October is the third rainiest month in Blackpool. The seaside resort in North West England experiences a rainy autumn season at this time of year, which is only matched by the late winter in terms of downpour. Rain gauges record an average of 21mm coming down during the month, with 20 days affected by this weather. That means that only a third of the month will be dry, so be very careful to pay attention to the weather forecast and always make sure to take an umbrella when going out.
This month also sees temperatures drop as the winter season draws closer. There is an average temperature of 11°C, with an average high temperature of 14°C and an average low temperature of 8°C. This certainly is not as cold as December, but it does represent a big drop from September and the summer months.
The sea temperatures also begin to drop at this time of year. The average sea temperature is around 14°C, which might just be comfortable enough for a brief swim. Make sure that you check the weather forecast first and avoid any time when a storm might be on the horizon, and try to stay in areas which are covered by a lifeguard just in case. There are still plenty of activities to enjoy on the beach whether it is cold or not, and you can avoid the worst of the rain by taking shelter whenever it hits.
The autumn season in the United Kingdom is certainly not usually warm, and although there may be a few fleeting days where the temperature rises, generally it is chilly at this time of year. Leaves are falling from trees, having changed colour, to pile up in the streets. Pack a coat when you travel and plan to wear a jumper for most of your stay as well.
Where to Stay
For October, staying by the beach is not as important as it is in the summer, but staying comfortable is. The Beauchief can help out in that regard: it is a small guest house with a 3-star rating, close to the Queens Promenade. It also boasts a bar lounge, and serves evening meals for those who stay in the premises.
For a more traditional option, try The Imperial Hotel. It is to be found on the North Promenade, and has a 4-star rating. Their facilities include a health club with a swimming pool, a playroom for children, free Wi-Fi for guests, beauty rooms, and 180 different guest rooms to choose from. It is also not far from the train station for easy access.
You could also try the Ibis Styles Blackpool. This is in the same kind of area as the Imperial, but offers a different kind of stay. Pets are allowed, and it is fully wheelchair accessible, but there is no free parking on site. There is a restaurant and bar within the property so that you can get all of the refreshments that you need.
Restaurants and Nightlife
If you want to try some fish and chips but would rather eat in a restaurant than while strolling along the sand, head for The Sea Fish & Chips. There is ample seating here, and the food is well-priced, with special offers for children and seniors. The dishes are all prepared fresh from local suppliers, and they have vegetarian options available if you would rather skip the fish.
Rowley's is a British-inspired restaurant with traditional cuisine options as well as more extravagant touches. Run by Chef Paul Rowley, it has won multiple awards and you can read his food column in the Blackpool Gazette for a little taste of what he serves. There is an a la carte menu available, as well as lunchtime servings and children's portions.
If you want Italian food, head to Casa Franco. Their offerings include a barbecue grill, and they often have special offers like a free glass of wine during happy hour. Beyond that, look forward to traditional Italian dishes of pizza and pasta, all served in a cosy environment. Eat outdoors if the weather is pleasant enough!
Things to Do
If you have children with you, then take advantage of a sunny October day to go and visit Penny Farm. Run by the World Horse Welfare charity, it is open all year round and is home to around 65 horses that have been rescued by the centre. You can also go for a ride yourself, as well as exploring the farm and the animals that live there.
The Blackpool Tower has to be one of the highlights of any trip to this area. It stands out, illuminated in lights. It also contains a lot of entertainment of its own, with 5 different attractions contained within the structure.
If you can only visit one of them, then the Blackpool Tower Ballroom has to be a good shout. It dates back to 1894 and is truly extravagant, with beautiful architecture and a sprung dance floor which is popular with dancers and tourists alike. The Wurlitzer organ is standing by ready to allow you to dance, and you can enjoy afternoon tea here as well.