Well the Bank Holiday weekend is upon us and on Saturday we woke up to some nice sunny weather. We decided to make the most of the day and head to Southport, it’s 17 miles from where we live and a place where Ethan always enjoys visiting. Seaside, fairground, amusements, ice cream….what’s not for a 6 year old to love!
We arrived in Southport around 10.30am and it was already bustling with locals and holidaymakers. Plenty of people were heading along Lord Street and enjoying some retail therapy in the various shops. We decided to head straight to King’s Gardens as Ethan absolutely adores the play area there. It really is an impressive area that has been redeveloped thanks to funding of £5.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sefton council. The last few years has seen the opening of the new playground, filled with strong wooden structures, a zip wire, climbing nets, a sand pit area and a smaller park area for younger children. It really is brilliant and as it’s free to use it is perfect for a low cost day trip!!
Once Ethan had been playing for about an hour we decided to then head to the fairground as we had read about a new Sega Prize Zone and as Ethan is an avid gamer we were keen to explore. We weren’t dissapointed, the Sega Area is packed with various Sega themed amusements and also games like Angry Birds and Plants v Zombies. You exchange cash for Sega tokens in one of the several machines dotted around the arcade and then use the tokens to pay for the games you play. You receive various amounts of tickets as a prize on each game and at the end of your time there you trade them for prizes from the Sega Prize Desk. The prizes are actually quite impressive compared to the usual crap you win in amusement arcades. Ethan came away with a pack of 2 bouncy balls with slime and plastic body parts in (such a fun prize to a child!!), 2 packs of Star Wars tattoos and a small game that involves stacking cubes up and attempting to knock them over with some characters!! He had 400 tickets and we were happy with what he got, it was very easy to win large amounts of tickets and you could get a Nintendo DS game for 1200 tickets which would be very east to achieve (providing you’re pretty good at the games!!!)
Ethan didn’t want to go on any of the fairground rides, he asked if we could go back to the park (told you he loves it!!) We headed back to the park via the Venetian Bridge as we wanted to get an ice cream from the van there and very delicious it was too! The park had got even busier and there were lots of people with picnic blankets and set up for a good few hours soaking up some sun and letting the kids have some fun.
Before we knew it the clock hit 4pm and we were ready for home, we managed a quick trip to The Entertainer toy shop as I told Ethan he could have a treat, he chose some Star Wars Lego and so that guaranteed I would be busy for an hour later putting it together (it was only a small box but still had a 20something page building manuel!!!!)
It’s safe to say that a day in the Southport sunshine zapped all our energy and we had no problem getting to sleep at night, we had a brilliant time though making more ‘mummy and Ethan memories’ and all just a short distance away from home. Perfect!
Southport is somewhere I would definitely recommend for a day trip, lots for the kids to do and a cheaper day out than the resort further along the coast, Blackpool.