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Group Travel to Blackpool

Blackpool has been welcoming groups since the early days of mass travel and is on-hand to help and advice, whether you are visiting for just a day or making the most of the Resort by staying longer. Our team can assist in building and developing the perfect package for your group or tour.

Whether you are planning a short break, tour programme or visiting for a day, you will find a wealth of exciting events, thrilling attractions and lots of activities to keep your group occupied – day or night.

For assistance in building your perfect package, whether it’s sourcing accommodation, planning itineraries, getting group rates at the many attractions, or simply finding out about the great range of entertainment on offer, our Visitor Services team have a wealth of knowledge about the resort and are happy to help and advise. They can be contacted on 01253 478222 or email groups@visitblackpool.com

The North West is steeped in charm, character and history and Blackpool forms the perfect base for exploring a wealth of activities to inspire you. From the beauty of the Lakeland or Bowland countryside, to the hustle and bustle of nearby cities such as Liverpool or Manchester, everything is within easy reach and drive times of around 1 hour.

Blackpool has a high regard for the Coach & Group Industry and the valuable business it brings into Resort and we hope that this section of the official VisitBlackpool.com website will provide you with some refreshing ideas from the variety of things to see and do for all ages and interests.

 

Many of Blackpool’s exciting attractions have their own coach parking facilities available to those bringing visitors to each venue. However, for those town centre attractions that have restricted space and cannot offer such facilities there are bays for dropping off and picking up (15 minute wait time) at the Central Coach Station facility in Central Car Park . This was designed following feedback from coach operators who needed easier access for drivers dropping off and collecting visitors in the town centre. Overnight coach parking is available on Foxhall Village car and coach park on Seasiders Way near to Chapel Street.

Blackpool has also designated a NEW set-down point, ideally placed for dropping off groups who are heading for the Grand Theatre and The Blackpool Tower or Viva cabaret venue.  Coaches will now be able to pull over on the south-bound section of Promenade in the area between Harry Ramsdens and Poundland. Operators will be permitted to drop off and pick up groups of passengers at this location. Coach drivers should not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to picking up passengers.

Listed below are the postcodes for each coach park (all open 24hrs) to help you choose the right one for you.

Seasiders Coach Park – FY1 6JJ
Foxhall Village Coach Park – FY1 5QE
Gynn Square Coach & Car Park – FY1 2JR
Banks Street Coach & Car Park – FY1 2DJ

To check the latest coach parking tariffs and information click here.

To enquire about pre-booking coach parking call (01253) 476 428 or for any out of hours queries please contact (01253) 476 395

Blackpool and its surrounding areas have so much to offer and VisitBlackpool has put together some itinerary suggestions which are perfect to give Group Organisers ideas of what their groups can expect from a short-break in the UK’s biggest seaside resort.

DAY 1

Arrive mid-morning and step straight onto the red carpet to mingle with your favourite TV Stars, climb up on stage with the biggest stars in pop before helping TV’s crime fighters solving the latest case? Experience all this and much more at Madame Tussauds.

When lunchtime beckons why not experience the sumptuous elegance of High Tea in the Tower Ballroom and afterwards work off those scones and sandwiches by taking to the floor and dancing to the famous sounds of the mighty Wurlitzer organ.

Whatever your interests, there is evening entertainment for everyone and with venues such as the iconic Opera House, beautiful Grand Theatre or one of the newest venues, Viva!

DAY 2

VisitBlackpool can offer a range of guided tours for groups of all sizes, with a rich history of entertainment and culture, our new heritage guides will be delighted to take you on a guided tour of the resort and some of it’s wonderful venues including the Winter Gardens and Stanley Park.

If that walking has made you hungry why not indulge in some traditional fish and chips in one of the many restaurants in and around Blackpool.

Don’t forget to visit one of Blackpool’s newest talking points, our Comedy Carpet art installation. Find your favourite comedy legends and giggle at their famous catchphrases.

DAY 3

Blackpool Zoo, set in 32 acres is one of Blackpool’s best-loved attractions and is an award-winning attraction both for its conservation work and its customer experience.

Why not combine this with a visit to Stanley Park and take in some of the delights of the gardens, boating lake, golf course  and other  facilities, followed by a freshly brewed coffee and delicious cake in the surroundings of the Art Deco café offering spectacular view of the park.

  1. Meal Stops

Planning your time in Blackpool will often include finding somewhere for your group to eat and this can range from enjoying a traditional plate of fish & chips, champagne and oysters,  a light bite in of the of popular cafes and restaurants or an evening of fine dining. Rest assured, whatever your taste and budget Blackpool has a huge choice for everyone.

Make sure you check out the eating and drinking pages at visitblackpool.com  and use the search box to find your requirements. To help you make the right choice there is a brief description along with contact details for the venue along with their food hygiene rating where possible and a brief description.

If you need somewhere to eat which has coach parking on-site why not contact the team for some suggestions by emailing groups@visitblackpool.com or call 01253 478229.

  1. Group Discounts

Many of Blackpool’s attractions and entertainment venues will offer special discounts for tour operators and pre-arranged groups. Why not contact the Visitor Services Team on 01253 478222 to find out what may be available to your group at venues such as The Blackpool Tower, Grand Theatre, The Winter Gardens and Blackpool Zoo.

Accommodation providers will also often provide special rates for group travel and again the team in Visitor Services can help with this, providing help and advice depending on the size of the group, requirements and any special needs such as coach parking, function rooms and location.

  1. Beat The Crowds

Blackpool may be the UK’s favourite beach resort but it is still possible to enjoy relaxing, peaceful spaces. Try a heritage tour of the Winter Gardens, this hidden gem is full of surprising areas normally off limits to the public but a private tour allows you to see a different side to this stunning building. If you would rather explore the open spaces then a guided tour of the Grade II listed Stanley Park may be in order, with its Art Deco Café, clock tower and beautiful gardens and lake, it’s an area most visitors miss during their stay in Blackpool.

  1. Illuminations

Blackpool welcomes coaches during the Illuminations but these top tips will help you get the most out of your journey through them.

Mid-week is less congested so try to avoid coming during the busy weekends it will make the drive through this spectacular sight even more enjoyable.

Drive North to South – Make your starting point Red Bank Road (postcode FY2 9HR) then head south towards Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Follow the Illuminations Coach Route signs from the M55.

Book an Illuminations Coach Guide who will join your coach at an agreed point and provide an informative commentary on the journey, giving a real insight into what goes into creating the greatest light show on earth. Please email Steven Deakin or call 01253 477150.

  1. On The Doorstep

The North West is a diverse region of the UK, with stunning countryside and vibrant city centres it makes it the perfect region to explore. From Museums to Markets or Hiking to Heritage, Blackpool makes an excellent base for exploring it all. The Lake District, Manchester and the picturesque Ribble Valley are all a short drive away and with a great range of hotels in Blackpool along with the variety of evening entertainment it makes the perfect break for any group.

Blackpool is one of the UK’s most visited destinations by coach and with this in mind, as well as providing our millions of visitors with plenty of reasons to come back, VisitBlackpool and Blackpool Council also want to make sure we are looking after our coach operators and drivers too.

Working in partnership with the Confederation of Passenger Transport and local passenger operators including Blackpool Transport, Jacksons Coaches and Walton’s Coaches, even more facilities are now available to incoming operators.  If you are an inbound operator into the UK’s brightest seaside resort and you are interested in using any of these facilities please contact the local operator to confirm availability and costs.

Blackpool Transport

Contact:  Terri Greenwood on 01253 473114 between 0900 and 1200 and Chris Pannell on 01253 473299 between 0800 – 1600 Monday – Friday

Facilities include coach wash, waste water disposal, day time parking, driver rest room facilities and minor repairs.

Jacksons Coaches

Jacksons Coaches are based in Blackpool with excellent links to the M55 motorway.

Facilities available to operators include: coach wash and secure parking.

For further details and prices please contact Jacksons Coaches on (01253) 792222 .

Waltons Coaches – Freckleton

Walton’s Coaches are based in between Lytham St Annes and Preston in the village of Freckleton.

Facilities available to operators include: coach wash, waste water drop and secure parking. For further details and prices please contact Jill Atherton at Walton’s Coaches on (01772) 634563 or 07766 104074 out of office hours.

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