Going abroad for your holidays is always awesome, I’ve just come back from a lush Greek beach holiday which I’m going to be writing up about soon! But you don’t always need to cross any international borders to have a good time. I took a recent trip up to Blackpool for a weekend break, and there was much more to do than I ever imagined. A lot of people probably think of Blackpool as a bit old fashioned and maybe a bit cheesy. But there are activities and sights for all sorts of people, whether you’re a family or a couple. Here are my top things to do if you decide to take a chance and see what it’s all about.
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Pleasure Beach and Water Park
If you’re a thrill seeker, you should check out Blackpool Pleasure Beach or the Sandcastle Water Park. At the theme park, you can scare yourself one of the rides, and there are over a hundred to try out. If you want to enjoy the calmer side of things, you can have a picnic or find one of the other places to eat.
The Tower is iconic of Blackpool. It looks a bit like the north’s own little Eiffel Tower. It might not be quite as impressive, but it’s still cool. If you’re not scared of heights, you can go to the top of the tower – I definitely watched an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride where they did. You get an incredible view from the top, especially with the glass SkyWalk, but it’s best not to look down! But the tower has other Blackpool attractions around it too. At the top of the tower, there’s the 4D cinema, the Blackpool Tower Eye, which is an incredible experience with extra sensory touches. There’s also the ballroom, where they hold events, and you can take a spooky tour of the dungeon. Plus, they even have a circus.
Dinner at The Sands
The Sands is a venue and restaurant that has perfect views of the sea. If you sit by the floor-to-ceiling windows, you can look out at the ocean as you eat. It’s a romantic atmosphere, and one you might not expect to find in colourful Blackpool. The food is delicious, and there’s also a champagne bar if you want to indulge. After dinner, there are events held at the venue, including plenty of music.
If you love shopping, you won’t be able to tear yourself away from Fleetwood Market. As well as plenty of stalls selling food, you’ll find jewellery, clothes and lots of things for your home. There are lots of bargains too, so it’s a struggle not to buy everything you like. It’s open four days a week and held in a beautiful Victorian building.