Easter Treats not to be Missed!


Recent research says that children aged between three and 10 spend an average of 40 minutes a day on computer games. The time increases with age, from 21 minutes a day for the youngest to 74 minutes for the eldest.
According to the study, most parents felt that gaming was useful and had educational value. Parents who had wholly negative views of gaming were more inclined to strictly monitor their children, which had negative effects. Those with a more nuanced view were better able to guide their children. So, with that in mind, be the first to see the crafty New Easter treat at St Georges’ Hall.

A maze of brilliant workshops and interactive games are coming to the catacombs and galleries of St Georges’ Hall, this half term.

Come along and discover the amazing mine of innovation craft activities that The Craft Mine has to offer, with an incredible maze of workshops and games that will entertain kids of all ages.

Activities include an exploding volcano, optical illusion bridge and cave, crazy caricature cave, 2D cartoon design and a ‘dance off’ in the Boogie Boots Room.
Disney Frozen fans will love the Frozen cave where they can design beautiful craft and jewellery with Elsa and Anna and in the incredible Catacombs caves Minecraft, Paceman and Marrio X-Box game-offs and competitions will be held on giant screens.

Visitors to this event will receive a free Craft Mine Rucksack filled with arts and crafts treats that will be available for kids to create during their visit to The Minecraft.

If you need more eggsellent entertainment for all the family then venture to Unit 12, King Edward Industrial Estate, Gibralter Row for cluefinders.co.uk and Channel Your Inner Sherlock!!!!!
Clue Finders is designed to stretch your puzzle-solving skills within groups of three to five people. As the clock ticks down from 60 minutes, can you escape from a locked room by piecing together puzzles…….07716371682 £15……… and take a clever mate or end up stuck in a room!!!!

Next on my hit list is ‘Rock Around The Dock’ with the Albert Dock a riot of colour, fun and games over the Easter period. There’s a mini farm, chocolate workshops and a circus workshop…FREE and all at the Edward Pavilion Liverpool Waterfront, 01517070729.

Arty lovers will certainly unleash their inner Dali at the Tate. Tour the gallery’s fab surrealist exhibitions before heading into the studio, where artist Kevin Hunt helps visitors create their own surrealist art. Tate Liverpool 01517027400.

Finally, on my happy Easter tour is the FREE drop-in events at the World Museum 01514784393. Here the splendidly named traditional Arabic dance troupe Ta Raqs will perform a mesmerising repertoire of styles from Egypt and North Africa.

Additionally, if you can book early enough, we have ‘The Land Rover Experience’ at Halewood Speke plant.
During a training course at the Speke Conference Centre last week, we ended the day with a surprise visit by the Land Rover Team. We thoroughly enjoyed this experience especially driving the different vehicles. I would definitely have this as a ‘Lads and Dads’ bonding experience!
If you have time, venture a little further afield to the Concorde Experience at Manchester Airport and sit at the controls of a supersonic plane! We really enjoyed this last term. Arrive in good time though as the Manchester viewing platform gets crowded with sightseers wanting to view the 800 seater jumbo that roars off the runway with a gasp and a cheer from the crowd.

So much on offer in the Liverpool region this Easter.
Have fun and check times.

Twopence to Cross the Mersey……Epstein Theatre -28th March


We all enjoyed the evening’s performance at the Liverpool Epstein Theatre a few nights ago and celebrated 21 years of ‘Twopence to Cross the Mersey’ with cast and leaders in the Liverpool entertainment industry.

It was a delightful play set in one of Liverpool’s most depressing eras but made gripping and edge of the seat entertainment worthy of the standing applause.

Written by Helen Forrester and telling the true to life story of her own past, the superb cast performed the story with emotion and pure dramatic energy.

Desperate to find employment, Helen Forrester’s father, who had recently been declared bankrupt, arrived in Liverpool at Lime Street Station in 1931 with his wife and seven children one cold January morning.
He remembered Liverpool as a bustling wealthy city, the place where his family had once made its fortune and where he would now re-build his.

Times had now changed though and the harrowing story of life and survival began for the whole family. It is this story of what happens to the family that carries the audience along in a seemingly magnetic way that is not without its humour. You empathise with the young Helen who’s full burden of looking after a family of nine rests on her shoulders.

It cost two pence to cross the Mersey in 1931, a journey which would have taken her to the security of her Grandmother’s home on the Wirral, but it might just as well have been a million pounds such was their poverty.

A brilliant play not to be missed and by attending a performance, you will help raise vital funds for North West Cancer Research. If you miss this performance here, then catch it at Southport Theatre, St Helens Theatre Royal and the New Brighton Floral Pavilion Theatre such is its popularity after so long.

Written by Rob Fennah and directed by Bob Eaton.

Spoilt for choice…….for Mothers Day 15th March?


Look no further than North John Street in the heart of Liverpool for the New York Liverpool restaurant and bar. Set in the centre of ‘Beatle mania’ street, this oasis of food fantasia is inspired by the melting pot of food culture in New York.

NYL brings the best aspects of New York’s unique vibrancy to the centre of Liverpool and you will be amazed at this stunning building with architectural splendour.

Talk about a ‘talking point’, well, this spectacular restaurant has a setting in a former Royal Insurance building, restored to its former glory and houses a fantastic aerial bandstand!!!!
Impressed, you will be…….and the bar!
Coupled with this spectacular setting is an exciting mix of food presented by its award winning chef.

Relax and enjoy the expertly mixed cocktails and listen to the gallery music while you eat.

If mothers are not knocked out by this then the mouth watering delights from the menu will be something to boast about a long time after.

For lunch, enjoy a rich soup of, roasted celeriac, apple and thyme veloute, mini tin loaf, with pickle apple butter to accompany!

Order a Manhattan clam chowder with clams, smoked haddock, potato, carrot, onion, fish broth, tomato, with a mini tin loaf and tarragon butter.

If you’re not satisfied then, taste the NYL Burger, an 8oz patty, smoked streaky bacon, brioche bin, baby gem, beef tomato, onion rings, pickle, apple-wood smoked cheese with triple cooked chips topped with NYL relish.

These are fantastic creations but not at mental prices!!!

Yesterday, I dropped in after a meeting at the Town Hall and ordered 3 Little Piggies-
slow cooked crispy pork belly, stuffed pork fillet in streaky bacon, ham hock with pea terrine, sweet potato puree, apple gel, red candied baby apple and an additional apple sauce that was just heaven. My mate just sat for 25mins reading the menu, the choice was so intoxicating and all served up on a shovel!!!.

If you want to impress, then day or night NYL has food to impress.

The wines are exotic, coffee’s awakening, delicious breakfasts of banoffee waffles and pancakes; dinners of sea bream, duck, scallops and rich Italian ravioli, antipasti, seafood pasta and mouth watering salads of every description abound this extensive menu at this exquisite rendezvous.

Call 0151 294 4069 to book your table or join the Mothers Day jet set for a feast for a Queen and say thank you to the most important person in the world.

This day is extra special with 3 course menu featuring live entertainment from Victoria Sharpe, special kids menu and complimentary glasses of Prosecco. Ummmmmmh nice. Be quick!


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