The whole town was in holiday mode! Half term was here and the weather wasn’t letting any of us down. Typical of any British beach during the sunny weather, shirts were off and shorts were short – but there was a buzz of cheer around the whole place too. People smiled and nodded as you walked by, families queued up happily chatting for ice cream, and the attractions were bustling as people made the most of things – and we were no different.
Our first stop was Blackpool Tower.
I’ve always wanted to go into one of the dungeons, and I was delighted to head into Blackpool Dungeons with Mike. The staff were friendly and .. Lets say, enthusiastic (“have a horrible day!”) and I wasn’t let down. Some ambitious parents had brought children in who cried throughout the whole experience, but it didn’t tarnish the whole feel of the dungeon – even I wanted to cry at some points, especially when I was locked in a cage by the Ramsay Bolton-esque executioner who disliked those from Yorkshire. The War of the Roses was the focus in the dungeon, and me being from the Yorkshire side of the war with Mike representing the Lancashire side was humorous. Mike was celebrated as the ‘hero’ of the Lancastrian effort for killing the Duke of York in one setting, then faced inquisition as a traitor to the smuggling trade in the next.
After the dungeon, we had some time to spare before we had booked our tickets to the Blackpool Tower Circus. It was time for me to face my own terrors, much like Mike had done with the elevator up to the tower. Blackpool Sealife. Now, anyone who knows me knows I have an absolutely irrational fear of fish. I have done since I was small, and over the years it became a crippling phobia – so I knew one day I’d have to face it.
I’ve watched fishy documentaries, and I’ve even sat through Finding Nemo & Finding Dory. Today, I knew I’d take some steps to overcome this fear. Initially, I said no and waited outside while Mike queued for his single ticket, but I took his elbow and made my promises – I’d do it.
Mike did have to deal with lots of arm flapping, ‘No-no-no-no-NO!’ and generally anxiousness but.. I did it. All the way through. Truth be told, I actually felt okay until the tunnel when I felt my fear tightening it’s grip on my brain but Mike ushered me through and once I became accustomed to the movements of sharks around me I was okay.
I think I conquered it. I even thought some were quite cute, although I drew the line at touching them in any capacity even if there was a herd of young children poking and prodding the starfish – not this girl!
The last on our list was the Blackpool Tower Circus. I love the circus, and we both knew it would be a wonderful way to wind up our day in the seaside town – although neither of us expected the pure opulence of the circus’ setting. A beautiful theatre, wall to ceiling in gold gilded patterns and luxury – even down to the red velvet cushioned seats. The walk into the theatre was beautiful too, the corridors lined with mirrors and display cases showcasing past costumes – it really gave you that circus vibe!
Obviously, I’m not going to tell you the details about the show – and it was strictly no photography and recording. We did get a small peek after the show which features on the vlog, so go have a watch and indulge in the glitz and glamour!