Over the Easter holidays we spent a couple of fantastic days in the city of Birmingham. We live in the country so any opportunity to explore more metropolitan environments (basically anywhere) appeals to us.
We were invited to stay at the very lovely Park Regis hotel to see what this city had to offer in the way of family fun.
The Park Regis is centrally located with fantastic access to all of the city’s attractions. The family room we were staying in had plenty of space for both trundle bed and travel cot. The breakfasts were delicious and we certainly didn’t rush up from the table given how much there was to choose from. The chef made Bella some fantastic pancakes on the first morning and we all ordered them on the second.
Below are the activities we ticked off whilst we visiting, all of which I would recommend as family friendly :-
The very beautiful Packwood House – It is one of the nicest National Trust properties we have been to. They had garden games set out on the lawn & the walks were gorgeous. With the sun shining, we sat in the grounds, ate our picnic lunch and watched Bella swing a croquet mallet around aimlessly.
Rock-Up – Bella had never been Rock climbing before and she was beside herself with excitement. As a venue this one is spot on. It’s clean, colourful, they have facilities for younger babas and the staff are lovely.
The sing-song style of the Brummie accent is very welcoming and we didn’t come across one person who wasn’t keen to help.
National Sea Life Centre – This sea life centre is large and we went during the Easter holidays so it was busy but it didn’t feel cramped, and it was still easy to make our way around.
They have a challenge booklet for little ones to collect stamps on the way which Bella absolutely loved – I think because she was so keen to collect all the stamps she paid more attention to the information boards.
You can come and go throughout the day so if you wanted to do a tour, then head out for a walk along the canals & come back later that is absolutely fine. There are 15 different zones within the centre. Our favourite was the ocean tunnel.
Thinktank Science Museum, Millennium Point – this comes highly recommended. It has everything from a Spitfire to giant steam engines, an outdoor science garden and a Planetarium. We spent nearly a whole day here and a fair proportion of that was spent creating animations.
There are over 200 hands on displays at this museum and four floors of interactive exhibits and collections. The science garden outside is worth a visit with fab displays for both mechanics and transportation. Bella was the perfect age and loved all the hands on exhibits.
Library of Birmingham– when your little one is a collector of words and adores books above all else it was a given that we would visit the biggest library in Europe. It did not disappoint… they have a whole floor dedicated to children’s books and a lovely set of story steps with scatter cushions where people can get comfy. Which we did… for hours. We didn’t visit the café there but had a quick look and the prices were good. This is a brilliant rainy afternoon spot.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens – we had a walk to Birmingham Botanical Gardens one afternoon and enjoyed wandering through the tropical rainforest greenhouse. Around the greenhouses there are beautiful gardens, a playground and a butterfly house which wasn’t open when we visited. It opens from May-September.
The Canals – It’s said (by people that know alot more about this than me) that Birmingham has more miles of canals then Venice, and more trees than Paris. We decided to explore the canals on a narrow boat enjoying a leisurely cruise up & down. It’s a good way to get off your feet for an hour and if you haven’t got a restless baby you would be able to listen to the commentary about the history of the canals by the lovely staff.
We went with Sherborne Wharf daily public boat trips who sell snacks and drinks on board reasonably priced.
There are loads more attractions to see in and around the city but we ran out of time… partly due to how long Bella boo spent in the library (!) A fantastic source of information if you are heading there anytime time soon is Visit Birmingham
Having now spent some time in this city I certainly wouldn’t rule it out for nights out either…one thing Birmingham is not short of is places to have a drink or 10.
Have you seen our Country Mummy shop now live on the website selling gift bundles? Available at the moment we have the baba sensory bundle which includes 9 engaging & developmental items perfect to entertain your little ones alongwith a cream drawstring bag to store them all in. A beautiful baby shower gift.
We also have the mama bundle stocked with treats and decribed by one excited customer as a ‘box of happiness’
Launching soon we have the friendship bundle…and this one includes fizz 🙂