Whether it’s half term, Easter, Christmas or the summer holidays, you’ll find yourself looking for the best guide to what’s on in Birmingham and the West Midlands while the kids are off school. We found plenty of useful information and details on how to keep the youngsters occupied at Birminghammail.co.uk
Here’s just a few things to do from their large variety of inspiration, that you might find interesting:
Places to go in the sunshine
If the sun is shining, you want to get out and enjoy it, right?
The good news is you don’t have to travel for hours to get to a coast, as there are 7 man-made beaches for you to try in the Midlands!
There’s a secret beach at Bosworth Water Park and an aqua obstacle course at Cotswold Beach and Park and pop-ups are coming to Touchwood in Solihull, Nottingham and Northfield too.
There are some lovely outdoor pools and splashparks to enjoy too.
Droitwich Lido and Abbey Fields in Kenilworth are in full swing now for the summer season, ready and raring for you and the kids to dive into.
And, if you’re feeling brave, you could check out the outdoor swimming spots in the Midlands. There’s Ragley Hall, Dosthill Quarry, Sutton Park and the Midland Open Water Swim Centre in Tamworth to name just a few.
There are some wonderful places to eat out in the sunshine.
Our favourite beer gardens include Marco Pierre White’s roof terrace at The Cube as it has magnificent views and the peaceful outdoor haven at the Blue Piano in Edgbaston.
We also asked parents for their favourite pubs with playgrounds.
They came up with places like The British Oak in Stirchley, The Jubilee in Studley and The Pigsty Bistro in Solihull.
And check out our guide to the 50 best restaurants in Birmingham – how many have you tried?
Our nearest beaches to Birmingham include Weston, Berrow and Breen, all of which take just a couple of hours to reach by car.
We’ve also found 8 hidden beaches that take longer to reach but we think are well worth the drive.
There’s the pretty little cove at Porth Iago which is accessed via a small farm and the little island at Llanddwyn Bay, Anglesey that can only be reached on foot at low tide.
Summer events happening in and around Birmingham
There are loads of fun things to do around the city this summer.
And we have more open air events than ever this year too, including outdoor cinema screenings, proms and theatre in the park.
And there are lots of yummy food events too.
Check out our summer guide here.
Free things to do around Birmingham
We’ve found 19 free events happening over the summer in the Birmingham, including open air cinema, music festivals and free entry to Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Check out our free summer events guide here.
Did you know there are lots of FREE things to do in and around Birmingham?
We tell you how you can get into attractions and museums for free, give you ideas on free fairy trails and family fun days.
For example, you can see dinosaurs for free at the Lapworth Museum, explore Egyptian mummies at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and get into the Thinktank Science Garden for free in the afternoons.
And, if you fancy a making a day of it, why not try one of these free attractions within an hour’s drive?
There are some big festivals happening this summer, including MADE, V Festival and Beyond the Tracks.
Check out our festival guide to find out how to get tickets.
And have you thought about the smaller, boutique festivals in the area?
These are the events that give people a chance to get to know their neighbours and have a bit of fun without queuing on the M6 for hours or spending a fortune to get muddy in a field!
There’s Summer Fest in Solihull, Moseley Folk and Birmingham Caribbean Festival.
They offer something for everyone this summer, from live music and street food to workshops and inflatable play areas.
Parks and playgrounds
There are some beautiful parks and playgrounds in and around Birmingham.
It’s brilliant to get the kids into the great outdoors no matter what the weather.
Take them to try out the attractions at Cannon Hill Park where there are swan pedaloes, a golf putter course and rollercoasters.
Or choose a one of our favourite parks with great cafes for coffee, sarnies, a full-blown meal or just an ice-cream.
School holiday events and activities for kids
The summer events planned in and around Birmingham look amazing for kids!
You can meet some very realistic looking dinos and take part in this year’s public art trail The Big Sleuth.
And don’t think you have to spend a fortune as lots of activities are free or only cost a couple of pounds.
Theme parks and attractions
We have some brilliant theme parks within an hour’s drive of Birmingham – and some great attractions right in the city.
To help you choose which is best for your family, we’ve put together guides on Drayton Manor in Tamworth, Alton Towers in Alton, Stoke on Trent and West Midland Safari Park in Bewdley, Worcestershire.
These guides include ticket prices, opening times, directions and a breakdown of just what’s there.
It’s also well worth checking out Cadbury World in Bournville and the National Sea Life Centre in Brindleyplace too.
There are loads of hidden gems to explore in our area.
Why not try one of these 20 days out from Birmingham you might not have thought of? It includes places like Bugtopia in Kettering and Matlock Farm Park in Derbyshire.
And, if you’re finding theme parks are too pricey, why not try one of these bargain attractions within an hour’s drive of the city?
You can get into RAF Museum Cosford for free, and visiting the horses at Redwings Oxhill Horse Sanctuary is free too.
Rainy day ideas
We’re hoping there won’t be too many rainy days this summer but who knows?
Fortunately, there are plenty of fun things to do in and around Birmingham when the weather’s bad.
Take a look at our favourite museums too.
Embrace the good weather by getting out in the great outdoors.
We have some glorious gardens right in the city, like Martineau Gardens, and some further afield too, like Weston Park and Ragley Hall.
Many are offering activities to get kids involved during the summer too.
You could go searching for wildlife by visiting a nature reserve where you can peak into wonderful world of birds, insects, foxes and deer.
We hope you have found this shared post useful and don’t forget that if you should want to have a group day out this summer, we here at A J Travel Birmingham will be more than happy to help out with a great offer on our quality minibus service and rentals, we are sure we can find something that suits you. Call us at: 0121 3666777 for more info