Quality Hotel Dudley
Dudley, EN DY1 4RN
Phone: (44) 1384 458070
Fax: (44) 1384 457502
Birmingham Road, Dudley, EN, GB, DY1 4RN
- Phone: (44) 1384 458070
- Fax: (44) 1384 457502
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.
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.
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 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.
Alexander Stadium was built in 1978 and the track surface has been upgraded twice since then. It is the principal athletics ground in Birmingham and the televised AAA Championships take place here in July, as well as the BUPA British Championships. If you want to see a home-grown racing team perform, come and watch the Birchfield Harriers who use the stadium for competitions during the summer. You may see such famous names as Katherine Merry and Daniel Caines, both of whom run for the club. On weekends the stadium is used for casual use and training.
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.
A good place for a family visit, the farm is on the south-western outskirts of the city and is especially suitable for young children. Most of these should love the chance to handle rabbits and chicks and to see the sheep and goats. There's also a play area, which offers children a fun way to expend any excess energy, and special activities take place during the year. Kids' parties are catered for and there is also a picnic area.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to get some fresh air and exercise, whilst letting off steam shooting at your friends and colleagues, Paintball Park is worth a call. Paintballing, if you haven't experienced it, is a combat and adventure game in which players are armed with guns that shoot paint pellets. Paintball Park runs various combat scenarios in 80 hectare (200 acres) of countryside. There are evening games in the summer, when daylight permits, and individual parties and corporate groups are catered for. Call for a free information pack.
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.