Reliving My Youth at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Reliving My Youth at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Clunk clunk clunk, I thought my younger self must have imagined the height, that with time my memories had somewhat distorted my perception. But we’d just passed the 100ft sign, vertigo was beginning to kick in and our carriage was nowhere near the top.
200ft… well we’re getting there now and I force myself to take in the view of Blackpool’s enormous stretch of golden sand before we make the arc to horizontal… and vertical. My mind focuses on the drop, surely that’s not survivable, and my mouth forms an “OH” whose scream is whipped away the second the G’s take over.
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Infusion roller coaster - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
‘Infusion’ and ‘The Big One’
 
It’s been well over 12 years since I last stepped into this wonderland yet the smell of fries mixed with the sickly sweet scent of candy-floss is familiar. But that could determine a hundred other theme parks, no what makes Blackpool so distinctive is the thunderous roar of roller-coasters blending with chiming arcades. The Blackpool Pleasure Beach has a strong motto, to make adults feel like children again and even before our first ride it feels like I’ve not aged at all. I’m staring in awe at the loops and curls of them, some familiar and others brand new. From above this place must look like a giant bowl of spaghetti, the colourful strands looping, diving and corkscrewing around one another, utterly intertwined. Where do we begin our thrill ride feast?!
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Grand National - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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“You never said it was this good” Prue admires but just because I brought this Australian to Britain’s most iconic theme park doesn’t mean I’m going to let her get first dibs. Before she’s even got her bearings I’m tugging at her sleeve. “This ones not the fastest but it’s an oldie and a goodie” I laugh pushing her into the barrier of the Grand National. Within minutes we were strapped in, ready to race a second carriage parallel to ours.
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Front entrance to Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Front entrance to Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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With a gradual lunge “We were off” on our wooden track. The ascent felt casual and it was wholly pleasant until the angle of the first drop loomed before us. I’d forgotten about that! You can’t beat having your stomach thrust into your mouth on something that you would have deemed old and slow, over and again she dipped, our mare coming to an exhilarating finish at least 4 metres behind our competitors. We enthusiastically applauded their effort (I already told you that this place turns you into a child right!). The Big Dipper was next, built on the site in 1921 and one of the first rides of the park despite possessing the thrill factor of some of the newer rides like its neighbour Infusion, though the two couldn’t be more different. With legs dangling your thrown into a spiralling medley of corkscrews, loop-de-loops and arches.
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2 penny machines - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Playing the 2 penny machines
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In fact, at almost every turn the Pleasure Beach offers a unique collection of ride specimens, coasters I’ve never seen elsewhere. Whether you want to go tobogganing in the Avalanchecustom your own 360degree flying style with the Red Arrows Skyforce, or straddle a horse and whip around the bends of the Steeple Chasethere is something here to make you laugh, scream or both! Especially the Wild Mouse, one of the world’s two remaining mouse coasters hurtling you up down and around on wood. Were mine tears from a severe case of the giggles or fear… it was hard to tell.
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The big one and Red arrows sky force - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
‘The Big One’ and ‘Red Arrows Sky Force’
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We even nipped into the arcades to give Prue her first chance at playing the 2 penny slot machine. It started out as a joke but in the end we weren’t departing without THAT mini roll of Love Hearts. Yes, it can get that way even for an Aussie…”just one more pound, it’s right on the edge, look!” We ate chips, doughnuts and ordered coffee after a thorough soaking from Valhalla, a cutting edge and creepily dark viking boat ride… the World’s largest.
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Ulimited ride wrist bands - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Ulimited ride wrist bands
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But all of those was putting off one thing, embarking on a soaring journey throughout the park on The Big One. A blood draining 235foot drop that swings into a scenic panoramic view of everything Blackpool, everything Pleasure Beach and everything that is great about this place.
Yes, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, you succeeded in your motto… one hundred percent. And honestly, no Ultimate British Road Trip would be complete without you.
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Steeple chase - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Becks Reliving her youth on the Steeple Chase

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Prices for Blackpool Pleasure Beach

For us, the only way to experience Blackpool Pleasure Beach was with a ride wristband as it is far cheaper than buying individual tickets (if you plan to go on more than three rides). The cheapest way to get your hands on one is to purchase them in advance at the Pleasure Beach’s online store. A 20-22pound wristband includes your entrance fee and as many rides as you dare to take on!
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Reliving my youth at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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Rebecca Mayoll is a ‘just turned 30’ freelance writer and photographer from England. She is the co-founder and author of straightondetour.com, a travel website with the mantra ‘find your own adventure.’ Promoting adventurous destinations, independent travel and giving a humorous insight to the World of travel is what Becky does best.

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