Blackpool Scene 2

Ashlie and Stephen go to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom to find out why Blackpool is the ballroom dancing capital of the world.

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:

  • Where do you like to go on holiday?
  • When you were a child, did you go on holiday to the same place every year?
  • What type of activities did you like to do on holiday when you were a child?

Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie as they discover a popular activity in Blackpool.



Stephen: Ah, it’s great to be back here. Do you remember when we used to come here when we were kids?

Ashlie: Yeah, I remember. And I remember that you used to spend all your pocket money on rubbish – he used to buy junk like this! 

Stephen: Come on – let’s get a photo! 


Stephen: Hey – it says here that Blackpool is the ballroom dancing capital of the world?

Ashlie: Really?

Stephen: It says that people come from all around the world to dance in the Tower Ballroom. Come on. Let’s have a look.

Ashlie: Yeah, let’s have a go!


Ashlie: Oh, hello there, Shemaine. So why do you think people enjoy ballroom dancing so much?

Shemaine: I think it’s such a sociable thing to do together. It keeps you fit, it keeps you young.

Ashlie: So what kind of people would you get coming to ballroom dancing, then?

Shemaine: It varies. They start from young children – right through to the older people.

Ashlie: So why do you think that Blackpool is the ballroom dancing capital of the world?

Shemaine: Looking at this venue, it’s such a beautiful place. There’s nowhere like it. The floor is fantastic to dance on. 

Ashlie: And do you get visitors coming from all over the world?

Shemaine: Yes we do; from Italy, Russia, America...

Ashlie: Well we love dancing, my brother and I.

Shemaine: I think we should start with the waltz.


Stephen: That was great. I’m starving. Excuse me. Could you recommend a restaurant? Where’s a good place to eat round here? 

Ashlie: But Stephen, you promised me fish and chips. We can’t come to Blackpool and not have fish and chips!

Stephen: That’s right Ash. I did, didn’t I? OK - where can I get a great fish and chips?

Girl 1: That’s easy. You go down there. You turn right, across from the Pleasure Beach Hotel.

Girl 2: Yes, that’s the best in town.

Stephen: Ah fantastic. I’m feeling really hungry now – I need to eat!

Ashlie: Me, too. Thank you, girls.

Ashlie: Oh, I don’t believe it – the shop’s closed. That is so unfair. Well, what are we going to do now?

Stephen: Listen, Ash. I really want fish as well. I’m really sorry about that, but I’ve got a good idea.

Task 1

Comprehension Task

Decide if the following statements are true or false.


Task 2

Comprehension Task 2

Read the questions and select the right answers.


Language level

Average: 5 (2 votes)

Submitted by May Thida Su on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 05:07

What means " misspent " ?

Submitted by chen2qu on Fri, 16/11/2018 - 07:38

Hello there, I'm not so sure why the answer to this question is "every year": :How often did Ashlie and Stephen visit Blackpool when they were children?" The sentence related to this question I can find is the one Stephen saying "Do you remember when we used to come here when we were kids?" Can "used to" here be interpreted as all the childhood? Can anyone help explain it to me? Thanks very much!

Hi chen2qu,

'used to' is used to refer to a repeated or habitual past action that we no longer do, but is no more specific than that. It doesn't necessarily mean that they went there every year of their childhood, but it does suggest many visits. Of the three possible answers in the exercise, it is the best answer, even though it might not be completely correct.

Does that help you make sense of it?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team