2020 has been a shock for all of us. Our superbly refurbished self-catering holiday apartments have hardly had time to be appreciated by families, couples, groups of friends and businesspeople visiting Blackpool, given what has occurred with the pandemic. The good news is that they are here, in pristine condition, for whenever holidays, weekends away, business trips and ‘staycations’ can resume.
Whenever restrictions do lift to that extent, we will probably all need to be seeking open spaces and outdoor things to do for some time. Luckily for us, we have these in abundance, on our doorstep.
Here are 10 suggestions of how you can use our self-catering accommodation as a base in which to cocoon yourself and eat, sleep and relax safely, whilst getting some all-important fresh air and exercise, in a way that keeps you a safe distance from others.
1. Promenade walks/cycles
The Berkeley Apartments are blessed with walks and cycle rides with sea views. Just step out on to the Queens Promenade – quieter than central Blackpool at the best of times – and enjoy Promenade walks or cycle rides, either heading towards Blackpool to the south, or in the direction of Bispham and Cleveleys to the north. Our location also offers you the option of enjoying these on either the North Promenade itself, or on the Middle or Lower Walks, with their Greek features and colonnades.
2. Beachcombing Strolls
If you wish to take to the beach, to search for driftwood, unusual bundles of seaweed or just a variety of shells, you can get sand between your toes within minutes of leaving your self-catering apartment’s front door. Our stretch of Blackpool beach is much quieter than that of the Golden Mile, so you will have freedom to explore. But if you want even more solitude, take a short drive north and explore Cleveleys, Rossall or Fleetwood beaches. Pieces of driftwood from Cleveleys beach are used to form very unique pieces that you can buy locally.
Our stretch of coastline is only a short distance, as the pink-footed goose flies, from Morecambe Bay, known as a haven for over-wintering waders and wildfowl but also home to many species all year round. Some species are equally at home on the Blackpool shoreline, or just up the coast at Rossall Point, or the Wyre Estuary Country Park at Thornton Cleveleys. Get those binos at the ready!
Blackpool is a wonderful place for your four-legged friend, who can tear across the sands in pursuit of a ball, enjoy the scents of the salty air on the prom and even enjoy a little doggy paddle in the sea, if it is calm. Having a pooch as a pal is always a great way to get some exercise, so bring them to stay in a self-catering apartment at the Berkeley Apartments and you can both start to get your exercise regime back on track in 2021. We have dog-friendly apartments on our ground and first floors and love to see our canine guests having fun.
Anyone who loves to take interesting and artistic photos will be in their element, if they head to our luxury Blackpool holiday apartments. You can check out weather conditions very quickly, as every apartment has a sea view, so if you see that it will be a dramatic sunset, just head out of the door, (or on to your balcony) to snap it. There are so many sea views to photograph along the North Promenade and main Promenade and you needn’t stop there. Drive north to Fleetwood, grabbing shots at Anchorsholme and Cleveleys en route, or drive south, right through Blackpool and on to St Annes and Lytham. Dramatic shots can be framed by pier legs at low tide, the curvature of the sea wall and a variety of sculptures and statues. Do try your hardest to include the iconic Blackpool Tower, of course.
6. Public Art Installations
Blackpool promenade – particularly the southern stretch – is home to dramatic pieces of public art, including the Mirror Ball (currently undergoing restoration for summer 2021), the High Tide Organ (which plays the sounds of the sea as otherworldly music), Desire (capturing the essence of a holiday romance) and the fibre-optic Glam Rocks. Meanwhile, at Cleveleys Beach, just wait for the tide to go out and you can visit the amazing Mary’s Shell and the Sea Ogre – two on-the-beach art installations – whilst also checking out all the shipwrecks that have occurred on that stretch of coast between 1643 and 2008, at the Shipwreck Memorial.
7. Comedy Carpet
A smile can lift the spirits, whilst a good old chuckle does nobody any harm. Go in search of both at the outdoor Comedy Carpet, opposite Blackpool Tower, where you will find the catchphrases and one-liners of over 850 much-loved comedians.
8. Sea Fishing
If you relish a spot of sea fishing, there is good sport to be had, right on our doorstep! The Gynn Wall is known as a great place from which to fish and you can have success pretty close to the sea wall, whether that’s a catch of dab, flounder, whiting, bass or Dover sole. Just be careful not to grab any weaver fish, also caught in the waters around here! As well as setting up on the Gynn Wall (on to which you can drive your car, if you buy a permit from Blackpool Council), you could enjoy a few idyllic hours fishing at Cleveleys, Rossall Point or Fleetwood, far away from the madding crowds.
9. Park Life
If you love to be outdoors listening to bird life and watching nature come out of hibernation during the springtime, parks can be perfect places to visit. Blackpool has the fabulous Stanley Park, with its vast open spaces, boating lake, swans and ducks to feed, Italian Gardens and Art Deco café. Even closer to us are the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens, literally only three minutes away by car and within easy walking distance, (16 minutes), if travelling on foot. Both will give you time to sit, reflect and contemplate life, surrounded by restorative nature and uplifting sights and sounds.
10. Boating Lake Leisure
Just six miles up the road, you will find two boating lakes, both located on Fleetwood seafront and connected by a bridge. One is a large boating lake, where you are able to use your paddleboard (or canoe!) should you have brought it. The other is a model yacht lake operated by the Fleetwood Model Yacht and Power Boat Club, where you can watch members sailing their model boat – an activity still permitted during the pandemic. Walking around the lakes is an idyllic way to spend an afternoon, or simply sit, relax and enjoy the view, or feed the ducks and swans. Crabbing is another great outdoor activity here, so do bring the line and bucket!
With all of this free fun on our doorstep, you can enjoy safe activities outdoors, without having to mix with others, as soon as we are able to welcome you again. If you desperately need a break and want to recharge and re-set, we can offer you all of the options above, plus total comfort and oodles of Lancastrian hospitality.
It’s Blackpool through a different lens and may well be an appealing way for some to tick a visit to Blackpool off their bucket-and-spade list, without getting into any of the hullaballoo of Golden Mile, attractions and amusement arcades.
To book your very different, outdoors Blackpool self-catering break, just choose your Berkeley apartment!
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