10 outdoor attractions in Blackpool to make the most of the May Bank Holiday heatwave.
Met Office forecasters are predicting scorching temperatures across Blackpool and the Fylde coast this Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
Here are 10 outdoor attractions to make the most of the bank holding weekend in Blackpool:
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach, one of the resort’s biggest attractions, has been celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The park is usually open for 11am to 5pm on weekdays and 10am to 6pm on Sundays. If you fancy riding some of the park's attractions in the dark, or simply want more time to enjoy the thrills, the park is normally open from 10am to 10pm on Saturdays.
There’s nothing quite like a day at the seaside, and Blackpool is one of the best beach resorts in the UK. The whole family will love relaxing in the sun, taking a dip in the sea and enjoying an ice cream along the promenade. There is plenty of space for sandcastles, sunbathing and family games, so you really can make a day of it.
Blackpool Model Village & Gardens, established in 1972, has been inspiring the imaginations of families for decades. Doors open at 9.30am. Last entry is 4.00pm weather permitting. Adult tickets are £7.50, tickets for kids between the ages of 3 and 15 cost £6, and children 2 and under can enter for free.
Blackpool is home to not one, not two, but three Victorian piers: North Pier, Central Pier and South Pier. Whether you’re looking for live entertainment, amusement rides, arcades, food stalls and games, there is something for everyone. The only Blackpool Pier to hold Grade II listed status, the North Pier is a wonderful starting point for exploring Blackpool’s beaches. Central Pier is extremely family-friendly, with arcade games, a funfair and the popular Funhouse Family Bar. South Pier is a mini theme park, featuring go-karting, dodgems, waltzers, the Crazy Mouse rollercoaster, Skycoaster, Skyscreamer bungee ride, Spider Mountain climbing frame and Maxibounce trampolines.
Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve, home to hundreds of species of wildlife, is nationally recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. From dragonflies to orchids, visitors can enjoy the site via a series of designated footpaths and bird hides. During April to September, you can access the site by parking on East Park Drive or Lawson Road.
Blackpool Zoo is a family-friendly attraction, providing fun and education for all ages. Located only five minutes from Junction 4 of the M55 motorway, the zoo is situated in 32 acres of spacious, mature parkland with lakes, waterfalls and traditional English woodland. The zoo will be open from 10am to 5.45pm this bank holiday weekend.
Karting 2000 Raceway offers a fun karting experience with a floodlit track and electronic lap timing. The circuit is an exciting combination of fast sweeping bends, sharp cornering and high-speed straights, and is positioned in the heart of the action between the Pleasure Beach and South Pier. The track is open from 10.30am and 8pm on May 29 and May 30.
Each hole of the Adventure Golf offers unique hazards ranging from jumps and bumps to rivers and underground tunnels, all adding to the fun of the game. Don’t worry if you’re new to Adventure Golf - both beginners and experts are catered for with different levels of difficulty to tackle on each hole. Tickets are £12 per person on Saturdays and Bank Holidays.
The Promenade Tour takes you on a 1-hour return trip along Blackpool’s finest coastline to Little Bispham and back. You will head north along the promenade, taking in the fresh air and experiencing the scenic views that Blackpool has to offer. On the return leg of your tour, you will travel all the way to the Pleasure Beach in the south of Blackpool before turning once more and returning via the Golden Mile taking in the sights of Blackpool’s well-known landmarks before ending the tour where you started. The tour costs £4 for adults and £2 for children (ages 3-15) when booked online. Under 3’s may travel for free if they are not occupying a seat.
The Grade II-listed park, which opened in 1926, has been voted the best park in the UK for the second time in three years. Open every day between dawn and dusk, the park is split into four zones: the north and western formal gardens; the eastern area lake and woodland area; and the south stretch containing children’s play areas and sports facilities.