Beloved Blackpool Back in the Big Time

With the summer holiday season in full swing and the credit-crunch still biting, UK holidays and short breaks are again featuring high on the agenda for British tourists.

A recent rare sighting of a giant leatherback turtle off the coast in Cleveleys, near Blackpool, made national news, but the pleasant surprises in this famous Lancashire resort don't end there.

While sightings of those huge, critically-endangered turtles are extremely rare, the Blackpool coast is in fact graced with their presence annually. Another fact that may surprise is that Blackpool remains Britain's most popular seaside resort after all these years, still attracting around ten million visitors annually. On top of this Blackpool has recently been voted the nation's all-time favourite seaside resort according to consumer bible Which? Holiday.

Blackpool in the Big Time

And those visitor numbers should swell further this year following Blackpool FC's remarkable promotion to the Premier League - their first appearance in English football's top flight for nigh-on 40 years. Descending on the town, and joining the leatherback turtles in this tangerine dream, will be hordes of Magpies, Wolves, Black Cats, Red Devils and many more footballing species from around the country, as Ian Holloway's men hit the big time.

Hotels in the Lancashire resort reported a surge in inquiries within hours of the side's play-off victory over Cardiff at Wembley in May, and with the club itself set to trouser an estimated £90m from the promotion, the town as a whole is poised to profit both economically and in terms of exposure. The now-inevitable raising of the resort's profile will only be matched by the boost enjoyed by Blackpool's hoteliers and bed & breakfast proprietors, with hundreds of thousands of new visitors expected during the off-peak winter months.

Blackpool Beckons?

The seaside town has long been reputed to have more places to stay than the whole of Portugal and, while that statistic is difficult to prove, there is certainly no shortage of Blackpool accommodation from which to take your pick. From boutique hotels and family-run B&Bs, to seaside cottages and contemporary guest houses, the choice of accommodation is almost as wide as the variety of year-round entertainment on offer.

After a handful of recent disappointments, including the much publicised failure to be selected as the site for Britain's first Las Vegas-style entertainment and gambling capital, the revitalised town is on the up and up. If you're considering a UK holiday this summer, why not visit Blackpool? You'd be surprised.

Sean Cummins

July 2010

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015