Half term: Blackpool illuminations

So, it's October half term here. 

How'd that come around so quick?

Feels like only yesterday I was packing them off looking pristine in their new uniforms for their first day of reception and year 1.

Fast forward 7 weeks and here we are. 

Ready for the break from school runs already. 

School shoes already looking scuffed and old.

One P.E. top, a cardigan, a purse and a few toys from home down. 

Ready to have some half term fun?

A break from the usual baking. 

Messy, chaotic, childrens baking to be done in its place. 

To start our week we went to Blackpool illuminations on Saturday. 

I think everyone had the same idea. 

The whole world was travelling north that day. 

A normally 2 hour journey took us 4. 

But we made it. 

And despite it being bitter cold we all enjoyed it lots.

We spent some time in the beach, walked the shops, ate fish n chips and sugary donuts, rode the trams and enjoyed over an hours walk along the beautifully lit seafront.

It still baffles me that they are all up there near the Bispham stop, away from the main promenade. 

For many years as kids my parents took me and my sisters to see the lights.

We just walked the golden mile each year. Saw the lights either side of the road. 

Never did we know all these other lights were a few tram stops up the road. 

We only happened to stumble upon them this time last year on our way driving out of Blackpool. 

How could we not have know about the real illuminations all these years?


  1. I've never been to Blackpool but I'd really like to go. Your photos make it look really fab! Going to pin your post, so that when we do eventually go, I'll be reminded about the other illuminations! Found you via #fartglitter :)

  2. This sounds like a fun school holiday activity. Never been to Blackpool - really should at some point! #twinklytuesday

  3. Sounds fantastic. I've never been to see the illuminations.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  4. This looks fab. I don't think I've been to Blackpool - maybe as a child but not that I can remember. Will have to put it on the list of places to take Zach! The lights look fab - glad you found them :) Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  5. The lights look great! So funny that you didn't realise they were there until you drove past! I love walking along in the dark looking at the lights of towns. I can't wait to see the local Christmas lights pop up around the towns, we'll definitely be going out to see them in December (we don't have much around until then).
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x
    P.s. Please can you grab the #Whatevertheweather badge for your post, or a link back to our blogs as per the linky rules. Thank you. x

  6. Oh wow they're so beautiful. I've never, ever visited Blackpool before but it looks like such a fabulous place. I can't wait till our local Christmas lights go on, that's always such a spectacle down here, but we don't have any at any different times of year. I'm glad you managed to see these ones. Thank you so, so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather xx

  7. This is the first year we haven't been due to moving but it looks like it was a great show. The end with the BIG lights is always my favourite, but it always surprised me that it was hidden away and not advertised. Glad you had a great time!


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