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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A dog friendly family day out at Goodrich Castle

Goodrich Castle in Herefordshire is widely accepted to be one of the most well preserved medieval castles in England. Located less than half an hour drive from the centre of Hereford, Goodrich Castle boasts views over spectacular countryside. It strikes the perfect balance between informative and authentic and better still, it’s perfect for both dogs and children. Getting there and getting in Goodrich Castle is an English Heritage property. I’m proud to be an ambassador for Wiki Places for Kids this year, and they’ve kindly provided us with an English Heritage membership. I’m not sure why we never invested in this…

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9 things you need to know about a family visit to Witley Court

We only discovered Witley Court a few weeks ago despite living nearby. It’s an English Heritage property with woodland walks, formal gardens and a fascinated stately home that is completely in ruins. Not only is it the perfect destination for a family day out, but it’s dog friendly too. Here are 9 things you need to know about it. 1. Entry fees and English Heritage Witley Court is an English Heritage property, so don’t forget to bring your card with you if you’re a member. Entry to Witley Court costs £22.40 for a family, whereas family membership to English Heritage…

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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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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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