It wouldn’t be a school holiday if we didn’t jump on the train and head into Liverpool and this summer turned out to be no different when we were invited to come along to the British Music Experience and check out their new summer programme.
The British Music Experience is housed in the Cunard Building, right on the docks and is a fantastic location for this interesting and diverse attraction. The Experience tells the story of music from the last 70 years through memorabilia, costumes and instruments.
We were given a guided tour through the different decades which was a lot of fun and there was a quiz to keep the kids interested. As a musical family we really enjoyed getting to discover the roots of some of our favourite bands and Meg in particular was excited to learn more about The Beatles (her current preferred choice alongside Little Mix!)
For me, the most fascinating section was definitely the early 90’s and then moving into the BritPop era as this was a huge part of my childhood. It was a little cringe-worthy to remember the mania which used to surround bands like Boyzone and Take That but a lot of fun too and trying to explain to Meg and Eli about the bands we used to like along with our tour guide was amusing as she just looked at us like we’d never been young enough to enjoy bands like the Spice Girls!
We also attended a story-telling workshop complete with percussion instruments in which the kids had to help complete the adventure by playing along. At 8 years old, Meg was probably slightly too old but Eli was very keen to get involved and I think for younger children it would be fab.
Just outside of the room where the storytelling workshop was held there is also a craft table set up although we didn’t stop to have a go at this.
Without a doubt though, the best part of the experience for us was the Gibson Interactive Studio where there was a whole host of instruments available for the kids (and the adults) to have a go at playing along with a recording studio and a dance studio.
Both Meg and Eli loved that they were able to get hands-on and have a go and we could easily have spent a couple of hours just in this section alone. I practically had to drag them away and remind them that we needed to go and eat lunch at some point!
There is also a cafe on-site; the Star Cafe is open to visitors and members of the public (you don’t have to be going through the Experience) and serves a selection of hot and cold drinks and food as well. We kicked our tour around the Experience off with a croissant and juice and it went down very well.
We love Liverpool anyway but I would definitely say that a visit to the British Music Experience would be a fantastic addition to any trip down to the Docks or just when exploring the city.
*We were offered entry into the BME in return for a blog post. All thoughts and opinions are, of course, our own.