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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)

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Tim Burton, Samuel L Jackson & Dame Judi Dench are filming a new film in Blackpool; the Tower Circus has been postponed while filming takes place there, also North Pier is closed for the next couple of weeks. It’s all happening in Blackpool; come along & mingle with the stars!!!

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Great news for South Shore …. what used to be the Lucky Star amusement arcade (opposite South Pier) is being transformed into a Wetherspoons Pub called the Velvet Coaster. As you can see from my snap, work is progressing nicely & it looks wonderful with an outdoor terrace & balconies on 3 levels making the most of the sea views. It will make a welcome addition to the food & drink offering for families visiting the Wescoe Guesthouse as it’s just a short hop away!


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FREE CHILD PLACES … to celebrate the opening of the new superior family of 4 room, book a 3 night stay, pay for your first child & the second one will be free! So for £99 per night you will enjoy a HUGE room, sparkling wine & chocolates on arrival, fridge with fresh milk & bottled water daily, fluffy dressing gowns, heated towel rail in the bathroom, late breakfast & late check out. That’s a saving of £20 per night/£60 in total. Bookable online or by phone & valid until September 3rd 2015