So when we renewed our Merlin Annual Passes (August 2018) we went for the Premium pass. This is because at the time of renewal is was on a deal that was hard to refuse 13 months for the price of 12 – at a discounted rate – and came with a photo pass for all parks! Carry on reading to find out the perks of a Premium pass, why we benefited from an upgrade and how much we have done in the last year with our passes.

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Better late than never? The end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 have been a little harder than we’d have liked but that shouldn’t stop the blogging! This post is a little insight into what we are going to do and what we would like to do in 2019. 

We hope you all have a fantastic year! 

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It’s annoying when you have a free weekend and want to go out but you’re not sure where to go. We get this sometimes, where we try our hardest to think of new places to go to, or things to do and we resort to Google. But sometimes even Google doesn’t really help us.

So we’ve created a list of places in the Northwest of England where we enjoy going, or resort to when we have no-where else to go. So if you’re bored or want to go somewhere new, try out these places. We have visited all of the places on this list so if there are any questions feel free to ask us!

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Yes, we went back to Blackpool again this weekend. We’ve spent a lot of time there recently with ‘Ride the Lights’ and seeing the lights in the car, getting our Merlin Annual Passes and now this weekend going to Sea Life and Madame Tussauds. Blackpool is a fun place, and the big arcade Coral Island has a ride inside it! There is also Blackpool Pleasure Beach if you enjoy rides, and an ice rink if you love to skate.

We never stay over, we usually just go up for the day because it is only an hour drive from us. However you wouldn’t be able to do everything in one day (hence we have been so many times recently). If you do just want to spend the day there then I recommend going to the Tower Circus – you do need to book you seats when you arrive in the morning, just tell the staff which time you would like to go and they will hand you a ticket for the show. You can go out and do other things before the Circus time, you do not have to stay in the tower.

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So we have had one in the past and it was great! I was living in Winchester and Martin up north, which meant that we had access to pretty much all the parks and attractions easily (or at least without a hotel).

We actually only wanted to go for a little trip to the Blackpool tower and go to the circus, but after pricing it up we decided that we may as well get a Merlin Annual Pass and then we can keep going back. Merlin Annual Passes are great because they include (and are not limited to); Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Dungeons, Sealife centres, Madame Tussauds, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland, Chessington World of Adventures, London eye and many more places.

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Blackpool’s ‘Ride the Lights‘ is an evening where prom roads are closed to cars and everyone gets on their push bikes. This is a great and safe way to see the Blackpool Lights, and get a bit of exercise!

It’s a fun evening and a great exercise where you don’t feel like you’re exercising because you’re too busy looking at everything going on. Ride the Lights has been going on for 11 years now, and last year was the first time that Blackpool Pleasure Beach opened up as a route for the event. This means that you can actually cycle through the Pleasure Beach.

It’s only 40 miles away for us, and I did my first one last year and really enjoyed it so I made sure I was able to go again this year! I ordered a mount for my GoPro for my bike handles so I can record the ride, and Martin has one for his helmet – we tried doing this last year with one GoPro but ended up taking a good thousand photos instead of recording, but this time we know how they work.

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