My 12-year old son will be visiting Fleetwood Town soccer academy for a tournament on Easter weekend and I was hoping to get some recommendations on where to visit upon arrival or before we head home.
We will be flying in from Toronto and it looks like we will land in Manchester but may have a couple days before we have to be in Fleetwood. Where would you recommend we go/stay if we just want to get used to time change and not do anything too physically demanding? Given the time of year I figure Blackpool isn't wise. Should we stay in Manchester or Liverpool or is there somewhere between Manchester and Fleetwood that you would recommend for a night or two? We will be looking to take the train or bus.
Then once we are done in Fleetwood after Easter weekend we are open & have never been to England before. My father is from Stoke and I have never been but I wonder if it's worth a trip & if it's a hassle without a car.
Beyond that I have some loose ideas but we will have 1 week max before flying home & ending location is flexible as long as we are near an International airport. I've considered making our way to London and spending our last 2 days there but I'm not a big city person (not a fan of Rome) so don't want to spend too much time there. I'd love to see some beautiful sights on the way and am considering a tour i.e. Stonehenge/Cotswold from Bath.
I would appreciate any recommendations on itinerary, methods of transportation from these locations, places to stay or activities.
Thanks for your input!