were given two nights complimentary stay at the Travelodge
South Promenade to have a taste of what Blackpool has to offer. I must confess
it was louder and wilder than the visits I remember but then again I am going
back 15 or so years since I was there last. Now I am a parent myself
I tend to give hen/stag parties a wide berth when out with my children,
whereas in my Uni days I would have been joining them quite happily!
Regardless the attractions in Blackpool are very good so
if you wanted to experience them it’s worth a flying visit. We could have
done with an extra night to find time for the Pleasure Beach and to explore the
area more thoroughly. Illuminasia proved to be one of our favourite
experiences; you can read my full review here. But
suffice to say if you’re visiting Blackpool outside the illuminations season
then being able to still see them is a real treat and worth the entrance fee.
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lasting memory for the boys is the Tower Circus this was very impressive,
plenty of heart in your mouth moments when you thought the complicated balancing
stunts might not quite go to plan! One poor lady was taking a spray for
her angina to settle her racing heart!!!
But in between there were plenty of giggles watching Mooky the clown and
his talcum powder trumps!
hotel itself was conveniently placed for the Pleasure Beach so its a real shame
we did not make the most of that aspect of our location, but seeing as we have
our Merlin passes we thought it would be silly not to utilise them so spent our
time in the SEA Life Aquarium, Blackpool Tower and Madame Tussauds which was a
longer walk but still a manageable distance by foot.
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Madame Tussands was quite entertaining lots of picture opportunities, I was surprised by just how much both the boys enjoyed it. I almost ran out of space on my phone as youngest especially wanted a picture with pretty much every model in there!
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The room was
comfortable and had everything we needed; the only downside was the noise from
outside and the corridors. Fortunately the boys slept soundly tired out
from their adventures but hubbie and I were more on edge. If you are
planning on being out late at night partying though this is probably a great
choice of hotel, because the mornings sounded very peaceful!!! But by
then our children were up and raring to go…
The dinning area is not very big so arrive early to guarantee a seat, it was completely full by 8:16am (they started serving at 8am) on the Saturday morning, although the Sunday was quieter (probably more guests worn out after a busy weekend!). This picture was taken at 7:50am but it soon filled after that.
was generous, plenty of choice, yoghurts, cereal, muffins, croissants and a
cooked breakfast, just what you need to set you up for the day ahead.
Children eat for free when accompanied by a paying adult so it’s a reasonable
price for breakfast with that offer.
would use Travelodge again
but book a quieter location.