Now that the weather is finally picking up and you can go for a walk without freezing your toes off, it's definitely the season for more family days out.
Here are some ideas for things to do for all ages if you're out and about in the West Midlands:
Bluebell walking in Warwickshire: If you've got older children with an appetite for a long walk, take in the glorious sites of the Warwickshire countryside during the seven mile stretch kicking off from Wootton Wawen. You'll be taken on a journey along the canal to Bridge 49, via Kington Grange, Cutlers Farm to Austy Bluebell Woods – one of the largest woods in Warwickshire which is very popular for its bluebells.
Before returning to Wootton Wawen, ramblers can look forward to soaking up the stunning surroundings as they enjoy lunch at the Yew Tree Café, or take a look around some of the unique shops at Yew Tree Farm. Find out more from the website here.
Ancient traditions in Shropshire: In the middle of the little village of Aston on Clun, in South Shropshire, is a Black Poplar Tree. Each year, the tree becomes the focus of attention on the last Sunday in May so why not join in this ancient tradition which dates back to Celtic times.
The tree is known as the Arbor Tree, and the day is Arbor Day, when local people and visitors from all over the world come to see the famous 'wedding pageant' with all the celebrations involved. Aston on Clun is the only village in Britain where this annual custom survives.
Food Glorious Food in Shropshire: Ludlow's Spring Festival 2010 takes place in the grounds of the historic Ludlow Castle, in Shropshire (8-9 May). Ludlow is the epicentre of the slow food movement so you can expect the weekend to be bursting with good food, as well as great local beers, bangers, bread and much more.
The well-established Marches Transport Festival, a display of classic cars and other vehicles, also takes place in and around the Castle on the Sunday – so there is a double attraction for all to enjoy.
Mac is back in Birmingham!: After two years of hard work, and a £15m expansion and refurbishment project, mac arts centre, in Birmingham has just reopened its doors over May Bank Holiday weekend with shows, performances, and plenty of free activities.
The building is now home to a purpose designed gallery, a top-class theatre, brand new performing arts studios and a dedicated visual and audio media studio.
Can you recommend a good place for a day out in the West Midlands? Leave a comment below
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