We love Blackpool, it can be gaudy, tacky and busy but there is so much to do. We used to go every year for a half term break, 5 days of busyness. However, life, work and lockdown has stopped us from going for the last 4 years.
After a few busy weeks in work and in between hospital appointments I decided to book a last minute weekend break for myself and the teenager. Having an adrenaline junkie child is a huge bonus. We love rollercoasters, the higher and more twists the better.
I booked a cheap B&B (although because of Covid they aren’t doing breakfast at the moment) and set off straight from work on Friday afternoon. The journey is usually around an hour and half, but it felt like everyone had the same idea so after 2 hr 15 minutes we arrived at the hotel. Parked easily and dropped off our bags. Then took a walk along the prom, got ourselves something to eat and saw the lights.
I had pre-booked tickets for the pleasure beach, funfair. It opened at 10am, so after a little lie in we walked along to a local cafe, had some breakfast and joined the queue to get into the park for 10am. The queue seemed huge, although it actually wasn’t. I’ve never seen it so quiet, although it is almost the end of the season.
We started by walking to the back of the park, and the newest ride Icon, we had a very short wait, around 10 minutes. Watching it was strange, it has lots of twists, an upside down loop but seemed very slow. We climbed aboard, pulled down the harness and clipped the safety belt in place. Then off we went, launched like a rocket, it was anything but slow. We laughed and laughed, it was brilliant. Next we walked to Infusion, again another ride we’ve not been on, again another twisty, fast ride and this time no queue, straight on the ride. It was so much fun. Having just had breakfast and 2 very fast, rides throwing us around we both felt wobbly. So we decided to go on Sky Force, the red arrows planes. These tilt from side to side, if you get the rhythm right you can turn 360 but I’ve never been able to do that.
One ride we always go on, but I hate, is Revolution. It’s a simple, straight track with one loop, then stops and does the same again backwards. I hate the backwards drop ! It’s the not knowing when it’s coming. Theres only one more big ride at this end, The Big One. We joined the unusually short queue, 20 minutes later we climbed aboard. Then off we went, at a slow place we made our way up the 235ft to the summit, then plunged down, it’s a huge drop but the views from the top are amazing. We laughed most of the day, walking from ride to ride. We went on all of the biggest rides, and most of the smaller ones including some of our old favourites, the Rockets and Derby Racer horses. We avoided all the water rides as neither of us wanted to spend the day soaked.
As I’ve said, Blackpool is an old favourite and a yearly guilty pleasure however we’ve never seen it this quiet or been on so many rides. The park closed at 6pm, but we’d been on everything we wanted, including a second go on most of the biggest so left around 4.30pm.
We walked along the beach, watching little ones enjoying building sandcastles and having donkey rides. The prom was redone a few years back and is lovely. The piers were busier and the lights were starting to come on as the sun was setting.
As always we finished our day with fish and chips. A brilliant weekend of fun and laughter.