Tuesday, 14 October 2014

50 Things to do in Blackpool: Part One....

So here's the first part of my miniature guide to Blackpool! In this post i'll be focusing on my top 10 paid attractions....

1 - BLACKPOOL TOWER CIRCUS


When we go to Blackpool there’s nothing I look forwards to more than getting to see the magnificent Tower Circus. Positioned at the very base of the tower between its four legs, taking a seat by the circus ring is like stepping back in time. Dating back to 1894, it is the oldest permanent Circus Arena in the world and the Frank Matcham designed interior (completed in 1900) is still intact today.

Animals have not appeared in the tower circus ring since 1990 and the modern day show features the incredible resident clowns Mooky and Mr Boo who lead world-class acrobats for a performance which will amaze and entertain you.
Let’s not forget the breath-taking water finale either which sees the entire circus ring lowered into a pool of water holding up to 42,000 US gallons complete with dancing water fountains. The tower circus is one of four left in the world that can do this and it is a marvellous spectacle to see!

For tickets and information please click here.

2 - BLACKPOOL TOWER EYE


You can’t come to Blackpool and not go up the tower, can you?! Encounter the new 4D Blackpool complete with amazing sights, smells and special effects which will keep you entertained (or calm your nerves if you’re scared of heights!) before you embark on your journey to the top of the tower. The lifts that transport you take just 69 seconds to travel 315ft before opening their doors to the most stunning views of the town and coast.
On a good day you’ll get to see places as far as the Lake District but if you’re like us, you’ll be having just as much fun spotting your car parked in the rooftop car park in the shopping centre below!

For those who are daring, step out onto the SkyWalk – a solid glass floor which leave you feeling like you’re walking on air giving you uninterrupted views of the beautiful comedy carpet and seafront below!

For tickets and information please click here.

3 – SEA LIFE BLACKPOOL


A few minutes from the tower and situated just on the seafront opposite the Central Pier is the wonderful Sea Life Blackpool. A wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon, the attraction boasts more than 50 dazzling displays and over 2000 aquatic creatures including tropical sharks, octopus, rays and sea horses.
I’m a little bit in love with their gorgeous blue humphead wrasse Napoleon and Guinness World Record Breaking resident ‘Big Daddy’, the world’s largest crab! He’s a bit of a beast with a 10.2 foot claw span..... It’s a good job he’s safely behind glass or I’d be running for the hills!

For an experience you’ll definitely not forget, why not have a go at snorkelling with the sharks? Make sure you enhance your visit by catching a few of the many talks and feeding demonstrations on offer too!
Sea Life Blackpool is also home to a pirate themed mini golf course as well as gift shop and free children’s soft play area at the end of the attraction.

For tickets and information please click here.

4 - THE BLACKPOOL TOWER BALLROOM


Dating back to 1894, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is world famous for its unique sprung dance floor and spectacular architecture. It remains to this day a destination for dance fans from across the globe and is a ‘must see’, even if you’re not a dancer! Taking a seat and watching people have fun and taking in all the magnificent architecture is quite simply magical!
The ballroom now offers the wonderful option to relax in style by enjoying a sumptuous afternoon or high tea with view of the dance floor whilst you listen to the sounds of the famous Wurlitzer organ. A gorgeous and luxurious way to spend the afternoon, I definitely want to do this next time I visit!

For more information please click here.

5 - THE BLACKPOOL TOWER DUNGEON



The Blackpool Tower Dungeon has quickly become one of the ‘must see’ attractions in Blackpool. The Dungeon is host to 10 action packed live shows led by professional actors, authentic sets and state of the art special effects.
The attraction is described as being a ’60 minute journey through 1000 years of Lancashire’s murky past’ before experiencing the ultimate end to your Dungeon journey, a faster than gravity drop ride that apparently the Blackpool Tower had to be strengthened for to accommodate it!

Better than a boring history lesson for sure!

For tickets and more information please click here.

6 - MADAME TUSSAUDS BLACKPOOL


Madame Tussauds is a relatively new attraction for us; in fact the first time we visited was during our last trip a few weeks ago.  I guess I never really saw the appeal but now having visited, I’d really recommend spending a rainy afternoon there!

You’ll find Madame Tussauds on Blackpool seafront, just a little further down from the Tower and the Sea Life centre. Spend a few hours rubbing shoulders with the stars as you meet everyone from Michael Jackson to David Beckham. Take a seat on the set of Jeremy Kyle or stroll down the cobbles of Coronation Street before enjoying a freshly poured pint with Ken and Deirdre in the fully-licenced Rovers Return bar. You can also learn about the complex process involved in creating the lifelike wax figures and even immortalize your own hand in wax!

We really enjoyed the interaction with the staff at this attraction who were all very friendly and enthusiastic, getting us to dress up and hold props for photographs and helping us round with the pushchair!

For more information and tickets please click here.

7 - BLACKPOOL ZOO & PLAYBARN


The multi-award winning Blackpool Zoo offers a fun day out for all the family, packed with all your favourite animals to see, lots of fascinating talks & feeds to attend and loads of fun activities to do. The zoo is situated in 32 acres of spacious parkland complete with lakes, waterfalls and traditional English woodland. The lovely and spacious layout of the zoo and large, natural enclosures ensure you can get as close as possible to your favourite animals. We really love the open enclosures such as lemur wood, Amazonia and wallaby walkabout where the animals are free to roam with the public! This year sees the arrival of two tiger cubs who have firmly made their way to the top of my ‘must see’ list along with the giraffes, elephants, gorgeous sea lions and countless more animals.

Starbucks coffee is proudly served in outlets across the zoo (lovely cake too!) and the Lake View Cafe is perfect if you’re looking for lunch. If you have children, pop over to the Playbarn just next door to the zoo after your visit (you’ll get discounted entry if you keep your zoo ticket!). The Playbarn is a fantastic soft play centre complete with three levels of jungle-themed play crammed full of slides, ball pools, cannons and much more!

For more information and tickets please click here.

8 – BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH


There is something for everyone here! Whether you’re looking for white knuckle roller coasters, perfectly preserved theme park heritage, the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land, expansive family fun or consistently marvellous shows..... You’ll find it at the Pleasure Beach!  
Our favourite rides include Valhalla, the world’s biggest indoor dark ride taking you on a journey through the elements (real ice, fire, wind and snow - make sure you pack a raincoat as you’ll get soaked!) and the Wild Mouse, a hair raising coaster that certainly isn’t for the faint hearted! Also, don’t miss out on the wonderful Alice Ride, the River Caves and the historic Flying Machines which have impressively been in operation in the park since 1904!

For more information and tickets please click here.

9 - ILLUMINASIA


Brand new for 2014 and situated in the beautiful Winter Gardens, Illuminasia is the latest must-see family attraction in Blackpool. Illuminasia is the world's largest indoor illumination experience that effortlessly blends traditional Chinese lantern crafts with the latest in lighting technology. Inside the exhibition you'll find hundreds of incredible handmade structures covering thousands of square feet, all under-cover. A truly magical visiting experience and the perfect attraction for a rainy day!

You can find the rest of a more detailed review I did earlier in the year by clicking here.

10 – SANDCASTLE WATERPARK


Situated at the South Shore adjacent to the South Pier on the promenade is the Sandcastle Waterpark, the UK’s largest indoor waterpark. If you’re looking for a fun filled day out, the Sandcastle is jam-packed full of slides and attractions, fun pools, wave machines, a lazy river, burger bars, snack bars, arcades, swim shop and much much more!
If you’re looking to relax then try the Sea Breeze Spa where you’ll find a wide range of facilities including heated loungers, foot spas, a sauna and a steam room. A great way to feel refreshed and re-energised after an action packed day!  

For more information and tickets please click here

Part two coming soon!
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