Weekends Away in the UK
So today’s blog is some travel ideas if you are looking for some places to visit in the UK for a few days away.
I normally travel by train when going away, if it’s up North I usually pick Virgin trains if I can or West Midlands if a two part journey is needed.
When booking train tickets I find it easier to go for two single tickets price wise instead of a return depending on what time you want to travel.
One thing I love about Virgin Trains now is they will text you when the train is ready and what platform it is going from so your not caught having to wait on the concourse and get other things done if needed.
If you haven’t travelled from Euston recently the new food court level is open upstairs so there are more places to sit, eat and wait for trains. This is great with the cold winter months on the way.
I also find this nice as the main part of the station can get very crowded so you can wait away from the crowds.
After a quick change at Crewe it was onwards to Liverpool. The journey takes just over 2 hours now and I can’t recommend it enough for a getaway location.
Our Friday adventures took us to Blackpool and to see the lights. After a nice drive along the beach front we eventually found a parking space with in a short distance of the tower.
We spent some time playing on the games in the arcades and followed it by fish and chips which went down a treat.
It was then on to the fun part of a horse and carriage ride down the sea front to see all the lights.
It was £25 for the ride for all of us which I think wasn’t bad as we split it between us. I don’t think we would have done it if it had been per person.
It was great fun seeing all the displays and luckily not overly cold.
Next up was a trip to the Blackpool Tower, I’ve been before and have always loved what it has to offer.
It houses many Merlin attractions including the circus which was the highlight of our trip a few years ago.
First up was the 4D film which is always fun to watch and very relevant to Blackpool and cleverly done.
It was then on to a trip to the top of the tower.
We had a bit of a wait as it was windy and this can affect the lifts.
It was worth it to see the view as it was now dark but completely lit up down the front.
On our way down we popped in to the ballroom - if you ever get the chance to pop in whilst visiting the tower the beauty and history of the ballroom is worth a visit in itself.
We finished off the evening with hot donuts for the journey home which is always a favourite.
Saturday bought the sunshine and an outing to a new place I’ve not been to before. Thornby Beach was a short 15 min through some beautiful woods to get to the sea shore. It was a stunningly sunny day, cold but wrapped up warm it made a lovely walk and seemed a world away from everything.
For the evening we went to the theatre, the Liverpool Empire has always been one of my favourite theatres outside of London. The design is amazing and I’ve always loved going to see shows there. There is a lot to do in Liverpool and I always feel time goes faster because of how much fun was had.
On the Sunday we ventured to Manchester to the Trafford Centre, it’s about 45 mins journey wise on a good run and we spent the afternoon watching live performances from the UK Tour cast of Wicked which was a lot of fun.
The journey back was smooth sailing with Virgin Trains, with luckily no changes this time as it had got cold but for two hours on the train it was also good for a quick journey on a Sunday.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this travel blog I’ll be doing some more for things to do in London soon.
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