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Regional Focus: Blackpool and the Lakes

The Lake District is probably the best place in England to explore the great outdoors, breath in the fresh air, blow away the cobwebs and be inspired by the magnificence of the natural environment.

There are a number of key elements which contribute to the regions appeal. There’s the lakes and rivers, mountains and fells, ancient woodlands, archaeology and heritage, cultural traditions and attractive towns and villages. This provides boundless opportunity for outdoor activities, or just plain old chill out time.

The Lake District has some really popular days out – the top five paid entry tourist attractions are arguably:

– The Aquarium of the Lakes

– Lake Windermere Steamers

– The World of Beatrix Potter

– The Theatre by the Lake at Keswick

– The Tree top Trek at Windermere

There is more information on things to do in this area here.

The Theatre by the Lakes (image sourced from www.lakedistrict.gov.uk)

The Theatre by the Lakes (image sourced from www.lakedistrict.gov.uk)

Off the beaten track there is plenty to do too. Some of the best things in life are free, and so here are 5 free things to do in the lakes:

– Derwent Water walks (near Keswick), one of the most tranquil places in the Lake district – lovely for family walks

– Feel the force of Aira Force waterfall (Near Ullswater)

– Take a trip back in time with a picnic and a beautiful view to soak up at Hardknott pass Roman fort

– There’s Grizedale forest for cycling and woodland walks – the sculpture walk is really cool for the younger explorers.

– If you’re feeling brave why not try Helvellyn’s striding edge, a dramatic way to assent the summit but be prepared and make sure the conditions are favourable, this will be an experience you’ll never forget.

During the stay, don’t forget to shop local – the food and the beer in the Lakes are pretty special too!

While in the Lakes, the bright lights of Blackpool are not too far away.

The top five paid entry tourist attractions in Blackpool are:

– The Tower – take a trip up the tower, breath in the fresh sea air – the perfect place for an ice cream and views out to sea and across the town.

– For some glamour, dating back to 1894 is Blackpool’s tower ballroom which offers old time charm in a decedent setting – this is the setting of many a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ final.

– Blackpool is synonymous with entertainment; another must is to take a trip to one of the many shows at the Winter Gardens. There’s a real variety there, from world famous artists to day time craft fairs.

– For some wet and wild times, the famous Sandcastle is the perfect places for a swim with a difference. From Monkey Island to Lagoon Bay, slides flumes, wave machines and a whole lot more, this is a really fun day out for all of the family.

– Last but not least, the famous Pleasure beach is Blackpool’s number one theme park for a white knuckle day out for the family, do you dare to ride the big one?

Blakckpool Beach (image sourced from www.dailymail.co.uk)

Blakckpool Beach (image sourced from www.dailymail.co.uk)

A trip to Blackpool need not be so expensive. The top five free things to do have to be:

– The famous illuminations, lighting up the sky over Blackpool’s newly renovated seafront promenade; take a ride in the car during September and October to view the light show spectacular.

– Blackpool’s promenade and piers continue to attract people, whether it’s for sun bathing or paddling in the water, making sandcastles, playing family games or eating picnics – the possibilities are endless (and sandy!).

– A little hidden gem is that of Marton Mere nature reserve, home to many rare and endangered species and a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the town. Marton Mere adjoins Stanley Park, a large municipal park with a diverse programme of events throughout the year.

– Fleetwood market is a traditional market with over 250 indoor and outdoor stalls, a shopper’s delight and a perfect place for a bargain. Okay… so this one may not entirely be free, but with so many bargains on offer and no obligation to buy, this is well worth a look!

For more information on things to do in Blackpool, visit their tourism website here.

If you’re considering the North West this year, we promise it won’t let you down! There’s plenty to see and do and the great contract of tranquil, idyllic countryside of the Lakes and the bustling fun of Blackpool to discover. Happy holidays!

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