Quality Hotel Birmingham South NEC
47-49 Sherbourne Road
Birmingham, EN B27 6DX
Phone: (44) 121 706-5900
Fax: (44) 121 624-5900
47-49 Sherbourne Road Acocks Green, Birmingham, EN, GB, B27 6DX
- Phone: (44) 121 706-5900
- Fax: (44) 121 624-5900
There are no mountains in Solihull, an affluent area on the south-eastern outskirts of the Birmingham conurbation. But Solihull Mountaineering Club gives you the opportunity to go mountain climbing away from Solihull, the club is also involved in other related sports such as mountain biking, hiking and orienteering. There is a lively program of social events, too.
This is the ideal park for the entire family, offering a variety of facilities including boating lakes, playgrounds, tennis courts, tropical greenhouses and nature conservation areas. It is also the home of the Midland Arts Centre. A walking/bicycling route winds through the grounds that has recently been extended. The park also plays host to a variety of concerts, performances and the annual Fireworks Fantasia. Admission to the park is free.
The center has over 134 species of mainly British and European wildlife. It can be found at the back of Cannon Hill Park, opposite Pebble Mill and close to Edgbaston Cricket Ground. It's a loving home to otters, foxes, owls and fallow deer, and has a section for the under fives with rabbits, guinea pigs and a duck pond. There is also a visitor center and a cafe. The center is an ideal place for young children to learn about wildlife and the importance of conservation.
If you not only have no fear of flying, but are prepared to pilot an aircraft, this is the place for you. The Aviation Hobby Centre, situated within the airport complex, sells books, videos, radios and everything the private pilot could need. You don't even need to fly to come here. Plane-spotting is a pastime that has many followers in Birmingham, and knowledgeable enthusiasts love to buy specialist books and equipment. Some fly regularly, but others just prefer to watch and learn about the planes without getting off the ground.
No need to worry if you're not quite Tiger Woods yet, this "pay and play" golf club caters for all levels of golfer. The club offers tuition, annual memberships and a customized clubhouse in which to relax after a round. The club houses a shop selling all the necessary golfing equipment at highly competitive prices. The location is extremely picturesque and will serve as a calming backdrop to the most atrocious of rounds. Advance bookings are welcome.
The National Sea Life Centre is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. One of the most thrilling things about this aquarium is its 360-degree transparent tunnel, which lets you stand in the middle of the ocean while sharks and other aquatic life forms swim around you. There are 55 displays in total, including the "Kingdom of the Seahorse" and "Claws," featuring the giant Japanese spider crab amongst other fearsome crustaceans.
Community Hall is at the National Indoor Arena in the city center, and offers various recreational activities including aerobics, circuit training, martial arts, badminton and football. There is a fitness suite with weight training facilities and there are also sun beds and saunas. The facilities here are first class, as one might expect from the National Indoor Arena, but major events at the NIA may from time to time prevent the public from using Community Hall so do telephone to check opening times.
The University of Birmingham is one of the top sporting universities in the country and has an excellent sports center with first class facilities. While it was obviously designed for the use of students, anyone can apply to become a member and enjoy everything the center has to offer. It offers a great deal with tennis courts, acres of outdoor grass pitches, squash courts, gym facilities, three sports halls, a swimming pool and much more besides. There is also a well-equipped sports shop.
Cadbury World offers plenty for both kids and chocolate-loving adults alike. There are rides, a factory tour, chocolate-making demonstrations and lots of the popular chocolates for sale at discount prices in the factory shop. You can also learn about the history of both chocolate and the Cadbury family through a series of colorful exhibitions and interactive displays. One word of warning, however: the Cadbury tour is very popular and visits should be booked in advance. Please check website or call +44 844 880 7667 before the visit.
If you are a keen angler then you are in good company, as it is said to be the largest participation sport in Britain. With a number of reservoirs, rivers and canals in the Birmingham area, it comes as no surprise to learn that it is a very popular pastime in Britain's second city too. The Birmingham Anglers' Association looks after the interests of local anglers, advising on matters that affect those who love fishing and encouraging responsible participation in this sport.
As it's a council-run course, anyone can play at this pleasant municipal golf course to the north-east of the city centre. A full 18 holes await, and you will find a range of amenities for the keen golfer including a golf shop with equipment for sale or hire. The course itself is a mature one, with fairways lined with deciduous trees and gorse bushes. It is not too daunting for the beginner, yet still offers a good round for the more experienced player. There is also assistance available for the disabled and guide dogs are welcome. Call ahead for timings.
Not to be confused with the Harborne Golf Club nearby, this is a council-run course open to everyone, although it only has nine holes. The plus side of this is that it's cheaper to play here than at the council's 18-hole courses. Lack of size doesn't imply lack of facilities, as there is a fully-stocked shop, hire equipment is available and there is a teaching academy here. There's also a cafe serving excellent breakfasts.