We have had a busy few weeks this past month or so, being invited out and about for the blog. So I thought I would put together a little day trip round up so you can catch up with what’s been going on. Now we have our friends and family railcard, it is easier for us to get to places when we are invited by train as it is so much cheaper, we even got to Manchester for £6 return for the both of us!
As you all know we love going to Blackpool, not the train journey so much, but hitting the prom, visiting the tower and having some time away from everyone and everything and it just being us two is great. Last month we were lucky enough to be invited along to see Blackpool Towers new event Tall Tales.
We had a great time and whilst we were at the tower it would have been rude not to pop in and see the circus, the Christmas pantomime was amazing and their 25th Anniversary show didn’t disappoint either. I don’t think I’ve ever so thrilled, entertained, shocked and absolutely petrified all at the same time! It was a breathtaking show.
Then of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Blackpool without us popping into Madame Tussaud’s would it! Olivia was really excited to see Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran in the new Festival Fields display where they were joined by Olly Murs. Olivia couldn’t resist getting on the karaoke and belting out ‘Up’ by Olly himself and Demi Lovato who just so happen to be two of her favourites.
Our main reasons for visiting Manchester were for Olivia to take part in compiling some kid friendly reviews of family restaurants and the best places to eat with children in tow. The idea is to get reviews for kids, by kids and we were invited up to two different restaurants.
The first place we visited was Banyan in the Corn Exchange. Olivia was being filmed eating her meal and asked to provide some quotes as to how she found the restaurant and her favourite meal there. I will be expanding on this in another post when it is ready but I just wanted to include it in our roundup as it was a beautiful restaurant with some amazing food.
Our next visit up there, or down there I should say, was over to intu Trafford Centre. After writing a piece on Chill Factore and their birthday party packages (which I would totally go for after visiting) we were given complimentary passes for an hour free session. I was a bit worried about whether or not Olivia would like or even go in there but she surprised me and I surprised myself by jumping in and we had an amazing time. Can I just say I was really impressed with the staff, they were all so friendly and helpful, not just to us either but to everyone there too. I find that really makes all the difference sometimes especially if you are completely out of your comfort zone like I was. If you fancy a visit they currently have an offer on. In June and July, you can take a friend for a fiver. check out the offer at Chill Factore.
After an exhilarating hour on the slopes, it was time to head over to La Tasca to review their kids’ menu for intu Trafford Centre’s kids’ guide. Unlike the last one, we were in charge of taking our own pictures so it was a bit more relaxing than at Banyan. It was just what we needed and we had a lovely time. I especially enjoyed the warm chorizo salad, it was out of this world. If you go you absolutely have to try it.
It’s safe to say it’s been a busy few but I am looking forward to where we end up next and we are loving being out and about so much. Have you been anywhere exciting recently or have any new ideas of places for us to visit this summer?