Houndshill Shopping Centre: for your fashion and high-street needs
Houndshill Shopping Centre is located in the heart of Blackpool, and is home to over 60 stores – including Debenhams, H&M, New Look, Footasylum, Peacocks, Jack Jones and River Island. (There’s also the Disney Store and Build-a-Bear Workshop if you need something to entertain the kids for a few minutes.)
After you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, if you fancy a rest and a convenient bite to eat, there’s an excellent selection of restaurants and cafes at the Food Court, where you’ll find Burger King, El Taco Loco, Roosters and Café Real.
The streets surrounding Houndshill are also packed with high-street staples like M&S and Argos. For something a little leftfield, venture out of the centre towards Topping Street and Abingdon Street on the east side of town, where you’ll discover some locally-run independent stores.
The Regent: for antiques, crafts, vintage and retro clothing
The Regent, a Grade II listed building and former cinema, is home to an array of stalls selling antiques, collectables, crafts and vintage, while there’s a tearoom where you can grab a tasty bite to eat. Accessible via a large and easily-accessible car park right opposite, the Regent is free to enter and is open 7 days a week.
Afinity Lancashire: for discounts on famous brands
Set against a picturesque harbour with stunning views over Morecambe Bay, Afinity Lancashire is the perfect place to find exclusive offers on big brands.
With over 45 outlets offering a variety of discounts, and a nautical-themed outdoor play area all by the historic dockyard, this little outlet village is the perfect place to relax and indulge with all the family.
Afinity offers a wide choice of fashion, homeware, leisure, cosmetics, accessories and gifts. After you’ve shopped, once you’re ready for a rest, take some time out in one of the many cafes.
Getting to Afinity Lancashire is easy: travel in style on one of the UK’s oldest tramways, or take advantage of the 700 free car and coach parking spaces.
Directions are straightforward: simply take the tram to Fisherman’s Walk or type in FY7 6AE on your sat-nav.
Abingdon Street Market
Foodies should try the Abingdon Street Market, where meat and fish vendors sit next to jewellery and cosmetic stands. Finally, keep an eye out for the continental markets around Christmas time.
Bonny Street Market: open-air shopping
Blackpool’s largest open-air market takes place at various times throughout the year. At Bonny Street Market you’ll find everything from famous Blackpool Rock and fishing accessories to knitwear and perfume.
There’s lots of exciting family-friendly things to do in Blackpool, it’s just up to you to go and find them!