Saturday, 27 August 2011

The Black Country Living Museum

Earlier in the week, Nanabee took Mr Bee and I, along with my niece and nephew to The Black Country Living Museum for the day. We have wanted to visit this attraction for some time now, as we like that kind of thing! 
So we got up and got ready, and left almost as soon as the children arrived. We expected the journey to take a little over an hour, however, it took us nearly 2 and a half hours to get there. Birmingham and I do not get along, every time I go, we get lost! We even ended up at Spaghetti Junction at one point! 
A long while, and a small 'accident' later we arrived, to a full carpark and the hugest queue.

Some of the features were lovely, I loved to see the working gardens, alive with vegetables growing in every inch. The children had great fun talking to the 'living' exhibits who were a wealth of knowledge.

 Traditional victorian street games were there for children to help themselves, Mr Bee liked these very much, swinging them around though, not doing it properly.

 There was a 1930s fairground too, which the children couldn't wait to have a go on. We bought some tokens, and Mr Bee had a go on the little childrens ride. He wouldn't look up from the steering wheel for a photo though

The girl who was pushing it around (bless her!) was so wonderful, trying to get photos for us, laughing and playing with Louie, she was an absolute star.

It was a really hot day and it was very busy, which did make the day a little less fun for us. Also there really wasn't much to do for a toddler. I know most places don't really cater for this age, but I have never been anywhere and felt that it was unsuitable, except for here. Which is a shame really.

The highlight for most of us was the Coal Mine Exhibition, which took you down into a mine, with real conditions that the miners would have been in. It was pitch black and we had to stand in the darkness to listen to the stories. Mr Bee was a star and loved it, he wasn't scared at all :)

I don't know whether we will go again, as from what I remember, the Ironbridge village was much better, but I think the children enjoyed it and that is all that matters!

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