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The Winter Gardens


Whatever kind or size of event you are planning, the Winter Gardens is certain to have a venue which will suit it perfectly. However, the success of your event is not assured by the quality of the venue alone - our experience in providing imaginative tailored solutions and expert advice will help you achieve the results you are striving for. From retail to trade and regional to national, the Winter Gardens is one of the north west’s leading exhibition venues, hosting over 40 events and welcoming more than 400,000 visitors annually. A choice of versatile and flexible venues provide the ideal settings for exhibitions, product launches and trade shows of virtually any kind. The 2,600 square metre Olympia is the Winter Gardens very own purpose-built exhibition hall offering unrivalled space and accessibility.


Blackpool Tower


Blackpool Tower opened on 14th May 1894, with the aquarium existing as a stand a lone attraction from the late 1870's. The tower is 518ft 9inches tall, with the walk of faith at 380ft from street level. The Tower alone contains 2,493 tons of steel and 93 tons of cast iron. The building at the base contains 985 tons of steel and 259 tons of cast iron.The Tower has a viewing platform at 380ft above the promenade and is reached by a lift or if you are a maintanance worker by 536 steps!Not for the feint hearted is the 'Walk of Faith' glass floor, a two inch clear panel that looks straight down to the Promenade below.The 'Walk of Faith' glass floor panel was placed at the Tower top in 1998. The glass floor weighs half a tonne and is made up of two sheets of laminated glass. The 'Walk of Faith' can withstand the weight equivalent to five baby elephants.To reach the top viewing platform at approximately 450ft you can walk up 2 flights of stairs.The present Ballroom was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1899. The Ballroom floor measures 120ft by 102ft. It comprises 30,602 separate blocks of mahogany, oak and walnut. The first Wurlitzer organ was installed in the Ballroom in 1929. It was replaced in 1935 with one to Reginald Dixon's specification. The first organ went to the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens.During the day visit the Ballroom to hear one of the famous organs being played. The Tower Ballroom is the traditional home of the mighty Wurlitzer Organ which rises up through the stage and complemented by the 3 Deck Wersi - the world's most advanced Blackpool Tower Ballroom - The Wurlitzer Organorgan, it includes over 600 sounds in the software, is touch screen sensitive and can create the sound of a complete orchestra.The Tower Circus is positioned at the base of the tower, between its four legs. The circus first opened to the public on 14 May 1894 and has not missed a season since.The present interior was designed by Frank Matcham and was completed in 1900.The circus ring can be lowered into a pool of water and holds 42,000 gallons at a depth of up to 4 ft 6 inches, which allows for Grand Finales with Dancing Fountains. The Tower Circus is one of four left in the world that can do this.During more than a century of entertainment, the world's greatest circus stars have paraded across its ring. The clown Charlie Cairoli appeared at the tower for 39 years. Britain's best-known ringmaster Norman Barrett worked the ring for 25 years.Animals appeared in the circus until 1990.It was planned to close the famous circus at the end of the 1990 season and replace it with an animatronic attraction. Public opinion and the fact the animatronics were not ready meant that the circus continued.Today, the circus is produced and directed by Hungarian Laci Endresz. A live band (sometimes accompanied by Mooky the Clown) provides all the music for the show, often dynamically syncing with the performers' movements. The circus band play a variety of different songs, usually Latin for the acts. In the winter the circus stages a pantomime instead of the regular show.The oldest part of the building is the aquarium which was part of Dr Cockers' Menagarie and Aquarium in the 1870s.[1] It was kept open to earn revenue while the tower building went up around it. The aquarium was modelled on the limestone caverns in Derbyshire. It houses 57 different species of fresh water and salt water fish and the largest tank holds 32,000 litres of salt water.[28]The aquarium closed permanently at the end of the 2010 season and will be completely remodelled to make way for a new "Dungeons" attraction.[29] This is part of the investment by the Merlin Group, who took over the operation of the Tower at the end of the 2010 season on behalf of new owners Blackpool Council


Blackpool Centre


With around seven miles of fun packed coastline, Blackpool is the entertainment capital of Europe, and home to the world famous Blackpool Tower with its ballroom, circus, adventure play centre, aquarium and ride to the top of the tower. The tower also contains the nerve-wracking Walk of Faith - a glass floor, 380 feet above the ground that allows an unrestricted view of the street below. The town centre also hosts a variety of well known shops. It was the Victorians who developed Blackpool into a mega-resort, and in the early twentieth century they flocked here in their thousands to enjoy the fantastic combination of sun, sand and sea.


Blackpool Pleasure Beach


Blackpool Pleasure Beach® is Britains Biggest Tourist Attraction whose mission it is to make adults feel like children again.The park is open from March until November, opening times do vary and please be aware that the times posted on this site are ESTIMATED. There are several ways you can enjoy the rides and attractions here at Blackpool Pleasure Beach®:You can purchase an unlimited show & ride wristband at the park, or here online and dont forget these unlimited show & ride wristbands entitle the bearer to free entrance into a choice of our award winning shows.


Blackpool North Shore Golf Club - Blackpool


Blackpool North Shore Golf Club is a private members club set in 98 acres, situated 500 yards from the North Promenade and 2 miles from the town centre of Blackpool. Blackpool is the premier English resort on the North West Coast of England. The course is a links type course with rolling fairways and good-sized greens. Its traditional and well-furnished Club House offers magnificent views of the Lake District, the Forest of Bowland, Bleasdale Fells and the Pennine Hill range.


Blackpool Airport


Welcome to Blackpool International Airport:the convenient alternative for air travel to or from the North West. Blackpool Airport offers fast, efficient commuter services for the business community, and attractive destinations and schedules for short break and longer holiday travellers. Additional check in desks, large open plan seating areas and a wider range of retail outlets are just some of the new features that will provide passengers with a more efficient and enjoyable airport experience. In addition, a new extension, new décor and greater use of natural light will help create a spacious and airy environment. The project is expected to be completed by February 2006.


Blackpool Football Club


Blackpool Football Club Formed in 1889. Blackpool's newly-rebuilt Bloomfield Road ground is a stadium ready for the future. In 2005 it played host to three Group A games in the UEFA European Women's Championship. The official Blackpool Football Supporters Club is BSA, the Blackpool Supporters Assocoation. Our committee is elected by its members. Blackpool FC fully support our Association, and through our fund raising efforts, we put funds directly back into the club by sponsoring matches and players.


Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club - Lytham and St Annes


Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club was founded in 1886 and the present Course constructed in 1897. The Clubhouse celebrated its Centenary in 1998. It is one of the premier links courses in the world, host to ten Open Championships, two Ryder Cups and numerous other major tournaments including Woman's and Seniors Open Championships. Northern hospitality has always been famous and Royal Lytham leads the way. You will be made very welcome.It is renowned as a course on which is it hard to scramble a good score, after all, there are 200 bunkers peppering the fairways and surrounding the greens.


Ocean Plaza - Southport


The complete visitor experience, Ocean Plaza is one of Southport's newest attractions - a multi-million pound leisure and retail destination offering visitors the chance to shop dine and relax. Ocean Plaza is just 5 minutes from the town centre and boasts attractions such as a 7-screen cinema, ten-pin bowling complex, health and fitness centre, and a number of well-known retail and restaurant brand names. Parking is no problem as Ocean Plaza offers 1,200 free car parking spaces. The new 'Marine Way Bridge' with its stunning architecture, links Ocean Plaza to the Promenade and the Lord Street shopping area so visitors can easily move around the town.


Botanic Gardens Museum - Southport


The Botanic Gardens Museum is situated in the Botanic Gardens in Churchtown. It is funded by Sefton Council. The collection includes local history and natural history displays, and a re-creation of a period Victorian room. There is an exhibition tracing the first 200 years of Southport's history from 'Duke' William Sutton's bathing hut of 1792 to what you can see today. There is also an exhibition displaying toys dating from the Victorian period to the present day. The museum has a natural history collection which includes the Pennington Collection of British Birds. The museum shop stocks a small selection of gifts and souvenir items including a range of items designed to appeal to children. Wheelchair access is provided to the ground floor of the museum.


The Blackpool Sixth Form College


We are a high-achieving and friendly College, serving Blackpool and the whole of the Fylde Coast. We offer excellent academic and applied programmes to a wide range of students aged between 16 and 19. Since we became a Sixth Form College in 1988, we have gone from strength to strength and now have over 1900 students on roll. In June 2009, the College completed the second stage of a £15 million development programme, adding to our fantastic facilities and learning environment.


The Royal Birkdale Golf Club - Southport


One of Britain's finest golf clubs and host to two Ryder Cups, the Walker and Curtis Cups, the Women's British Open and the Open Championship on eight occasions. Royal Birkdale has been voted the No 1 course in Britain, and is among the best in the world. The stunning coastal resort of Southport is host to the finest links courses in England. This is the home of Royal Birkdale, for many golfers, quite simply, the best of all the great golf courses to have staged The Open Championship.


Southport Centre


One thing is certain – Southport will offer you a first class leisure break.Whether it’s the fantastic special events, the thrills and spills of Pleasureland, the elegance of Lord Street shopping,the endlaess choice of restaurants, bars, and cafes, the walks along beautiful beaches, the list goes on and on. Add to that a great choice or accommodation to suit every taste and pocket and you have all the ingredients you’ll need for the perfect weekend or mid-week break. As well as offering superb attractions, amusements, pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants, Southport is an excellent touring base for those wishing to explore Liverpool and the North-West.


Claughton



Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club - Southport


Set amongst ranges of tall sandhills and smaller sand dunes, the Course is a true test of golf for all golfers. Accuracy is of ultimate importance and one needs to plan your drive rather than just hit it as far as possible. The coastal climate is kind and is a delightful atmosphere in which to play golf. The 18 Hole, 6640 yards, par 72, Course (sss 73) starts and finishes at the Clubhouse. The Yellow Course is 18 Holes, 6250 yards, par 70 (sss 70). The Members Bar overlooks the 18th Green and the 1st Hole. You can relax and enjoy the surrounds featuring the Club's trophies and photographic archives.


Claughton Hall



Ingol Golf Club - Preston


Ingol Golf Course was established in 1981 and opened by the late champion golfer Henry Cotton. The Course is a Championship designed, 18 hole par 72 course of 6,294 yards in length situated in 250 acres of parkland just 5 minutes from the M6 junction 32 and only 15 minutes drive from Blackpool. Ingol Golf Club is an ideal venue for Functions and can be booked for Conferences, Wedding Receptions, Birthday Celebrations etc. The Clubhouse Restaurant is open daily and offers excellent value and menu choice. Open to non-members. The Professional offers a full range of lessons from beginners to advanced.


Preston Centre


This historic city is the administrative capital of Lancashire, and as such plays a huge role in the development of the county. Preston’s diverse selection of restaurants, bar, pubs and clubs ensures that you never become bored, and the 25,000+ students who study at the University of Central Lancashire contribute to the lively but friendly atmosphere of these establishments. The city is well worth a visit in its own right, but it also makes an excellent touring base for exploring Lancaster, Blackpool, the Fylde Coast and Lake District.


Southport College


Southport College (previously known as Southport Technical College) is a further education college located in Southport, Merseyside, England.The college offers a range of courses to students from Southport and the surrounding area. These courses include Diplomas, NVQs, BTECs and Access courses. In addition, Southport College offers some higher education courses in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire, Edge Hill University and Liverpool John Moores University.

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Cardinal Newman College - Preston


We are a small and distinctive College which welcomes students of all faiths, and has a real feeling of community. We are passionate about excellence, but believe that this can only be achieved if students enjoy their time here. It would be wonderful if you decided to become part of it.As a Catholic Sixth Form College we strive to be a centre of educational excellence for the community built on faith, respect and trust. We celebrate diversity amongst all our students and staff and seek to nurture the gifts of each individual through high quality teaching and learning and dedicated pastoral care.


Ashton Hall



Preston North End Football Club


Three quarters of the ground have now been redeveloped in recent years, with some excellent looking all seater stands, complete with spectacular looking floodlights. The three stands, at both ends and at one side of the pitch, are of the same height and style and are all large, covered, single tiered stands. Each has a likeness of a past player outlined on the seats and is named after that player. Tom Finney, Bill Shankly and now on the latest stand to be built, goalkeeping legend Alan Kelly, makes a welcome change from the boring letters (such as 'Holte End' - Don't they know which stand they are in?) outlined on most new stands.


Hurlston Hall Golf Club - Ormskirk


Hurlston Hall Golf Club welcomes individuals and groups at all levels of experience to its superb undulating 18-hole, par 72 golf course. Set in 135 acres of beautiful parkland just a few miles from Southport, the course was designed by Donald Steel and opened in 1994. Societies and organisations will find our attention to detail, flexibility and top-value golf packages of particular interest. The Golf Shop has something for everyone and you can develope your game with a course of golf lessons from our friendly clubs professionals. And, when the time comes to relax, you can rest assured that our friendly and efficient staff will provide the best of service.


Lancaster Golf Club - Lancaster


The home of Lancaster Golf Club is Ashton Hall which dates back to medieval times and has hosted kings of England in centuries gone by. It will not fail to impress even the most discerning visitor with its Gothic style architecture and superb setting, providing an unforgettable ambience. The Clubhouse therefore does justice to a most attractive, gently undulating parkland course on the Lune Estuary, measuring 6500 yards with a par of 71, and laid out by James Braid in 1932. We are proud to extend a warm welcome to all who visit our Club.


Heysham Golf Club - Morecambe


Although only a short distance from the Irish Sea, Heysham is not wholly a links but a very fertile grassland. It does however pose the challenges of a typical links. Laid out in 1929 by the noted firm of Hawtree and J H Taylor under the supervision of Alec Herd, it is a fair course with all the greens visible for the second shot. The clubhouse was built in the 1930s and has been improved over the years to include all of the facilities today's golfer expects. An unusual feature of Heysham is the number of par fours stretching more than 400 yards, of which there are seven.


Runshaw College


The Runshaw College is a Further and Higher Education College located at Lancashire, England. The College was established in 1974 and operates out of the sixth form centre in Leyland, Runshaws Business Centre and two adult centres in Euxton and Chorley. Several A Level and Vocational programs are conducted by the College. The various subjects offered by the College include accounting, biology, business studies, computing, critical thinking, dance, 3D design, drama and theatre studies, economics, English, film studies, fine art, general studies, geography, government and politics, graphics, history, etc.

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Leyland Golf Club - Leyland


Leyland Golf Club was originally founded in 1924 and the first clubhouse was a Fishwick bus, followed by a disused army hut. The clubhouse then progressed with alterations and additions over the years until it was destroyed by fire in February 2001. The club then set about providing a newtwo story facility over the next 16 months and the new clubhouse with its modern architecture is something to be proud of. Leyland Golf Club is an 18 hole parkland course, 6298 yards long, par 70. It possesses a large practice area available to members and visitors. It also has practice bunker and chipping facilities together with a 9 hole putting green.


Camelot Theme Park


Voted Lancashire's "Family Attraction of the Year 2002" by the Good Britain Guide. An amusement park with nerve shattering ides for adults and children alike. The park is divided into five "magical lands" including 'Squire Bumpkin's Friendly Farm' and 'Knights Valley'. You can run the 'Gauntlet' rollercoaster or take the 'Pendragon's Plunge'. For younger children there's the huge soft playground and a little animal kingdom. The Jousting area is where King Arthur could choose you to star in a jousting tournament, and there are 'Dungeons of Doom' to inspect in King Arthur's Castle with daily shows including juggling and the like. Situated in a beautiful rural location at Charnock Richard, Chorley, Lancashire between Preston and Wigan.


Lancaster University


Lancaster University was founded in 1964 and is one of the world's leading research-led institutions. The University offers an extensive range of degree, master's and PhD level programmes that are recognised internationally. With around 11,000 students, which include over 1,500 international students from over 100 different countries, Lancaster is a diverse and welcoming environment for study. Lancaster University is set in 250 acres of parkland.


Lathom House



Lancaster and Morecambe College


The Lancaster and Morecambe College is a higher education college in Lancaster, England that has been engaged in educating and training students for over 50 years. The College offers courses in animal care, art and design, beauty therapy, business, care and health, child education, computing and digital media, construction and engineering, foundation education, hairdressing, performance, music, film and television, public services, teacher training, and sport and tourism.

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Lancaster Castle - Lancashire


Lancaster Castle has dominated the town for almost 1000 years, but installations on the hill on which it stands goes back a thousand years further, almost to the birth of Christ. The Romans built the first of at least three military forts on the site in AD79. Little is known about Lancaster until 1093 when the Norman Baron, Roger of Poitou, built a small motte and bailey castle which was replaced 50 years later by a large stone Keep which still stands today as the oldest part of the Castle. Unfortunately, the Keep is part of the Castle which cannot be visited as it forms part of HM Prison Lancaster Castle. There are many things to see including where the Lancashire Witches were tried, beautiful Gillow furniture in the Grand Jury Room, the dungeons and drop room, hanging corner and the magnificent Shire Hall with its display of heraldic shields.


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