Today it’s Friday the 13th! Spooky! So we thought we’d bring you the tales of the ghosts that haunt the Pleasure Beach! Yes – ghosts, plural!
The Blackpool Pleasure Beach was founded in 1896 and has always been owned and run by the Thompson family. Not only is it one of the most popular theme parks in the UK but it is also ranked in the top 20 most visited amusement parks in the world! It was estimated that around 5.5 million people visited the attraction in 2007! Traveler’s Choice Awards voted it 9th best Park in Europe in 2014 and the best theme park in the UK.
Pleasure Beach Ghosts
One of the best known tourist attractions in Blackpool is the Pleasure Beach theme park and it is also said to be quite haunted!
If you were to take a ride on the ghost train, you may get more than you bargained for, as it is reportedly haunted by the spirit of an old employee. The ghost is known as “Cloggy” and in life he was a train operator, well known for wearing clogs. Visitors and staff alike have heard Cloggy walking around the ghost train ride. His is the most well known spirit in the attraction.
In the cellar at the Pleasure Beach, employees have reported not only feeling uneasy at times, but a full bodied apparition of a figure resembling German philosopher Karl Marx has been spotted in this location. In the same location, around 5 years ago, a ghostly apparition was seen walking through the bar at 5 in the morning. The ligts often switch on and off by themselves, pictures on the wall move and a woman’s voice has been heard singing.
In the gift shop, there have been sightings of a little girl who looks no older than around 9 years old. It is thought that the playful spirit of the little girl is the culprit for the items that are often mysteriously moved around the shop.
Another haunted location in the Pleasure Beach is the ice rink. There have been many times that people have heard someone skating on the ice when there was actually no one there. Despite no wind being present, doors have slammed shut and equipment and lights have been known to be moved. Staff working in the ice rink late at night often say that they feel uneasy whilst they are in the building.