Why Blackpool is the ‘top holiday choice’ for Brits during October half-term – with deals from just £25


OCTOBER half-term is slowly creeping closer, with many families looking at booking a trip in the UK this year.

Travel restrictions, quarantines and rising coronavirus cases abroad have left holidaymakers staying in the country for a staycation.

A staycation is the holiday of choice this year - and Blackpool is popular during the October half-term

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A staycation is the holiday of choice this year – and Blackpool is popular during the October half-termCredit: Alamy

While Cornwall and Devon saw a surge in popularity this summer, with both of the coastal regions a favourite during the hotter months, they are less favoured when the temperature dips.

Instead, a holiday with attractions as well as things to do in bad weather make an area popular towards October.

Blackpool is one of the destinations that Brits flock to, with this year looking to be no different.

The Blackpool Illuminations are a favourite of tourists, along with Halloween events such as Vampire Pleasure Beach.

The Blackpool Illuminations are popular every year

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The Blackpool Illuminations are popular every yearCredit: Alamy

Director of Blackpool Tourism Alan Cavill previously told Sun Online Travel: “For autumn and winter, there is a pent up demand for people,” he explained.

“Our busiest week is October half-term week as people don’t want to go abroad and they take holidays in Blackpool as one of the few places that is open and still doing stuff.

“We don’t rely on weather thankfully, whereas south coast resorts do more so.

“A lot of our attractions can still function when weather is bad, such as the Blackpool Illuminations you can drive through.”

Some parts of the North East are in lockdown, but this currently excludes Greater Manchester as well as Blackpool.

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He added: “We have the infrastructure for a longer season whereas other places may struggle.

“As soon as theatres and nightclubs can open, hopefully next year, we can be part of the party for 2021 too.”

Blackpool is also home to one of the best B&B’s in the UK, according to TripAdvisor, as well as the one of the best theme parks – Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

We’ve rounded up more October half-term options you can book from just £9 each a night.

Pontins, Haven and a number of hotels are still available for a UK trip next month.

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