Health Editor Tanya Pearey headed to Lancashire for a fun family break

Where I went…
To the top of the iconic Blackpool Tower, to enjoy views as far as Liverpool (though, not on our hazy watch).

We were, however, able to see the promenade 380ft below when stepping onto the glass-viewing platform.

The iconic tower at Blackpool

The iconic tower at Blackpool

Saturday night saw us taking in a show – Cats, the musical hot-footing it from London’s West End. Sunday morning we went to Blackpool Zoo, where the baby gorillas were a highlight.

What I did…
Swam with sharks at the Sea Life Centre – not for the faint hearted, although there is netting separating you and them. I rode the Pepsi Max Big One rollercoaster at The Pleasure Beach – again, not for the faint hearted.

It really is horrendously high and exhilaratingly exposed. Then time for a swift half at the ‘Rovers Return’, lovingly recreated at Madame Tussauds (

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Riding The Big One rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Where I stayed…
The Big Blue Hotel ( right next to The Pleasure Beach – and I mean right next to it. Our family room overlooked a section of the Big One rollercoaster track – aaaaaaaahhhh!!

The Big Blue Hotel is next door to Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The Big Blue Hotel is next door to Blackpool Pleasure Beach

What I ate…
Everything a Health Editor shouldn’t but which makes a trip to this saucy seaside resort deliciously decadent: Lip-smacking fish and chips at Harry Ramsden’s on the seafront, sticky ribs at Captain Jack’s in the Coral Reef amusement arcade.

And ice cream at the famous Notarianni’s ice cream parlour, where you can chose any flavour… as long as it’s vanilla!

The family-run business has been serving their homemade Italian ice cream here for more than 85 years so they know a thing or two about what makes a decent retro cone.


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