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Things to do in Cheshire

Amazing, fun things to do in Cheshire, days out in and around Cheshire to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Cheshire.

Things to do in Liverpool with Children

Liverpool has a brilliant Family Guide with lots of free family friendly events on offer throughout the year. They label their recommendations into things to do suitable for under 5’s, over 3, over 5, over 7 and over 8 year olds.

Jungle Rumble

We didn’t have any children with us when we were in Liverpool earlier this year, but we were really impressed with what was on offer. We checked with the tourist information and they said their top attraction was Jungle Rumble adventure golf! We love crazy golf as a family, so that is on our list for next time. It's right in the centre of Liverpool One, the big shopping area. We are just big kids ourselves really!

Things to do in Liverpool with Children - Jungle Rumble
Things to do in Liverpool with Children - Ferry cross the Mersey

Ferry 'cross the Mersey

Going on the ferry is such an iconic thing to do when in Liverpool, we couldn’t resist it.

We just did the 50 minute round trip, but if you wanted to, you could get off and on again. It was lovely to see the Liverpool skyline from the water.

Art Galleries

All the museums and galleries we went into had lots for children to do. One thing that struck me as great fun was the “What’s Missing from this Picture” games in the Walker Gallery. We picked up the one for 'When Did You Last See Your Father', painted by William Frederick Yeames. It's a popular painting for school children to study apparently but I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the leaflet and comparing it to the real thing to find the differences!

They had one for 'The Coat of Many Colours', painted by Ford Madox Brown too. There were lots of other ideas as you walked around of things to do like drawing a jug.

There is a whole floor dedicated to introducing children to art which looked amazing! Note to self, take children next time.

Things to do in Liverpool with Children - Draw a pot
Things to do in Liverpool with Children - giant spider crab

Museums

We had gone to Liverpool to see the Terracotta Warriors, but whilst we were in the World Gallery we also popped into the aquarium there. It didn’t take long to walk through but was a fascinating display of marine life.

There is also a bug house there with lots of creepy crawlies to enjoy! And a planetarium and natural history centre. Also an old family favourite - dinosaurs!

Museums are amazing spaces with so much more to offer than a few dusty old things displayed on shelves. There are lots of free workshops for children at the Maritime Museum as well as the World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery and the International Slavery Museum.

If all else fails, you could always do a Treasure Trail around Liverpool though! There are several to choose from! 

8th May 2018

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Museums and Galleries of Liverpool

I am not surprised Liverpool was a European City of Culture. There are so many museums and galleries in the city, that in one weekend we only managed a a few. We saw loads, but today, I’ve just picked out my highlights!

Museum of Liverpool

We started with the Museum of Liverpool. We went straight up to the top floor to enjoy the spectacular views of the Three Graces, Liverpool’s iconic buildings on the waterfront. Learning about the city we had come to visit was brilliant.

Liverpool’s claims to fame of course are well known - their football clubs, the Beatles, Ken Dodd, Cilla Black, Billy Fury and many more popular celebrities in their day.

There is a fascinating exhibition about the Chinese in Liverpool who had arrived back in the day and set up laundries and restaurants in the city. It was especially investing to us as we were staying in the Chinese Quarter where the street names are also written in Chinese characters.

Museums and Galleries of Liverpool - The Three Graces
Museums and Galleries of Liverpool - Liverpool dolls

And there was a really fun display of dolls dressed in the Liverpool style! 

World Museum

We had gone to Liverpool specifically to see the Terracotta Army at the World Museum. The exhibition exceeded our expectations. The story of the Terracotta Army is fascinating. Found in 1974 the exhibition showcases objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries!

Beautifully displayed, coming face to face with actual terracotta warriors is amazing. They were created by teams of people who made solid bases and hollow tops. Each tiny detail is incredible and apparently every one was different.

On leaving the exhibition, I overheard a lady ask her 9 year old companion what facts he remembered. The one that really stood out for him, was that the First Emperor was aged just 13 when he took over the throne! What stood out for me was that the same man, Qin Shi Huang sought immortality and thought mercury might be the key. Sadly he died unexpectedly, possibly of mercury poisoning! 

Go soon though, it finishes in October.

Museums and Galleries of Liverpool - the terracotta army
Museums and Galleries of Liverpool -  the Singh twins

Walker Art Gallery

Undaunted, we made time for the Walker Gallery and the Slaves of Fashion exhibition by the Singh Twins. Their work is politically motivated and each piece tells a story. What made it extra special for us was that the twins were there and happy to talk.

I could have spent a lot longer than the two hours I was there. Their artworks were beautiful with so  much to see in each piece and what I loved about them was their relevance to today as well as the colonial past of India.

Later on we popped into St George’s Hall and found one of their paintings in there showing all that their home town of Liverpool has to offer. Their style is just so distinctive.

Museums and Galleries of Liverpool -  artworks by the Singh twins

Next time we are in Liverpool we will make time for the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum. We will also go to the Liverpool Tate and do St George’s Hall tour. We did manage the St George’s Hall Treasure Trail though!

16th April 2018

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