Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: Liverpool: An Overlooked Family Break Destination PLUS Win A Nights Stay At A Travelodge!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Liverpool: An Overlooked Family Break Destination PLUS Win A Nights Stay At A Travelodge!




Liverpool is my home town, so of course it holds a special place in my heart.
It's a wonderful place to grow up but I was always left puzzled by the sometimes negative reputation it gets from outsiders - Liverpool is vibrant city with so much going on, it is both modern and steeped in history and culture, and really does have so much to boast.
Tyne, although being raised in Devon, was born in Liverpool and so I want him to be familiar with the city and grow to love it as much as I do - and so we visit as often as we can.
Liverpool is quite well known as a great destination for nightlife which is certainly true - there are clubs and bars galore catering for every possible taste, award winning restaurants that hold up easily to the quality and choice available in the Capital, and plenty of casinos and shopping destinations to suit every style and budget from the upmarket Met Quarter boasting the likes of Armani and Molten Brown, to the quirky Bold Street with its vintage and thrift stores.
But what is often overlooked is the appeal of this great city as a destination for family trips - every time we visit we are spoiled for choice as what to fit in as there is so much on offer.
And with hotels such as Travelodge in such great central locations, its never been easier to plan a visit!
Culture



Liverpool was voted European Capital of Culture in 2008, and it only takes a quick look at just a handful of the many museums and galleries around to see why.
The city has not one, but TWO cathedrals, both of which are a beauty to behold.
My personal favourite place to visit is the Albert Dock, which is home to the Tate Gallery, the Maritime Museum which often runs special exhibitions on the Titanic (A particular interest of mine) and the brand new Liverpool Museum which is one of the most child-focused museums I have ever visited - the exhibits are largely interactive and really give the children the chance to step into the learning experience, Tyne's favourite part was the opportunity to sit in an old tram which was filled with models of people in relevant dress and sound effects to bring the experience to life.
MY favourite part is the karaoke booth where you get to belt out Tunes from Liverpools many musical exports while sporting a bit of fancy dress!
The Museum even has a dedicated "Little Liverpool" section where toddlers and pre-schoolers are taken on a tailor-made tour of what makes Liverpool stand out, giving them the chance to play in the Dockland Water play section and even have a dance to The Beatles at the end of the session!
Musical & Sporting History



And speaking of The Fab Four, of course no trip to Liverpool would be complete without a little homage paid to the cities most famous export, The Beatles!
There are Beatles experiences galore if you're a fan and you want to impart their musical genius on to the next generation, everything from The Beatles Story exhibition at the Docks, to John Lennons home which has been restored to its appearance when he was living there and opened as a museum - my personal favourite Beatles experience is the Magical Mystery Tour - the yellow bus that takes you on a tour of all the famous Beatles landmarks in the city, including Penny Lane, Eleanor Rigbys grave and Strawberry Fields!


There is also the infamous Cavern Club, where The Beatles played their first gig, and has been graced by many famous names since...all of whom sign the wall outside.
As well as musical greats, Liverpool is also famous for its football teams and whether you're a red or a blue (But you'd better be a red if you're reading MY blog....) the stadium tours will keep you entertained!
Nature



Because it's a busy, bustling city people don't often think of nature when they think of a visit to Liverpool but there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors too!
Sefton Park is a beautiful place to walk around on a summers day, and the Grade 2 listed Victorian Palm House is the perfect place for exploring - particularly during one of the many child-friendly events held regularly. The Palm House is close to Otterspool Promenade and Calderstones Park, which are both well worth a visit and as the city now operates the Cycle-Hire service it's easier than ever to explore!


Chester Zoo is also only a stones throw from the city, and if animals are your thing then Knowsley Safari Park is well worth a visit...but watch out for those monkeys, they'll steal your windscreen wipers every time!
Fun!
And finally, there are just so many good old fashioned FUN places around for kids to let loose and enjoy themselves!
From traditional seaside fun at New Brighton and Southport, to imaginative play centres - there is something for everyone.
On our last visit we took Tyne to Underwater Street play centre for the first time - Underwater Street really is a play centre with a difference, with a real car for the children to paint, a builders site to work on, an arts & crafts station with ever-changing adult led activities, play shops such as the Pizza Cafe and Supermarket, and even the chance to experiment with science by panning for gold or putting yourself inside a bubble - it's endless fun!
Check out our little video of Tyne's experience at Underwater Street!


Competition
If I've managed to talk you in to a visit, or if there's anywhere else in the UK that you're interested in going to but you just need a hotel room to make it happen - well here's your chance! Travelodge are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a nights stay at the Travelodge of your choice!
Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

Good Luck!
Terms & Conditions
-  1 night at a Travelodge of their choice
- Maximum of 4 people ( unless it’s a family of 4+)
-  Not redeemable between the 15th Dec – 5th January
- Rooms are subject to availability
- Must redeem the prize within 6 months of winning.
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102 comments:

  1. Were going to a wedding near Plymouth soon and would be great to stay over rather than drive back late at night. Love Travelodge's they are such value for money x

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  2. wow great liverpool sell miss sparkles :-) all these things and even more are what makes liverpool a great place to visit !!!!!!1 :-) xx

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  3. Your review looks great, makes me wanna visit there! x

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  4. Thanks very much for the lovely giveaway. I'd love to win a night away for my husband's 50th birthday early next year ;o) Rafflecopter entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES

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  5. would be agreat treat for the family to win this

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  6. Would love this for my hubby and me, could do with a night away x

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  7. christmas shopping is exhausting, but it would be nice to incorporate an over-night stay, into the equasion.

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  8. Lovely prize, great to explore the UK

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  9. fab giveaway.would love to win this.i plan to visit family & friends in Newcastle in february,would be nice to stay over instead of traveling up there & back in the same day x

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  10. would love this to stay in London

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  11. would love to go to london and watch a show

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  12. Liverpool is aplace I have never visited but must go one day

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  13. We run a B and B seven days a week most weeks of the year and a night where someone else makes the bed is a real treat.

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  14. Great comp - liverpool all the way!!

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  15. Ahh would love a break with my hubby

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  16. Would love to take my son to the seaside, it's a bit far to drive there and back in a day so this would be perfect

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  17. great prize

    caroline watson

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  18. Amazing giveaway , i would love to stay in Bristol and explore x

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  19. Would love to win this so I could take my daughter away in the spring

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  20. Haven't been to Liverpool for 30 years. Your blog has wetted my appetite, must go back soon!

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  21. Thank you for the lovely competition.

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  22. What an amazing prize! :) The Beatles experience sounds sooo cool!

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  23. Charmian Filewood26 November 2014 at 23:42

    always grateful for a night away, especially after 5 weeks of double shifts!!

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  24. Love liverpool :) xx

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  25. Love liverpool :)

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  26. Liverpool is a great city would love to visit again

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  27. would be sooo brilliant

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  28. would love to go back to Scarborough again, so this would come in very handy x

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  29. great prize thanks for the chance x

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  30. always love a short break

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  31. Fabulous prize and great article I've never visited Liverpool but it sounds great

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  32. I would love to take the kids to London to see the sights!

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  33. I would love to visit Liverpool :) xx

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  34. fantastic review i live near Liverpool and visit quite often

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  35. Tobys proud mummy28 November 2014 at 22:54

    Thanks for the chance this would be fab as there are so many happening things in Liverpool would be great so we could go shopping and see the Panto

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  36. Just joined twitter so great to find new people!

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  37. This would be awesome for the Birmingham German Market. Couple of cheeky beers then. ;-)

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  38. It woulod be great to have the opportunity to spend a night away, and it's years since I've been to Liverpool

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  39. would love to visit Liverpool and see the famous sights!
    dorothy cavender

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  40. would be perfect to get away after a hard year

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  41. I love Liverpool (not just for it's first class RED football team :)), such a vibrant city with so much going on :)

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  42. Could certainly do with a break!

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  43. Sounds like I should plan a trip to Liverpool! :-)

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  44. Never been to Liverpool. Looks like a good city to explore.

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  45. I thanks for the chance fab prize

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  46. Would love to win this to have a little break away before I have my second baby at the end of February x

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  47. Would really like to spend the night in Cambridge with this prize - if lucky enough to win :-)

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  48. Would love to spend the night in Cambridge with this prize - if lucky enough to win :-)

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  49. Would love to take the kids to London to explore the museums :)

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  50. liverpool looks lovely, were looking to go away for a night in February for my birthday, first night away since our first was born and she is 3 lol, will be worth the wait though.

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  51. Now we're a family of four we haven't been away from home at all yet, i think it's almost time to test the water!

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  52. Great competition would be a great win thank you for the chance :) x

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  53. would be fantastic to get away :)

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  54. I would love to win this so me and my hubby could have a cheeky night away on our own :)

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  55. Great comp! Would love a trip to York so this would be fab!

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  56. This would be great as planning to go to Aberdeen soon to catch up with friends and 4 of us are planning to go :)

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  57. Great prize!

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  58. I'd love to use it to stay in London so we could visit the Harry Potter Studio tour

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  59. fab i use in london
    lisa ann tebbutt

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  60. I do love Travelodge - always well situated :)

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  61. Yes please !
    eva_churchill@hotmail.com

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  62. I would love to go shopping in the January sales

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  63. Such a handy prize we always stay in Travelodge

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  64. It will be lovely to take my 2 boys away :)

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  65. I have spent many a happy night in a travelodge

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  66. Fab I'd love to win so I could stay in London :) xx

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