Moorbank House South Shore Blackpool

If you are looking for clean cheap family bed and breakfast accommodation in Blackpool Moorbank House will fit the bill.

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Moorbank House is Set in the Heart of Blackpool Close to All Major Blackpool Attractions

Moorbank House Offers Free Parking for Guests.

Parking Options for Blackpool Pleasure Beach

This blog site often receives hits in regard to people who are looking to visit Blackpool Pleasure Beach for the day looking for somewhere to park their car. Some people are searching for car parks some are looking for cheaper options such as street parking but being close enough to be able to walk to and from the Pleasure Beach. For those of you that land here looking for the Post Code for your Sat Navs it is FY4 1EZ.

On this basis I have put to together this authoritative guide which should make everyone’s life a little easier when they are researching somewhere to park their car.Car Parks for Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The main entrance to Blackpool Pleasure Beach lies at the Northern end of the park adjacent from the Promenade and the junction with Balmoral Road.  This entrance comprises the tickets office which dispenses unlimited ride wristbands which are booked online, and this is where they will be collected from. Balmoral Road also contains one of the two Pleasure Beach owned car parks (see map below). If you purchase car parking alongside your wristbands it will be this or the car park on Bond Street where you will allocated parking. Balmoral Road is also where the Pleasure Beach offer Coach parking.

It should be noted that the Pleasure beach does not always offer parking with online bookings. On that basis these car parks do have a manned entry and usually close 1 hour after the Pleasure Beach closes (you will have to remove your car in this window). The pleasure beach sometimes offer free parking with tickets and also vary charges so I will not append charges here as they will likely be incorrect.

In addition to these there are numerous local authority car parks available:

1. South Beach South is across the road from the entrance and beyond the Tram turn around station (reached from the Promenade) It is a pay and display and again has 195 spaces and in August 2011 was charging £10 per day. Or £7.50 for 12 hours Open7 Days 24 Hours

2. South Beach North is across the road from the entrance (reached from the Promenade) It is a pay and display has 195 spaces and in August 2011 was charging £10 per day. Or 7.50 for 12 Hours Open 7 Days 24 Hours.

3. Lytham Road lies to the West of the Entrance around half a mile and sits at the top of Station Road South Shore. It is pay and display has 38 spaces and charges £9. for 8 hours £12 for 12 hours and £13 all day. Open 7 days 24 hours.

4. Car Park South lies at the Southernmost end of the main visitor car parks which line the Yeadon way into central Blackpool. Adjacent to the Lytham Road car park visitor will cross the railway via the footbridge and access the Pleasure Beach down Station Road. It has 1049 spaces and is pay and display £7.50 for 12 hours £10.00 all day. Open 7 days 24 hours.

5. Bolton Street lies to the North of Waterloo road just behind Yates on the Promenade. Just over half a mile from the Pleasure Beach visitors would walk south along the Promenade. 17 spaces and is pay and display (restricted opening hours see map for prices and times).

6. Car Park Central Beach lies to the north of Waterloo Road and is reached from Seasiders way which is the extension of the Yeadon Way. At Almost a mile from the Pleasure Beach this is the furthest out. It has 617 spaces is pay and display and pricing is typical of the others at £10.00 a day. Open 7 days 24 hours.

In addition there is street pay and display parking available along Ocean Boulevard alongside the Pleasure Beach and South of the main entrance. Bond Street also has a few spaces and runs parallel to the Railway line behind the park.

Free Street Parking will be available you will simply have to look for it. There are very few controlled parking zones within Blackpool and what there is tends to be right in the centre of town. Subsequently there may be free parking in the residential streets adjacent to the Pleasure Beach.

In all instances visitors should consult the local parking plates and never park on tallow lines or across drives. Traffic Wardens are active in South Shore and will ticket if they see illegal parking. Vehicles parked illegally will be towed and a hefty fee levied for release.

Balmoral drive is the closest street to the park. It has double yellow lines down one side but unrestricted parking on the other. Spaces tend to go very quickly as this street is used by Pleasure Beach Staff.

Next Street along is Osbourne Road this street is a mixture and B&B’s and residential one side is double yellow lines the other is unrestricted parking.

Next Street heading North is Withnell Road this street is a mixture and B&B’s and residential one side is double yellow lines the other is unrestricted parking.

The same applies for Station Road which is the next street to the North. This is commercial, and a mixture of cheap hotels and residential flats. At the top of Station Road is the Lytham Road car park referred to above.

Other options for parking within easy walking distance of the ticket office of Blackpool Pleasure Beach are Dean Street, Rawcliffe Street, Moore Street, Bright Street and Hill Street. Again all of these streets contain a mixture of small hotels and residential housing and will be bordered one side with yellow lines with the other offering unrestricted parking.

The potential for the visitor who does their research to save a few quid in parking charges is good. There are online tools available which will show where the best car parks are and indeed this guide which establishes which local streets offer free and unrestricted parking in South Shore and in the proximity of Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Of course the best option would be to spend more than one day and choose a bed and breakfast in Blackpoolwhere you could park your car free for the duration of your stay. Blackpool has so much more to offer in 2011 with all the recent regeneration work coming to completion and new attractions either opened or due to open in the next few weeks. In the Spring of this year Nickelodeonland was opened at the Pleasure Beach meaning that to get the full experience two days should be spent at the park. The Sandcastle water park the largest of its type in Europe stands across the Promenade from the Pleasure Beach and with its water based white knuckle rides. On the first of September and to coincide with the 2011 Illuminations season the new revamped Blackpool Tower visitor attraction opens for business complete with its ‘Blackpool Dungeon’ attraction which is modelled on the London equivalent.

Some Tips on Buying a Blackpool Guest House.

There are some shrewd property deals to be done in Blackpool at the moment as for many years the town has seen a decline in visitor numbers, subsequently many owners are looking to sell and may well be ready to strike a good deal.

It is vitally important to do some research before you buy. Blackpool has a number of ‘niche’ markets, such as stags and hens, pensioners, families and business visitors. You will need to establish what market sectors you will be aiming at. It is also important to learn as much as you can about the area you are intending to buy into. For example one area of Blackpool has seen a virtual blight due to it being earmarked for a large scale visitor project. A snow dome has been mentioned along with a circus type visitor attraction but as this was all tied into the ‘Super Casino’ bid which failed in 2007 funding for such lavish projects has never materialised. Subsequently the area in question has suffered from years of non-investment and has deteriorated to such a state the local taxi drivers call it Beirut. Did I mention research a must for any potential buyer into this business.


B&B's for Sale in Blackpool






Blackpool has a number of Estate Agents in the Commercial Property market and still tend to ‘value’ properties very much on their location. In the past this has served well as clearly any value placed upon a business which is run from a static location will be worth more if it is placed in a favourable position. For example Bed and Breakfasts on Station Road in South Shore are seen to be worth more than those on say Withnell Road or Dean Street. Both these streets are adjacent to Station Road and similarly they run from Lytham Road down to the Promenade, there is however a subtle difference.

Station Road up until 1916 had a railway station at the Lytham Road junction (hence the name) visitors to Blackpool would alight the many trains that arrived and walk down Station Road in order to reach the Promenade and the sea. Consequently those B&B’s that were sited on this road stood to engage in much more ‘walk up trade’ that the adjacent streets. Clearly on this basis accommodation provider properties for sale in this street were worth more than those in the adjacent streets.

The fact that the Station closed (actually moved a few hundred metres to Waterloo Road) in 1916 and the ‘walk up trade’ no longer exists in this fashion has gone straight over the head of the local agents as they still insist that the street commands a premium. Be aware of this and if any particular street seems more expensive than the one next to it ask the estate agent why.

The key to everything about buying into this business is knowing your market. As an accommodation provider you are going to need customers, you need to work out how you are going to get those customers. B&B’S on Blackpool Promenade have pretty much cornered the market on the ‘walk up’ trade as those people deciding to stay at short notice are going to migrate from other parts of the town to the seafront. This is not to say other Guesthouses will not get a look in simply that the vast majority of people that come to Blackpool with the intention of staying over without having booked in advance will more than likely end up on the Promenade or very close to it. As I have already mentioned the streets surrounding major transport hubs also seem to be popular as a significant amount of the walk up trade still arrives by train or coach. This has led to a cluster of guesthouses in the street’s around Blackpool North Railway station which in itself has migrated in the last few years into the ‘Gay Quarter’ due to the proximity of the popular drag review show ‘Funny Girls’.

Blackpool has a wealth of car parks for visitors and these are located all over the town. In fact the main feeder road from the Motorway into Blackpool called the Yeadon Way has car parks along pretty much its entire length from South Shore to Central Blackpool, it is in these car parks that visitors usually park their cars in before walking down to the Promenade. Whilst Blackpool provides plenty of parking for visitors this is not cheap so clearly those bed and breakfast accommodation providers that can offer their guests onsite parking are going to be at a great advantage.

So now we have two strategies we need to examine. How we are going to attract custom and what additional facilities guests can be offered (such as parking).

At this point it is worth having a quick look at Blackpool’s history as a British seaside holiday resort.

The town became popular firstly due to the expansion of the railways but its real claim to fame lies way back within the Industrial Revolution itself. That revolution saw a step change in British employment. More and more people came to be employed in factories as opposed to working on the land and whole centres of industrial manufacturing grew up in the north of England. Towns such as Bolton, Rochdale, Huddersfield even Manchester were born and grew ever larger as the population flocked to them to work in the new Industrial mills.

The railway grew with it allowing free movement of goods and people. All this machinery needed regular maintenance but more than that they needed a week once a year where whole factories could be closed and the machines overhauled and replaced. A practice was born where the employees would be given an annual holiday a period where they did not have to attend work. So all these people with money in their pockets had some downtime and as the railway by this time had reached Blackpool they started to come to the resort. The practice became ever more popular that the town itself was having trouble integrating all its visitors into the available guesthouses so the Wakes Weeks were born. Wakes weeks were an unwritten agreement between the factory owners where all the factories in one particular town would close down for one particular week whilst the others all chose a separate but unique week.

So practically the entire population of Rochdale for example would decamp to the seaside resort of Blackpool for its ‘Wakes Week’ the following week it may have been Bolton or Leeds turn. In turn this led to ever more inward investment in the town and the piers were built, leading on from that the Tower Company was formed and that was built, a fair started appearing on the sands at South Shore and this would in time evolve into Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The town was gaining some sizable visitor attractions and of course this attracted ever more visitors, and other investments into pubs, dancehalls, cafes, hotel’s large and small and of course the mainstay of Blackpool its bed and breakfasts establishments.


Blackpool Bed and Breakfasts for Sale

Things continued pretty much in this vein bar short interruptions for the World Wars up until the late 1960’s when the package holiday came on the scene. By the 1960’s the post war austerity in Britain was pretty much at an end people had more money in their pockets and could afford the new types of package holidays which were coming to the market where a week or two in Spain or Greece were becoming far more popular than Blackpool. Clearly the resorts around the Mediterranean could offer far better weather even if the actual visitor attractions in those resorts were few and far between. Blackpool evolved over this time as a one/two night stay destination for people visiting the Tower or Pleasure Beach whilst overall visitor numbers decreased significantly. Many small hotels and B&B’s in the town closed over these intervening years and the properties were turned into other uses not all of which the remaining communities agreed with. A study conducted by the Local Authority in 2010 suggested that Blackpool was approaching the ‘correct’ number of guest bed spaces’ within the remaining visitor accommodation sector. At the same time the last 4 or 5 years has seen £Millions invested in new sea defences and regenerating parts of the town for the 21st Century. Merlin Entertainments are investing in new visitor attractions such as Madam Tussauds and improvements at the Blackpool Tower. Pleasure Beach has introduced Nickelodeonland, the list goes on. Blackpool is emerging reborn into the 21st Century ready to greet a new generation of visitors.

So to recap the three most important things to consider before buying into the guesthouse industry in Blackpool is


  • Which sector you will aim at to attract custom. If it is to be either stags and hens or families then the next consideration would be:
  • Location. Stags and Hens are better suited to the Town Centre where most of the nightlife is situated whilst families tend to congregate in South Shore Blackpool close to the visitor attractions such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle Water Park. At the same time research each in and every street in your chosen location work out if asking prices for property are fair.
  • Look for added value, something you can offer guests. A Bed and Breakfast with multiple parking spaces is going to be far more beneficial than one without. The number of Google searches for a B&B in Blackpool with parking is increasing by the Month as visitors look for that little extra and try to combat the high car park charges in the town.


Finally once you have done your research and decided on a property to buy you are strongly advised to have the property surveyed. Most of the building stock in Blackpool is over 100 years old and whilst it was solidly built, for peace of mind you should always seek the opinion of a professional surveyor. It is likely the survey will highlight some small points but these can often be used to re-negotiate the purchasing price with the vendor. Finally ask an accountant to prepare a report on the health of the business. The seller should furnish you with the last 2 or 3 years’ worth of the profit/loss trading accounts and whilst you may be able to read and interpret these yourself again it is always worth a professional looking over them to see if they can spot a trend or indeed if there any immediate cost savings to be made once you start trading.

The Joy Of Blackpool Pier's

In two years’ time, Blackpool’s North Pier will celebrate its 150th anniversary. It’s undergone major changes in that time, but it’s still going strong.


The three piers in the resort are among the top attractions of Blackpool, loved by young and old.

North Pier was officially opened on May 21 1863, with 20,000 people attending the celebrations.


Originally, one of its uses was as a jetty used by steamboats which offered trips to nearby destinations.


A few years later, a North Pavilion was opened, and though it subsequently burned down it set the tradition of using Blackpool’s piers as musical and entertainment venues.


The theatres on North Pier have suffered ill fortune over the years, being badly damaged by several fires, the last of which was in March 2010. But local firm Sedgwick’s, which bought the pier in April 2011, aim to restore the pier to its former glory so there is every reason to hope that 2013 will be marked with big celebrations in top-class facilities.


Central Pier was built just five years later, by the same contractor, Richard Laidlaw and Son of Glasgow.


From the start, it contrasted with the North Pier by being dedicated to entertainment. First came dancing, then in the 20th century roller skating, rides and amusement machines were introduced.


When dance halls went slightly out of fashion after the Second World War, the facilities were given over to theatres which staged the famous Summer Seasons. The leading entertainers of the day, musicians and comedians alike, would be in residence for weeks.


Since 1990, Central Pier has been well known for its 33 metre high Ferris wheel – a half-scale version of the one that had been at the town’s Winter Gardens during the Victorian era.

South Pier opened in 1893, and featured a 3,000 capacity Grand Pavilion. Originally known as Victoria Pier, it was regarded as the most “upmarket” of the three.


In 1998, the pier head theatre was demolished and now the pier is famous for its rides, which include Crazy Mouse, the Skycoaster freefalling swing and dodgems.






The Albert and the Lion

JD Wetherspoons are set to open another of it outlets this time in Central Blackpool practically next to and under the iconic Blackpool tower.

The Albert and the Lion will be its second pub in the resort after The Auctioneer which is sited in Lytham Road South Shore.

Conversion work is now well underway and they hope to have the old Pricebusters building which sits on the corner of Adelaide Street West and the Promenade right in the shadow of the Tower open and trading by Friday July 2nd 2010.

Around £60,000 is being invested into the conversion and 40 jobs will be created in the town. As with most Wetherspoons pubs it will have one bar and be juke box and music free with strategically placed plasma screens sited around the seating areas for the viewing of sports and other hi profile events.

As with most Wetherspoon pubs this will be children friendly and will offer the usual competitively priced dining options and drinks. No doubt they will also continue their tradition of supporting the real ale industry by offering guest beers at various promotions through the year.

The siting of new pubs in Blackpool town centre has of the last few years been subject to strict regulatory checks due to an imposed saturation policy. Blackpool is seen as the party capital of the UK and as such as a huge influx of visitors over weekends through the year looking to party in the numerous pubs and clubs that litter the centre of the resort. Sadly some of these visitors do not exhibit their best behaviour and some pubs and clubs were seen to be exacerbating the problem by offerings cut price drinks promotions and the like which only fuelled the bad behaviour. This behaviour was impacting upon the traditional family trade in the resort who were staying away from the centre of town over weekend periods when the Stags and Hens and party offering was in town. The council then employed a saturation policy to ensure any further applications for licensed premises could be scrutinized and conditions set.

Wetherspoons of course present a family offering and as such are to be welcomed into the centre of the town where they can provide a much needed family dining option.

Finally it has always puzzled me as to how Wetherspoons decide on the names for their pubs and after a little research I was able to discover why this one is to be called the Lion and the Albert. In 1932 a poet by the name of Marriott Edgar put pen to paper to write poem. It went thus:

Albert and the Lion

There’s a famous seaside place called Blackpool,

That’s noted for fresh air and fun,

And Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom

Went there with young Albert, their son.

A grand little lad was young Albert,

All dressed in his best; quite a swell

With a stick with an ‘orse’s ‘ead ‘andle,

The finest that Woolworth could sell.

They didn’t think much to the Ocean:

The waves, they was fiddlin’ and small,

There was no wrecks and nobody drownded,

Fact, nothing to laugh at at all.

So, seeking for further amusement,

They paid and went into the Zoo,

Where they’d Lions and Tigers and Camels,

And old ale and sandwiches too.

There were one great big Lion called Wallace;

His nose were all covered with scars –

He lay in a somnolent posture,

With the side of his face on the bars.

Now Albert had heard about Lions,

How they was ferocious and wild –

To see Wallace lying so peaceful,

Well, it didn’t seem right to the child.

So straightway the brave little feller,

Not showing a morsel of fear,

Took his stick with its ‘orse’s ‘ead ‘andle

And pushed it in Wallace’s ear.

You could see that the Lion didn’t like it,

For giving a kind of a roll,

He pulled Albert inside the cage with ‘im,

And swallowed the little lad ‘ole.

Then Pa, who had seen the occurrence,

And didn’t know what to do next,

Said ‘Mother! Yon Lion’s ‘et Albert’,

And Mother said ‘Ee, I am vexed!’

Then Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom –

Quite rightly, when all’s said and done, –

Complained to the Animal Keeper

That the Lion had eaten their son.

The keeper was quite nice about it;

He said ‘What a nasty mishap.

Are you sure that it’s your boy he’s eaten?’

Pa said ‘Am I sure? There’s his cap!’

The manager had to be sent for,

He came and said ‘What’s to do?’

Pa said ‘Yon Lion’s ‘et Albert,

And ‘im in his Sunday clothes, too.’

Then Mother said, ‘Right’s right, young feller,

I think it’s a shame and a sin

For a lion to go and eat Albert,

And after we’ve paid to come in.’

The manager wanted no trouble,

He took out his purse right away,

Saying ‘How much to settle the matter?’

And Pa said ‘What do you usually pay?’

But Mother had turned a bit awkward

When she thought where her Albert had gone.

She said ‘No! someone’s got to be summonsed’-

So that was decided upon.

Then off they went to the P’lice Station,

In front of the Magistrate chap;

They told ‘im what happened to Albert,

And proved it by showing his cap.

The Magistrate gave his opinion

That no one was really to blame,

And he said that he hoped the Ramsbottoms

Would have further sons to their name.

At that Mother got proper blazing,

‘And thank you, sir, kindly,’ said she.

‘What, waste all our lives raising children

To feed ruddy Lions? Not me!’

Snowy Scenes in Blackpool

Snow in Blackpool Monday 21st December 2009

Practically Unheard of for it to snow in Blackpool with its microclimate…

Must be all this global warming..

Moorbank House Front View

Promenade Looking Towards Pleasure Beach

By all accounts the snowy weather is set to continue for a few days!!!

White Xmas anyone?

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Remembrance in Blackpool 2009

Armistice Day in Blackpool Wednesday 11th November 2009

Lest We Forget


The haunting music in the video above (Average British Soldier) is titled Sgt McKenzie..

The lyric reproduced below is very poignant..

Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone

When they come I will stand my ground
Stand my ground I’ll not be afraid

Thoughts of home take away my fear
Sweat and blood hide my veil of tears

Once a year say a prayer for me
Close your eyes and remember me

Never more shall I see the sun
For I fell to a Germans gun

Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone

Where before many more have gone

In memory of Sgt. Charles Stuart MacKenzie
Seaforth Highlanders
Who along with many others gave up his life
So that we can live free
We will remember them


This Armistice day Wednesday 11th November 2009 I was fortunate to be be accompanied by some old friends as we paid our respects at Blackpool War Memorial at the appointed hour of 11.00am.

The event was very well attended with some 3-400 people in attendance along with local Royal British Legion and Services Association Standards.The event was overseen by the Town’s Civic Dignitaries

As always the Last Post was played and the start and finish of the 2 minutes silence marked by the firing of Maroons.

Bill Farren Coldstream Guards, Ian Ritchie RCT, Robert Bennet PARA and RCT and Ken Bunce RCT at Blackpool War Memorial 11th November 2009

Bill Farren Coldstream Guards, Ian Ritchie RCT, Robert Bennet PARA and RCT and Ken Bunce RCT at Blackpool War Memorial 11th November 2009

Afterwards we were able to join local members in the British Legion for a couple of pints.

Enjoying a Pint in the Royal British Legion Blackpool

Enjoying a Pint in the Royal British Legion Blackpool

Anyway lads thanks for coming and look forward to seeing you very soon. Give us a shout when the laptop is ready Bill!!