West Midlands

Looking for things to do in the West Midlands? The region is packed with dazzling theatres, colossal exhibition centres, Balti restaurants, and shiny shopping malls. Shrines in Coventry include super-size-sports and music arenas and cathedral ruins alike. With endless ancient woodlands, heaths, and wetlands to explore, it isn’t hard to see how this place inspired JRR Tolkien to write The Lord of the Rings. With county cricket, Premier League football, and rugby union alongside Europe’s biggest library, both sports fans and bookworms will be in heaven. The West Midlands is also home to Cadbury’s chocolate factory where you can taste the chocolate fresh from the production line.

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Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire, while the early morning sun illuminates the Italian Garden, featuring fastigate Irish yews, herbaceous borders and planters containing Portuguese laurels (Prunus lusitanica). Photographed in October.

West Midlands

Looking for things to do in the West Midlands? The region is packed with dazzling theatres, colossal exhibition centres, Balti restaurants, and shiny shopping malls. Shrines in Coventry include super-size-sports and music arenas and cathedral ruins alike. With endless ancient woodlands, heaths, and wetlands to explore, it isn’t hard to see how this place inspired JRR Tolkien to write The Lord of the Rings. With county cricket, Premier League football, and rugby union alongside Europe’s biggest library, both sports fans and bookworms will be in heaven. The West Midlands is also home to Cadbury’s chocolate factory where you can taste the chocolate fresh from the production line.

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Discover green Birmingham

Discover green Birmingham

Birmingham has more than 8,000 acres of award-winning green spaces and parks – more than any other European city.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Take one historic town, an enviable food culture, passionate local chefs and food producers and you get the perfect recipe for Ludlow Food Festival.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

 
Live it up in Birmingham’s refurbished Mailbox

Live it up in Birmingham’s refurbished Mailbox

If you’re after an indulgent escape, look no further than Birmingham, and more specifically the Mailbox.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Don your chef’s hat at Birmingham’s Michelin-starred eateries

Don your chef’s hat at Birmingham’s Michelin-starred eateries

At the elegant Simpsons restaurant you’ll do more than enjoy a tranquil lunch. You’ll be swapping places with the chef and making the food yourself.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Enjoy a trip through the heart of Birmingham via its watery wonders.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Meet the new arrivals in Birmingham

Meet the new arrivals in Birmingham

There are bundles of new baby animals to make the acquaintance of from all corners of the globe at Sea Life UK Birmingham and Dudley Zoological Gardens.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

This lavish Georgian house in Birmingham was once the home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, leading member of the Lunar Society.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Geocaching in the Clent Hills

Geocaching in the Clent Hills

Discover your new favourite places.

Location: West Midlands

 
Create your own fine dining experience at Simpsons

Create your own fine dining experience at Simpsons

Fancy yourself as a bit of an amateur chef? Swap places with the chef and make the food yourself.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Fall in love (all over again) at Malmaison Birmingham

Fall in love (all over again) at Malmaison Birmingham

Topping the list as England’s fastest growing Valentine’s Day destination, where better to rekindle a romance than in Birmingham?

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Uncover hidden treasures in the historic Jewellery Quarter

Uncover hidden treasures in the historic Jewellery Quarter

Explore this creative industrial hub in Birmingham and admire Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Have a Teutonic shopping experience, and don't miss the Glüwein!

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Flicks in the Sticks in Mortimer Country

Flicks in the Sticks in Mortimer Country

Cinema lovers can enjoy watching nearly 100 film titles from across the globe at venues spread throughout Herefordshire and Shropshire from 24 February to 12 March.

Location: Herefordshire

 
Experience an on-stage extravaganza at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Experience an on-stage extravaganza at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Plan a theatre trip to Birmingham and enjoy classic performances by the famous Birmingham Royal Ballet, comedy, drama, opera and fun-filled musicals.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Step into the magical world of JRR Tolkien

Step into the magical world of JRR Tolkien

Celebrate this great literary mind by exploring his childhood haunts, the inspiration for literary classics Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Strike gold at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Strike gold at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Find hidden treasures at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, home to the famous Staffordshire Hoard and extraordinary art exhibitions.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
May events: Stay glued to the screen with Flatpack Festival

May events: Stay glued to the screen with Flatpack Festival

Flatpack is a film event like no other; celebrate the wonders of film and TV in cultural venues across the whole of Birmingham every April.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Head to Birmingham for a summer of festivals

Head to Birmingham for a summer of festivals

This summer the streets, parks, bars and squares of Birmingham will be filled with melody as the city plays host to some fantastic music festivals.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Birmingham's Bullring, books and boutiques

Birmingham's Bullring, books and boutiques

Enjoy contemporary architectural and cultural gems as well as its shopping and nightlife.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Uncover the story of West Midland’s industrial heritage

Uncover the story of West Midland’s industrial heritage

Go back to the where it all started, the Black Country Living Museum – home of the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Dudley, West Midlands

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