Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park

When we finally booked for our family holiday to Florida, it occured to me that Poppy and Freya had never been near a plane, never mind flow across the ocean for 10 hours.

So I hatched this idea to take them to an airport and let them have a look around and get a taste of what goes off there and see some real planes in all their glory.

Looking around, there aren’t many airports these days that encourage spectators, or even have facilities for them, and as we were flying from Manchester I thought I would check them out too.   I’m glad I did, because what I found exactly fit the bill.

Not only did they have a really nice viewing point with a restaurant and shop, and of course one of the few Concorde exhibitions, but they also operated “flight academies” aimed at children in two age ranges.

Poppy is older than her years so I decided to enrol them on the older course, which is held inside the front section of an old Monarch airliner. A member of their staff led through a history of flight with a few example models, and then introduced the children on the course to the various roles that made a busy airport tick. The children did a bit of role play, with some dressed as firemen, Poppy ended up being the Captain and freya looked just the part as an Emirates Flight Attendant.

After a quick visit to the cockpit, we left the academy session for a tour around Concorde -I’m not sure who was most excited – the girls or me!One thing was for sure – they were under no illusions what it was like to be on the inside of an airplane, and that’s exactly what I had hoped to achieve. Mission accomplished!

To book a tour, head to http://www.runwayvisitorpark.co.uk and select Tours from the menu.

You can also see a video of our time there on our YouTube channel

here

Gibraltar Weekend May 2022

Well, I’m doing things in reverse this time around – I normal write our review and then make a video, and for our recent trip to Gibraltar I’ve started on the video.

So here it is, part 1 – I will explain the distinct absence of monkeys later!

Oops – So unorganised!

Just pointing one of my friends to our travel blog and I thought – it’s been so long that I can’t actually remember the website address!  So I went to check it and then thought “Where’s the link to my Ireland video?” – I haven’t put it up yet!  No wonder nobody has viewed the video!

So, many apologies, here it is – our first trip to Ireland – but definitely not our last.

Sue’s Vegas Birthday Surprise!

Oops!   I’m so busy making videos that I forgot to post the link to our video on our website.   This is the first part of our surprise trip to Vegas – well, it wasn’t a surprise to me of course, but it certainly was for Sue – we hope you enjoy and keep watching out for part two appearing soon.

Video review – Gulliver Land

It’s a little late for Easter but if you are looking for a nice day out with the kids this summer you won’t go far wrong at Gulliver Land.  Our grandkids just had the best day, which was part of a long weekend also pulling in our trip to the Harry Potter studio tour.

Maybe this short video will give you a taste of what’s in store for the little ones.

The Archives – A little piece of history

A long time ago, we visited our friends Jim and Marie in Vineland, New Jersey, and while we were there we visited Jim’s local fire station where he was a volunteer fire fighter.  One sunny day, we witnessed the Cumberland Country Fire Parade – a spectacular sight for any lover of fire engines!   For those who remember the parade, enjoy the moment.

World Traveller – The Archives

Hi – Well, 2019 is well upon us and I haven’t posted anything yet on the blog – which of course is a blogger “no,no” but sometimes you have to be patient, don’t you?  Over Christmas and into the new year I have managed to finish rescuing old video footage from holidays years gone past, and now I’m into the difficult job of editing it all back together.  Of course, the footage is in old 4:3 format, but surprisingly in good condition considering it is over 20 years old in some instances.

I’ll be publishing some of these memories under their own brand – World Traveller Archives.

Here’s a taste of what’s coming in the archives – this is our first trip to New York.  It is ironic that at the time, there were two uninteresting skyscrapers in the background in many shots, while we focused our attention on the popular sights of the empire state building and the Statue of Liberty.  If only we had known the infamy that was in store for those twin towers…