Blackpool is the seaside and entertainment capital of the North and a fitting location for Mecca Fest – the most exciting bingo party ever.
If you’re heading to the coast to join the party – or just fancy a trip with the fam – here’s our list of the best things to do in Blackpool.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been run by the same family since it opened in 1896. A delight for all ages, the park has broken all kinds of UK, European and world records and has more roller coasters (10) than any other theme park in the country.
It’s also home to the tallest rollercoaster in the UK, the Big One, where you can drop from a stomach-churning 65 meters above sea level.
There are 4 traditional wooden rollercoasters including the Big Dipper which dates back to 1923. For the littlies, there’s Nickelodeon Land with cartoon-themed rides and attractions.
Madame Tussauds in Blackpool is home to a wide range of celebrity waxworks.
Meet Queen Elizabeth II, take selfies with the Olympic star Mo Farah and try to impress the famously grumpy talent show judge Simon Cowell.
There are stars from music, British TV, international film and sport, all posed in interactive displays allowing for amazing photo opps.
One of our fave areas is a reproduction of the Rovers Return Inn from Coronation Street, where you can pose with Ken and Deidre Barlow, Jack and Vera Duckworth and Bet Lynch.
After undergoing a major clean-up programme, Blackpool Beach carried Blue Flag status from 2015 – 2018. While a 1.89% drop in water quality meant that the status couldn’t be renewed in 2019, the beach is exceptionally clean and boasts all of the great features you’d expect from the British seaside. Deckchairs, ice-cream and donkey rides are in abundance when the weather is good and there’s nothing better than eating a piping-hot bag of chips in the fresh sea air!
The Sandcastle waterpark
Blackpool doesn’t do things by half and the Sandcastle is the UK’s largest indoor waterpark. For thrill-seekers there’s Master Blaster – the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide, Aztec Falls, Sidewinder and more. Families and younger guests can take it easy in the Typhoon Lagoon wave pool, Treetops water chutes and Caribbean Storm Treehouse to name a few. For those in your party that aren’t too fond of getting wet, Waterfalls Café has a great selection of coffees and cakes!
North Pier, Central Pier and South Pier
Blackpool has 3 fantastic piers, all with individual personalities and unique original features – some dating back as far as the 1860s.
North Pier has a theatre and a lovely selection of cafes and bars.
Central Pier has a large family bar with regular entertainment plus arcades and a Ferris wheel.
South Pier has rides, arcades and game stalls along with The Laughing Donkey family bar.
Proper fish and chips
No trip to the seaside would be complete without the quintessentially British treat of fish ‘n’ chips. There’s an incredible selection of chippies, and we think these offer the best fish and chips in Blackpool:
Taylors – 461 St Anne’s Road, South Shore
People come from miles around to sample the fish and chips on offer here.
Pablo’s – 491-493 New South Promenade, South Shore
There’s probably going to be a queue, but it’s absolutely worth the wait!
Yorkshire Fisheries – Topping Street, town centre
Said to be the oldest chippy in Blackpool, you’ll find this gem in the town centre.
Bentleys Fish and Chip Shop – 131 Bond Street
Great location, top quality food and gluten free options.
The Bank Bar and Grill – 28 Corporation Street
A more upmarket selection, the beer-battered fish and chips will delight any foodie.
Mecca Bingo Blackpool
We couldn’t very well leave this out, could we? Our impressive bingo club in Blackpool is open 7 days a week from 11am – midnight. With great value sessions, a lively bar area and plenty to choose from on the menu, it’s well worth a visit. Find Mecca Bingo Blackpool at Talbot Rd, Blackpool FY1 3QX.
We hope this list has got you in the mood for a road trip! Pop on your sunnies and pack your bucket and spade for a thrilling seaside adventure. Let us know in the comments or on social media if we’ve missed anything out.