Friday, 1 September 2017

Day In The Life - Lovely Liverpool

This summer has seen me spend a lot of time alone with my children. And whilst it's been exhausting? It's been so much easier than previous holidays. Their fighting is getting less and they gasp actually seem to get on with each other! So when London Midland asked us to go on a day trip to Liverpool I knew I would be able to do it without the help of their Dad. But mainly because I drafted Nanny in! So we set out to New Street station early in the morning with a backpack full of snacks and bags of enthusiasm.

London Midland

London Midland

I knew the journey was one hour 45 minutes which is a long time to occupy two small children. As London Midland have Motion, the free entertainment system on board, along with their snacks and some colouring, I also packed one our iPads to make sure the journey would go smoothly. We have used Motion before. It's really simple. If you are on one of the London Midland lines that have it you simple join wifi and then it takes you to the home screen. There you will find a variety of things on offer from TV shows, to books and films. Whilst I would like to say we watched The Girl On The Train? Of course the kids opted for Peppa.

London Midland

We arrived in Liverpool around lunch and decided to walk to the Albert Dock as my Mum is really fond of it there. It took us quite a while though as we kept stopping at the shops. We visited the best Primark I have ever seen (and I have visited A LOT of Primarks in my time). As we have recently booked a trip to Disneyland Paris for Halloween I stocked up on some Beauty and the Beast items I had not seen in Birmingham. Mum got my little sister some Harry Potter merchandise. Every 37 year old needs a mug in the shape of a cauldron right?

London Midland

London Midland

Before we arrived at the docks we had a lovely meal (courtesy of Mother, another benefit of taking her on day trips) at Byron Burger. We then walked over to take a look at the boats and decided to pop into The Tate Gallery. As it was the holiday there was loads and loads for the children to do. We grabbed one of their free bags full of activity's and went on a hunt around the museum. On the first floor the kids took part in a workshop to make spaceships and my boy even managed to dress up as a spaceman. His dream.

London Midland

London Midland

Final stop was an ice cream before we made the journey home. It was brilliant to know that although the kids were tired we had the iPad to make sure that they were occupied on the way back. They settled down to watch what was on offer on Motion and Mum and I had a chat about my youngest starting school in September...sob. The journey to London Midland convinced me that with a little help with on board wifi I think next time when I travel with the children I could make it alone...I just need to work out who would buy our lunch! To find out more about London Midland and Motion visit their site here.

London Midland

This post was kindly sponsored by London Midland

2 comments:

  1. This post gives me hope! I still worry about taking me 2yr old son to the park for fear of him having a total brake down when someone else is on the swing that he has decided belong to him ? lol x

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  2. It's a great idea to take kids on trains... teaches them that you don't have to go everywhere by car. I'd totally advocate getting kids used to using public transport from an early age. By the time they are teens (like mine) they will be confident enough to take the train on their own... great for their independence and freedom... and saves you from being 'mum taxi'.

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