Bank Holiday weekend already feels like an age away and the thing which is crazy is the next bank holiday is, in fact, Christmas – sorry to scare anyone but I’m super excited for this. Thankfully for the first time in god knows how long August Bank Holiday was dry, warm and sunny which makes such a huge difference when it comes to the extended weekend, especially when you’re away.
For the first time in 10 years, I didn’t head to the fields of Richfield Avenue for Reading Festival and instead swapped glitter and wellies for a trip up north to Blackpool for Livewire Festival. I’d wanted to visit Blackpool for ages so Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s first UK show together in 12 years seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore the city.
I poured over hotels for quite a while as me and my boyfriend like a bit of luxury and don’t tend to do a lot of super budget hotels but there wasn’t a huge amount of choice in Blackpool. Thankfully we found a lovely 5-star hotel just away from the tacky end of the strip but I’ll be doing a separate post on the hotel very soon.
We headed on our journey pretty early on Saturday morning but thankfully didn’t hit much traffic and after a quick breakfast pit stop hit Blackpool just before midday. As we knew we couldn’t check in quite yet we headed to the Zoo because I’m a huge kid at heart and absolutely love exploring zoos and seeing all the animals. I was pretty impressed with Blackpool zoo as there were loads of animals and they were all pretty easy to find, I especially loved the monkeys as usually from the gibbons swinging around on their ropes to possibly the largest Orangutan I’ve ever seen.
The rest of Saturday was spent napping, chilling in our hotel room and walking for about an hour to try and find somewhere nice to have dinner. FYI there isn’t a lot of ‘nice’ dining in Blackpool, most of what we passed was fish and chip shops on the seafront or those cheap ‘get a meal for 3.99’ kind of places. The best we found was Nandos and Prezzo, although both were super busy and we even waited half an hour for a table in Nando’s!
Sunday was our day to make the most of Blackpool itself and there was quite a bit to do. We started our morning by heading to the tower for it’s 10 am open to ensure that it wasn’t too busy and I have to admit the views were pretty great and the bit of glass floor was a great addition as it was really strange to stand on the glass. Next up we spent some time in the amusement arcade playing guitar hero, Ferrari driving games and some shooting games because you can’t go to the seaside and not play some games. Next up was heading to the Star Trek experience which
Next up was heading to the Star Trek experience which we had no idea was even in Blackpool. To be honest I feel it was a strange place to have an exhibition on Star Trek and when we headed in we only spotted one other person there, kind of says it all. I’m not the biggest fan of Star Trek – probably because I’ve not seen too much of it – but there were loads of original props and costumes, a portal you could stand in, a captains chair to sit in and a VR game which you could play. Thankfully as it was so quiet my boyfriend got about half an hour of play time which he absolutely loved.
Now we did want to go to the Pleasure Beach and head on a ride or two but the queues just for tickets was crazy so we ditched that idea and headed to South Pier where we went on possibly the fastest and longest Waltzer ride I’ve ever been on, it was crazy. After so much excitement we decided we needed slush puppies and freshly made donuts which were eaten right on the seafront looking out over the blue skies and unappetizing looking water. After we’d chilled in the seafront and played a few more arcade games it was time to find somewhere to eat and head to the show.
Thinking about Blackpool itself I am glad that I’ve been and experienced it but I don’t think I’ll be heading back there again as it was just a bit too much and just tacky, walking along I felt pretty middle class compared to the residents of the area. I’m sure there are some people who love the area but sadly it was a one time thing for me.