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Birmingham and the West Midlands attract families from far and wide with a host of great days out for kids and parents alike, writes Ian Malin. There are 10 floors housing everything from exhibitions to toddler fun sessions.
Oh, and there are books, books and more wonderful books. You can also take a ride on vintage transport and go underground to see how grim life was for miners in the s. Bakery demonstrations and silent films at the cinema add to the experience. Cadbury World Even without the excuse of having in tow, a trip to Bournville to visit one of the best-loved attractions in the country is something to savour.
If diving into a bowl of warm liquid Dairy Milk or riding the Crunchie rollercoaster is not to your taste, meeting the Cadbury drumming gorilla will ensure you hum that infernal Phil Collins tune for the rest of the day. Dudley Zoological Gardens The zoo and the 11th-century castle have been popular with generations of families in the West Midlands and warrant setting a day aside to visit. At the Arachnophobia workshop in the Rainforest Suite they can even help you cure a phobia of spiders or snakes — they are really just delightful and misunderstood.
Ikon Gallery The year-old gallery of contemporary art, housed in the gothic former Oozells Street Board School in the centre of the city, is occasionally overlooked by visitors to Birmingham but makes a decent bid for being the best free show in town.
Now a gallery of national — and, indeed, international — acclaim, it moved to its current site in In addition to its impressive collection, it hosts a varied programme of talks, tours, workshops and seminars.
Lapworth Museum of Geology This free attraction, based at the University of Birmingham and open all week, is home to more than a quarter of a million specimens. Sandwell Valley Country Park Just off junction 1 of the M5 and close to the heart of West Bromwich, this is an unlikely setting for a fully restored working Victorian farm, but with its nature reserve, grazing meadows, museum and visitor centre it is a perfect venue for a family day out or a spot of quiet birdwatching. The Spitfire Gallery, with its Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane dangling from the ceilings, is a new addition, and the Planetarium is truly a star attraction.
Warwick Castle The original motte-and-bailey wooden castle, rebuilt in stone in the 12th century, is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in the land.
You could also try medieval glamping in a woodland glade five minutes from the castle. Best of Birmingham. The 10 best family days out in Birmingham.
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Family Days Out in the West Midlands