Ar-Blog Visits: Blackpool Illuminations

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Alright, I know what you’re thinking.

Stag and Hen Parties. Tacky seaside and sticks of rock?

I know that’s typical Blackpool isn’t it?

Hooowever… from August 30th to November 10th that all changes.

Honestly it does.

Despite the fact that Blackpool is tacky and dirty and even though the BBC described the switch on as the worst switch on in 100 years the Illuminations are superb.

I used to go every other year or so as a child with my Auntie Jean and Uncle John. They used to let me stick my head out of the sun roof so I could see all the lights properly and they always bought me doughnuts for the way home. I took Tom once when we were dating and this year we took Holly for our first family illuminations trip.

It was excellent and it was FREE!! Kind of…

We went for a walk on the beach – Free

We marvelled at the light up trams – Free

We all went for a ride on the Ferris Wheel – £10 (definitely not free)

Me & Holly rode the toddler carousel – £2.20

We paid £8 for fish and chips – well worth it.

We crawled slowly along all 10km of the lights – FREE

We bought 6 doughnuts – £2, best two pound I ever spent.

Blackpool Illuminations – worth every penny!



5 Top Tips when visiting Blackpool Illuminations:

1. Park up and walk some of the way

Parking on the front is free after 8pm. It’s great to walk along and see some of the lights from a different perspective.

2. Don’t expect to walk it all

The lights are 10km long. Don’t expect to walk it all, hop in the car or on one of the trams. Make sure you go right to the end though and see the rocket and the huge light displays.

3. Be Patient

There will be traffic, there will be lots of people. Go expecting to crawl along the whole parade of lights and enjoy the slow and steady of it all.

4. Go Early

It’s really quiet in Blackpool if you get there an hour before the lights switch on. Soak in the seaside atmosphere before all the hustle and bustle.

5. Get Doughnuts

Why wouldn’t you?!?!


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Carie - November 1, 2013 - 5:37 am

Wow! 10 k of lights! I had no idea it was on such a big scale. But with fish and chips and fresh doughnuts to keep out the cold it looks lovely.


Lucy - November 1, 2013 - 10:33 am

Growing up in Lancashire, my hubby went to the illuminations every year. He took me for the first time when I was quite heavily pregnant with the little man and we walked what seemed like forever. We made the mistake of going on a Saturday and I came away saying I was never ever going again as long as I live. But since having the kids I’m starting to see the appeal a bit more, I know they’d find it magical. Your photos are gorgeous… maybe that’s why they appeal to me more now, I fancy taking the camera!!! x


Mascara and Mud - November 1, 2013 - 9:02 pm

These photos are fab!! Have never thought to take my bois…might have to change that!


Claire @ Great British Family - November 2, 2013 - 9:52 am

I have many happy memories of Blackpool illuminations and I can not wait to take my little girl when she is older. Beautiful photographs.


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