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Ryton Organic Gardens is set in the heart of England and combines 10 acres of organic gardens buzzing with wildlife, brimming with plants, bursting with flowers and abundant in fruit and vegetables. It has been home to the UK’s leading organic charity, Garden Organic, for over 25 years. Ryton Organic Gardens is a lovely place to spend your free time, whether it’s the whole day or just part of it. Centrally located, Ryton Gardens is the perfect choice for a day out in the Midlands.
The 100 acres of Ryton Pools Country Park are just waiting to be explored. The many different habitats are home to a wide range of birds and other wildlife. The excellent surfaced paths enable easy walking around the site, and provide access to an adjoining ancient woodland, Ryton Wood. With facilities for schools/parties, miniature railway train, children play areas, there is plenty to do.
Set in 500 acres of beautiful countryside, Coombe Country Park offers a wide variety of family activities including woodland walks, children’s play areas, formal gardens, coarse fishing, lakeside walks, a hands-on visitor centre, a restaurant and gift shop. With one of the largest heronries in the UK on site, including a large accessible bird hide, it’s great for wildlife enthusiasts.
Enjoy a great day out in Warwickshire at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden. One of the largest historic attractions in the West Midlands, the whole family will enjoy exploring the spectacular castle ruins. The ruins are best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Dudley created an ornate palace here to impress his Queen in 1575. Follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I in the authentically recreated Elizabethan Garden. Lost to the world for over 400 years, it is now open to visitors once more. Wander through carved arbours and marvel at the bejewelled aviary and marble fountain.
Allesley Park Walled Garden was opened in 1997 to re-create a kitchen garden as it might have looked 200 years ago. The Walled Garden is an exquisite example of 18th Century Georgian planting at its best. With one quarter of the one-and-a-half acre site replanted with vegetable beds, fruiting trees and flower borders, it’s a popular retreat for visitors who happen to chance across it on their morning walks.
Brandon Marsh Nature Centre is the headquarters of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Set in 220 acres, the Reserve, consists of large pools created by gravel extraction. The Visitor Centre is a great place to visit including a Tea Room and well stocked gift shop. Around the Centre you’ll find the orchard, mouse maze, mini-beast homes, bird watching hides, recycled garden and a newly designed sensory garden (link to sensory garden project page) as well as an under-cover picnic area. Then it's off to the Onyx Nature Trail which guides you around the wildlife habitats of the nature reserve.
Stoneleigh Abbey is a beautiful stately home dating back to 1154, nestled amongst 690 acres of stunning parkland. Overlooking the river Avon, the Abbey is just 10 minutes’ drive from the M40 motorway and minutes away from Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington. Come and see why Jane Austen was so intrigued by its grandeur. Stoneleigh Abbey is a beautiful place to visit for pleasure and an impressive venue to hold your event.
Set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, Hatton Adventure World offers a wonderful family day out with a fun packed programme of farmyard animals, adventure play, fun fair rides, children’s shows, falconry displays and tractor rides. With a seasonally changing programme there is always something new to see and do from new born lambs at our Family Fun Circus event, Easter Egg and Bunny Hunts, our Jungle Maze in the summer, free pumpkins during our Pumpkin Week and the Enchanted Christmas Kingdom at Christmas.
Immerse yourself in creepy crawlies with some spectacular and colorful butterflies, plants and tropical pools from around the world. From micro environments like the Caterpillar Room, Insect City and Arachnoland this award winning family-friendly attraction will thrill and delight in equal measure. See their amazing lifecycles in the Caterpillar Room, home of the world’s largest spider, a scorpion colony and other spinners of webs and dealers of death.
The National Herb Centre is more than just a garden centre, they provide something for everyone for a great day out, including nature trails, playgrounds, tearooms and bistro, herb shops and gardens. You will find an extensive range of herb plants to delight the chef, intrigue the gardener and fascinate anyone with an interest in herbal remedies or alternative medicine. They also stock a variety of shrubs, alpines, climbers, fruit trees and roses.
Located within the Cathedral Quarter of the city centre, this chateau-style Blue Coat School is believed to have been founded in 1714 as a charity school for girls who spent their last two years being trained in the rigours of domestic service. The present building is built over the ruins of the Cathedral and Priory of St Mary's. It dates from the 1850's and was restored in 2000.
Death, intrigue, scandal and spilt custard...are not compulsory when you visit St. Mary's Guildhall, but can be discovered in more than 600 years’ worth of stories from the finest medieval guildhall in the country. Located in the city's historic Cathedral Quarter, with magnificent medieval interiors, and collections of armour and fine artworks, the Guildhall offers a window into Coventry's glorious past. A prison to Mary, Queen of Scots, a theatre for Shakespeare and an inspiration to George Eliot, St. Mary's Guildhall is a fascinating free experience for all ages, at the historic heart of the city of Coventry.
This historic Georgian park, has an attractive parkland landscape of mature trees and garden features, to walk and relax in. It also has a bandstand, play area, BMX/skate park, sports pitches and all weather tennis courts run by Totally Tennis.Due to its high standards, War Memorial Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award for 2015 to 2016.