Wallace & Gromit's Guide to Blackpool
A fun-loving seaside resort with a loveably eccentric twist, Blackpool is the perfect place to bring your own Gromit – but come expecting the unexpected.
et on the breezy northwest coast, Blackpool is a popular destination for dog owners in search of fun by the sea that must also hold a special place in Wallace & Gromit’s hearts. Not only is it a set in their home county of Lancashire, famous for its namesake cheese and Wallace’s favourite hotpot, it’s also, like them, tinged with more than a dab of eccentricity. From Blackpool Tower and the iconic trams to the world-famous illuminations and Blackpool Rock, this is definitely a resort that’s like no other in England.
"Blackpool has been me holiday destination of choice ever since I was a nipper. Strolling along the Prom, tea-dancing in the Ballroom – they’ve even got Illuminations for when Gromit needs his pre-bedtime walkies! And now they’ve had the nous to build one of me very own inventions at the Pleasure Beach – the Thrill-O-Matic ride. You can experience the ups and downs of life in West Wallaby Street while riding in one of me slippers – and I wonder who gave them that, eh Gromit? Honestly – without the full pair, they’re neither use nor ornament!" - Wallace
Cracking things to see and do
Top of the list for Wallace & Gromit fans is Blackpool Pleasure Beach which promises a grand day out with the opening of its Thrill-O-Matic family ride based on the adventures of the loveable duo. Afterwards buy yourself a stick of cheese-flavoured Moon Rock (after all, everyone knows the moon is made of cheese!). Later, don your inventor’s hat with a visit to the Coronation Rock Company * to see how Blackpool rock is made, or go for seaside walkies together along the ‘Golden Mile’, backdrop for the famous annual illuminations. Even outside the illuminations, electronically-minded Gromits will love riding on the electric trams and admiring the giant innovative artworks on the south promenade, many of which are spectacularly lit at night.
Gromit-friendly places to stay
Holidaying hounds (and their well-behaved humans) are very welcome at the Strand Hotel . Set bang on the seafront, not only will your mischievous mutt receive his own complimentary guest bag on arrival, with a selection of doggy treats, the hotel’s also just a bone’s throw from a cracking beach where you can both frolic to your hearts’ content. Resident pooches George and Mildred are also keen to make new canine pals feel welcome at Blackpool’s Vidella Hotel . Alternatively, for a taste of country life, head out of town to The Parkers Arms, where you can walk off your hearty breakfast with a waggy-tailed ramble in the picturesque Trough of Bowland.
Time for tea
Surely one of the country’s most unusual places to take afternoon tea, stepping into the Blackpool Tower Ballroom is like stepping into another era. Here, in this opulent setting, you can sip to your heart’s content before gliding across the dance floor, accompanied by the Wurlitzer organ. Sadly, it’s open to two-footed prancers only, but afterwards you and your four-legged pal could enjoy an ice cream in one of the parlours on the promenade or fish and chips on the pier. While you’re on the prom look out for the Beach House bistro, with its outside seating perfect for a companionable dinner complete with sunset views – one for the album, Gromit?
*Sorry, no dogs
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