When people think of a fun family holiday, they’ll probably think of going abroad, like staying at a Disney theme park or a family adventure holiday village in Europe. But such options can be costly. With so much to see and do, why not start looking a bit closer to home?
It might not be a place that pops into many people’s heads for a family break away. But Blackpool has a great deal to offer and has significantly developed over the years to become a brilliant holiday destination for the family. In fact, there are many reasons why you should consider choosing the Lancashire seaside town for your next staycation for you and your children. Here are five of them.
Blackpool is arguably the UK capital when it comes to entertainment, so it makes sense to start with this as a reason to holiday there. There’s plenty to keep the family entertained throughout your staycation. This includes big, well-known shows, like the Tower Circus and ice shows, through to lesser known live entertainment cabaret venues, like Viva, which has been entertaining the crowds for decades. There’s also plenty of musicals, comedy and kids’ shows to see around the town, on the seafront and piers.
The list of attractions in Blackpool is endless, which is important for any family holiday, with plenty for you and the children to see and do. You can brave the roller coasters at The Pleasure Beach or the water slides at the Sandcastle Water Park, or take a ride to the top of the famous Blackpool Tower. There’s also the Madame Tussauds waxworks, the Tower Ballroom, the dungeon, and the Zoo. Then there are those attractions that are free to visit and enjoy, such as the piers, beach, and Comedy Carpet – a large artistic floor installation that’s filled with jokes and catchphrases from Britain’s best-loved comedians.
When you go on a family holiday, it’s always good to have things for you and the children to do after the sun goes down, before bedtime. Blackpool is perfect for this, as those attractions you visited in the day can take on a whole new life at night. The piers are lit up and boast more entertaining shows, the tower is illuminated like a beacon, and the funfair rides create new experiences in the dark. And then, in the Autumn months, is the spectacular annual lights festival that is the Illuminations. If you time your holiday in September, there’s also the World Fireworks Championships. This is when some of the most impressive fireworks, from countries the world over, light up the Blackpool sky.
Another reason why it’s good to have a family holiday in Blackpool is the transport. It’s very easy and quick to get around the town during the day and night – and even the types of transportation available are entertaining for the kids. Firstly, there are the trams. Blackpool has the world’s oldest tram network, which takes people around the town and along the Golden Mile, in a range of stylish and traditional closed and open-top trams. If you time your visit with the illuminations, there’s also the impressive illuminated trams to ride on, which include a lit up steam train, boat and rocket. Or if you prefer to move at a much slower pace, you can travel in a horse and cart, enjoy a donkey ride on the beach, or just take a walk down the Golden Mile.
Finally, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to places to stay in Blackpool, and without breaking the bank. From exclusive grand hotels along the seafront to well-known chains, as well as smaller quaint bed and breakfasts, there’s something to suit every family. If you prefer something a bit different, and to stay away from the hustle and bustle, there’s also plenty of holiday villages and caravan and camping parks just outside the town. Whatever your budget, you’ll find somewhere to stay that will make your vacation in this seaside town that bit more special for you and your children – just another reason to consider a family holiday in Blackpool.
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