Regional Short Breaks

Regional Short Break

Day One – The Black Country

Including towns such as Wolverhampton, Dudley, Smethwick and Walsall as well as the surrounding countryside and villages, The Black Country might have earned its name from its history as the original home of British heavy industry and manufacturing, but it is a surprisingly beautiful breath of fresh air to visit. 

Morning: Black Country Living Museum
Covering 26 acres of former industrial land, Black Country Living Museum transports visitors back in time to tell the story of the creation of the world’s first industrial landscape. Working craftsmen bring the buildings to life with their local knowledge, practical skills and unique Black Country humour. You can learn about horse shoe making and glass blowing, go back to school and discover just how tough it used to be or if you feel like treating yourself, pop into the old fashioned sweet shop for a taste of yesterday!

Lunch: Hobbs Fish and Chip Shop
The Museum’s award-winning fish and chips are cooked in beef dripping for an authentic taste of the past. Hobbs Fish and Chip Shop have dished up the nation's favourite food to countless Black Country folk. The landmark building was moved here and rebuilt, brick by brick, where it forms the centrepiece of the 1930’s High Street.

Afternoon: Dudley Canal Trust Boat Trip
Dudley Canal Trust tours embrace the geology, archaeology, sociology and economics of the area. The ride takes you through impressive limestone caverns carved out by miners many years ago.

You will learn how the limestone was originally formed, see stunning reconstructions and even be treated to a music and light show in the singing cavern. You can also discover the art of legging, where men would use their legs to propel the boat through the tunnel.

Day Two - Solihull

Combining vibrant activity with relaxing charm, Solihull offers some of the best shopping in the region, amazing live events at the Genting Arena and NEC and rural villages nestled in beautiful countryside.

Morning: National Motorcycle Museum
The National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull is recognised as the finest and largest motorcycle museum in the world, where older generations can once again view the machines they rode in days gone by, and younger generations can study the development of motorcycles from earlier days to the golden years of the 1930s-60s.

Lunch: Tempus Restaurant and Bar
Tempus Restaurant and Bar at The St. John’s Hotel Solihull is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving local produce and specialties from across the Midlands wherever possible, with menus that are designed to deliver mouth-watering cuisine across modern dishes and classics with a twist.

Afternoon: Malvern and Brueton Parks
Only a couple of minutes from the centre of Solihull are Malvern and Brueton Parks, spend the afternoon relaxing with a lake, café, nature centre and children’s adventure playground all to enjoy.

Evening: Solihull Arts Complex 
A multi-purpose arts venue in the heart of Solihull town centre, this busy venue hosts a varied mix of professional and amateur events including music, drama, comedy and dance.

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