I had a day out on Blackpool Promenade for less than £50 and these are the best budget places to visit

I went for a day out with only £50 in my pocket - these are the best tips if you are visiting Blackpool on a budget.

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The resort is full of exciting activities, but I wanted to see how easy it is to have a good day out when you're watching the pennies.

It's still out of season, so many things I had hoped to do were not open yet - such as the rides on the piers.

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I avoided the big attractions and went for some hidden gems that helped me to keep the costs down.

I tried the famous one pound burger

The prom is full of food and drink vendors - but two streets back from the sea front I found some incredible bargains including the famous one pound burger bar at Higgitt's Arcade and The Ardwick pub which offers the cheapest pint in Britain.

The famous £1 burger at Higgitt's ArcadeThe famous £1 burger at Higgitt's Arcade
The famous £1 burger at Higgitt's Arcade

Cheapest pint in Britain

At just £1.80 for a pint of Fosters it felt like a step back in time - and the bar on Foxhall Road was packed on a Tuesday afternoon.

Cheap fun at the arcades

I blew £10 in Coral Island - cheap and cheerful fun that kept me entertained for an hour, with simulated dancing, driving and shoot-em-up games as well as the traditional 2p slot machines.

High-tech golf

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And I booked in for a game of high-tech golf at Putt Above, in the old Lazerquest building. It was surprisingly good fun, and reminds me of old fashioned arcade games but with a very modern twist! That said, I was also terrible at the game. As it was mid-week this cost just £10.

Blackpool rock - in boozy flavours

A trip to Blackpool wouldn't be complete without a stick of rock, and I found a great selection of flavours at Golden Mile Gifts. I got three for a pound - including a Prosecco flavour and a Nutella flavour. And I picked up a plush ice-cream for £4.99 too!

An old-fashioned horse ride

The biggest ticket item was a Landau ride - a traditional horse ride in a Cinderella style carriage. This cost £20 - and on a sunny and calm spring day it was a very pleasant experience and a story in itself.

Shaun Fleming and 'Hitman' the horse, of Sapphire Carriages Shaun Fleming and 'Hitman' the horse, of Sapphire Carriages
Shaun Fleming and 'Hitman' the horse, of Sapphire Carriages

It was easier than I expected to have fun in Blackpool on a budget - and I even had change left over! And it costs nothing to have a nice walk on the beach.

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