If you’re thinking of romantic places to whisk your partner away for the weekend, Blackpool may not top your list. It’s true that the grandeur has faded, but this seaside staple still retains a wonderful charm and it’s well worth considering. If you’re planning a short break in 2016, here are four good reasons to give Blackpool a go.
Blackpool Tower, the star of Blackpool’s iconic skyline, is enough to bring millions of people to Blackpool each year. The Tower, which stands over 150 metres tall, has recently been renovated, with stunning results. You can easily spend a whole day here and it won’t cost you a fortune. Face your fear of heights with a visit to the Blackpool Tower Eye and give the samba your best shot at the Tower Ballroom. Let the kids go crazy at Jungle Jim’s and embrace the weird and the wonderful with a trip to the infamous circus. No visit is complete without a tour of the dungeons. Discover the gloomy past, watch a live show and meet the main perpetrators.
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach
One of the best Blackpool attractions, the Pleasure Beach guarantees a fun day out for visitors of all ages. Thrill-seekers will fancy a ride on the Big One, with its incredible views out to sea. One of the UK’s longest and fastest roller coasters, this big dipper is the real deal. Once you’ve braved the twists and turns of the Big One, head for Valhalla. This indoor ride takes you on a journey in the dark. Prepare for unexpected drops and don’t forget your waterproof jacket. For little ones, there are plenty of gentler, family-friendly rides. Book online to save on admission prices and plan your day to make sure you pack everything in.
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Winter Gardens is one of the North West’s premium entertainment venues. It’s well worth checking event listings before you head to Blackpool. With a wide range of spectacles, from gigs and concerts to musicals and family shows, there’s something for all tastes. The theatre itself has been beautifully restored and it transports you back in time. This is a perfect way to round off a busy day of sightseeing and shopping.
The world-famous Blackpool Illuminations draw crowds from all over the country. If you’re lucky enough to visit during the Illuminations, you can look forward to a dazzling display. The light show spans over 10 kilometres of the city’s promenade and more than one million bulbs are used. Every year, the big switch-on is preceded by a concert hosted by celebrities and there’s a real carnival atmosphere. Book accommodation well in advance, as hotels sell out quickly.
Blackpool may not be the most obvious choice for a romantic escape, but on closer inspection, it has plenty to offer. Lark around at the Pleasure Beach, dance the night away at the Tower Ballroom and take in a show. Catch the Illuminations in all their glory and you’ll wonder why on earth you haven’t visited Blackpool until now.