Park for a pound this Christmas!
Blackpool is to benefit from discounted parking and public transport fares in a joint campaign to encourage people to shop local this Christmas.
Throughout December, residents and out-of-town visitors will be able to park for just £1 for any three-hour period on Central, East Topping Street and West Street car parks in the town centre.
In addition, Blackpool Transport will offer £1 tickets to use trams and buses after 5.30pm on the three late night shopping Thursdays – December 6, 13 and 20 – and all day every Sunday during December.
The discounted parking offer, which is being funded by Blackpool Council and the Town Centre BID, will start on Saturday 1 December, which is National Small Business Saturday as well as the day of Blackpool’s Christmas Lights Switch-On in St John’s Square. It will run until January 1.
Cllr Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Development, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce discounted car parking throughout the month of December on three of our main town centre car parks.
“It means that people will be able to park for three hours for just £1. We hope that will encourage our own residents to shop in their own town centre this Christmas and will also provide an attractive deal for visitors coming from out-of-town.”
A Town Centre BID spokesperson added: “Blackpool town centre has so much to offer to Christmas shoppers in terms of the mix of independent and national brands, illuminated streets and a vastly-improved range of cafes and restaurants.
“We hope the discounted offer will be a great incentive for people to not just shop in Blackpool this Christmas, but also enjoy some of the rich entertainment that is on offer at our theatres and venues.”
This year sees a number of top-quality Christmas productions in and around the town centre including the Beauty & The Beast pantomime at the Grand Theatre; The Wizard Of Oz at the Opera House; Santa’s Sleigh at the Pavilion Theatre in the Winter Gardens; and Aladdin at The Blackpool Tower Circus.
In addition, there is a wide range of Christmas shows and party nights at leading venues such as Viva.
The discounted tram and bus tickets will be available on three late night shopping evenings and on the five Sundays in December.
Jane Cole, Managing Director of Blackpool Transport said: “We are delighted to be supporting Blackpool town centre by offering customers greatly reduced fares so that they can get in and out of town on key shopping days in the run-up to Christmas and New Year.
“It’s a great benefit to our regular riders, but also a fantastic opportunity for other people to experience how good Blackpool’s public transport offer has become.”
The Christmas In Blackpool offers will be heavily promoted through a joint advertising and social media campaign by Blackpool Council, the BID and Blackpool Transport.