Last week saw me take a step into the unknown and take the kids away to Blackpool overnight for the first time on my own. I decided to take them up to Blackpool; as a kid we spent many October half terms there seeing the lights. I have such fond family memories that I knew it would be the perfect place for some good old fashioned fun. We were kindly offered the chance to see what is going on in the incredibly iconic Blackpool Tower so spent Thursday there.
The Tower offers five brilliant attractions and there are lots of deals on tickets where you can mix and match what you and/or the family want to do. We were very lucky and got the Tower Pass which allowed us entry to the top of the Blackpool Tower, Jungle Jims play area, the famous Ballroom, the Dungeons and also the circus.
Once we picked up our tickets, we headed straight for the top of the tower. Before you go in, you are given the option to pose for some souvenir photos which you can buy (you can bypass these if you wish which we opted for as the girls weren’t keen oon posing!) Then you enter the 4D cinema zone which is great fun which I won’t spoil for you but really puts you in the mood to go to the top of the tower. After the short 4D film, you are shown to the lift and off you go to the top of the tower!
Here is a “glass” viewing platform which allows you to look down all 380 feet below! The kids thought it was great fun and were jumping and lying down but I’ll admit it made me feel a bit queasy! It is such a cool thing to do and they loved running around. You can also take the stairs to go right to the top but with three children on my own, we decided against it. There are lots of little interactive screens which point out landmarks you can see and gives lots of extra information. When you are ready, you hop back in the lift and go back down to where you started.
After hitting the dizzy heights of the tower, we decided to pop into the Jungle Jims softplay. Please be aware that these are timed slots so you can’t come and go as you want. We decided to go in and the kids had a ball running around. I actually really liked that there is a time allocation meaning it wasn’t heaving and I wasn’t worrying about them too much as it was quiet. The café prices here are also really reasonable and everywhere felt really clean. I think it was an excellent soft play and would be a great place for the adults to chill out while the kids blow off some steam.
Before lunch, we decided to go into the famous Blackpool ballroom. As a Strictly Come Dancing fan, I know how special the Blackpool ballroom is and it is quite a sight to behold. For some reason, I was just expecting to wander around the ballroom but was pleasantly surprised to see people dancing, whilst the organist played beautiful songs for them to dance to on the piano.
You can have drinks and snacks in here and they also offer Afternoon Tea. The room itself is so grand and beautiful and the detail is breath-taking. I have to admit, it was a bit wasted on the kids who weren’t all that keen but for me it was a real moment.
We then had some lunch and realised that time was ticking on. AS we were going home that day, we had to make a decision as we had tickets for the dungeons and the circus and probably wouldn’t be able to fit it all in as the Circus was on for two hours. We opted for the Circus and it was a wise move as it was fabulous. The doors open an hour before show time and every seat really does get filled. You can pay extra for VIP seats meaning you sit near the front but the views are great all around.
It is a brilliant show (you aren’t allowed to take photos or film) with some heart stopping stunts that really are breath-taking. It gives such a good feel good family feeling and I am really glad we opted to go. I would say to check what day the circus is on as this time of year, there aren’t shows every day.
I was a little disappointed we didn’t have time to visit the dungeons but that just means we will need to take another trip and go on a day where we have more time.
It really did fill a day and there’s something for everyone of all ages. The kids loved telling everyone at school they had gone up the Tower and it’s so iconic it’d be rude not to visit the Blackpool Tower. You can pick and choose what attractions you visit and prices are cheaper online; you can find all the booking information on the Blackpool Tower website.
For some more action shots, check out my vlog from our day:
Disclosure – we were given admission to the above attraction for the purpose of this review. All words, opinions and images are completely my own