The knowledge: Danielle Smith’s guide to Blackpool

Every week we provide you with ‘the knowledge’ about a different UK town or city, from a local perspective.

This time Danielle Smith, the fashion and lifestyle writer behind A Blog From Blackpool, shares her tips about going out, shopping and things to do in the famous seaside resort.

[Fun in the sun at Blackpool’s North Pier – photo: Danielle Smith]

The best thing about Blackpool is…

The variety of things to do so close together. Not many towns have a theme park, a shopping centre, and a zoo. It’s also a strange mix of seaside, urban and beautiful parkland. Blackpool has so much to offer and it’s full of surprises.

My favourite areas for trend-spotting…

I like to grab a coffee and sit on the main street outside the Houndshill Shopping Centre, or on a sunny day I’ll check out the comedy carpet on the seafront.

My favourite shops and boutiques…

When in town I tend to head straight for the Houndshill Centre and the surrounding streets for all the high street regulars, but for a designer fix or a bit of window shopping I head to Blueberries on Topping street.

Blackpool Grand Theatre
[Vintage class: the stunning interior of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre]

My favourite weekend hangout…

In the summer I love to take a picnic and head to the piers; particularly North Pier next to the old-fashioned carousel, or to Stanley Park to relax on the grass. In the winter I love to hide in one of the many cafés before hitting the shops.

My favourite place to watch a stage show…

The Winter Gardens holds some huge shows and gigs, but I love the Grand Theatre because it’s such a beautiful building with an interesting history – and I have some amazing memories of going to see different shows in there.

Where I go for a quick bite to eat…

I love the noodle bar at the Houndshill, or Cupcake for a sweet treat.

Sand Sea and Spray
[Art attack: the Sand, Sea and Spray festival made quite an impact last year]

Where I go for a special meal…

There is so much choice. I’ll head just outside of Blackpool to Poulton-le-fylde and visit a little Italian called Pulci Pizza, or if it’s a Friday night I’ll do tapas at Salt of the Earth. For an extra special treat I’ll go to my favourite place which is Go Greek in Layton.

Hidden gems I don’t mind sharing…

Blackpool has a great arts scene and there’s always something crafty going on. Sand, Sea and Spray urban arts festival was amazing last year and I always look forward to Showzam. Also, Rebellion Punk Festival takes place in the town every year.

My ideal 24 hours in Blackpool…

…would be a day spent shopping followed by a visit to Hello Sailor for a tattoo or piercing. Then I would head to Scrooges wine bar for a few drinks. In the morning I’d shake off a hangover with a walk along the front.

Discover more from Danielle at A Blog From Blackpool, and you can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

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