part of me just couldn't understand it. Why would they go for a married Mum of four who was (in some cases) old enough to be their Mother?

The rest of the girls had the same problem. We couldn't speak to each other for lads butting in, trying it on.

The night ended with my DSis snogging a lad of 17, when she was twice his age. Not her best night. I had to drag her back to our room.

After a sleepless night, I got on a train with another pal and cried all the way home about how much I missed my family.

Never been back since. Not really wanted to, as you can imagine.

AnnabelleLee Thu 25-Jul-13 21:56:18

The only time my knickers were twisted were when I was groped at the hotdog stand under the Big One at the Pleasure Beach.

Good hotdogs though, I'll give you that.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 25-Jul-13 21:57:11

You COUGAR. Rawwwr!

Almostfifty Thu 25-Jul-13 22:04:10


I know, but they really did seem just desperate to get their legs over.

ceebeegeebies Thu 25-Jul-13 22:08:25

For those that say 999 What's Your Emergency is not representative of Blackpool, I beg to differ! I know quite a few of the emergency service people featured on there and, believe me, it was perfectly representative of the shit they have to deal with on a regular basis shock

However, we go to Blackpool and surrounding areas quite regularly - Coral Island passes the time if you just keep giving the DC 2p coins grin Cleveleys front is lovely now they have done it up, there is a great park in just need to pick your areas wink

TSSDNCOP Thu 25-Jul-13 22:19:15

My recollections after coming out from under bed following Steeplechase flashbacks:

Staying at Birches Modern Holiday Flatlets in 1980 if modern meant 1880.

Mental donkey ride. Donkey took off as if tail alight, cornered the pier on an ear and a hoof and after scattering a 5 aside skidded to a halt and dropped me on the sand. DFs favourite story. Did I mention it was 1980?

1998 with friends. B&B offered "bed lights" as a USP.

Arrived Saturday 2pm. Entire clientele of Linnekars in togas wearing a green earring. Investigation in toilet discovered green earring meant you'd stocked upon jonnys. Decided sunglasses indoors was strategy best to avoid face being smashed in.

7pm arrived in bar. Person 3 feet away turned and vommed on carpet. Ignored by all.

Had riotous time.

Midnight went to a club so hot, no heat other than the sun could match it. We were pouring pints of water on our own heads. As night contd black shit dripped from ceiling, obviously years of fag shit glued on nightly dislodged by inferno like heat.

2pm kebab amongst couples just shagging on pavement. It was April.

Nice breakfast. Left.

alythamperson Thu 25-Jul-13 22:21:12

Name changed for this...was born in Blackpool and grew up in St.Annes. Couldn't wait to escape! I'm back for a few days at the moment, visiting family. I tend to just stay away from Blackpool as I find it quite grim.
I can't help but get a little defensive when people say I'm from Blackpool and correct them quickly, pointing out that Lytham St. Anne's is not the same in any way!

Used to go to the Palace and Just Jis but can't remember our other haunts! Maybe I'm blocking it out! Did anyone here go to the school beginning with A?

It was brill as a small child as we had the Pleasure Beach, school trips to the zoo, and also the Sandcastle, the beach, even the arcades to go to.
And Batesons toy shop!

Had to spend quite a lot of time in Cleveleys too and had forgotten all about the then funny little Tesco. There was also a butchers opposite which had sawdust in the floor. You don't get that now.

Lytham is lovely - the Taps pub, the tea shops, there's a fab newish one almost next to the old Ship and Royal (not sure if it is still called that?) Stringers in Lytham is a charming small department store and definitely worth a visit, as is the independent book shop further along Clifton Street.

Really impressed by Tiggis ( and frankly, I'm something of a spoilt southerner after 20 odd years there so quite fussy). I will be there tomorrow night in fact! Used to go there as a child but never saw Les or Ian Botham. We did meet Russell Grant and Derek Batey (other locals) though haha. Not quite the kudos of Les.

There's also an amazing little fish and chip shop restaurant behind the prom, in the parade of shops near the Grand Hotel in St Anne's. sorry I don't know the road name. It's like eating in someone's charming little living room and they make the most fab ice creams in very unusual flavours.

Will be off to the beach tomorrow - it was gorgeous here today and so much better than when we visit on grim winter days when it is almost always blowing a flipping gale!

Any locals got any insights on new places we could try? I'm a bit out of touch.

Sorry for the long post by the way!

alythamperson Thu 25-Jul-13 22:26:38

TSS really hope that we meant to be 2am not pm for the shagging on the pavement. Surely even Blackpool doesn't manage that at 2pm smile

Ceebee but isn't the point they're making that even if 999 emergency is real, it's just one small part of the town and there are nicer parts?

AnnabelleLee Thu 25-Jul-13 22:27:57

Oh it does. In the parks anyway!

TSSDNCOP Thu 25-Jul-13 22:38:40

aly grin although if Marmalade's there they make an exception grin

catgirl1976 Fri 26-Jul-13 06:41:25

The thing that really worries me living so close to Blackpool is that one day, in about 13 years, my beautiful DS is going to want to go out drinking there sad

I know everywhere has rough bits but Blackpool has a special kind of ultraviolence that really worries me

On the bright side, he's close enough to get a cab home and won't ever feel the need to stay at Uncle Brian's, but still......

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catgirl1976 Fri 26-Jul-13 07:05:13

Finger crossed Beertricks grin

Poulton's fine....he can go out there smile

I keep telling DH we should move, but he points out we cannot actually move to the 1950's and everywhere has it's bad parts

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catgirl1976 Fri 26-Jul-13 07:13:52

I'm not surprised grin

My parents have just moved to Bispham and whilst that's fine, they keep getting the tram into Blackpool. They could easily wander into the Tower Lounge or Uncle Brian's by mistake grin

tanfastic Fri 26-Jul-13 07:18:02

Catgirl I know what you mean about your ds growing up wanting to
go out in Blackpool. I'm the same, he's five now but I also have the fear. confused

catgirl1976 Fri 26-Jul-13 07:32:16

I'm glad it's not just me tan

We will have to tell them marvelous things about Poulton. Although then they might rebel and go to Blackpool anyway sad

MarmaladeTwatkins Fri 26-Jul-13 09:25:49

"Arrived Saturday 2pm. Entire clientele of Linnekars in togas wearing a green earring. Investigation in toilet discovered green earring meant you'd stocked upon jonnys. Decided sunglasses indoors was strategy best to avoid face being smashed in."

What the flip?!

TSSDNCOP Fri 26-Jul-13 10:15:59

You see you're baffled by that part Marm yet not by the ignored 7pm vom, ceiling gunge or 2am open air sex fest.

But yes, you got free luminous green earrings with the condoms. Pop in the earrings and people know you're packing. Hard not to stare, hence sunglasses


TSSDNCOP Fri 26-Jul-13 10:20:27

You cannot beat a Linekarsfor pure class. I visited the one in Tenerife. On our arrival a group of British women were engaged in a full blown fist-fight. Also 7pm.

Is there something about 7pm that triggers twattishness I ponder?

MarmaladeTwatkins Fri 26-Jul-13 10:28:22

Oh I have been to nightclubs with celiling gunge. Oh yes. 2am open air sex fest par for the course in this area of Great Britain. Similar with 7pm vom.

But a green earring? I am having trouble visualising it. Where were the earrings worn? What style were they? A stud or dropper?

niceguy2 Fri 26-Jul-13 10:39:22

My wife comes from a poorer Eastern European country where poverty is real and standard of living is much lower. She's used to things being a bit more run down and not tip top condition.

Even she thinks Blackpool is an utter shithole and refuses to go back there.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Fri 26-Jul-13 10:46:03

You know, I just thought of a night out I had that was way more terrifying than a night out in Blackpool. Banbury.

Went out there with a friend (god knows why). We are both from Blackpool and not easily shocked but Banbury was terrifying and dull all at the same time.

TSSDNCOP Fri 26-Jul-13 10:54:57

Right the earring. It was a fluro green circle on a dropper earring. Most people only wore one in one ear IYSWIM. It was weird seeing it at first, you wondered if everyone performed synchronised accessorising. Then you realised they came with the jonnies. Like a ready to shag symbol. 'twas weird, but I suppose it did eliminate doubt and the need for conversation.

tanfastic Fri 26-Jul-13 11:01:42

A night out in Bolton town Blackpool a run for its money.

orangeandemons Fri 26-Jul-13 11:08:34

Marmalade, I have to know this.

We're the rug munchers taking it I turns or were they grazing off the same smorgasbord as it were simultaneously? Did other people notice?

ComposHat Fri 26-Jul-13 11:14:46

grazing off the same smorgasbord! !!!!!!!!!!


FunnyLittleFrog Fri 26-Jul-13 11:32:33

Been on two hen nights in Blackpool - both friend-of-a-friend, didn't really know the bride to be. Coach home both times so thankfully no stay at Uncle Brian's.

The first time we went in a bar at 2pm and there was a live strip show going on with actual ping pong balls flying around the place. When we left a pair of pissed-up lads tried to sell me a lighter for £10 then one vommed right in front of me. My friend (unhappily engaged at the time) snogged a variety of men and refused to leave the nightclub under the Tower because she had apparently found the love of her life... must have been around 5pm by then. Ate in KFC and as we were leaving there was a fight outside and one of the windows was smashed. Spent the night in a few vile bars. In one a man grabbed my hand and rubbed it against his crotch - I turned round and told him to fuck off, luckily he did.

The second time we went to Funny Girls and had an amazing time. Completely different and a brilliant laugh.

tanfastic Fri 26-Jul-13 11:42:18

Funny you went to the Tower Lounge which is notorious in Blackpool....and the KFC outside confused

You'd have to pay me to go to either of those places grin

catgirl1976 Fri 26-Jul-13 12:02:06

The Tower Lounge is the 7th circle of hell

I have seen vomiting people being ejected forcibly from there when walking past in the afternoon

I once went to Heaven and Hell in Blackpool. For me the night was summed up when the DJ announced over the tannoy "Could pregnant women please not dance on the pole podium."

FunnyLittleFrog Fri 26-Jul-13 12:17:47

When we went in I think we were under the impression the Tower Lounge was the Tower Ballroom... expected waltzing and a Wurlitzer!

mrstigs Fri 26-Jul-13 13:47:17

We tried to go on a day trip to Blackpool once.
We got there, parked up and walked most of the way to the seafront.
That was enough.

We quickly walked back, got back in the car and drove to Filey instead. From then on we stuck with the east coast.

cheerfulweather Fri 26-Jul-13 14:09:40

What are Fleetwood and Cleveleys like nowadays? They were quieter, and cleaner, than Blackpool, I think I recall.

I don't think Blackpool was always so terrible. It seemed better, slightly less run down, when they had the Labour conferences there, though that would have been over 20 years ago. Not somewhere I'd choose to go, sadly.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 26-Jul-13 16:15:12

Hum well... Tell you what I've never understood round there, the caravan site right next to the chemical works (what's left of it) on the Wyre estuary.

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GrimmaTheNome Fri 26-Jul-13 17:11:00

No, on the wyre by the big ex-ICI chemical site. Right next to part that's still working.

I actually quite like Skippool Creek, with all the boats - it has character. grin

BTW, there's lots of good places for birdwatching walks along the coast round there.

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alythamperson Fri 26-Jul-13 17:26:02

Blackpool was always a bit rough, a very working class resort but it's much more depraved and deprived than years ago. Surprisingly perhaps, Lytham St. Anne's seems to be thriving unlike many small seaside towns. Sitting outside one of the nicer hotels with a latte and fruit skewers in the sun right now on a gorgeous terrace and it is a world away from Blackpool.

treaclesoda Fri 26-Jul-13 17:33:37

I've only ever seen it on TV but it looks spectacularly unappealing to me.

Then again, I'm aware as I type this that something like 150,000 people live there, and I hate the thought of telling someone that they live somewhere crap, it seems so mean. Because I bet that even if all 150,000 of them think its horrible, they still probably don't want outsiders telling them its crap wink

theboob Fri 26-Jul-13 18:40:33

I have grown up and still live in Blackpool .I know the areas to avoid , only last weekend I had to walk my 3 year old through crowds of drunken 50 year old womwn in mini skirts at 6pm .I would normally avoid the bars behind the tower but she was dancing in a show in the ballroom .
I take my children to St Annes beach and enjoy the areas away from the stag and hens .
I'm not denying there is deprivation as I'm a nurse and have seen every side of it in the hoapital and community , but I do love where I live and I have seen worse places tbh

moustachio Fri 26-Jul-13 18:49:36

slightly trivial observation was how old the prizes were. There were shrek and rugrats toys in the grabber machines... seriously wtf. I don't think either of those have had anything massive out in a very long time.

Fleetwood is a nice beach, quite quiet. I went a few years ago cheerful weather. There's a few awful greasy spoon cafes near by that were RAMMED. I couldn't believe it, the food was greasy and awful but we had to queue to get in!

Haven't read the whole thread but i did a project at uni on the 'improvements' they've made to the sea defences, incorporating entertainment and leisure into the sea wall. The steps protect the coast and give tourists somewhere to sit. Obviously for got to include the regenration of the area in the plan.

I went about 2 weeks ago (my family love it for some reason....) and a 5 year old walked into my cousin. My cousin apologized (wasn't his fault) but the other kids dad told my 4 year old cousin that he was going to beat the shit out of him. Cue entire family, complete with 50 children and england shirts screaming at my family. We pretty much ran away from them. It was horrific sad

LauraPashley Fri 26-Jul-13 20:28:54

Funny girls!! That was it! Brilliant, I really enjoyed it in there! Does it still exist?

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catgirl1976 Fri 26-Jul-13 21:06:41

Funny Girls is still going strong smile

LauraPashley Fri 26-Jul-13 22:14:24

Glad to hear it!! Is it actually quite good or was I really, really drunk?!

catgirl1976 Fri 26-Jul-13 22:24:46

It's great smile

lawner Fri 26-Jul-13 22:32:38

We went a couple of years ago. I'd never been before but DH did several times as a child. He said it's a bit tongue in cheek downmarket, but 'cheap and cheerful', and a lot of fun.

I honestly didn't like it at all. It was very dirty and a couple of men (drunk?) made inappropriate gestures at me, in broad daylight, and I had four year old DD with me. Unfortunately DH thought had gone very downhill and used the word "seedy" a lot. We walked along the promenade, to the Pleasure Beach, then got the tram back. It wasn't much fun. The horses were pulling carriages and looked overworked and overheated. The pavement reeked of their urine.

I don't know what the illuminations are like, but I wouldn't go back in the daytime.

pamish Fri 26-Jul-13 22:37:29

Has anyone ever seen a vegetable there? Or even eeek - salad?

I used to go to cover the party conferences. Eating is a problem, especially if you're veggy. Solved it in the end by eating in Indian restaurants which do have proper food, dunno how they managed to import it. Perhaps they get sent food parcels from overseas.

FunnyLittleFrog Fri 26-Jul-13 22:39:30

Funny Girls is actually amazing and probably the best thing in Blackpool, that and the River Caves ride at the Pleasure Beach.

Lawner - if you didn't like it in the daytime you really ought not to go back at night!

lawner Fri 26-Jul-13 22:41:05

Oh, I thought that too! No veg an offer. Perhaps chips followed by a toffee apple?

FunnyLittleFrog Fri 26-Jul-13 22:41:10

pamish I had a prawn cocktail at the Pleasure Beach. It came with shredded iceberg and half a tomato. grin

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FlyingFig Fri 26-Jul-13 23:42:00

We all went in May and whilst it was as rough as arseholes, we still managed to have a good time, kind of....

We went to the Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle and had a brilliant time at both. We didn't venture out of the B&B after dark (because it was scary, hens puking on the street etc) but DS who is ASD and obsessed with Pringles, was happy to spend most of the evening whirling the Pringles self-service carosel round and round in the foyer of the B&B, like some sort of carbohydrate roulette.

Maybe we're easy pleased grin

FlyingFig Fri 26-Jul-13 23:44:03

Mushrooms and tomatoes were served at breakfast time, pity my DC wouldn't eat them grin

somepeopleareneverhappy Sat 27-Jul-13 08:08:32

"ceebeegeebies Thu 25-Jul-13 22:08:25

For those that say 999 What's Your Emergency is not representative of Blackpool, I beg to differ! I know quite a few of the emergency service people featured on there and, believe me, it was perfectly representative of the shit they have to deal with on a regular basis "

Ceebee that's not what I meant, I meant it was only representative of a small area of Blackpool in areas of high mobility and tourists. I watched them all and could pretty much have predicted every area.

insancerre Sat 27-Jul-13 08:58:07

agree somepeople
it was all south shore and central drive
those are the areas to really avoid, day and night

Dreamofthe90sisAliveinPortland Sat 27-Jul-13 09:34:00
MarmaladeTwatkins Sat 27-Jul-13 10:57:48

Munching from the same smorgasbord and there was a CROWD AROUND THEM! shock

I thought it might have been a set-up for some kind of x-rated Candid Camera but it wasn't. sad

Tweasels Sat 27-Jul-13 11:03:57

"Munching from the same smorgasbord" grin

Don't think I'd even let the cat watch let alone a crowd.

Wuldric Sat 27-Jul-13 14:41:23

I am just thinking about Orlando, The Orlando of England,. And Blackpool.

You can surely see why this is a struggle. I don't know whether or not the OP was talking about Virginia Woolf (in the sense of transmogrification) or Orlando in Florida. Either way. Blackpool is no Orlando.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Sat 27-Jul-13 15:18:25

That Guardian article rang true. Blackpool having a churn of population of about 7500 people. With the healthy ones leaving and people with somewhat unhealthy lifestyles and sometimes chaotic lifestyles coming in.

Chippednailvarnish Sat 27-Jul-13 15:28:04

I'll never look at a buffet in the same way.

legoqueen Sat 27-Jul-13 16:46:24

This thread is definitely a classic, I am reeling at some of the experiences, especially Marmalade's...the trip advisor reviews of uncle brian's are incredible!

maleview70 Sat 27-Jul-13 17:10:29

It's fcking grim along with many other northern towns.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sat 27-Jul-13 17:11:12

not to mention Southern ones too

tanfastic Sat 27-Jul-13 17:44:38

Jesus, is this thread still going blush.

I was lucky enough to go into Blackpool Town Centre this morning. It was grim. Not the place so much though, more the tourists. Fucking classy lot arrived yesterday wink

I am now sat in my chateau in Bispham a million miles from the chavness grin

namechangerblackpooldefender Sat 27-Jul-13 23:12:26

I grew up in Blackpool and had a great time- the bit the tourists tend to think of as Blackpool isn't the bit the locals think of IMO. I stayed away from the promenade when I could help it grin That said I couldn't wait to get out when I was 18, but I do go back regularly and have fond memories of it.

I went to the school beginning with A Aly- the one that's now merged with another one?

TiggyD Sat 27-Jul-13 23:24:30

I like a buffet. I like spreading my chicken legs out on a table for my friends. Between the well buttered rolls I like a dip or two on a lazy susan for people's crudites. A good selection of baps to put my sausage in is essential too.

thistlelicker Sat 27-Jul-13 23:31:51

I'm back and survived! Very expensive 2.50 for a cone! Also the best thing today was the sun!!! On the pier they had the flying
Thingy open and a man shouted what u all looking AT??? Lots of litter, not many hens and stags!

moustachio Sat 27-Jul-13 23:42:07

I heard that Hitler LOVED blackpool. He apparently visited as a child and that's why he never bombed it.

Vague article here... hitler loves blackpool

moustachio Sat 27-Jul-13 23:44:23