It is no secret that I think Blackpool is a great place to get away for a few days with the kids. Full of fun, fast rides, fantastic beaches and family themed restaurants. There is no shortage of things to do, places to go, and the kids are guaranteed to have an amazing time, no matter what the weather.
Which is why I headed off last week, with my own three children and one extra, plus the dog, to the city of illuminations, to see exactly how much fun we could squeeze into 48 hours.
Lots it would seem… I do hope my children one day rmember just how much fun we had!
The morning started with a run to the beach, the four-legged one amongst us was desperate for a paddle, and it would seem the two boy childs I took were also keen to get their toes wet – tis a crying shame neither of them thought to remove their footwear first!
The sandy shores were silent as morning was just starting, and the sun shone down on us. Looking out over the horizon, we could have been anywhere in the world.
With the dog firmly exhausted, and the kids raring to go, we made a detour to my Aunt’s house (for a quick breakfast with all the works), then headed off to our first thrill seeking adventure.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The Pleasure Beach offers a perfect mix for kids of all ages, from the Little Dipper right through to the Big One, no-one is left out, plus it is a compact site so you can leap excitedly from ride to ride without having to walk for an age.
The kids dragged me on everything, my nerves were shot within an hour, and my head spinning from the amount of times it had been twisted upside down. But we had a ridiculous amount of fun….
My youngest daughters face proves that.
To be 11 and fearless…
The famous Big Dipper
We screamed, we laughed and finally we left, soaked to the skin following a final ride on Valhalla – the best water ride I have ever been on.
We can’t wait to go back again….
I went on all of these!!!!
The Pleasure Beach has enough for a full day, so we retired back to my lovely cousins house who was hosting us for the evening, and prepared for the next day of playing.
Madame Tussards & The Dungeons
Day two was as epic as the first. The kids tore around Madame Tussards, grabbing selfies with Simon Cowell, taking a penalty with Wayne Rooney overseeing, and of course we all went for a drink with Bette from Coronation Street.
And the kids got to experience making their very own wax hand…
Their fingers are immortalised forever…
Madame Tussards is an interactive experience, where you become part of the fun. Singing your heart out at a festival with Ed Sheerhan, cutting some moves with Michael Jackson, or just lounging on a deck chair. Adults have as much fun as the kids and it is a perfect treat for a rainier day.
Once we had completed our celeb gazing, we moved onto something a wee bit scarier, and headed to the dungeons to face some witches.
The little one, sensibly decieded to give it a miss and headed off to play with her cousins, and the remaining four brave souls heading into Lancashires goals – trying to keep our Yorkshire heritage a secret…
An interactive experience, we found ourselve on trial for witchcraft, trying to escape the plague, and finally we were hung from the gallows, screaming as we fell.
The kids were scared but not terrified, so it was fun rather than fully fearful. I was picked out of the audience numerous times to their delight, possibly not to my own.
We laughed some more.
It was a perfect end to our whirlwind 48 hours in Blackpool.
Want to visit Blackpool?
We would highly recommend it….
Our press trip was courtesy of Visit Blackpool, Merlin Entertainments and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, but the Blackpool Resort Pass is available from £55 per person, saving up to £35, and allows one visit to six attractions over seven days. Attractions include Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Nickelodeon Land, The Blackpool Tower Eye & 4D Experience, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Blackpool, The Blackpool Tower Dungeon
The Blackpool Resort Pass Plus includes entry to nine attractions including all of the above plus Sandcastle Waterpark; Blackpool Zoo; and the Blackpool Model Village & Gardens saving up to £55
Additional attractions can be bolted on to the pass for an extra cost.
For more information visit www.visitblackpool.com