Blackpool is just as popular as ever, and it’s no surprise. This famous seaside town is full of things to see and do, and the activities aren’t just limited to the beach. Blackpool and the local area is a hub for nature, history and culture, offering days out for the whole family. All you need to do is choose an activity!
Let us help you out with our list of some of the best things to do in Blackpool and beyond.
Explore an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Forest of Bowland is a natural beauty spot; home to rolling hills, picturesque villages, rugged moorland and rich forests. Perfect for an active day with the family.
Whether you’re a rambler, an explorer, a cyclist or a photographer, you’ll fall in love with Bowland. The area is home to one of the country’s rarest birds, the hen harrier, as well as bounding hares and graceful deer. But it isn’t all about ticking off rare species – Bowland also spans quaint villages and charming picnic spots that the kids will love exploring.
Put a spring back into your step
Lacking a little spring in your step? Then grab the whole family and head to Ascent Trampoline Park. This high-energy day out is home to more than 130 interlinked trampolines, where you can literally bounce off the walls! But that isn’t all – you’ll also find a host of other exciting activities and equipment.
Take the family into battle on the Ninja Assault Course or Gladiator pit, or feel that floating sensation as you dive onto the UK’s largest airbag. Ascent even runs a range of different trampoline sessions to suit the whole family: after school sessions for kids, a Beat Night disco, fitness classes for adults and autism-friendly sessions.
Families are sure to have a day they’ll truly remember!
Stroll side-by-side with Mother Nature
Brockholes is a beautiful nature reserve that is home to gorgeous wildlife, stunning scenery and floating buildings. That’s right, the reserve’s Visitor Village floats on one of its lakes – imagine the view as you enjoy tea and cake in the restaurant or browse around The Nest gift shop!
Brockholes is all about getting your family closer to nature. With more than 250 acres of reserve to explore, you’re guaranteed to experience at least one close encounter: roe deer, kestrels and otters have all been spotted by eagle-eyed visitors. There’s an adventure playground, too, as well as a host of events the whole family will love. From vintage fairs to Nature Tots sessions, Brockholes has it all.
Visit a historic working farm
Cobble Hey Farm & Gardens is set in the Forest of Bowland AONB. The historic working farm is a fabulous place to teach youngsters about animal care, the UK’s farming heritage and where their food comes from. You can get up close to farming favourites and rare breeds, all before paying a visit to Cobble Hey’s wetland bird reserve and gardens.
And that isn’t all: sample homemade produce in the tearoom or help the kids indulge in a lamb feeding session. Watch their faces light up as they cradle chicks and walk young goats around the farm. It won’t be long before you’re itching to have your own animal encounter!
Take a frightful, fun-filled history lesson!
Journey back into the bowels of Blackpool with a trip to The Blackpool Tower Dungeon. This is a history lesson like you’ve never seen before, as a cast of fabulous actors and plenty of special effects bring the plague, the War of the Roses and Pendle Witches to life.
Mix fun with fear as you see, hear, touch, smell and feel Lancashire’s gruesome and mysterious history. Each walk-through experience is as life-like as the next, so hold onto your hats! Not least because you’ll encounter an exciting ride with a very unexpected drop…
Jump in the pool… and the rapids, and the sauna!
Waterfalls, a spa, twisting and turning waterslides: Sandcastle Waterpark has it all. Even the youngest of children will find a slide or chute to get them giggling, and who could resist a pirate ship? That’s right, the pool also has its very own HMS Thundersplash – a marooned galleon complete with treasure, secret tunnels and water cannons.
Of course, you’ll need to refuel after all that excitement. Luckily, Sandcastle Waterpark has three cafes to choose from, serving everything from delicious burgers and hot dogs to fresh salads, filling sandwiches and scrummy jacket potatoes.
Dive into Blackpool’s fascinating past
Fleetwood may be a small seaside town, but there’s plenty of interesting history packed between its grains of sand. The best place to learn more is at Fleetwood Museum, a listed building that’s bursting at the rafters with exhibitions and artefacts.
You can learn all about Fleetwood’s cargo trade, lifeboat service and fishing heritage, particularly how the area’s heroic trawler men played an invaluable part in the First and Second World Wars. With a café to refuel in, and a museum shop where you can grab a keepsake, both you and the kids will love it.
British Commercial Vehicle Museum
There aren’t many places where you can see some of Britain’s most iconic historic vehicles in one place, but the British Commercial Vehicle Museum is one of them. From horse-drawn carriages to buses, there are decades’ worth of vehicles for the family to explore. And by explore, we mean really explore, as you can even step inside and sit behind the wheel.
The Museum also boasts interactive exhibitions and archive footage cinemas, as well as ghost walks. Well, it’s only natural when the Museum building itself has so many stories to tell.
Which of these fun-filled days out in Blackpool takes your fancy? Leave us a comment and let us know which ones you can’t wait to try out!