There is a £5 charge per person, just to gain entry to The Pleasure Beach site. Perhaps this is to deter the kind of people who might cause problems and spoil the area, as so often happens in resorts like Blackpool. Maybe the cost of maintaining the beach warrants this high price, who knows? However, if you are on a tight budget or taking a large family, this £5 per person charge will make a large dent in your wallet.
Be prepared to spend a good amount of your hard earned cash in Blackpool, particularly in the tourist hotspots. Attractions by the sea front are very costly. Most will be done in about an hour and a half, meaning that you will probably want to see and do three or more in a day. If you are holidaying with children, they are going to want to sample everything on offer, so be prepared to either say no firmly or take a lot of dosh with you.
We spoke to one family who had a day doing everything they wanted and by the time they had paid to go in, had food and drinks and been to the gift shop, they had burned through almost £400.
The trick is to start the holiday being careful with your money and find out everything that is there, before deciding what you want to do or see most.
As with every place you go, be mindful that there are pick pockets, scammers and other criminal pond life, looking for opportunities to relieve tourists of their belongings and cash.
As visually impaired people, Deb and I note that there are areas in and around Blackpool, where it is difficult to tell the road from the pavement and some raised kerbs, that have been hard to see and have caused us to trip. So do take care.
Something that we love about Blackpool and one of the reasons we keep going back, is that people are very friendly and helpful. We always seem to get in with the right crowd.
If there is something you especially want to see while on holiday in Blackpool, it's recommended that you try to book in advance. Try to do this about four weeks in advance of your arrival in resort and you will get the best choice of everything.
When booking your transport, you will find that travelling after 10am between Tuesday and Thursday, is much cheaper and the trains are less busy. Rail cards are available that could knock a third of the price off your train journey. There are rail cards that benefit the following: disabled, students (18-25), couples, family and seniors (over 60). The cards cost £20 - £30 per year. The disabled card is only available direct and proof of disability is required. Similar offers are available if you choose to travel by coach.
A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned the switching on of the famous Blackpool illuminations. If you are planning to go for the opening of the festival, this is a reminder that it is on Friday September 4, 2015, and the line up for the main concert includes, Professor Green, Texas, Little Boots, Toploader and Jedward to name just a few. The celebrity who will be throwing the switch for the lights hasn't been announced at the time of writing this article.
Deb and I are particularly looking forward to the Saturday festival of vintage pop from the 1980s, which will be hosted by Pat Sharp. Bananarama, Paul Young, Jason Donovan and other pop legends from the era will be performing.
Before we sign off, here's a cheeky request from us. If you were in Blackpool last year, Deb and I lost a Kodak Easy Share 6610 camera and three SD cards in the Illuminasia Exhibition, we think it fell into one of the exhibits. We'd love to have it back if anyone found it. If the camera is damaged, we're not too worried but the SD cards contain precious memories. We can be contacted via this website. Thanks in hopeful anticipation.
Well that's us, Mark and Deb blogging off for this week.
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