My Birthday outing this year was to go and see the Blackpool Illuminations. I was a kid the last time I saw them and Dave has never seen them so we figured that it would be nice to take the Robot. Anything sparkly seems quite magical to little eyes.
This isn’t the first year that I’ve wanted to go and see them, I’ve said the last couple of years, let’s go. Only to find that they had closed for the year already. I need to remember that they finish at the end of half term for future years. This year we were prompted by my Mum who just happened to be in Blackpool this last weekend for a line dancing event.
We decided to go and meet her for an afternoon stroll along the sea front with her. At this point the Robot had given in and gone to sleep on me…He looks so small in the picture like a newborn carry, but I swear he is there in all his 16 month glory all snuggled up tight. We ended up walking around the big illuminated signs at dusk rather than in the dark due to the time and the cold. We liked the Alice in Wonderland one the best.
We caught the train to Blackpool as we’d been warned about the traffic being horrendous through the illuminations. We also bought day passes for the trams so we could hop on and off them to different sections of the sea front. The Robot loves things that move. Everything is a car, so getting to ride on the trains and trams was pretty amazing for him.
He is a little charmer too, everyone was considered acceptable to play peekaboo with and everyone got his cheeky smile! I honestly don’t know where he gets it from!
As tea time approached we left my Mum to her dancing and we caught the tram to the end at Starr Gate to find somewhere to eat. Dave is a forward thinker and had already sussed out somewhere on trip advisor. I totally recommend doing this as we normally end up eating at some really quaint and lovely places. We ate at a little Italian called Ambrosinis, we’d never have ended up here if we hadn’t looked and booked in advance.
The atmosphere was brilliant and the food was delicious. My little man was a star and not only ate like a pro but behaved impeccably. At one point I even felt like Dave and I were on a date on our own. I couldn’t be more proud.
Being at one end of the tram line meant we could catch the tram and see all the illuminations from start to finish on the way back to the train station. I can only apologise for living in the moment and not taking any pictures of them. I assure you that we had fun looking at them!
All in all, we had a lovely and very different day out. We’ve decided that we are going to go back to Blackpool next Summer so we can go on the beach and eat an ice cream or two!
Have you been to Blackpool before? Do you rely on tripavisor for your culinary excapades?