The country bumpkins are in town!

When we heard that we’d got a day out at Legoland thanks to the MAD Blog awards (woo-hoo!), we decided to make a weekend of it with a trip to London. Or, specifically, a trip to see Billy Elliott, which was amazing and awesome and emotional.

But what was more amazing to me was how much the kids enjoyed the minutiae of this little trip. We are so used to life in our village, our town, our school, our football team, our rugby team and our dance classes, that a change is really exciting.

We started our trip by driving to Bracknell and checking into our hotel. The hotel is a tower block on top of a small 1970s shopping centre. We had two adjoining rooms sharing a bathroom and a kitchen. A kitchen! An actual kitchen. In a hotel. With a cooker and microwave and everything. We were on the 8th floor. The kids looked out over the unattractive and uninspiring flat roofs of Bracknell and thought it was brilliant.

We caught the train to London – walking through a subway and a bus station to the railway station. We sat in the quiet carriage. We changed at Clapham Junction. This is all stuff that was new and exciting to my kids – although highly mundane to many people.

They loved spotting familiar sights from the London skyline through the window of the train – the Gherkin, the London Eye and The Shard. They discovered new ones too – like Battersea Power Station. Their fascination with the size and frequency of planes continued and they all pointed out every one they saw.

I loved the fact that, even at their age, new things are so exciting. A kitchen in a hotel room, a quiet carriage on a train, a 1970s shopping centre and planes in the sky are all mundane. But they’re someone else’s mundane. And, in the eyes of a child, someone else’s mundane is exciting. These little sights and experiences made our trip memorable for them just as much as going to see Billy Elliott.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Bless them! Sounds like a fantastic time and something they will really remember. We don’t live that far from London and I know plenty of people who never take their kids into town and it is such a shame as there is soooo much to see and marvel at x

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  2. Ah, it’s the little things isn’t it? I used to live in London, but we haven’t taken the kids there very often – would love to spend some proper time there exploring with them! #CountryKids

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  3. I would love to view the world through the eyes of a child, they see so much that we don’t even notice anymore. It sounds like they had a fabulous time full of new experiences x

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  4. I think the excitement of children can make anything a billion times more interesting (even Bracknell!! I worked there for a few years and it is definitely uninspiring :)). Glad you had a brilliant time!

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  5. Our children always love a trip up to London when we visit relatives, they view it as quite a treat as it’s a far cry from Village life! Thanks for sharing with Country Kids and I’m glad you all had a fab time.

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  6. Thanks very much everyone. It really is great to enjoy things as the kids see them as they get far more pleasure out of these things than we do! It certainly is uninspiring in Bracknell, Tas! (With apologies to any Bracknell readers!)

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  7. Haha. I want to take mine to London just so they can go down a really long escalator and ride on the tube! You’re right that everything seems like an adventure when it’s different from home. Great #MagicMoments

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  8. I love that kids find an adventure in such everyday things for everyone else. Glad you had a brilliant time.

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  9. awww i love it Sarah! all those kinds of things are not mundane to us and i cant wait to take Joshua and Bethany on a similar trip.

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments xx

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  10. Funny how they’re always more excited by the stuff you don’t plan and pay for somehow! Glad you had a fab time xx

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  11. This post made me laugh as I lived in Bracknell aged 0-18 and my parents still live there, but there’s not much great about the place let’s face it. Bless your kids for thinking otherwise!

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  12. Working in London for so many years you go numb to all these things and its lovely to be reminded of the excitement. We are going into London on Sunday, the first time since I left, and I’m so excited!

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  13. Great #magicmoment. You’re right. It’s often the little, random, things that fascinate. Mine is obsessed with the Tube and Paddington station!

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  14. I think that kids are always in awe of new adventures – happy to hear you had a wonderful time x

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  15. Thanks very much, everyone! Riding down the escalators is a very exciting thing for kids to do, Daisy!
    Can’t believe you lived in Bracknell all that time, Franglaise! It’s true WallyMummy and Sarah, it is often the things you don’t plan that turn out to be the most exciting!
    Have a great time in London, Jane!

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  16. Thanks very much, ladies. It really does help us to see the world in a different light, Xandi. Simple pleasures are great, Nortonmum.

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