Geography Fieldtrip to Blackpool

The Lower Fifth Geographers needed to collect relevant current data for their GCSE Controlled Assessment. We chose the AQA directive of a tourist study and revisited Blackpool on 21st June to analyse the impact Tourism has had, both positively and negatively on the area.


If we are to map land use, assess the environment and interview visitors we need some lovely weather. It did not disappoint and to see Blackpool transformed in the sunshine was an amazing experience. Everyone was impressed with the new sand-coloured promenade, Spanish steps to the Beach and huge pebble-like seating.

Visitors were happy to assist our studies whilst all our papers avoided the usual soaking. The litter count was the most memorable activity as girls paced out 100 metre distances along the promenade then, casting quadrats on the pavement, counted the enclosed litter much to the amusement of passers-by.

In the afternoon girls carried out investigations which opened their eyes to the two sides of Blackpool. There are still signs of decline and rundown infrastructure but there is also undoubtedly evidence Blackpool is rejuvenating and improving its sea front. You can now even get married on the Promenade in a new futuristic building with a stunning back drop of sea and sand!

Mrs J Buckley, Head of Geography