Family Fun within 1 hour of Birmingham
If you travel just 30 minutes to an hour by train or car from Birmingham you can feel a thousand miles away.
There are so many reasons to spend time in Worcestershire, every generation will find something to enjoy all in our beautiful county. With “staycations” on the rise, there is no need to travel to a seaside resort to feel like you’ve had a break. Here are our top choices for tempting days out less than an hour from Birmingham.
The Transport Museum, Wythall is home to a unique collection of buses and battery electric road vehicles. The museum is open from April to October at weekends, as well as Wednesdays in the school holidays. On main event days, children (and parents) will love taking a trip on the buses and miniature steam railway. A great day for the whole family, don’t forget to have a picnic on the grass when the sun is shining.
Mini Pro Golf Parks in Wolverley has installed Chris the Croc on its 17th fair way – looking so realistic in his tropical surroundings that you could be fooled into believing he is real. All family members can enjoy playing golf in a riverside setting on a chip and putt style course with raised tees, sand-filled bunkers, mini fair ways and pristine manicured greens.
Full of fascinating displays, hand loom and hands-on activities, the Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster, has lots for all ages to enjoy. As you discover over 300 years of Kidderminster’s integral history, the team of hand loom weavers will offer demonstrations between 10.00am-1.00pm.
With regular events for families and kids, there’s always something fun to do at Arley Arboretum. From the popular play area to the adventure trails, the Arboretum is a great day out for family members of all ages and FREE kid’s entry until September 3. In addition to 300 different species of trees, Arley Arboretum is also home to several beautiful formal gardens.
Spread over 19 acres, Avoncroft Museum is England’s first open-air museum with over 30 buildings and structures. Explore Dr Who police boxes, a 100 year old blacksmith forge, a church made of corrugated iron and a prefab post-war home. Why not bring your teddy for a picnic or pre-book an afternoon tea?
Attwell Farm Park is a fully working farm in Redditch, perfect to educate and entertain your little ones. Enjoy a farmyard trail and petting barn with a wide variety of animals from llamas, rheas, guinea pigs and rabbits – before enjoying the indoor and outdoor play areas (including a fire engine!) whilst Mum or Dad relaxes in the coffee shop.
Enjoy a day of adventure by visiting two of the county’s most compelling and historic attractions in one. Worcestershire County Museum is housed in the magnificent surroundings of Hartlebury Castle, and with activities to entertain children planned throughout the school holidays there is plenty to see and do.
Discover nature at its best and Go Ape in the Wyre Forest. Take in the beautiful setting via way marked walking and horse riding trails, or venture down the family cycle route and even hire a bike. Climb up into the trees to challenge yourself to a Tree top Adventure or for anyone over 1 metre tall, there is Tree Top Junior.
Leave the hustle and bustle of modern life behind and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells at Severn Valley Railway. Enjoy freedom of the line and hop on and off to explore the six beautifully restored historic stations and locomotives which made their names in history.
Walk on the wild side at West Midland Safari Park. Get up close to rhinos, zebras, elephants, tigers and many more on the Safari Drive-Through and see 2019’s newest arrivals. Take to foot to explore the African Village and discover Meerkat Mayhem and the Lemur Woods. The Discovery Trail can be done whatever the weather, with a variety of talks and shows for you to watch along the way.
Did you know that Redditch once produced 90% of the world’s needles, around 25 million needles and 5 million fish hooks per week. Learn all about it at the Forge Mill Needle Museum. This summer children can try various activities as well as get their brain working with the mind-bending puzzles and illusions exhibition pieces on display.
Little Owl Farm Park is a fun day out for the whole family, with lots of petting barns allowing children to get up close and feed the animals too. There are Jumping Pillows, ride on tractors, Go Karts and Soft Play fun for smaller children and plenty of animal education for all as well as a wide menagerie of animals to find across the site.