Blackpool Happy Days – Review

Blackpool is the eleventh of the Happy Days series of 1,000 piece puzzles from Ravensburger. Available for £11.99 and suited to ages 10+.blackpool-ravensburger

I have now done a few of the Happy days puzzles from Ravensburger and I think this one is my new favourite. I have many happy memories of days spent in this historic seaside town. The Happy Days Blackpool puzzle has a sense of nostalgia as well as depicting all the classic parts of Blackpool. From the tower, trams and donkeys and of course the lights this picture has it all.

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Happy Days Blackpool was a pleasure to complete, and I had no problems with any large areas of colour. I completed this puzzle in my usual 4/5 hours. The colours are bright so I started with the blues and yellows. The pavement was also easy to complete and helped shape the Blackpool picture. The illustration from Kevin Walsh has some lovely characters and these were next to be completed.

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The sky was the last part I finished on this puzzle and finished the Blackpool scene. The Happy days series have a nostalgic feel, while still remaining bright and interesting puzzles. I think this is one that Bingo Granny will also enjoy completing. Despite the fact she has never visited this British holiday destination.

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Blackpool happy days puzzle is available now from retailers including Amazon and my affiliate link to purchase is below. Visit the Ravensburger website for more puzzles in the Happy Days Series.

 

Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle in return for an honest review.

Weymouth Tower and number seven on our Merlin park list

Weymouth Tower and number seven on our Merlin park list, and a nice stroll along the seafront around Weymouth bay. Well I would imaging it would be beautiful if you pick a nice warm sunny day. The day we visited was cold and windy, but I have to say that didn’t put us off. We had parked at the Sealife Adventure Park and the notices said it was a 20 min walk. I think as someone who walks fast, this is a little bit on the lean side, as it took at least 30 mins, and we ran part of the way! But it is a beautiful view along the prom with a sandy beach and you could see the tower clearly in the distance. If you want there is a land train that goes along the prom about every hour, but as we had missed it and the next one wasn’t for 45 mins we thought we would walk.

When you arrive at the tower you have a boarding card, I think flights leave about every 20 minutes throughout the day, and it is much bigger close up.
You have to wait outside in a fenced off area, so in the winter bring your woollies and in the summer a hat and water. We were loaded into the tower bubble, which was not what I expected, its like a large doughnut with a continuous bench seat and thankfully is heated. There are no bad seats so you all file in and then when everyone is on board, the doors close and you head upwards at quite a speed! You have glass in front of you and just under your feet so you have a clear view in all directions and the tower turns (2 complete rotations) so you see from the bay and arcades right out to sea. The views were amazing, and once you are at full height I felt completely safe. We had a man who gave us a commentary of all the landmarks and took questions, which was interesting. Then all to quickly it was time to go back down. I thought it would move at a similar speed to the London Eye, but it is actually quite quick. We loved our flight, and the only shame is that there is no other part to the tower, no information room or boards to read. It is just a get on get off.

We loved out visit to Weymouth, and I think we will have to come back in the summer, as I love the beach and fancy a nice stroll along the prom and an ice-cream!
you can book tickets here for both the tower and the Sealife centre and they are good value if booked in advance.

we give the tower a 4/5 as it is something a little different

Merlin Challenge and park number six Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

We had already visited three parks on our whirlwind tour of the midlands, and this seemed like a good spot to stop off on the way home.
The National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham from what we could work out is right in the middle of the city. The signage from the motorway was good although it was a little tricky to find the parking, and then once parked finding the building.

We were fast tracked in as pass holders, and quickly found the route through. The boy was given a scratch card but no map. We were told we wouldn’t need one, we found out as we walked through that this was because there is a one way system.
The scratch card had question numbers and coloured answers and we quickly found the right question. You then scratch the panel to see if you are right. Now I will say, we had no instructions with the card, and not being quite sure of the answers gave it our best guess. Not realising that all the boxes have stars (right or wrong answers) we carried on looking at the amazing exhibits, and open rock pools. You wind your way up the purpose made building, through different continents, waterfalls and ponds. there are animal touch pools, and information boards everywhere.

we enjoyed the shark tanks, and the stingrays are a family favourite. there were otters, turtles and even a fun 3D cinema which was great fun. (apart from the staff member who kept opening and closing the door, all the way through) I love watching fish, and I loved this sea live the centre. You can tell that they have thought about how the visitors move through and it is nice and easy, but you can’t really go back to see something you may have missed!

At the end you pass through a shop, and there is a play area, which looked a bit dirty with some vending machines and some plastic tables and chairs. It’s a shame there isn’t a nice café, as I think that would do well here.

We handed in our scratch card, but had found out we had got answers wrong, as some stars have happy and some sad faces. The lady on the till however just handed us an explorer medal without even looking at the card. This all seemed a bit false, but the boy was happy as he had another medal.

We left to find the car, which in itself is interesting, as you come out of the opposite side of the building and this disoriented us all. The canal bridges as you leave are fun to explore and I would imagine on a sunny day it is nice to stop and watch the world go by. We were in the centre for about 2 hours, but I would imagine half a day would be as long as you would need to spend.
It would have cost us £15.00 each, and parking is extra here about £3 for 3hours but discounts can be found on their website

We gave this Sealife Centre 3/5 our favourite is still Brighton as it has a better atmosphere, and the staff were more helpful.