The UK’s favourite seaside resort might be known as ‘Sunny Blackpool’ but sometimes the British weather doesn't come out to play, even in the height of summer.
During the wet weather days, you don't need to be cooped up in your hotel room twiddling your thumbs and wondering what to do. Whatever the weather, Blackpool has everything you need to enjoy a fun-filled day out.
So, don’t let the rain dampen your holiday spirits. Here's a round-up of rainy day activities to keep you and the kids entertained whilst sheltering from the rain.
See a show
Blackpool is always razzle dazzle to put on an entertaining show at some of the most popular venues in town - from cheerful cabaret at VIVA Blackpool and Funny Girls to exciting and enjoyable theatre productions at the Grand Theatre and Winter Gardens.
Whether you’re looking for a large-scale musical extravaganza, laugh-out-loud comedy, live performance or a spectacle of dance, there’s a seat waiting for you and your loved ones.
Whizz down the slides at Sandcastle Waterpark
If you’re going to get wet, you may as well have fun doing so! Escape the blustery weather and head to Sandcastle Waterpark, the UK’s largest indoor waterpark. The exhilarating park has a tropical 84 degree climate and 18 splashtastic slides and attractions to choose from.
For an extra splurge, treat your party to a VIP Tiki Cabana, equipped with your own TV and seating area, a private hot-tub and lunch for everyone delivered directly to your Cabana.
Dive into the blue at SEA LIFE Blackpool
Plunge into a world of magical discoveries at SEA LIFE Blackpool, home to over 2,000 marine creatures with 50 awe-inspiring displays. Explore the wonderful world of the ocean, from discovering the lively rock pools teeming with marine life to venturing through the underwater ocean tunnel, surrounded by sea creatures big and small.
This fin-tastic attraction is suitable for all ages but ideal for young explorers. What will you discover during your underwater adventure?
Hit the arcades
All you need is a tub of pennies and luck on your side to forget the drizzly rain outside. Blackpool is home to an array of arcades along the Golden Mile, as well as North, Central and South Pier.
Why not take your little pirate to Coral Island, Blackpool’s largest free admission attraction? Soar above the action on the Pirate Flyer ride and watch out for Captain Jack who is regularly on the prowl with his loot bag of chocolate coins
Test out your skills and try the penny slot machines, shoot some hoops, down some clowns, and immerse yourself in interactive video games. There is so much fun to be had!
Indulge in afternoon tea
If you’re looking for an activity that is a little more genteel, indulge in a spot of afternoon tea in some of the most established venues in the heart of Blackpool.
From the beautiful Blackpool Tower Ballroom, the remarkable heritage of the Winter Gardens, to a sophisticated sip of tea in one of Blackpool’s oldest Victorian hotels, The Imperial, treat yourself to beautifully baked scones and cakes that are almost too pretty and delicate to eat.
The only thing you will have trouble deciding is what comes first: the jam or cream?
Scale new heights at Clip ‘n Climb
Looking for a fun way to exercise? Try Clip ‘n Climb’s 24 climbing-based activities that provide healthy, challenging fun for all the family.
All standing at more than twenty-five feet, the climbing obstacles are boldly themed and vary depending on skill level. Some of the walls include face-to-face climbing for some light-hearted rivalry with your competitor; the Speed Climb where opponents compete against each other to reach the top; the Stairway to Heaven which consists of freestanding poles you have to step up to reach the top; and a hair-raising vertical drop slide, the highest of any Clip ‘n Climb centres in the UK.
Head to the shops
A spot of retail therapy is a must to beat those rainy day blues. Find Houndshill Shopping Centre in the centre of Blackpool, home to more than 65 retailers.
Browse the bargains in the three-floor Primark, pick up your favourite fragrance in Boots, discover your new favourite book in Waterstones or treat yourself to a new outfit in River Island, Next, New Look or Tessuti. Afterwards, head to one of Cedar Square’s independent cafes for a bite to eat.
Bounce around at Ascent Trampoline Park
Put a spring in your step and try out the North West’s best trampoline park. Located just outside of the town centre, Ascent Trampoline Park offers fun for all the family with its state-of-the-art soft play area, a caving system for young explorers, a climbing wall and various Total Wipeout-themed obstacles and challenges. Your little ones will have so much fun their feet will hardly touch the ground!
Spend the day at The Blackpool Tower
There is so much to offer at The Blackpool Tower, one of the UK’s most recognisable and beloved landmarks. Brave the Tower Dungeon and explore Lancashire’s murky past; say hi to Mooky and Mr.Boo at the Tower Circus (opening Easter 2022); go on a prehistoric adventure around Dino Golf; enjoy family entertainment at the Fifth Floor; and take a trip into the skies (380 feet to be exact) to the top of the Tower Eye.
Please note: The Blackpool Tower Eye may close in adverse weather
And that’s not all! There are other indoor attractions to choose from, including Madame Tussauds, Peter Rabbit: Explore and Play, Heritage Tram Tours, and Grundy Art Gallery to fill your drizzly day.
If you decide to dare the downpour after all, grab your poncho and head to Blackpool Pleasure Beach for high octane thrills (weekends only) or Blackpool Zoo for a tamer experience.