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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Rainy days out West Midlands

The West Midlands gets its fair share of rainy days. Whether you’re looking for a completely indoor attraction or somewhere with areas to escape inside, this guide will give you inspiration even when the weather doesn’t. I’ve divided it up into areas, so if you’re looking for a particular region, please click on the links below to take you to the relevant section. For more things to do in the area from family or dog friendly attractions to ideas for a rainy day, head to my comprehensive days out guide. Herefordshire Shropshire Staffordshire Warwickshire West Midlands (county) Worcestershire Rainy days…

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A family day out at Cadbury World Birmingham

What do you do on a rainy day? Parenting always seems so much easier when we’re out of the house. So, in most weathers we wrap the girls up warm and get out anyway. But with Storm Callum looming and our plans cancelled due to rain, we were on the hunt for a day out that would be suitable for any weather. Luckily, Cadbury World is just up the road in Birmingham and they invited us to spend the day there. And what a day it was. Cadbury Exhibition Tour (indoors) On arrival, we headed straight indoors to join the…

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Best October half term and Halloween events 2018 West Midlands

Creepy crawlies, ghouls and ghosts are making their way around the West Midlands this half term. Halloween and half term combine to bring you a plethora of family days out in the region. Many events are suitable for children of all ages but there are a few aimed at adults too. For more things to do in the area from family or dog friendly attractions to ideas for a rainy day, head to my comprehensive days out guide. All Things Wild – Worcestershire It’s time for a Halloween Howl at All Things Wild this half term from 20th October to 4th November.…

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Best West Midlands Christmas days out 2018

Christmas days out in the West Midlands for children and families are listed in alphabetical order with a link to their website and an independent review of each. I’ll be updating the post with additional Christmas days out because some have not yet been published.  Please do check back soon if your favourite isn’t on the list! For more things to do in the area from family or dog friendly attractions to ideas for a rainy day, head to my comprehensive days out guide. Alton Towers, Staffordshire – Santa’s Sleepover This Christmas, certain attractions and rides in the Alton Towers…

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Review of English Heritage Kenilworth Castle dog friendly family day out

We’ve been National Trust members for many years now and always enjoy our days out with them. This year though, we decided to take out an English Heritage membership as well. We’ve already explored Goodrich Castle and Witley Court, which are our two closest English Heritage properties. So this time, we headed a little further afield to dog-friendly Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, West Midlands. About Kenilworth Castle Originally built in the 1120s, Kenilworth Castle came into Royal hands in the 1170s when Henry II used it as a Garrison and subsequently bought it in 1180. After many years of Royal…

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