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Summer of fun for families in Blackpool

Stanley Park by CJGriffiths

The great thing about Blackpool is the attractions, which (if you’re a savvy resident) you only ever visit off peak when the local deals are on. So what to do in high season? When the kids are out and the tourists are in?

Thankfully Blackpool Council has put together a great summer of cheap family fun and you can read all about it in their guide online here (PDF).

Stanley Park by CJGriffiths
Stanley Park by CJGriffiths

This week is Love Parks Week so naturally you would expect plenty to do, and as luck would have it you won’t be disappointed. Activities on offer include animal treasure hunt, sports days, archery, minibeast hunts, walks, orienteering. The week culminates with a ‘Picnic in the Park’ on 30 July at George Bancroft Park.

Due to recent seaside visitors of the swimming variety, Blackpool has been invited to participate in the National Whale and Dolphin Watch and needs your help. The project records sightings of marine life and promises to be an interesting couple of hours looking for whale, dolphin, porpoise and seal. All sessions are completely free but your own binoculars are highly recommended.

If nature is your thing, plan a visit to Marton Mere. The newly refurbished visitors centre is open weekdays to keep you up to date with wildlife going about its business. Farm life is also coming to you with the opportunity to meet the cute livestock at the pop up farm in July and August. As autumn approaches, bring your gloves and torches to look for flittermice from Kincraig Pond on 3 September.

Feeling sporty? Want to wear out someone who is? Sports Camps for 5-12 year olds are running 25 July to 2 September with the Outdoor Adventure Camp taking place in August. Street games for the 13-17 age group take place every Friday. Free swimming for the U16s with a paying adult. Sky Rides including the ever popular ‘Ride the Lights’ on 30 August. Not to mention the guided walks. Phew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

Blackpool Central Library
Blackpool Central Library

In which case, how about a curl up with a good book? Blackpool Libraries are hosting a series of events based on the works of Roald Dahl. The events are aimed at 4-11 year olds but the books are not just for kids. Read ‘The Twits’ if in any doubt.

Then we have the big events. The Blackpool Air Show is back with the world famous the Red Arrows are returning. Watch from the headland, or anywhere on the prom if you want to avoid the crowds. Take a picnic and your suncream (let’s be optimistic) and make a day of it.

Blackpool Air Show 2014 by Jo Harley-Hynes
Blackpool Air Show 2014 by Jo Harley-Hynes

The Switch-On Festival will be free, but apply for your wristbands early to avoid missing out. Despite no switch on star yet to be named, you can expect a great night with The Vamps and Diversity performing to a packed crowd.

So with so much to do in Blackpool this summer, and lots of it free, there is no reason why the children (or you) should be bored.

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