10 things to do in Blackpool on a budget
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As one of the few places in the North that can offer a traditional British seaside experience, it comes as no surprise that Blackpool has remained such a popular destination for holidays and day trips.

Days out during the summer can quite easily become fairly expensive, so Cassie Forshaw has put together a list of our favourite 10 activities you can do in Blackpool this summer which won’t break the bank.

1. The Beach, Promenade and Piers

Blackpool Prom

A visit to Blackpool beach is the perfect way to indulge in some traditional British summertime fun. A great destination for a day out – families can build sandcastles and paddle in the sea, whilst couples can relax on the beach and soak up some sun.

There are three individual piers along Blackpool beach: The North Pier, The Central Pier and The South Pier. We would highly recommend taking a ride on the Central Pier Ferris wheel which is over 100 ft high and offers fantastic views across Blackpool.

Taking a stroll down the promenade is a lovely way to draw a day on the beach to a close. There’s always so much happening in Blackpool, so going on a walk and taking it all in can be fun for everyone.

All three of these activities are free of charge, although you will have to pay to go on the rides on the Piers.

2. The Blackpool Tower Eye & Comedy Carpet

As one of Blackpool’s legendary attractions, a trip to the seaside resort wouldn’t be complete without a visit to The Blackpool Tower. After the recent £5m revamp, you can now get a bumper Blackpool Tower experience, which will include a 4D cinema with amazing sights, smells and special effects as you follow one little boy’s adventure at the seaside. Once you have reached the top of the tower, you can also step out onto the SkyWalk to enjoy breathtaking 360° views over Blackpool.

After you have finished here, you are just a short walk from the Comedy Carpet. One of Blackpool’s newer attractions, this is a public art piece which celebrates great British comedy by showcasing everyone’s favourite jokes, songs and famous catchphrases.

Admission to the Comedy Carpet is free, although you have to buy tickets to visit The Blackpool Tower. If you buy your tickets in advance online you can save up to 50%. Tickets to The Blackpool Tower Eye start from £9.95 for adults and £7.95 for children.

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[The Comedy Carpet]

3. Grundy Art Gallery

The Grundy Art Gallery features visual art exhibitions from new and old artists across the world. With an ever changing temporary exhibitions programme, the Grundy Art Gallery is a great place to soak up some culture.

Admission to the Grundy Art Gallery is free.

4. Picnics in Stanley Park

Stanley Park is the main park in the Blackpool area and an excellent day trip destination for those trying to be thrifty this summer. You can admire the architecture of the historical buildings, stroll through the stunning gardens and for families, there’s a children play area. We recommend taking a picnic to Stanley Park to save extra money.

Stanley Park is free admission.

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[The Central Pier]

5. Blackpool Pleasure Beach

A day trip to the Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a summer activity not to be missed; the theme park has something for everyone with a wide range of white knuckle rides, traditional rides, family fun and entertaining shows.

For thrill-seekers, there is the legendary The Big One and Valhalla, an indoor rollercoaster that takes you on a journey through wind, ice, snow and fire. For families, there is Nickelodeon Land – one of the newer additions to the Pleasure Beach – which features 12 fun character themed rides and Wallace & Gromit’s Thrill-O-Matic amongst many more.

If you book online in advance you can get tickets during peak time from £19.99 for adults and £17.99 for juniors.

6. The Illuminations

Blackpool prides itself on its hypnotising illuminations which run up and through the town’s main road.

The Illuminations are completely free, so it is an ideal activity for any age and any budget. The Blackpool Illuminations switch-on is being held on August 29, 2014 and they will run until November 9, 2014.

7. Singleton Maize Maze

The Singleton Maize Maze is a 20 minute drive from the centre of Blackpool, but is worth travelling for. The maze is on a 12 acres site and is made out of corn on the cob maize between 8 and 10ft in height. There are also large indoor and outdoor play areas for children with pedal go-carts, trampolines and areas to play sports.

Admission to the Singleton Maize Maze is £7 for adults, £5.50 for senior citizens and £5 for children under the age of 16.

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[Blackpool Tower by night]

8. The Blackpool Tower Dungeons

The Blackpool Tower Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience where you can see, hear, touch, smell and feel Lancashire’s horrible history.

The dungeons are located in the depths of The Blackpool Tower and can be visited between the times of 10am – 6pm on weekdays, and 10am – 6:30pm on weekends. Admission to the dungeons costs £12.50 for adults and £9.95 for children, when booked online. Tickets for groups of four can be booked online for £40.00. For more information, visit the website.

9. The Blackpool Air Show

The Blackpool Air Show is an annual event which features a wide range of modern and classic planes performing spectacular shows throughout the day. Some of the planes set to perform at the 2014 Air Show include the world famous RAF Red Arrows, RR Spitfires and the Breitling Wing Walkers.

The Air Show is free to attend. This year it takes place between August 10-11.

10. Coral Island

No trip to the seaside is complete without going to the arcades; Coral Island is a pirate themed amusement centre with a restaurant, a bar, a casino for adults, arcade games and rides. So whether you are shooting hoops on the Treasure Chest Redemption game, getting spooked on the Pirates Quest Ghost Train or simply popping in for a bite to eat – Coral Island is no end of fun!

Admission to Coral Island is free, additional payment will be required for the individual features.

• Cassie Forshaw is Head of Marketing at Blackpool’s Back. Blackpool’s Back is an information website about all of the top attractions, events and things to do in Blackpool.

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