There was a host of activities on offer this week in the Black Country for February Half Term. I have wanted to take Finley to the Black Country Living Museum for quite some time now. Considering it’s only 10 minutes from where we live, it’s taken us quite a while to get round to getting here!
I was particuarly keen to go this week as they had the ‘Beyond The Petticoat’ event throughout the school holidays, celebrating 100 years of women being able to vote. Finley has been reading the books from the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ series this week, which includes the story of Emmeline Pankhurst, so I was really keen to show him different aspects of the lives and achievements of these women.
It’s very cold in the Midlands at the moment, and the Black Country Museum is pretty much all outdoors, so we wrapped up really well before heading out. The entry cost is a little higher than the majority of days out we do, however, at the moment they have an offer on where you pay one entry ticket and you get unlimited entry for the next 12 months, which is fantastic value if you do go back even 2 or 3 times over the year!
The site has so much to see, including houses moved from the local area brick by brick and restored in their original condition – one was taken from by where we live which really excited Finley – old fashioned sweet shops, schools, chemists, pubs and the highlight for us – the fish and chip shop! The most gorgeous fish and chips I think I have ever had! Beware as you will have to queue – we went just before 12:00 and we were waiting for around 20 minutes. But worth the wait. Me and Finley shared an adults portion between us and there was plenty for an adult and a child.
The toddlers loved the old games that were available to play with in the old town – a skipping rope, a ball and cup catching game and an old metal ring to roll down the cobbled pavements.
As you walk round there are lots of adults and children dressed nostalgically and are more than happy to pose for photos, chat and answer questions. Everyone is extremely friendly.
I wasn’t sure how much Finley would understand with him only being 3, but he was genuinely interested and chatted about what he had seen in the car on the way home.
Really looking forward to going back and seeing a little more of what Black Country Museum has to offer – we got a little cold so we didn’t explore the full site! Roll on summer!