The summer holidays are still in full flow here and although I’m back at work during the first four days of the week, I don’t work Fridays so whilst Olly is on his school holidays, I’m making sure we’re spending the day doing something fun and exciting to make the most of our time together.
When I was on maternity leave, I would always take Olly off on little adventures across the country. He was my little travel wingman and we loved the freedom of jumping on a train and travelling around meeting friends and seeing family.
These days, Olly loves to go off on adventures with us and loves to travel on the train so when London Midland invited us to enjoy a day out using their train network, we jumped at the chance. We decided to head to somewhere we hadn’t been previously and having looked at the train network of all the places where London Midland trains travel to and from, we decided to jump on a train from Wolverhampton up to the city of culture, Liverpool in the north west. The train journey to Liverpool Lime Street is just over an hour away so with our packed lunch in our bags and with our train tickets in hand we headed off on our adventure excited for a fun ‘Mummy and Olly’ day together.
Motion, entertainment aboard with London Midland
London Midland have recently launched Motion, their onboard entertainment service which is a free service accessible via their free onboard wifi. We had packed our tablets for the train journey and Olly was rather excited to find out that he was allowed to watch on his tablet whilst on the train. The variety of content on Motion is brilliant with Hollywood Movies (such as The Girl on the Train and The Kings Speech), Kids Entertainment (such as Peppa Pig, Ed, Edd and Eddy and Dexters Laboratory to name just a few, Now TV for us grown ups with entertainment, drama and comedy to watch, books, magazines (such as Newsweek, Horrible Histories, Olive, Top Gear, Hello and Cosmopolitan), news and various games to choose from, there really is something for everyone.
I’m so pleased I decided to take both our tablets with us as there was no way that Olly was giving up the chance to watch Ben 10 or Johnny Bravo. Childrens favourites Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly were also available on the day of our travel which kept Olly entertained on the journey home.
It’s really quick and easy to get set up with Motion once you’re on the train, you just have to find the London Midland free wifi network on your tablet or phone and join the network. Once joined, you need to log on to www.londonmidlandwifi.com and register your email address and you’ll get access to the onboard entertainment service. It’s really simple to do and you’ll be able to sit back and relax and enjoy the train ride whilst enjoying some brilliant entertainment.
We arrived in sunny Liverpool, which is such a wonderful city for families as there is so much to do. We were really spoilt for choice. We decided to head to the World Museum as Olly had heard there was a dinosaur exhibition for children to see and he couldn’t wait to see some real-life dinosaur bones up close. The World Museum is free to enter and has five floors of exhibitions ideal for children. Olly loves all things space so we headed to the top of the museum first to explore and made our way down visiting each floor.
After hours of exploring all the fascinating finds in the museum, holding a real-life meteorite, seeing a dinosaur skeleton up close and finding out more about the Egyptians and how they mummified bodies, it was time to leave. We headed into the city for a quick look around the shops before we headed back to the train station to catch our train home.
We had such a lovely day out and we were both tired so it was great to sit down on the train and watch the world go by as the train headed home. Olly watched a couple of episodes of Kids TV and I tried my hand at a game of Sudoku and before we knew it, we were back in Wolverhampton and it was time to get off the train. Motion is such a brilliant way to keep children entertained and with the content being refreshed over the summer holidays there’s always something exciting to watch for the young or older viewers! With a couple of weeks left of the summer holidays, I wonder where our adventures will take us next.
Disclosure: This post is kindly sponsored by London Midland.