It’s a bank holiday weekend but not as we usually know it, with the country currently on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Normally when Easter or another school holiday rolls around, the tourist hotspots in and around Liverpool are packed with sun seekers making the most of their time off.
But this time, many of us are trying to work from home, while also keeping the kids (and ourselves) entertained.
So while you’re eating the rest of your Easter chocolate today, take a trip down memory lane as we look back at the places we loved going in the school holidays as kids.
What we’d give to have a time machine right now.
1. Gulliver’s World
A school holidays favourite. Who remembers the wooden roller coaster which was the theme park’s biggest at the time?
Now there are more than 80 rides, attractions and shows to see each day and it’s sure to be busy once the lockdown ends and we’re all allowed to go out again.
The much loved theme park closed in 2012 after more than 30 years. We loved spending days here screaming our heads off on the rides, with Excalibur and The Gauntlet among the main, and most frightening, attractions.
3. Formby Pinewoods
Bit of sunshine on a bank holiday and there would be a guaranteed queue for most of the day here as people made their way to the beach via the pinewoods car park.
Spotting the cute red squirrels in the woods was a popular day out when we were kids, and still is now.
There was of course always one kid who swore he saw Peg Leg, and you believed them too. The tuck shop was guaranteed to be a highlight of your stay at Colomendy.
5. Blackpool Sandcastle
Having opened in 1986 on the site of the former South Shore Open Air Baths, this was a great day out when we were little. Today it’s the UK’s largest Indoor Waterpark with more than 18 slides and it remains hugely popular with families visiting from Liverpool.
6. Deeside ice skating
Trips here were all the more exciting as kids because for some reason we didn’t – and still don’t – have a permanent ice skating rink in Liverpool.
7. Pleasure Island
From the Rollerdome to Qasar laser games, Pleasure Island had everything a kid could want during the school holidays. It closed in 1997 to much disappointment.
8. Southport Pleasureland
Riding on the Wild Cat and trying to win loads of 2ps on the slot machines was a great bank holiday day out back in the 90s. Had to finish off with fish and chips by the sea of course.
9. Conwy Castle
Driving to Wales was a school holidays must as kids, and a trip to Conwy Castle was often included.
The North Wales castle was built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales and is still a fun place to explore.
10. Rhyl Sun Centre
Easily one of the most popular days out when we were kids. The monorail that went round the roof above the pool seems crazy looking back, and the wave machine in the lagoon pool was legendary.
11. Wacky Warehouse
The mascots were terrifying but in a good way. We’d spend hours running wild here during the school holidays and would beg our parents for a pizza before heading home.
12. Crocky Trail
Rolling around in the mud and not getting told off for it was a great way to spend the day as a kid. This was – and still is – a brilliant place to get messy outdoors.
13. Moel Famau
It felt huge when we were kids and we’d have to wake up early to get there, which we'd always complain about, but it was worth the effort once we got to the top and tucked into our packed lunch.
There was always someone who cracked their butties open too early though.
14. Chester Zoo
Seeing the animals up close seemed so exciting as a kid and we couldn’t wait to check out the gift shop.
Let’s face it, you never get too old for a day out at Chester Zoo.
15. Crabbing In New Brighton
You’d spend ages trying to catch something, and the thrill when you did was worth the wait. Simple fun that we all enjoyed.
16. New Brighton fair
A trip to the funfair was a school holidays must and the one in New Brighton was always packed on a sunny day.
Trying to ram someone with your bumper car was a highlight.
If you weren’t heading to Wales to visit Betws-y-Coed or to climb Moel Famau, you were probably visiting Llandudno coastal town. Walks along the pier and playing in the arcade were all part of the fun.
Fish and chips followed by an ice cream here made it the perfect day out. Simple pleasures.
19. The Showcase
The East Lancs cinema would be packed out with kids during the school holidays. Watching the latest blockbuster, while stuffing down popcorn seemed so exciting when we were little.
20. Hollywood Bowl on Edge Lane
This was in its prime when we were growing up and you’d pester your parents for a trip during school holidays, then moan about the shoes when you got there.
21. Otterspool prom to watch the planes
Your dad would probably take a kite along as well which always took ages to fly. The big grass verges were perfect for sitting on to enjoy an ice cream while plane spotting over the Mersey.