So here's the last installment of my list of '50 things to do in Blackpool', I hope you've enjoyed reading!
41 - BROOKS COLLECTABLES AND MUSEUM
41 - BROOKS COLLECTABLES AND MUSEUM
Brooks Collectables is a family run shop on Waterloo Road in the south shore area. It incorporates a free entry museum exhibition and both are well worth a visit if you’re in the area! The shop sells a wide variety of goods including die-cast models both old and new, souvenirs, gifts, well known brands such as Betty Boop, Hello Kitty, etc!
Upstairs you’ll find the collectors and memorabilia museum which has some real gems such as a 5ft Blackpool Tower model, dolls house and doll collections, coins, stamps and much more!
42 – MARTON MERE NATURE RESERVE
A little out of the town centre, Marton Mere is a tranquil refuge and important venue for nature conservation. It was once part of the councils rubbish tip but is now a marvellous biodiversity hotspot. As stated on the Blackpool gov website, Marton Mere “is a nationally recognised Site of Special Scientific Interest for its bird populations, but it also supports a number of other nationally important species such as dragonflies, butterflies, bats and orchids.”
Visitors can enjoy the nature reserve by following the designated footpaths and visiting the many purpose built bird watching hides.
43 – TAKE A WALK DOWN THE PROMENADE
If you’ve not visited Blackpool for a good few years or indeed if you’ve never visited at all then you’ll be blown away by the redevelopment of the seafront. The finished product is beautiful, clean, wonderfully landscaped and spacious. Taking a walk down the promenade is once again a joyous experience with so much to offer, whether you’re walking from pier to pier or the whole distance!
44 - RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
Ripley’s is located in the south shore area on the seafront with the Pleasure Beach. Inside you’ll find two floors filled with hundreds of exhibits of the odd, the unusual and just plain bizarre! Seeing is believing and if you visit you’ll experience everything from a two headed calf and a fertility statue which has apparently had over 1000 confirmed pregnancies to a portrait of Princess Diana constructed entirely out of 2500 penny coins.
Ripley’s is a little bit mad but well worth a visit!
45 - SHOPPING
I love a spot of shopping and Blackpool is a surprisingly good place to do this! In the middle of town is the relatively new Houndshill shopping centre which has countless shops (including the most amazing Disney Store!) in addition to an upstairs food court. The rest of the town centre is pretty decent too with an array of indoor markets, fantastic charity shops, and high street stores. A little further out of Blackpool you’ll find Freeport Fleetwood (a large discount shopping outlet with everything from Gap to M&S) and also Lytham is wonderful if you’re looking for more unique and exclusive shops.
46 – PASAJE DEL TERROR
The Pasaje Del Terror is an interactive and realistic horror experience located in the basement of the Casino building opposite the main entrance to Pleasure Beach. Not for the faint hearted, this attraction boasts its victims on screens in front of the attraction if you want to get an idea of what it’s like before you visit!
The attraction has a theatrical setting arranged into 20 sets and around 18 actors lurking in the darkness alongside a whole heap of horrifying sound and lighting effects creating the most hair-raising experience!
47 – BLACKPOOL MODEL VILLAGE
Located within Stanley Park, the model village is a super cute attraction and well worth a visit. Inside you’ll find hundreds of tiny creative village scenes set stunningly into 2.5 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with paved pathways providing access for all. At the model village you’ll find a gift shop selling snacks and refreshments and there’s Anita’s Ice Cream Parlour too!
Also, I know I’ve mentioned this in another post but the model village is dog friendly (as long as they are on a lead) and I think it is the only paid attraction in Blackpool to let dogs in too so worth a visit if you’re looking for something a bit different to do with your pooch!
48 – THE LIFEBOAT STATION
The RNLI Blackpool lifeboat station is located on Central Promenade and is completely free entry. The station is one of only two that have three inshore lifeboats - an Atlantic 75 and two D class lifeboats. As well as housing the towns lifeboats, the station provides you with a real insight into the truly amazing and heroic work that the RNLI do, both locally and nationally.
There is also has a lovely gift shop that sells a wonderful range of great gifts and sounvenirs as well as beautiful Christmas cards, notecards and calendars.
49 – JUNGLE JIM’S
Inside the tower building is one of the UK’s biggest and best indoor adventure playground, set within an amazing themed ‘Lost City’. Basically it’s a giant soft play centre for kids of all ages, including an area filled with ball pools and slides for smaller children! It’s a great place to take the kids for a while, especially on a rainy day or if you’re in the tower building anyway.
There’s plenty of seating for the grown-ups too and a small cafe area where you can purchase drinks, sandwiches and snacks. Please note though that timed sessions operate during weekends, school holidays and busier times.
50 – EXPLORE THE NEARBY AREA
Lastly, don’t forget that Lancashire is a pretty big and amazing place. There is so much to do around here, I’m certain that there is something for everyone! Don’t forget to visit Lytham, St Annes & Fleetwood.... all super close by and you’ll find a lovely day out in each. Samlesbury Hall is a beautiful historic home. The Lake District is also within daytripping distance from Blackpool and you could even pop over to Manchester or the Trafford Centre!
To find out what the rest of Lancashire has to offer please visit the Visit Lancashire website.