It was my nephew Zack’s 13th birthday, and as a special treat to celebrate the milestone, I told him I would take him wherever he wanted to go for the weekend.
“Blackpool, Pleasure Beach please,” he said.
It wasn’t the first place that came to mind – I’m more the spa resort girl type – but with four-year-old Bella also part of the abode, Blackpool sounded perfect.
So we packed up the car and hit the road on a Saturday morning, arriving in time for our 3pm check-in at the 4-star hotel. Big blue hotel.
Zack was very impressed. You can’t get any closer to Pleasure Beach than Big Blue. It is literally connected to the theme park.
I booked for myself, the two children and my sister Nicola after reading reviews of how good it was for a family holiday and we had to agree.
Smooth check in, family deluxe room and park view were all great. Zack and Bella were in their element.
After a quick tour of the hotel we headed out for dinner before enjoying a big night out at the Hot Ice Show. It was a trip down memory lane for Nicola and I who enjoyed this as a treat with our grandpa as children.
This year’s show is called Amore Amor Amour and, as the name suggests, it’s all about love – and it didn’t disappoint.
There were fantastic performances, stunning costumes, mesmerizing special effects and of course brilliant skating.
Young Bella was mesmerized by the skaters and even Zack was amazed by the acrobatics. It’s fair to say we loved it!
The next morning we enjoyed a rich breakfast at the hotel.
There was so much choice, I think I went back not just for seconds but thirds and quarters too!
There was also fresh fruit, pastries, cereal and plenty of hot food – anyone with a full English offering? It was the perfect fuel before a long day at Pleasure Beach.
The first stop for Zack was The Big One. Somehow I managed to dodge and have to move on with him, leaving that to the bolder sister.
Little Bella was ecstatic when she discovered Nickelodeon Land.
She ran from one ride to the next, meeting and greeting the characters along the way.
Zack, meanwhile, dragged us to every single ride at Pleasure Beach and somehow managed to join them all without losing his breakfast or lunch.
After such a busy and hectic day at Pleasure Beach, my sister and I needed some downtime so we made our way back to Big Blue for some large portions dinner.
There is a restaurant and bar menu serving delicious dishes, and both also have a children’s menu.
The staff was lovely and friendly and the atmosphere was amazing as the families chatted about their daring on the rides and even gave Zach a birthday cake!
The next day we took the tram along the sea.
It’s an excellent and cheap way to get around Blackpool. Get day tickets for two adults and two children for just £18.
We hop on and off at Madame Tussauds, the Tower, the Circus and the famous Piers with their amusements and entertainment.
Memories of childhood trips here came flooding back and new ones for Zach and Bella.
As we packed up and reluctantly left, we all agreed: no wonder Blackpool is Britain’s favorite seaside town.
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