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Natural Attractions, West Midlands

Natural Attractions, West Midlands

Hi guys! ๐Ÿ™‚

So the days are getting darker and the weather is getting a little bit miserable… but there is still a little bit of time before it starts getting REALLY wintry! So I’d like to take the opportunity to let you know about some of the natural attractions in the West Midlands. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you haven’t already checked out my Cannock Chase blog then take a quick look โ€“ it’s a lovely place for walking! Another couple of great places for walking are Kinver or The Wrekin. I’ve taken my dog here before and he loved it!

Trentham Monkey Forest

Feel like monkeying around? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Trentham Monkey Forest is a 50-minute drive from Birmingham city centre but to make your day out worthwhile, there is also a botanical garden you can walk around and you could also visit Newcastle-under-Lyme District or Stafford for some shopping.

The thing I enjoyed the most at the monkey forest was watching the baby try to climb the tree but he kept falling…ย so cute! And also watching the other monkeys wind each other up doing backflips over the stream…ย cheeky!

Opening hoursย are 10am-4pm until 4 November, then it will be closed until February!

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are just a 10-minute drive from Summer Row. If you have children then there is a Fairytale Halloween Party happening onย 31 October which includes:

  • Live music
  • Dancing
  • DJs
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Games
  • Facepainting
  • DIGBETH DINING CLUB (I love the food they have at the Digbeth Dining Club stalls!! Follow this link to read my previous blog about it ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

They are open 10am-5pm until March, and after March they will be open for longer hours.

There is also a butterfly house here. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stratford Butterfly Farm

Stratford Butterfly Farm is a 50-minute drive from Birmingham city centre and is, in my opinion, better than the butterfly house at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. They have an education centre, gift shop and a rainforest flight area which is a tropical landscaped environment with the most beautiful butterflies from all over the world. This tropical butterfly display is the largest in the UK!

This summer I actually grew my own butterflies… My mum mentioned that the children were doing it at her old workplace and it made me want to do it… even if it is considered a children’s activity, haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

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If the weather really is getting too bitter but you’d still like to see some nature, there’s:

The Sea Life Centre

Located between Brindley Place and Birmingham Library. It’s just a 10-minute walk from UCB Summer Row! If you book online you can save up to 35% on tickets! They have a conservation project here which is lovely and they are partnered with the SeaLife Trust Charity.ย Creatures that you can visit at the Sea Life Centre are:

  • Penguins
  • Seals
  • Stingrays
  • Sharks
  • Octopuses
  • Seahorses
  • Pirahnas
  • Jellyfish
  • Other fish

Brindley Place in Birmingham

A lot of lovely canals and not far from Broad Street! I love this area as it has a nice vibe and there’s lots of bars and restaurants overlooking the canals. There’s also occasionally bands playing at one end of the bridge as you come across from the ICC. This is an ideal place to go for food before night clubbing in town… I will do another blog soon about the great places to go out clubbing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you enjoy the last bit of bearable weather! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚ Charley x

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