In Blackpool, the month of April is spring season and some people choose to go on holiday at this time as the weather is just starting to warm up and most of the tourist attractions are open. It also often coincides with the Easter holidays, when children in the United Kingdom are out of school for a week or two and get the chance to spend some time by the seaside with their families.
The month has an average temperature of 8°C, much improved from the previous months of the year and double the warmth of February, with average high temperatures of 11°C and average low temperatures of 4°C. This means that, while it is still jumper and coat whether, you might get a few warmer days when it's comfortable to go outside and enjoy the beach.
The sea is also cold as it has an average temperature of 9°C, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the famous Pleasure Beach. The piers here hold plenty of entertainment, and there is always something to do. Bring a picnic blanket and sit on the sand you will find yourself having fun even if you don't dip so much as a toe into the sea.
The month also experiences some downpour, which averages around 13mm of precipitation with an average of 17 days of rainfall. While this does mean that the majority of days are wet, it also indicates that most showers will be light or brief. You won't have too much trouble with this, especially if you are careful to watch the weather forecast closely each morning and afternoon. It's somewhat easy to track when the rain is going to come, and this should allow you to get prepared with an umbrella or stay indoors whenever it is going to happen.
Where to Stay
As April warms up, some venues will become busier, so book well in advance if you want to stay at the Blackpool FC Hotel and Conference Centre. It overlooks the Blackpool Football Club stadium, which is perfect for sports fans or those who are in town to watch a match! The stylish rooms are fully modernised, and there is also a fitness studio, restaurant, and bar on site. It's just a short walk from the town centre or the beach.
The Boston Hotel is a smaller venue, but don't let that put you off. It has been refurbished recently to bring a new touch of style to the whole place, with lots of different room sizes to meet your needs. There are views across the sea from many rooms and free Wi-Fi is available, with a 24 hour bar if you want some refreshments.
You won't miss The Beechfield Hotel as this bright green building is right in the town centre. Inside there is a spacious bar lounge with pool tables, as well as 50 modern rooms offering en-suite shower facilities. The restaurant offers breakfast and dinner, with 3-course evening meals at a set price with the option to tailor the menu if you have special dietary requirements.
Restaurants and Nightlife
If you like British and American food, head for Montagues. This stylish and independent restaurant offers a small menu which is carefully considered to provide the best possible options. They have wines, cocktails, and Czech beer to accompany your meal, and they also cater for breakfast and lunchtime servings. They are only open for dinner from Thursday to Sunday, so plan your visit well!
You can also try La Fontana Italian Restaurant for a classy setting and delicious food. They have various special offers available, and have won a Taste Lancashire Quality Assured award, as well as winning the Blackpool Tourism Awards Restaurant of the Year. These are glowing recommendations, and you can see why: they ensure high quality by only using imported Italian produce.
Sapori is another Italian option. They picked up the Fine Dining award at the RadioWave Culture and Dining Awards in both 2012 and 2013. The owners have real Italian heritage, and they have a larger table to accommodate big parties if the need should arise.
Things to Do
One of the best family entertainment options is The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, which is inside to help you shelter from those April showers. There are 10 different live shows on offer here, allowing you to experience 70 minutes full of history and spooky acting that will have you both laughing and screaming. With themes like the plague, the courtroom, and the War of the Roses, you can visit time and time again without seeing the same thing twice.
If you're feeling a bit competitive, visit Impact Blackpool. Here you can try your hand at a number of fun activities like paintballing, learning archery, or even throwing axes into targets. It's a great place to test your apocalypse survival skills!
If you feel like having a flutter, try the Genting Casino Blackpool. This is part of one of the big casino brands in the UK, with lots of gambling options such as poker, slot machines, and blackjack. There is also a bar and restaurant where you can celebrate any winnings you happen to make.