We were kindly invited along out from London to Liverpool with Virgin Trains a few weeks ago, on the hunt for ‘Where’s Wally’ and to enjoy the beautiful sights of Liverpool.
I have lived in London my whole life and I have barely been around the city let alone venture off to over cities in the UK very embarrassing really – Is that something I should be really admitting to? Ah well it’s done now.
The lovely folks at Virgin Trains put together a fun packed day to showcase one of the many beautiful cities the train stops off at in the UK.
First stop was London Euston Virgin First Class Lounge where we met with the Virgin Trains PR team and two other bloggers Becky with her little boy from Spirited Puddle Jumper and Bianca and her two girls from Little Scandinavian.
Then our Journey (adventure) began and our hunt for Wally was on….
Virgin Trains operate an hourly service to Liverpool from London during the week – with additional trains in the midweek peak. If you like numbers, that’s 18 trains each weekday going north and 17 south!
Speed past traffic at 125mph! Typical journey time between London and Liverpool is just 2h 14m on one of our stylish Pendolino tilting trains.
Carry on with business as usual with power points, improved wi-fi and enhanced mobile phone reception
The children were given a VKids pack with stickers, I spy binoculars a paper train which you had to put together, jigsaw, colours & fun things to keep them occupied.
The train ride was perfect, smooth and really fast.
Our train departure time was 10am so we had breakfast a delicious bacon butty and Hayden had one too – I enquired if their gluten-free bread on the menu had egg as most breads have egg. Thankfully they used the White Ciabatta Rolls by DS Gluten Free ( Gluten Free/Wheat Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free) I can’t even explain how happy I was when the woman gave Hayden his very own bacon roll, in roll I have grown to love so much. There was a constant stream of Coffee, Tea and Juice to keep us hydrated on our train ride.
We had fun finding Wally on the train in the Wheres Wally Book too – Gosh now that brought back memories.
We got to Liverpool ridiculously fast, we were all having a good old chin wag that we didn’t realise the time anyway but it seriously was impressive. We were even shown around the Train drivers cabin and Hayden got to blow the horn – scaring the life out of a lot of people stood in the station *embarrassed face*
After a brisk walk through the Liverpool town centre filled with many of the high street stores like the ones we have in London and lots of local boutiques too. We then stopped off at Pizza Express for lunch – The waiter gave us amazing service and Hayden even had pizza too – Gluten Free Base & no cheese. Topped with Tomato paste, Chicken and mushrooms It was absolutely perfect.
While the meals were being prepared the kids got to play with the dough and make shape which were then cooked and given to them to take home. I had no idea that they had these play stations at Pizza Express – Brilliant idea.
After lunch we managed to get in some more sight-seeing around the Albert Dock on our way to the TATE.
It was so nice for some reason it felt like the air might have actually have been fresher and crisp being near the sea – I don’t know but that’s how I felt.
It was my first time inside the Tate – I haven’t been to the one in London either (Note to self, I must visit)
I was so surprised at all the beautiful art and they even have a special room for the kids to get creative – Hayden was in his element. I was so proud of him getting stuck in and I can officially say Hayden had his art work hung at the TATE in Liverpool. I totally should have written his name on it – DUH!
After all the messy fun at the TATE it was time to venture back home to London where it was pouring down bucket loads accounting to all the tweets and Facebook status’. But we had two more Wally’s to find and a bit more sight-seeing to do before we jumped back on the high-speed train home – Not to mention a cheeky group selfie too.
We had an amazing time in Liverpool thanks to Virgin Trains and finding Wally was perfect fun for the kids.
If you’d like to get in on the action Virgin Trains currently have a competition on for you to join the Wally Hunt too.
Virgin Trains has launched a nationwide ‘Where’s Wally? Hunt’ to encourage families to get out and about this summer. There are 100 replicas of the much-loved character have been dispatched across the UK and are waiting to be found near famous landmarks, cityscapes and stations up and down the Virgin Trains West Coast route. London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh are amongst the cities where Wally’s can be spotted by eagle-eyed travellers
The hunt runs for six weeks throughout the school holidays, and promises to keep families entertained during their summer travels. The family who finds the most Wally’s (and sends a picture of each one to @virgintrains) will win a luxury Virgin Trains Escape Weekend in London, courtesy of SuperBreak.
Disclaimer: Expenses were paid for travel to & from Liverpool,
lunch and entry to venues.
Until Next Time… Charlotte x