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Blackpool for Kids: What’s Brilliant?

It can be hard to keep the kids happy and occupied during the school holidays, but the promise of a trip out for the day or an overnight stay can certainly help to smooth over any arguments, tantrums or cries of ‘I’m bored’. Dangle the promise of a trip to Blackpool in front of your brood and you might just find that behaviour in the weeks before dramatically improves!

Give them an added incentive by pointing out these brilliant things that are going on your Blackpool ‘to do’ list:

Nickelodeon Land

If your kids love Nickelodeon then they’ll be in their element in the all new Nick Land at the Pleasure Beach. Designed for younger thrill-seekers, you’ll find rides to suit all ages, themed on the best Nick and Nick Jr shows. The kids will also get to see their favourite characters including the cast of Spongebob, Dora and Diego, The Rugrats and The Backyardigans.

The Pleasure Beach

The Pleasure Beach itself is brilliant for all ages, with big thrill rides like The Big One, Revolution and The Grand National sitting alongside more child-friendly rides including the new Wallace and Gromit rollercoaster and water ride Valhalla. Of course, you’ll also find some of your own childhood faves like the Alice in Wonderland ride and The Flying Machines.

Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower is a brilliant ‘everything under one roof’ attraction that really comes into its own when the weather’s not that great. Take the kids right up to the top of the tower for amazing views from the Blackpool Tower Eye, watch them giggle their socks of at the Tower Circus or let them run wild at the Jungle Jims soft play centre.

SeaLife/Madame Tussauds

These two promenade attractions are both fantastic fun, as well as being educational too! Spot the world famous personalities in the Madame Tussauds waxworks or see the sharks and the octopi in the SeaLife centre – the choice is yours!

Hit the Pier

Blackpool has three brilliant piers, each with its own charms. Central Pier has a fantastic ferris wheel for looking out right across Blackpool, South Pier is the home of Adrenalin Zone and the North Pier theatre is the place to see some fantastic family friendly shows.

The Sandcastle

If you’re battling wet weather during your visit then the Sandcastle Waterpark is a super place to spend a day. With no less than 18 rides, flumes, chutes and fun attractions there’s plenty of splashing good fun for everyone. And yes, if you visited as a child, the pirate ship is still there!

Amusement Arcades

It wouldn’t be a trip to the seaside without a go on the amusement arcades and Blackpool’s Golden Mile has many to choose from. One of the best for kids however is Coral Island, a pirate themed arcade which sits just opposite Blackpool Tower.

While that’s quite a list, the good news is that breaks in Blackpool don’t have to cost a fortune, as there are three Travelodge hotels in Blackpool with family rooms that sleep up to four people. Let the kids choose two or three things to do from the list above and you have all the makings of a brilliant Blackpool break to bribe them with!


  1. My family holidays when I was younger were to Blackpool certainly somewhere i'll be taking my future children.


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