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A Day Out in Salford

Tall Boy watering the garden at Ordsall Hall

When Tall Boy and I were invited to check out two of Salford's tourist attractions I realised that I have never spent any leisure time in the City. Yes, it neighbours Manchester, but it hadn't really crossed my mind to head out that way. And let's clarify this from the get-go, I am generally happy to go anywhere in Greater Manchester, it's so easily accessible from the M60. So, we spent one Tuesday exploring the Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall. Like most museums and attractions, both venues had put on a series of summer events to keep the little ones occupied. They have also just launched a "Let's Explore" trail for children to discover fascinating facts as they hunt...

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Entertain the kids outdoors within easy reach of Manchester

Feeding the ducks at Martin Mere

This week’s sunshine has seen us all heading outdoors to enjoy a myriad of garden activities. Tall Boy has been digging in the soil, watering the garden (and himself), playing with his water table, blowing bubbles, kicking his football, and generally loving the fresh air.

Now he’s almost two (I can’t quite believe I’m saying that already) he’s able to get so much out of trips and adventures that I find myself constantly seeking out new inspiration.

The Great Manchester Run

A tribute to Manchester terror attack victims

I have taken part in the Great Manchester Run every year since 2008 with only two exceptions. In 2010 I was training for a marathon just a few weeks later, and last year I was heavily pregnant with Tall Boy. On both those occasions I have been out to support the runners and cheer them across the finish line. It’s the largest 10K in Europe and the atmosphere in Manchester on race day is electric. The city buzzes with the excitement of a beehive, you can actually feel it.