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Blackpool in General
Member Name: jingles
Blackpool in General
Date: 24/07/01, updated on 24/07/01 (916 review reads)
Advantages: Great for hen/stag weekends
Disadvantages: Very tacky and loud
I was in Blackpool over the weekend - a friend of mine is dropping from the spinster shelf and getting herself married (why is it since l have turned 27 that l have constantly been buying wedding presents?) so as with tradition we had to have a hen night/weekend.
Louise lives in Manchester and so we all caught the Easyjet flight from Belfast to Liverpool and were with her in under 2 hours - not bad at all!! We had a mini bus hired to take 13 feisty ladies off to Blackpool for drink and debauchery.
I really could not believe it to be truthful (the last time l was in the town was when l was 13 and so l was viewing it through different eyes!). It is the Mecca for tacky British holidaymakers - although to be truthful near 70% of people were celebrating something.
We arrived about 2pm and checked into our 'hotel'/B&B - the rooms l am assuming are average our room cost £20 for the night plus breakfast, but we also had to pay a £10 bond in case of breakage’s and because we were such a large party.
After purchasing the obligatory wigs (l had beaded dread locks which l must admit were very fetching!) we headed off on a mission to find the nearest pub. The first bar we drank in was Yates Wine Lodge (and we spent the afternoon here to be honest!). It was very busy all with stags and hens. People were in full-scale fancy dress - monks, cavemen, nuns, dressed as old ladies - this was all in broad day light on a Saturday afternoon! We soon fell into the swing of things!!
Other pubs on this main Talbot Road (heading towards the Pleasure Beach) include O'Neills and The Counting House. Toward the Tower are Manchester (strip shows!) and Fox Trot. We spent the night in a bar/disco which played music from our childhood - Tiffany I think were alone now - get my drift! It was free to get into and easy access to the bar!! Im sure Blackpool nightlife has much more to offer but we didn’t get very far lm afraid!
So apart from boozing what else does Blackpool have to offer?
Rock - Blackpool rock is world famous - get your name in the centre - you can not go home with out at least 1 bar!!
The Tower - It costs apparently £25 to go up the Tower - it does also have a circus and the Tower Ballroom - lm sorry but we did not part with the cash - plus l hate heights anyway!! Its a cheap imitation of the Eiffel Tower, Paris!!
The Pleasure Beach - for the big child in all of us. A rollercoaster kingdom for those of us who thirst for danger and speed. We were short on time yesterday so we only went on 3 rides. You can buy a park pass for £25 or each ride requires tickets and the popular rides are the most expensive - an A type ticket is £2.50.
Some of the Girls went on the Pepsi Max (The Big One) - l think it is the longest rollercoaster in Europe - they had to queue for about 25 mins and the ride lasted for 5 minutes, but OH MY GAWD as Helen from BB would say. If you are a dangerfreak this is for you. I like to keep my feet flat on the ground!!
The Passage of Terror - this is at the entrance to the park and costs £4.50 to go through. You walk through and are met by various freaks of nature. The entire walk is in semi-darkness and you meet - the girl from the Exorcist, Freddy Kruger, a body bag, which comes to life, Dracula etc. As the ride comes to the end you are chased by a guy with a knife - you run out into a public bar screaming - very embarrassing. Very good though!! Valhalla - this is a logflume and please buy a plastic mac they cost a pound and stop you from getting absolutely soaking through!! Its set in a Viking backdrop and again is murky - the special effects are excellent and you go through flames and ice ages and get very wet. I loved this ride and thoroughly recommend it to everyone!
Blackpool is also famous for trams - they cost a pound and travel up and down the main streets and go as far as Fleetwood.
There are 3 piers - North, South & Central. They have various attractions - shows, big wheels and amusements. Louis Tussauds Wax Works can also be found for an entrance fee of £4.50 for adults.
If you do get hungry - you can have fish or chips or mushy peas or cockles or mussels or burgers or McDonalds - get the idea - its all good British tucker of fast food!! Lovely if you’ve had a drink or two (or three or four!!)
Blackpool - extremely good fun and l will go back (just not this weekend!!)
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