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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.

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

Posted In: Cheshire, Merseyside, Things to do

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Pottering Around Port Sunlight

The Port Sunlight village, part of the UK’s heritage needs support! Originally conceived and built by the Lever brothers, it is a model village that no longer has a benefactor.

We visited on Mothers Day and spent a little bit of money there! The trust that was originally set up is no longer providing finance to run the village and the residents are having to do more for themselves. 

Museum

 

 

We started with a tour of the Port Sunlight museum. There is a modest entrance fee which includes a brief tour of one of the worker’s cottages.

Like all the best museums, it was set up with children very much in mind. First we watched a 20 minute film which gave us some context. It helped us understand how and why Port Sunlight came about. A tour of the exhibits was interesting.

There are lots of hands on activities from colouring to puzzles to dressing up. It is housed in what was the Girls Club. 

Then it was time for coffee! 

Pottering Around Port Sunlight - Museum
Pottering Around Port Sunlight - Lady Lever Art Gallery

Lady Lever Art Gallery

 

 

Next we headed over to the art gallery. We were blown away by the quantity and quality of the art. Part of the Liverpool Museums group, entry is free but the village gets no revenue from it. 

Lord Leverhulme was a prolific collector of fine art, sculptures, snuff boxes, Chinese artefacts, Wedgwood and lots more! There are beautiful exhibits and it is incredible to think it was a private collection. 

I loved that some of the paintings he collected were because he thought they would look good with his advertising slogans across them! 

Trail and Guidebook

 

Apart from the revenue from the guidebooks there isn’t much else. The owners of houses in the village bought the freeholds and there are now only a small number of houses that are rented out. We did speak to one tenant who said he paid less than £800 for a month’s rent on a three bedroom house. 

Lunch in the gallery’s coffee shop was a delicious bowl of the local delicacy Scouse with ice creams all round. 

We didn’t have time to do the Port Sunlight walking trail but it looked like a pleasant wander around the open spaces of the village. Maybe one day there will be a Treasure Trail there. Meantime the nearest are in Liverpool

Pottering Around Port Sunlight - Girls Club

We finished our day with a browse around the shop before heading for home. Have you been to Port Sunlight? What did you think?

13th March 2018

Posted In: Merseyside, Things to do

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