Trotting in Manchester and Blackpool – the coffee share

Today’s weekend coffee view comes from a premier inn overlooking the canal in Manchester.  The coffee is not special, purely a instant made from a sachet and the kettle in the room  to help with the wake up.

The view, unusual for us in a premier inn, normally a car park with the sound of rushing cars, somewhere to pop our heads for the night.  We lucked out this time, top corner on the 5th floor.  Blue sky and the canal,  I can see rowers, a mix of 2’s and 4’s.  There fast and it’s inspiring seeing them out on the water.  Great to see that redevelopment of these areas are being put to good use.

We are in Manchester to see the Harlem Globetrotters, and for someone who doesn’t really bother with sport this is different for us.  I remember seeing them on the tv passing a ball to wacky music and performing tricks as a child.

The youngest plays basketball weekly and so so excited,    Including a trip to Wagamama, the merchandise stall and pretty much front row seats (I booked this a year ago).  The show really was for kids very akin to a circus act with basketball mixed in.  Just feel good fun and then autograph signing at the end.

Back to today and what to do with a sunny Sunday.  With Blackpool an hour away and somewhere I’ve been as a child but not as a family I felt it was worth carrying on the different theme.

They’ve do so much to improve the sea front.  The tide just going out, the sun with it’s charm shining made for a lovely walk.  The tram and the road making a good separation between the amusements, the B&Bs, the  bars, hen and stag nights that the town is known for.  We were just able to ignore it all and focus on the piers, and the tower.  The boys both accepting that we’d spent enough this weekend.

There was obviously room for an ice cream though and we came across an artisan ice cream stall as part of Silcocks Leisure and Funland.  There is something about ice cream that can take you back in time, and Blackpool is full of memories for me.  A day trip on the train with my grand parents….I don’t remember the Ice Cream but I do remember the pick and mix stall in Woolworths which is long gone.

A good family weekend and hopefully one the boys will remember.

 

Weekend coffee share is hosted by Eclectic Alli 

6 thoughts on “Trotting in Manchester and Blackpool – the coffee share

  1. It sounds as if you had a lovely family trip. I used to love to do things like that with our kids. Now I do it with the grandkids. 🙂

  2. Going back to places visited in childhood is interesting. Several times in the past few years, my sister and I have made day trips to the Itasca State Park in northern Minnesota, where our family vacationed in the 1950s and after. So many memories surface, even though so much has changed in the park. Took some snapshots, this time, just for memories. Thanks for bringing back more of mine.

  3. wow Alex. I must have been around 10 years old when I saw them and you are correct – they are almost unforgettable. Great for you and your family! All the best.

  4. First, sometimes that family weekend away instant hotel room wake up coffee is perfect. Especially, with a blue sky outside the window and a day full of family time and memories waiting. Great post, thank you for sharing.

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