Blackpool Pleasure Palm Beach architects has been welcoming families to its 42 acre site on the South Promenade for over one hundred years. You might be forgiven for thinking that, during that time, its popularity may have waned and what we are now left with is some clapped out relic of more halcyon days; a reminder of what Blackpool used to be rather than a powerful reminder of how good Blackpool still is.
For those who haven’t been in a while it’s worth remembering that Blackpool remains the most popular seaside resort in Europe. And it’s popular in so many different ways with so many different age groups that there has to be a reason for it still to be riding high when so many other British seaside towns have faded into a sad obscurity – it’s not like everybody just turns up for the chips.
Forget the sometimes negative publicity of the past few years. Blackpool has worked, and is working, hard to grow its appeal with the family again. It’s why Blackpool Tower and Circus, Blackpool Zoo, Sea Life Centre and the Sandcastle Waterworld are all so popular after facelifts over the past few years.
But it’s still very much the case that even an attraction as historic and renowned as the magical Blackpool Illuminations serves only as a backdrop to Blackpool’s finest tourist attraction: the Pleasure Beach. And if you’re looking for a family weekend experience, Pleasure Beach Blackpool is still second to none.For the family.
By the family.Pleasure Beach Blackpool has remained in the same family ownership since it first opened its doors in 1896. Perhaps that’s why Blackpool Pleasure beach, unlike any other theme park in the country, has an unrivalled range of rides that caters for toddlers, young children and families.
Yes, of course Pleasure Beach has an almost inexhaustible supply of white-knuckle rides for the most fearless visitors – not least the 213 foot climb that launches millions each year onto the Big One, the UK’s tallest rollercoaster – but what makes the Pleasure Beach truly impressive, and ideal for a family weekend break, is the number of other rides it crams into its relatively small space that will appeal to just about everyone.
So here, broken down into three categories, are five Blackpool Pleasure Beach rides just for the kids, five for all the family, and five for the more adventurous to give you an idea of the variety and depth of what’s on offer, and to give you the full family experience.
Child’s playThe bulk of the children’s rides at Pleasure Beach Blackpool are centred around the Beaver Creek area of the park where your children will find something to suit just about all ages and tastes. Here’s just a sample of some of the highlights you can expect on your family experience.
Ellie’s Caterpillar – there are coin-operated rides that are suitable for children younger than 2 years old, but the starting age for any of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s rides really is 2. And this ride is a lovely starting point for the youngest visitors (although they’ll need accompaniment if they are only 2).
A swirling, bouncing, smiling caterpillar that induces vomiting in adults – but the kids just love it! An oldie-but-goody.Beaver Creek Log Flume – trust Blackpool Pleasure Beach to create white-knuckle rides for kids. Pitched perfectly,