Now, some people might say that we were crazy to head up North to go to the seaside mid November. But armed with warm clothes and waterproof boots, that's exactly what Lord Dicely and I did. Brilliantly, I managed to pick the weekend after most of the illuminations were switched off, and when the UK was being battered by Storm Abigail but it's a testament to how good Blackpool is that we still found plenty of fun things to do.
Blackpool South Shore branch of Travelodge. The hotel was modern and cosy, with everything you could need to make you feel at home. Wifi was available with 30 minutes free per day, or just £3 for 24 hours if you needed it. There was also a TV, tea and coffee services and the comfiest bed I've ever slept in.
Blackpool Sealife Centre which played host to all manner of sharks, seahorses, jellyfish and more. An underwater walk through and interactive rock pool made for a fun and fully immersive experience.
Blackpool Tower. Because of the high winds, the "Blackpool Eye" was closed but thankfully the stunning ballroom was still open to the public. The ballroom was what I had really had my heart on experiencing, and it was even better than I had anticipated.
Blackpool Tower Dungeons. I didn't really know what to expect, as we had decided to visit only because the Blackpool Eye was closed. I'm so glad we did though, as it was great fun! The actors who unfolded the story of Lancashire's history took us through tales of plague, witchcraft and war. There was lots of interaction, scares and jumps as nervous terror turned to laughter throughout the experience.
It was a lovely weekend, even with the weather being a spoil sport and I'd love to return in the Summer and see it when it's at it's best. The ballroom was definitely my favourite experience by far, and if I do ever return, you can bet it'll be in full sequins!
Until next time,
* Hotel stay was provided by Travelodge. All opinions are honest and my own.
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