There are so many brilliant places in and around Shropshire for all the family to enjoy. My name is Beth and I blog at Twinderelmo.co.uk. I am Shropshire born and bred so I have racked up my fair share of days out. I thought I would share some of my favourite days out – for all weathers!
Cosford Air Museum is in Albrighton, near Wolverhampton and is free to enter (there’s a small car parking fee) It’s perfect for aeroplane enthusiasts and also has a lovely cafe. It’s a great one on a soggy day to visit.
Here is Shropshire, we are so lucky to have so many beautiful National Trust sites based in and around Shropshire. Our favourite is definitely Attingham Park in Shrewsbury which has a HUGE park, not to mention deer walks, a large house and lots of tasty cafes; there really is so much to see and do. The snowdrops are currently out in full force at Attingham as we found out a few weeks back.
If you are looking for a great tourist spot, then look no further than the historical Ironbridge. The town is steeped in great history and it’s a really lovely little town to have a wander around. You can get fish and chips and have a walk along the river, down to Dale End park which is great for the kids to let off some steam.
The Wyre Forest in Kidderminster is part of the Forestry Commission run forests and they have just launched a new Highway rat trail, which replaced the old Gruffalo trail that we loved going on. You can download an app and the characters come to life as you tick them off your list. The Wyre Forest also has a Go Ape area for older children and adults, and has a cafe, picnic area and play areas – and best of all you only have to pay for car parking!
Rays Farm based near Bridgnorth is a great day for younger children. There are lots of farm animals that you can get up close and personal with, including going inside the goat enclosure to feed them. There is also a woodland walk (that can get very muddy so take your wellies) along with a great indoor soft play zone if the weather is a bit drizzly. A little tip would be to check out the books for sale in the courtyard cafe as they’re so cheap and all the proceeds go to charity. It is a real favourite place of my girls, thanks to the menagerie of animals.
Last summer, there was a huge craze called “Shropshire Rocks” where you paint a rock and hide it for someone else to find and re-hide. It was hugely popular and their Facebook page is huge. We can’t wait for the better weather to start joining in as there were so many parks dotted around Shropshire that partake in the Shropshire Rocks fun. It’s a great way to get the kids outside and crafting.
Finally, another of our favourites is West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire where you get up close and personal with endangered exotic animals in the drive-through safari. They also have a new land of dinosaurs which move and make scary noises. They also have just opened a Boj play area which is brilliant for the kids. There are lots of tasty places to stop for food, not to mention interesting keeper talks throughout the day involving the various animals and so many animals to see.