We think that Solihull is definitely worth a visit and we hope that this list goes some way to tell you why. We’ve pulled together the top 10 things to do while you’re in Solihull, but this list is by no means exhaustive, so be sure to do some extra research before you go to see what other treats lay in wait for your Solihull holiday.
1. Take a stroll at Elmdon Park
Now you might not think of animals and nature when we say the word Solihull, but this park has exactly that and is in the heart of Solihull. This Green Flag park is predominantly a nature reserve but it also has leisure facilities including tennis courts and a football pitch. If you’re not feeling too energetic, don’t worry. You can stroll around the lake or the walking trails. If you have children with you, see if they can find Twitters, a bird sculpture that was made from a tree removed from the park in 2003.
Address: Tanhouse Farm Rd., B92 9EY Solihull, UK
Website: Elmdon Park
2. Go crazy at Drayton Manor Theme Park
This theme park is a 27-minute drive from Solihull, but with easy transport routes, it definitely deserves a spot on our list! You can expect all the regular thrill-raising roller coasters, children’s zones, and food stalls. Drayton Manor also has a few additional highlights such as the high rope activity course for those of you who can handle the fear, a dinosaur trail for people wanting to channel their inner caveman, and even a penny-slot museum for anyone who wants a quieter trip.
Drayton Manor Theme Park
Address: Dr, Mile Oak, B78 3TW Tamworth, UK
Price: 39 GBP (49 USD)
Website: Drayton Manor Theme Park
3. Experience the spirit of Africa at Akamba Heritage Centre
We were pondering how best to describe this activity and this is what we came up with… essentially a huge African themed garden center with palm trees, sculpted animals, tropical cocktails on offer at the bar, curried goat at the restaurant, and reggae themed music nights. Ta da! Sounds like great fun to us! Not only that but Akamba is also a registered charity that does vital work in Africa. Be sure to check out the website to see if they are hosting any events during your visit.
Akamba Heritage Centre
Address: Tythe Barn Lane, Shirley, B90 1PH Solihull, UK
Opening Times: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (10 p.m. on event nights)
Website: Akamba Heritage Centre
4. Baddesley Clinton
Part of the National Trust, this late 1500s house is a must see during your stay in Solihull. With such a long and interesting history, you’ll easily be able to spend a few hours going around the house and gardens. We recommend taking part in the introductory talk to learn more about its history before you wander around. There is a shop and restaurant on site so you’ll be able to keep your energy up!
Address: Rising Ln., Knowle, B93 0DQ Solihull, UK
Opening Times: Garden, restaurant and shop open at 9 a.m., Manor House open from 11 a.m.
Website: Baddesley Clinton
5. Malvern and Brueton Park
Consider this as two parks in one with lots on offer: a local nature reserve, ornamental gardens, sensory gardens, and a nature trail. This Green Flag park status has a cafe on site so you can grab a hot chocolate to go as you explore. We also recommend cycling through this park to make sure you see everything.
Malvern and Brueton Park
Address: New Road, B91 3HW West Midlands, UK
Website: Malvern and Brueton Park
6. Watch a show at The Core Theatre
Everything you can expect from a theater; lots of shows and exhibitions including fitness classes, yoga, and art classes. It’s a little hub of activity and definitely worth a visit whilst you’re in Solihull.
The Core Theatre
Address: Homer Rd, Touchwood, B91 3RG Solihull, UK
Website: The Core Theatre
7. Try cooking classes at Orange Kitchen Cookery School
Want to brush up your cookery skills while you’re in Solihull, then look no further than the Orange Kitchen Cookery School. There are children’s and adult courses available and they cover everything from Morrocan to Thai cuisine and even a beer and butchery course. Children’s courses are aimed at 8 to 15-year-olds.
Orange Kitchen Cookery School
Address: Wythall, B47 6AJ Birmingham, UK
Price: 80 GBP (102 USD)
Website: Orange Kitchen Cookery School
8. Get ready to party at Silver Blades
If you like skating, then you will love this place! Every day is jam-packed with events and parties, but for the cheapest skate, head here on a Wednesday night. Events include Show And Skate, summer festivals, and regular disco nights.
Address: 119 Hobs Moat Rd, B92 8JN Solihull, UK
Price: 5.60 GBP (7.20 USD)
Website: Silver Blades Skating
9. Have fun at Four Ashes Golf Centre
Check out the golf center’s Crazy Golf course. Great for all ages this twelve hole course will have you in fits of giggles as you try to outsmart the course. Want something a bit more serious while the kids play Crazy Golf? Head over the driving range on site or just sit in the Caddyshack Cafe and bar with a beer. The choice is yours.
Four Ashes Golf Centre
Address: Four Ashes Rd, Dorridge, B93 8NQ Solihull, UK
Price: 7 GBP (9 USD) for Crazy Golf
Website: Four Ashes Crazy Golf
10. Buy organic at the farmers' market
Want to eat fresh local and organic foods? Then head to the monthly farmers’ market which takes place on High Street. You can grab a bargain, your monthly shop, or a quick feast. The opening times vary between seasons so definitely check the website before heading out.
Address: 57 High St, B91 3SW Solihull, UK
Website: Farmers’ Market
Solihull is at the center of everything
Solihull has so many activities and things you can see or do while on holiday that we had trouble selecting just the top 10. Want to see for yourself why Solihull is so great? Book your tickets and head there today. Be sure to take a copy of our top 10 list though to help you plan your days!
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