10 things to do in Blackpool

love it!’s ANNABEL STEVENS visited the nation’s favourite British seaside resort. Here’s her list of the top 10 things to see and do there…

1. THE TOWER… Home to the famous Tower Ballroom (see below), Tower Circus and Tower Eye, which at 486 feet is the highest observation deck in the north west of England. Tickets start from £10.50.

2. …AND THE BALLROOM Located within the Tower complex, this fabulously glamorous ballroom has played host to dance competitions and events since 1894, including BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. A must for all dancing fans.

3. SANDCASTLE WATER PARK A great choice for the kids, this indoor water park has an 84-degree tropical climate. It’s packed with rides including the lazy river and Masterblaster.

4. FISH AND CHIPS You can’t visit Blackpool without trying some fresh fish and chips doused in salt and vinegar. Hungry seafood lovers can even pick up pots of cockles, mussels and prawns to enjoy while walking along the pier taking in the sea air. Just watch out for hungry seagulls!

5. MADAME TUSSAUDS Blackpool is known for its abundance of glitz, so the ‘celebrities’ here will feel right at home. This famous museum presents life-sized wax replicas of famous celebrities and historic icons in themed galleries. Rub shoulders with everyone from the Queen to Justin Bieber!

6. CORAL ISLAND This free admission arcade has loads to offer and will delight visitors of all ages. Expect modern machines and retro classics – and don’t forget to collect your tickets to claim some great prizes!

7. THE NORTH PIER Built in the 1860s, The North Pier is the oldest and longest of Blackpool’s three piers. You’ll find all the classic seaside attractions such as a gypsy palm reader, arcades and carousels, as well as a Victorian tea room and a selection of bars and ice cream stalls.

8. ILLUMINATIONS This annual lights festival runs each year for 66 days, from late August until early November. You can drive through the Illuminations by car, coach or bus, or jump on a tram.

9. WINTER GARDENS This 12-venue entertainment complex, which opened in the 1870s, is packed full of old-school charm. On any given day it can be host to punk festivals, international darts tournaments, ballroom dance competitions and much more.

10. PLEASURE BEACH One of the world’s oldest theme parks, and hosting the largest number of rollercoasters of any park in Europe – this is a must-see for the whole family. Home to the famous Big One, that will take you 235ft off the ground at speeds of up to 74mph.