I talk a lot about my love of travelling and that extends to the UK too. I have visited a lot of different towns and cities in the UK but there’s still so much to explore which is why I was really excited recently to head to Birmingham for the day. Although I have passed through Birmingham on several occasions when travelling from England to Scotland and back, it’s not somewhere I have stopped at to explore so I was really looking forward to spending the day there.
Initially, the plan was to have a girly day with my mum and sister but unfortunately, the day before our trip my mum came down with a cold. Rather than reschedule my sister and I decided to go ahead and visit Birmingham ourselves and I’m glad we did because we had an amazing day.
The first thing we did before heading to Birmingham was to find out what the city has to offer and it turns out there’s a lot to see and do! So much so that next time I think an overnight stay would be a good idea to allow for more time to explore. I have already looked at the hotels locally, there are some Birmingham airport hotel accommodation which would be great for travelling around Birmingham!
So, what did we get up to and what is there to do in Birmingham?
Our first stop was the town centre to find the world’s biggest Primark and of course, the Disney Cafe! We couldn’t visit Birmingham and not stop off for breakfast in this themed cafe, complete with Mickey-shaped food – what’s not to love?! The Disney Cafe is on the 3rd floor at the rear of the store. Be prepared to wait to be seated if it’s busy, we waited around 15-20 minutes because the space inside is limited.
Once inside we were seated at a table and given a menu to browse, there isn’t a huge choice but there should be something to suit everyone’s taste. There are hot and cold drinks, cakes, Mickey waffles with fruit, pancakes, wraps and more. I was pleasantly surprised at the cost which was £10 for two hot drinks, a slice of cake and Mickey waffles. The cafe is Disney themed so you can expect Disney background music, Disney memorabilia, and the booths even have games to keep everyone entertained.
After having breakfast at the Disney Cafe and doing some shopping at Primark (we could have spent the whole day in there alone!), we headed off to explore the town centre further. We first headed to the Bullring and wow, what a beautiful shopping center, there’s a great mix of shops and compared to the town I live in the shopping experience is night and day. After browsing the shops in the Bullring we heading outside where we found Lush, it’s a beautiful store and even has a spa!
After an exciting morning exploring and shopping, we headed to Five Guys for some lunch, it was somewhere neither of us had been to before. The menu is good, the restaurant was clean and the staff were really helpful and friendly, it also wasn’t as expensive as I was expecting. Not to mention the Oreo Milkshake was to die for and yes, yes you do want cream with it! We had a lovely lunch and it’s definitely somewhere I will be visiting again.
Although the weather was really unpredictable with rain and sunny spells there was plenty to do and see both indoors and outdoors so the weather didn’t put a dampener on our day and as the weather got worse it was time to head to our afternoon activity – Bear Grylls Shooting. We had previously looked at having a day out at the Bear Grylls Adventure Centre so this was a great opportunity to see what it was like.
Finding the venue is really easy using satnav and we arrived with 30 minutes to spare as advised when we booked. The whole theme and atmosphere is very well done and really gets you into the adventure spirit. Although we only chose to try shooting there are lots of activities to choose from including, archery, indoor skydive, scuba diving with sharks, snorkeling with sharks, high ropes, and more.
The shooting experience lasted around 40 minutes, this included a 10-minute demonstration on how to use the weapons (air rifle and air pistol), the instructor was really informative and helpful. The shooting range can accommodate 4 people so if you’re booking for a group of 4 or you want a specific slot don’t leave it too long to book because the slots are taken quickly.
We spent around 20-30 minutes in the shooting range using the air rifle and handgun to shoot targets while the instructor talked us through the steps each time and ensured we were all safe. It was a really great experience and something my sister or I had never done before which made for a really memorable day. Although our ticket included the assault course, we didn’t have time left to try this activity so we are looking forward to trying that when we next visit.
After spending the day in Birmingham I can honestly say it won’t be long before I go back! In fact, we’re planning to head back to Birmingham very soon so my mum can enjoy a day out there and to take my nephew to enjoy some of the exciting activities at the Bear Grylls Activity Centre.
If you know of any other exciting things to do in Birmingham I would love to hear them!
*The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.