Just got back from a few days away in Blackpool and then York and thought I'd do a report on my visit to Blackpool:
We arrived on Thursday evening after a horrendous seven hour journey, (it took three hours just to get from Stoke - usually the last short leg of the journey!)
It was very odd to be booking in at the Travel Inn on Bispham Road as I used to live on the street that backs onto it. The shell of the old 'Red Lion' hasn't changed at all since it was my local as a teenager, but most of the inside is now given over to the restaurant.
There's a nice playground for the kids outside, so, after having a walk up to Bispham village with the kids to let them stretch their legs, they enjoyed playing on the climbing frames, etc. until my dad came over later in the evening.
The following morning we headed into town where we visited the Doctor Who exhibition. The kids really enjoyed it and I did too! Afterwards we passed briefly through Coral Island so that the kids could play air hockey, before going for lunch at Yorkshire Fisheries. (BTW, I recommend the home-made cheese and onion pie.)
We bought cakes in Abingdon Street Market before visiting Huttons Chocolate shop for Easter eggs. it was a beautiful day, so we walked back to the car along the prom, stopping off at the RNLI station en route to see the lifeboats.
We then headed for Stanley Park, which was pretty busy on Good Friday afternoon. It was good to see that parts of the park are being refurbished thanks to Heritage Lottery funding. We walked down to the lake and hired a motor boat. Letting my children steer was an act of faith in itself, but they did a pretty good job!
That evening we visited my father, then an old school friend of mine, before retiring exhausted to bed!
The following morning, we checked out of the hotel and headed off to the Pleasure Beach. Once again, it was a beautiful, sunny day, but even though there were loads of people around, Beaver Creek was pretty quiet. I bought the kids wristbands for £15. (This year, these are valid for the whole park - not just Beaver Creek, which makes much more sense.)
The kids really enjoyed themselves, (as did we). The mini log flume was a big hit, but, once again, Noah's Ark was their absolute favourite. My husband hadn't been to the Pleasure Beach before, and all morning the kids were telling him how much he was going to love Noah's Ark. It didn't disappoint! (Not bad for a ride that's been going since 1926!)
By 1pm it was time to head off for York. It was good to spend time with family and friends, but we wished we'd been able to stay for longer. I'm planning to visit again in the summer - just me and the kids, so we'll be able to go to the Zoo, the Model Village and the Tower, (again!)