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. Pablo’s Diner, Promenade, South Shore … fish & chips etc
3. The Velvet Coaster (pub) – £3.5 million Wetherspoons on the seafront in South Shore (2 minutes from the Wescoe)
4. The Dutton Arms (pub) Promenade, South Shore … licensed for children to stay in after eating in the evening, also outdoor eating area
5. Every fast food chain available … McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway (all available in South Shore)
6. The Yeadon (pub), Yeadon Way… for food with indoor soft play areas for children
7. Frankie & Bennys (restaurant), Rigby Rd … great atmosphere
8. Coral Island (eateries inside arcade), Promenade, central … carvery at weekends plus a la carte
9. Bella Italia (restaurant), town centre … pasta, pizza specialities
10. Nandos (restaurant), town centre … chicken specialities
11. The Cherry Tree (pub) (near Asda) … Hungry Horse chain pub with great kids’ menu & both indoor & outdoor play areas for the kids (car/taxi ride)
I just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you & Allan for the warm welcome & fabulous stay at the Wescoe. Pru & I really loved our room, and as you could see from the cleared plates, we particularly enjoyed the breakfasts. Unfortunately Pru cried all the way to the station, she didn’t want to come home – I think that’s why she wasn’t keen to turn & say goodbye because she had tears in her eyes. I’ve promised her that we will visit Blackpool again, & she made me promise that we would stay at Wescoe, which was very easy for me to do!
I’m going to work out the dates over Christmas, as I’d like to visit the Tower Circus panto, and hopefully I should see you both soon.
Thanks again, and I will definitely be recommending you to anyone who is considering visiting Blackpool.
All the best.
Claudette and Prudence.
Thank you Claudette & Prudence; that was a lovely email & we’re glad you enjoyed your weekend with us.
Pre-booked Pleasure Beach wristbands & it rains on the day? Fear not … if it rains for 4 hours or more on the day you visit, keep your wristband on & you will be allowed into the park next day for free! Takes some of the uncertainty out of the great British weather!!
A colony of about 500 Lesser Pipefish has been found in the sea at Blackpool. These tiny fish are very sensitive to water changes & are usually found in areas with a wide variety of seaweed & kelp so it is extremely unusual to find a colony living around the iron legs of Central Pier! Found during one of the monthly beach clean-ups organised by the Sealife Centre, some of the rare fish have now gone on display in the promenade attraction as they had become stranded in a rapidly vanishing pool at low tide.
There is a new pass covering ALL of the major attractions in Blackpool! Valid for a week from first use, it’s perfect for an action packed weekend, short break or 2 week holiday. Each attraction can be visited once using the pass & you can plan your spending before you arrive, save loads of money, as well as save time queuing up at attractions.
Pleasure Beach wristband … for a whole day of unlimited funfair riding; new for 2013, Wallace & Gromit ride
Nickelodeon Land … for unlimited riding
Sandcastle Indoor Waterpark … for water-based slides & rides
Blackpool Tower Eye & 4D Experience … thrilling high speed lift to the top of the Tower for views across to the Lake District
Blackpool Tower Dungeons … for scary, interactive fun (scary fun not scary scary)
Sealife Centre Blackpool … see sharks, rays & fish galore; new for 2013, Giant Japanese Crabs
Madame Tussauds Waxworks … life-like wax models of celebrities; new for 2013, Bear Grylls
Blackpool Zoo … beautiful surroundings & well-kept animals; new for 2013, Benny the baby zebra
Model Village & Gardens
Save over £55 on the cost of buying tickets to these 9 attractions individually (it’s a bit like buy entry to 6 attractions & get a Pleasure Beach wristband & entry to 2 other attractions for free)!
Blackpool has retained its crown as the UK’s top seaside destination according to the latest Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Well done, Blackpool!
Remember the days when you could do everything in the Tower for one, all-inclusive price? Well, buy a Tower Ticket (online or on the door) & that’s exactly what you get, saving yourself a fortune into the bargain.
A Tower Ticket gives you entry to the Circus, the ballroom, Jungle Jims, the Tower Top Lift & the Dungeons … that’s 5 major attractions for just £22.50 when booking online (that’s equivalent to just £4.50 per attraction)!
Never mind swimming with dolphins! Now you can swim with SHARKS at Blackpool’s Sealife Centre.
Full training will be given & no experience is necessary! Get up close & personal with 20 sharks.
There will be 3 sessions per day, each with a maximum of 4 snorkellers. Time in the tank will be 15 minutes but each session will last for 1.5 hours in total, including a full “behind the scenes” tour.
Participation is £75, bookable online, with spectators £25.
A great new opportunity!
Are you planning a trip to Blackpool for a long weekend, midweek break or a Summer Holiday? If so, buy the “Big Ticket” for £40 online for BIG savings on Blackpool’s top Merlin attractions … that’s just £5.70 per attraction! (the Sealife centre alone costs £16 per person if tickets are purchased individually)!
Valid for 90 days, the ticket is perfect for use over a few days. You can visit each of the 7 attractions once (I would allow about 2 hours per attraction).
There’s plenty here for families with the world-famous Tower Circus which lasts for 2 hours with an interval mid-way. There are new circus performers every season joining the hilarious Mooky the Clown & his side-kick, Mr Boo & the wonderful water finale … always a great show. Then there’s Jungle Jims … an indoor adventure playground for the kids (have a coffee while the kids wear themselves out)! After that, why not take the lift up to the top of the Tower & walk on the glass floor? Plate glass windows from floor to ceiling allow extensive views across to the Lake District on a clear day. Are you brave enough? Catch your breath in the Ballroom & enjoy the live organ music, watch the dancers & wonder at the fabulous surroundings. A traditional afternoon tea is available to purchase.
The final port of call in the Tower itself is the Dungeons. This attraction traces Lacashire history over the last 1000 years eg the Pendle witches. The attraction has real actors, & is funny-scary as opposed to scary-scary! There is the option of a drop-ride at the end for those who are less faint-hearted than me!
Attraction number 6 is the Sealife Centre … new for 2013 is the option to snorkel with the sharks! & the ever-popular tunnel is back.
Finally, there’s Mme Tussauds Waxworks to see … an interactive feast of light entertainment. Family favourites like Ant & Dec make an appearance, as well as stars of stage & screen, pop stars & prominent members of today’s Royal Family. Don’t forget your camera as you can get close to the models for some great shots of you with Cheryl, Wayne Rooney, Susan Boyle, William & Kate or your own favourite star!
1. The Laughing Donkey on South Pier … entertainers play games with the kids, get them up dancing etc
2. The Carousel Bar on North Pier … has an original horses carousel ride … beautiful
3. The bar on Central Pier … entertainers to keep the kids amused
4. Bucaneer Bar in Coral Island … great food, too
5. Yates’ (upstairs) on the Prom in South Shore
6. The Manchester (upstairs, separate entrance) … good food & kids’ play area
7. The Yeadon Pub, at the end of Yeadon Way as you come into Blackpool … Brewers Fayre … good food & kids’ play area
8. The Hot Air Balloon, next to the airport … Wacky Warehouse play area
9. The Crown, Devonshire Road … Crown carvery is a national brand … good grub, reasonably priced & kids welcome
10. Any of the working men’s clubs (loads in Blackpool) … The Duple & The Number One Club are both nearby & have regular entertainment, bingo, raffles etc as well as welcoming children. If you’re not a member just pop a donation into the box.