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Save money on days out in… Blackpool

Posted 13 June 2016

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Great days out with the family don’t have to cost the earth. Today, we’re exploring Blackpool.

We’ve brought you ideas to save money on days out in Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast and many more great places around the county. Today, we’re visiting the classic, seaside destination of Blackpool. Blackpool has been a popular destination for a day out since the 1700s, when visitors would go to bathe in the seawater in the hope it would improve their health. 

Since then Blackpool has grown in popularity and now has many attractions to please the whole family. Here are some ideas to make the most of your day that won’t break the bank. 



1. The Beach

This one is weather dependent, but if you get the sun, it would be a crime to go to Blackpool and not visit the beach and take a walk along the piers. 

If you’ve got little ones with you, just a bucket and spade or playing about with a kite on the beach will keep them occupied for ages. 

Don’t forget the kids can get a donkey ride as well, and with prices around the £2.50 mark, the kids will get to do something they love without breaking the bank. 

After you’ve made sandcastles and donkey rides you can get an ice cream and stroll down one of the piers and to enoy the view. 


2. Grundy Art Gallery

When you think of Blackpool you might think of the theme park or the tower, but don’t forget you can also take in some culture. 

Drop by the Grundy Art Gallery and see the Felix the Cat exhibition - all about the very first known broadcast image. There are also days out and family activities set up by the gallery that will keep the children happy. 

Admission to the Gallery is free, but if you want to take part in any of the activities you see on the site, it’s best to book in advance. 


3. Illuminations and Fireworks

Blackpool’s illuminations are world famous and quite a sight to behold. They will be turned on from the 2nd September, with a free concert on the night as well. You can see the illuminations anytime from the start date until the 6th November. 

And did you know that Blackpool plays host to a fireworks competition throughout September? The elite of the firework world all gather to show each other what they can do during the World Fireworks Championships. Why not get yourself down once the dates have been confirmed for a spectacular show that will enthral the whole family? Both the illuminations and the firework shows are completely free of charge. 


4. Blackpool Air show

Blackpool Air show will be held on the 7th and 8th of August this year and we’d recommend you save the date as it promises to be an amazing event. You’ll be able to see an array of aircraft perform some breath-taking stunts and fly-bys. Spitfires and Hurricanes will take to the sky again – two of the aircrafts involved in the battle of Britain - which should please the historians amongst you. And the highlight of the show will undoubtedly be the Red Arrows, who will perform their daring flying display on the Sunday. 


This amazing day out on the seafront is completely free of charge – just make sure you set off with plenty of time to get there, as the roads and transport links might be busy. 


5. Stanley Park

Stanley Park is the main park in Blackpool, and the perfect place to take a break and have a bite to eat halfway through your day out. Here you’ll find historical buildings, beautiful greenery and lots of fun activities as well. There’s a football and rugby pitch, as well as a skate park for the older kids. 

The younger kids can run around in the farm animal themed play area, while you have a coffee in the art deco café. 


Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t do the fun things in life and spend quality time together as a family. Make sure you take a look at the rest of the blog for lots more money saving ideas to make life on a budget easier. 


by Christine Walsh

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