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Living And Working In Blackpool

Joanna Clare

The well known seaside resort of Blackpool is a fairly large town which is situated on the northwest coast. Blackpool is in Lancashire and is located by the Irish Sea where it enjoys a typical maritime climate of warm summers and cool winters. The population of Blackpool residents is around 144,000 and the town itself is a little over 13 square miles with a lengthy seafront which spans seven miles in total. A typical drive from London to Blackpool will take less than five hours while a journey by rail will take between three to four hours.

Blackpool became especially fashionable in the 1700’s but only for the more wealthy so they could benefit from the medicinal properties of the sea water which many believed in. However, by the following century, more visitors arrived, helped enormously by the newly built railway which meant not only did Blackpool thrive and expand but many more visitors were able to come to the town and enjoy what it had to offer.

Most people connect Blackpool with the illuminations. These were first switched on in 1912 and the illuminations are often described as the greatest free show on earth with over a million bulbs which form a spectacular light display spanning six miles along the promenade.

Tourism plays a major part of Blackpool's economy because of the iconic seaside reputation that it holds. Blackpool has a strong and dynamic vision and a very clear plan to transform and modernise the town both socially and economically, involving the local community and the economy itself - many of which are on target.

A large percentage of Blackpool's schools are recognised as being good or outstanding which is excellent news and shows the determination and talents of Blackpool’s young people. Many of these go onto further education and Blackpool and Fylde College which has four campuses has maintained a consistently good status.

Blackpool is a fantastic place to be with many things to see and do with the major attraction being the beach itself. It is family friendly and as well as the golden sand, donkey rides and delicious ice creams, you can stroll along one of the three piers - all which are a unique and interesting attraction in themselves.

Blackpool Tower, Sea Life, The Dungeons, Madame Tussauds, Blackpool Ballroom, Blackpool Zoo, the Pleasure Beach which is an exhilarating amusement park and home to the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land, the Tramway, a Water Park…the list is endless.

For those who prefer to get away from the main attractions, Blackpool also has some wonderful, tranquil countryside with a variety of nature walks on offer - the Blackpool Countryside Experience is not to be missed.

Travel only slightly further afield and there are many quaint villages and stunning open spaces. If you are willing to journey a little more, you can enjoy the spectacular Lake District or the breathtaking Forest of Bowland.

A major online property company estimates that the price for an average property in Blackpool is £145,000 ( August 2022) which is considerably low compared to national statistics.

Looking for a Career in Blackpool? We are hosting a careers fair at the Grand Hotel on Wednesday 31st August, between the times of 10am-2pm. Ours event are completely free for jobseekers and are a great way to meet hiring companies around the city. Find out more here!

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