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A Family Day Out at Coral Island Blackpool {AD}

20th August 2019
A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review

This is a paid post in partnership with Coral Island Blackpool.

We recently took a trip to my happy place, Blackpool. This was only my fourth visit, and each time I’ve fallen in love a little bit more. I visited as a teenager on a friend’s family holiday, as a group of girls for some drunken fun, as a family of three with a small baby, and now as a family of four with a four year old and a baby. It has never disappointed, there is always so much to do to suit everyone.

We spent a huge chunk of this visit in Coral Island, Blackpool’s largest free admission family attraction. We knew that Coral Island had a lot to offer and we expected to spend a good few hours in there, but we didn’t expect to spend near enough the whole day in there!

A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review

Family Fun in Coral Island

There was so much to do in Coral Island for the whole family. Spencer loved the VR machine, four year Aria loved the rides, I loved (losing on) the grabber machines, one year old Carrie loved the bright lights and we all loved the 2p machines! There really is something for everyone, including a whole over 18s section which we didn’t venture into.

A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review

Family Bingo

I love bingo but Aria finds it incredibly boring, so we were intrigued by the electronic family bingo. We were a bit overwhelmed when we walked in on an ongoing game, the caller read the numbers so fast that us adults would have no chance of marking them off, let alone our four year old. Before our game started the caller explained to us that we needn’t check the numbers, it was a case of touching a button on the screen after each number was called and the computer would automatically mark the numbers off. Personally, I found it all a bit fast and confusing, and not physically searching for the numbers took part of the excitement away; but Aria loved it! I’m pretty sure she had no idea what was going on but she loved tapping that button, she even won a prize; much to her delight!

A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review - family bingo was confusing but fun!

Old Fashioned Fun with a Modern Twist

If old fashioned fun is what you are after there is plenty of that to be had in Coral Island. There are 2p and 10p machines aplenty, grabber machines, fruit machines and Camel Derby to name a few.

A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review - our family loved the 2p machines
A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review - camel derby was so much fun

For those searching for more modern fun there are ride on computer animated games, VR, wind machines and so much more.

A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review - the VR ride was fantastic
A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review

Tickets Mean Prizes at Coral Island

A lot of the amusements give you tickets as you play, even some of the 2p machines. These can be collected and traded for a prize at the end of your visit. There is a huge variety of prizes to pick from, starting with sweets and slime for smaller claims going right up to big ticket items such as computers. We had just over 500 tickets and Aria was able to take home a My Little Pony set, another light up squishy ball and a few sweets. She was over the moon. If you are just short on tickets for the prize that you want there are ticket grabber machines dotted around Coral Island, these seem to let you play over and over until you pick up a pile of tickets and are such a fun way of bulking up your prize winnings.

The Rides in Coral Island

What surprised me the most is that there are a couple of small rides in Coral Island too, I had no idea! Aria really loved the Pirate Flyer, I on the other hand found it a little scary as heights really aren’t my thing! If you don’t mind heights the Pirate Flyer is great to ride at the start of your visit as it takes you sky high around the venue, allowing you to take everything in before starting your day.

A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review - we enjoyed the rides, you could see the whole arcade from aboard the pirate flyer
A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review - we enjoyed the rides, you could see the whole arcade from aboard the pirate flyer

Another ride thoroughly enjoyed by our four year old was the Ghost Train, we screamed and laughed our way through it and Aria loved that things were chasing us and the doors nearly wouldn’t open, it was such lighthearted fun and Aria just had to go back on with daddy as she didn’t want him missing out!

A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review - we enjoyed the rides such as the ghost train and pirate flyer

Kids Eat Free at Coral Island

There are a variety of dining options at Coral Island, and kids eat free in all of them (one free under 10 kids meal with one paying adult). The dining options are :

  • The Buccaneer Family Bar & Restaurant serving generous portions of all the family favourites. Three Meat Sunday carvery every Sunday. 
  • Captain Jack’s Bar & Grill, famous across the seven seas for our Double Dipped Wide Ribs and Stacker Burgers.
  • Peggy’s Family Snack Bar serving daily specials and a full counter service. We open for Breakfast serving full English, you can set a whole family of four up for the day for less than £10 as Kids Eat Free.  
  • Both the Traditional Chippy and The Big Fish Trading Company, serve Award Winning Fish & Chips, and are proud to offer sit in Fish and Chips at takeaway prices.

We decided to eat lunch in Peggy’s family snack bar and we were pleasantly surprised by what was on offer. There was a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, wraps and cooked food. I opted for the slow cooked pork chops in gravy with apple sauce, veg and chips while Spencer went with a good old burger, Aria chose pasta and chips and Carrie had chicken nuggets and chips. Carrie was asleep when we decided to eat but we didn’t want to miss out on the kids eat free offer so the staff very kindly put her meal into a container for us to take away.

A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review - the dining options are great and kids eat free in all restaurants
A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool, a review - the dining options are great and kids eat free in all restaurants

We visited Coral Island on a Saturday during August, as you can imagine it was very busy! Despite this we were never waiting around for things to become available as there was so much choice. We had a great day and while we received vouchers for games, rides and food, I’m sure we would have spent less than £50 for a whole days entertainment for the whole family with prizes, and a very enjoyable lunch. I highly recommend Coral Island as a family day out in Blackpool, we will definitely visit on our next trip to Blackpool.

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