10 reasons to live in Blackpool
With summer in full-swing, it's time to visit the seaside, so with that in mind, we're taking a trip to the north west to visit Blackpool this week. Michelle, our Local editor in the area, takes us away from the Pleasure Beach and the Tower, beyond the holiday resort and gives us the rundown on why it's such a great place to live.
1. Thing about the area
Having the beach and attractions on your doorstep that other people have to go on holiday to enjoy.
2. Child-friendly cafe
Because Blackpool is a seaside town, most places are very geared up for children - I don't think I have received bad service anywhere. My daughter loves Pizza Express as they get to make dough shape biscuits while they are waiting or even their own pizza. I am also told West Coast Rock Cafe is great, too.
3. Child-free night out
I have not been out child-free for a long time other than to the theatre, but I am told Sapori on Clifton Street and Tiramisu on Abingdon Street are good.
Average semi-detached house price
Average class size for primary schools
Blackpool: 27.7 pupils
UK: 27 pupils
Average class size for secondary schools
Blackpool: 21.3 pupils
UK: 27 pupils
4. Outside space
Stanley Park - it's a beautiful place where you can walk round the gardens, take a boat ride on the lake, have a picnic or simply let your children run off some energy in the park. In the summer they have lots of extra children's activities, such as trampolines and Zorb balls.
5. Hidden gem
Penny Farm - we lived in Blackpool for ages before we discovered this. It's a horse sanctuary on the edge of Blackpool and it's free to get in.
They organise all kinds of treasure hunts, pony grooming and games during the weekends and holidays.
6. Schools (primary and secondary)
There are lots of excellent primaries in Blackpool with outstanding Ofsted reports and superb facilities. St John's Primary in the centre of town has an amazing roof garden playground.
Results-wise, Baines Secondary at Poulton Le Fylde does very well.
7. Free visitor attraction
The beach! We spent hours there yesterday just building sand castles and playing in the water.
8. Day out
There are so many to choose from depending on what you like, from the Famous Tower to the Pleasure Beach, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Centre and a massive choice of theatres and shows. There is always something going on and several places offer locals a discount.
9. Places to live
I have lived in several places in Blackpool and loved living centrally in the hustle and bustle of all the action, but if you are looking for somewhere quieter, St Annes-On-Sea is lovely.
10. Places to shop
The Houndshill Shopping Centre has a massive choice of both big name shops and little boutique-type places.
I moved to Blackpool four years ago and while there is so much to do and see, I found it hard finding information on local activities. There is so much going on outside the tourist season and I wanted to make sure people found out about it.