The ladybird is fascinated by airplanes at the moment. We are about 20 minutes from Manchester airport, so not surprisingly we spot a good number flying over our house when we are in the garden. The ladybird always points them out and shouts aeroplane excitedly. We also pretend to be aeroplanes, running round the garden with our arms outstretched, making aeroplane noises (the things we do to keep kids entertained!).One saturday, after the morning’s rain showers had dried up, we took a drive down to Manchester airport’s runway visitor center. We’d not been before, although I do remember going as a child but it wasn’t a visitor center as such back then. I actually think my parents took us in to the main airport, not sure if you can still do that now though. Car parking is £3 and hour (maximum of £12 if you stay longer than 3 hours) but there are no other charges, unless you buy food or drinks or pay to go on a tour of Concord (you need to pre-book on the website). Be warned, there is a Mr Whippy, ice cream van on site charging £3 a cone/ice lolly. There are plenty of picnic tables, a children’s play area, cafe, restaurant and a gift shop. There are several raised, viewing areas and you are next to the main runway for take offs. The site is home to 5 aircrafts (including concord). One of the smaller planes was open for public viewing on the afternoon we visited. There is also plenty of space for kids to run around and after a rainy morning, puddles to splash in. The ladybird also really enjoyed climbing the steps of the plane.
We saw plenty of planes take off which the toddler seemed to enjoy. Not perhaps as much as we thought but then an aeroplane up close looks very different to the tiny things she is used to spotting in the sky. We will no doubt take her back again when she is a bit older.