Top things to do in Liverpool

A little fact readers may not know about is my mum comes from Liverpool which has given me the chance to visit the amazing city practically every year since I was a child. Over the past few years I tend to try and get there a couple of times a year to visit family so I’ve definitely experienced lots of different aspects of the city. Here are some of my top things to do in Liverpool, ranging from cultural activities to those all important Beatles venues!

1. Beatles Museum – This is an obvious one for Beatles fans but I think even if you’re not a hardcore fan there’s something for everyone. I’ve been twice now and both times there have been families enjoying the exhibition, children seem to love the Yellow Submarine themed room!

2. Tate Modern – I made the mistake of visiting the Tate with my cousin once, he hated every minute of it! Now the Tate is not for everyone, modern art doesn’t tickle everyone’s fancy but it’s definitely worth it to get some culture in you one afternoon, it won’t hurt 😉

3. Shopping in Liverpool One. Liverpool has one of the best shopping centres in the UK, I absolutely love it and I’m not really a shopping fanatic at all. So that must be saying something! There are also lots of restaurants to choose from in the shopping centre.

4. Magical Mystery Tour – Now this one may only be interesting to big Beatles fans. Jump on the Magical Mystery Tour at the Docks, it’ll take you on a tour of important locations in Beatles history; the lads childhood homes, Brian Epstein’s home, Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane and ends at The Cavern Club.

5. Enjoy the nightlife! Liverpool is one of the top places for a night out in the UK, the drinks are cheap (by London standards at least), the people are lovely and there are so many bars to choose from you’l be spoilt for choice! For my next visit, I’ve got my eyes on The Florist .

6. Head up St. John’s Beacon and see Liverpool from above! Tickets are available here.

7. World Museum – oh i do love a good museum, the history geek in me gets excited seeing historical portraits and sculptures. Don’t even get me started on those marble busts :’).There are so many museums to choose from if the World Museum doesn’t take your fancy

Taken during Liverpool Pride 2016

8. Take the infamous ferry across the Mersey. You can’t visit Liverpool without jumping on the ferry!

9. Co-ordinate your trip around any number of the amazing live events that take place. There are so many great live venues across Liverpool, big and small.

10. The Beatles Story is a great museum covering the early days of the fab four right up to their solo careers. Even if you’re not a massive fan of The Beatles you can’t visit Liverpool without taking a look at music history!

I initially planned on featuring 5 things to do in Liverpool but there is so much more to do I had to extend it to 10 which still doesn’t cover all of the great things the city has to offer!

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Beat those airline luggage fees!

In previous posts I’ve discussed how to bag amazing travel deals with Wowcher and Groupon, to ensure you keep costs low you’ll want to invest in the correct luggage to prevent yourself being hit with those pesky luggage fee’s cheap airlines love to hit you with! If you’ve never flown with Ryan Air before here is some helpful information on their luggage requirements:

All passenger fare types include a small personal bag, which must fit under the seat in front of you. In order to avoid the extra fees you’re going to want to take the essentials away with you and hopefully fit everything you need into this sized luggage:

Ryan Air has one of the most stringent cabin baggage policies so if you’re able to purchase luggage that fits their requirements you’ll be good to go with any other airline! If you’re travelling on a shoe string beating luggage fees can be one way to guarantee you’ll stay on budget. I will admit it can be VERY difficult to try and fit everything you need into one cabin bag, I’ve only managed this once on my trip to Tallinn as I was only visiting for 2 nights and didn’t need a massive amount. I think 3 nights is probably the maximum amount of time away you would be able to pack for but hey you might be a really lightweight packer and could teach me a thing or two about minimising luggage!

I’ve put together some of the best cabin luggage deals I’ve found, for full disclosure these items do include affiliate links.

  1. This Aerolite cabin bag starts at only £11.49 and is available in black, charcoal, rose gold and wine. It’s slightly less boujee than I would like personally but the biggest appeal is the bag is cheaper than the extra fees!!
  2. If backpacks are more your thing this Cabin Max travel bag may be for you! Personally I’m more of a Fjallraven Kanken kinda girl but they can be super pricey so this is definitely a great alternative.

3. This Daabliz travel flight bag is lightweight, waterproof and a pretty cute alternative to the Aerolite cabin bag.

4. Finally my favourite is this Eastarer laptop backpack which would be perfect for business trips.

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration on combatting the luggage fees and saving yourself some money. One final tip is to always make sure you check the luggage allowance and the dimensions given by the airline as this tends to differ dependent on the airline you are flying with. Some airlines are more lenient than others, not naming anyone in particular but I think you can guess from my previous posts…

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Christmas in London

Another day another Christmas post! It only feels like 5 minutes ago it was July and I was in Marrakech soaking up the sun but nope here we are discussing the C word again. The past few years me and my sister try and spend every weekend in December at some sort of Christmas market, event or light show. Last year we went to Blenheim Palace illuminated light trail and Christmas market which was amazing!

I’ve noticed this year they are holding Alice in the Palace which gives ticket holders the chance to explore the palace with a festive indoor trail. I realise this is a Christmas in London post and Blenheim Palace is in Oxford but I couldn’t help myself! Lets look at some of the exciting things happening in London this festive season…

  1. Friends Festive – https://www.friendsfestive.co.uk/

Taking place in the Truman Brewery in Shoreditch this Friends themed event looks like it’ll be so much fun! Fans will be able to visit sets, ring Phoebe’s bell outside the mall, visit the Holiday Armadillo’s grotto (LOL) and this is my favourite bit..recreate the Thanksgiving floating heads scene.

Dates28 November to 21 December 2019
Opening hoursEveryday 11am to 10pm
Ticket prices £32 admission + £2.50 booking fee

2. Christmas at Kew is one of my favourite light trails! Me and my sister went in 2017 and it was such a cute evening, here are some of my photos from that night..

I would probably recommend only going to one light trail a year as I have found that there really isn’t too much difference in the trails and lights that are on offer!

Dates20 November 2019 to 5 January 2020
Opening hours5pm to 10pm
Ticket prices Adult from £18, Family from £52, Child 4-16 from £11, Under 4s free.

3. If ice skating is your thing then London is where you’re going to want to spend Christmas, there are so many to choose from!

4. Hogwarts in the Snow, if you’re a Harry Potter fan you won’t want to miss the festive makeover at Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter! The Great Hall will be lined with Christmas trees, the dining tables will be dressed as if you were having a seasonal feast at Hogwarts and the stage will be decorated the same way it was seen at the Yule Ball!

Dates16 November 2019 to 26 January 2020
Tickets2019 & 2020 prices available here

5. Christmas shopping in Oxford Street. There’s something so magical about Oxford Street during the festive period, I think the beautiful Christmas lights and window decorations make the crowds a lot more bearable! Don’t just limit yourself to Oxford Street, head to Regent Street, Carnaby Street and definitely get over to Covent Garden. I would suggest heading out to shop as early as you can to (attempt to) beat the crowds!

6. Enchanted Eltham Palace another illuminating light trail! Taking place in the once Tudor royal residence which has since been transformed into an Art Deco mansion tickets are surprisingly affordable… Me and my sister have decided to go on 7 December 2019. See you there!

Dates5 December to 22 December 2019
Opening times4.30pm to 9pm
Tickets Two tier ticket prices, see here for more information

7. Southbank Centre Winter Festival feel festive along the Thames with a Christmas market and seasonal food and drink. I went to the Southbank’s Christmas market a few years ago and whilst it was good fun I would suggest it isn’t somewhere you could spend the whole day. I would suggest popping in, especially if you’re coming into London vis Waterloo, before heading to one of the many Christmas events going on in the capital.

8. It’s impossible to talk about Christmas in London without mentioning Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. I’m fairly certain everyone and their mum has been to Winter Wonderland or at least have heard of it! Much like the Southbank Centre Winter Festival I wouldn’t suggest going to Winter Wonderland for the whole day, head over to Hyde Park in the evening when you can experience the Bavarian beer garden and lights by night!

9. I’ve already mentioned Hampton Court Palace with the ice rinks but last year I went to the Festive Fayre and there was lots to do, a champagne bar and loads of tasty food to try. If you’re into history this is a great palace to visit as it was the home of Henry VIII and we all know what a character he was!

If you’re local to Hampshire you may want to check out my post about the events taking place across the county for Christmas 2019.

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