Being a Northern girl, Blackpool is one of those destinations I have fond memories of. Just over an hour away, it’s the place where, as children, we would head to for a summer afternoon, or an evening walk along the promenade, trying our luck in the arcades.
I’ve long been aware of the many sites and attractions in Blackpool, but have never really been to any. When Madame Tussauds recently invited us to visit their Blackpool centre I was keen to go along.
Our diary is looking pretty full so, despite having cleared Monday to have a quiet day, we opted to head over to Blackpool instead. The children were super excited to spot the tower as we made our way across and were excited as we walked along the Golden Mile and into Madame Tussauds Blackpool.
Madame Tussauds Blackpool is well located along the main stretch, known as the Golden Mile. There is a large car park just behind which costs £7.50 for six hours (not bad given it’s a premium location). Driving around Blackpool is pretty easy and the key areas are well signposted. There are of course trams up and down the promenade that you could also make use of.
Arriving at Madame Tussauds Blackpool
When we arrived we collected our tickets and made our way in – straight away you’re ushered into the world of celebrity as you walk the red carpet to the click click click of cameras and you’re soon greeted by Cheryl. I stopped for a quick photo and was impressed with how realistic the wax figure looked. You can then spot Craig Revel Horwood before continuing on through the attraction.
What I liked a lot is that throughout Madame Tussauds Blackpool the areas are clearly themed with music and iconic imagery from the programme or concept it’s recreating. We don’t watch Dr Who, but we still found the Dr Who area pretty impressive, complete with the TARDIS from series 11 and the Dalek. There is a green screen where you can dress up in costume and be the Doctor’s sidekick. The children were a bit spooked by this area so sadly we didn’t spend a great deal of time in there.
It was then into the I’m a Celebrity section, complete with Bushtucker trials, rope bridges and of course Ant and Dec. I did fancy myself as a Holly Willoughby style addition but not sure I managed to quite pull it off!
We then progressed through Sporting Heroes, the MARVEL SUPER HEROES, a replica of Coronation Street, Musical Stars, Seaside and the Best of British. There was plenty to see and do and there were toilets conveniently located at a couple of spots as we walked around (useful when having small children with you!).
Our Favourite Bits
The children’s favourite bits were definitely the Sporting Hero’s Section. The penalty-taking section is pretty neat and they had a lot of fun playing that. Daniel and Emma enjoyed taking a look at the World Cup Trophy and Emma was excited to see Mo Farah as she’s been learning about him this last week.
The best interactive bit was the MARVEL SUPER HEROES section. This is one of the newer sections and it’s really good. Our three haven’t really got into the MARVEL SUPER HEROES thing yet but they did enjoy getting involved in this section. Again there’s green screen type stuff where you can act like your favourite character and have pictures taken. You can lift cars like The Hulk, climb walls like Spiderman and the whole area is lots of fun and a great way to immerse yourself in the world of MARVEL.
My favourite bit was definitely the Coronation Street bit; I grew up watching Coronation Street and it was fun to sit in the Rovers Return and watch the highlights reel of key storylines and characters. It was a real touch of nostalgia for me and the wax figures were really good in this section; quite realistic and lots of fun to pose alongside.
All in all
I have to say I was really impressed with what a fun and interesting day out Madame Tussauds Blackpool turned out to be. We had lots of fun posing alongside the wax figures and there are, of course, plenty of opportunities for selfies and, just for a short time, it’s lots of fun to join the world of celebrity.
I was pleasantly surprised by Madame Tussauds Blackpool; it’s located perfectly, it managed to occupy the five of us for a couple of hours and has provided a lot of fun and memories of a playful day for the children on their first trip to Blackpool.
You can make read more about Madame Tussauds Blackpool and purchase tickets here.