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Blackpool is one location that I never really thought we would visit as a family having been the location of 2 hen weekends I had never really see what it offered to a family based on the amount of drinking venues I had visited.
Recently we were invited to visit Blackpool as a family to try out the facilities of Coral Island and although I was eager to try, Ollie (hubs) was not quite so eager.
After setting off early on the Saturday morning in the school holidays I drove the 3+ hours up there with relative ease and on arriving I started seeing Blackpool with the eyes of a parent and noticed so much more on offer than I realised.
We booked to stay at a local Travelodge and being too early of check in we headed straight off to the seafront in search of Coral Island.
What I did love about Blackpool is the fact that practically everything is along the golden mile and so you can’t really get lost which was immense for us since the rain was lashing it down and we were all soaked through to the skin.
Thankfully we knew that Coral Island was an indoor venue so were even more eager to get there and finally get some food and release the kids to have some fun.
Coral Island is a prime Blackpool location that is child friendly and adult friendly too. It is packed with all the fun amusements you would expect from any British seaside venue but on a massive scale. There are 2p machines, rides, prize bingo, 4 different resturants (all of which offer free children’s meals when purchasing an adult meal) and there is so much to see and do that we were relieved that it saved our bacon in the pouring rain.
We actually spent all day on Saturday at Coral Island, playing games, collecting tokens for prizes and letting the kids go on the rides. If I am honest I am not sure our weekend away would have gone as well without it as the weather really was poor. Coral Island is someone you can pass through and spend half an hour in or all day when the weather is not on your side.
For lunch, we chose to eat in the Buccaneer Family Bar. With its themed interior and staff in costume too it made for a super atmosphere and with their split tills (one for ordering food and one for ordering drinks) it made for a swift ordering process too.
The food was more than reasonably priced then add on the fact that with both out adult meals we got a child’s meal free too it was more than reasonable bill for a family meal out.
The meal sizes were also really great and all 4 of us were impressed with lunch and the service. If the other 3 eateries are of the same standard I have to say we are going to be immensely thrilled when we head back there in October! (Yes, that’s right we are booking to come back to the area!)
Due to the fact the weather was extremely poor on the Saturday and it was a half term week it was fairly busy inside Coral Island but the queues for rides were not excessive and we were still able to find things to do without having to wait at all which was super.
The staff were very amenable and one member of staff took the time to take us to where we could find the baby change area when in reality he could have just pointed it out to us and felt like nothing was too much trouble which was nice as I know he must have been super busy.
Initially Ollie was anxious about the trip but getting some time to chat on the beach on Sunday morning we have decided that Blackpool is somewhere we need to spend some more family time
Thank you Coral Island for the family fun, tasty lunch and saving us from the torrential rain.