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Great family days out guide

If the last four weeks has exhausted you of family trip ideas, we’ve got you covered, with our guide to events and attractions in the region that don’t have to cost the earth.

So pack up your suntan lotion and your waterproofs, and prepare to make the most of a kid friendly day that adults will definitely enjoy.

Walk on the wild side with a Dinosaur quiz in Liverpool

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If your child is obsessed with all things dinosaur, hero-worships Andy from CBeebies’ Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and can tell their Tyrannosaurus Rex from their Triceratops, then they’ll love the family friendly Yard & Coop’s Dinosaurs Quiz.

Taking place this Sunday from 11am, the quiz is suitable for 5-16-year-olds and costs £1 per person. And to boost their brainpower, Yard & Coop are even offering free children’s meals too, with one free kid’s meal for every adult meal purchased.

Nearest station: Liverpool Central

Walking distance: 6 minutes

Enjoy all the fun of the fair at Southport

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Long a firm fixture on most Merseysiders’ ‘days out’ lists, Southport has retained its popularity for a reason – one of the main ones being its legendary funfair Pleasureland.

And while many day-trippers have to sit in endless queues on the Formby Bypass, by taking the train you’ll be able to whizz direct to the centre of the town, then enjoy a short walk across the lovely Lord Street towards the traditional seaside prom.

Here you’ll find a carousel, ice-creams aplenty, and a good old-fashioned amusement arcade where kids can spend time feeding their old two pence pieces into the penny pushers. 

When you’re all out of coins, head to Pleasureland and introduce or re-introduce the children to all the fun of a good, old-fashioned fairground.

Nearest station: Southport

Walking distance: 15 minutes

Take a trip on a tram at Wirral Transport Museum in Birkenhead

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Kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the wide selection of heritage trams, vintage buses, classic cars and motorbikes and even a 27-foot-long working model railway which they can explore freely.

And while the museum can be easily reached from Hamilton Square station, you can also take the train to Old Hall Street or James Street Stations and then catch a ferry to Woodside where you can, for £2/£1, take one of the trams that run every 30 minutes to the museum.

The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but this Sunday you’ll find it open from 1-4:30pm.

Nearest station: Hamilton Square

Walking distance: 8 minutes

Clip & Climb at a former church

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Feel as though the kids have been climbing the walls over the summer holidays? Well now they literally can, thanks to this fun session offered by climbing wall favourites Awesome Walls.

Since setting up home in the former St Albans Church in 1999, this friendly, no-frills place has amassed a loyal following from both seasoned climbers and those that have learnt the ropes within these hallowed walls.

Now even more beginners can experience the thrill of climbing in a safe environment thanks to the Clip ‘n’ Climb sessions, which allow children aged four and upwards to put on a harness and have a go at climbing by themselves (albeit supervised and assisted by instructors) on specially purposed walls. Prices range between £11-£12.50 and advance booking is advised. Find out more here.

Nearest station: Sandhills

Walking distance: 12 minutes

Embrace your inner fairy at Vale Park

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If you ever, as a child, spent hours making dens or re-enacting fairytales in the gardens of your local park, then you’ll already have been touched by the magic that exists within these fabulous green spaces; and Vale Park, near the waterfront in New Brighton, is no exception.

This lovely place boasts a rose garden, a fairy land now home to the many fairies people have donated over the years, and a children’s play area designed to let kids’ imaginations run wild. Search for the fairy houses carved out of trees, enjoy a cuppa at the café, or pull up a (free) deckchair and listen to one of the bands that often appear at the bandstand on Sundays.

When you’re done with fairies, why not turn your attention to pirates, and walk down to the Black Pearl, the interactive artwork made entirely out of driftwood and created for the many little pirates that may find themselves on New Brighton beach. Find out more here.

Nearest station: New Brighton

Walking distance: 15 minutes

Head into The DEEP at Chester Cathedral

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LEGO fanatics and sea life lovers alike will be in their element in this world premiere brick exhibition being staged at Chester Cathedral this summer.

Made with hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks, The Deep is a collection of sea creature statues and is designed to educate families about the many different species of life to be found in the Earth’s oceans – and the major environmental issues threatening their very existence.

Behind the walls of this stunning cathedral, which is worth a visit in its own right, you’ll find a 1.75m yellow tuna fish made up of 13,000 bricks, a Mako Shark created with 80,000 bricks, and a 2.7m tall giant squid, made of 120,000 bricks.

There’s also an accompanying LEGO brick pool, made up of lots of dark blue LEGO bricks, in which children can build their own creations.

While you’re there, you might also want to check on the progress of the 4m x 2m LEGO version of Chester Cathedral, which is being created, brick by brick, on site. You can even help the team by adding your own brick.

Opening times this Sunday are 11.30am-4pm, with the last entry at 3.30pm, and tickets (which can be bought in advance or on the day of your visit) are priced at £4 children/£6 adults, with family tickets costing £15.

Nearest station: Chester

Walking distance: 16 minutes

 

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