Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Review: British Music Experience at Liverpool

As it is half term we were looking for new and exciting things to do with the kids. We are very thrifty usually and enjoy picnics, museums, parks and other low cost activities - lets face it, it can be hard entertaining kids without it costing the earth. We were really excited to be asked to review the British Music Experience.

We are keen musical-types in our house. Warren plays drums in a band and well I just like to pretend that I am in my own imaginary band - you can read this as 'doesn't play an instrument and hasn't got a clue,' which is probably close to the truth! Anyway, we like to listen to music and I am obviously a geeky history-type, so I am very interested in counter-culture and the cultural influence of music on people in the late 60s and 70s. The kids love music and instruments, so really this was always going to be an ideal day out for us.

We were actually really surprised at how child-friendly the experience is. We began at Story Time with Dougie. The kids were really excited to be taken on a musical story telling experience, complete with instruments and flowers in their hair. Dougie even made a guest appearance at the end!

Once we entered the experience we were given audio guides, which were great. Full of information and images. The experience is chronological starting in the 1940s and working right up to the present day. I loved how interactive it was - you could operate the computers yourself to skip to any musical generation you wanted to learn about, and of course there are many original artefacts such as hand-written lyrics and instruments as well as outfits and other paraphernalia.

They also had a stage where a show is played every so often. We watched Boy George beamed in with lasers singing Karma Chameleon. It was great - technology is amazing. We saw the Spice Girls original outfits, handwritten lyrics from Adele, and many more amazing items, as you can see from the photographs.

The kids favourite part was them learning to play instruments. There is a whole dedicated area with guitars and drums complete with headphones and a digital teacher. We stayed in this section for a long time, and obviously Warren was the best player, but we had fun.

A family ticket for two children and two adults costs £43, which I think is excellent value. We stayed for around 3 hours and really enjoyed our time there. The kids are now at an age where they can enjoy outings with us without working against us - so the experience was really a good one, and we spent a long time looking at all of the exhibits with the children exhibiting their very own brand of good behaviour - which is always a bonus!

We would really recommend this experience for music lovers. Great for parents and plenty of things for the kids to enjoy too.

To book tickets visit their website here.

Disclosure: We were invited to view the British Music Experience free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are our own.

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