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North Pier

The Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1NE

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Introduction

Location

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

Opening Times

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Access Point (North Pier)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located to the left of the amusement arcade entrance.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • There is a gate which opens away from you (push).
    • The gate is permanently held open.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of and beyond the access point.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
  • Comments View
    • This access point gives access to the pier, lower ground floor conservatory bar and conservatory café and bypasses the steps that lead from the rear of the amusement arcade.

North Pier Front Eateries

  • There are various eateries to the left, right and front of the pier.
  • These eateries have a mix of fixed bench seating and chairs with armrests.

Outside Access (North Pier Bar and Lounge)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the bar on the front of North Pier.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • This entrance sign says 'NP Entrance'.
  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
  • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
  • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is/are double width.
  • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 167cm.
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • There is a second set of doors.
  • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • There is a slope with a very easy incline.
  • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).

Eating and Drinking (North Pier Bar and Lounge)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar is located at the front of North Pier right hand side.
  • The bar does serve food.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the North Pier Bar and Lounge entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 36cm (1ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • The standard height for tables is 71cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is not available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Children are welcomed in the bar area.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.

Accessible Toilet(s) (North Pier Bar and Lounge - Right Hand Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet facilities in this area.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right of the bar.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the North Pier Bar and Lounge entrance.
    • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from the bar.
    • There is written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 186cm x 181cm (6ft 1in x 5ft 11in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 119cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The alarm did not sound when tested.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the left.
    • There is not a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a backrest and a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 42cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 72cm (2ft 4in).
    • There are no vertical wall-mounted grab rails at the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Taps have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 93cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 102cm (3ft 4in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a medium colour contrast between the external door and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) to the left of the toilet and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the toilet seat and pan.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the walls and floor.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.

Standard Toilet(s) (North Pier Bar and Lounge)

  • There is/are 1 male toilet(s) located on the right from the entrance to North Pier Bar and Lounge.
  • There is/are 1 female toilet(s) located on the right from the North Pier Bar and Lounge.
  • The type of signage on or near the standard toilet door(s) is written.
  • Ambulant toilet cubicles are not available.
  • The wash basin tap types in standard toilets are sensor and twist/turn.
  • The lighting levels are good in the male and female standard toilets.

Outside Access (North Pier Front Right Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the fish & chips eatery.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Outside Access (Amusement Arcade Front Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the pier.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 209cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
  • Comments View
    • There are several other entrances at the front of the amusement arcade (photographs 4, 5 and 6).
    • These doors vary from concertina doors, that can be fully opened, or have only one of the doors permanently held to double sliding doors that are permanently held open according to the weather.

Outside Access (Amusement Arcade Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the amusement arcade.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The width of the door opening is 75cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located leading to the entrance.
    • There is/are 17 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 17cm.
    • 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 not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar sets of doors to the right.
    • This entrance leads to and from the amusement arcade, the lower ground conservatory area and the pier.
    • The conservatory area and pier are not accessible from the entrance.

Amusement Arcade

  • The change booth counter in the arcade is 95cm high (photograph 1).
  • There are also change machines throughout the arcade (photograph 2).
  • The prize booth counter in the arcade is 94cm high (photograph 3).
  • There are various amusements in the arcade including arcade games, slot machines, interactive games and mini fairground rides (photographs 4-9).
  • There is a 2-lane bowling area to the left of the arcade (photograph 10).
  • There are 2 deep steps to reach the bowling lanes.

Standard Toilet(s) (Amusement Arcade)

Eating and Drinking (North Gardens Café)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located in the lower ground floor conservatory.
  • The bar does serve food.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 50m (54yd 2ft) from the North Pier access point.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 106cm (3ft 6in).
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are hand held and wall.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • The is fixed bench seating on the pier for café customers (photographs 6 and 7).
    • There is a slight ramp (116cm wide) with handrails on both sides to access some of this seating (photograph 8).
    • This seating can also be accessed by 1 unmarked medium step without handrails (photographs 9 and 10).

Level Change (North Gardens Café)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the North Gardens Café.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 103cm (3ft 5in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the conservatory on the lower ground floor.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are moderate to good.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

Eating and Drinking (Conservatory Bar)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar is located in the conservatory on the lower ground floor.
  • The bar does not serve food.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 45m (49yd 8in) from the North Pier access point.
  • The standard height for tables is 71cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Children are welcomed in the bar area.
  • Menus are hand held only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

Level Change (Conservatory Bar)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the bar.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.

Box Office

  • The box office is located in the conservatory.
  • The opening into the box office is 290cm wide.
  • There is a slight slope in front of the box office entrance.
  • The height to the box office counter is 123cm.
  • The box office does not have fixed opening times.

Outside Access (Conservatory Pier Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the conservatory.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 210cm.
  • Comments View
    • There is similar set of doors to the right.
    • These doors open away from you (push) and are permanently held open.

Pier

  • The pier has a wooden surface.
  • The surface can be uneven and has slight slopes throughout.
  • There is seating all along the pier.
  • There is a small passenger train running periodically along the pier (photographs 3, 4 and 5).
  • There is a medium step to enter the carriage, (photograph 6).
  • There are number of shops along the pier selling gifts and refreshments.
  • Some of the shops are access by unmarked shallow or medium steps without handrails.

Outside Access (Bloom Bar)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of Bloom Bar.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 148cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • There is an identical entrance on the side of the Bloom Bar.

Outside Access (Bloom Bar Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the bar and can be accessed from the terrace area.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 136cm.
  • Comments View
    • The door is a double leaf bifold door.

Eating and Drinking (Bloom Bar)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar is located at the end of North Pier.
  • The bar does not serve food.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the from the front entrance to Bloom Bar.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 36cm (1ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • The standard height for tables is 71cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • Comments View
    • The Bloom bar has indoor and outdoor seating areas.
    • No children allowed after 5 pm Friday Saturday and Sunday.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Bloom Bar - Right Hand Transfer)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located at the left rear of the Bloom Bar.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 35m (38yd 10in) from the front entrance to the Bloom Bar.
    • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from the bar.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 183cm x 146cm (6ft x 4ft 9in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 119cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The alarm did not sound when tested.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • There is not a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 67cm (2ft 2in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 67cm (2ft 2in).
    • There are no vertical wall-mounted grab rails at the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Taps have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 90cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the hand dryer is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a low colour contrast between the external door and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the toilet seat and pan.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the walls and floor.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 100cm (3ft 3in).

Standard Toilet(s) (Bloom Bar)

  • There is/are 1 male toilet(s) located at the rear left of the Bloom Bar.
  • There is/are 1 female toilet(s) located at the rear left of the Bloom Bar.
  • The type of signage on or near the standard toilet door(s) is pictorial.
  • Ambulant toilet cubicles are not available.
  • The wash basin tap types in standard toilets are lever.
  • The lighting levels are good in the male and female standard toilets.

Fairground Rides

  • There are various fairground rides towards the end of the pier.
  • The payment desk for the carousel is 111cm high (photograph 1).
  • All of the rides are accessed by a variable number of deep steps.

Additional Info

  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.