We love trying to find places to visit that are a reasonable day out, I love that the boys enjoy the great outdoors which makes it easier for us to have free days out but sometimes we are looking for something different. Some of my favourite places to take the boys are the museums and galleries in Liverpool but one we had never thought to visit is the Lady Lever Art Gallery on the Wirral, silly really as it is about 10 minutes away from my Nana’s house and we drive past the brown signs all the time. In all honestly I didn’t think it would have that much for children until I read about it on Mini Travellers. I was amazed how much there was to do with the boys; granted we visited in school holidays so I think some of the events were on specially but there was still plenty to entertain my three.
The gallery itself is in the most amazing building and, of course, Port Sunlight is such a beautiful village. If you don’t know about it I would really recommend a visit, it was built purposefully for the workers of the Lever Brothers factory (now Unilever) and is full of sweet, quaint houses and colourful gardens. We were lucky enough to visit on a nice day so we ate our lunch outside and had a stroll around the village. Me and my husband said it would be lovely to return without the children as we couldn’t spend much time looking through the main parts of the gallery whilst keeping an eye on our three. I also spotted a little museum dedicated to the village history that I would love to look round, I think it’s fascinating that this whole village was the vision of one man. They also film parts of Peaky Blinders there which we love – we went on a hunt for Aunt Polly’s house, if you watch the show it will look familiar!
We met my Nana for the day, you can park right outside the gallery, and then took the boys on a whistle stop tour of the main gallery before they could get into too much trouble. We dropped in on the storytime; anyone could sit down and take part in this and the twins got stuck in singing along to the nursery rhymes. After that we had tickets for Moo Music in one of the activity rooms which was a fun music group aimed at under 5’s. The activity rooms also have puzzles and sensory toys as well as dressing up costumes, books, instruments and puppets. It looked like there were some craft activities going on and they were doing face painting and balloon modelling in the afternoon too. All of this was free but some things you needed to get a ticket for on the day. As the weather was nice we ate our picnic outdoors but in the school holidays they open up an activity room as an indoor picnic area and they do have a large cafe too. I was impressed with how much we could do there but the good weather definitely helped as we waked round the gardens, up to the war memorial and let the boys run off some steam on the fields.
We had such a fantastic time; some of our days out the boys love but we come away feeling exhausted but this one was nice for all of us. I’m hoping to take them back again in the next school holidays and for days afterwards I was telling everyone I wanted to move to Port Sunlight. We did get lucky and visit on a sunny day which really showed off the charm of the village. If, like me, you’d ever wondered whether it was worth a visit I would say absolutely! It feels like you are in another world, one I wouldn’t mind staying in for a little bit longer.