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.

A picture of Blackpool North pier and the beach with 'What's Up: Blackpool' over it in black text
my feet on a white floor with red and blue words on it

Low Cost Entertainment
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!

When the Great British weather sends you indoors, seek out Coral Island where you can play classic penny slot games, fruit machines, or win yourself a souvenir on the teddy pickers.

In the Winter months, plan a visit in the evening, when the famous Blackpool Illuminations light up the road. Head out on foot to interact with some exhibits, or stay cosy in your car and drive through for a suggested donation of £5 to keep the lights running.

The Blackpool Tower
If your budget is bigger and thrills are your thing, there's plenty in the tower to keep you busy. Alongside the famous ballroom, it 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 thanks to the amazing actors and audience participation.

a birds eye view of a small green crab amongst some rocks in a pool

Educational Entertainment
For fun facts and interesting exhibits, pop into the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium, which even has its own fertility statue supposedly responsible for 1000 pregnancies!

Sealife Centre Blackpool is home to many more oddities, like their big blue lobster, colour changing jellyfish, and even shovel nose sharks.

Action Entertainment
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.

A view from directly below the glass dome on Winter Gardens Blackpool

Theatre Entertainment
Blackpool has two theatres, Winter Gardens Blackpool and Grand Theatre, on the same street, and between them they cover events for every taste. Both are beautiful old buildings where you can enjoy top musicals, comedians, magicians, and musicians.

For an evening with more glam and glitz, book your spot at Funny Girls, Blackpool's answer to Ru Paul's drag race! With burleseque, cabaret, and singalongs, it's easy to see why this place is so popular with hen parties.

Further Afield
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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