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Gifted – Coral Island, Blackpool

We were invited to Coral Island this weekend in exchange for a review. Coral Island is Blackpool’s largest indoor free admission family attraction. This is my thoughts.

We set off from York on Saturday morning with two very excited children. What is more fun then a trip to the seaside with your best friend when your ten years old. I had not been to Blackpool since I was at university when I went there for three consecutive weeks as part of a placement. I have some very vague memories of going as a young child to see the lights. It isn’t somewhere we have been as a family with 👧🏻. After this weekend I am sure we will be back. The roads were really clear and we arrived at ten o’clock. Coral Island is really close to Blackpool Tower and easy to spot with the skull and parrot outside. We parked in Central Car park, FY1 5QU. The machine took cards and it was reasonably priced for a days parking.

The building for Coral Island is much bigger than I thought. It had a map outside and I remember thinking that we wouldn’t need that. I was wrong. We got lost several times!!

The sun was shinning and the building looked beautiful!! Once inside we headed to the prize area where we were given a goody bag as well as hats and then the girls choose a toy each. They were treated fantastically by all of the staff that we met on the day. Customer service was outstanding. Thank you.

When we got inside we signed up to the competition to win a mini. How amazing would that be!! The competition was free to enter.

We played three games of the Came Derby. It was a great game and I realised how competitive I am. I won!!

We then had a game on some of the 2p machines. For me this is British seaside fun. I spent most of my childhood summers in Poole in Dorset playing on the beach followed by a trip to the arcades for a play on the 2p machine. The anticipation of the prizes coming over the edge is as exciting now as it was then. I am not sure it will ever grow old. There were various machines and you could win tickets and prizes. We won various sweets, key rings and badges.

We moved on to a couple of games of prize bingo. The rules were explained as we had never played on a machine before. Again the staff couldn’t have been more helpful – making sure we knew what was happening and asking if we would like drinks. It was lovely to sit down for a while and the girls could manage the game with no help from us which was nice.

We were given lunch which we had in the fish and chip restaurant. There are four restaurants all-together, all with rave reviews. The children eat free posters were advertising the amazing deal. We had fish and chips and the girls opted for cheesy chips. The food was lovey and fresh and really good quality. I had been a little apprehensive about a fish and chip restaurant but the food was amazing. Really well cooked, clean restaurant and again super friendly staff.

We tried to win a unicorn but didn’t manage. There are plenty of games around the arcade for all ages and abilities and I am sure there is something for everyone.

We were given passes for unlimited rides on the ghost train and the pirate flyer. Both had no queues and were great fun.

We spent about three and a half hours at Coral Island. We left with our bellies and arms full.

For the girls choosing how to spend their tickets took some time. A REALLY LONG time. There was a huge range of items and they had to be sure they spent the tokens wisely. We couldn’t have been anymore annoying to the staff choosing how to spend the treasured tokens but the staff were again helpful and allowing the girls to take as long as they needed.

After all of the excitement we had a stroll on the beach and an ice-cream – surely it’s essential for any trip to the sea. It was a great day and I would really recommend a trip to Coral Island if you are looking for something to do this summer. Follow Coral Island on Instagram to keep up with all of the offers and events they have https://www.instagram.com/coralislandblackpool/

The trip was gifted however all views are my own.

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