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Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« on: May 31, 2021, 06:57:03 am »
Hi guys,

Going to be in Liverpool in July with my kids, ages 7 and 9. Haven't been for two years, and also haven't stayed for such a long period of time (will be there for a month).

Looking for any and all recommendations of things to do with the kids. They like nature, sports, adventure, arts and crafts, everything really.

Will be based in South Liverpool and will have a car, so anything within an easy 45-minute drive will be great.

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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2021, 08:02:24 am »
Alright Jebediah - Pistyll Rhaeadr (pistol rider) Waterfall in North Wales is really quite marvelous and will take 2 hours from South Liverpool - it's worth the drive.

MerseyRail to Chester, West Kirkby and Southport, if you're near one of the S.Liverpool stations you can leave the car at home for those.

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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2021, 08:11:19 am »
Delamere Forest is not too far away by car. Has loads of tracks and is great for taking a bike if your kids are into that.

Also kids love Thurstaston Rock in the Wirral. Great for climbing and its got some nice paths through the woods. As Kavah said, walking out to the islands at West Kirby is also great. Not far from Thurstaston Rock as well.

New Brighton is also decent with a bit of beach and a great view of Liverpool.

My niece is 6 and loves all those.

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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2021, 08:33:38 am »
Speke Hall was always great when I was a kid.

Tatton Park isn't too far a drive and there is a bird of prey centre in Knutsford https://gauntletbirdsofprey.co.uk/
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2021, 09:07:50 am »
In Liverpool itself, visit Sefton & Calderstones Park - both in South Liverpool. Journey the full length of Otterspool prom. All free.
Do the LFC Museum tour.

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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2021, 09:13:48 am »
Amazing, thanks. Will check out all those suggestions. Those falls look impressive. We live next to some gorgeous nature, but it is getting too hot for nature walks here now (95 degrees today) so looking forward to some cooler weather in the UK.
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2021, 09:55:11 am »
If you haven't tired them out with walks already, going up Moel Famau from Loggerheads is really nice. It's the highest of the Clwydian range you can see from Liverpool across the river and maybe a two hour drive.

Also going to the beach and walking around in the dunes in Freshfield is nice.

Indoors, maybe the Spring City trampoline park is something for them? It's by the docks in the South end, so not far. If they are into climbing, Awesome walls is a good place to go.
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2021, 06:22:00 pm »
 
If you haven't tired them out with walks already, going up Moel Famau from Loggerheads is really nice. It's the highest of the Clwydian range you can see from Liverpool across the river and maybe a two hour drive.

Also going to the beach and walking around in the dunes in Freshfield is nice.

Indoors, maybe the Spring City trampoline park is something for them? It's by the docks in the South end, so not far. If they are into climbing, Awesome walls is a good place to go.

Kids still talk about Awesome Walls from our trip 2 years ago, so that will definitely be on our list.

Will check out Moel Famau. Might be something me and the Mrs can do without the kids one day. Any other non-technical hikes not too far away for 2 fit adults?
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2021, 06:24:38 pm »
In Liverpool itself, visit Sefton & Calderstones Park - both in South Liverpool. Journey the full length of Otterspool prom. All free.
Do the LFC Museum tour.

I grew up 2 minutes from Caldies park and my parents live on Menlove Avenue, so we will be going there regularly.

How kid-friendly is the LFC museum? My children would obviously love the shop, but not sure about the museum itself.
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2021, 06:27:59 pm »

Will check out Moel Famau. Might be something me and the Mrs can do without the kids one day. Any other non-technical hikes not too far away for 2 fit adults?

Depends how much time you have - the Sandstone Trail from Frodsham into Cheshire is a nice walk through the countryside. Never been the whole way, but walking from Frodsham to Delamere and back is a good walk that can be done in less than a day.
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2021, 07:04:31 pm »
I grew up 2 minutes from Caldies park and my parents live on Menlove Avenue, so we will be going there regularly.

How kid-friendly is the LFC museum? My children would obviously love the shop, but not sure about the museum itself.

Is the stadium tour running at the moment? Took my son when he was 10 and he loved it. That gave access to the museum afterwards which I probably enjoyed more than he did but I’d still recommend.

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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2021, 09:03:28 pm »
Chester Zoo, a Blue Planet Aquarium and then Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village for last year's Lacoste :D

Museums in Liverpool are all worth a spin, Mersey Ferry and for a real laugh, drive past Goodison.

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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2021, 09:34:58 pm »
The museums in Liverpool City centre. The world museum by Lime Street. Then the Maritime Museum on the Albert Dock, and the Museum of Liverpool on the Pier Head. They are all free entry (with the occasional paid special exhibits).

Also the Walker Art Gallery and the Liverpool Tate art galleries.
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #13 on: June 1, 2021, 08:14:04 am »
https://brimstagemaze.digitickets.co.uk/tickets - this opens 18 July for the summer

https://www.churchfarmevents.co.uk/farm-park - Near to Thurstaton Country Park, another great place to visit.
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #14 on: June 1, 2021, 09:49:46 am »
So much to do!!!
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #15 on: June 1, 2021, 10:00:54 am »
Not sure what the age limits are but they do paddle boarding on Albert Dock. They may have some of the inflatables up by then too.

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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #16 on: June 2, 2021, 03:05:03 pm »
Not sure what the age limits are but they do paddle boarding on Albert Dock. They may have some of the inflatables up by then too.

That looks great. We have one of the inflatable obstacle courses here (in the warm water), but the kayaking would be amazing.
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2021, 08:21:31 pm »
spending a couple of nights in Liverpool next week. booked the kids on the inflatables at the watersports centre then next day going to quirky quarter  which looks mad and interesting.

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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2021, 01:12:21 pm »
Can anyone recommend a some vegetarian restaurants in Liverpool?
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2021, 01:15:14 pm »
Can anyone recommend a some vegetarian restaurants in Liverpool?

Sanskruti is an amazing Indian (best in Liverpool imo).

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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2021, 03:35:47 pm »
Can anyone recommend a some vegetarian restaurants in Liverpool?

Maybe ask in the restuarant thread, more people will see it. I did ask the same in there once, but it was a few years ago.
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2021, 12:05:37 pm »
Can anyone recommend a some vegetarian restaurants in Liverpool?
Sanskruti like Craig said, or Etsu, which is Japanese. Town isn't actually great for full on vegetarian/vegan restaurants, it's more single cuisine places that have good options.

Anyone tried the Quirky Quarter? My little cousin wants me to take him. Any good? £13.50 for Adults and £8.50 for kids doesn't seem too bad, but if it's one of those things that will be done inside 15 minutes I'd rather not spend that much when Awesome Walls is good bang for buck and I know they love it there.
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2021, 02:30:31 pm »
Went to quirky quarter yesterday, highly recommend it. staff are ace and loads of weird stuff and photo opportunities ( need to take phone or camera).
my two lads went on the inflatables at the watersport centre in queens dock, not as big as the one by albert dock but the instructors are good and actually let our group stay on for an hour and 15 mins instead of the 45 mins, chap said they all looked to be having a great time so as last booking let them stay extra. 

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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2021, 11:09:51 pm »
Been in Liverpool for 2 days now. Only made it as far as Calderstones park for cricket and football. Will be heading out to check out all the recommended places next week. Thanks again.
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« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2021, 11:21:51 pm »
Been in Liverpool for 2 days now. Only made it as far as Calderstones park for cricket and football. Will be heading out to check out all the recommended places next week. Thanks again.
Enjoy mate, if you'd have said you were in Caldies I'd have come and said hello.

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« Reply #25 on: August 3, 2021, 09:37:48 pm »
I was in Caldies for the first time in 30 years yesterday. Still a fantastic park.
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #26 on: August 9, 2021, 04:34:41 pm »
Enjoy mate, if you'd have said you were in Caldies I'd have come and said hello.

Still here. Up in Scotland now (it's pissing down) and back to Liverpool tomorrow. Sure we will get to Caldies again...

Kids have a climbing lesson booked at Awesome Walls on Thursday (we went to the regular kids climbing thing last week and it wasn't challenging enough for my little monkeys), and hoping to go to Crosby beach also.

Thinking of Martin Mere on Friday. Is it worth the money? I have good childhood memories from there, but obviously I wasn't paying then. My son loves nature and bird watching.

So far we had lots of fun at the world museum, Crocky Trail near Chester, and I have been eating all my favourite childhood foods. Happy days.

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« Reply #27 on: August 9, 2021, 04:59:46 pm »
Thinking of Martin Mere on Friday. Is it worth the money? I have good childhood memories from there, but obviously I wasn't paying then. My son loves nature and bird watching.

It's not great imo. You'd be better going to a zoo!

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« Reply #28 on: August 9, 2021, 05:34:24 pm »
It's not great imo. You'd be better going to a zoo!

Cheers. Formby point is the - free - alternative. Stanley park and a drive around Anfield got my vote.

We did a night away last week in Trentham - posh afternoon  tea at the Wedgwood museum to please the wife, Trentham gardens had a fairy hunt which my daughter loved, and my boy loved the monkey forest (https://monkey-forest.com/). Premier inn was only 40 quid.
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #29 on: August 9, 2021, 05:42:08 pm »
It's not great imo. You'd be better going to a zoo!

Safari park?

Also Chester zoo obviously, one of the best in Europe.


Also think it's the right time of the year to watch seals on Hilbre?
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« Reply #30 on: August 9, 2021, 05:44:17 pm »
Yeah the safari park is good if you've got a car. Chester zoo is excellent too.

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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2021, 08:05:46 pm »
Yeah the safari park is good if you've got a car. Chester zoo is excellent too.

It'd be an adventure without one 😂
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2021, 10:43:58 pm »
Still here. Up in Scotland now (it's pissing down) and back to Liverpool tomorrow. Sure we will get to Caldies again...

Kids have a climbing lesson booked at Awesome Walls on Thursday (we went to the regular kids climbing thing last week and it wasn't challenging enough for my little monkeys), and hoping to go to Crosby beach also.

Thinking of Martin Mere on Friday. Is it worth the money? I have good childhood memories from there, but obviously I wasn't paying then. My son loves nature and bird watching.

So far we had lots of fun at the world museum, Crocky Trail near Chester, and I have been eating all my favourite childhood foods. Happy days.

Top of the wife's list for this week is Primark 🤪

There's a fairly new train route from Lime Street, stopping at Liverpool Parkway (previously known as Allerton Station) that takes a scenic route to Chester over the Mersey at Widnes and through Frodsham and Helsby. 

And there's a Primark in Chester. ;D

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« Reply #33 on: August 11, 2021, 09:53:42 pm »
There's a fairly new train route from Lime Street, stopping at Liverpool Parkway (previously known as Allerton Station) that takes a scenic route to Chester over the Mersey at Widnes and through Frodsham and Helsby. 

And there's a Primark in Chester. ;D

We are off to Crosby Beach tomorrow on the train from Liverpool Parkway.

Am really interested in the Hilbre Island on Saturday or Sunday. Any advice?
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« Reply #34 on: August 11, 2021, 10:01:29 pm »
We are off to Crosby Beach tomorrow on the train from Liverpool Parkway.

Am really interested in the Hilbre Island on Saturday or Sunday. Any advice?

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« Reply #35 on: August 11, 2021, 11:15:52 pm »
We are off to Crosby Beach tomorrow on the train from Liverpool Parkway.

Am really interested in the Hilbre Island on Saturday or Sunday. Any advice?

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« Reply #36 on: August 11, 2021, 11:32:48 pm »
We are off to Crosby Beach tomorrow on the train from Liverpool Parkway.

Am really interested in the Hilbre Island on Saturday or Sunday. Any advice?

Make sure you all wear shoes/wellies, there's weaver fish that bury themselves in the sand when the tide goes out with poisonous spikes along their spine.
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Re: Things to do in Liverpool for kids
« Reply #37 on: August 12, 2021, 07:52:57 am »
We are off to Crosby Beach tomorrow on the train from Liverpool Parkway.

Am really interested in the Hilbre Island on Saturday or Sunday. Any advice?

Make sure you check the tide information on the board by the entrance to the beach (the entrance nearest to Morrisons).  It gives you the safe times to walk over to the island and back again.

also available here

https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast-and-sea/tide-tables/5/461
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« Reply #39 on: August 13, 2021, 08:15:56 am »
Brilliant, thanks.

We were 5 hours down at Crosby beach (and sand dunes, and park) and the kids never even asked to go to the funfair. That's a success in my book!
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