What’s on West Midlands Summer holidays 2017

The school summer holidays can seem a little overwhelming from a parent’s point of view. Luckily if you’re in the West Midlands, there’s loads going on to keep you entertained. These 58 West Midlands family days out are a great starting point. But there are also various special events going on during the school holidays. Do check the relevant websites for full details.

All Summer holidays

Ackers Adventure – Birmingham

Everyday adventures school holiday scheme. Each day includes at least two outdoor activities along with crafts and games. Children can attend for a day or a whole week. Activities include skiing, kayaking, zip-wire and bell-boating.

ThinkTank – Birmingham

Throughout the summer, there is a daily programme of activities at ThinkTank Birmingham. Explore the natural world in an interactive experience or design a buggy to send to the moon. There are also arts activities and family backpacks for young children to borrow.

Warwick Castle – Warwick

Throughout the summer, the Lancastrians fight the House of York in the Wars of the Roses. The jousting show features sword fighting, stunt riding and special effects to recreate the Wars of the Roses. Regular activities also continue. Check out my post to see what to do at Warwick Castle.

Looking for a fun, educational day out in the West Midlands? We can highly recommend Warwick Castle. Check out the connection between Horrible Histories and Warwick Castle and find out how you can learn all about both the history of England and the Castle's history from the Horrible Histories maze and stage show.

Hatton Adventure World – Warwickshire

There will be activities on all day every day of the summer holidays at Hatton Adventure World. There will be water battles, falconry displays, small animals to cuddle, tractor safaris and fairground rides. This is in addition to their usual activities. For a full line up check out their summer spectacular.

Eastnor Castle – Herefordshire

Events take place on various dates during the Summer holidays at Eastnor Castle. From astronauts to dinosaurs to clay modelling, there is loads going on. However, the castle is not open every day, so do check their events page for details of what’s on and when.

A review of a day out at Eastnor Castle

Ironbridge Gorge Museums – Shropshire

All of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums will be hosting events themed around the Industrial Revolution this summer. The Fire, Furness and Steam event will feature workshops and trails across the museums.

Kenilworth Castle – Warwickshire

Throughout the summer holidays, there are themed events happening at Kenilworth Castle. Themes vary from knights and princesses to Tudors, Mediaeval and archaeology. There are even a couple of circuses thrown in for good measure. To see what’s on and when, check out the Kenilworth Castle event guide.

Rays Farm – Shropshire

Throughout the summer holidays, children can head to Rays Farm for exciting animal encounters. They can learn to groom a horse, stroke guinea pigs and meet a pygmy goat. There is also a ladybird and bug trail and den building. Every Sunday, there will owls visiting the farm.

Cadbury World – Birmingham

Throughout the summer, there will be a marquee at Cadbury World. It will play host to a variety of performers from magicians to ventriloquists. Cadbury characters will also be appearing each day for photographs. Check out their summer programme of events.

Avoncroft Museum – Bromsgrove

Each week of the summer holidays sees a different theme at Avoncroft museum. From traditional games to legends, bake-off to archaeology. For full details check out the Avoncroft events programme.

Avoncroft Museum of Old Buildings - Review

The Big Sleuth – Birmingham

This summer sees the large statues returning to Birmingham. This time it’s the turn of bear detectives. There will be statues at various locations throughout the city. Check out the big sleuth website to find out where they’ll be hiding.

Trentham Gardens – Stoke-on-Trent

There are so many different things going on at Trentham Gardens this summer that I could dedicate a whole post to it. From open air theatre to exotic animals to making bug houses. The activities all take place on different days throughout the holidays so check out the family section of the what’s on guide for details.

National Forest Adventure Farm – Burton Upon Trent

The Maize maze at the National Forest Adventure Farm takes on a pirate theme for the summer. There is a treasure hunt around three miles of pathways in the main maze. For smaller legs there’s a mini maze where explorers can also hunt for treasure. Other pirate activities take place each day, including duck races and pirate shows. Regular activities will also be available. These are detailed on my review of the National Forest Adventure Farm.

National Forest Adventure Farm - Review

17th to 23rd July

Brindley Place Film Festival – Birmingham

17th to 23rd July – Free outdoor film festival. A big screen in Brindley Place Central Square will be showing a film every day, with two showings per day at the weekend. For children, Lion King is showing at 3pm on Saturday 22nd and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is on at 2pm on Sunday 23rd.

Sea Life Centre – Birmingham

17th to 23rd July – Octonauts Octo-Glow Explorers. Children can visit Shellington’s octo-glow lab to get involved with interactive activities that teach them how deep-sea creatures use light. Learn how they attract prey, hide from predators and communicate. There will also be a meet and greet with the octo-glow explorer characters.

National Sea Life Centre Birmingham Meet Santa

Croome National Trust – Worcestershire

22nd and 23rd July – Be a tree explorer. Explorers can help Capability Brown to find the perfect trees at Croome. This event starts at the activity cabin and involves walking around Croome. Croome is open all summer and you can read our Croome review to see what else is there. We have also been on a walk-around event that was based on Capability Brown before and it was an amazing interactive theatre experience.

Twycross Zoo – Warwickshire

22nd July -Summer Sundown live music event. From 5pm to 8.30 pm, live local bands will be playing soul, motown, jazz, funk and rock. Visitors also have access to the zoo.

24th to 30th July

Sea Life Centre – Birmingham

24th to 30th July – Octonauts Octo-Glow Explorers. Children can visit Shellington’s octo-glow lab to get involved with interactive activities that teach them how deep-sea creatures use light. Learn how they attract prey, hide from predators and communicate. There will also be a meet and greet with the octo-glow explorer characters.

West Midlands Safari Park – Worcestershire

24th to 26th July – Safari Cubs holiday club. Hands on experience with small animals, plus themed crafts and activities. For children aged 8 to 11.

26th to 28th July – Safari Explorers holiday club. Hands on experience with small animals, plus themed crafts and activities. For children aged 12 to 14.

West Midlands Safari Park: An honest review - I was not asked to review this attraction and I have shared the negative points as well as the positive.

All Things Wild – Worcestershire

24th to 28th July – Wild Explorers Holiday Club. Activities include animal and reptile encounters, messy play and nature walks.

Croome National Trust – Worcestershire

24th to 30th July – Be a tree explorer. Explorers can help Capability Brown to find the perfect trees at Croome. This event starts at the activity cabin and involves walking around Croome. Croome is open all summer and you can read our Croome review to see what else is there. We have also been on a walk-around event that was based on Capability Brown before and it was an amazing interactive theatre experience.

Goodrich Castle – Herefordshire

24th to 30th July – Hands on History Civil War. This event takes children on a journey through time, back to the Civil War. The era is brought to life as children get involved with interactive shows and activities.

Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) – Stratford

25th to 29th July – I Think I Can interactive artwork. This exhibition is recommended for children aged 7 and over. It uses live video, puppetry and interaction with the audience for a collective storytelling experience.

National Trust Brockhampton – Herefordshire

26th July – Young Rangers club. Children who enjoy being outdoors can learn traditional woodland skills. The days are based on bushcraft, fieldcraft and nature awareness.

Twycross Zoo – Warwickshire

29th July -Summer Sundown live music event. From 5pm to 8.30 pm, live local bands will be playing ska, folk, jazz, and rock. Visitors also have access to the zoo.

31st July to 6th August

Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) – Stratford

31st July to 5th August – I Think I Can interactive artwork. This exhibition is recommended for children aged 7 and over. It uses live video, puppetry and interaction with the audience for a collective storytelling experience.

Goodrich Castle – Herefordshire

31st July to 6th August – Hands on History Civil War. This event takes children on a journey through time, back to the Civil War. The era is brought to life as children get involved with interactive shows and activities.

Sea Life Centre – Birmingham

31st July to 6th August – Octonauts Octo-Glow Explorers. Children can visit Shellington’s octo-glow lab to get involved with interactive activities that teach them how deep-sea creatures use light. Learn how they attract prey, hide from predators and communicate. There will also be a meet and greet with the octo-glow explorer characters.

National Trust Brockhampton – Herefordshire

2nd August – Young Rangers club. Children who enjoy being outdoors can learn traditional woodland skills. The days are based on bushcraft, fieldcraft and nature awareness.

Croome National Trust – Worcestershire

31st July to 6th August – Be a tree explorer. Explorers can help Capability Brown to find the perfect trees at Croome. This event starts at the activity cabin and involves walking around Croome. Croome is open all summer and you can read our Croome review to see what else is there. We have also been on a walk-around event that was based on Capability Brown before and it was an amazing interactive theatre experience.

The SnowDome – Tamworth

31st July to 4th August – holiday camp for children aged 8 to 15 years. Children need to be able to ski or snowboard and will receive four hours of coaching each day. Can be booked for one day or for the whole week.

All Things Wild – Worcestershire

31st July to 4th August – Wild Explorers Holiday Club. Activities include animal and reptile encounters, messy play and nature walks.

Twycross Zoo – Warwickshire

5th August – Summer Sundown live music event. From 5pm to 8.30 pm, live local bands will be playing 70s and 80s tunes. Visitors also have access to the zoo.

7th to 13th August

Croome National Trust – Worcestershire

7th to to 13th August – Be a tree explorer. Explorers can help Capability Brown to find the perfect trees at Croome. This event starts at the activity cabin and involves walking around Croome. Croome is open all summer and you can read our Croome review to see what else is there. We have also been on a walk-around event that was based on Capability Brown before and it was an amazing interactive theatre experience.

Sea Life Centre – Birmingham

7th to 13th August – Octonauts Octo-Glow Explorers. Children can visit Shellington’s octo-glow lab to get involved with interactive activities that teach them how deep-sea creatures use light. Learn how they attract prey, hide from predators and communicate. There will also be a meet and greet with the octo-glow explorer characters.

Goodrich Castle – Herefordshire

7th to 11th August – Hands on History Civil War. This event takes children on a journey through time, back to the Civil War. The era is brought to life as children get involved with interactive shows and activities.

West Midlands Safari Park – Worcestershire

7th to 9th August – Safari Cubs holiday club. Hands on experience with small animals, plus themed crafts and activities. For children aged 8 to 11.

9th to 11th August – Safari Explorers holiday club. Hands on experience with small animals, plus themed crafts and activities. For children aged 12 to 14.

West Midlands Safari Park: An honest review - I was not asked to review this attraction and I have shared the negative points as well as the positive.

National Trust Brockhampton – Herefordshire

9th August – Young Rangers club. Children who enjoy being outdoors can learn traditional woodland skills. The days are based on bushcraft, fieldcraft and nature awareness.

Lakefest at Eastnor Castle – Herefordshire

10th to 14th August 2017- Lakefest music festival. Lakefest is a family friendly festival that has a dedicated children’s area and even a creche. Children’s activities include making your own flip flops, storytelling, decorating a totem pole and adults and children’s yoga. You can see full details on what makes Lakefest a great family festival here. Bands at the festival include Feeder, the Charlatans and Imelda May. Check the website for the full Lakefest line up.

Severn Valley Railway – Kidderminster

12th & 13th August – Steam on the road event. The Kidderminster station of the Severn Valley railway hosts several road steam vehicles. Both full-size and miniature engines will be present. They will also travel via road through Kidderminster. There is also a Landrover that operates on both the road and the rails. This will be running from Bridgenorth to Kidderminster.

Twycross Zoo – Warwickshire

12th August – Summer Sundown live music event. From 5pm to 8.30 pm, live local bands will be playing tunes that the whole family will recognise in a brass band spectacular. Visitors also have access to the zoo.

14th to 20th August

The SnowDome – Tamworth

14th to 18th August – holiday camp for children aged 8 to 15 years. Children need to be able to ski or snowboard and will receive four hours of coaching each day. Can be booked for one day or for the whole week.

Goodrich Castle – Herefordshire

14th to 20th August – Hands on History Civil War. This event takes children on a journey through time, back to the Civil War. The era is brought to life as children get involved with interactive shows and activities.

Goodrich Castle – Herefordshire

19th and 20th August – Knight’s Tournament. Rival knights fight with swords and bows. Children can try their hand at a mini-knight’s battle. There is also a mediaeval encampment complete with music and campfires.

National Trust Brockhampton – Herefordshire

16th August – Young Rangers club. Children who enjoy being outdoors can learn traditional woodland skills. The days are based on bushcraft, fieldcraft and nature awareness.

21st to 27th August

The SnowDome – Tamworth

21st to 25th August – holiday camp for children aged 8 to 15 years. Children need to be able to ski or snowboard and will receive four hours of coaching each day. Can be booked for one day or for the whole week.

Goodrich Castle – Herefordshire

21st to 27th August – Hands on History Civil War. This event takes children on a journey through time, back to the Civil War. The era is brought to life as children get involved with interactive shows and activities.

National Trust Brockhampton – Herefordshire

23rd August – Young Rangers club. Children who enjoy being outdoors can learn traditional woodland skills. The days are based on bushcraft, fieldcraft and nature awareness.

28th August to 3rd September

Goodrich Castle – Herefordshire

28th to 31st August – Hands on History Civil War. This event takes children on a journey through time, back to the Civil War. The era is brought to life as children get involved with interactive shows and activities.

West Midlands | Summer holiday 2017. If you will be in the West Midlands during the school summer holidays this year, this is a list of all the family friendly events and activities that are taking place. From holiday clubs to days out to music festivals, there is something for children of all ages. There's plenty for parents to enjoy too.

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10 Comments

  1. July 4, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Wow! What an amazing round-up! It’s great that all of these attractions offer even more to families over the school holidays. Families in the Midlands will be spoilt for choice.
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    • monsterid July 10, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      They certainly will, I’m still trying to work out which we’ll do!
      Nat.x

  2. July 4, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    What a brilliant post, no shortage of things to do this summer. We want to try and head to Warwick Castle this summer, it’s on our hit list x

    • monsterid July 10, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      Oh do let us know if you make it, we’d love to come and meet you.
      Nat.x

  3. July 8, 2017 / 7:39 am

    So much choice of things to do this summer! I bet this will be useful to others in your area. 🙂 x

  4. July 11, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    My two are really into castle’s right now so anything with that in the title is a winner. I blame Harry Potter, ha!

    • monsterid July 12, 2017 / 10:01 am

      A good, educational thing to be into though!
      Nat.x

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