The UK’s second largest city and its surrounding area has much to offer the Easter Weekend visitor. Reinvigorated, Birmingham has the wow factor: the striking Bullring, newly revamped New St. Station and a state of the art library taking centre stage amidst stiff competition from a revitalised central business district
Chocoholics will be keen to make a pilgrimage to Cadbury World, of course. Located on the former Bournville factory site, it’s now one of Birmingham’s premier leisure attractions. Over half a million visitors each year can experience its many themed zones including the popular 4D Chocolate Adventure. Kids will love learning about how cacao beans are turned into chocolate while their parents appreciate the role Cadbury’s play as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of confectionery. When better than to seek out the UK’s spiritual home of chocolate than at Easter?
Bullring Shopping Centre
A visit to Birmingham wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the famous Bullring shopping centre. Bringing a touch of glam to the place is the quirky Selfridges building, its design said to have been inspired by a sequinned dress made by Paco Rabanne. But there are also over 160 other retail outlets within the complex, which have transformed shopping in the city since the its opening in 2003.
The Thinktank at Birmingham Science Museum offers the chance to try out new technology with a plethora of exciting hands-on exhibits designed to thrill, entertain and educate. Why not try out the eight metre high Terminus machine and see if you can get it to clang? Or perhaps you’d rather be a human hamster in a giant wheel revolving at a speed of 30 revolutions a minute?
A little outside the city, there are plenty of family-friendly places to take the kids. If they’ve energy to burn then you’ll struggle to do better than the ever-popular Go Ape at Cannock Chase. Awarded Silver in the Best Small Visitor Attraction category at the Enjoy Staffordshire Awards 2014, it’s a great way to enjoy Cannock Chase’s breathtaking scenery. From a myriad of zip wires, treetop high wires and Forest Segway to a specially designed adventure for your little monkeys, it’s a lot of fun for everyone!
Warwick Castle is also a great day out from Birmingham, just thirty miles from the city centre. Magic, myths and adventure awaits and there are plenty of themed attractions that will delight children of all ages, from birds of prey shows, mediaeval towers and even a dungeon to explore. With lavish interiors and grounds landscaped by the great Capability Brown, this castle has a thousand year history which will captivate and enthral the whole family!