Blackpool's £300m masterplan to be revealed

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Bosses in Blackpool will reveal a £300m masterplan for the town later. It's the single biggest investment in tourism industry there for more than a century. It's claimed the Blackpool Central development will bring world-class visitor attractions to the site that was once earmarked for the Vegas-style super casino bid.

It's hoped the 17 acre attraction will bring in 600,000 additional visitors a year and create around 1,000 new jobs. It's being described as a "game changer" by the local council.

The redevelopment is inspired by Chariots Of The Gods, written by Swiss author Erich Von Däniken, that explores alien encounters and unsolved mysteries of ancient civilisations. The project is a collaboration between UK-based development company, Nikal Ltd, and Media Invest Entertainment, work will start start in 2020 but the first phase isn't expected to open until 2024.

Here's what revellers can expect:

  • The UK's first Flying Theatre: An indoor theatre flying attraction.

  • Virtual Reality Experience: Free roam VR experience.

  • Greatest Mysteries: The world's first multimedia exhibition of its type exploring extra-terrestrial influences on the great ancient civilisations.

  • Adventure Land: Expansive indoor family entertainment centre.

  • Thrill & Gaming Zone: Fully-themed gaming zone, arcade games, laser tag arena, bounce park and bumper cars.

  • Alien Diner: Themed bar and event restaurant.

Phase Two will include apartments, further food and drink outlets, a second hotel comprising 250 bedrooms, with additional landscaped public open space.

Future phases to the southern end of the site will include further leisure attractions, residential apartments and a music venue and nightclub.