Updated: Apr 8
I live in Birmingham in the West Midlands, but am fortunate enough to have a touring caravan, so we travel about quite a bit. Here I will list all of the top field trip places I have visited and hopefully it will give you some ideas and inspiration!
Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Centre - Birmingham, West Mids
Children 3-15 years £3.65
Under 3's FREE
Family tickets available
A lovely day out seeing a variety of animals. There's also toilet facilities, parking (with charges) and a cafe. Well worth a visit. We used this trip to learn more about animals, their habitats and diet. You probably won't spend a whole day here so make it cheap and book after you've already had lunch at home!
Claybrookes Marsh Nature Reserve - Coventry, West Mids
We spent a lovely, sunny afternoon here exploring the woods. It's a very quiet nature reserve, we didn't find any facilities but enjoyed a packed lunch in the woods. We hunted for fungi, birds, insects and lots more!
Children 5-16 years £3
Family ticket up to five members £16
This day out is short and sweet if you only plan to visit the Anglo Saxon village and museum. It's a brilliant opportunity to explore the houses and the museum is really interesting too, especially if you are learning about Anglo-Saxons and the vikings. But stretch your day out a bit and visit the woods afterwards. There's some fantastic trails! We used the West Stow Trail Pack purchased from reception for £1.50 to use as we walked around the museum, houses and woods. It makes the trip even more educational. There's also a fantastic park for the kids with picnic benches close by.
Free entry. Call to book during Covid-19 Pandemic
We had a lovely few hours at the Staffordshie Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Our main aim was to visit the Staffordshire Hoard as we continue to learn about the Anglo-Saxons, but there was so much to see that I know as our learning continues we will go back time and time again! There's even a Harry Potter area! There's a fantastic section which teaches children about pollution and the environment, and there's a cafe too if you really want to make a day of it. There's a car park just opposite the museum which isn't expensive. Well worth a visit.
Cycle the Monsal Trail, Peak District
Free or hire a bike
As a family we love to visit the Peak District and quite often walk or cycle to Tissington Trail. But this time we stayed in a different part of the Peak District and decided to give the Monsal Trail a go. We were not disappointed! This trail is so beautiful and I can't wait to go back again on foot next time. My children brought their own bikes with them but we hired ours from Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire at the start of the trail. Check out their website for details and prices here: https://www.peakblackwellcyclehire.com
My top tip for this walk or cycle ride is to either take a packed lunch, or keep going to Bakewell and find somewhere to eat in the town. The Monsal Head gets ridiculously busy around lunchtime so be prepared to wait!