On the final morning of our two night break in Blackpool, we woke up to more blue skies and glorious sunshine. We enjoyed another amazing breakfast at the Big Blue Hotel and a late checkout meant that we could enjoy that Pleasure Beach view from our bedroom just a little bit longer before we had to say goodbye!
The Big Blue Hotel provides complimentary Pleasure Beach Passes to hotel guests (which includes entry to the park and some attractions but no proper rides) so on checking out, we picked up a few of these passes and some individual ride tickets so that we could ride the Alice ride, the one ride we didn't get chance to go on the day before!
Miss E is absolutely obsessed with Alice in Wonderland at the moment and riding round in an oversized cat seeing all her favourite characters was quite the highlight for her. The Alice ride remains one of my favourites too and i'm so glad to see that it has barely changed since I was little!
After that, we popped over to grab a coffee by the fountains....
Even though we didn't have wristbands today, there was still a surprising amount of things we could do for free. From meeting characters (Miss E was quite taken with Shaun the Sheep!) to riding the Pleasure Beach express, there's lots to do! And there's always the option of purchasing individual tickets if you can't resist those rides!
Miss E was quite tired after our mooch around the Pleasure Beach so we hopped in the car so she could take a nap. We drove the length of Blackpool, the whole way from south to north and back again.
I'll never tire of seeing Blackpool change for the better and it has certainly changed so much in recent years. The new promenade, new developments, new attractions, new restaurants, the comedy carpet and now seeing the tower in it's full glory after a long period of extensive restoration work. It's absolutely beautiful!
In the afternoon we grabbed a picnic and headed over to the beach in nearby St Annes whilst the sun was still shining. We paddled in the sea, made sandcastles and managed to get sand everywhere and in everything.... always good fun when kiddo demands she wants every last grain removing from her feet afterwards!
St Annes is much, much quieter than Blackpool but there's still heaps to do. We love the sand dune nature reserve, local parks and the beautiful floral displays along the front. Of course, there are still lots of traditional seaside attractions for children including rides, trampolines and even a miniature railway!
We had planned to set off home later afternoon but we couldn't bear to as it was such a lovely day so we found a restaurant, enjoyed another delicious meal and spent the remainder of the evening looking at that view. A lovely end to a lovely little break!
See you again real soon, Blackpool!