The Stylish Way To Brave Blackpool
Written by Jaillan Yehia
A weekend break to Blackpool probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when you think of a stylish staycation, but by combining a visit to the stunning Lancashire countryside with a trip to the kitsch and cheesy seaside town made famous by ballroom dancing and bright lights, you can get the best of both worlds. Here’s how to do a weekend in Blackpool the cool way…
I’ll be 100% honest here and admit that it was pure circumstance that led me to plan a weekend to Blackpool and Lancashire. A famous classical musician was playing just two Uk dates and London’s Barbican was sold out – the only alternative was the Preston Guild Hall.
So it was with some trepidation that I set about organising an overnight trip to Preston. Before long and in typical travel-addict style this expanded to become a whistle-stop tour of the Lancashire coast including the Eric Morecambe statue at Morecambe Bay, the old town of Lancaster and the flashing lights of Blackpool.
The perfect way to structure the trip was to stay at a country retreat in the Ribble Valley first, and spend a couple of days winding down and exploring the stunning natural landscape of the Forest of Bowland – an under-publicised part of the Pennines which shares the characteristics of the nearby Peak District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks both of which are far more well-known.
You can then spend the day and evening in the nearby historic University town of Lancaster before finishing your trip with a fun-filled weekend break to Blackpool for the 10 kilometre-long, million-lightbulb illuminations which include every kind of light display from lasers, neon, fibre optics and searchlights to floodlighting and winking lights. Add in a walk on the pier, a bit of comedy gambling in the amusements, a tram ride and a stick of rock and your seaside weekend is complete.
Things To Do In The Area
Blackpool illuminations – see them by tram for added entertainment!
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