As corny as seaside towns go Blackpool is my all time favourite, full of history and yet bursting with up to date tourist activities there really is something for everyone and not a summer goes by when we don’t head up the M6 and go and ride donkeys on the beaches of Blackpool. We have been even known to stay over for a weekend to really immerse ourselves in the Blackpool fun and with cheap hotels such as the Blackpool Travelodges available it doesn’t need to cost a lot to enjoy a weekend away.
Although you would think a seaside town is all about the beaches one of our favourite places to visit for an afternoon picnic is Stanley Park. There is a fantastic children’s play area, lots of green spaces and you can even feed the ducks. This is a place to have sand free sandwiches!
Visiting Blackpool during the illuminations is a childhood must see and each year we go along to see how they have changed. If you time it right you can also visit during the free fireworks championships which have just finished for 2015. This year is definitely the year to visit with the new LightPool projections being displayed on the tower which really brings Blackpool illuminations to life.
To coincide with the LightPool exhibit the Grundy Art Gallery has also got some fantastic new pieces to look at and interact with. This is a fantastic place to visit when the weather becomes a bit much or even just to be mesmerised by some of the pieces they have on show.
Blackpool has so many family friendly things to see and do including Madame Tussauds, The Sea Life Centre Blackpool and the Blackpool Eye but some of our favourite things to do are the less well known attractions. Underneath the Sea life centre is a fabulous pirate themed mini golf area that is inside and lots of fun. We always manage to spend an hour or two in there and lets not forget the traditional seaside arcades where pots of 2p’s can keep kids entertained for hours.
If you were looking to do the bigger attractions though I would definitely recommend that you check out the Blackpool Resort Pass. Depending on how many different places you think you can fit in you can buy a pass that gives you access to 6 or 9 attractions and even add on more for a discounted rate. This is a great way of paying for all of your fun before you go.
Having spent a weekend with the kids in Blackpool at the beginning of the summer I can definitely recommend that you visit the Sandcastle water park as there was something suitable for all ages there and heading up to the Blackpool Tower Circus is also one of our favourite things to do.
Let’s not forget the whole reason you go to the seaside anyway. Blackpool has fabulous beaches that stretch along the coast and with three piers and a fantastic promenade you can really enjoy strolling along, or why not ride on the tram or even enjoy a ride in a horse drawn carriage and feel like a princess for the day.
No matter what the season Blackpool has something for everyone and it is somewhere I would definitely recommend that you visit soon.