Thursday, 9 June 2016

Why Blackpool Pleasure Beach is brilliant for families

Sometimes your choice of theme park is straight-forward.

You may live on the doorstop of one or have a small group, all around the same age, and height.  All perhaps sharing a common thrill seeker level.

Easy.

But what do you do when your party ranges from 2 years-old to 70 years-young?

When your group contains folks that regard 90mph upside down as a moderate rush, and others that see spinning tea-cups akin to skydiving from the moon without a parachute?

OUR THREE GENERATIONS OF FAMILY AT THE PLEASURE BEACH

You go to Blackpool Pleasure Beach of course.

We had such ‘problem’ over the recent school holiday, and having visited many of the UK’s best theme parks over the years, knew where was going to suit our party, as a collective, best.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a brilliant theme park and really comes into its own when talking of having something for everyone.

There are other great theme parks around the UK but none I’ve found that really do cater for everyone at the same time.

Attractions for every age group, for every height, for every level of adrenaline rush seeker.

WHY BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH SUITS EVERYONE


THREE GENERATIONS OF NEWBOLD ON THE DERBY RACER

Value for money & the non-rider option


Prices are very fair at the Pleasure Beach.  It is one of the few theme parks that still offers much cheaper entry for those just wishing to walk around the park, perhaps just to accompany children enjoying the rides.

And if you just want to take in a single ride or two, you can buy individual tickets rather than wristbands that offer unlimited rides.  Keeps the price down, and you are only paying for what you are riding, or not, as the case may be.

However with Pleasure Beach wristbands offering unlimited rides start at only £17 when booked in advance online, it doesn’t take many rides to get your money’s worth.

Rides for everyone


For the trill seekers, there are the big rides like, errrm, The Big One and Infusion.

Whilst rides like Alice in Wonderland, the Ghost Train and Dodgems should suffice the traditionalists.

In the middle ground there’s the Grand National, Derby Racer and Flying Machines.

For little ones there’s an abundance of rides over at Nicklodeon Land, as well as rides dotted around the park like River Caves and Eddie Stobart’s Convoy Ride.

We enjoyed a good mix, and found that those going on each particular varied.  Each of us took a break at one time or another, rather than any one of use being consistently left holding the bags.


MEMBERS OF ALL THREE GENERATIONS COOLING DOWN ON RUGRATS LOST RIVER


Handy Literature


One of the finest, and most useful, leaflets ever handed to me is this beauty.

HANDY LIST OF ALL PLEASURE BEACH RIDES FOR SMALL CHILDREN


There’s no need to fold out a massive site map, or familiarise yourself with any clever key over-and-over again every time you are evaluating where to go next.

This is a handy list of all the rides without a height restriction, and gave us a quick short-cut to target the rides for our littlest, and most conservative thrill seekers.

They also have a very handy leaflet giving you the height restrictions and ticket requirements for every Pleasure Beach ride.

Site Layout


Blackpool Pleasure Beach is set out cleverly over a relative small and flat site, it is so easy to get from one area or ride to the next, even if you have a tired toddler or indeed, pensioner, in your group.

It’s easy for your kids, or adults, to take turns choosing rides of varying menace on your way around, meaning no one is waiting very long to go on a ride of their choice or thrill level preference.

And it’s not like you have to traipse back and forth over acres and acres, to and from particular areas, wasting your day walking.  We managed to easily keep the whole of our party happy during all of the time on the Pleasure Beach.

Convenience


We drove in from the Lytham side encountering no traffic, despite it being a school holiday, once again parking right underneath The Big One rollercoaster.

Hearing, and seeing, the rollercoaster over your head always whets the appetite, and provides a ridiculously convenient and short walk to the park.

After making the very short walk to the ticket office, we picked up our pre-ordered tickets, and were all inside the park in only a few minutes after parking.  No mean feat for a party of ten including a pushchair (and pensioners).

PARKING UNDERNEATH THE BIG ONE ROLLERCOASTER


Fantastic memories for the whole family


We had an absolutely brilliant day, that is very difficult to put into words, a day not easily forgotten.  Family time at it’s very best.

Hope you and your family get to enjoy the Pleasure Beach soon.

If you want more information and tips for visiting the Pleasure Beach have a browse of all my Blackpool Pleasure Beach posts.

And to see just how much fun we had, take a look at the images below.

THREE GENERATIONS ENJOYING THE RIVER CAVES

FATHER AND SON ABOUT TO CLIMB THE UK's HIGHEST ROLLERCOASTER

STEEPLE CHASE WITH 138 YEARS OF JOCKEY ON ONE HORSE!

KEEP YOUR HANDS ON THE HANDLE BARS

GRANDCHILDREN, PARENT & GRANDPARENT ENJOYING THE GRAND NATIONAL

AUNTIE AND NEPHEW REACTING SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT ON THE REVOLUTION


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