A MUM was so bored of soft play parties that she went to Blackpool for her son’s birthday INSTEAD – but things didn’t go entirely to plan.

Amanda Su Brown, 36, set herself a budget of £286 for the celebration, hoping it would cost the same as a birthday bash.

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Mum Amanda Su Brown tried to do Blackpool on a budget
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She was forced to flee her dump of a hotel jn the town in her pyjamas late at night.

And she burst her trousers in a theme park queue.

The soaring price of petrol meant the two-night break cost more than having 22 kids at a soft play for £13 a head would have.

In the end Amanda, from Ayrshire, forked out more than £370 for the holiday to mark her son turning six.

But she said: “We still had an amazing time.

“Things maybe didn’t go exactly as I hoped and it wasn’t the aspirational single parent holiday that I thought it would be.

“But it was still so much better than having a birthday party at a soft play. We’re never out of them in the winter.”

Amanda told the story of the holiday on her Youtube page.


She revealed the big attraction at the seaside resort was her son getting to meet his hero, Spongebob Squarepants.

Amanda booked a hotel that was a short walk from Blackpool Pleasure beach theme park for £100 for two nights.

But after a four hour drive she was horrified when she found it was filthy.

The final straw was a bathroom window that wouldn’t lock. Staff were less than helpful.

Amanda said: “It was so traumatising. I didn’t feel it was safe enough to stay there.

“The staff told me there was no point in going to the police because they wouldn’t give me a refund. It’s obviously a recurring theme for them.

“We had to get out of there so we left in our PJs and we were both out on the beachfront.”

Luckily another hotel took them in and only charged them £50. Amanda eventually got a refund from Hotels.com and a £50 voucher as a refund.

The following day her trip to the theme park went like a dream and they were able to walk onto rides.

However, the one queue they did have to stand in ended with her splitting her favourite pleather trousers.

Amanda said: “I’m so glad I was wearing a bodysuit underneath and had a backpack to cover myself up. My wee boy thought it was so funny.”

The following day the rain meant they took refuge in a trampoline park before heading home.

Amanda showed off the trip to her Tiktok fans and reckoned it was a smash hit.

She said: “Everything that went wrong just adds to our memories.

“I’d urge anyone else to definitely go for it, but maybe just do a bit more planning and research on hotels.

“Going for the cheapest doesn’t always pay off.

“We’ll definitely not be back to soft play for his next birthday. We’ll probably try and go abroad.”

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