By Kingfisher Visitor Guides
Kids and big kids alike find a wealth of exciting things to do in Lancashire. Fill your days out with everything from rollercoasters to fish and chips by the sea.
Rides, shows and theme parks in Blackpool
Blackpool stands loud and proud as one of the most visited destinations in the UK, so start here for fun-filled family days out. The famous Blackpool Tower stands 158 metres tall and is a day out in itself. Dare to walk out onto the solid glass SkyWalk to feel like you’re floating over the Promenade below. On a clear day, you’ll see as far as the Lake District and the Isle of Man.
While you’re there, catch a show at the 4D cinema, watch the circus and play a round of mini-golf. At the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, you’ll learn about smugglers and witches with a cast of actors and special effects. Check out the stunning ballroom seen by millions on TV’s Strictly Come Dancing and visit the circus-themed arcade on The Fifth Floor. The Comedy Carpet features jokes and quotes from more than 1,000 comedians along the Promenade.
Standing at 158 metres tall on a clear day, you’ll see as far as the Lake District and the Isle of Man from the famous Blackpool tower
Other renowned Blackpool attractions include waxwork look-alikes at Madame Tussauds, Blackpool Zoo and Sea Life Aquarium. In autumn and winter, Blackpool Illuminations lights up the Promenade with a rainbow of spectacular displays. One of the best ways to see the whole route is to travel by tram. Blackpool’s seafront transport network has retained its traditional vehicles from decades ago.
Lancashire delivers adventure and excitement in spades. Go Ape is an exhilarating treetop adventure in Rivington near Chorley. As long as you’re over 10 years of age, the forest canopy is the limit. Ribbleton boasts Clip ‘N Climb with 20 climbing walls to challenge big and little monkeys. Or, try the Grip & Go climbing walls at The Adrenaline Centre in Rossendale, then go for gold bouncing on the trampolines.
Speaking of which, Jump Rush Trampoline in Morecambe offers more than 100 main bounce zone trampolines, while The Jump Works in Accrington features obstacles and towers. From hitting the heights to going underground, Outdoor Revolution Mole Hole is a caving experience at Blackpool Sports Centre. Delve into a network of dark tunnels using only the light from your head torch.
Blackpool boasts three awe-inspiring piers stretching out onto the sands from the road known affectionately as ‘The Golden Mile’. After a traditional buckets and spades day with the kids, explore each of them for attractions including fairground rides, arcades and plenty of live theatre venues. The South Shore is the home of Blackpool Pleasure Beach with 125 rides, including ICON rollercoaster and Nickelodeon Land for the little ones.
Just three miles from Blackpool, St Annes offers a break from the action amid rolling dunes and a lovely Victorian Pier. The beach huts have won awards here and the wide, sandy beach is ideal for strolling, lazing and eating fish and chips. Choose your favourite ice cream flavour and spend the day with the kids at Morecambe, where locals fly kites and the Eric Morecambe Statue overlooks the promenade.
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