Blackpool Journals

A Weekend in Blackpool

A May 2006 trip to Blackpool by Timone

Quote: Playing in a Brass Band can be good and bad, this journal describes a band weekend in Blackpool for the Grand Shield competition held at the Winter Gardens.
This hotel is well presented with a good carpark at the back and many of the rooms giving a sea view. If you want to see the tower and town as well, ask for a room with a south view that way you get to see down the promenade towards the leisure park. We arrived on a Friday afternoon after a long drive and were able to book in 2 hours ahead of the stated booking in time. We then took a swim in the nicely appointed swimming pool, and had spells in the sauna and steam room. Feeling suitably refreshed, we headed back to our room for a cup of tea (so British!). Our room was fairly small but there was plenty of room to move around and a huge wardrobe for band uniforms. The bathroom is nicely laid ou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Hilton Blackpool
North Promenade
Blackpool, England FY1 2JQ
01253 623434

Harry Ramsdens


Harry Ramsden's has become something of a British institution, allegedly rolling out some of the finest fish and chips in the country. The first night, we had the basic meal. For £7 each we had white fish in batter, which was light and crisp with a stack of chips and mushy peas. This also came with a couple of slices of buttered bread, and we washed it down with a bottle of beer. It was nice, but on the second night—out of sheer laziness—we ended up in there again. This time we had the full meal; cod and chips with peas, again with buttered bread and beer. The plate is huge, and you will really need an appetite to eat it all. The quality is good, and the staff is very helpful. The food arrives quickly...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Harry Ramsdens
60-63 The Promenade
Blackpool, England FY1 4QU
+44 (1253) 294386

The Winter Gardens


The Winter Gardens is a huge traditional style concert hall as was once seen across many British seaside towns. It is well looked after and inside houses and Opera House which sounds grand but is painted in some rather dodgy purple shades and has holes in the roof above the stage. There is another smaller hall which is an interesting shade of bright yellow and is very glitzy, ideal for a panto! There is a third hall as well, but I did not go in there. Within the complex there is a bar, which is always popular with brass bands, and a coffee bar, which sold some wonderful apple pie and other interesting cakes. The prices at both were very reasonable considering that Blackpool is a fairly expensive ...Read More