Thursday, 30 November 2017

Liverpool's One Magical City

We were delighted to be asked to attend the Liverpool lights Christmas switch-on. Liverpool has been my home town for almost ten years now, and I love it here. It is a vibrant city filled with amazing people, history and heritage. We also love a good Christmas lights switch-on event. The kids love Christmas.

Liverpool's One Magical City this year is fantastic and is probably the best Christmas for the city yet.

 The lights switch-on was fabulous. We walked around Liverpool One and encountered story tellers, carol-singers, dancers as well as some fabulous light displays and exploding ticker-tape at the finale. We had a drink under the beautiful Christmas tree at Bar Hutte - we really loved that. The bar is fully heated and includes separate little cabins that can be reserved - complete with Karaoke! We thought that it would be great to return here just as a couple at some point and spend s few hours just relaxing with some drinks under the tree.

As a family we were keen to explore what Liverpool had to offer the kids as well as adults. We explored Liverpool One and went to the funfair in Chavasse Park - the kids had an amazing time on the rides - laughing and screaming as they went. There are lots of food outlets - German sausage, waffles and beer, all available in Chavasse Park. It had a really lovely festive feel, and the Christmas lights and effects were just beautiful.

After this we wandered around the shops in Liverpool One. Liverpool is a great city to finish off the last of your Christmas shopping (or just start it, depending on how organised or bothered you are!) There really is something for everyone.

We were then treated to a lovely meal at Viva Brazil on Castle Street. Viva Brazil is a favourite of ours, the kids always enjoy the buffet-style experience with unlimited meat. Staff were friendly and helpful and we had the perfect end to our evening.

Liverpool is a magical city all year round. There is so much to see and do, and so much to explore. If you are planning on visiting, do check out the One Magical City website to check opening times for bars and events.

Disclosure: We were invited to One Magical City free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are our own.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Review: Awesome Walls Liverpool

Over this half term we were delighted to be asked to visit Clip N Climb at Awesome Walls Climbing Centre in Liverpool. If ever there was something different that we could try with the kids while they were off school - then this was it!

Awesome Walls is housed in a 150 year old church with 1,000 square metres of space and a variety of different walls to suit all abilities. We were invited to review the Clip N Climb experience - suitable for children over the age of four and including lots of wacky, fun coloured and textured walls for the kids to tackle!

When we first entered the building at our allotted time, we were amazed by the number of different walls available that will suit anybody - from the first time climber to the more advanced. The first thing we did was listen to a safety briefing where it was explained to us where was safe to walk and which areas we should avoid, as there were a lot of children all together and our kids were beginner-climbers. The instructors then strapped the kids into their safety harnesses before letting them loose on the climbing walls themselves.

Alice is 6 and is a bit more of a dare-devil than Rosie, but even she was in awe of the height of some of the walls, but this did not prevent her from giving it a go after some cajoling from the friendly hands-on instruction team. Alice managed to scale one of the walls right to the top and press the red button!

Rosie is 4 and found it a bit harder going but still managed to get at least half way up most of the walls. All you could hear from all of the children involved (and especially our two) were screams of laughter and excitement. Their massive smiles as they left and questions in the car on the way home of "when can we go again?" told us everything we need to know about how much they enjoyed it!

We would definitely recommend this as a day out. The kids had ab absolute blast. Admission starts at £.4.50 for under-7s and there are a variety of taster sessions and membership options available that you can check out on their website.

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