This will be the first in a series of posts focusing on affordable days out in the West Midlands for you and your family.
All of the suggestions here have free entry, parking or access by public transport, providing great days out that will only cost you the price of getting there and back!
Our first suggestion is the Lickey Hills Country Park. Situated just 10 miles south-west of Birmingham, the Lickey Hill’s are a great option for those living in Northfield, Longbridge, Rubery or Rednal area.
The Country Park possesses a variety of wildlife and woodland for families to explore as well as its famous viewpoints where you can look out over the city of Birmingham. With 524 acres there is lots of fun to be had. Why not try out their adventure playground, Table-tennis facilities or try your hand at Tri-golf.
Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are located at the Visitor Centre.
If you are travelling without a car, the number 19 bus can get you to Frankley, the rest of the journey can either be walked or accessed via the 202 to Bromsgrove, just hop off by Lickey Church!
Car parking is free!
The Earlswood Lakes is another great option to explore and spot local wildlife with your family. Created to supply the local canals, there are three lakes and canal towpaths to stroll around. Those living in Acocks Green, Hall Green, Small Heath or Tyseley areas can access the lakes direct by train via the North Warwickshire Line. Visitors can get off at The Lakes station, but don’t forget to let the conductor know as the station is a requested stop only!
The Crackley Woods are an option for those living in Coventry, Leamington or Kenilworth. Those visiting can check out the ancient woodland itself, or alternatively head through the woods to the Kenilworth Greenway Project. This former railway line is now a paved cycle route which is an excellent place for your kids to let off some steam on their bikes. You can park for free on Crackley Lane, or get close by bus via the X17 to Warwick.
If you live in the Wolverhampton area why not give West Park a try. The park is considered to be one of the best, unspoilt examples of Victorian parks left in England and is Wolverhampton’s premier open space.
The park is roughly 43 acres in area including its lake, and provides a beautifully landscaped green space within a ten-minute walk of Wolverhampton city centre. Live outside the city centre why not jump on the train or tram to Wolverhampton or hop on the 525 bus.
The park offers great places for picnics; Children’s play areas, along with Tennis courts and a lovely tea room.
This park also offers disabled access.