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Brexit - do you really want to book those flights? I wouldnt be too quick to book that flight ....
What do we do at the end of the season? A lot of guests ask us "What do you do at the end of the season?"
Well basically...we chill out and...make things
Here is one of Mandy's creations which you may like

Arty Farty
My Love Hate relationship with Trip Advisor Cheeky Bastards We all use Trip Advisor. Most of us realise if you disregard the top and bottom 10% then you have an accurate picture of what to expect. It's when they start harming my business with their judge and jury attitude that really gets my back up. Click here for the latest Trip Advisor stupidity we have to put up with
October 27th to 31st
Circus of Horrors
Circus of Horrors return for a five-night gore-fest at The Globe on October 27th, 28th,29th, 30th and a Halloween special on October 31st.

Circus of Horrors Blackpool

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Thanks very much Ive not had time to add to this page much - we've been very busy - it's a nice problem to have. Thanks very much to all our guests - you are rather special! The webcams seem quite stable - tune in tonight to see the last of the fireworks at around 8:30pm
More Signs Than Times Square I just bought one of those cheap laser cutters from China. It's brilliant. In two weeks there will be more signs in the bar than Times Square. Here is one of the first I made
Tuesday 30th August 2016 Ride The Lights

I always look forward to this evening as the Promenade is closed to motor vehicles and locals and tourists get on their bikes and...Ride The Lights. It's so peaceful. Here the Illuminated Boat went passed ...rather quickly

Illuminated Boat in Blackpool

Game of Thrones game of thrones blackpool We needed to update our telephone system recently and the one I bought allowed me to name the individual handsets.

So, of course, I named them after my favourite characters from Game of Thrones.

Mandy just came up to me and said there's a bloke called Jon Snow trying to get through on the phone.

I nearly wet myself. I'm also disappointed she didn't pick up the one marked Khaleesi :)
Friday 2nd September Jayne Mansfield switches on Blackpool lightsOoh What a Carry On!
Dame Barbara Windsor will switch on the Illuminations this year on Fridays 2nd September. Great choice...Babs joins a huge list of stars who have performed the task over the years including (my personal favourite) Jayne Mansfield, The Bee Gees, Tim Burton, Red Rum and Peter Kay. Who was your favourite Switch On star?
Playing with a new lens for my camera I got my wide angle lens back - Nikon 14-24mm - superb piece of engineering

Sunlounge at the Canasta hotel in Blackpool
Blackpool Tide Times I just added a widget which will allow you to see if the sea is in or not :) Of course a simple glance from the sun lounge will allow our guests to do that but I just had a phone call from a Blackpool resident asking me if I could tell her :) You can find the Blackpool Tide Times widget on the left hand side near the bottom
Ok...not THE Tower...3 high rise monstrosities known locally as "The Flats" were scuppered on Sunday. Here's a slow-mo of the action (fast forward to 1:55 for the action)

50th Birthday of Star Trek Wow - who'd have thought Star Trek is 50 years old this year!! There's a great exhibition just opened on the Golden Mile to celebrate that

Oh and just in case any are in our section of the quadrant....our brekkies definitely ARE fit for Klingons!! Turn off that cloaking though or you won't be welcome!!

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Ferry delays at Dover! I'd like to remind folk if they are thinking of travelling by ferry to France from Dover had you chosen, instead, to come to Blackpool the only delay you might get is a 30 second one whilst you queue for your Notarianni ice cream.
Thanks!! Thanks to all the thousands of guests who keep coming back time and time again. We REALLY do enjoy and are grateful for your repeat business!
Thanks for choosing us for your stay in Blackpool
Saturday Nights at the Canasta Blackpool hotel with entertainment
Brian London - Blackpool boxer It's so nice to see Blackpool council being asked to consider naming the Sports Arena the Brian London Arena. Brian was a huge name when I was growing up and he'd always take time to give autographs and have a chat to anyone that wanted to. Blackpool's very own Rocky Balboa - a great ambassador for the town and his sport. I remember watching the Rocky series and wondering if they based the story on Brian :) The similarities are amazing. Fingers crossed - it will be a great memorial for him.
Saturday 23rd July 2016 Joe Davies is Back!
Hugely popular whenever he appears we're looking forward to another hour with Joe on Saturday night at 10pm
Coming to Blackpool next week? Pleasure Beach Wristband Offer Here is a great value deal from the Pleasure Beach. £19 wristbands. Must be used before 21st July and booked online the day before visit. Enter the code NEWSLETTER on their ticket website here
Take a tour round Blackpool Zoo Blackpool Zoo always gets great feedback from our guests

Blackpool Zoo

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HOT ICE - OBSESSION: Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena, until September 10th

The World's longest-running ice stage show Hot Ice - Obsession at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Wednesday 19th October to Thursday 3rd November


This smashing revue tracks five groovy gals as they come of age during those liberating days that made England swing and with a packed soundtrack of some of the biggest hits from the 60s SHOUT! promises a fantastic family show when it comes to Blackpool Opera House from October 19 to November 03.

SHOUT! flips through the years like a musical magazine and takes you back to the music, fashion and freedom of the 60's with hits from the likes of Petula Clark, Lulu and Dusty Springfield. Using letters to an advice columnist, true confessions, quizzes and advertisements SHOUT! boasts terrific new arrangements of such chart-topping hits as "To Sir With Love," "Downtown," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," "Son of A Preacher Man," and "Goldfinger." With its irresistible blend of hip-swivelling hits, eye-popping fashions and psychedelic dances from the 60's, this fun-filled musical will make you want to throw your head back and SHOUT!

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Fancy a Flutter?
For one of the ultimate nights out in Blackpool visit Genting Club Blackpool. They offer all of your favourite casino games including American Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker and Electronic Roulette. An excellent restaurant will complete your night out

No membership required - join on the night (though if you join online you may speed up entry)

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Karen Carpenter - Voice of The Heart Appearing at the Blackpool Grand Theatre - 27th July to 31st August

After a hugely successful tour in 2015, Voice Of The Heart has a brand new show for 2016 featuring even more timeless classics from The Carpenters.

It is now just over 30 years since the legendary Karen Carpenter passed away, she left behind an amazing catalogue of hit songs and golden memories and is still played daily on radio stations throughout the UK. This stunning show celebrates the music of The Carpenters, and the evening is guaranteed to lead everyone through a magical memory.

For Guests Staying Midweeks For guests staying Mondays to Thursdays you can book a portrait session for £125 (includes an hour in the studio and 1 x A3 and 1 x A4 high quality prints)

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25th July to 27th August
Dancing Queen!!
Dancing Queen The Concert is an action packed party show featuring over 2 hours of the greatest hits from Abba, Grease and the 70s.
This is the ultimate nostalgia night that guarantees to get you dancing in the aisles!

Relive the nights when Abba ruled the dance floor and experience the classic 70s era in all its glory. With full costumes and plenty of glitz, this is the golden age in pop revived!
Featuring the Abba classics Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Knowing Me Knowing You and Mamma Mia, along with all your favourite 70s hits such as Summer Nights, Car Wash, You're The One That I Want, YMCA, Boogie Nights and Love is in the Air

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The Drifters are back in town!!
Sunday 24th July 2016
We went to see these a couple of years back - what a great night!
If you visit this page YOU MAY GET A COUPLE OF FREE TICKETS just for tweeting or facebooking it!
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The best sea views in Blackpool at the Canasta Hotel
Kings and Queen Show Central Pier
21st June to 5th November

The world's largest music stars; Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson. A musical tribute extravaganza for all the family

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The Dolphins are back! Swim With Dolphins at the Canasta - No Charge!

They came back early for their annual vacation. Not as big a school as last year - but it sure is nice to see them. Not my video.

They do like to come up close to the Canasta at high tide - always keep your eyes peeled!

Aww a baby porpoise with a purpose has washed up on Blackpool beach today. Blackpool police helped him on his way back to mum

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We accept Euro's
but you might not like our exchange rate
Oh I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside

You might want to consider where you spend your hard earned dosh over the coming years - you're not going to get a good exchange rate - that much is pretty certain. You may want to consider taking your vacation in the UK - you'll always get great value for money at the Canasta!

Holy Moly...bookings are coming in thick and fast today - just sold 4 rooms for the end of August for a week to a large family who think their spending power will be stronger here. Already seeing benefits from being OUT

I'll try and make it a bit easier for you by adding this currency converter which should be accurate on a daily basis:-

I'm predicting it will drop to below 1 euro before the Illuminations Switch-On in September. If I'm wrong I'll give everybody an extra sausage that points this prediction out!
Summer Season at the Canasta We've got some wonderful acts lined up for Saturday nights at 10pm
Details coming soon
Air Condioning is coping well We had air conditioning fitted a few years back. Its lasting well and I do sometimes secretly enjoy the complaints that it's too well spent
Northern Soul back in Blackpool Loads of events on this year to keep you all dancing
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Friday 29th July to 26th August
T-Rextacy at the Blackpool Grand Theatre
Oooh...I might go to this myself...I do Love to Boogie
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New Year Party 2016 All Sold Out now
Friday Nights in September World Firework Championship
9th - 30th September
The event will gather together the creme de la creme of the world's firework elite and promises a mouth-watering series of shows with jaw-dropping entertainment for all the family - and a great opportunity for visitors to take an extended weekend break.
All displays subject to suitable weather conditions.
Star Trek - The Exhibition
Klingons at the Kanasta
Stardate: June 30th ongoing mission

Star Trek: The Exhibition will beam in to Blackpool, the UK's biggest family resort, located on the Golden Mile, starting on June 30. Designed by the stage designer Andrew Edwards, The Exhibition will be an experience for fans and families to visit, as it takes audiences on a journey through Star Trek's 50-year history with original props, costumes, scripts and photographs that have never previously been seen in Europe, many from private collectors, as well as the opportunity to step aboard a spectacular recreation of the iconic bridge from The Original Series.
Dirty Dancing
11th -30th August 2016

Have the time of your life with the ultimate live experience; Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage. Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking musical is even better than before in this all new production.

The classic story of Baby and Johnny returns, following two blockbuster West End runs and two hit UK Tours, featuring the hit songs 'Hungry Eyes', 'Hey! Baby', 'Do You Love Me?' and the heart stopping '(I've Had) The Time Of My Life'

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7th & 8th August 2016

Image courtesy of Lawrence Chard

The Red Arrows will grace the skies again at this year's Blackpool Air Show, it has been announced.

The first planes announced to fly at this year's Blackpool Air Show include the Typhoon, Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster Bomber, as well as the world famous Red Arrows display team.

The free seafront show, which features a whole host of incredible flying machines and attracts tens of thousands of people to the Promenade each year, will take place on Sunday 7 and Monday 8 August.

A Paddlers Paradise Central Pier panorama

We've got a brand new flag to put in our sand. It's big, it's blue and it's the envy of the North West!

After years of improvements to our beaches and sea water, Blackpool has got its first international Blue Flag Award recognising its excellent bathing waters, cleanliness and public safety standards. Head down to Blackpool South Beach to experience seaside fun at its best. Or try any of our other award-winning beaches at North, Central and Bispham - we've got a whole coastline to enjoy!

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Did You Know? We host many family gatherings throughout the year.
We have lots of events throughout the year and if you have a large family spread out throughout the UK then Blackpool is the perfect place to meet up. Karaoke is always popular and if your group is large enough we'll get a great comedian/singer in to entertain you. We can also recommend some buffet caterers whom you would pay direct. If your group is large enough and wants to come at a time of the year we wouldnt normally be full anyway - then we can offer a free room for the organiser. We're happy to talk about any of your requirements.
Canasta Sunsets We do get the most glorious sunsets. Here's one I took a while ago. (click it for full size)

Blackpool sunsets
Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Weekend This year the Illuminations get switched on on Friday 2nd September. Although things may get a little slimy this year!!

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Shameless Plug GENTLEMEN - treat your partner to a creative makeover and portrait session!!

My hobby is photography. It used to be golf but I got fed up of getting wet and I'm a much better photographer than I was a golfer.
If you're staying with us on a midweek day I can take you to my studio for a portrait session. It takes about an hour.
If you'd like a complete makeover I can arrange a really good make-up artist to come in.
I tend to specialise in creative portraits - something a little different.
Portrait sessions start at £125

You can see more of my work here:-

I also do Intro to Studio Days if you are new to photography and want to see what it's like shooting in a studio where we control the light. I can supply the model or bring your own. Email me for details.

More info about booking a portrait session here
Comedy Events Ma Kellys BlackpoolI went out for a few jars the other night. I think it's probably been one of the highlights of my year so far....people watching in Ma Kelly's
Blackpool Grand Theatre - Whats On This Year Whether you want drama, dance, laughs, thrills or family friendly entertainment, the Blackpool Grand Theatre has the perfect show for you.
The Sands Venue - Whats On This Year Legends is back with a refreshing new line up, Ray Quinn is back, Soul, Motown, GlamMantic - there's some great shows this year
Food Hygiene Rating 2016We are proud of our clean kitchen and work ethics. We achieved the highest rating of 5 again last June.

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Open December WeekendsWe are now open weekends in December - come to Blackpool for your Christmas Shopping
Breakfast Menu changed We no longer serve haddock or kippers for breakfast. They took too long to cook and guests were waiting 20 to 30 minutes.

BUT...we do now offer an alternative Scrambled or Poached eggs with Salmon and Hollondaise sauce on a hot toasted muffin - topped with chives. Swampy likes to call it Eggs Royale (which reminds me of that opening scene in Pulp Fiction)

We're getting some great feedback about them. I was walking past the fridge the other day and I thought I heard the Bee Gees singing....I was mistaken it was just the ch ..chives talking


New Year - Whacky Bingo added By popular demand we're adding Bingo to the New Year party - with a twist. WHACKY BINGO where the prize you win may not necessarily be the prize you want.

More details coming soon when Terry gets his act together :)

The Bingo Books and dobbers have arrived!

There were many added extras that were nice touches eg. free tea or coffee all day and news papers. Rooms were well equipped and well maintained. [View more comments]

Cheap tickets for Blackpool Tower, Sea Life Centre and Wax works

Karaoke in Blackpool Best rate for the Canasta guaranteed Free wifi at this Blackpool bed and breakfast with car parking