The gardens were designed by leading garden planner of this time J.C. Loudon and opened to subscribers in 1832. Today, visitors can enjoy nature at its best and discover the importance of plants.

The Old Rectory Farm has been fully restored and operates as a demonstration farm, showing city dwellers traditional methods of farming. Animals kept at the farm include Jersey cattle, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chickens and geese.

Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed

The Victorian Tea Room provides a high quality facility selling sandwiches, cakes, teas, coffees and much more. Set within the park grounds the room has excellent views of the park, giving visitors a very relaxing and tranquil setting.

The Outdoor Leadership Centre, operated by Grahame Robb Associates offers a 40 foot climbing tower, linear high ropes course and an extensive range of low ropes activities as well as up to 15 different team exercises. In addition, the site has a Powerfan and an archery range. Bespoke packages are available for sports teams and social clubs as well as professional teams and corporate events.

There are 5 tennis courts, a bowling green and a mini-golf course all located in the central area between the Midland Arts Centre and the Russell Road car park. There is also a childrens mini fun-fair operating at weekends, weather permitting. Pedalo boats operate on the lake during the Summer season. There is a vast opportunity to explore the park and keep fit using either the 2km or 5km route.

Step back in time and experience this oasis of tranquility within these beautiful 10 acre walled gardens, restored to their 18th century splendour.

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Lying six miles to the north of Birmingham City Centre this landscape is a mosaic of open heathland, woodlands, wetlands, marshes and seven lakes each with their own rich variety of plants and wildlife, some rarely seen in the region.

So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in West Midlands can enjoy the great day out as well.

The park comprises 450 acres of many different habitats. There are many mixed, mature hedgerows, species rich meadows, woodland, small ponds and the Bourn brook running through its heart.

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Featuring 310 trees, formal lawns, public squares and a canal feature running 188m plus a 21 jet dry plaza, the park also incorporates a Science Garden, kiosk and children’s play area developed by Thinktank.

Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

Sutton Park is an historic landscape that covers an area of over 2,000acres and attracts over two million visits every year.

Sheldon Country Park covers an area of just over 300 acres, comprising open grassland, wetlands, old hedgerows and some mature woodland.

The park has been at the heart of the community for the past 100 years and following it's restoration during 2004 and 2006 continues to be popular with families, dog-walkers and school children.

Built for industrialist John Nettlefold’s growing family in 1903, Winterbourne House and Garden is a rare surviving example of an early 20th century suburban villa and garden.

Discover the spirit of Africa at Akamba Hertiage Centre in Solihull.

A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

A special prize was awarded to Eastside City Park recently for outstanding public green space at the European Entente Florale 2013 competition.

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

This beautiful Victorian park is just five minutes walk from Walsall town centre and contains parkland, lakes, gardens and woodland walks.

Malvern and Brueton Park are two very distinct Parks in one. The Malvern end of the Park acts as a formal town centre Park, giving easy walking access to the shopping area.

Bring the outside in if the sun isn't shinning!

Eastside City Park is Birmingham’s first new City Centre Park in 130 years. Setting the standards for public realm expected from an international City, the park is the largest single piece of public realm in Birmingham City Centre, a green route to walk from the City Centre into the heart of Eastside.

Well Summer is here and as ever there is plenty going on in Handsworth over the next few months. Listed below are events and activities that may be of interest to you:

Delivering a sense of wilderness within an urban environment, visitors to Sutton Park can enjoy the captivating scenery, using an accessible network of paths.

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Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Now the site is open to the public 7 days a week with a range of beautifully decorated period exhibition rooms offering an insight into Edwardian life both above and below stairs. Outside, the Arts and Crafts garden delights in all seasons and the terrace tea room is a wonderful place to treat yourself to lunch or afternoon tea.

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Originally a mosaic of farms and smallholdings the park has retained much of its rural character.

Historic plants, vegetables and fruits. Holly maze. Refreshments, gift shop and plant sales.

Kings Heath Park, the first urban park in Birmingham to achieve Green Flag status covers approximately 35 acres. The area around the main house and conservatory features high quality seasonal bedding schemes, herbaceous borders, alpine outcrops, heather beds, trees, shrubs and a refurbished pool area.

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

With Lily Jones, it’s about the personal approach. They get to know people - your joys and sorrows, hopes and dreams. They personalise your experience in their custom designs; and share whole lifecycles with their loyal customers.

The FA’s National Football Centre is set in 330-acres of Staffordshire countryside and is the home for England’s 24 national football teams. Facilities include a football centre, Hilton hotel, outdoor leadership centre and a bespoke sports medicine, rehabilitation and human performance facility.