Friday 16 August 2013

Bear Grylls Arrives at Madame Tussauds in Blackpool

Six weeks ago we were sent tickets to take our lot to Blackpool to meet with the newest exhibit at Madame Tussauds ~ Bear Grylls. We were due to go on the Saturday, but on the Tuesday night my partner became ill with Meningitis. Tussauds were very understanding and said we could keep the tickets and go whenever we were ready ~ last Sunday we were finally ready for our day out!

Madame Tussauds Waxworks

I've always wanted to go to Madame Tussauds, but as a child my parents never let me, and I simply haven't previously got around to it as an adult so I've been looking forward to it at least as much as any of the children.

When you first go in, you are met with a whole variety of TV show presenters and you can sit or stand with the models and have your photo taken 'on set'. I was instantly stunned at how 'hands on' it was, I really just expected to walk around and look at the models from a distance as if we were in a museum.

Some of the TV shows that you can 'take part in' at Madame Tussauds

All throughout the whole building you can 'join in 'with the waxwork models and take some amazing photo's and have a real laugh.

It wasn't long before we bumped into the man we'd specifically gone to see - Bear Grylls himself! All the children recognised him immediately, even our 3 year old!

Bear Grylls Waxwork

Bear is wearing clothing donated by the actual Bear Grylls, and features as part of the Documentary Drama Zone at Madame Tussauds. He arrived on June 20th and the Bear Grylls display area took more than a year and cost around £150,000 to make.

Continuing on through the building (which spans 5 floors and has 14 different themed areas), you find a host of stars from the worlds of sport, music, TV and film. ..

Sports Stars at Madame Tussauds
Music Stars at Madame Tussauds
The 'Best of British' stars at Madame Tussauds
 You can learn how the models are made, and even come face to face with Madame Tussaud herself...

How the bodies for models are made
Choosing the right hair and eyeballs
How the faces are moulded from wax and finished by hand
Madame Tussaud
You can sit down and relax and have a soft drink and a bag of crisps in the Rovers Return - you don't actually get served by Bet Lynch though, so bring change for the vending machines!

Coronations street madame tussauds

For the younger children there's a chance to meet some of their favourite characters....

You have ample opportunity to be the star of the show!

And you can see what it would be like to be a participant in a game show....

I'm a celebrity....what's in the hole?
Definitely The Usual Suspects!
A new 'extra' on the set of  I'm A Celebrity
The Beatles Madame Tussauds
And a Beatle I don't quite remember....

 Madame Tussauds, Blackpool also houses the most amazing Hall of Mirrors.

Hall of Mirrors Blackpool Madame Tussauds
Boy no.4 had just run headlong into a mirror!
It would be criminal to end my review without a mention for the staff. From the moment we went in through the front door we were greeted with big smiles and lovely comments. Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful and patient. It was a real pleasure and I will most definitely be going back to Madame Tussauds again. My whole family had a great time and I would recommend it as a fantastic 2-3 hours for anyone, young or old.

Madame Tussauds in Blackpool is open daily all year from 10am (except Christmas Day). Closing times vary throughout the season. It is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs, although there is a large area to cover and it is located on 5 floors. On the day entry costs £15.95 for adults/£12.95 for children. Tickets are cheaper if you buy online in advance. Merlin also offer Big Tickets and other special deals where you visit more than one attraction and save far more money.


  1. omg! I love your photos. They are great! I will be going this october! Love to visit them soon!

    1. Thank you! It was great, you'll have a great time - I look forward to seeing your photo's! :D

  2. Fantastic photo's, looks like a great day out! We visitig tomorrow and I'm even more excited after seeing this!

    1. Ooooh, have a great time hon - you really will enjoy it, it's brilliant fun :D

  3. Great photos!!
    Looks like you had a fantastic time!!
    I would love to visit there one day x

    1. We really did have a great time, it was hilarious, you should make the trip one day :) x

  4. Fantastic photos. I LOVE boy #4 in the Usual Suspects shot :D

    1. That was really brilliant - when everyone started taking the signs he just grabbed one and went and joined in :D

  5. That looks really good, much more interactive than I thought it would be. I love the way you can pose between all the waxworks - looks like your family had a great time!

    1. It's fantastically interactive, a really pleasant surprise and it suited my lot down to the ground - spot the prima donna's! :p


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