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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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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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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

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Took Henry & Ivy to Farmer Parr’s recently as they’re gearing up for the Summer Season. Although most of the animals were still indoors, Henry really enjoyed the “up close & personal” session in the big barn. The staff brought round lambs, chickens, guinea pigs, a snake(!), miniature goats & miniature ponies to name but a few & every child got to pet them. Henry’s favourite was feeding the lambs & bouncing on the bouncy castle, see below:

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Here are some lovely pictures of the Italian Gardens which we took on a recent trip to the park. The Art Deco Cafe is well worth a visit, too!