We have covered lots of the Wales and England with the boys, always on the hunt for the next big attraction for our quota of thrills and spills or another quaint beautiful location to appreciate a slower pace of life. Somewhere I do quite fancy taking the boys is Blackpool, I went a fair few times whilst at University as it was not far from Lancaster. It offered a fabulous mix of a busy bustling resort with lots of amenities and attractions (I love the illuminations!) but also the chance to unwind beachside.
National research amongst children aged six to seventeen has shown that Blackpool is the destination children would pick for their holidays (based on a wishlist of different factors). I try and choose my holidays based around the entertainment options for my boys so having read this I think my visit to Blackpool cannot wait much longer. Blackpool actually came ahead of Orlando, Italy and France, so it seems silly for us to jet off to a warmer location paying a small fortune in the process when I can have happier boys from a holiday so much closer.
Children are not always fond of travelling if my youngest had his way he would never go anywhere, although on arrival at his destination he is always pleased to be there and keen to get involved in whatever is happening. But I can relate to the poll saying 55% of children surveyed think the journey should take no longer than four hours, with the potential for travel sickness and getting fed up and bored on long journeys its no wonder a closer destination is more popular.
87% of children wanted the sandy beach but on their doorstep, not one requiring a decent walk or a car journey, the beach has to be a stroll from the holiday accommodation something Blackpool offers so well and given how much we love heading to a beach its a natural destination choice for us.
Mind you the problem with holidaying in the UK is the weather, its temperamental at best, but only 1 out of 20 children thought that was an issue. Blackpool has all weather attractions, so you can always find something to do and its surprising how much fun you can have with a rain coat and wellies even on the beach!
I am off to do a spot of research on the Visit Blackpool website and in the meantime follow the hashtag #BlackpoolsBack to see what Blackpool can offer your family.
BlackpoolsBack commissioned OnePoll to survey 2,000 UK children aged 6 – 17 in June 2014