A Weekend in Blackpool

Whatever you’re looking for, from a weekend break to a cheap holiday, you can be sure that you will find it in Blackpool. In fact, the Lancashire seaside town has so much to see and do you may struggle fitting everything in over the course of 48 hours!

Although people visit Blackpool all year round, you will find it is during the summer and the school holidays that it is most popular. Not only is it busiest at this time but it is also when the town tends to experience its best weather.

However, that shouldn’t put you off from visiting during the off-season as there will be still be lots to do.
Whenever you visit the town you can be confident that you will be able to take in some fascinating art and culture.
Make sure you stop by the Grundy Art Gallery. Built in 1908 and named in tribute to artists John and Cuthbert Grundy who funded the cultural institution, a revolving door of temporary exhibitions are held here all year round.

Going for a walk through the town’s Stanley Park can not only be a great way to stretch your legs – it is some 390 acres wide – but could give you the chance to see some beautiful floral displays. The Cocker Tower, a structure built in tribute to Blackpool’s first mayor Dr William Cocker, can also be seen here. The town’s Sea Life aquarium can also make for a fantastic day out, particularly if you are driven inside in the event of rain.

Of course, you are likely to want to see some of Blackpool’s most famous sights and there is perhaps none more iconic than Blackpool Tower.

Standing at 518 feet tall, the structure cannot only be seen for miles around but contains some fascinating attractions in itself, including the Jungle Jim’s indoor adventure playground, the ballroom and a circus.

While you can pay to enter each of these individually, you can save money by buying a multi-site pass which costs £12 each for children and adults. Opting for a family pass – for two adults and two children – may prove to be an even better deal!

From September it will also be possible to go on a ride up Blackpool Tower and take in fantastic views from the top.
Blackpool is also famous for its Pleasure Beach theme park resort. This may be the perfect day out for people seeking some white-knuckle excitement as there are more than 100 rides and attractions, including the Pepsi Max Big One – which is one of the biggest rollercoasters in the continent. If you’re after a slightly more relaxing break, head to the beach and munch on some Blackpool rock. Any kids in your party are sure to be keen to go on a traditional donkey ride while enjoying the sun!

However, children may also enjoy a weekend break in Blackpool during the autumn. Between September and November, the town’s promenade is lit up as part of the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations. Millions of people flock to see the light display, which is usually turned on by a big-name celebrity. If you’re looking to stay in any of the available hotels in Blackpool during this time, then be sure to book in advance, as it’s Blackpool’s busiest time in the year.

There are plenty of other things for you to see and do in the evenings. You can dine at a number of fantastic restaurants before going for a few drinks at a bar or pub. And if you want to really make a night of it, there are plenty of nightclubs where you can let your hair down and dance. Blackpool is a popular destination for stag and hen dos so you can certainly party into the early hours here!

For a slightly more serene evening, head to the 1,100-seater Grand Theatre. Some of the biggest names in UK entertainment perform here and with everything from musicals to stand-up comedy taking place all year round, you can be sure that there will be a show you just have to see.

With so much going on, you may find that two days is just not enough to fit in everything that this captivating town has to offer!

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