We love getting away as a family, and with so many great places here in the UK, we thought we’d continue our love of exploration with some staycations. We are planning on venturing ‘up North’ to the vibrant city of Liverpool for a weekend away. Known for its nightlife and rival football clubs, Liverpool has undergone a massive transformation in recent years, and in 2008 was even named the European Capital of Culture. So, we thought we’d see what all the fuss was about. Here’s what we’ve got planned for our weekend away.
After a long drive up from Devon, stretching our legs on a mystery treasure trail around the city would be the perfect thing to do. This self-guided murder mystery walking trail takes around 3 hours to complete and takes you on a 3-mile ‘loop’. It’s great for little ones learning to read at school and also helps you navigate the city. Because it’s self-guided you can do it at your own pace, so you can stop for quick refreshments along the way!
Navigating an unfamiliar city and catering for children can sometimes be a tricky one, but Liverpool has so many family friendly places to eat, from well-known chains, to quirky independent cafes. We’re looking forward to discovering somewhere new to eat and I’ll be scouring the internet for ideas nearer the time!
The Mattel Play centre in the Albert Dock features three fully themed interactive play zones including Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam, and Bob the Builder. And is perfect for little ones who like to let their imaginations run wild. With its own café and gift shop, the 13,000 square ft. activity space is an excellent afternoon adventure. Aimed for children between 1-12years of age, we can’t wait to spend hours getting lost in interactive play areas.
As I’m sure anyone with little ones knows, even on a weekend away you have a car stuffed with things, which is why we’re looking at serviced apartments in Liverpool. Centrally located with parking, the apartments also have little kitchen areas too, so we can prepare dinner and breakfast in our apartment too.
Even with small children, we still want to see Liverpool by night, and plan on having a wander around the Docks before heading to the Wheel on Keel Wharf. As you travel 60 metres above the city, you’re also shown a video on Liverpool’s history, and how the historic city has changed over the centuries.
Before heading home, we’re thinking of visiting Knowsley Safari. This impressive five mile safari drive lets you get up close and personal with lions, tigers, giraffes and much more. The great thing about the park is it takes real pride on educating its visitors and has a number of conservation and research projects.
There’s even an amusement park, wildlife and animation shows throughout the day, as well as mini-train and boating lake – perfect for tiring out the children before the long drive home.