Sugar dummies, arcades, sticks of rock and superheroes – this place has it ALL.. and yes, I am talking about Blackpool.
Us northerners love a good day out in Blackpool, be it for the beach and pier in the summer or donuts and lights in the winter.
Luckily, we knew just where to find Arianna and a couple of other A-Listers, right in the centre of the town, just opposite the pier, at Madame Tussauds.
Okay, Okay so it isn’t THE Arianna but it’s close enough!
If you aren’t aware of Madame Tussauds, it is a wax sculpture attraction housing lifesize and lifelike sculptures of celebs from across the globe. I won’t lie, it is something I had never really fancied doing until we were invited along to experience what Madame Tussauds had to offer. I am never one to turn down a day out and will try most things at least once, so off we went. Myself, my partner Chris, my sister Olivia, her Fiance, Shaun and their baby, my niece, Freya. We were going for a fun couples day out. Unsure of what to expect, I was mostly looking forward to spending some time with them – until we got there anyway and I wanted to ditch them so I could run of and see everything. From the second we arrived, the experience began with photo-boards of celebs outside, a giant green ogre called Shrek greeting you at the entrance (though Freya was not a fan of Shrek) and Simon Cowell as soon as you get through the door.
I thought the day was literally going to be a series of photo opportunities and there were ALOT of photo opportunities but Chris’ sanity was saved because of how interactive the whole experience was. If it was merely photo’s, as we expected, there is no way Chris would have lasted the whole way around!
From playing who wants to be a millionaire, to turning lights out with Paddy, to reaction walls, to laser mazes, to lifting a car like Hulk – a day at Madame Tussauds really is fully immersive with at least one element of fun for everyone.
I was slightly disappointed to see that Kim Kardashian couldn’t make it to Blackpool but nontheless we remained in good company with the likes of Spider-Man, Michael Jackson, Mo Farrah and a couple of football stars, including my first love, Steven Gerrard.
The whole attraction took us around 2 hours to slowly waltz around and play all of the games. Thinking back, I’m shocked at how big and how many different exhibitions there are. In those 2 hours we traveled to meet Ant & Dec in the Australian Outback, we were celebs and needed to get out of there though so we moved swiftly over the bridge, into TV studios with Keith Lemon, John Bishop and even Chris Tarrant, we spent some time in a comical world with Thor (another love), Hulk & Spider-Man, transported to other galaxies with Groot, bypassed a beach, headed to a festival with Arianna Grande, passed through Coronation Street stopping off in the Rovers Return for a cheeky pint, danced on through the ages with MJ, Lady Gaga and Lionel Ritchie – I mean in all honesty, I’m amazed we made it out alive! We were exhausted of course, and there were parts that were touch and go, especially during the laser maze game, it got pretty competitive between us..but we still made it out alive and friends!
It was a fabulous day out. We didn’t stop smiling and laughing the whole way round. If I had to sum up the whole experience in one phrase though it would be oh my god look at this! The amount of times we said it and the amount of times we heard it were almost comical! I would definitely recommend Madame Tussauds for a fun day out and wouldn’t even mind going back myself.. maybe I’ll see what the London one has to offer next? Have you ever been?
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored or paid for but we were gifted tickets in return for a review of Madame Tussauds Blackpool. The words and pictures are all my own.