Let’s face it, the weather this Easter was particularly worse than usual! We decided therefore to book a night away in Blackpool. Probably a bit brave considering the foreseeable forecast showed nothing but consistent rain.
We booked one night at The Big Blue Hotel on Blackpool’s South Pier and travelled on a Monday because it was the best price. Blackpool’s Easter school holidays fell on a different week to ours in North Yorkshire, so we paid a really good price of £120 for all five of us.
The Big Blue Hotel lived up to it’s excellent reputation and we really enjoyed it. The hotel has free parking, which is always a bonus. Every family room sleeps five people and is really geared up towards children, with bunk beds, TV’s and even a PS3. The best part was that we could watch people in the pleasure beach on the rollercoasters, which were literally right outside our bedroom window.
|Our view from our bedroom window|
We were blessed with the weather as it was gloriously sunny when we first arrived. We spent a lovely afternoon walking “the golden mile” to the tower. We stopped at various arcades on the way and went on the log flume. We ate lots of rubbish – mainly hot donuts, ice-cream, rock, chips and fizzy drinks – all of which tasted amazing!
|A bit windy as well as sunny. Got a bit wet on the log flume|
Later we got the tram back to the hotel and visited Prezzo for dinner. It was the first time the children had been on a tram and it was so cheap! £11 for a family of 5, for unlimited travel over 24 hours. We definitely got our money’s worth.
Prosecco in our room finished off the evening perfectly.
Next morning we enjoyed a fantastic breakfast at the Big Blue Hotel and headed off into Blackpool again. Unfortunately it was raining. We visited Blackpool Sea life Centre, which was ok. It was very busy, as everyone had the same idea of visiting in order to shelter from the rain! Numerous arcades and a trip to Costa finished off our break, before we headed back to North Yorkshire.
We are now considering booking a couple of nights in The Big Blue Hotel, Blackpool in summer. We didn’t visit the Pleasure Beach on this occasion, as the weather was a bit dodgy, but will do next time.
Yes, Blackpool could be considered a little tacky, but so much fun! The kids loved it and so did we. My husband and I spent many happy days in our childhood visiting Blackpool – so many memories.
Take plenty of money though – you’ll need it, the 2 pence machines soon start to add up!