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Things to do in Merseyside

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

Boot Camp – What Was I Thinking?

When we signed up for a boot camp weekend, did we have 'The X Factor' in mind - celebrities, make up, sparkles and champagne?

Maybe, but the setting of Aylestone Park when it was minus 1 degrees and muddy couldn’t have been further from our dream of a good time!

First Things First...

Still, we were there and if not raring to go -or at least prepared to have a go! That is, until two ‘fitties’ appeared in Lycra and sinews!  There were five of us altogether along with Rob our boot camp commander. I was easily the oldest and least fit.

First things first. Rob called it a warm up and warm up we did - surprisingly quickly! Next, we were off on a 15 to 1 circuit. My comfort zone is whiteboards and lists, so I was lulled into a false sense of security when the whiteboard came out with the list of 15 to 1 different types of exercises. All appeared to be reasonably easy like the ‘get ups’. All you have to do, is get up (again and again and again). With the two fitties off like greased lightning and Emma and Sam not far behind them, I embarked on the challenge. Rob was brilliant, when he saw me struggle, he adapted the exercise. When I skipped bits he turned a blind eye and when I came to a shuddering stop he helped me finish with dignity.

Suddenly, it was mid morning break! Sitting in the car, getting our breath back and refuelling, Emma and I could barely speak. We did manage to convince ourselves we were having a good time though despite being covered in mud.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? First Things First...
Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Running - No Thanks...

Running - No Thanks!

I won’t go into huge detail about the individual exercises we did but I will say that at the beginning, when we had a quick chat with Rob about what why we’d signed up and what we wanted to get out of the weekend, I had mentioned in passing that I didn’t do running! Incredibly - and down to his coaching and encouragement, I found myself not only running on the Sunday morning but enjoying it. Not only did I run on the flat, but uphill as well! (I don’t think I mentioned that Aylestone Park is on the side of Aylestone Hill.)

By the time we’d finished the two days, Emma and I were not only proud of ourselves but proud of each other too and vaguely talked about doing it again! Oh and I learnt that Tabata is not something to eat but the fastest, most effective exercise routine I’ve ever encountered. I wouldn’t mind giving it another go some time! Yep, definitely a different way to spend a weekend in January!

Outdoor Gym

The last thing I would have guessed would be a magnet for us on holiday was the gym on the beach. But, standing on a piece of equipment under a blue sky, exercising and gazing at the sea seemed briefly like a little bit of paradise!

Even when not on holiday, it is easy to go to a local outdoor gym. There are hundreds of local council-funded outdoor gyms that are free-to-use all year round as councils hope it will encourage a healthier community. Some are in beautiful settings too. Many of our Treasure Trails go past them.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Outdoor Gym

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15th March 2019

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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


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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