Weekend Breaks to Blackpool
Planning a short break to Blackpool? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Blackpool. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Blackpool. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Blackpool on a Short Break
You simply must visit the tower, which cannot be missed on the Promenade, it's like a tacky version of it's relative in Paris. Take a ride to the top, you will enjoy the birds eye view of the beach and town.(sometimes you can't even smell the Fish and Chips from below)
At the base of the tower is the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom the saviour of Britain's sequin industry. Surrounding the Tower is a plethora of Childrens entertainment including Jungle Jims playground, Charlie Cairoli Exhibition, Under Sea World Aquarium and Hornpipe Gallery.
The colourful website will keep you informed on special events at the tower, www.theblackpooltower.co.uk
This massive amusement park to be found on the promenade is open from March until November and houses the worlds biggest roller coaster and many other white knuckle rides including Pepsi Max Big One, Ice Blast, Log Flume and Irn Bru Revolution. Some of the rides small kids will enjoy include, Alice Ride, The Whip, Zipper Dipper, Chinese Puzzle Maze and Chewits Log Chute. There is an ice skating rink, bowling alley, amusement arcades and of course that old favourite Bingo. If you get bored here then you're not easy to please.
For news of new rides, prices and opening hours go to, www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com
The world famous lights are switched on each year about early September for 2 months. The Promenade is transformed to a colourful wonderland for these couple of months. Many visitors plan their break around this time and the lights attract millions of people. The lights are themed and they are used on the many buildings lining the Prom.From the Alien/Spaceship inspired Welcome Arch, move on to The Jelly Monsters, tiffany lamps, party poopers, Childrens cartoon characters, Animals and just about everything you can imagine.
This years show is detailed at, www.blackpooltourism.com/illuminations
Why not try this quieter attraction that is located in the beautiful gardens of Stanley Park. The whole family will love a stroll through this hand crafted model village and the surrounding gardens. So for a time away from the hustle and bustle of the Golden Mile come and enjoy a refreshing change at this award winning exhibit.
There is a lovely tea room and gift shop on site and they have a web site at; www.blackpoolmodelvillage.com
You will find this attraction easy to find at 97-89 Promenade. The building has 5 floors packed with lifelike models of the worlds famous people including figures from the world of sport, pop music, history, stage and screen an TV. Bring your camera and fool your friends with a pose next your hero (make sure its one that is still alive, otherwise you won't fool them). This is a popular venue and cheaper than its London relation, Madame Toussauds.
You can book for the waxworks and a number of other Blackpool shows at; www.blackpoololive.com
Arguably Blackpool's top cabaret venue is centrally located in the Viking Hotel at 479 The Promenade. They host a variety show every night and the compare knows how to get the audience in a party mood when the talented Sweet Sensation dancers strut their stuff. Hosting well known singers and comedians every night is a blast here.
They do a meal and show specials from as little as 12 pounds and only over 18s are let in, the hotels web site is to be found at; www.choice-hotels.co.uk
One of the old Victorian hotels centrally located on the North Promenade and within walking distance of many of the towns finest attractions. This well established 5 story landmark enjoys fine sea views and some first class facilities including the state of the art Health and Leisure Club which has a Jacuzzi, steam room, solarium and gym. If that has worked up an appetite why not pop into the Palm Court or the posher Seaviews and enjoy unhurried fine dining.
You can book your stay on line at; www.paramount-hotels.co.uk
This is among the most popular attractions on the Promenade and features one of Europe's largest collections of local and tropical fish. The Lost City of Atlantis shark feature is the stunning centrepiece. Be sure to also catch the Seahorse Kingdom, the facility also houses a Cafe, Soft play area, Gift Shop and Education resource centre. Sea life have many Aquarium throughout Europe and this one is well laid out and extremely informative.
One can visit the web site at; www.sealifeeurope.com/uk/blackpool
The affectionate name for a stretch of promenade that runs the length of the beachfront. It can be a bit tacky to say the least, but a stroll here is to be enjoyed by everyone and is bound to lighten the dullest day. So put on your"kiss me quick" hat and have a laugh.
The kids are going to tug you this way and that to empty your wallet, but after all you are on holiday.
Some of the delights to see include the three piers to get a breath of sea air, many bingo parlours, get your fortune told by a "genuine"Romany gypsy, mingle with the rich and famous at the Waxworks, get a bit of a scare at the Chamber of Horrors, ride to the top of the tower or even attend a tea dance in the ballroom. These are amongst the hundreds of diversions on the Golden Mile.
A good web site to visit is; www.blackpool-holidays.com
No visit to Blackpool would be complete without a visit to the world renowned Chippie, you will find this branch centrally situated on the promenade at No 60-63. This well known chain of Fish and Chips shops deep fry in beef dripping for extra taste.
They are still to be termed Traditional, but do eat in as well as the normal take away wrapped in newspaper, and have added live entertainment to the menu.
The menus have also been extended to cater for everyone and includes, Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie, Beef Stew and Dumplings, Pork in Cider, Burgers and you must have Mushy Peas on the side.
They have their own web site; www.harryramsdens.co.uk
Funny Girls - Bar or Club
A drag review club which has some of the best dancers outside of London. A fab night out with great musical show, loads of laughs and great atmosphere. More of a tourist attraction than a club.
Glasform, John Ditchfield - Cultural Attraction
John Ditchfield, glassblower to the stars, studio is situated less than ten miles away from Blackpool centre, here you can marvel at John at work and can buy many fantastic pieces of glass ranging from £10 to over £500. There also recently been a 30ft glass sculpture erected in the field adjacent to the studio to mark John's 25th year in business. A credit to Blackpool and one not to be missed. You can visit his website, www.glasform.co.uk
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