A Weekend Up North

Last weekend we went up north to spend some time with my family, the intention was to catch up with my parents and brother who I don’t get to see all that often. Seeing as the Half Term was approaching it seemed an ideal time to book a hotel and head off for the weekend. 

Booking a hotel for our stay wasn’t an easy task, with it being half term so many hotels were fully booked. We then we realised with it being Half Term and Blackpool Illuminations being on this was causing hotels to book up outside of the town because the hotels were cheaper. Thankfully we soon had a booked and looked forward to our stay. 

Following our booking we soon made plans for the weekend, on Saturday evening we were to meet my parents and brother in Blackpool and take the kids to see the Illuminations. Then on Sunday Lewis, Sam, My Dad and Brother were going to have a morning of Go-Karting, then head to Southport in the afternoon before heading back home in the evening. 


We arrived in Lancashire late morning on the Saturday and went to visit my Grandma before heading to Preston to check into our hotel. From there we grabbed all of our winter woollies (it was a bitterly cold weekend) and headed to Blackpool, our plan was to arrive there late afternoon, go for tea, play in the arcades and then meet my family. 

We had a lovely late afternoon, stopped for tea at the Beach House Bistro & Bar on the sea front, enjoyed watching the sun set and the Illuminations come to life before heading to the arcades afterwards.

The kids loved the buzz of Blackpool and after retiring to our car at about 9.30pm we then spent some time driving through the lights before arriving back at our hotel at 10.40pm. The kids were exhausted but certainly had a lot to say about the day! 

Go Karting

Sunday morning arrived in a haze, we were all so so tired from such a late night. Although we were eternally thankful for the clocks rolling back the extra hour allowing us a bit of extra sleep. The kids were all talk about their late night at Blackpool Illuminations, spending time with family and Lewis playing air hockey and shoot ’em up games at the arcade with Granddad and Uncle Kip. The really did make some wonderful memories. 

But now came the ultimate weekend buzz, a morning Go-Karting! I hadn’t discussed much about it with Lewis as he’d never really witnessed Go-Karting before so when we arrived at the track Lewis couldn’t wait to see what all the hype was about and soon got really excited to race. Because of his age Lewis was in a much less powered Go Kart but it didn’t stop him at all having an absolute blast (whilst my heart sank into my little toe through nerves!). After a few big nudges, planting his kart into a tyre wall and sliding about he really got the hang of it, and came off the track with a massive grin on his face! 


To round up our weekend nicely we then spent the remainder of the time with my family over in Southport. It had been at least 5 years since my last visit to Southport and it was nice to return. The beach was absolutely bursting to the brim with shells begging for the kids to collect and they came home with a good collection of wonderful shells which they plan to clean up and put in our fish tank. We ate McDonalds for lunch in the car on the sea front and just enjoyed our afternoon. 


  1. TheSouthernerBlogs

    1st November 2018 at 11:52 am

    I’ve never been to Blackpool or explored much of what you could do when you visit – I’m keen to visit at some point now!

    1. Rebecca Bodkin

      1st November 2018 at 2:33 pm

      I’m always full of ideas when visiting Blackpool and the surrounding areas, I spent most of my youth in the area.

  2. Tina @

    31st October 2018 at 9:49 am

    Looks like you guys had an amazing weekend XX

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