Planning a trip to stay in Birmingham this summer? There is a huge selection of activities in and around the city to help keep your children entertained these school holidays.
The mention of Cadbury World should make most kids want to swap a day of X-boxing for a trip to Birmingham, where they can enjoy watching the chocolate making process and sample the famous Cadbury’s taste. The chocoholic heaven pulls in around 500,000 visitors each year.
Birmingham has many more sights to attract the kids, though, including the National Sea Life Centre where tropical fish, black-tip reef sharks and giant sea turtles swim around you in a one-million litre tank as you experience an undersea adventure by walking through a glass tunnel.
If you fancy a bit of history, then Back to Back Housing and Warwick Castle provide the perfect opportunity. Back to Back Housing is a courtyard of houses telling the experiences of working people from 1840 – 1877 And is a fascinating glimpse into the past, well located in the city centre area. For kids who love ancient myths and tales that will leave their hair standing on end, Warwick Castle is a great day out – and be warned, the dungeons are not for the faint-hearted!
For kids who love to ask “Why? Why? Why?” Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum will have them doing just that. Experience the state-of-the-art planetarium and its 360 degree domed-ceiling which provides truly breathtaking images. There are also themed galleries, full-size locomotives, aircraft and lots of other awe-inspiring technology.
If you enjoy one Thinktank experience you may also want to enjoy the Thinktank Science Garden, where you can explore 42 fun zones and hands-on exhibits, and it’s all right next door to Hotel La Tour.
Budding superastars and TV presenters will want to pop along to BBC Birmingham’s Public Space which is situated at the Mailbox. Check out shows through the viewing windows or book on an official BBC Birmingham Tour where you get to see behind the scenes and see how a programme is made from the scripting through to getting on screen.
If it’s something more outdoorsy you’re after, then the UK’s number one forest adventure, Go Apeoffers you the chance to experience zip-slides, rope bridges, swings and crossings, as well as the chance to drive an all-terrain Segway.
However, if its speed you want, look no further than F1K’s Indoor Go Karting. Birmingham’s top-rated karting circuit lets racers hone their skills over a variety of tests including arrive and drive, Le Mans team and Iron Man.
Other places of note include Birmingham’s NEC, Dudley’s Zoological Gardens and Twyford Zoo, as well as a whole host of museums, galleries, abbeys and cathedrals