So who would have thought that the sandcastle waterpark want to rip you off as a swimmer and a spectator! So having paid online to make it cheaper I still paid £68 to get the kids into the pool. The adults didnt opt to go in for a swim as it would just make the day too expensive, so we went along to spectate, oh wait.... We have to pay.... Oh ok the money will be refunded when we come out... Oh no it won't! Let's take £8.50 off an adult spectator, oh we'll give you a £5 food voucher and pocket £3.50 for letting you sit down and watch your children enjoy the £68 you have just spent......surprised there isn't a charge for the oxygen used to breath, the water you might use if you go to the toilet......... What an absolute rip off! Nothing on the website makes you aware of this when you book online and there is nothing obvious as you come in either. I don't know of another waterpark like this one in the country, and we have been to quite a few!
Unique Suggestions: Suggest being fully aware of costs and maybe find vouchers to lessen the cost.
Fun Alternatives: Other activities in Blackpool better value for money especially with tesco club card vouchers
Blackpool Airport has introduced a £10 tax for everyone over the age of 16 years taking a flight out of this airport. This rip-off tax is supposedly for the future development of the airport! (er, yes, isnt that the profit making owners responsibility?!)
I recently saw a hen party flying back to Belfast from Blackpool who were stunned to have to pay this tax. They'd obviously had a good weekend in Blackpool and spent all their money and were frantically trying to copper up the money between them.
Ryanair has pulled out of Blackpool as a direct result of this tax and, unsurprisingly, passenger numbers have dropped massively.
Unique Suggestions: sorry, I cant think of single way of making handing over your hard earned cash to a grasping airport for no good reason bearable!
Fun Alternatives: Go to Liverpool or Manchester Airport like the majority of former passengers. Probably a bit further to travel but more choice of flights and times plus far superior facilities and more professional ground staff than Blackpool Airport.
South Pier was built in 1893, its 285 metres & its original name was Victoria. There are many rides on here including the amusement arcade with fruit machines, grabbers & penny machines. There’s also a toilet for the disabled although you have to ask for a key & the doors a bit dodgy; they ask you not to lock it. There are stalls where you can try to win soft toys, & there’s a crystal shop, which sells wind chimes, Dreamcatchers & other bits & bobs, although the owner gets a bit stressed out at times.
Unique Suggestions: The Laughing Donkey Bar has a family feel with an outside beer garden with views of the sea & promenade. You can get 4-pint jugs for £9 until 10pm, refills are 99p.
Fun Alternatives: There’s a Sky Ride that swings people out over the sea at 80mph from a long rope, you have to be very brave (or stupid) to ride it. There’s also another one that shoots you up vertically in the air, there’s a small TV showing the terrified in their seats whilst it’s in motion. This ride is owned by the people, who pioneered bungee jumping back in 1989.
You can buy tokens for the rides which are £15.95 unlimited. There are the Walter rides, Crazy Mouse - £2, Dodgem - £2, Carousel - £2. There's also the fortune tellers like Madam Rosina, there's also a kiosk which sells tea, coffee & a variety of fudge & chocolates.
The sandcastle is the pool and leisure centre thing thats over next to south pier on the promanade. It is £5.50 per person (i think may be more) including kids although kids aged under i think it was 3 or some ludricous age like that got in for cheaper the biggest rip of is they charge the same price for people not going into swim as they do for people who do go in. There excuse is that people where pretending to not to want to swim and then going into the pool and that there was other entertainment we were there for two hours and apart from a adventure playground for kids i didnt see much more in way of entertainment. When they frist opened they used to do shows and things so you could stay for the whole day but they dont anymore
Unique Suggestions: If youre kids really want to go here by all means go but if someone isnt going into the pool it would be less expensive for them to go off and do something else and arrange to meet you a while later.
Fun Alternatives: There is a ordanairy pool in blackpool which would be much better very value and would be less crowded as it is more geared towards locals than tourists.
The whole of Blackpool could be considered a tourist trap, if you`re not carefull you could spend a small fortune here with not a great deal to show for it.
Unique Suggestions: Set yourself a limit of what to spend in the arcades, once you have got to that limit walk away, don`t put any more in.
Only spend what you can afford to lose.
Fun Alternatives: Don`t go in the arcades, go to the beach instead.
In Pleasure Beach there is a ride known as Valhalla- and outside they sell ponchos before you go in to it- I thought we'd save a pound or two by not buying them- what a regret- we got totally soaked- and remained that way for some time after!
Unique Suggestions: Buy a Poncho!
Fun Alternatives: there are loads of other rides so plenty others to choose from
They is only one winner in an amusement arcade, the slot machine.
Unique Suggestions: We all like a little flutter every now and again, but always say how much you want to spend , AND STICK TO IT!!!!
Fun Alternatives: Head for the fun fair..........................
The whole place is tourist trap by design...that's what's fun about it! Just take it as it comes and don't expect any highbrow culture! Kiss-me-quick hats, sticks of rock with 'Blackpool' written through the centre, cuddly toys, inflatables and buckets and spades are what you should be looking to buy in Blackpool.
Unique Suggestions: Enter into the spirit of it...go to the cheeziest clubs and listen to music you wouldn't dream of listening to back home.
Fun Alternatives: If it gets too much to bear, just get so drunk that you don't care anymore.
The whole damn place is a tourist trap, but sometimes it's a fun thing to do. But it is a tourist trap for the locals too. Most of the people I met there weren't from too far away. They just go there to hang out on the weekend and party.
Personally I don't think there really are any however be careful with the rock as its another Blackpool feature. You can buy it at a tourist shop or at a stall where you would pay half the price! Also becareful you don't go and waste all your money on the Arcades!
You will see the inevitable horse and buggy rides in this seaside town. I don't think it would be something that would be particularly appealing in this loud and boisterous town but I did see a few people in them. If you look closely you can see the small dog which rides on this carriage.