Blackpool 2021

Top left: Cal and George enjoy Robin’s hosting at Blackpool 2019. Bottom left: Blackpool town. Right: Host Mark Mills, with wife Tracey,.

Date: Saturday 14th August 2021
Venue: The Grand Hotel, North Shore Seafront Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 2JQ
Admission: £5
Start time: 10:45
Finish time: 6pm
Hosted by: Mark Mills
Games to be played: 6, plus Grand Final
Wheelchair accessible?: Yes

Blackpool is back as only our second event of 2021! Host Mark Mills, husband of Countdown legend Tracey, welcomes us all to his hometown.

** Please note that entries are limited to 60 people maximum. There are currently 58 people signed up, so only two places remain! **

Getting to the venue

The venue this year is the spacious Grand Hotel. Free parking is available on the day to all Co:Blackpool attendees, simply park up and enter your car registration at reception. For those coming by public transport, there is a tram stop right outside on the promenade. Mark says to get off the tram and the hotel is on the right but do not turn left or you will get wet!


How the tournament works
Blackpool is a Lincoln-style event. Three rounds of games across the day, with three players to a table in each round. One person hosts/adjudicates while the other two play and pick their letters and numbers in turn.

So you play twice and host once in each round, which means you’ll play six games and host three altogether. (For more details, see ‘How do you play?’ here.)


A Grand Final between the top two players in the table will play out in front of its audience sometime after 5pm, followed by prize giving and closedown by 6pm.

You can secure your place for £5 through PayPal to Mark Mills. Please remember to select the “family/friends” option, as your contribution is voluntary to help cover Mark’s personal costs of organising the event.

Attending or organising a FOCAL event is subject to the FOCAL Code of Conduct.

Last updated: 10/07/21