We live just under an hour away from Blackpool but have never really done the tourist spots. I managed a well-known fast food restaurant for a summer season in 1997 and if I tell you having my tonsils out was the highlight of that year, then you get an idea of why I didn’t rush back.
Fast forward 18 years (OMG!) and 3 children later. I’ve been asked to visit various Blackpool attractions several times but one email stood out. We were just back from our summer hols, My birthday was looming, Dermot was working and 2 children were desperate to go. (Eldest was swimming in Oxford) So I said yes, we would go and experience all that is Blackpool Tower.
I took my mum – well after all, she should be celebrating my birthday too – she did the hard work! We arrived at Blackpool Station after a really packed train journey (Blackpool is obviously a lot more popular than I gave it credit for).
I’m not going to pretend that walking along Blackpool Prom is going to be high culture – You will see all sorts of sights. Its great for people watching – Tara was most impressed to see a real life Minion!
So we arrived at Blackpool Tower – Straight away we were impressed. It is so much more magnificent inside than you think it is going to be. A real bustling atmosphere but highly efficient and friendly counter staff.
We were given Tower tickets for the day which gave us access to all 7 attractions – How did I not know before that there were 7?!
We knew we wanted to go to the Circus and up the Tower and anything else would be a bonus. Our first stop was the Blackpool Circus as the next showing was in 20 minutes. I was expecting a short performance but it is actually a full 2 hour show! My advice to anyone visiting the circus would be not to sit in the main seating area- this gets really packed but there are plenty of other, more comfortable seats all around the arena with just as good, if not better, a view. We had plenty of room to relax and didn’t disturb anyone as we hopped up and down to go the toilets (Which are very clean & well stocked in case you are wondering)
The performers themselves are just incredible – There were acrobats, clowns (not scary or spooky), Spanish Dancers and Tight Rope Walkers (which were so phenomenal you have to watch between your fingers). Me & my Mum loved the Dress changing sequence – the girls couldn’t get enough of the end surprise (I’m not going to spoil it for you if you are intending to go soon).
THE TOP OF THE TOWER
Just the circus alone, would have been worth spending the money on the ticket but we came out and decided to go to the top of the Tower. It was a completely miserable day so we knew it would be wet and blustery as the photo shows.
Before going up in the lift (and then a LOT of stairs) you watch a 4d video all about the history of the tower and Blackpool today. We were also REALLY brave and stood on the glass floor when we went up!
OH wow, I completely loved being in the ballroom (The girls were not quite as thrilled but enjoyed it all the same). We managed to get in when the live Wurlitzer was being played – How amazing that on a wet, Wednesday afternoon there are so many people dressed in full ballroom outfits dancing. Whether you are a professional, a learner or just someone who wants a dance with their kiddies – the dance floor was full for every dance.
I’d love to go back for afternoon tea in the ballroom – I’ve since applied to watch Strictly live when it comes from the Ballroom but it looks unlikely we’ll win now as the date gets closer.
The other attractions that we didn’t have time to visit were:
Jungle Jim’s Indoor Adventure Playground (The queue seemed quite big for this, possibly due to it being a wet day)
Blackpool Tower Dungeons
Blackpool Sea Life Centre
Your Blackpool Tower ticket is valid for 90 days which is a great bonus if you get chance to go back. There are no circus performances on a Friday. The Tower remains open throughout the year. Entry to the Tower opens at 10am. Closing times and special events alter throughout the year and can be found on the Blackpool Tower website.
Tower Tickets are usually:
£35 per adult (£30 when bought online)
£28.50 per child (£25.50 when bought online)
Disclosure: We were given our Tower tickets for the purpose of us undertaking the review – We had a brilliant day and highly recommend a visit!