Guest Post by Visit Blackpool
Beautiful beaches, fun-filled attractions and plenty for everyone to discover, Blackpool is the perfect destination for a short break with the family.
Well established as the UK’s favourite beach resort, millions of visitors enjoy Blackpool every year and attend exciting events including the famous Illuminations Switch-On, Blackpool Air Show and the spectacular cycling event, Ride the Lights.
Meeting famous faces at Madame Tussauds, uncovering an underwater world at SEA LIFE Blackpool and riding on the thrill-seeking roller coasters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach – there’s something in Blackpool for everyone to enjoy.
We rounded up six reasons why you need to visit this iconic beach resort – and why it’s perfect for your family!
1) Lots of great attractions all in one place
Blackpool is home to a host of brilliant attractions that suit all tastes and ages in your family. From getting an adrenaline fix at Blackpool Pleasure Beach to splashing around at Sandcastle Waterpark, there is bound to be something your family will enjoy.
With plenty of discount packages such as the Blackpool Resort Pass, a trip to Blackpool doesn’t have to raid your bank account either. In fact, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September, there is a free, family festival experience at Blackpool Tower Festival Headland. The weekend will be packed full of free things to do for families, including music, gooey activities like “slime tennis” and the “slime and spoon race”, as well as BMX bike tricks and urban gymnastics. Younger kids can enjoy pre-school focussed activities in the Nick Jr. area.
The weekend is part of the first ever UK Nickelodeon SLIMEFEST and Blackpool’s Illuminations Switch-On Weekend, and is set to be fun for all ages.
2) Award-winning Blackpool beaches
Blackpool’s South Beach was recently awarded a prestigious Blue Flag award, highlighting it as one of the best in Britain.
Stretching out far and wide in front of The Blackpool Tower, it’s the ideal place to dip your feet and paddle in the sea, or even just soak up the sun on a summer’s day. Perfect for building sandcastles, wandering along the sea front or even indulging in a beach picnic, you simply can’t visit Blackpool without setting foot on one of the beaches.
3) Quiet spaces away from the busy promenade
Blackpool is known for being a bustling hive of activity but it can also offer a few moments of peace and quiet too. If the promenade and seafront are too busy for you then head to Stanley Park to relax and unwind.
Home to the Blackpool Model Village and the exciting High Ropes adventure playground, it’s still got activities that your family can explore. Even packing a picnic and a football can mean a fun afternoon of games which everyone can enjoy.
4) Heritage and history in this iconic beach resort
Blackpool is also a town steeped in history and brilliant stories. From the opening of the world’s first electric street tramway in 1885 to the construction of The Blackpool Tower back in 1891, Blackpool has an interesting timeline.
Every spot in Blackpool has a story. You can choose to soak up the splendour and ambience of The Tower Ballroom where dancing superstars and legends have performed over the years, or see how this iconic beach resort has transformed to the family favourite we all love today by taking a trip on a heritage tram.
If you want to experience the history of Lancashire with some hilarious family fun, take a trip to The Blackpool Tower Dungeon to discover the murky history including smugglers, war and witchcraft! Brilliant for older children, this interactive walkthrough will have you shrieking with laughter at every twist and turn.
5) Entertainment for both adults and children
A trip to Blackpool doesn’t mean fun for the little ones in your family only, there’s plenty that adults will enjoy too.
Jungle Jim’s, in the heart of The Blackpool Tower, is a great place for your children let off steam and run wild, whilst you can have some respite and grab a tea or coffee. Many of the main attractions aren’t just geared to children – you can learn something new too! SEA LIFE Blackpool is home to over 2,000 creatures and with events like Jurassic Seas, you can discover an underwater world you never even knew about.
A trip to The Blackpool Tower is a must. Enjoy the sensory 4D Cinema before taking a trip up 380ft to The Tower Eye and see Blackpool like you never have before. Stunning views and a chance to gaze down at Blackpool below via the SkyWalk – this isn’t just fun for children, it’s great fun no matter what age you are!
6) Famous faces love Blackpool too!
Every year sees the famous Illuminations switched on by a famous figure. Last year it was the turn of Tim Burton, while Robbie Williams has been granted the privilege in the past. This year’s Illuminations Switch-On Weekend already includes a whole host of famous faces including The Vamps, Fleur East, Ashley Banjo and Diversity.
If it’s fame and glamour you’re after then Madame Tussauds is the place to be, where you can meet all of your favourite TV personalities, sports stars, comedy geniuses and music legends. From Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and Olly Murs to Joe Hart, Mo Farah and John Bishop – there’s plenty of famous faces to grab the perfect selfie with!
Blackpool has something for everyone. So whether you’re looking for a fun break for tiny tots or something to entertain teenagers too, Blackpool is the perfect destination for a family trip.Home to attractions, a rich heritage and more family-friendly spots than you could ever imagine, this beach resort is a firm favourite and continues to attract millions of visitors every year. So round up the troops and get ready to discover why Blackpool has it all!
Niamh Spence writes for VisitBlackpool, offering plenty of attractions, events and activities for everyone to enjoy – because Blackpool has it all!