New Liverpool family fun

You know, people often ask me why I love Liverpool so much and why I seem to be constantly up there.

There are many reasons – not all Beatle-related, I’ll have you know – and one of those reasons is that there’s always something new to do for families in the (easily walkable – unlike London’s sprawl) city centre…

Our first find on this visit was Hopskotch on Stanley Street (just off Mathew Street), a “street kitchen and bar” with absolutely delicious burgers (not to mention tender, pulled pork and slaw in to-die-for brioche buns) and a cool, New York vibe

El (filling his face as per) highly recommends this hip yet family-friendly (we went during the day, it might be more adult-orientated in the eve) joint

We also checked out Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf in Liverpool ONE for the first time – we did the volcano course: loads of fun (and there is a licensed bar, folks)

The golf cost us £20 for two adults and a child (one 18 hole round), so not the cheapest day out but it did keep us all amused (and out of the rain) and if we’d had the usual posse of mates with us, we could have saved money

I was determined to go to the Walker Art Gallery this time to see Rankin’s ALIVE: In the face of death exhibition (which is amazing) – and El loved the Big Art section for kids (note Doctor Who portrait, freshly drawn)

And any opportunity to dress up (a la Henry VIII) is most welcome

I take this picture every time we visit to see how much El is growing (answer – lots, and at a rate of knots) He is wearing a Superman hoodie from TU @ Sainsburys, soft denim shorts from H&M and K Swiss trainers from TK Maxx – Lennon mop top, model’s own

No visit is complete without venturing downstairs to the Cavern Club (don’t forget that families are welcome until 8pm) – and on this occasion, El treats John to a taste of the sonic screwdriver he managed to twist our arms into buying for him from the (v cool) Worlds Apart comic store on Lime Street

Written by Johanna Payton