Day out at Victoria Square- Pop up museum

I’m back to work now after maternity leave but am doing a phased return so I’m off on Fridays for a few weeks.

I’ve missed getting out and about every day so I make sure I always have something planned for my days off.

Last Friday that was a trip to Victoria Square in Belfast, not just for a spot of shopping but because the complex has teamed up with National Museums Northern Ireland to host a museum!

Throughout the month of August different historical activities will be popping up around the centre including a transport zone, craft zone and games zone.

So, what’s there to do?

Old craft and skills: Different workshops every day such as lace making, wool weaving and story telling.

Discover Old Belfast: What was Belfast like before Victoria Square was there?

Belfast Street Games: What did kids do for fun in days gone by? Experience hopscotch and “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?”

Experience Transport: Celebrating the life of NI inventor Harry Ferguson, famous for the development of tractors and the Ferguson monoplane

Docks in the Dome: Explore the history of ship building in Northern Ireland whilst looking at the H&W cranes

Check out the pictures below to see what it was like!

A nice day exploring our heritage and culture, and Niamh loved getting on the old transport!

Old craft and skills- Harvest Knot making and mystery objects

Discover Old Belfast

Belfast Street Games

Experience Transport

Docks in the Dome

Oh…and some dragons!




Day trip to Glasgow

A few months ago I noticed that Stena Line does a day trip to Glasgow for the grand total of…£10!

Yes, £10! That includes the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan and a coach to Glasgow city centre – and back again.

I couldn’t believe the price so booked three of us to go to Glasgow for the day for shopping.

My sister is a teacher so is off school for the summer while I’m on maternity leave, so we were able to go midweek (prices are from £10 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from £15 on Saturdays.)

The boat leaves Belfast at 7.30am, getting into Cairnryan at 10am. You then board the bus which takes you to Glasgow, arriving at 12.00.

We then had 4 and a half hours to spend in Glasgow, hitting all the shops around Sauchiehall Street and Buchannan Galleries. (Including what must have been near an hour alone in Primark!)

We then went to a pub where we enjoyed a 2-course lunch as well as a few drinks. (It was my day off from mummy duties so why not!)

The time flew in and it wasn’t long before we were making our way back to the bus station to get on the coach at 4.30pm.

The ferry home was at 7.30pm and it was on the return journey that I explored the Stena a little further, including checking out the free cinema and even going to the on-board spa.

My birthday is next week and my brother and sister had very kindly given me some birthday money early so I could spend it in Glasgow. I had some left over so I treated myself to a relaxing back massage, costing £25. It didn’t even feel like I was on a boat!

We arrived back in Belfast about 10pm. The day was completely seamless and the 4.5 hour journey never felt too long or boring. As well as the cinema and spa on board, there are play areas for kids, free WiFi, restaurants and a bar.

I really enjoyed the whole day and still can’t believe it cost £10! Prices do go up depending on the demand so the earlier you book, the better the fare.

Check out my video to see how we got on!