Disclaimer: We were gifted a family day out at Coral Island, Blackpool including meals and additional payment in return for this review. We had so much fun though that I would have written this post anyway!
Coral Island is an amusement centre in Blackpool which is so much more than just a few machines. It truly is a family day out. We went last week while we were away in Blackpool to check it out. Here is a lowdown for you of what to expect.
What is there to do at Coral Island, Blackpool?
The amusement arcade
Like any seaside amusement arcade, there are lots of 2p machines, 10p machines and other such fun. There are grabber machines where you can win a giant teddy, camel derby and every machine you have ever seen in an amusement arcade you will find over at Coral Island.
The camel derby was great fun and £1 per race. Everyone was encouraged and there were prizes for winners and some for kids who took part on a number of races and didn’t win.
Rides at Coral Island
The centre is not just full of amusement machines though, it also has rides such as the ghost train and pirate flyer. Both are a couple of pounds a go and add to the fun of the day out. There are also some VR rides which are great fun for all the family.
Ben absolutely loved the Rabbids VR ride which you can see below. It was great to watch what he could see on the screen too!
Whatever your age or interest there are activities for you such as driving games, dancing games. With change machines throughout the centre you can always get the coins you need.
Extras without cost at Coral Island
The whole centre is pirate-themed with places like the statue below to take photos. There are pirates walking around happy to have photos taken with you too.
The pirates wandering around the centre like Captain Jack below were all friendly and have stickers and chocolate coins to hand out to children.
The Giant deckchair
If your children like to have a souvenir photo on a giant deckchair then there is even one of these for you to have family photos on.
Eating at Coral Island
In Coral Island, there are a number of different places you can eat including Peggy’s snack bar and a traditional fish and chip restaurant. We tried both of those and really enjoyed the food. They have plenty of seating and the prices are reasonable. Kids eat free all day every day too with paying adults so they are perfect for all the family. They were clean and well-stocked each time we visited.
Whether you want a traditional breakfast before you start your day or for lunch pie and chips, fish and chips or a burger there really is something for everyone. The food was lovely and as we visited on one of the rainiest days of summer it made the trip perfect as we didn’t have to leave Coral Island to eat!
Family Prize Bingo
The centre has a prize bingo area suitable for all the family. Kids can play along with adults quite easily. You do not need to listen out for the numbers and can just tap the screen for your numbers to be completed automatically for you.
Ben was very impressed with the bingo and at one point won six games in a row! Each win gives you some points to spend in the prize shop and the more you win the better the prize you can choose.
Throughout the day there are bingo jackpot games where you can win £50 high street vouchers or 5000 points for the prize shop. I very almost won on one game but my ball came up one call too late! Gutted!
Other things you need to know for your visit to Coral Island, Blackpool
There is free WiFi available at Coral Island meaning you can easily stay in touch with your friends at home. You could post on social media and tell them what fun they are missing.
The toilets were clean and tidy each time any of us used them.
If you need change there are machines and staff located at various points around the centre happy to help you and if machines get stuck it is easy to find staff to help then too!
Whilst you might not think you would need a whole day to visit Coral Island you really do! If you want to read another view of Coral Island check out this one by The Strawberry Fountain. You will get engrossed in the fun you are having and before you know it you discover it is teatime! In my opinion, planning a whole day there is necessary to really enjoy yourselves and make the most of everything there is on offer. There are so many other things to do in Blackpool so spend a few days there. Here are some great suggestions.
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