Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

OK, I admit it – I have been alive 40 years and have never been to Blackpool……….until now!

We visited the North West during half term and I was torn between a trip to either Liverpool or Blackpool, but when we spotted that Merlin had 4 attractions in the seaside town we choose the home of the very famous tower.

I was actually really surprised by how close to Blackpool we actually were and it only took us an hour in the car to get there.  The kids were on lookout duty for Blackpool Tower and the excitement levels were off the scale by the time they spotted it.

The first challenge was finding somewhere to park and we kicked ourselves for diving into the first car park we came across, just after Bloomfield Road Stadium – home to Blackpool FC as we found much cheaper ones just around the corner as we walked to the famous beach.

We found the beach with no issues and it did feel very much like a traditional seaside town, with old and new attractions nestled amongst souvenir shops, amusement arcades and chippies.  30 metre high blades of illuminated “dune grass” were swaying in the wind on the promenade which are part of the landscaping around the Tower Festival Headland whilst carriages led by horses trundled up and down the road.


Our first port of call was Blackpool Tower where we took a trip down memory lane and learned about the history of Blackpool in the 4D cinema before taking on Blackpool Tower Eye SKYWALK.  We were ushered into a large elevator where we climbed to the top of the 380ft tower.  There is currently some repair work happening on the mid-section and Isaac and Eliza found it hilarious that the lift operator had to sound an alarm on the way up to warn them we were coming.  What we found at the top were exhilarating views from the floor to ceiling glass observation windows.  The little ones had no fear at all but Kian, my roller coaster loving teen, found it too high and hid at the back!

Blackpool Tower

The Towers Dungeons are directly below the Blackpool Tower but we decided against it as Isaac and Eliza were too young but we did book tickets for the famous Tower Circus which were performing later in the day.

Next stop was Madam Tussauds and I have to admit I was really impressed by it.  We enjoyed Madam Tussauds in London, but it was far too busy and rushed, this felt more relaxed and the kids had time to pose with the, mainly British, stars of stage and screen.


Many of the exhibits were interactive and hubby especially enjoyed being interviewed by Jeremy Kyle, whilst Isaac and I enjoyed Keith Lemon’s classic phrases – “Shaaattting!!”


Eliza found her new talent – as the drummer for Queen and Isaac enjoyed some rock climbing with Bear Grylls.  I am not sure the kids knew half of the exhibits but that didn’t stop their enjoyment of the experience at all.

Blackpool Madam Tussauds

A few doors down is the Sealife Centre.  We have been to a few Sealife Centres this year including Weymouth, London and Manchester and each one has something different.  Blackpool is home to Boris and Betty the UK’s only pair Bowmouth Guitarsharks!

Blackpool Sealife

The kids enjoyed finding the Moshi Monsters who were hidden in tanks around the Sealife Centre and completed the challenge to get their very special award at the end!

A quick time check saw us head back to Blackpool Tower for the circus.  We had been told to arrive early to see it, but we were not early enough!  It was packed solid.  We found some seats up in the gods and proceeded to watch one of the best circus performances we have ever seen!  Mooky and Mr Boo the clowns were hilarious with their comedy antics.  The show also featured astonishing actrobats, dare-devil stunts and a stunning finale which I really wasn’t expecting, we were all in awe!


We walked out of the circus to gasps from the children as it was dark and the illuminations were sparkling.  Even the horse and carriages were all lit up.  We went and collected the car and drove the whole length of the promenade to see them all.

My only regret is that we didn’t get to the Pleasure Beach and do the Big One, but plan to come back next year and make a weekend of it!

Blackpool illuminations

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22 thoughts on “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

  1. mothergeek says:

    Fab post! I’m only 45 mins from Blackpool and am ashamed to admit I’ve still not taken the kids into the tower – oops!

  2. We used to go to Blackpool to see the illuminations every year when the kids were little. We’d go on a Saturday afternoon in early October, have a donkey ride on the beach, fish n chip supper, and once the evening came we’d walk along the prom to see all the lights, then catch a tram back to the tower before heading home with the kids (in their PJs all tucked up ready for bed). Fond memories!!!

  3. We like Blackpool too – I remember the first time we went to the circus in the Tower and wow that finale is fantastic – something I have never seen before!
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  4. Never been to Blackpool but I definitely have to go one day! So many places to enjoy 🙂
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  5. Bek says:

    I’ve never been to Blackpool but it is on my to do list. There looks like a good variety of things to do there. My son would love the Moshi Monsters with the fish 🙂
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  6. Coombe Mill says:

    It looks like you had loads of fun exploring a lot of what Blackpool has to offer. I don’t blame your teen hiding at the back at the top of the tower, I don’t think I could’ve done it either. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.
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  7. Looks like you had an action packed day out. I’ve not been to Blackpool for 25 years – eek! Would be good to revisit with kids #CountryKids
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  8. ive not been before sounds like you had an amazing very bust time! #countrykids
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  9. We’ve never been to Blackpool either but your trip sounds fantastic, you certainly packed a lot in 🙂 #CountryKids
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  10. Me too! I would love to visit Blackpool for the illuminations. Keep saying I will every year, and never go. I really must!
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  11. Sounds like you had loads of fun! And the pics are just hilarious! There seems to be so much to do!

  12. Polly says:

    we’ve never been, but looks like you had fun
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  13. Stephen says:

    Well it isn’t called Vegas of the North for nothing ;). I used to spend my holidays here as a kid and loved it, haven’t visited for years.
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  14. Rachel says:

    It has been years since ive been up to Blackpool, for me, the British seaside is brilliant, I love being by the sea, oh and 2p machines :o)
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  15. Blackpool has lots to see and do for families. I grew up every year taking a 5 hour coach journey to go to Blackpool for the illuminations.
    Did you find anywhere modern to stay? I visited about 10 years ago and had real trouble finding a nice hotel. I would like to go back as I actually got engaged there.
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  16. I’ve never been there but… who knows… maybe once day… soon..
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  17. Sara-Jayne says:

    We visited Blackpool every year for the illuminations as a child until I was 18! I love it there, glad you enjoyed it!
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  18. I went for the first time last year and the kids had a fab time!
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  19. Even though my gran lived in Liverpool…. I’ve never been to Blackpool! Might take the kids next year- I would also love to visit Liverpool and friends in Manchester.
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  20. Sarah Ebner says:

    This sounds like brilliant fun. My husband grew up going to Blackpool on holiday and I know he’d like to go back. You’ve made it sound very tempting…

  21. Globalmouse says:

    I haven’t been to Blackpool either…but I’d really like to go. It looks jam-packed full of fun!
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