23 West Midlands days out May Half Term 2018

Half term is rapidly approaching! In fact so rapidly that I’m a bit late sharing what’s going on in and around the West Midlands. Better late than never, here are 23 brilliant family events taking place around the region this school holiday. Alton Towers, Staffordshire Older children probably already have Alton Towers on their radar. From the age of about eight, it was always top of my list of places to go for a day out and not much has changed. The new ride this year is the Wicker Man, which is definitely not for the faint hearted! But these…

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26 West Midlands days out Easter holidays 2018

I can’t believe how rapidly Easter is approaching. I think it’s time to get planning what to do during the school holidays. So, here’s my list of events that are on in the West Midlands. Fingers crossed they are all taking place in glorious sunshine! 1. Alton Towers, Staffordshire Kids go free on short breaks at Alton Towers this Easter. Over at the theme park, there’s a new ride to try out. Wicker Man combines a wooden coaster with an all-new immersive experience. The route is lit by burning embers and as the train whizzes towards the six-storey high Wicker…

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14 ideas for February half term 2018 in the West Midlands

I’m not sure what it is with February half term this year, but there just doesn’t seem to be that much going on. Nonetheless, here are 14 great events that are taking place in the West Midlands during the school holidays. For more fabulous local attractions, check out these 58 family friendly days out. 1. Beyond the petticoat at the Black Country Living Museum Did you know that it’s 100 years since women were first given the right to vote? The Black Country Living Museum are celebrating the anniversary this half term. There will be an activity trail and characters…

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A visit to the Antarctic North Pole at Sea Life Birmingham

It’s a bit of a contradiction isn’t it, the Antarctic North Pole? But head to the National Sea Life Centre this week and you’ll find Santa in his North Pole Grotto. But wait, are those penguins? Everyone knows there are no penguins in the North Pole! That’s why the Santa experience at the National Sea Life Centre is so unique. Where else can you have a meet and greet with Santa with a backdrop of Gentoo penguins? A Christmas family tradition We really are regular visitors at the National Sea Life Centre, and their Christmas event is a bit of…

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Christmas illuminations at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Strolling through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the children’s eyes were like saucers. I listened as they whispered to each other: “This is amazing, we’re in fairyland!” Arriving in fairyland at Birmingham Botanical Gardens When we arrived at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, we were greeted by a small fairground. The helter skelter, carousel and mini-roundabout were joined by a couple of small food stalls. The girls had a ride on the carousel and we enjoyed a mulled wine before heading for the illuminated trail. As soon as we set foot on the trail, the lights were simply beautiful. As we looked…

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Christmas at Warwick Castle

The children sat on the floor in a circle, looking up at Santa. Each one hung onto his every word, captivated by his stories of reindeer and jingle bells. The room was decked with Christmas trees and elves stood beside him. Warwick Castle has so many tales to tell about the chequered history of Great Britain. But for today, time stood still as Father Christmas explained how he and the reindeer deliver a present to every child on Christmas Eve. Stories with Santa at Warwick Castle The Great Hall at Warwick Castle is decked out for Christmas with a 20…

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Adam Speaks at National Trust Croome

As the sun set over Croome, coloured lights shone on the Adam Speaks Tree House art installation. The project paid tribute to the influence designer Robert Adam had on the estate. But the beautiful landscape combined with the colours of nature seemed to insist on a nod to Capability Brown. The Adam Speaks project The project began with a search for an emerging artist. Under the guidance of national artist Hew Locke, the successful applicant would create an exciting new artwork. The theme would be the influence that Robert Adam had on Croome. The estate itself is developing according to…

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