Given that I’ve said many a time how I love playing ‘tourist at home’, you’d think I’d have made the most of the ~tourist attractions~ on my doorstep. You’d think wrong. I’ve walked past the Blackpool Tower maybe… 100 times in my life, I’ve watched dancing and eaten afternoon tea in the Tower Ballroom, but never actually been up it. So on a sunny Tuesday last week when I had nothing pressing to do, I randomly decided to make a day trip of it with my brother.
Apparently half the schools in Lancashire also chose last Tuesday as Tower Trip Day so our time was spent tactically avoiding hoards of 6 year olds, but oh well.
Where else can you stand on a glass floor, 390 feet in the air, see god-knows-how-many miles around, and go a little bit jelly legged when you look down? Probably many places, but allow it OK.
Looking chilled, feeling like I’m gonna get my feet back on nice opaque ground ASAP. Freaked me out a little more than I should probably admit but hey, gotta get the shot.
After watching the 4D cinema show with a little history of the tower, we actually headed straight up the stairs to the higher levels and left the glass area for later. Obviously the higher levels are netted so the view isn’t quite as clear, but it’s cool to be out in the fresh sea air so high up. Heights don’t bother me as such – as long I feel like I’m on something nice and sturdy. 5cm thick glass might be able to support 6 rhinos or whatever but it’s transparent and therefore 10x scarier than good old metal. By my fantastic physics student logic anyway.
Crowds of Year 2s avoided, we set about the very complex game of ‘what can you spot’. Objects included my car in central car park, Southport pier, the Cumbrian fells and (we think) the Isle of Man. It’s also pretty striking to see from up there just how flat Lancashire is – funny how a different perspective makes you realise the obvious isn’t it? There’s a deep and meaningful metaphor in there somewhere I’m sure.
Something else I must mention is that half of these photos were taken on my new phone – it’s rare I share a phone snap on the blog, but I think that will be changing from now on! I’ve had the Huawei P20 Pro for 6 weeks or so now and absolutely love it. Was definitely chosen for the camera quality, which I’m still fangirling over tbh. Especially portrait mode. Oh how I love portrait mode. I still used my SLR for some shots because you just can’t fake that 1.8mm lens blur, but others (like this overexcited treat below) were shot on the Huawei.
The thought of people hanging from the outside of the tower freaks me the hell out. How did they even build this thing back in 1891? The whole process must have been crazy dangerous. Hats off to the people who were (and still go) up there on ropes, you’re made of far stronger stuff than I am.
Shot on the Huawei with Joel holding the phone above his head and hoping for the best, in this case.
There’s no denying that Blackpool’s tacky in parts, but I’m pretty sure that’s what everyone likes about it. Good old tacky British seaside fairground rides and all that.
No trip to the seaside is complete without avoiding divebombing pigeons whilst eating a picnic (of sorts) on the promenade. It’s practically mandatory.
Not to mention the Tower makes for a pretty photogenic spot!
As I mentioned, I’ve been to Blackpool many times, but still failed to remember how far the walk is between the piers. And so Joel and I walked a good mile and a half each way for an ice cream. No regrets (except Joel’s choice of a cone rather than tub, which melted all down his arm). Notarianni’s is the classic Blackpool ice cream spot though so had to be done, England sprinkles and flag and all.
Lily Kate x
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Lyd12th July 2018 at 12:19 pm
You’ll have to go under the tower next time and visit The Dungeons, they’re so much fun! You got some gorgeous shots, I’m more than a little bit bitter that my Huawei P8 has nowhere near the same photo quality, it’s like shooting on a potato.
lily kate16th July 2018 at 12:20 pm
I thought about buying the multi attraction ticket thingies but decided to stick to just the tower, so maybe I’ll have to go back!
Oh damn Huawei potato haha. I had a P9 and loved it until it gave up the ghost and wouldn’t switch on for longer than 30 seconds, but I’m glad I gave Huawei another chance!
Lucy12th July 2018 at 3:10 pm
I just got the Huawei P20 Pro for the camera too! Agreed, it’s not a DSLR but it’s a good little pocket rocket so I’m happy. It likes to oversaturate lots of nature pics though, so you have that problem? On another note, there’s nothing quite like a decent (for once) British summer to get you exploring your home town, I love playing tourist when I go back to margate now xxx
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lily kate16th July 2018 at 12:18 pm
Indeed, not a DSLR substitute but such a good camera to get cool shots out and about!
I know what you mean about the oversaturating though, the AI mode detects blue skies/nature/flowers or whatever and seems to go into HDR overdrive. I just turn off the AI and it seems to be fine on regular mode
I’ve never been to Margate, but I bet it’s lovely to play tourist!
Max14th July 2018 at 3:06 am
I loved Blackpool when I was there ages ago. I did not go up the tower though. Tacky sure, but other places might be quaint. What I remember most is how every food item can come with mushy peas. I never saw so many signs that proclaimed MUSHY PEAS with such enthusiasm before. Tell me they still have them. I think I took a tram there too. Or am I confusing it with St. Anne on Sea?
lily kate14th July 2018 at 10:00 pm
I don’t understand the obsession with mushy peas, they’re horrible! I might be from the area but I am not a fan. Chips with gravy, on the other hand… 😀
You probably did take a tram at Blackpool – no trams at St. Annes!
Pixie15th July 2018 at 11:07 am
Loved this post – so different to other blogs I’ve read recently. Blackpool looks great in your photos, I’d love to visit one day. I’m puzzled as to why there’s no one on the beach in your Tower top photos, it’s clearly a beautiful day and the sandy beach looks inviting? Also have pigeons joined seagulls dive bombing tourists for chips fin Blackpool? We just have to watch out for gulls on the South coast! xx
lily kate16th July 2018 at 12:26 pm
That makes me happy! I’ve felt a bit lost with blogging lately and thought going back to just short posts about days out and things like that would be best, so I’m glad you like them.
There were people on the beach a little further down – there’s quite a long stretch of sand at Blackpool so people were pretty spread out 🙂
Pigeons and seagulls are a plenty, they’re vicious things! Haha xx