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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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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Last weekend we decided (only about 10 days before) that we wanted to go for a trip to the South of England. I got to choose the hotel and so we went to Maidenhead – as that’s where I grew up and I haven’t been back for a long time.

I did the driving, because I enjoy long distance driving; listening to music and singing along! On the journey down we stopped a few times due to car issues but it also gave us the chance to stretch our legs and get some lunch. There was barley any traffic, given that it was a Friday and we were traveling through rush hour, we got very lucky!

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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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