Blackpool is sometimes described as the fun capital of the UK and for good reason . . .
by dkm1981 on June 25, 2013
Funny Girl's is a cabaret bar and night club in Blackpool that is famous for its drag queen stars. It is the longest running show in Blackpool and is very popular, particularly with hen dos. We went for the first time a few weeks ago.I had heard so much about it but wasn't really sure what to expect. We went on a Friday night and we paid £5 each to get in. The entry price varies from day to day and depends on whether there is a special show (for example the summer extravaganza or the Christmas themed shows). The club is located in the centre of town and there are lots of other bars around if you want to have a few drinks elsewhere before you head in. The club is more like a theatre with rows of seats facing a stage that sits behind a massive long bar. In between the seats and the bar there is a large area for standing. It costs more for a seat and you need to book them in advance as far as I am aware, but you do get 'waitress' service at the seats.During the evening there are lots of different shows which involve the 'girls' performing various comedy and musical routines. It is a whole lot of fun and actually quite funny. As you'd imagine, it is quite risque and there are some very rude jokes but if you have an open mind, you'll thoroughly enjoy it. There are usually five or six shows a night and they take place every hour and last about fifteen minutes each. Between the shows, your host and DJ is Zoe who has been part of the show since it began way back when. She'll take requests and do shout outs, but she also spends a lot of time taking the mickey out of every one and anyone which can be amusing. The price of drinks isn't too bad - it's about what you'd expect for a night club. The service is very good as well and there are so many people working behind the bar that you'll not have to queue very long, if at all.Overall I'd definitely recommend a night out at Funny Girls because it is a lot of fun and it is nice to do something a bit different. It is a particularly good place for a stag or hen do and you'll find yourself amongst lots of people doing just that.
I have been to Blackpool Zoo a few times over the years and it has got considerably better in that time. It isn't the biggest zoo in the world by a long shot, but it is a very pleasant place to walk around and they have a great selection of animals.The zoo is open everyday from around 10am until 6pm and last entry is 45 minutes before the zoo closes. Entry is a bit steep at £15.50 per adult and £11 per children. Better value is a family ticket that costs £48 for two adults and two children. You can save 10% on these prices if you book your ticket online before you visit. There is plenty of onsite parking but you have to pay for it, I think it is about £5 per day which is really annoying and a little bit cheeky I think.The zoo is fairly well laid out and you can pick up a little map with your entry ticket. There are cute little sign posts all around the zoo to point you in the direction of the different animal enclosures. They are ideal for letting children read as they have big, bright letters on them so kids can take control.All the favourite animals are here including elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas and penguins amongst others. The enclosures are all uniquely designed and suited to their residents. The giraffe house is fun because you can walk through and see them eating. The gorillas live at gorilla mountain which is in the middle of a lake so you can see them acting naturally. I really love the penguin swimming area because there is glass on the side of the pool so you can actually seeing them under the water which is fun. The glass windows are at child height too.You can go on their website to find out about newborns as there is a whole section dedicated to them. When I last visited there was an adorable baby orang utan that was only a couple of weeks old.Aside from the animals there are a few other things to do. There is a kids play area which always seems to be very popular. There is also a little farm where kids can feed the animals. Bags of food is available to purchase here and it is only a couple of pounds. It's only suitable for brave children though because the animals are free roaming and the goats in particular are particularly forward!There is a restaurant in the middle of the zoo that is very big and offers a selection of standard cafe type food. It isn't overly expensive but back on spending about £5 per person for a meal with a drink. You can choose from things like burgers and chicken nuggets or paninis and filled jacket potatoes. There is also a shop at the entrance that sells a good range of pocket money priced souvenirs as well as snacks like ice creams, sweets and crisps.Overall i would recommend a trip to the zoo but you are better of picking a day when the weather is nice because there isn't a lot that is inside if you need to avoid the rain and it would be a shame to waste all that money.
I should start this review by saying that I am not big on gambling. I prefer to go and people watch than to take part myself. Having said that I do like spend an evening out at the Grosvenor Casino in Blackpool because it makes for a nice chilled out evening in pleasant surroundings, with good service.The casino is located on the promenade in Blackpool near to the Pleasure Beach and it has a limited amount of free on site parking. It is open 24 hours a day and you need to be a member to enter. Becoming a member is not difficult though because you just need to take either your passport or your driving license on the day you visit and they'll sign you up.The whole place has a chilled out vibe and is split into different sections so that you can decide what you want to do. There is a huge bar area in the centre of the place that is surrounded by comfy sofas and tables. It is a great place to sit and relax (and people watch!). The ceiling is covered in funky lights that change colour and create a nice mood. There are also big screen televisions where they show sports. This is the area that the entertainment takes place on. They have singers and acts most Saturdays. The gaming tables are to the right of the bar and there is a nice selection of roulette tables and black jack tables and even when it is busy, there is plenty of room for everybody. Behind this are the poker tables. These are often very busy as they quite regularly have poker tournaments on.Looking over all this is The Gallery restaurant which is really lovely. The service is impeccable and the food is really well thought out, prepared and presented. They use fresh ingredients to create an almost fine dining experience.The whole place is exceedingly well maintained and presented in a way that makes it not seem at all overpowering or brash. The staff are all fantastic and can't do enough for you. All in all it is a lovely place to have a gamble or just relax for a couple of hours. Recommended.
Blackpool has an awful lot of attractions to keep you entertained but here are the five that I really think you should consider if you are heading that way.===Blackpool Tower===This quite clearly has to be top of the list as it is arguably the most famous thing about Blackpool. It isn't cheap to get in, but there is plenty to do when you get there. Tickets cost £30 for a day pass, but you will get entry into the tower, the world famous Tower Ballroom (which has been home to Strictly Come Dancing), the brand new Tower Dungeons, the Blackpool Tower Circus and the extremely popular children's play area Jungle Jim's. For your £30 you will definitely get a full days entertainment, so it is just about worth it.===The Pleasure Beach===This is a fantastic amusement park that has some of the best rides in Europe in. It is home to the famous Big One, which is a ridiculously high roller coaster. It is also now home to the Nickelodeon World, where youngsters can mingle with all their favourite characters including Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants. Again it isn't cheap to get into, but you can make big savings if you book your tickets online before you go. You can get a vast array of wristbands for different prices, depending on what you want and how long you are visiting.===The Three Piers===Almost as famous as the tower, the three piers offer a wide range of activities to keep you entertained. North Pier is very traditional and has a little train going down the middle and a old style carousel at the bottom. Central pier is close to the tower and has a big wheel on it which offers great views over the town. South Pier is near to the Pleasure Beach and has more of a funfair feel to it. There are amusement arcades and lots of rides, including extreme thrill rides. All three piers are free to enter and well worth a visit.===Sandcastle Waterpark===This is a fabulous indoor waterpark so is a great option to consider if the great British weather does its usual thing. There are plenty of rides inside and you'll get at least a few hours entertainment in there. There are also shops and cafes inside so you can get everything you need.===Blackpool Zoo===I always remember Blackpool Zoo having a bit of a bad reputation, but it has gone a long way to overhaul that and really is a great place to visit. There are lots of fabulous animals to see including gorillas, lions, tigers and elephants. There is a fabulous penguin enclosure where you can get a view inside their swimming pool which I love. There are restaurants and cafes around the zoo, free parking and a really decent shop selling lots of souvenirs.So whatever you want, Blackpool has it by the bucketload and whilst a lot of it isn't cheap to get into, there are plenty of free things to wander around too.
by dkm1981 on June 23, 2013
My parents live in Blackpool and whenever we visit, we usually go for a walk down the promenade that inevitably ends up with use being in Coral Island. Coral Island is one of the very many arcade places in Blackpool but in my opinion it is the best.Coral Island is located on the promenade very near to the tower and to Central Pier. It is easily recognisable from afar because there is a huge fibre glass sculpture on the front of it that kind of makes me think of a scene from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. This gives you an indication of the theme inside which is very much about pirates so great for kids. This is the thing too that i think makes this arcade a cut above all the others; there is a theme and they have clearly put a lot of effort into presenting it and maintaining it.The arcade is absolutely huge (I think I read somewhere that it is the biggest in the UK) and as a result there is every kind of machine you could imagine and more and here is plenty for everyone to enjoy. The games are well laid out and there is plenty of space between them so that you can comfortably walk round even when it is busy (which it often is). The games are more or less split into different categories so that you don't have to wander through a lot of stuff you don't want to see. There is a huge selection of computer style games where you can ride on bikes or get in a formula one shaped car. These are a little more pricey but there is plenty of choice for thrill seekers. One of my favourite areas is the one that has all the two penny machines in (I'm an old school girl at heart!). There are hundreds of them and there are so many different kinds, I didn't realise how many different ways you could put 2p into a machine! There is another sections that has loads of those grabber machines where you can win all manner of stuffed toys in all kinds of sizes. If these are too expensive for you and your little ones, there are a couple of little sweet grabber machines that you get to keep on playing until you win! There is a huge section for over 18s that has machines where you can win higher amounts if you are a bit of a gambler. I sometimes go in this area to play, but I mostly like to watch all the other people. I am a bit of a people watcher and this area is great for it.There is a restaurant in the arcade that I have never actually been in but is always very popular. They have a standard family friendly menu that doesn't look particularly exciting but that has things like burgers, fish and chips, pizzas available for pretty reasonable prices.There is a little ride that goes around the top of the arcade so you get a birds eye view of the place. It is designed for kids and moves quite slowly but it isn't very much money and it continues the pirate theme in that riders are transported around a track in a little pirate boat.If you are in Blackpool I'd recommend a trip to Coral Island because it is a lot of fun, especially if the weather isn't too good outside. It is free to get into and there is plenty inside to keep the whole family entertained for a good while. The people watching is great too!
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