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Great Promenade Show

The Solaris Centre, New South Promenade , South Shore, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1RW

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About this venue

The Great Promenade Show is a series of outdoor art installations set on the 2 km sea defences along Blackpool's south shore. The works were commissioned by Blackpool Council from both established and emerging artists to animate the promenade and offer a creative attraction to the town's residents and 11 million annual visitors. The vision for the artworks is that of an outdoor gallery or a visual variety show, a programme of 'acts', each one reflecting an aspect of Blackpool's diverse character.

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Introduction

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
  • There is a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The name of the nearest tram stop is Harrow Place.

Opening Times

  • The venue is open 24hrs.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is South Beach.
    • The car park is located on South Promenade.
  • On Street Blue Badge Parking View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
  • On Street Standard Parking View
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 250cm x 500cm (8ft 2in x 16ft 5in).
    • Standard marked parking bays are located on South Promenade.
  • Comments View
    • Parking charges in the car park and along South Promenade apply.
    • Blue Badge holders can park for free for 3 hours.
    • Parking charges are;
    • £5 for 3 hours and over
    • £8 for 12 hours
    • £9 for 18 hours
    • £12 for 24 hours.

Access Point (South Promenade)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located to the right of the Sandcastle Waterpark.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left of the Sandcastle Water Park.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located to the left of the Sandcastle Water Park.
    • There is/are 4 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 14cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up.
    • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • Comments View
    • The slope has a handrails going up to the right.

Access Point (South Beach Car Park)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located in the car park by the Hide Tide Organ sculpture.
    • There is an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is/are 7 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 16cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are in the centre.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.

High Tide Organ

  • There is a slight ramp to access the rear of the sculpture and 2 medium height (15cm) steps around the base at the front of the sculpture.
  • The steps are not clearly marked and have no handrails.
  • The ramp bypasses the steps.
  • The paving around the exhibit is block paving.
  • On the approach to the exhibit there are bench style seats facing the seafront.

Whale Finn

  • As you proceed along the promenade from the High Tide Organ you approach one of the Whale Finn exhibits.
  • The promenade is set on 2 levels here.
  • Access from the lower level promenade is via ramp or 10 deep steps with handrails to the centre.
  • The ramp has a slight gradient with a handrail to the right or left dependent on which side you access it.
  • The ramp bypasses the steps.
  • The surface of the pathways along the promenade are concrete.
  • Upon approaching the Whale Finn exhibit there are 2 deep steps with a slight ramp to the rear to bypass the steps.
  • The surface around the exhibit is block paving.

Access Point (South Promenade)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located opposite the Big One on South Promenade.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left and right of the steps.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is/are 15+ step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 16cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are in the centre.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.

Promenade

  • As you proceed South along the promenade the pathways have a surface of concrete and block paving.
  • The promenade is set over 2 levels with ramps or steps to access the lower levels.
  • There is bench seating along the seafront.

Access Point (Glam Rocks)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located in front of the exhibit.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right of the steps.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the exhibit.
    • There is/are 7 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 16cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • Comments View
    • There are further access points along the promenade with similar steps and ramps to access the top level of the Promenade.

Promenade Exhibits

  • As you proceed south along the promenade you pass the following exhibits; Glam Rocks as shown in photographs 4, 5, 6 7, Water Wings photographs 8, 9 and10, Desire photographs 11, 12 and 13 and Frankenstein photographs 14 and 15.
  • Access around the exhibits is via slight ramps and steps.
  • The surface of the pathways along this part of the promenade is concrete and block paving.
  • There are bench seats in various locations on the approach to the final exhibit Sound of the Winds which is at the end of the promenade.

Sound of The Winds

  • The Sound of The Winds exhibit is at the end of The Great Promenade Show.
  • The exhibit is a number of poles with cut out sections to let the wind pass through.
  • The poles vibrate and omit different sounds. These are shown in photographs 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
  • The area around the exhibit has a flat concrete surface which can be seen in photographs 4, 5, 6 and 7.
  • To the right of the exhibit is a slight ramp giving access to the lower section of the promenade as shown in photographs 6 and 8.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.
  • Comments View
    • There nearest accessible toilet is located in Harrow Place, to the rear of the Solaris Centre.
    • The toilets require radar key or a charge of 30p is required.

Standard Toilet(s)