Unashamedly brash and proud of it, you know where you are with Blackpool and this is a fabulous chance to explore all the attractions that Blackpool has to offer on this holiday. Theres entertainment for all ages, shows, the Blackpool Tower, Pleasure Beach, Golden Mile, illuminations and amusement parks its got the lot. Get to know some of your fellow travellers by trying out one of the mystery games in the Escape Rooms Centre working as a team - perfect for the young at heart!
Sunday Day 1
We will journey to Blackpool with a stop in Worcester for lunch and a walk around. We will then journey to Blackpool and arrive to a warm welcome at the 3 star Carousel Hotel beautifully situated on the South Promenade, at the heart of the action, within walking distance of the Pleasure beach, South Pier and the Grosvenor Casino.
Monday Day 2
Today we spend the day at leisure in Blackpool one of the best beach resorts in the UK - enjoy an ice cream on the promenade or visit each of the three piers Blackpool has to offer along it's Golden Mile. The Grade II Listed North Pier is a great starting point, and home to Victorian Tea Rooms, two tier Venetian Carousel and Ice Cream Parlour. Not far down the beach is the Blackpool Tower where you can visit the Blackpool Tower Circus, the Tower Dungeon and the magnificent Tower Ballroom. The Central Pier is home to a 108ft high ferris wheel with amazing views over Blackpool. The South Pier is close to Sandcastle Waterpark and Blackpool Pleasure Beach with go-karting, roller coasters and waltzers. The Sea Life Centre showcases more than fifty dazzling displays including tropical sharks, colourful reef fish, rays and sea horses, the perfect way to experience the wonders of underwater life without getting wet.
Tuesday Day 3
Today there's a chance to explore the villages of the Ribble Valley beginning at the bustling market town of Clitheroe, a real gem for shoppers. Carry on to the unspoilt village of Downham nestling under Pendle Hill - the setting for the film Whistle down the wind, and the BBC's Born and Bred series. Pendle Hill provides a stunning backdrop to the town, where George Fox had his vision that launched the Quaker movement, and in the 17th century, scene for the saga of the Lancashire witches - notions of black magic still form the basis of a Hallowe'en night tradition when hundreds of people clamber over the hill. Continue on through the stunning scenery, and the grandeur of Stonyhurst College comes into view - JRR Tolkein spent much of his time writing Lord of the Rings in a classroom on the upper gallery of the college. Take a step back in time in Slaidburn, and walk through the narrow streets to soak up the ancient atmosphere. It has been largely owned by a single family for the past 200 years, and has remained unspoilt by modern development. You will find farm craft shops brimming with pottery and gifts. Journey on to Waddington Fell before dropping down into the award winning village of Waddington, and conclude the visit back in Clitheroe.
Wednesday Day 4
Today we will spend the morning in the classic Victorian seaside resort of Southport, where one of the best places to go is Lord Street, a treelined boulevard covered with Victorian wrought iron, home to shops, restaurants and quaint tearooms, as well as Wayfarers Arcade, a unique Victorian shopping centre with its glass and iron domed roof. Stroll along the country's oldest iron pier, take a boat trip on Marine Lake, the UK's largest manmade leisure lake, or visit the model railway museum. Wander down Lord Street, the treeline main shopping street, covered with Victorian wrought iron, or visit Wayfarers Arcade, a unique Victorian shopping centre. Spend more time at leisure in Blackpool in the afternoon - there's plenty more to see and do.
Thursday Day 5
The time has come for us to return home to Somerset. We board the coach after breakfast and leave Lancashire heading south. Our lunchtime stop is Gloucester Quays. A shopper's paradise, Gloucester Quays is home to designer and high street fashion brands, including more than 60 top names such as All Saints, Calvin Klein, Jaeger, Osprey, Fat Face, White Stuff, Joules, Cath Kidston, Jack Wills, Adidas, Radley, Nike, L.K. Bennett, Ted Baker, Next, Skechers, Levi's, Clarks, Crew Clothing and an M & S Outlet, and is now one of the fastest growing outlets in the UK.
The 3 star Carousel is situated in the prime location of Blackpools South Promenade, with stunning sea views. All 98 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs with built in DVD players, mini safe, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi access, there is even a free DVD library available from reception.. The hotel offers entertainment in the evenings in the Café Bar 663 or you could sit and relax in the Celebration Suite
Home pick up and drop off
4 nights half board at The Carousel, Blackpool
Free time to explore Blackpool & its illuminations
A guided coach tour of the Ribble valley
A visit to Southport
A visit to Clitheroe
A visit to Slaidburn
* 8 singles have a supplement of £40. Further singles, subject to availability, may have an additional supplement.
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