Despite some unpleasant childhood memories of Blackpool illuminations I continue to take my own children there every year. Thanks to some improvements I’m actually starting to enjoy some aspects of the trip.

Confession time – I’ve never been a fan of the Blackpool Illuminations.

I think it’s because I have horrible childhood memories of overflowing litter bins and crowded streets swimming with rubbish which stank of stale fish and chips.

The cheap but yet ridiculously overpriced light up toys are guaranteed to break before you get them home. What a horrible waste of money!!

Lots of people seem to enjoy the slots machines but I’m certainly not one of them. More crowds with irritating noises. Glaringly bright lights that somehow do nothing to dispel the depressing gloom as people who can ill afford to waste money feed their savings into the slot machines. It’s depressing.

Trip to Blackpool Illuminations
Trip to Blackpool Illuminations

Disgusting is quite a strong word but it has always been my overall impression of Blackpool during the illuminations.

Since my childhood the town has made a huge effort to clean up that litter and I’m glad to say that they have for the most part been successful. The streets are now no dirtier than any other town centre.

The arcades are easy enough to avoid and my children are familiar with being refused overpriced rubbish so it’s not impossible to have a reasonably pleasant day out during the Blackpool illuminations.

The lights themselves are lovely as they always have been. It’s nice to see the whole seafront lit up. Of course the main attraction is watching the joy on the children’s faces.

Horse drawn carriages have become very popular. It’s a pricey treat that we have yet to splurge on. I suspect that the children have far more fun watching the horses than they would riding in one of the cartridges.

On the North pier there is a collection of vintage fair ground rides. A simple helter-skelter is little Miss’s delight. It was closed today so instead the children finally had a turn on this stunning Victorian merry go round. Isn’t it a thing of beauty?!

Trip to Blackpool Illuminations
Trip to Blackpool Illuminations

There are some totally free little activities perfect for amusing little ones. My kids insisted on having their photo taken in this comical seaside scene.

Trip to Blackpool Illuminations
Trip to Blackpool Illuminations

I’m actually starting to enjoy some aspects of our annual trip to Blackpool illuminations.

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Trip to Blackpool Illuminations
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