We survived Blackpool Tower!

I lived in Blackpool for 5 years or so and not once did I ever venture into the Blackpool Tower. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think there was much to see, other than going up the top and overlooking the spectacular views of Blackpool & beyond. But I was so so wrong. It’s honestly like a box of tricks! So much to see and do and all in one place! 

We were very lucky to have a few Big Blackpool Tickets and on one day we hit the World famous Blackpool tower. Our first stop was the 4D cinema show, this is all before we get to go up to the top! I had never been in a 4D cinema and I wasn’t exactly sure what the whole 4D experience was all about. But wow…the 3D effects were better than anything I have seen in any 3D movie I have gone to see. Honestly. Then the 4D effects, such as the water spray, the wind, rumbling of the bars we lent up against and more! It was really exciting to experience and we were all excited to get to the top!

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We all crammed into an elevator that reminded a lot of us of the glass elevator from Willy Wonka, as it has glass sides and we could see the structure of the tower as we went up, and up, and up! Finally, the lift stopped and we all filed out…unbeknownst to me, there was a glass floor 5ft from the elevator!! So everyone sort of walked out, a few yelled and we all just sort of…side stepped along, lol. 
 

I’ll not lie. You think you can just walk onto this 5cm thick toughened glass that shows you a 500+ft drop onto the streets of Blackpool town. But your body just….stops you! Or it did with me! I really had to fight my gut instincts on this one, yelling at myself that it would be OK, and it took some doing for me to finally turn around, stare into the eyes of my darling man and just….walk backwards onto the glass floor. Not once looking down until I was in the middle. 

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It took a moment or three for me to actually look down and even longer for me to encourage the kids that it was grand to come out and join me for a wee family photo.

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I love this photo because it’s a proper “OMG, hurry up and take the photo” face from yours truly. Ellie looks fine but I know she was bricking it! And Jacobs looking down and probably wondering “Aaaaaahhh”, haha.
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We loved watching the 4D cinema show & doing the Skywalk of Blackpool Tower! The gift shop even had these super cool medals to say you’d done it and survived! haha! Jacob just had to get one! 

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This was only one of many things to do in Blackpool tower, I wonder where we went too next! Stay tuned!
Disclaimer: We were supplied with two Big Blackpool tickets to attend these attractions in return for a review. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own. 

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  1. Hannah J
    08/07/2014 / 7:58 AM

    I’ve been a huge Strictly Come Dancing fan for ages so when Chris said we were going to stay just outside Blackpool for our family holiday last year I was do stupidly excited about going to the Tower Ballroom if possible. During the summer hols they do family fun evenings so although they were aimed at children younger than our Foster Son we went for part of the evening. And it might have only been the Cha Cha Slide but I can now claim that I’ve danced at The Tower Ballroom lol.

    We did the Dungeon and the Tower (possibly the same day….?) we had one of those tickets that covers about 3 or 4 different places around the Tower. I love the “piazza” opposite with the comedy catchphrases on it. The boys were fed up with me – I grew up on a lot of older comedy like The Goons, Morecambe and Wise and (once old enough!) Monty Python. All of which I think appear on it and so I spent ages taking photos and trying to tell them what happens and why.

    We went to the Tower, we really enjoyed the 4D cinema – there’s a similar one at The Beatles Story in Liverpool so we did two in one week! I agree about the affects. I can’t watch 3D films as they give me headaches (a combination of having an astigmatism and the way my brain decides what it’s seeing I think) but both this 4D one and the Liverpool one I had no issues at all and you say the 3D effects are so much better.

    It did seem to take ages for the elevator to come when we were there but I think it was just busy as it was the school holidays.

    Our Sidekick and I some how ended up there before Chris but I can’t remember why. Our Sidekick hates bridges so I didn’t expect him to go out on the glass. It was totally his decision but I knew that I had to do it, partially to prove it was okay but also to prove something to myself. I decided to lie down on the glass instead of stand so I sort of sat down at the “edge” then shimmy into a lying down post (this would definitely be one of my before pictures – I had been doing Slimming World less than 3 weeks when we were in Blackpool and I hate the pictures that were taken of me. Anyway that’s another comment for another day lol.

    I agree that everything in you tells you standing on this piece of glass is completely insane but there’s a thrill about it too.

    We went up to the extra levels and took some pictures. Turns out one of the Channel 4 idents is of the Blackpool sky line but it was only when we’d been up the tower and then seen it again on the TV did we put two and two together.

  2. Bethan Sian
    08/07/2014 / 8:51 AM

    O wow!!!! I really want to go up there one day!! Hopefully very soon. I know my eldest would be really scared but hopefully older she gets the better she will be ha ha! xx

  3. The Reading Residence
    08/07/2014 / 9:30 AM

    Wow! I’ve been up the Eifeel Tower and Empire State, which were amazing, but they didn’t have that glass floor, which I think would totally freak me out!

  4. Kim Carberry
    08/07/2014 / 11:59 AM

    Oh my….That glass floor….No way would you get me up there…lol

  5. 08/07/2014 / 11:13 AM

    The 4D cinema sounds really good, but the glass floor? Eeeek! That would be a bit too much for me to deal with I think! x

  6. thesoupdragon44
    08/07/2014 / 7:32 PM

    You were brave, and you can see for miles on a clear day. We took our boy there last year and we loved it too, such a great place to go on holiday!

  7. Kate Fever
    08/07/2014 / 7:56 PM

    Oh my word. You are SO brave, I just couldn’t do it! I love your face in the photo lol. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  8. 08/07/2014 / 9:41 PM

    That tower looks SO HIGH!!! I don’t like it! x

  9. 08/07/2014 / 9:49 PM

    I did the skywalk too and it’s so scary up there. It makes it worse knowing it’s just glass, although very tough glass. It felt like I was going to fall through it. Very brave getting those pictures.
    #triedtested

  10. Jai @ Kiddy Reviews
    13/07/2014 / 11:15 AM

    How fantastic! I’ve never been to Blackpool but have done a similar thing in Canada at the CN tower. Scary and exciting in equal measure! I have brought the Britmums review round up back and think this would be a lovely review to share with other mums and dads. Would be great if you could add this to the linky over there http://www.britmums.com/2014/07/reviews-round-back/

  11. 26/09/2014 / 8:15 PM

    I used to go to Blackpool every autumn to see the illuminations as a child. Have been up the tower a few times, although Las time I went it only had one bit of glass floor and looked quite different to that. It didn’t bother me back them but I’ve developed a fear of heights since then so not sure I could be so brave, not even sure I would go to top if I went again. Well done you!xx

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