The new £13million attraction opening at a popular UK seaside town next year

A brand new £13million attraction is set to open next year in a popular British seaside resort, it has been announced.

Blackpool already has a lot to offer including Pleasure Beach and Madame Tussauds – but soon there will be a new place for families to enjoy.

The Showtown Museum promises to celebrate Blackpool's history


The Showtown Museum promises to celebrate Blackpool’s historyPhoto credit: Showtown Blackpool
The museum will open to the public in March next year


The museum will open to the public in March next yearPhoto credit: Showtown Blackpool
Six different exhibition rooms will be opened in the new museum


Six different exhibition rooms will be opened in the new museumPhoto credit: Showtown Blackpool

The Showtown Museum promises to celebrate “Blackpool’s sea, circus, magic, shows, dance and world-famous illuminations” and the people who helped make the town famous.

There will be six galleries showcasing different elements of the city’s history.

Visit Lancashire claims that the museum will be both entertaining and educational for people of all ages.

It says: “You can see hundreds of exhibitions and take part in many fun activities.”

“There will also be a study room for schools and groups. Also a gallery space for changing exhibitions.”

Planning permission for the £13million attraction was originally granted in 2018, but the Covid pandemic and other construction issues caused setbacks.

It was originally hoped Showtown was supposed to open in June 2021 but has been postponed more than once since then.

Now the museum is finally to be opened to the public on March 15, 2024.

The website promises to “bring to Blackpool a world-class interactive museum for the whole family”.

Newly appointed Managing Director Liz Moss said: “This is an exciting time to join the Showtown team as we draw closer to the official opening of an incredible, interactive celebration of Blackpool and the fun and entertainment industry that has made it famous.”

The establishment of our charity, Blackpool Heritage and Museum Trust, also known as Showtown, is an important step and provides a great platform from which we can share the full breadth of Blackpool’s rich heritage with residents and visitors alike.

“In addition, Showtown will provide a center for research, learning and education that will contribute to the broader understanding and appreciation of this great city.”

Blackpool was recently voted the cheapest holiday spot in the country due to its affordable accommodation and relatively cheap beer and food prices.

Research conducted by financial specialists, CRACK ranked the coastal city as the country’s best holiday destination this year.

Their research considered a number of factors, including the cost of lodging and a family trip to a nearby attraction, as well as the price of a pint and a fish-and-chip dinner.

Of all the places RIFT surveyed, Blackpool was the cheapest destination for a pint at £3.25.

It also had the cheapest fish and chip dinner, costing less than a tenner (£9.06).

A night in Blackpool isn’t expensive either, with guest houses just 200 meters from the beach available on from £21 for two people.

Caravan and campsite sites nearby are even cheaper, around £10 a night.

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The museum will also celebrate Blackpool's famous illuminations


The museum will also celebrate Blackpool’s famous illuminationsPhoto credit: Showtown Blackpool

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