Bank Holiday Weekend In Sunny Blackpool

Blackpool Tower

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 on Booking.com just away from the tacky end of the strip but I’ll be doing a separate post on the hotel very soon.

Blackpool Zoo

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!

Blackpool

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.

Star Trek Experience

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.

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September 5, 2017
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31 Comments

  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    It sounds like you had a nice time in Blackpool I have to admit I have never been however it is somewhere I would love to get to visit one day.

    September 5, 2017 at 4:53 pm
  • Reply Super Busy Mum

    Great post – I lived in Blackpool for several years and used to make annual trips over. Not been back in a few years and I am really starting to miss the place!

    September 5, 2017 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Patrick

    Great post…..love the Star Trek experience. I can tell by your picture why no one was there….Voyager wasn’t the best liked series. Most Trekkies like myself love the TOS,TNG and DS9.
    How was Will Smith in concert?

    September 5, 2017 at 6:48 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      It wasn’t all about Voyager that was just the image I selected, it showed absolutely every era of star trek x

      September 6, 2017 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Melanie

    Blackpool can be great for a bit of fun. The tower eye is pretty cool and the zoo was not to bad. Did not know there was a star trek experience 🙂 x

    September 5, 2017 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply Emily Leary

    Growing up on various Star Trek franchises I’d have probably had as much fun inside the VR game as up the tower!

    September 6, 2017 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Kacie Morgan

    Blackpool looks so lovely, I’ve always wanted to visit someday and now I want to go even more!

    September 6, 2017 at 9:24 am
  • Reply emma white

    oh looks and sounds as if you had an amazing time, we were there last week too and although it was an expensive day it was great fun. We went into all the arcades and the sea life centre and wax work but didn’t get time to go in the tower this year.

    September 6, 2017 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I’ve never been to Blackpool before but it looks like you had a great time there! x

    September 6, 2017 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Gareth Torrance

    Not been to Blackpool yet… Once my daughter is older and will be able to enjoy it, we’re definitely going!

    September 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Tanya Brannan

    I haven’t been to Blackpool since a trip when I was around 8 years old. I would like to do it as an adult, just to “cross” It off the list, but I think a two day trip would be as much as I would want to do x

    September 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Fritha Strickland

    I must visit Blackpool one day, it looks like a great place to visit! x

    September 6, 2017 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply Ana De- Jesus

    Haha see I am the opposite. As much as I love luxury hotels I often have to settle for budget hotels but looking forward to reading your review. Blackpool sounds fun x

    September 6, 2017 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    Ah we love Blackpool! The kids really like the zoo and the dinosaur section!

    September 6, 2017 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Healthy & Psyched

    I haven’t been there since I was a kid! I bet so much has changed. I never knew about that Star Trek experience either!

    September 6, 2017 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply Jacqueline

    I was in Blackpool so long ago in the 90’s. I’m sure it’s changed a great deal now. I do remember going to a great weekender there, where I danced myself silly. Blackpool will always hold fun memories for me.

    September 6, 2017 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    I absolutely love Blackpool, what a fabulous way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend 🙂

    September 7, 2017 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Karen

    I think Blackpool is a place that you kind of have to visit once, just to experience it. I haven’t been since I was a child. Sounds familiar though. Cheap and tacky with some fun bits thrown in!

    September 8, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Jacinta

    I’ve never been to Blackpool but it does sound like fun so must make a trip there. From what I’ve heard there’s loads to do there.

    September 8, 2017 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Vicky

    I’ve never been but I’m hoping to soon even if it’s just to say that I’ve done it

    September 9, 2017 at 12:39 am
  • Reply Jenni

    I’ve never been to Blackpool before. I like the idea of it but not sure I’d enjoy it.

    September 9, 2017 at 7:13 am
  • Reply Anosa

    I like the idea of taking a luxury when in a trip. For me its a way of treating yourself once in a while. Good to know that you enjoy Nandos. I love the food there as well.

    September 9, 2017 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    I haven’t been for years. I really want to take my children one summer. I ran out of time this year. Bet you had a great weekend.

    September 9, 2017 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Toni | This Mama Blogs

    Blackpool can be so much fun if you take it for what it is, a bit tacky. We go every year for a girly day out, head to all the cheesy bars, go on the rides on the pier and to just have a laugh. It’s not somewhere I’d go for a holiday though

    September 10, 2017 at 6:46 am
  • Reply Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    I haven’t been to Blackpool since I was a teenager. I’m hoping to take the children in October to see the illuminations

    September 10, 2017 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Jayne @ Sticky Mud And Belly Laughs

    The last time I went to Blackpool it was all stag and hen do’s and not at all a place I would like to visit with my family. I went as a child to see the illuminations but the quality of these has vastly diminished over the years. We wont be rushing to visit unfortunately. Which is a shame because the tower is nice as are the piers and trams.
    (hubby helping out)

    September 10, 2017 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Whatlauraloves

    Its been almost a full year since I went to Blackpool. I must head back and see more of the sights! xxx

    September 11, 2017 at 12:46 am
  • Reply Sarah

    I used to love the arcades in Blackpool as a kid. so much fun to be had x

    September 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Looks like you had a great weekend, I’ve neve been to Blackpool! xo

    September 11, 2017 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply L dove

    Oh I love Blackpool! We only live half an hour away so we’ve had some fab days out there! The tower circus is amazing!!

    September 12, 2017 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Emma jones

    I love Blackpool it just takes me back to childhood, there was a donkey there called peanut that I remember fondly!

    September 15, 2017 at 5:47 pm
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