I bought a copy of Babies in the City last year and have found it absolutely indispensible. So much so, that when I recently saw a new, updated version, I didn’t hesitate to part with £4.99 for a new copy.
This little book is written by Manchester mums who research and try out everywhere listed inside and give honest and impartial reviews. It has several sections: Museums and galleries; Parks woods and walks; Planes, trains and automobiles; Animals, nature and wildlife; Estates, castles and ruins; Beaches; Atrractions and theme parks; Eating out; Classes and activities; Shopping and Useful information.
There are just so many ideas here for days out and activities in Greater Manchester and the surrounding area. Of course, you can find out about alot of these on various websites, but sometimes there is no substitute for having all the information you could need in one book which you can sit and flick through, put markers in etc.You are bound to find places that you hadn’t heard of, or maybe hadn’t thought were child friendly. I hadn’t been to Salford Museum and Art Gallery before I read about it here – we absolutely love it there and have been back again since. Having read the new guide, I’m itching for a trip to Hathersage Lido, with a stop off at David Mellor’s Cutlery Museum for the fab sounding cafe.
If you need anymore persuading that this book is worth treating yourself to, there are various vouchers and discounts within the book -I don’t think there are quite as many as in the original book, but you could still make at least your £4.99 back if you use some of them.
I would emphasise that no-one has asked or bribed me to write this post – this is a book which I’ve bought, which I love and think other parents will love as much as me. I bought mine from Waterstone’s in Manchester, you can also get it from the Babies in the City website or Amazon. If you live in or anywhere near Manchester, it is well worth investing in. Even if you are just visiting Manchester, or maybe have relatives there, there is so much in here that will help you make the most of your visit/s.
Brilliant, useful book. Love it!
Above: Bruntwood Park, as recommended in Babies in the City. CJ pointed at it every time we looked through the book until I gave in and took her!