It may have lost a little of its razzle-dazzle over the years, but Blackpool is still one of the UK’s most popular seaside holiday destinations. If you’re eager to enjoy an old-fashioned day at the beach with arcades, candy floss and a donkey ride throw in, this is the spot for you. Weekends away can be pricey, especially in the summer, but these purse-friendly tips will help to save you money.
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If you have children, it may not be possible to avoid peak prices. If you don’t have children or you have young children, try to avoid school holidays and half-term breaks. Going to a prime holiday location in the off-season is likely to save you a huge amount of money. If you’re desperate for good weather, why not visit in September, rather than July or August? Hotel prices increase at the weekends. If you can visit during the week, you’re likely to get a better deal.
Book in advance
Booking in advance usually guarantees preferable rates for accommodation and Blackpool entertainment. Look out for special offers on shows and don’t be afraid to go for the cheaper seats. You may not get a front-row seat, but the likelihood is that you’ll be able to see everything and enjoy the atmosphere. You can also save money on tickets by booking online.
Do some research
Blackpool offers a broad spectrum of accommodation options. There are large, opulent hotels on the seafront, cosy B&Bs within easy reach of the promenade and budget chains aplenty. If it’s warm outside, you may also wish to consider camping or taking the caravan. Before you go, compare prices online and read some customer reviews. If you’re visiting as part of a large group, ask about group discounts. You could also look into renting an apartment. If you have a kitchen, you could save money by eating in. If you’re hitting the clubs and bars for a night out, put some music on and have a couple of drinks at your apartment before you go.
If you’re travelling in numbers, t may be worth looking into the cost of a minibus or a coach. This will probably work out cheaper than multiple train tickets or taking lots of cars. If you’re going with a friend or your partner, consider taking the train. If you have a railcard, you can save a third on standard prices. If you are driving, look out for hotels, which offer free or discounted parking.
Sign up to money-saving websites
Countless hotels, bars, entertainment facilities and restaurants are signed up to money-saving sites. All you have to do is register your email and you’ll get a host of discount codes and vouchers emailed to you on a regular basis. You could use your vouchers for meals out or activities. Look out for 2 for 1 offers in newspapers for theme parks, such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Hit the beach
If you’re lucky enough to see the sun when you’re in Blackpool, there’s no better place to go than the beach. Take your buckets and spades and a cricket set and enjoy a day of fun and games. Build sandcastles, go for a donkey ride and buy a 99. Take a picnic to save money on eating out. If you’ve already been to the beach and you’re looking for another al fresco picnic destination, visit Stanley Park. A stroll along the promenade is another must. Visit at dusk when the bright lights come on and treat yourselves to a ride on the big wheel.
Visit Blackpool Tower
Blackpool Tower is one of the UK’s most iconic sights. It has recently been renovated and is well worth a visit. The tower features a host of different attractions and activities. Enjoy the views and get your pulse racing at the Blackpool Tower Eye skywalk and let off some steam at Jungle Jim’s. If the circus is in town, book tickets online before you go to take advantage of cheaper rates.
Blackpool is a popular holiday spot. It’s possible to spend hundreds of pounds on a weekend away, but it’s also easy to save money and enjoy a budget break. Keep your eyes peeled for discounts and offers, book online and plan your visit before you go. Take advantage of free attractions and sunny days at the beach. Set yourself a budget and stick to it. Book tickets for shows and theme parks in advance so that you can spread the cost of your holiday.