We are skint. We are beyond skint.
But when someone gives me the chance to review my all-time favourite place in the whole world so that I can tell everyone how fabulous it is, could I say no?
Of course not!
|We stayed right beside the first hill lift!|
We are literally just home from one of my favourite visits ever to The Pleasure Beach in Blackpool.
I have been going since I was a wee toot, but there is just something magical about taking your children somewhere that you love, especially when they are both old enough to appreciate the delights for themselves.
We appeared at the gates on Monday, the first week of the Scottish school holidays, and although it was quite busy due to end-of-term school outings and swathes of Glaswegian holidaymakers, it was relatively quiet compared to what it will be like in a few weeks - we literally walked straight to the front of the queue in the very official and efficient ticket office, where we were issued with our wristbands and vouchers for the day.
|Noah's Ark - now no longer a ride, but kept as a beautiful entrance display. A bit of history!|
The Pleasure Beach has certainly moved with the times, and it is simply amazing how many people are involved in just getting everyone through the door. The huge Ticket Office with multiple queue lines means that you get your tickets quickly and easily, while being given park basics before you set off - a helpful leaflet is available on the 19 rides which children can go on, with or without an adult and you also get a park map, coupons for eateries within the park (of which there are many!) and your park passes, so you can go in and out as many times as you like throughout the day.
At the entrance you also have the option to purchase a very beautiful piece of machinery technology, which Dave has dubbed 'The Tamagotchi Thing', which is in fact a Queue Bot, called The Speedy Pass.
I highly recommend the Speedy Pass if you are visiting with small children. There are so many fantastic rides and beautiful rollercoasters at the Pleasure Beach, that it would be rude not to at least try to go on them! We used one, and I have to say that we never had to wait more than a couple of minutes to get on some pretty queued out rides! It was great and really took the stress out of theme parking for us grown ups.
Traditionally, Dave and I ride The Ice Blast first,
|Blasted to the top of this tower? Yes please!|
|A beautiful day for some flying!|
|Me and my little thrill seeker|
|I swear they've never changed these signs!|
|Ethan - 'I not ascared anymore!'|
Next we headed straight to another of my old favourites, and one that I rode often as a child - The Alice In Wonderland Ride.
No, it's not Disney-esque in any way, but it is a really old and much loved interpretation of Lewis Carroll's famous children's book. I love it because it's never changed - it is well maintained, and I notice a new section has been added to update it slightly. And a new photo opp outside!
|Fab new photo opp|
|The Alice photo calendar - a family tradition!|
|Spotted! Pretty sure this is a new addition? Correct me if I'm wrong!|
Is it a static ride?
It's my all time favourite.
The Derby Racer!
The Derby Racer!
Now it's changed a lot in recent years - it was given a gorgeous makeover in 2008, and the original racing mechanism is now sadly locked, but it's still quite easily one of the most underestimated joys of theme park revelry.
|Magical sounds from the Verbeeck organ!|
|A glitterball horse!|
|Excuse the blur - it's hard to hold a camera and a boy on a horse!|
|Check out my girlish grin *titter*|
After this, the kids were antsy to get going towards Nickelodeon Land...so off we went!
|Waving to an old friend - The Grand National twin track racing rollercoasters!|
|An obligatory visit to the loo!|
|My favourite woodie - The Rollercoater (or newly named Nick Streak)|
|Crossing the bridge into small children's heaven!|
|Best view ever!|
|The miniature railway was looking fine today!|
|So early, Valhalla wasn't switched on yet!|
I practically skipped along the path and up over the bridge as I passed all of my old favourites in the bright sunshine!
What a lucky, lucky day! To be continued...
Part Two can be found HERE