Blackpool Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie visit the seaside town of Blackpool and have a go on some of the rides at the Pleasure Beach theme park.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Do you like going to theme parks or amusement parks?
  • How do the rides make you feel?
  • Do you like going to the beach?
  • What kind of things do you do when you go to the seaside?

Now, watch to find out what Stephen and Ashlie think of Blackpool.



Stephen: This may look like Paris, but we’re in Blackpool, in the North of England - about an hour’s drive from Manchester. And as you can see, it’s a seaside town and for more than a hundred years people have been coming here for their holidays. In fact, Ashlie and I used to come here when we were kids.

Ashlie: Yes, that’s right. I used to love coming to Blackpool – the beach, the sunshine, the fish and chips. And the ice cream…

Stephen: And I love the theme park and all the rides. Come on Ash, this is going to be great!


Stephen: Excuse me. Have you just been on this? 

Punter: Yeah mate!

Stephen: What was it like?

Punter: It were crazy! I’ve been on it about four times – I can’t get enough!

Stephen: Was it scary?

Punter: It was scary – I think it was.

Stephen: But you enjoyed it?

Punter: Yeah – I loved it.

Stephen: Alright – thanks guys – see you later!


Stephen: Come on Ash, shall we have a go?

Ashlie: No way!

Stephen: Oh Ash, don’t be such a chicken.

Ashlie: No way, Stephen. You can have a go on that if you want, but there is no way I'm going on it.

Stephen: I’ll wave to you when I go past. See you later!  

Ashlie: See you!


Ashlie: Hiya! Blimey, are you OK? You look a little white, Stephen. 

Stephen: What? I’ve never felt better. That was amazing, Ashlie. You should have come on it, too. Shame you were too scared.

Ashlie: You weren’t scared?

Stephen: Of course not. I loved it.

Ashlie: Oh, that’s great - funny though. If you weren’t scared, well then - who’s this is in the photographs?

Stephen: Um ...

Ashlie: I mean it looks like you, doesn’t it? Look, he’s even wearing the same t-shirt.

Stephen: Oh, come on Ash, let’s have a look at the other rides. 


Ashlie: Oh, I like the look of this one, the log flume. Shall we have a go on that?

Stephen: You can if you want, but... to be honest, it doesn’t look like my kind of ride. I like the exciting ones, you know? I’ll watch you. Are you sure you’ll be OK? You’re not scared of getting wet?

Ashlie: Don’t worry – I’ll be fine.


Ashlie: Stephen, look at you. What happened?

Stephen: Don’t ask! Why aren’t you wet? You know what? I think I’ve had enough of the theme park. I need to sit down.

Ashlie: I’ll tell you what - why don’t we go and have a nice cup of tea, eh? 

Stephen: And some fish and chips? Yeah, let’s do that.

Ashlie: Come on then.


Stephen: Hang on, Ash. We’ll have that cup of tea in a minute, but first I have got to have a go on that.

Task 1

Comprehension Task

Read the questions and select the right answers.


Task 2

Comprehension Task 2

Read the questions and select the right answers.


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Submitted by nikoslado on Mon, 27/01/2020 - 16:38

Dear Team, I think the boy that Steven spoke to answered ''It looked crazy'' not ''was crazy''.Do I hear correctly, because the speech is informal and quick anyway. Thanks a lot

Hello nikoslado,

You can check what the boy says in the transcript. He speaks in a north-west England dialect and is speaking fast in a colloqial manner. What he actually says is "It were crazy" – the use of were instead of was is a characteristic of some dialects from this region.



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Submitted by fidaasiddig on Sat, 12/10/2019 - 22:27

Hello What was it like? It were crazy-why it's were not was in the second sentence ,thanks

Submitted by Peter M. on Sun, 13/10/2019 - 08:05

In reply to by fidaasiddig


Hello fidaasiddig,

The sentence is not correct. It could be a representation of a dialectical form, for example, but in terms of standard grammar it is not correct.



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Submitted by nikoslado on Thu, 12/09/2019 - 19:02

Dear Peter, what more could anyone tell to All of Your Team except thousands of thanks and congratulations for everything you do for us.Keep going on and doing this worldwide useful work you have taken on.As for me , I always appreciate your immediate, well aimed and purposeful answers and I'm sure you do everything possible every time. And last but non least: We all know the difficult political and financial challenges you all British confront , so transmit please, to the British Council Administration both our thanks and the message that, despite of all these difficulties, there are still people all around the world who need this kind of help in their english education and they can't find it anywhere else. Ever faithful to this site, nikoslado.

Hi nikoslado,

Thank you for such a lovely comment. We do our best here and it's nice to know our efforts are helping people!



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Submitted by nikoslado on Fri, 06/09/2019 - 20:46

Dear Team, ''Word on the street'' is also another interesting, amazing and helpful course.But, altogether, I'd like to focus on this point: For us, trying to catch the words and the meaning of different informal and daily conversations,with strange -sometimes- accent, with too fast flow speach, there is something almost unbearable:The sounds and the music are both at least twice more loud than the conversations and therefore make more troubling the listening.Could you decrease the background soundw and music, please, so that we could listen more easily and focus on the dialogues? Ever grateful to all of you, nikoslado

Hello nikoslado,

Thank you for the suggestion. Background noise is a part of everyday life and we include it in our recordings as an important part of language development. However, it should not be excessive, of course.

I'll pass on your comment to the development team.



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Submitted by krig on Tue, 26/02/2019 - 05:02

Because of my age I don't very excited by theme parks. But if I occasionally get there I for sure take roller-coaster and ferris wheel. As for seaside I like swimming and sunbathing in the morning when it isn't very hot.

Submitted by Tuan Hung on Thu, 12/07/2018 - 17:15

Could you help me with the phrase " you look a little white ". I donnt understand the meaning

Hello Tuan Hung,

We say a person looks a little white when their face is pale for some reason. This might be because they are sick, scared or shocked about something - like Stephen in the video.



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Submitted by Adriancatanescu on Thu, 27/07/2017 - 18:37

Hello everyone, yes I really like to go to the amusement parks usually they occur a few times a year ,here in my city. But sometimes I go somewhere far in another city if the theme park it's interesting and is something new to see or to ride. Most of the time rides make me feel nice but sometimes if I eat something before and then I go to mountain rousse I might feel a bit sick for a while but it doen't matter I really like to go to feel the excitement. Yes I like going to the beach to go swimming to do some sunbathing to get some tan on my body. It's really nice to feel the sun next to the beacht and siting down in the shade having a cool drinks and enjoying the sea and listening the waves of the sea.

Submitted by STEPHANE ROTH on Tue, 28/03/2017 - 21:02

I love going to amusement and theme parks with my children. The rides are funny, they make me feel happy and excited. When I go to the sea side, I sunbathe and I do sports like beach volley, football and I snorkel to see a lot of beautiful fish.

Submitted by Nizam Balinese on Sat, 21/01/2017 - 19:00

Hello Team. Stephen : And I love the theme park and all the rides. Come on, Ash. This is going to be great! ================== Is it possible if I change "this is going to be great" to "it will be great" here? Would you like to explain, please? Thank you.

Hello Nizam,

You could, but 'be going to' is better than 'will' because 'be going to' can indicate that we have evidence in our immediate surroundings that our prediction is going to be true. 'will' is not incorrect, it's just not as specific and is less used in a context like this one, where Stephen can see the rides.

Finally, you might also be interested in reading our Predicting the future page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team