12 alternative days out in The Midlands
The Midlands has plenty to offer, so you have no reason to be bored.
If you're tired of always going to the cinema, or hitting your local shopping centre every weekend, then you might realise that it's time to try something new. Here's a list of alternatives things to do.
Boing Zone Trampolining
Jump into the latest craze. Costing just £5 for a 30-minute jump or £8 for an hour, you can relieve some stress and burn some extra calories. Boing Zone Birmingham is open from 9 am to 9 pm and has discounts available for bookings of 10 or more people. Visit their website for more information.
The National Space Centre
Okay, so this one's in Leicester, but if you're a fan of space then it's definitely worth visiting. Enjoy a guided tour of the sky in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium as well as getting the chance to explore the universe from Earth. The National Space Centre is open Monday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, and tickets are £14 for adults, however, if you have an NUS card then it will only cost you £11. Visit their website for details.
If history's your thing, a must-see is the Althorp House, which is located in Northampton. Find out more about the Spencer family history, and if you're lucky enough you might even meet a member of the family when you're wandering around the estate. Tickets are £18.50- however, the scenery and history of the castle are well worth the money and your time. There is also an island in the middle of the lake behind the house, where Princess Diana's body is buried. Visit their website to find out more.
Located just an hour outside of Birmingham, Go Ape is the perfect destination for a road trip, as well as day trip. The outdoor adventure land has tree top adventures, forest Segways, treetop junior and zip trekking adventures. 18's and over are classed as Gorillas, and the cheapest tickets start at £28 (tickets seem to be the cheapest on Sunday mornings), and for the winter period Go Ape is only open on weekends. Go check them out by visiting their website.
Stonebridge City Farm
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Located just an hour outside of Birmingham, Stonebridge City Farm is home to animals such as ponies, pigs and rabbits. So if you're feeling sad about not being able to keep pets in your student accommodation, this is a perfect place to visit in order to satisfy your animal needs. The farm is open from 10 am to 4 pm, you can find out more on their website here.
Warwick Castle is a simple bus ride away from Coventry and has plenty to offer. Not only can you spend the day exploring the castle, but the castle holds daily shows for visitors. Castle Tickets cost £16.80, however for £20.80, you can guarantee yourself castle entry as well as a dungeon tour. Alternatively, you can also plan a stay in the castle, whether that's in the lodge, or the medieval glamping tents. Find out more about the accommodation here.
SnowDome is an all-weather skiing and snowboarding centre located in Tamworth with kit rental, an ice rink, swimming pool and a gym. The centre is open from 9 am to 11 pm every day, and tickets start at £26 per person. Visit their website to find out more about their tickets and the activities available.
The Ballroom Climbing Wall
Located in the centre of Coventry, The Ballroom Climbing Wall it's the perfect place to check out if you're bored of your usual gym routine. It's perfect for beginners as well as experienced climbers, so there's no excuse. The climbing wall is open from 12 pm until 10 pm on weekdays, and 10 am to 6 pm on weekends. Tickets start at just £5.50, to find out more about the prices, visit their website.
escape room games aren't even hard, you just get naked and they throw you out
— Goth Ms. Frizzle (@spookperson) October 24, 2017
Escape Rooms are a great opportunity for a team of people to test our their team working skills. Escape Live includes escape rooms with lots of different themes ranging from a time machine to a laboratory. Escape Live has venues in Essex, Coventry and Birmingham, so you've got plenty to choose from. To find out more about the rooms and challenges, visit their website.
Ryton Pools Country Park
If you're a person who loves to Instagram your trips, Ryton Pools Country Park is the ideal place for you to visit. Not only is it free, but the park contains fishing lakes, walking trails, picnic areas and miniature railways. Get snappy happy whilst taking in the beautiful scenery.
Thrill seekers will already know about this one- however, not many people realise that this popular theme park is only 30 minutes outside of Birmingham. Entry will set you back £28, but it gives you access to all the rides, and if you go on a weekday, you're likely to miss the children traffic - unless, of course, you happen to bump into a school trip and get stuck behind them whilst queueing for a ride. The park opens at 9:30 am, however, the rides do not start until 10:30 am. Visit Drayton Manor's website to find out more.
The National Sea Life Centre
This is a popular destination for everyone from the West Midlands - it's fun, easy to get to, and it's affordable, with tickets starting at £12.50 per person. Located in Brindleyplace, a trip to the Sea Life Center is always a fun day out. You get the opportunity to attend a 4D film screening, walk through mirrored mazes, and you can enjoy the sea creatures. Click here to find out more.