Kate James

Kate James: Our BIG Blackpool Day Out – Round 2

We went back to Blackpool on Friday for a super-rare after school treat to scope out The Blackpool Tower attractions, before The Guide Liverpool stages a Blackpool take-over day on 8th June! How are we going to get Jay to the top of The Tower?

So you can read what happened on our first BIG day out to Blackpool a couple of weeks ago here.

And the best thing about the BIG tickets we picked up on our last visit, is that they can be used any time within 90 days! Bargain, here’s how we got on on day out number two…

We booked a family room for Friday night at the Premier Inn, Blackpool Beach, which is just a 5-minute walk from Blackpool South train station, handy when laden down with two kids and a toddler in a buggy! A family room including a hearty breakfast for us all was less than £65, well worth it instead of trying to get everyone up and ready for a 7am Saturday train ride.

Fully refreshed after a good night’s sleep (once they’d finished jumping on the beds and raiding the vending machines) we headed off to The Blackpool Tower.

Typically, it was due to rain most of the day so we made a plan to visit the attractions inside the tower and avoid the rain. With our buggy stored safely in the free buggy park we met our guide at the entrance to The Blackpool Tower Eye, a 4d cinema experience and a trip up, up and away to the observation platform which is 148m into the clouds! Busting some moves to the Kylie soundtrack throughout the cinema show and dodging the 3d seagulls was great fun for us all, even though we looked ridiculous in our 3d glasses!

‘Tall Tales’ at The Blackpool Tower Eye Picture: Jason Lock Further info: Louise Forder Marketing Communications Executive (Blackpool Cluster) Tel: 01253 629239 Email: louise.forder@merlinentertainments.biz DD: 0161 447 5106 M: 07583 963 319 E: oliver@plumlife.co.uk W: http://www.plumlife.co.uk/ Picture © Jason Lock Photography +44 (0) 7889 152747 +44 (0) 161 431 4012 info@jasonlock.co.uk www.jasonlock.co.uk

‘Tall Tales’ at The Blackpool Tower Eye
Picture: Jason Lock

It takes just over a minute to reach the top of the tower and the awesome Skywalk (glass floor and walls that can make you feel a bit green if you’re not into heights,). I wonder how our crew will get on filming all the way up there? That’s if Jay makes it to the top!

I managed to sit on the floor with Logan on my lap so our feet rested on the glass, but my other two dare devils were jumping around and laying down blowing raspberries on it! Bork!

‘Tall Tales’ at The Blackpool Tower Eye Picture: Jason Lock Further info: Louise Forder Marketing Communications Executive (Blackpool Cluster) Tel: 01253 629239 Email: louise.forder@merlinentertainments.biz DD: 0161 447 5106 M: 07583 963 319 E: oliver@plumlife.co.uk W: http://www.plumlife.co.uk/ Picture © Jason Lock Photography +44 (0) 7889 152747 +44 (0) 161 431 4012 info@jasonlock.co.uk www.jasonlock.co.uk

‘Tall Tales’ at The Blackpool Tower Eye
Picture: Jason Lock

Safely to one side of the glass we were treated to a live action story from Tall Tales with avid birdwatchers, Bertie and Hilda who had the kids in stitches laughing. We didn’t manage to spot their favourite seagull, Sydney but he might just swoop on by especially for The Guide Liverpool take over day!

‘Tall Tales’ at The Blackpool Tower Eye Picture: Jason Lock Further info: Louise Forder Marketing Communications Executive (Blackpool Cluster) Tel: 01253 629239 Email: louise.forder@merlinentertainments.biz DD: 0161 447 5106 M: 07583 963 319 E: oliver@plumlife.co.uk W: http://www.plumlife.co.uk/ Picture © Jason Lock Photography +44 (0) 7889 152747 +44 (0) 161 431 4012 info@jasonlock.co.uk www.jasonlock.co.uk

‘Tall Tales’ at The Blackpool Tower Eye
Picture: Jason Lock

The Tall Tales sessions are bookable in advance and not only include a trip up the tower and an interactive story but also a chance to build your own Lego replica Blackpool Tower and a coffee break for the parents back down in the safety of the 5th floor! (We we’re a bit cheeky and made our own Superlambanana instead!)

I’ve genuinely never seen my elder two get along so well, working together to build their tower and pose like Kardashians for their picture afterwards!

‘Tall Tales’ at The Blackpool Tower Eye Picture: Jason Lock Further info: Louise Forder Marketing Communications Executive (Blackpool Cluster) Tel: 01253 629239 Email: louise.forder@merlinentertainments.biz DD: 0161 447 5106 M: 07583 963 319 E: oliver@plumlife.co.uk W: http://www.plumlife.co.uk/ Picture © Jason Lock Photography +44 (0) 7889 152747 +44 (0) 161 431 4012 info@jasonlock.co.uk www.jasonlock.co.uk

‘Tall Tales’ at The Blackpool Tower Eye
Picture: Jason Lock

Included in the price of the Tall Tales session is a 45-minute play session at The Blackpool Tower soft-play area, Jungle Jim’s. The centre runs on timed slots so there are always plenty of free tables, fast moving queues for drinks and snacks and you can keep an eye on your little ones without it feeling too crowded. Add all of that to friendly staff who kept the tables and toilets clean and under 3’s area policed and it makes for a winner with parents as well as kids.

Totally pooped after all that mad running about and jumping on plate glass we stopped for some lunch and when you’re at the seaside there’s really only one choice isn’t there.

Harry Ramsden’s, also on the 5th floor of The Blackpool Tower, is a bright, airy restaurant serving up the best traditional fish and chips with a smile. We ate like kings for just £20, huge portions, plenty of ketchup and drinks all round. The kid’s menu is varied and the high chairs are spotless! Big thumbs up!

As if a trip to the cinema, story-time, the glass skywalk, Lego building, soft-play and fish and chips wasn’t enough, we saved the best until last.

Loaded with popcorn and candy floss we took our seats at 1pm for the Blackpool Tower Circus.

This was the first time my two younger ones had been to the circus so I wasn’t sure how they would react, but as soon as the lights dimmed and the band piped up, Logan drifted off to sleep and Cleo almost leapt out of her seat with delight! Phew, no tears here!

I held my breath on more than one occasion as the acrobats literally flew through the air in what feels like a less than spacious venue! The sheer strength on show and stunts they performed knocked our socks off. The costumes and dancing and drama just thrilled the kids as they clapped along and laughed at resident clowns Mr Boo and Mooky and even Logan woke up in time for the aquatic finale! Such a fantastic show and a great way to end our trip!

For more information about The Blackpool Tower attractions and to book tickets for Tall Tales, check out www.theblackpooltower.com and tune in on Wednesday 8th June for The Guide Liverpool take over day, live in Blackpool!

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