Blackpool Tower, diminutive cousin of le Tour Eiffel is world famous, and a familiar landmark to most in the UK, but did you know that there are four attractions situated within the tower itself?
I had been to Blackpool a couple of times before our recent holiday, and always assumed that it was simply a case of going up to the top, having a look round and coming back down again. When we were offered a The Big Ticket to explore all seven of the main Blackpool attractions, I was most surprised to learn that more than half of them were actually in the tower.
The four attractions in the tower are: The Blackpool Tower Eye, the Circus, the Ballroom and Jungle Jim's.
The Blackpool Tower Eye
What a stunning experience! Before embarking on your ascent to The Blackpool Tower Eye, you must visit the new 4D experience, where you will encounter amazing sights, smells and special effects as you follow one little boy's adventure at the seaside, and experience the wonder of flight for yourself. We loved it!!
After that, ready yourself for your next flight, up through the tower itself, and believe me, once you've seen the film, every girder and rivet will inspire awe. At the top, the doors open and you are met with floor to ceiling, uninterrupted views across Blackpool and beyond. Truly breathtaking!
There is also the new Sky Walk, never before have you been able to see so much of Blackpool down below as you tread across metres of glass... it’s like walking on air. You encounter a sensational new viewing experience with ceiling to floor, uninterrupted views!
Lara absolutely loved it, and also wanted to go up to the next level, which is half open to the elements. You can also go up one more level, but we didn't brave that one!
We all thought the whole Blackpool Tower Eye experience was absolutely fantastic, and would go back like a shot! Highly recommended.
The Blackpool Tower Circus
Waiting eagerly for the circus to begin
Running until 4th November 2012, the current circus show is entitled Mooky V Boooffalo Bill, and has a Wild West theme. Boooffalo Bill brings his show to town including acts such as the Russian Swing, Wire Walking, Russian Bar, Horizontal Bar and more! His counterpart is the clown Mooky who brings comedy and pathos, as well as some truly corny jokes!
Unfortunately, we missed the second act with its spectacular finale, as it was a bit too long for Lara to sit still, but it would be perfect for over fours, or you could just do what we did and only watch the first act - perfect length for toddlers.
The Blackpool Tower Circus is built amongst the four legs of The Blackpool Tower, a unique setting, and the architecture certainyl deserves more than a glance.
The circus is great fun and excitement for all the family – perfect for the school holidays. And look out for the Christmas panto too! Date & time details of all shows are here.
Children (and adults!) can get clown faces painted before the show
The Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Unfortunately we ran out of time and didn't get to visit the ballroom on our recent holiday, but I have added it to my list of must do afternoon tea spots because it looks so beautiful. The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is a true Blackpool institution, where you can dance the day away to the sounds of the Wurlitzer amidst a spectacular setting, or watch from the side lines as you enjoy a delicious cream tea.
With dancing every day, you can either take a whirl on the dance floor yourself or sit on the side-lines and watch as others glide by. Either way this magical setting will encapsulate you and you'll be eager to visit time and time again…as so many regular visitors already do. Perfect for all those Strictly fans!
Forthcoming ballroom events include BBC Philharmonic on 17th October; a Northern Soul Weekender 9-11th November; Soul & Motown Party on 8th December; and a spectacular New Year's Eve Party. Full details of all these events and more can be found on the website.
And now for one of the highlights of Lara's holiday, which she is still talking about! Jungle Jim's Children’s Indoor Play Experience is the UK's ultimate indoor adventure playground for kids, set within an amazing themed 'Lost City'.
With giant Inca Gods guarding the entrance, children feel like great adventurers, venturing inside the brave explorers will find a fun-tastic range of swinging, sliding and climbing contraptions plus a fabulous interactive quest to find hidden treasure!
Jungle Jim's features:
Huge four lane Glide Slide
The Black Slide
Ballpools and slides on the lower level offer softer play for tiny adventurers
Lara absolutely LOVED it and spent a good two hours haring about, aided and abetted by Daddy whilst I had a nice cup of tea with my book and a sleeping Sophia - fantastic! I would say this is an absolute must-do if you are visiting Blackpool with anyone under the age of about 10 (or 4' 9" apparently!) As I say, Lara is still talking about it a month later!
Full details of opening days and times can be found here and, as well as being part of The Big Ticket, if you are likely to visit regularly, you can buy an annual pass to Jungle Jim's for just £48! Well worth it. Two adults go free with every child by the way!
We had an amazing time in Blackpool and will be back to visit all of the attractions very soon. Thank you so much for our Big Ticket, great scheme!
The Big Ticket covers all four of these attractions, plus Madame Tussaud's, The Dungeons and the Sea Life Centre, which will be reviewed separately. The ticket lasts for 90 days from purchase, covers one entry to each of the attractions and costs just £40 online!