Hello again guys. As you may have read in my previous top 5 blog, I wanted to do something that I could run with for a little bit of a series and went with the idea of my Top 5s. This time I am going with my top things to do in Birmingham (and the midlands)
Birmingham gets some bad rep. And I personally think it’s a bit bloody unfair. We may be a bit landlocked but we have some ace places to have days out and we are close to many theme parks and attractions. We have been to loads of them and I thought it might be interesting to see where we enjoy as a family day out!
- Telford Wonderland.
We went here to see Santa a few years ago and will be going back again this year. It a children’s attraction set in beautiful woodland full of magic and nursery rhymes. There are some beautiful fairy houses to explore along the trails, a fab crazy maze and some rides for the little kids. There was a soft play area inside for when the heavens opened and it just seems like a really good, traditional family day out. The park itself is a little old fashioned but we quite enjoyed that.
The Santa experience was the best we have been to yet. There is a collection of elf’s workshops and each one has its own Santa inside. You step inside to the Elf Mail room and are entertained by the actors around. You get to meet Santa one on one and it was just perfect.
We have tried others that just cannot compare and like I said, we are looking to book again for this year. We are going in a group of 6 adults and 1 child and it costs just under £70 for all of us, which we are all more than happy with. The children meet Santa in with the price and receive a really good quality gift.
- Walsall Arboretum
This is quite likely our most used park in Birmingham and we spent a good majority of the summer here. The Arboretum is a very large park just on the outskirts of Birmingham, which has a boating lake, Skate Park, children’s play area and so much more. Evie’s fav part by far is the splash park, which operates on a weekend during summer term time and each day during the school holidays.
We have been going here since Evie was a baby, and I went here as a child myself. Its free to use, and has limited free parking around but we rarely have an issue. We have been to a fireworks event here before and really enjoyed it. I also have fond memories of the Walsall illuminations that used to take place here when I was a child. I wish they would bring them back as I would take Evie in an instant!
- Alton Towers
We have been lucky enough to visit Alton Towers to go to Cbeebies Land with Evie a few times, including twice this year. As many of you may know, Alton Towers is a world famous theme park just over an hours drive away from Birmingham.
Whilst it can be a very expensive day out, there are plenty of ways to bring the price down. On most occasions we have gone in on a Sun newspaper free ticket as under 3s can go for free. We also always take a packed lunch and we purchase one of their refillable soft drinks containers that we use between use all day.
Evie, whilst not the most reserved child, doesn’t really like massive rides, however each time we have been she has steadily gotten braver and better at it. I would definitely recommend going on a off peak day as it does get incredibly busy and that bumps up the wait times on the rides.
- Black Country Living Museum.
This one is my personal fav! Step back in time and experience how the streets we live in were back in the Victorian era. You can visit the blacksmith, a running mill, a pub that still serves drinks, and best of all the sweet shop and proper chip shop!
We used our Tesco clubcard vouchers to get free tickets to the museum however if you do pay the full price you are able to return as much as you like for the following year for free.
Evie loved our visit, as there was a Victorian school that we took part in and fair ground rides. Again, there is a lot of ways you can spend a bit of money here, so we took a light picnic and shared fresh fish and chips between us. Beautiful!
- West Midlands Safari Park
Now this is one that I know Evie adores. We are again, very lucky, to live incredibly close to the West Midlands Safari park. You are able to drive around the animal safari where you will see Lions, Buffalo and giraffes, plus many more. You then are able to enter their theme park where you are able to go on a load of rides and see more animals, such as the reptile house and the penguins!
Again we took a picnic and saved some money there, and the rides can add up quickly so it may be best to purchase a wristband.
I hope there is a few ideas here that you may like to try. I know there is many other places, like the Thinktank and the Snowdome but as we haven’t been to these without Evie I don’t feel best qualified to judge their attraction and what they have to offer. If you know of anywhere else, any hidden gems that I may not know about let me know, as we are always looking for great family days out!
Until next time …