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1. The Pleasure Beach … all day thrills & spills for around £39 (book online the day before your visit for substantial savings or save those Tesco Clubcard points). Give Icon, the newest roller coaster a try if you dare!

2. The beach … miles of golden sand & donkeys for traditional family fun

3. Blackpool Zoo … whether you have kids or not, this is a great day out … flat, beautifully landscaped, new animals, revamped enclosures & 2 cafes. Lots of interactive areas, too. Make sure you visit the new Elephant Base Camp.

4. Blackpool Tower Circus … entertaining & heart-stopping feats, different every year &, of course, Mooky, the best clown in the business (in my humble opinion)

5. Sandcastle Indoor Waterpark … slides & waves in tropical heat or relax in the spa area

6. Tower Dungeons … a great interactive attraction … real actors introduce you to some of history’s less-than-pleasant experiences; fun-scary not x-rated scary!

7. Tussauds Waxworks … featuring new Super Heroes section. Touch the models & take your own pictures with them

8. Shows … Lots of choice here from West-end quality musicals at the Winter Gardens, traditional end of pier shows on the North pier, Legends (temporarily in the Tower Ballroom for 2018), Kings & Queens on Central Pier, Funny Girls, family entertainment at the Pleasure Beach and great comedy, illusion and cabaret shows at Viva. Something for everyone!

9. Shopping … whether it’s small souvenir shops, big-name brands or Department stores you like, Blackpool has it all

10. Heritage tram tours for a view along some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK

11. Winter Gardens … heritage tours are now available & you get to see the glorious restoration of this impressive building … genuinely an absolute delight!

12. The Sealife Centre … fun AND educational. This year’s “Save a Turtle” was a great hit with our grandchildren!

I know that’s 12 things but it’s so difficult to stick to 10!!!!

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1. The Velvet Coaster … Wetherspoon’s newest offering (opposite South Pier) … 2 balconies & terraces overlooking the sea, decent food, clean & modern

2. The Dutton Arms (near McDonalds on the prom) … shows sports events & food is decent … kids allowed till 10pm-ish … popular outdoor seating area

3. Flanagans … refurbished 2015

4. Yates’ (near McDonalds on the prom) … decent food & popular outdoor seating area; separate kids’ room

5. The Harold, Bond Street … traditional public house

6. The Sun Inn (behind Yates’) … a proper man’s pub with decent beer!

7. The Dog & Partridge, Lytham Rd

8. The Auctioneer, Wetherspoons pub, Lytham Rd (cheaper than the Coaster but no views)

9. Ma Kelly’s, Lytham Rd … live entertainment all day & evening

10. The Royal Oak, Lytham Rd … hosts live bands at weekends

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1. Get even wetter at the Sandcastle Indoor Waterpark! Slides, wave pools, adrenalin chutes, spa & cafe in tropical heat

2. Ice skating at the Arena, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

3. Cinema, Rigby Road

4. Illuminasia, Winter Gardens … indoor illuminations made from silk … fabulous

5. Tower Dungeons … funny-scary (not scary, scary)

6. Tower Eye … 4D film & lift to the top of the Tower to walk on the glass floor

7. Sealife Centre … sharks, rays, octopus, seahorses etc

8. Tussauds Waxworks … dont forget your camera for selfies with the stars?

9. Houndshill Shopping Centre for indoor shopping … Debenhams, Clarks, Primark, Deichmann, Yours, Boots, Disney Store etc

10. Tower Ballroom … while away the afternoon to live organ music in fabulous surroundings

11. Coral Island … amusement arcades with kids’ rides & casino

12. Indoor Crazy Golf, under the Sealife Centre

13. Play centres … Playbarn next to the zoo, Planet Kaos near Asda & Krazy Kingdom in Waterloo rd

14. Catch a matinee show or an evening performance … Legends, Hot Ice, Cats, Viva Cabaret Bar, Kings & Queens


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1. The beach … long stretches of clean sand & it’s free (donkey rides available)

2. Blackpool Zoo … meet the new baby lion

3. Blackpool Tower Circus … 2 hours of fantastic entertainment

4. Sandcastle Indoor Waterpark … exciting water rides

5. The Pleasure Beach … meet Dora or the Turtles & ride in Nickolodeon Land

6. Illuminasia …  fabulous indoor illuminations

7. The Playbarn … burn off energy (next door to the zoo)

8. Tower Eye … jump on the glass floor if you dare!

9. Sealife Centre … hands on pools plus shark tunnel

10. Stanley Park … rowing boats on the lake, extensive play area etc

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Wow! a pod of around 30 dolphins was spotted off Blackpool beach today … brought out by the great weather, no doubt!

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My top picks for people eating out in Blackpool with their children (in order of distance from the Wescoe):

1. The Jade Delight (restaurant), Bond Street, South Shore (behind our car park) … all you can eat Chinese buffet (children priced on height)

2. Tutti Frutti (deli/cafe), Bond Street, South Shore … for sandwiches made to order & lighter bites

3. Pablo’s Diner, Promenade, South Shore … fish & chips etc

4. Mr Mutleys (cafe), Station Rd, (next street along from us) near seafront … cafe with good sized portions & decent food

5. The Velvet Coaster (pub) – the new £3.5 million Wetherspoons on the seafront in South Shore (2 minutes from the Wescoe)

6. The Dutton Arms (pub) Promenade, South Shore … licensed for children to stay in after eating in the evening

7. Every fast food chain available … McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway (all available in South Shore)

8. The Yeadon (pub), Yeadon Way… for food with indoor soft play areas for children

9. Frankie & Bennys (restaurant), Rigby Rd … great atmosphere

10. Coral Island (eateries inside arcade), Promenade, central … carvery at weekends plus a la carte

11. Bella Italia (restaurant), town centre … pasta, pizza specialities

12. Nandos (restaurant), town centre … chicken specialities

13. The Cherry Tree (pub) (near Asda) … new Hungry Horse chain pub with great kids’ menu & both indoor & outdoor play areas for the kids (car/taxi ride)

14. Salter’s Wharf (pub & restaurant), St Annes … Toby carvery (car/taxi ride)

15. The Queensway (pub & restaurant), St Annes … Harvester with extensive salad bar (car/taxi ride)