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As blogger clichés go, afternoon tea has to be up with the best of them! Afternoon tea in a ballroom scores even higher on cuteness factor.  So the only possible company to enjoy afternoon tea at the ballroom with was another blogger, obviously. That sounds like I was forced to go with Tasmin haha, definitely not the case! We’d spoken about meeting up for aaaages and finally did so last Saturday. I love it when online chats become IRL ones. 🙂


For once in my life I actually arrived early (I like to think I’m organised… I’m not) so we had a little time to kill before our 2pm tea slot. Wandering around chatting and taking photos kills time perfectly well in my book. Few shots of the tower just to set the scene – I’ve seen it so many times that it seems completely normal, but I realise it’s not exactly your standard landmark to pop in to for a brew!


Outdoor scene set, now for indoors. Nowhere quite like this place! I’d been several times before to watch friends’ dance competitions, but never for tea. Not sure how many other tearooms you’d have this kind of background entertainment! Organ playing, ballroom dancing… it’s pretty cute. 🙂 (I’ll probably use the word ‘cute’ approximately 100 times in this post, just warning ya). It’s nice how the ‘entertainment’ isn’t hired or anything either – just anybody who feels like it getting their dancing shoes on and having a good time. Some are AMAZING ballroom dancers, it’s crazy! That stuff is mesmerising to watch. Peoplewatcher’s dream right there!


Wind wanted in on my selfie again.  Another Blackpool quirk – the comedy carpet.  I’ll let the photos do the talking!  It’s a massive slab of writing on the ground with some ‘interesting’ quotes let’s say.



Loved tasmin’s outfit.  Oh and you should all go check out her blog too!


Starting to get weirder…


Oh yes.  I see how it is. Ahhh, Blackpool. <3


Cameras and phones on the table cos y’know, bloggerssss.



Much as I look like I’m doing an impression of a Crawley sister at Downton Abbey (soooo English with my little cup of tea) we did have lots of laughs and smiles all afternoon!  One of the dancers probably did something cool and I was watching intently at this moment in time.   We chatted to one dancing couple afterwards who told us how lovely it is to have such a grand place on their doorstep as a regular social thing.  To quote Tasmin, definite #futuregoals!4


Safe to say I was not hungry that evening!  Sandwiches, scones, jam, berry tarts, yellow-custard-banana-coconut-jam-tart-thingy – not entirely sure what that was but it tasted nice!



We named this gal Cinderella, for obvious reasons.  So pretty and graceful!




Details always get me. 🙂

Apologies for the so-grainy-it-hurts-your-eyes photos btw – it’s a stunning location but my camera wasn’t too sure about the light!



These two were in the zone, for real. I think they’re competition dancers. Tango music came on and you could just tell they were in their element!



Everybody was asked to sing for Joyce’s 90th birthday. Cuteness overload!



Successful selfie without hair whipping across my face!


Oh and this is just standard stuff in Blackpool.  Group of fully grown men striding down the prom in Frozen costumes?  No one bats an eyelid.

Our afternoon tea was kindly provided complimentary by Blackpool Tower, but of course all opinions are my own! Such a cute way to enjoy a lovely tea in lovely company in a slightly less conventional setting. 🙂

lily kate x

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  • Reply
    5th September 2015 at 1:19 pm

    This looks like a magical place to have afternoon tea. I don’t think I’ve seen a better location!
    Emma Xx

    • Reply
      lily kate
      5th September 2015 at 9:27 pm

      It really is! Nowhere quite like it 🙂

  • Reply
    Pendle Stitches
    5th September 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I’m longing to take the littles here for tea and to get them dancing there. They’d love it. They’ve been having ballroom lessons for about three months and are nailing it! They’ll compete at the Winter Gardens in October. Can’t wait till Dave stops working in London we can have dance lessons too. Tower Ballroom here we come!

    • Reply
      lily kate
      5th September 2015 at 9:29 pm

      OMG I have to see them! Let me know the dates in October and I’ll try my best to make it. I can imagine you being a fabulous ballroom dander! Woooo 😀

  • Reply
    5th September 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I love this blog post, and it looked like you had a perfect afternoon! I also really like the photographs that you’ve taken for this post. Thank you for sharing, it’s definitely something I’d love to do myself! xoxo


    • Reply
      lily kate
      5th September 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you! Really glad you like photos – sorry they’re grainy! I’d reccommend you do 🙂

  • Reply
    Matthew Pike
    6th September 2015 at 7:39 pm

    It’s cool in there isn’t it! Just a shame they ran outta cash to paint the whole of the outside (hence the scafolding).

    Buckets & Spades

    • Reply
      lily kate
      12th September 2015 at 1:04 pm

      It’s so lovely isn’t it! Kinda doesn’t fit with Blackpool does it haha 😛

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