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Only the Best: Best Places to Visit in the Midlands in 2018

Dela Lozanova

21 November 2018

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We always try to make sure you get to have the best family days out possible! That’s why we put together this little guide to the best places to visit in the Midlands.

We didn’t pick the attractions either, YOU did! Over 20,000 parents in the UK voted to select this year’s Family Favourites Awards winners; we’re just here to spread the world. So, here we go - the best things to do in the Midlands are all ready for you to discover!

Best FREE Family Day Out in the Midlands

WINNER: Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham

Geology museum in Birmingham

3.5 billion years of history in one place for free - how about that! Lapworth Museum of Geology is one of Birmingham’s hidden gems. There are plenty of fossils and curious artefacts for you to discover, including the kids’ absolute favourite - the life-sized dinosaur skeletons.

If you’re curious to find out what was going on in Birmingham during different periods of the dinosaur ages, this is the best place to visit in the Midlands. Your little ones will leave the Lapworth Museum of Geology full of excitement and armed with lots of new knowledge to share in school. Don’t think that being a grown-up means you won’t find curious surprises, either. It’s never too late to learn!

Best Event at an Attraction in the Midlands

WINNER: Dippy on Tour at Birmingham Museum and Gallery

Dippy on tour

Dinosaurs seem to be unanimously agreed to be a family favourite in the whole of the Midlands! Dippy on Tour made a stop at Birmingham Museum and Gallery this summer and your tiny dino lovers just couldn’t get enough of him.

Somehow you missed the whole Dippy episode? Well, Dippy the Diplodocus is a 292 piece skeleton of a real dinosaur that lived between 156 and 145 million years ago. This 26-metre giant went on tour around the UK this year and made headlines all over the place.

Dippy is currently in Ulster Museum in Belfast. He’ll still be on tour till 2020 when he’ll return to his permanent home at the Natural History Museum in London.

Best Day Out for Under 5s in the Midlands

WINNER: Children’s Play Village, Warwick

Play area at children's Play Village

For those of you who’ve got tots on their hands, Children’s Play Village in Warwick is one of the best places to visit in the Midlands.

Role play is a well-known kids’ favourite and Children’s Play Village does it just right. The centre comprises of 12 different, high-quality pretend play locations, situated in a picturesque little town where everything is child-sized.

Brave firefighters, caring nurses, loving horse trainers, creative hairdresser - these are all things your little ones can become at the centre. Uniforms and equipment to complete the tasks are all available. Really, at Children’s Play Village the little ones have all the tools to have as much fun as their imagination can create.

Best Animal Day Out in the Midlands

WINNER: West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley

West Midlands Safari

West Midlands Safari Park near Bewdley is not only one of the best things to do in the Midlands, but also one of the top safari parks in the whole UK.

Coming face to face with the animals with no cages and barriers in-between is simply a great experience. Also, meeting zebras, rhinos and other exotic African animals isn’t something your kids get to do everyday in the Midlands. Believe us, this is one family day out the little ones will remember for a long time!

And if you weren’t 100% sold yet, remember the park also has an Adventure Theme Park, jam-packed with hair-raising rides and coaster. A healthy dose of thrills makes any day out better!

Best Educational Day Out in the Midlands

WINNER: Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

Kids at Black Country Living Museum

Kids are rarely drawn by museums; items protected by windows and lots of “Don’t Touch!” signs don’t necessarily excite the little ones. However, the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley is something entirely different.

Here, history isn’t sitting on a shelf - it’s living, breathing everywhere around you. Actors in period costumes will take you on a journey through time in an open-air museum, complete with authentic houses and craftsmen’s shops. You can see why this attraction was chosen as one of the best things to do in the Midlands!

Best Active Day Out in the Midlands

WINNER: CONKERS, Swadlincote

High ropes course of CONKERS

Ready for some aerial action? Facing the heights of the high (or even the low) ropes courses at CONKERS in Swadlincote will be a thoroughly exhilarating challenge to complete for the whole family.

Your physical ability and your courage will both be put to the test but once you finish the course successfully, you’ll be beaming with pride, and deservedly so! After a day at CONKERS, the little adventurers will have no trouble falling asleep; they’ll be completely tired out but absolutely happy.

Excited to explore some of the best places to visit in the Midlands in 2018? Check out the Day Out With The Kids Membership and start saving on your days out!

Looking for more ideas? Take a look at the Family Favourites Awards finalists and winners, and read more about them in our “Only the Best” series:

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Dela Lozanova

21 November 2018

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Dela is a Digital Content Executive at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from sunny Varna on the Bulgarian seacoast, she now lives in Coventry and travels regularly throughout Europe to escape the rain.

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