If you’re planning a trip to the UK or simply just having a staycation this year then why not explore the middle of England. Here are 20 Amazing Family Days Out In The Midlands that you have to try!
Our Top Picks For Family Days Out In The Midlands
West Midlands Safari Park
Home to white rhino, giraffes, zebras and lots more exciting animals West Midlands Safari Park is a firm favourite for us, having visited at least 5 times already. Self drive through the 4 mile reserve or pre book a safari bus and relax as you experience close encounters of the animal kind. The park also hosts its own theme park with rides to suit all ages. Admission prices start from 15 pounds, book online for discounts.
Tamworth Castle & Grounds
From its origins back in Anglo Saxon Times through to Victorian times, Tamworth Castle boasts a wealth of history. Located in our hometown we think Tamworth Castle is a must visit for anyone visiting the Midlands. There is an excellent play area for the kids in the castle grounds and also there are the bowling alley and SnowDome both nearby. There is a skate park, crazy golf and bike hire also in the Castle Grounds.
This place is awesome! The Snowdome in Tamworth is an indoor hub for every winter activity you could imagine, all year round. Try your hand at skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sledging or just simply play in the snow. Visit during the Christmas period and you can experience Santa’s Winter Wonderland where kids can meet live Reindeer. Activities start from a reasonable 3.50 (pounds).
You could spend days here and never get bored; Alton Towers boasts a selection of over 50 rides and attractions, its own indoor water park, a kid friendly hotel complex and a world class spa for the grownups. One of the best times to visit is in October when they hold their annual Scarefest event. Book online for discounted tickets and special rates for the hotel.
Drayton Manor Park & Zoo
I’ve been visiting Drayton Manor since I was a kid in the 80’s and it just keeps getting better. Drayton Manor is the Midland’s favourite theme park, packed with a host of great rides and attractions set in 280 acres of lakes and parkland. Drayton Manor Zoo is home to over a hundred species from throughout the world – plus Dinosaur land, museums, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants – and much more! It’s a fantastic fun-filled day for everyone! For the best prices book online.
Stratford Upon Avon
Stratford Upon Avon is a pretty market town with over 800 years of history. Best known as Shakespeare’s birthplace; you can visit the house where the world’s most famous playwright was born to discover more about his early years.
Other must see Shakespeare locations include Hall’s Croft (home to William’s daughter), Nash’s House & New Place(the last chapter in his life), Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (a romantic setting) and Mary Arden’s Farm (the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother).
Finish off your visit with a boat road along the beautiful river.
Cadbury’s chocolate is the only thing I miss when we are travelling, so when we are back in England Cadbury’s World is always top of our list to visit. Take a tour through the history of chocolate, sample some delicious treats and let your kids run wild in the interactive science zone. At the end of your tour check out the worlds biggest Cadbury store…heaven! Prices start from 49.80 (pounds) for a family of 4, you must book online ahead of your visit as this place gets really busy.
We think that Water World is one of the best indoor water parks in England. Kids (and adults) will love the racer slides, space bowl and rapids. Book online to jump the queues and pre book meals.
Ash End House Farm
We have been visiting Ash End House Children’s Farm since our kids were babies and even at ages 8 & 9 they still love going there now. The farm is a small and family owned, with lots of friendly farm animals, mostly undercover so you can visit all year round.
Daily Activities include :-
Chicks in as basket on laps
Egg Hunting (choosing a fresh egg to take home)
Sitting on a pony
Tractor and Trailer ride around the paddocks
Birds of Prey Demonstration
Bosworth Water Park
If you’re missing the beach then Bosworth Water Park is a great day out for all of the family; with its own man made beach the park boasts 20 acres of water for boating, fishing and windsurfing. Pedalo hire, Pirate Adventure play area and its own bar and café.
These guys are massively committed to conservation which is why I highly recommend them for family days out. Twycross zoo is renowned as a specialist primate centre and has a wide variety of monkeys and all four great ape species, including the UK’s only group of bonobos. Twycross Zoo has always been famous for the breeding of primates and has recorded first UK births for thirteen different species including the bonobo, siamang, agile gibbon and woolly monkey, contributing to numerous conservation breeding programmes. Book online for the best discounts.
Located on the outskirts of Birmingham City Centre, Star City is a one stop shop for every activity a family could want. With choices such as Laser Quest, Indoor Rock Climbing, Mini Golf, Multi Screen Cinema and its own fairground your kids will never be bored. Parking is free and there are loads of great places to eat or have a drink.
National Space Centre
Upon arrival at the National Space Centre you will see the iconic Rocket Tower, but you may also see the top of the UK’s largest domed planetarium. Both of these are a must see for your visit, but around them are six further inspiring galleries to discover. Crammed full of space suits, rockets, satellites, meteorites and everything you would expect of a world class attraction, these galleries will make sure you and your family have a full day of breath-taking discovery and interactive fun.
If you love the great outdoors then no trip to the Midland’s is complete without a visit to Cannock Chase!
Birches Valley Forest Centre is an excellent starting point for an amazing family day out on Cannock Chase. From the midlands best bike trails and woodland walks to adventure play, wild deer and Go Ape it has it all.
Activities include the Route to Health Sculpture Trail, Follow the Dog and the Monkey mountain bike trails, adventure play area, Go Ape tree top adventure course and Forest Segway Experience.
Black Country Living Museum
Family days out don’t come better than this! Pay for your first visit and you will receive an annual pass allowing you to return as many times as you like in a 12 month period. The Black Country Living Museum is a fantastic open air attraction that takes you on a journey through history. Exhibits are interactive so make sure you enrol your kids in the Victorian school and sample the famous Fish & Chips from the replica ‘chippy’.
Weeford Pick Your Own Fruit
If you are holidaying in the Staffordshire area during summer then keep a morning free to take your kids fruit picking at Manor Farm Fruits. Children love to go strawberry picking and as well as being good fun, it is very educational for them to see how fruit is grown as well as helping them to work towards their ‘5-A-Day’ portions of fruit or vegetables. Also, the children can let off steam and enjoy themselves at children’s play area or on the Bouncy Castles while you enjoy a well deserved drink.
If you and your kids love horses, then book a pony trek at Dunton stables; choose from treks through Kingsbury Water Park or my favourite, the Pub Trek. Prices are reasonable, the guides are friendly and the horses are well cared for.
RAF Museum Cosford
Both Museums are free to enter and tell the story of the people who moulded the world of aviation from the daredevil early aviators to wartime heroes and the thousands of ordinary Service men and women who have served in the RAF and whose contribution has shaped the world that we live in today.
With a world-class collection and display of aircraft, integrated with special exhibitions, films, engines, missiles, photographs, medals and uniforms and research and education facilities, the Museum takes an innovative approach to telling these stories whilst keeping with tradition.
No day out in Birmingham is complete without a trip to the IMAX cinema; showing the latest films on the biggest screens ever, with crystal clear sound quality and the latest 3D technology, you will never want to go to a normal cinema again!
Kingsbury Water Park
There is much to see and do at Kingsbury Water Park that we recommend that you spend at least 2 days there, if you have a caravan or motorhome they even have camping pitches. Kingsbury Water Park has 15 lakes situated in over 600 acres of country park. Stroll along the surfaced paths, explore hidden corners, spot birds and wildlife, hire a bike, join an organised event or host your own event. Whatever your idea of a countryside visit is, you will find it at Kingsbury.
Have you got any other recommendations for great family days out in the Midlands? Let us know in the comments below and we will share your best tips.
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