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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 and plenty of space for the kids to run around

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 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 a 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, 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.

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

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

5. The Dog & Partridge, Lytham Rd

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

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

8. The Laughing Donkey, South Pier … kids’ entertainment, indoor and outdoor seating, large outdoor TV screen

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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. 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)

 

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

What’s included?:

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)!

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Blackpool has retained its crown as the UK’s top seaside destination according to the latest Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Well done, Blackpool!

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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)!

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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!