What's Up: Blackpool

So far in my What's Up series we've visited Kendal and Saltaire, quaint places that embody English countryside and history and really need no celebration from me. Today, however, I want to talk about a town that gets a bad rap and deserves some love: Blackpool.

The Northern seaside town was once the place to be, where families would flock every summer to enjoy traditional treats of fish and chips, Punch and Judy shows, and donkey rides across the sand. Nowadays it's more synonymous with hen nights and horror stories, and that's just not fair.


If you want entertainment, Blackpool is the place for you. Without even a penny in your pocket you can stroll the seafront, cackle at the comedy carpet, or walk down to the huge expanse of sandy beach. I'll have you know it's especially good for kite flying!

If your budget is bigger and thrills are your thing, there's plenty to keep you busy. The Tower has its own ballroom, circus, sky deck, and even The Dungeons, where you can drop into The Hangman's Tavern then laugh in the face of fear. Further along the front you'll find more great indoor options in Sealife Centre and Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum.

Let the fun get physical in Sandcastles Water Park, with themed rides for all the family to enjoy, including the world's longest indoor rollercoaster water slide, and even a spa area for adults to relax. Speaking of rollercoasters, I couldn't write about Blackpool without a nod the the Pleasure Beach, home to Nickelodeon Land, The Big One, and my personal favourite: Valhalla. With a mixture of mazes, fairground rides, and thrill rides, there's something for everyone to enjoy.


For evening entertainment, look no further than Winter Gardens Blackpool, where West End shows share the stage with top comedians, magicians, and singers. Shrek, Titanic, Madagascar, and The Wizard of Oz are just a few of the fantastic events coming to town in 2018. If you catch a show in Winter, be sure to add time to your journey to see the famous illuminations too.

From the town centre you can easily reach Stanley Park and Blackpool Zoo, or travel over to Fleetwood (Alfie Boe's hometown, dontcha know?) for the Freeport discount outlet. If the excitement gets too much, you can always swing by Lytham for a more relaxed taste of the Fylde coast.

Have you been to Blackpool?

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  1. I've not been to blackpool since I was 6, I honestly think I need to revisit and go view all the bits I have missed out on! I'm sure my son would love it too! All the rides and fun things to do! :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  2. I've not been to Blackpool since last summer! One of my favourite places to go since I discovered afternoon tea in the tower ballroom - where people are actually ballroom dancing as you lunch! Such a fabulous way to spend an afternoon, then walk off all that cake along the beach!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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