Quality Hotel Birmingham South NEC
47-49 Sherbourne Road
Birmingham, EN B27 6DX
Phone: (44) 121 706-5900
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Shire Country Park in south Birmingham stretches across the impressively varied landscape from Yardley Wood up to Small Heath along the River Cole. the park contains within its boundaries opportunities to explore various habitats including wetlands, grasslands and wooded areas. Depending which area of this vast park you choose to explore you could be treated to sightings of bats, swans, kingfishers, butterflies and foxes. While visiting the entire area of the park in a single day is not possible, the park is made up of a number of local nature reserves which make for great day trips. Apart from the undeniable natural heritage, visitors can also visit a number of sites of historical interest within the park, including the renown author J. R. R. Tolkein's childhood haunts.
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.
Moseley Bog is maintained as a local nature reserve and forms a part of the Shire Country Park. Historically the bog was once the site of a secondary reservoir which, although drained, has led to the development of wet woodlands and fens. These rare habitats support a plethora of specialized species of plant and wildlife. The sound of Coldbath brook flowing through the bog serves as a soothing background score accompanied by birdsong. The Coldbath pond serves as the origin of the brook and is teaming with amphibians. The reserve is also home to the burnt mounds which have provided evidence of human activity in the area during the Bronze Age. So beautiful is the bog that it has even served as an inspiration to the renown author J. R. R. Tolkein, who fashioned the forests of his Middle-earth upon Moseley Bog.
Initially known as the Jacey Park, the area was turned into a nature reserve in 2000. It is a popular local hangout on weekends. Spread across 18 acres (7.29 hectares), it contains all you will need for a fun day outdoors with family or friends. It has two football fields, a children's playground. and an open grassland. The green pastures around provide rejuvenation and serenity. The woods around are a treasure to explore with some trees estimated to be around 900 years old. The woods consist primarily of oak, maple, rowan, ash etc. These woods are also home to many species of wildlife like woodpeckers, foxes, owls etc. A pond lies towards the east where you can have a picnic or watch the ducks swim by.
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.
Babbs Mill Lake is the perfect venue to have a full day picnic. This scenic man-made surrounded by a local nature reserve makes for a perfect ambiance for a fun day out with the family. The lake was created to balance out the water level of River Cole so as to prevent flooding, but has slowly developed into a recreational public space. There is a nearby Babbs Mill Park which is famous for hosting the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977. The park has a lot of outdoor activities and hiking around the lake is one of the most amazing experiences. Lie on the green grass by the lake on a sunny day and unwind.
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.
A local Nature Reserve in Kingshurst, Yorks Wood are deep, dark and full of adventure. Located on the banks of River Cole, these woods spread across a huge area and provide an excellent opportunity for camping and hiking. Situated in the Kingfisher Country Park, the York Woods are considered to be the best camping grounds by the locals around. The forest is also house to some of the most beautiful fauna. The bluebells cover the forest floor during the summers and Wood Anemone, Celandine etc. are seen during Spring. The woods are also home to various bird species, which makes this a great spot for bird watching as well. Head out for some fun with nature.
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.