Blackpool Pleasure Beach is ending its 2023 summer season on a high after scooping eight awards at the UK Theme Park Awards yesterday, bolstering its status as one of UK’s top amusement parks.

The accolades included Gold awards in the Best Seaside Park category, Best Live Entertainment for Hot Ice, Best Water Ride for Valhalla, and Best Theme Park Hotel for The Boulevard.

Alongside the four Gold awards, the park also took home a Silver award in Best Reimagined Attraction for Valhalla, and three Bronze awards: Best Thrill Ride for Red Arrows Skyforce, Best Theme Park Food for Loki’s, and Best Theme Park for Thrills.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach was the second most awarded amusement park at the prestigious awards ceremony behind Alton Towers, which was awarded in 11 categories, and alongside Drayton Manor which also won eight awards.

CEO Amanda Thompson OBE said: “What an incredible display of prestigious awards! Taking home eight awards in any case is a monumental, but knowing that we were voted for by people who love our industry makes the wins even more rewarding.

“This is a shining example of the array of amusement options we have on offer here at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and a proud testament to all of the continuous hard work displayed by our expert team day in and day out.”

The awards were organised by, an independent consumer guide to UK theme parks. This year, and presented in association with

For the fourth year, the British public were able to vote for their favourite theme parks in these national awards recognising the best rides and attractions, shows and events. 

Each of the 22 categories is split into gold, silver and bronze, and the awards were presented at a ceremony at Chessington World of Adventures.

The awards round off a bumper summer season for Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which this year reopened water ride Valhalla following a £4M reimaging, and celebrated The Big Dipper’s 100th birthday.

It will now turn its focus to a packed calendar of Autumn and Winter events, including its Journey to Hell freak nights throughout October, and Winter Weekends, Grotto Wonderland and the Beauty and The Beast Pantomime over the Christmas period.




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