Last week we spent a few days pottering in and around Blackpool which, of course, is my most favourite place. Honestly, my heart aches so much every time we have to leave... I just don't know what it is about this seaside town.... I just love it so much. Oodles of nostalgia, perfectly British, endless entertainment.... Blackpool and the surrounding area really does "have it all" and me? I can't get enough!
As the weather was so good on our visit, we kept or trip fairly low key. We only visited a few attractions and spent heaps of time on the various beaches and in parks. Saying that though, we still managed to cram in quite a lot of stuff and so I thought i'd share our trip on my blog!
We drove up on the Wednesday morning, arriving fairly early to glorious sunshine. Our first stop was Park View in Lytham which is absolutely the most perfect place to spend a morning with little ones! Miss E loved the new sand and water play area and spent most of her time here just making sandcastles, playing with the water pumps and creating fast flowing rivers.
There's everything at Park View.... from playgrounds catering for people of all ages (yes, even old folk!) to a BMX track, cafe and a gorgeous little vegetable garden. The park has a lovely community feel, we always make sure we squeeze in a visit whenever we're nearby!
After a busy morning exploring everything the park has to offer, we popped into the park cafe for a spot of lunch. Once we were rested and fed, it was time to hop in the car to drive to Blackpool. We parked in the Houndshill car park as we always do and inevitably, on our way out we were distracted by all the shops! The Disney Store in Blackpool is one of my favourite Disney shops, it is always so well stocked, the staff are ace and the interactive displays are well maintained. The same is true for a few other high street shops too including Primark which usually i'd avoid!
We popped into the tower building to collect our circus tickets for the following day and then headed out to the promenade for a potter around the comedy carpet, promenade and to spend the remainder of the afternoon on the beach. Miss E had a paddle, something I've still not done in Blackpool... ever. Shame on me!
Late afternoon we checked into the Big Blue Hotel. We seemed to have settled on the Big Blue as our 'go to' place to stay in Blackpool, we loved it as a couple and we love it even more now as a family! Everything there is perfect.... wonderful location, spotless rooms and impeccable food (the breakfast is my favourite!). What more could you want?
It was our first time in a 'family room' now Miss E sleeps in a proper bed and my goodness, Miss E loved it. She had a separate area complete with bunk beds, Playstation console, games and television at the foot of the bed! Our room was complete with a view out onto the Pleasure Beach and Miss E loved watching the Big One whizzing past the window and waving to the little train! Absolutely perfect for a theme park crazy family like us!
Once we unpacked our bags, we headed out for our evening dinner. We hadn't booked in to eat at the hotel so decided to see what was nearby in south shore. We settled on the Velvet Coaster as we still haven't tried it and? I was actually super impressed! We sat up on the roof terrace looking out onto the promenade and following my meal I devoured the most amazing sticky toffee pudding with custard.... it was so. good. For a Wetherspoons? It was blummin' ace. We'll definitely be going back!
After that we had a walk down south shore watching the sun go down, not forgetting to let Miss E have a go on the bouncy castle adjacent to the south pier which she spied from the Velvet Coaster. Honestly the most terrifying bouncy castle I've ever seen complete with an absolutely enormous clown that literally eats children and spits them out the back. Miss E loved it though, haha!