There’s loads to do in Birmingham this summer for families with kids, but what if you fancy venturing a bit further afield to discover the Second City’s neighbouring counties?
We’ve pulled together a shortlist of a few things in Birmingham, or within a reasonable drive, to keep the family happy and the kids occupied…
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – As well as the Ancient Egyptians and the Staffordshire Hoard, Birmingham Museum has set up a special Mini Museum for younger visitors, filled with games, dressing up and storybooks to keep under 5s entertained.
Adventure Parks – Wythall Park, Sunlit and Moonlit Park, and Arrow Valley Country Park are all packed with child-friendly fun and more adventurous play areas which are bound to keep kids entertained for hours.
Redwings Oxhill Horse Sanctuary – Head to the horse sanctuary in Banbury and meet almost 90 rescued horses, donkeys and ponies.
Sutton Park – The UK’s biggest urban park based in Royal Sutton Coldfield, the parks boasts a wide array of wildlife as well as stunning lakes and play areas for the kids.
Darwin House – visit the home of Charles Darwin’s grandfather, who was an 18th century scientist, botanist, poet and inventor. The Georgian house in Lichfield features dressing up, games, a reading area, and science exhibits.
Northycote Farm and Country Park – See everything from Hereford cattle to Shropshire sheep or go on a nature walk.
Mosely Bog – See the place that inspired Lord of the Rings writer JRR Tolkien, who grew up in the area.
The Beach – Birmingham’s nearest beach is said to be in Weston-super-Mare which has an approximate journey time of just under two hours.