Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Secret Formula to the Perfect Kids Holiday

Although I've been fairly absent from my blog over the summer you might be surprised to know that there has been no family holiday for us.  Aside from the cost of family holidays taken in school holiday time, we find it increasingly difficult to find a holiday destination that pleases all of us aged from 42 down to 4!  In fact, we've tried holidaying once only since our twins arrived and, well, it didn't end well that's all I'm saying.

The whole experience made me question what is important in a family holiday and what my children's holiday must-haves would be.

The #BlackpoolsBack campaign recently surveyed 2000 children from Britain aged between 6-17 years about this very thing, with some surprising results which are shown in the infographic below.

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Iain Hawkins, spokesman for the #BlackpoolsBack campaign, said: "We tested the holiday opinions of 2000 children aged 6 – 17 asking them to rate their perfect holiday based on a wish-list constructed from a number of factors including: a real sandy beach, theme park, travelling time, weather, location, attractions, swimming facilities, food, distance to the beach, language and method of travel. And it’s great to see that Blackpool managed to tick all the boxes. Even Orlando and the Costa del Sol couldn’t manage that."

Merlin Entertainments, the largest entertainments company in Europe, and Visit Blackpool are driving the exciting and bold family-focused #BlackpoolsBack awareness campaign, and the hard work is already paying dividends with an amazing 13 million visits to the iconic north-wet seaside resort in the past year.

#Blackpoolsback underlines the multi-million-pound investment and regeneration in the town and is a reminder that the resort is home to an unrivalled concentration of world-class family attractions. It also reminds parents of what the best of holidays looks like through the eyes of children – and what really makes it work for them.

I have to say that reading this made me feel a whole lot better about not having gone on holiday abroad this year.  My teen definitely agrees with the Theme Park as an essential too.  Blackpool is not far from us at all and with all it has to offer maybe we'll give it a try next summer!

You can find out more about Blackpool's attractions at

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