Last weekend we ticked off one of our bucket list caravanning trips to Blackpool.
A long weekend at the seaside during October half-term might not seem like the perfect getaway, but we were keen to see Blackpool’s famous illuminations and take a stroll around this giant seaside town. So we packed up our woollies and headed for the North West.
Nana and Grandad joined us for this weekend away, and they recommended staying just up the coast at Thornton-Cleveleys, a short drive from its giant seaside neighbour.
We were drawn to Kneps Farm after reading the lovely reviews, plus its location is only seven miles from Blackpool.
Kneps Farm is positioned next to the Wyre Estuary Country Park. We’re not from the North West, so we hadn’t heard of Wyre Estuary and we didn’t realise how stunning the area is. The views are beautiful and you can walk into the country park directly from the campsite. Being at Kneps Farm feels like you have stepped into an oasis of calm, surrounded by nature trails, walks and the estuary wildlife.
The site has facilities for touring caravans, motorhomes, and trailer tents, and it recently launched a handful of camping pods.
Guests have access to a facilities block that contains toilets and a number of small family bathrooms. The bathrooms, whilst not new or particularly modern, are immaculate, and care is taken to keep everywhere spotlessly clean. There are also kitchen/washing-up and laundry areas for guests to use.
We were impressed with the playpark. The climbing frames, swings, and slide are suitable for children of all ages and kept our two kids entertained. We like how the playpark is positioned, close to the touring pitches and pods, where it’s easy to keep an eye on the kids.
Kneps Farm has a well-stocked shop with all the essentials, along with local cakes and treats. Our eagle-eyed six year old spotted the ice cream counter from the car window, and it wasn’t long before they were enjoying an Autumn ice-cream.
There are plenty of eateries close to Kneps Farm. We ate out only once and enjoyed the evening menu at The Bay Horse in Thornton-Cleveleys – good value for money and the food was great.
Things to do in the area
So we came to visit Blackpool, and we made it our mission to explore as much of this touristy mecca as we possibly could. Where to start?
Day 1 and we headed for a day at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Let me warn you, it’s not a cheap day out. Best value for us was a family ticket – but keep a lookout for discounts and special offers. We didn’t plan ahead, ouch!
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has loads (and loads) of attractions, and we spent an entire day going on ride after ride.
We did, however, have a few tears. Our tiny six-year-old (with daredevil qualities ten years her senior) was sadly too small for all the rollercoaster style rides (even the tame ones). Admittedly, we had been spoilt by a recent trip to Paultons Theme Park where the rides are designed to suit little people, and there she was able to try out nearly all of the fast rides.
That said, our pictures speak for themselves – happy faces and we had plenty of fun.
At 5 pm the Pleasure Beach grinds to a halt, so we departed via the main entrance to catch a Blackpool Heritage Tram to see the towns famous Illuminations.
A small fleet of original (and fully restored) Blackpool trams ride along the coastline offering a unique illuminations tour. It felt very nostalgic and our RNLI lifeboat themed tram was fantastic. At £4 per adult and under 5’s free, it’s great value.
The Heritage Tram Tours are run by volunteers, and as donations come in, more of the original Blackpool trams will be restored to join the fleet. Well done to everyone involved!
At 10 kilometres long and using over one million bulbs, the Blackpool Illuminations are an awesome spectacle.
Whether you ride in a tram or a car it’s a spectacular show, but in my opinion, nothing beats a wander along the promenade to take in the magical lights.
A trip to the iconic tower was next on the list. We had a good look around the Victorian superstructure and a nosey at the fabulous ballroom.
We planned to go up the tower – no wobbly legs here – but there was a two-hour queue for the lift to the top. With two impatient kids, and lots more to see and do, we decided to pass. We also considered booking tickets for the circus (the reviews are fantastic), but it was such a nice day we decided not to stop indoors.
Next, we headed across the road for some traditional seaside fun on Blackpool’s Central Pier – aÂ 19th-century pier with amusements, slots and traditional fairground rides. Believe me, the big wheel is higher than it looks and blowy at the top!
It might be October half-term but you just can’t go to the seaside without a stroll on the promenade. Especially if that promenade is known as the ‘People’s Promenade’ and has won multiple awards. We ditched the car, donned the raincoats, and blew away the cobwebs on Cleveleys Promenade. In the sunshine, the miles of sand must be lovely. In October, we definitely need a bag of fish and chips to warm us up. Fab high street, great eateries and a lovely seaside feel, well worth a visit.
Blackpool Cricket Club Bonfire & Fireworks Display
We were in Blackpool on bonfire night so had a look around for a family-friendly event with a bonfire and fireworks display. I’m glad we did because the event at Blackpool Cricket Club was fantastic.
Boasting a pretty big bonfire and a lovely fireworks display, they sell food and drinks, and amusements to entertain the kids. It’s a lovely atmosphere, and we’re told it’s a yearly event so look out for this next year. We had a wonderful time.
What’s so special?
Blackpool is an iconic seaside town and a must visit destination to experience the bright lights, big rides and lots of seaside paraphernalia… I’m delighted we’ve ticked it off our bucket list, we loved it!
Kneps Farm was a lovely base to enjoy our stay, and the country park is stunning.
Whilst we were there we found a brilliant memento, hidden in the play park – a Moulton UK Rocks decorated stone. We have taken it with us and will rehide it very soon… what fun!
NB: Everything about our stay was organised and paid for ourselves, and all views expressed are entirely those of Curious Campers.
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