My Crazy Kids

My Crazy Kids

Friday, 30 May 2014

Our Day Out In Manchester

On Wednesday 28th May we took the kids to Manchester for the day.

If you have read my previous post, you will be fully aware that we spent yesterday in Blackpool, so here's where the story continues.

After being woken at 6 am by two bright eyed fully awake boys I decided to take them and their sister for a walk down to the beach to give their mum some peaceful time to herself. This was short lived for as soon as we got down to the beach it started raining, so soon afterwards we made our way back to our guest house.

Well we returned back to our room, where my wife was already up and packing the bags for home. We had our breakfast made one last check to see if we hadn't forgotten anything said our goodbyes and made our way to our next adventure point, the Imperial War Museum, Manchester.

Upon entry to the museum we took the plunge and jumped in the lift which took us up to the Air Shard. This is a platform which stands nearly 100 feet above the ground. From here you can see out across Media City, The Quays, the Coronation Street set and Old Trafford too.
  

The museum is full of wonderful and interesting facts about the World Wars, how it affected the people of Britain and indeed anyone caught up in any wars anywhere in the world.

There were many vehicles and weaponry item to see which the boys found amazing and wanted to try and get in or play with most of them.   

 

Having thankfully never experienced any part of World Wars I can only ever come to places like this and imagine what it would of been like to live through those awful events in our history. These places do let you remember and be thankful to all those who valiantly fought for our freedom.

One section of the museum did have a piece of  recent history that will forever be etched in my memory bank. This being the collapsing of the Twin Towers in New York. Like most parts of the museum probably does to others this made me stop and instantly remember that awful day of 9/11.

       
( A piece of the Twin Towers)

After we had finished in the War Museum we made our way over to Media City, as the kids love Cbeebies we thought we would show them where it is filmed.

They really enjoy it here, they got to have their photos taken with 
Tree Fu Tom, 



with two Daleks 


and the TARDIS 


and they even got to sit a mock set of BBC Breakfast News.

  

You can book to have guided tours round the sets, but we didn't have time for that on this visit unfortunately. 

After we had finished looking round Media City we thought we would take the kids to Old Trafford as we had gone to Manchester City's ground on our last visit to Manchester.


We took the kids round the club shop then we went round to the Munich memorial wall, here we saw a poster advertising free entrance to the museum so we thought why not take a look round.

The museum as you would expect is full of wonderful trophies, shirts, boots, gloves from all the past and present players and legends to ever grace the 'Theatre of Dreams'.

Whilst in the museum at Old Trafford we pointed out to the boys our family connection, this being that the late great Duncan Edwards is their great great great Uncle on their Mums side.

 

On the way back from Old Trafford we came across this funky climbing frame and slide which the kids wanted to have a go on, yes including the biggest kid of all my wife lol.


Before we left and headed of home the boys wanted one last photo with this impressive army tank.