10 reasons to visit Blackpool
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You'll find great walks along the seafront and plenty of entertainment to keep you busy in Blackpool. Rent a beach hut in Lytham St Annes for a really special and comfortable day at the beach, and make sure you stay to watch the fantastic sunset.
1. Best thing about the coast
Wide open spaces, offering sea views and coastal walks, are ready and waiting in Blackpool. One of the many things to do includes a 17 mile Lytham to Fleetwood walk along the coastal promenade, and there's also a selection of piers in St Annes and Blackpool featuring rides, stalls, bars and entertainment for all, including theatre shows.
2. Best beach
The beach from Blackpool stretches out to Lytham with traditional seaside donkey rides and buckets and spades highly recommended. The beach stretches further than your eyes can see, with Lytham beach great for exploratory trips through the sand dunes. The beaches are popular with kite surfers, who are also entertaining to watch.
3. Best child-friendly café
Toast Café and Grill is located in Blackpool and Lytham and they offer an extensive lunch menu and an A La Carte menu for the evening, using locally sourced Lancashire ingredients where possible. The children's menu offers variety and they have a kids eat free offer Sunday to Thursday from 3pm to 6pm - you can find a voucher on their website.
4. Best pub
The Laughing Donkey is located on Blackpool's South Pier, with family entertainment provided throughout summer including singing, dancing and quizzes. Meals and drinks are reasonably priced and there is a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere whether visiting for a night out or on your way back from a day at the beach.
5. Best child-free night out
VIVA Blackpool is Blackpool's multi award-winning entertainment venue. Guests vary each evening ensuring every show night is different, and there's even an option to add a three course pre-show dinner to your evening. With comedians and dancing, where else would you see a roller-skating circus ring master appearing from thin air?
6. Best outside space
Located between Lytham and St Annes, Fairhaven Lake is a large salt water lake with motorboat, canoe or rowing boat hire. There are also tennis courts, basketball courts and a skate park. Situated between the beach and the promenade, it offers a choice of walks around the area too.
7. Best hidden gem
Back after an absence of over 20 years, beach huts are back at St Annes providing such a comfortable base, you may want to stay in. They provide the classic beach hut look with modern comforts, including a heater and kettle. Hire is available from 10am to midnight.
8. Best free visitor attraction
Lytham welcomes everyone with its best known landmark, Lytham Windmill. The museum is spread over four floors with free admission and tells the history of Lytham, the milling life of the windmill and all about Lytham school days, including a model classroom.
9. Best days out
There's all the fun of the fair with Blackpool Pleasure Beach, whether it's thrilling roller coasters or the UK's only Nickelodeon Land, there's something for everyone. Elsewhere there's indoor water fun at The Sandcastle, the UK's largest waterpark with over 18 slides, a wave pool, lazy river and chutes.
10. Best place to shop
The Lytham shopping experience is made up of many unique independent retailers with a real sense of personality. Highlights include The Chocolate House of Lytham and one of the UK's 50 Best Bookshops, according to the Independent, on Clifton Street.
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