It’s my birthday! Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me… After a lazy morning, we’ve had a lovely day out in Chester.
I’ve actually stopped looking forward to my birthday. Over the last few years I’ve started to kind of dread getting older. I appreciate that every single day is precious, and the alternative to not getting older doesn’t bear thinking about. But, I just wish time would slow a little bit. The years are passing far too quickly and I’m hurtling towards 40 at an alarming speed!
Anyway, getting older aside, I have had a lovely day celebrating my birthday.
Gone are the days when I’d be out until the early hours drinking goodness knows what and crawling out of bed with a mild headache mid-afternoon. Now I’m GETTING OLD, I just can’t do that! Any excessive drinking these days means two full days of throwing up and hiding under the duvet.
So, with my birthday falling on a Sunday, we did have a few small drinks on Saturday night to celebrate. But I know my limit these days, so I woke up feeling bright and breezy on my birthday morning.
As it’s been half-term, the children have all got into the habit of lying in, so I didn’t actually wake up until just after 8:30 – bliss. They’re going to have a shock when they have to go back to school on Monday morning!
Our day out in Chester
Chester is usually a 50 minute drive away from us, so it’s not too far for us to go for the day, or even just an afternoon out.
I love the whole feel of Chester, it has the vibes of a thriving city, whilst still maintaining the air of a lovely, riverside town. Walking through the streets with the old black and white shops either side is just wonderful.
As with any city, parking can be a bit of a nightmare and you can pay a fortune if you don’t plan ahead. Last time, we ended up paying £9 parking for just 3 hours! Needless to say, this time we took a little more care and researched before we went.
Chester Racecourse offer all day parking for just £5 and the car park is manned too. The racecourse is only a 5 minute walk from the town centre, so perfect if you want to park close by. When you’ve got a toddler in tow as we did, then you need to be aware of how far you’re expecting them to walk!
Once we’d parked up, we walked the short distance into town. I knew where I was headed straight away – PRIMARK! I think Primark is fantastic for kids bits. And Isobel is Harry Potter obsessed at the moment, so she wanted a nosy at their Harry Potter range.
£50 lighter, we headed out to find somewhere to eat.
Recently, we’ve really enjoyed eating at Pizza Express. It’s one of those rare places where all five of us will find something we like! The last couple of times we’ve been, I’ve had pasta, but today I fancied pizza. It was really delicious.
We had a wander over to the Ampitheatre which the children always love to explore. Isobel has been learning about Romans so she had a good read of the information plaques whilst we were there too.
We decided to head out to Grosvenor Park next to the Ampitheatre to let the kids let off some steam. There’s a play area and a small train that travels round the park for a small fee.
With it being such a beautiful day, the park was full of families. There had also been a triathlon, so it was pretty busy. However, the children had a good half hour playing on the equipment, before starting to grumble about how busy it was.
We then had a wander down to the riverside, which is always buzzing with activity. There were even people swimming! We found a free bench and treated ourselves to a refreshing ice cream whilst watching the boats drifting by. It’s pretty much my idea of heaven.
After a short break, we decided to walk along the walls. Chester is the only city in Britain to retain it’s full circuit of walls around the city. You get some fantastic views up there and it’s a great way to see the city.
All in all, it was a fantastic day out. There’s so much more to see in Chester that we could probably go every single Sunday for a year and see still miss things.
If you’re looking for a great family day out, then Chester is definitely somewhere to put on your list!