Family days out in Northern Warwickshire

For Book Worms:

Browse the titles at Astley Book Farm then a short hop to wander around the grounds of Astley Castle and the church where author George Eliot’s characters where inspired.  Or if you need a break from the books, check out nearby Hoar Park Farm & Craft Centre.

Ready for adventure?

Tackle the high ropes of Skytrail at Planters Garden Centre.

Watch out for the ghosts at Tamworth Castle, once capital of the Kingdom of Mercia.

Dare you ride Air Ride or Shockwave at Drayton Manor Park?

Still raring to go? Face down your ‘enemies’ paintballing at NPF Bassetts Pole.

Can you escape the 6 themed mazes of Plantasia at Dobbies?

For animal lovers we have a world class zoo and farms aplenty:

Go ape with the chimps at the new Chimpanzee Eden at Twycross Zoo, a World Primate Centre with over 2700 animals.

There are 3 Children’s Farms too; at Ash End House Farm, Broomey Croft Children’s Farm and Hoar Park.

Sssh don’t forget to whisper when you see the birds, butterflies and wildlife at RSPB’s Middleton nature reserve.

Walks and trails

Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps at Polesworth Abbey to find out about the Polesworth Literary Circle then follow the Poetry trail along the canal to Pooley Country Park.  Who can scale the mound first and reach the leaf sculpture at the top?

Try out one of the 12 downloadable walks of the North Arden Heritage Trail

Pop into Atherstone Heritage & Visitor Centre to pick up a map of the Roman Mancetter walk or the Atherstone town trail.

Stroll along the peaceful Coventry or Fazeley canals.

Picture curtesy of Graham Beale

Burn off some energy at our country parks

The huge Kingsbury Water Park has ponds, water sports, cycle trails and even a miniature railway.

At Pooley Country Park, see the old mining heritage, race to the top of the mound and don’t forget your helmet to ride down along the new Mountain Bike trail.

Imagine yourself as a Roman soldier at Hartshill Hayes Country Park where there are far-reaching views over the valley where the Romans defeated Queen Boudica.

Or see where King Richard III was slain at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park and the Tudor Dynasty claimed our throne.

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Historic days out in Northern Warwickshire

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Sporty trips in Northern Warwickshire

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