Friday, 29 August 2014

A Day Out at the Birmingham Grand Prix

I am literally the least sportiest person in the world ever. Seriously. I have embraced this fact and am quite, quite happy about it all. However? I would like my little ones to enjoy sport, be part of a team and succeed in whatever they want to do. So even though the athletics is not my usual hangout, when Sainsbury's invited me, the husband, kiddos and my rents to visit their Birmingham Grand Prix I jumped at the chance. And you know what? My non sporting self kinda enjoyed it! 

When we arrived at Alexander Stadium, in the heart of Brum, the first thing we heard was a steel drum band and were greeted by lovely, smiley people handing out free flags and odd fan things that make a noise when you hit yourself with them (I literally cannot think of a better way to explain them). There where loads of places to eat, lots of fun things to see like sporty exhibits and the dream of a clean, free and fairly empty soft play! Wahoo!

We went to the family picnic area, bagsied some deckchairs and tucked into my girls favourite meal 'the picnic'. We got all the yummy bits from Sainsbury's and I may have snuck in a few own brand gins in a tin. Next went in and took our seats right by the finish line. And then? The action started and didn't stop for the next few hours! It was a constant of different events and sometimes it was hard to keep your eyes on all the action. The girl and the boy really enjoyed themselves cheering and getting involved. However if we went again? I think the boy is a bit too little for such things. His attention span is super short, so back to the free soft play we went (with a dream man running it who would play with them and do space hopper races. Aces). 


We then got the chance to go up to a nice posh box and meet some of the athletes taking part in the all the action. This was the point where it may have been a bit beneficial to have a smidge of sporting knowledge! I only knew if they were famous by the look on my husband's face and the lovely Redpeffer who also had been invited along with her lovely fam. All the athletes were really lovely to my girl, she got their autographs and even ask Christine Ohuruogu a very daft question (watch the vlog for that little gem).


The highlights of the day for me were obviously watching Mo Farrah win. The audience went wild and my Dad shouting "Go On Mo!" for some reason really, really made me laugh. But I also loved my kiddies faces when meeting 'Brit Bear'. They took part in some little athletic challenges and their excitement when they were running? Priceless. I want them to see sport as something they can do and enjoy - not just a weekly torturous event that I remember from school (and those weird teeny tiny towels in the shower room). So thanks to the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix? They have had their first little taste of sports and the bloomin well loved it (well as long as it is always accompanied by a giant bear and a picnic).

Watch Mo win, me drink Pimms and my girl interview a sporting legend in the vlog below!


We were gifted the tickets to the athletics, 
as well as a voucher towards out picnic but we had a ruddy good day out!



 Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

29 comments:

  1. It really was a brilliant day wasn't it, lovely to meet you too :)

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    1. And you hun! Hope to see you at Tots xxx

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  2. Maybe I'd try sport if there was a big bear & picnic involved? Looks like you had lots of fun, and I like the thought of the Go on Mo shout, too! x

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    1. Oh I recks your girl would have loved the kiddy running activities xxx

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  3. How long has this been happening? I have never heard of it. Sounds like you had a great time - even if the kids were a little bit small.

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    1. Oh I have no clue! I think it is pretty famous as my husband was very excited to be going! xxx

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  4. It was a fun day wasn't it and lovely to see you all again too. As I said, I'm also relieved you never got any pictures of me too :-)

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    1. Oh it was really lovely to see you again bab xxx

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  5. This looks like a day full of fun and energy, and if it gets the kids interested in sports, then that's a bonus too. #countrykids

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    1. It was so much fun and was a real giggle - the kids loved it xxx

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  6. It looks like you all had a great time!! What a great question in the vlog....hahaha

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  7. Wow - what a fab event to attend. Lots of wonderful sports to watch and great activities for the children too. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  8. That looks and sounds amazing! We would all have loved that, especially seeing Mo win! :)

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  9. Aww looks like so much fun! Mo really is loved by fans cuz he looks so down to earth and friendly! Love him too! #countrykids

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    1. He seems like such a nice family man and that's why we all love him xxx

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  10. This looks like a fab day out lovely! I'm so with you on not being sporty *at all* but wanting the kids to enjoy it. I blame my dislike on schoolday PE lessons! #magicmoments

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  11. I am not sporty at all either, but I love the buzz of watching sports live. Your little girl looks so happy with BritBear :)

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    1. Oh she was so so happy bless her cotton socks xxx

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  12. Sounds so much fun!! Amazing to get kiddies excited about sport!! X

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    1. Compared to me they are such good runners! Must get it from their Dad xxx

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  13. It looks like a fabulous family day. And Mo Farah is amazing!

    #MagicMoments

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    1. He is amazing and the crowd just went wild! xxx

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  14. I am not sporty but quite like Athletics, this looks like a fun day. Gin in a can, classy huh?! ;) xx #MagicMoments

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    1. You can't beat own brand gin...in a tin! xxx

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  15. You got some great pictures :) was a great day and lovely to meet you ...

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