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A Day Out With Mum Thanks To CrossCountry Trains #Ad

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Last week I had a lovely day out with my mum, thanks to CrossCountry. With Mother’s Day coming up, it was the perfect opportunity to spend some time together, time without the kids around, just the two of us. We don’t do this as often as we should, as we do get on well so we had a good day together. I like the concept behind this campaign; for Mother’s Day this year, there’s no need for fancy presents, instead ‘gift yourself’. Mum’s love spending time with their children, no matter how old they are, so this year, give Mum the gift of you!

For our day out, we decided to take a CrossCountry train from Tamworth to Birmingham. It’s a short journey with no stops, so we were there in no time.

I love how impressive Grand Central shopping centre is. Located right above in Birmingham New Street Station, you can start shopping as soon as you arrive (which is exactly what we did!).

Grand Central Station Birmingham

When there are no kids and there is no real purpose for a shopping trip, we love nothing more than indulging in a spot of fun shopping. From quirky gift shops to book shops (of course), it was great to just have a look around whilst chatting and catching up.

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We even managed to squeeze in a bit of culture to our day. Both of us enjoy roaming around churches and cathedrals, I love the history of these old buildings. So, we visited St Philip’s Cathedral in the centre of Birmingham, up on Colmore Row. I have walked past it hundreds of times, yet had never been in, so it was great to explore.

St Philip's Cathedral Birmingham

We decided to try somewhere that neither of us had been before for lunch, Bill’s. It had a great atmosphere in there and I love perusing a new menu. My mum opted for soup, salad and a sandwich and I couldn’t resist the fish finger sandwich and fries – I do love a fish finger sandwich!

Lunch out at Bill's

After lunch it was time to head back towards home and to end our outing, it was lovely to just sit back and relax and watch the world whizz by on our CrossCountry train. I often drive when we’re out and about, but a train journey was so much more relaxing as we chatted and I didn’t have to pay any attention to the road. It felt quite decadent!

CrossCountry Train Journey

We were back home in time for the afternoon school run, which basically involved the kids running excitedly over to Nanny and me being ignored, completely standard whenever my mum comes along with me.

Thanks to CrossCountry Trains for working with me on this project, as I think my mum and I really needed a day like this. Just the two of us, with no real purpose but to stroll and mooch, lunch and chat. What could be nicer than that as a Mother’s Day gift? #BeMumsGift

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