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Free Family Days Out In The West Midlands

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If you’re trying to keep a lid on your expenses this month but you’d really love to have a day out with the family, take a look at these ideas for fun days out in the West Midlands. We think that you will be pleasantly surprised at just how much you can still do these days without spending a penny.

Forge Mill Farm, West Bromwich

First off is a fantastic farm where you can see a variety of livestock in a beautiful rural location, all for free. If you have some money to spare and you would like to treat yourself, there is a farm shop at Forge Mill too, where you can buy fresh meat and vegetables. You can also enjoy snacks and refreshing drinks in the café, at very reasonable prices. In addition to checking out all the animals, your children can enjoy the play area and follow the farm trail before you head home to cook yourself a delicious meal with the fresh ingredients that you bought.

Worcester Woods Country Park

If your family enjoy walks in the countryside, this park absolutely must go on your shortlist of things to do for free at the weekends. As well as the two nature reserves, the park boasts a café, an adventure playground where the kids can go mad and a picnic area. With a hundred acres of venerable Worcestershire woodland and ten acres of meadows, where many different wildflower species can be found, Worcester Woods Country Park is a great place to go at any time of the year when you fancy relaxing in natural surroundings. Seating can be found at regular intervals, which is very handy for older members of the family who may need to stop for a rest every now and then.

Coventry Transport Museum

If you fancy a day out that doesn’t involve walking around in the countryside for long periods of time, perhaps because the weather is a little too cold or because you are exhausted after a hard week at work, check out Coventry Transport Museum for a change of pace. With hundreds of historic cars and motorbikes to see, as well as a child-friendly café where you can pause for refreshments and interactive exhibits for youngsters, this is a fantastic destination for families with children of all ages and, in common with all the destinations on this page, admission to the museum is completely free.

Westport Lake, Stoke-on-Trent

This is a great spot for amateur ornithologists, with many uncommon species of bird choosing to stop off at the lake as part of their winter migratory route. If our feathered friends do not interest you, it is still a beautiful place for a Sunday afternoon stroll, with wonderful views over the lake and an affordable café where you can enjoy a light snack before heading home. There is also a children’s play area near the visitor centre, where younger members of the family can enjoy themselves in a safe environment. Westport Lake is open every day of the year, except for Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, from 10am-4pm.

Sutton Park, Birmingham

Birmingham’s biggest park is open every day from 10am, closing at 7pm in the summer and at 4pm during the winter months. Some of the activities that you and your family can enjoy when visiting this historic park include cycling, jogging, fishing, orienteering and nature watching. Alternatively, you could just go for a walk and see what happens. With more than 2000 acres to explore, you are sure to find plenty to keep yourselves amused. There are children’s play areas and restaurants in the park, and car parks located at each of the main entrances. Because it is just 6 miles north of Birmingham it’s very easy to reach if you live in the city.

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire

If you and your family are at all interested in airplanes, you must make time to visit this popular RAF museum in Shropshire. This is where you can find the oldest Spitfire in the world, as well as a rare Lincoln Bomber. There are more than 70 aircraft at RAF Cosford, spread over three wartime hangars. The museum also houses an impressive missile and engine collection, which is a big hit with boys of all ages. If you have daughters, they are sure to love the life-size Matryoshka dolls that can be found in the National Cold War Exhibition at the museum, and both boys and girls tend to love the interactive exhibits in the Fun ‘n’ Flight gallery.

Fradley Junction, Staffordshire

If you think that your family might enjoy a day by the river, it is well worth taking them to Fradley Junction in Staffordshire, where the Trent, Mersey and Coventry canals meet. As well as watching colourful narrowboats navigate these historic English waterways, you can explore the nature reserve and have a bite to eat at the riverside café, while watching the world go by. Admission is of course free and opening hours are 10am-4pm during the winter and 10am-5pm in the summer.

West Park, Wolverhampton

For a unique insight into what Victorians in the West Midlands used to do with their leisure time, a visit to West Park is a must. Only a 10-minute walk from the city centre, the park has been wonderfully preserved and features a boating lake, children’s play area, tennis courts and picnic areas. There is also a bowling green, which can be found in Park Crescent, and a heated Victorian conservatory that is open from 10am to 4pm, every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Take a trip back in time with your family this weekend by paying a visit to West Park.

There are many other destinations in the West Midlands that do not charge an entrance fee so if none of the above appeal to you, have a look to see what else you can find; there is sure to be something that tickles your fancy.

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David Griffin David Griffin trained as a graphic designer and now helps PaydayLoan123 with social media. He is a born and bred Londoner who has recently moved out of the capital and is probably missing it a little too much. He enjoys fishing, playing golf and working out at the gym, when he feels energetic enough!

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