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Often overlooked, the Midlands have some fantastic opportunities for fun-filled, innovative days out. The Heart of England, as it is affectionately known, is rife with beautiful scenery, thriving cities and most importantly, plenty to keep your family occupied during the long summer holidays. Read on for Sykes Cottages’ top picks for days out in the Midlands.

NPF Bassetts Pole, Birmingham

NPF Bassetts Pole is a fantastic paintball and outdoor activity centre in Birmingham with over 27 years’ experience. They have a wide range of activities on offer including paintballing, woodland combat laser, inflatable games, bushcraft survival skills and quad trekking. They’re also home to the UK’s largest inflatable assault course so if you’re looking for an energetic day out with friends or just hoping to tire your kids out, then we’d definitely recommend a visit here. NPF Bassetts Pole is the perfect fun day out for families, friends and hen & stag parties. For more information about this fun-filled day out, please visit their website.

Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster

Severn Valley Railway

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The Severn Valley Railway, running from Bridgnorth, Shropshire to Kidderminster, Worcestershire, is one of the most popular heritage railways in the country and makes for a fantastic day out for all the family! This railway has featured in many films over the years including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, 450 from Paddington and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Visitors to the railway can experience the beauty of the Severn Valley in a new and unique way as they ride the 16 mile journey on one of these extraordinary heritage steam-hauled trains. The Severn Valley Railway also has its own visitor centre at its Highley station, which is home to their reserve locomotives, fascinating exhibitions, a gift shop and restaurant with panoramic views across the stunning Severn Valley.

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge

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Blists Hill Victorian Town is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge museums spread along the River Severn. Here, you can step back in time and experience life as it would have been 100 years ago during the Victorian era by strolling through a reconstructed Victorian town. You’ll be able to exchange your money into pounds, shilling and pence and browse the Victorian-style shops which include an old sweetshop, bakery and greengrocers; visit the Victorian fairground, dress up in traditional Victorian costume; and even take a look inside a Victorian cottage to discover what life would have been like. For an educational day out, Blists Hill Victorian Town is a fascinating and unusual choice, suitable for all ages.

Rent a holiday cottage in the Heart of England

Holiday cottage

White Hopton House, Ref 906834

If you’re visiting one of the many fantastic attractions in the Midlands this summer, then why not book one of our wonderful holiday cottages in the area? Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, an action-packed family holiday or a peaceful break in an accessible location, we have a stunning selection of cottages in the Heart of England for you to choose from.

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