10 places to go in January

Christmas is over, the magic is slowly fading & we’re trying not to talk about Covid-19!

We have chatted to some staff and parents for inspirational days out for the month of January. Days out that don’t spend too much of our post-Christmas cash and even better…aren’t too far away! Check out the list below and don’t forget to share your favourite day out ideas.

1. Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust
For 85 pence (Yes you heard that right!) you can take your under 5 on a canal boat ride in to the Black Country tunnels whilst you sing nursery rhymes, learn more about the local area and even get money off in the cafe. Meet friends, eat cake and drink tea whilst colouring and activities are available at the tables after your tunnel adventures.
More information can be found here: (https://www.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk/)

2. Baggeridge Country Park
After paying a small car parking charge (Max £3) you can enjoy hours of fun (or even a whole day out) at Baggeridge come rain or shine. The children’s play park is newly renovated as of summer 2020 and offers a wider range of equipment than ever before including more easily accessible swings and 2 zip lines! There are extras you can enjoy such as their tree top adventures and a cafe on site for refreshments. The duck pond is always filled with wildlife and wellington boots can be thoroughly tested along the many walking trails.

 3. Mary Stevens Park
Mary Stevens Park is great for a spend free challenge. Parking is free of charge and the park offers a huge range of opportunities for families. Children can enjoy exploring the lake and various wildlife living there. There are wooded areas to thoroughly test out wellington boots and climbing skills. Grass areas are perfect for leaf hunting or ball games. The play park and gym areas give the whole family a chance to use up some physical energy and get social whilst doing so. If you would like to explore the cafe and other options at the park, a takeaway hot chocolate is definitely recommended!

4. The library 
There are libraries dotted all over our borough, and they can be enjoyed for a scheduled session or a drop in exploration. During the pandemic, libraries are also offering takeaway options should you wish to browse books online with your little one then collect them together. More information on your closest library here: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/libraries

5. Saltwells Nature Reserve 
Saltwells Local Nature Reserve is now one of the UK’s largest urban nature reserves, covering 247 acres!
Check out more information here: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/things-to-do/nature-reserves/saltwells-local-nature-reserve/

6. Red House Glass Cone
The center closed originally during the pandemic and has since re-opened. Some events have been cancelled or changed but you can find out more here: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/things-to-do/museums/red-house-glass-cone/

7. Haden Hill 
If you’re looking for lots of space to explore, Haden Hill has parks, grassed areas, trees to explore, lakes to observe and much more for an adventure. https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200249/parks_in_sandwell/1326/visiting_haden_hill_park

8. Dudley Zoo
We doubt this needs any introduction. The landmark is still as prominent in Dudley as ever and worth a visit if you haven’t been recently. https://www.dudleyzoo.org.uk/

9. Bodenham arboretum
Under 5s are free and you can book through the website. https://www.bodenhamarboretum.co.uk/

10. Bunkers wood

*Whilst we hope our information is completely up to date, please do check ahead to make sure nothing has changed or closed due to the pandemic.*


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