Things to do in the West Midlands

Whether you live in the West Midlands or you’re planning a visit, it’s useful to have a comprehensive resource of things to do. I share a list of events taking place each school holiday, as well as general days out. Things to do on rainy days and dog friendly days out in the West Midlands are also featured. You can click on the links below to take you to each section. Family days out Indoor days out Dog friendly days out What’s on in the school holidays Family days out in the West Midlands We are very lucky to have…

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Dog friendly family day out at Cannock Chase Forest

Family days out can be expensive. Entry fees, food, drinks, parking and paid activities all add up. Then there’s the added hassle of finding somewhere that allows dogs. Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire is not only family and dog friendly, but it’s also free. In fact, if you bring a picnic like we did then the only thing you need to pay for is parking. There are paid activities available, but it’s entirely possible to have a great day out without them. Mountain biking in Cannock Chase Forest Cannock Chase Forest is a brilliant place for mountain biking, much like…

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Dog friendly family day out at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses is a National Trust property in South Staffordshire in the West Midlands. Woodland walks, stunning views and fascinating little homes carved into the rock make it an ideal day out. There’s plenty to keep children entertained. From discovering the houses themselves to walking, running, climbing trees and riding bikes around Kinver Edge. About the Rock Houses It is thought that the rock houses themselves were occupied from around 1770 until the late 1950s. The houses were on three levels. The National Trust bought the houses in the 1960s and have since restored some of…

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Dog friendly days out West Midlands

As dog lovers, most of us want to take our canine companions with us on days out where possible. Luckily, there are lots of dog friendly days out in the West Midlands. Some only allow dogs outside, others welcome them indoors with open arms. This guide offers a lot of suggestions of things to do with your dog. As it covers the whole West Midlands region, I’ve split it up by district. If you’re looking for activities in a particular area, please click on one of the links below to take you to the relevant section. For more things to…

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A family day out at Ford and Etal in Northumberland

During our week in Northumberland, someone gave us a hint about a little gem of a place to visit. Ford and Etal are adjacent villages that are like stepping back in time. We piled into the van with bikes on the back and set out to explore. Etal Castle Etal Castle is an English Heritage property located in the village of Etal in Northumberland. Inside the visitors’ centre is a small exhibition depicting the Anglo-Saxon warfare that took place in and around the castle and nearby Flodden Battlefields. For families, Etal Castle is a lovely place to explore. There’s little…

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