Most of my family live in and around the Manchester area (I moved to Scotland with my family when I was 7 years old) so along with my boys and my parents we traveled down to Manchester after my eldest son had finished his nursery. Luckily going down with my parents meant I didn’t have to drive (yay!)
The journey was good and both boys were well behaved. We had a slight delay at the start of the journey as a road was closed which meant about a 30 minute detour. My youngest son slept most of the way or played while my eldest son watched a couple of DVDs (Fireman Sam, and Chugginton!) We finally arrived at our hotel (Premier Inn) at Westwood Park in Oldham at about 5pm.
Family Weekend Away in Manchester
Our rooms were great, clean and tidy however we had requested a cot but instead had another bed. This was quickly recified and a travel cot was given instead, which was great. Luckily I had bought a fitted cot sheet with me as the bedding given looked more like a net curtain than a sheet.
Our dinner we had pre booked a table at the onsite restaurant – Brewers Fayre Westwood Park. The meal itself was good, however the service was so slow (about an hour wait between starters and main course) which meant the boys were getting tired and hungry. We had also been seated right next to the soft play area which meant excessive noise.
I always find the beds really comfy at premier inn, I should really ask next time where they get their pillows and mattresses from. Breakfast was at the same restaurant which was fine and the food was good. After breakfast we headed to Heaton Park for a walk about. Its such a shame Heaton Hall is so run down. It looks like they are doing it up but it would look great if they had it finished more quickly. After our walk we then headed to my nana’s house and took her to Daisy Nook Garden Centre for some lunch. It was great to see my nana and have a catch up. Once our visit finished we had to get back to the hotel to make a bottle up and sort things out for bedtime and then headed back out again towards the Trafford Centre for dinner at Brewers Fayre called Coach House. We were heading here for dinner as we were meeting my Auntie who was over from Bahrain visiting her family. Turned out she was stuck in traffic so we decided to order some food as the boys were getting hungry. My eldest son enjoyed the soft play (chargeable) while we waited on dinner. The service was great and staff were friendly.
Both boys slept better on the Saturday night but I think that’s because we got back so late from dinner that we were all knackered! After breakfast we headed into Manchester to the Science and Industry Museum. We spent a few hours here and my eldest son enjoyed it so much. Could easily spend the whole day there and even better its free to get in!
After lunch we decided to leave and head back to Scotland. So that was our weekend away visiting family over with. We definitely want to fit in some more weekends away, we had so much fun.
Has anyone else been to the Manchester Science and Industry Museum? If so what did you think of it?