We had a trip down to London last Thursday to see the Primary Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. The children and I went down in the morning so we could fit it a quick visit to the Natural History Museum before the concert. My lovely hubbie had offered to spend the day working at Oak Hill library so he could drive us to Cockfosters and we would only have a tube trip, rather than a train trip on top of that. We haven’t been to London for a long time so the older three were very excited about going on the tube.
Once we’d arrived in central London and navigated multiple flights of stairs with the pushchair, we only had 45 minutes in the museum but that gave us time to walk through the dinosaur gallery and see the huge, model T-Rex. Lydia was scared of it and wanted me to carry her past: it reminded me of the last time we visited that museum, when Isaac must have been a similar age and was also frightened of it.
We ate our sandwiches as we walked to the concert hall and arrived to a very pleasant surprise: we had a box all to ourselves and could even take the pushchair in with us. We had a wonderful view of the stage and the magnitude of the hall and Carys could wander around to her hearts content without me worrying about disturbing anyone else!
The music itself was an eclectic mix of pop choir, big band, classical, brass band and a wonderful percussion group. There was lots of audience participation, which made it fun for the children, although it was rather loud at times (imagine several thousand schoolchildren shouting and screaming!). We had a great time and definitely hope to go again next year.