Saturday 24 September -
Manchester to Blackpool
A new country and another rental.
Doh! There is no manual in this car. Where
is the USB power?
The freeways were effortless and in a little bit over
an hour we were in Blackpool before we knew it.
The only interesting thing we saw along the way was at
a service station stop where a mini bus full of Mrs
Browns Boys got out.
The rest of the drive to Blackpool was pretty
uneventful. We had heard some varied comments about
Blackpool. The place was buzzing and very much a
seaside family resort by the look of it.
It was something they call Illuminations celebrations
where they take absolutely weeks putting up all these
lights over the road, on trams and special themed
trams and of course on most key sites in the area. We
were looking forward to seeing them.
our first glimpse of the main drag with the lights
all set up over the road all decked out for
Spent a lot of the day walking around
Blackpool. Above is our first glimpse of
"The Big One" the biggest fastest tallest roller
coaster in all of Europe. But more of that
later too after we ride it tomorrow. :-)
Oh oh...we had
forgotten that some hotel rooms in England can be
rather small. I am not sure why David is
looking so pleased. .. Well it was a bit of a
shock to the system. It was ... ummmmm....
SMALL. It didn't even fit our suitcases
horizontally. Never mind dear. You can
get out of the bed on my side. That door on
the left goes to a room that barely fits a toilet
and shower. The sink was in the bedroom.
So out we went for the 3km trip up to the
tower. Get a load of the two storey
tram. There are several unique trams that
caught our eye. Our fare didn't include riding
on them but they were great to look at. We
caught the normal tram which were not much different
to our Melbourne trams. Something of note - no
graffiti and the trams were super clean AND they had
conductors that sold and checked tickets. They also
helped people in and out of the tram as needed. They
all had great attitudes as well and really made
taking a tram fun.
Tower is a tourist attraction in Blackpool, Lancashire,
England, which was opened to the public on 14 May
1894. It is 518 feet (158 metres) tall and
is the 103rd tallest freestanding tower in the
The tower is the main landmark
of Blackpool. We rode the lift to the
top the 158m tower. The views are wonderful.
and.... there's more.....
The promenade was packed with thousands of
tourists. It was hard to move.
One of the more elaborate forms of
transportation is shown below.
Back to the hotel for a sleep. It was an
early start this morning - we had to be at the
airport to catch our flight to Manchester at the
crack of dawn so it has been a long day.
After dark which was about 8pm we went to enjoy
the illuminations. Some more wow
factor. It certainly was pretty.
The roller coaster called 'The Big One' was
also well alight as well as the about 10 miles
The tower particularly looked fabulous at
night. Caught between red and changing to
Even the special transportation services
were lit for Illuminations. Pictured below is a
tram/train. We had even seen a tram that had
been made to look like a boat.
Can't wait until tomorrow morning, we are off to
Pleasure Beach to ride the coasters.
Sunday 25 September - Pleasure
Beach Theme Park Blackpool
hearty breakfast to keep us going, we took off to
Pleasure Beach to ride the coasters. We got
there just as they were opening. Perhaps a
little early because quite a lot of rides were not
starting until 10.30 am. Pictured below Den
enjoying herself on something that moved like a Cha
Cha ride crossed with a pirate boat motion and it
also spun like a teacup sometimes.
Nickelodeon's Streak was a great ride. Most of the
wooden roller coasters were bone rattlers but
still fun. Some of them we went on twice.
Something a little low key - We took some time
out ride a little steam train around the park.
Pictured below, one of the three
rides that were particular highlights was the
Avalanche! A coaster without tracks! It
came down like a toboggan at high speed.
The blue coaster below was "Infusion". It was a
suspender coaster. We rode that one three times.
... and the BEST
one of all - "The Big One". Now that had WOW
factor. The wind at 218 feet! Fast,
long, high. It had everything you needed for a
great ride. That first drop was a
beauty. You have to ride it to believe it.
It was a long day of coasters and a few other rides
that were pretty tame but fun. There was even Radio
PB. We both had a look at the studio set up
and a great chat with the presenter.
This is our only theme park for this holiday.
Our final coaster was a racing coaster red versus
green. We lost.
It was a bit of a bone rattler as well.
continues - Bradford tomorrow and the National Media
Museum. Stay tuned for more.....
Monday 26 September - Blackpool
countryside. Very much a back drop for 'Wuthering
Heights'. Even though this looks rather
brown and sparse the terrain varied further along
turning green again with rolling hills and
interesting old mansions framed in postcard
Coming into Bradford
our destination today. The motorways are
great but we are not really getting a sense of the
towns because the motorways are by passing them.
is renowned as the City of Film it is appropriate
that they have a National Media Museum. However
the museum lacked information about radio
City streets of
Hotel - we are staying here for the night
impressive looking cathedral just around the
corner from the Hotel.
There was lots
of fun to be had at the National Media
Museum. It was an extremely interactive
The Andy Pandy
set with Andy Pandy, Ted and Looby Loo.
Andy Pandy's coming to play tra la la la la la la
Andy Pandy's here today tra la la la la
Hello Andy Pandy......
trouble...... Look outtttttttt!!!!!!!!!!
opened in 1873 In foreground City Park, a
high tech water feature can play 100 water
fountains with different effects. A popular
venue for outdoor activities for the town.
The foyer of
the Midland Hotel.