- Lichfield Memorial Arboretum
City Name: Birmingham City
Direction from City Center to Hotel: South West
Distance from Hotel: 20 MI/ 32.19 KM
Closest Convention Centre: National Exhibition Centre NEC
Convenience Store: 0.2 MI/ 0.32 KM North East
Golf: 9 MI/ 14.48 KM West
Outdoor Tennis: 0.1 MI/ 0.16 KM North
You can test your nerve on the state-of-the-art roller coasters at Drayton Manor Theme Park, just 10 minutes drive from the hotel. For smaller children there are some less scary rides in Thomas Land, themed around the "Thomas and Friends" TV show, a 4D cinema and a nature trail with lifelike replica dinosaurs. You can spot real-life tigers, meerkats and chimpanzees at the park's zoo.
You can book a ski lesson, snowboard, toboggan or just frolic in the snow at the Tamworth Snowdome, next door to the hotel. The centre has a real snow ski slope, and an ice rink with a separate track for racing. If that sounds too energetic, there's a spa with a sauna and steam room where parents can relax while the kids run wild. Hotel guests get a discount at the pool and fitness centre too.
Don't Go Home Without
There are lots to discover at Tamworth's medieval castle, a short walk from the hotel. There are regular events where costumed actors provide tours, and you can climb the tower for views over town. Kids can dress up in armour or Georgian wigs, and play on the castle and pirate ship in the playground. Keep an eye out for the historical reenactments that take place during the school holidays too.
Whether you want to pick up a few essentials or do some serious shopping, you can leave the car at the hotel and walk to Ventura Retail Park, 10 minutes away. It's home to stores selling electronics, sport and outdoor equipment and discount designer fashion, as well as branches of Marks & Spencer and John Lewis. If you need a break, there are cafés where you can grab a coffee or some lunch.