Recently we were invited to Blackpool to stay at the fabulous Cliffs Hotel for the weekend. As a child I spent many a fabulous summer in Blackpool staying with my Aunt, and I was keen to share some of the things I used to love with my own children.
We headed straight for Blackpool Tower, I figured the best way for the kids to ‘see’ Blackpool was from the highest point and they were so excited about climbing the huge metal structure that dominates the seaside skyline.
The Tower has had a bit of a face lift since my last visit, some twenty years past….
It is a true oasis of fun, discovery and sightseeing.
Starting at the bottom you can treat the children to a soft play session in the enormous Jungle Jims, it was closed on the day we visited, so we headed straight on to the world of strictly come dancing.
The Tower Ballroom is magnificent, filled with intricate detail, stunning artwork and decoration and still very much in use. As we stood and marvelled on the sidelines, dancing couples took to the floor and whirled and waltzed around the enormous dance floor. They made the quick step look effortless, and enchanted BB so much that she dragged me onto the shining floor to join them.
I now know the quick step is not easy – certainly with a three year old in tow; but hey, we gave it a good shot!
Leaving the ballroom, our journey continued upwards, heading towards the steel girders, preparing to ride the lift to the top of the Tower.
But first we enjoyed a 4D experience of the history of the Tower, (do you know it takes 7 years to paint it!) The kids laughed, clapped, and wiped away water as they learnt the history of Blackpool Tower before they got to ride up it.
Then off we went…
Climbing into a small box of a lift, that didn’t seem to have changed in twenty years; we took off at a pace. Passing workmen who are still giving the Tower some tender loving care, and onwards to the top, until we finally arrived, some sixty seconds later.
Even on a stormy day we could see the sea spreading out towards the angry sky, the bright lights of numerous arcades glittered below us, and sea gulls surfed around us.
The kids were mesmerised and leapt onto the final staircase which took us even higher. They didn’t even show an ounce of fear as they walked on the thick glass that gives a view straight down and they skipped excitedly around the sides of the Tower, choosing from a height what they wanted to do next.
It was a great start to the holiday, and we were loathe to leave the Tower, but very excited to go and check out our Hotel on the promenade.
We were invited to Blackpool for the purpose of reviewing The Cliffs Hotel, to find out more about that experience please follow this link.