4 local activities for the whole family this bank holiday

Published 27/08/2021

It’s hard to believe but we’re already approaching the end of August! That means one thing, another bank holiday to enjoy. With the country now fully reopen we have put together four activities you can do locally with the whole family.

Dudley Zoo

Dudley Zoo is home to more than 1300 animals and has around 200 species, including some of the rarest creatures on planet earth. The zoo is built on the grounds of Dudley Castle, originally the brainchild of the third Earl of Dudley.

It’s instrumental to international conservation and breeding programmes. Endangered species include Asiatic lions, Sumatran tigers, Bornean orangutans, Tibetan red pandas, Rothschild giraffes, Madagascan lemurs and Humboldt penguins.

Dudley Zoo recommend that you pre-book your tickets via their online booking system. There may be a number of tickets available on the gate subject to availability but to avoid disappointment it’s recommended to book before hand.

National Sea Life Birmingham

Does the UK’s only 360 ocean tunnel sound fun to you? Why not plan a day trip to Birmingham’s National Sea Life Centre this Bank Holiday. There is so much to explore at the Sea Life Centre, making it the perfect day out for the whole family. Not only does it feature the 360 ocean tunnel, but you’ll also get the opportunity to see the UK’s first sea otters and the penguin ice adventure.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, you are asked to book all tickets online in order to guarantee entry. All bookings come with flexibility, meaning you can reschedule your arrive time for free, up to 24 hours before your arrival time.

Lickey Hills Country Park

Our third recommended day out takes us to the pretty Lickey Hills Country Park which includes a range of fun activities and stunning viewpoints. The Country Park has a number of marked walking trails of varying lengths and difficulty, suitable for all abilities. A “great walks” guide can be purchased at the visitor centre to give you detailed routes and information.

Other activities include horse riding, cycling and a crazy golf course, giving you plenty of choice for the whole family. The best access car park for families is on Warren Lane, which is the closest to the visitor centre and playground.

For more information please click here.

Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum

Located at Millennium Point Birmingham, Thinktank is an award-winning science museum perfect for a fun family day out. The museum features “MiniBrum”, Thinktank’s very own mini city which is aimed at under 8s, featuring several different play zones including a transport area, shops, park and construction site with slide. There are also specifically designed sensory areas for babies.

As you move further around the main museum, you are greeted by a science and industry area, spitfire gallery, marine worlds gallery, an all new changing planet feature and scientific facts and viewings from the past, present and future.

Outdoor fun for the kids

Located outside Thinktank is The Science Garden, which is packed with surprises and fun activities for the whole family. It offers an adventurous and entertaining day out, bringing themes of engineering, mechanics and transportation to life through over 30 hands-on exhibits.


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