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The best summer days out in The Midlands

Savour the sunny season at one of these fabulous family events

Posted: 19 June 2012
by Fiona McKim

Teddy Bears' Picnic
June 24, July 8, 22
Your child can choose her favourite furry friend, pack up a picnic and head to Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire for one of these merry activity afternoons with organised al-fresco lunching and more fun and games throughout the day. 

Moscow State Circus
July 4–8
Roll up, roll up for one of the greatest shows on earth, in Birmingham’s Beckett’s Farm for four nights only! Now mercifully free of any animal performers, The Moscow State Circus are focusing their revamped show on astounding feats of human agility and endurance. 

Mini Olympics
July 5
On your marks, get set and go to Brintons Park in Kidderminster for this exciting day out. Children under five and their families can take part in art and craft activities, face painting, sporting activities and take a ride on traditional fairground attractions.

Summer craft and food fair
July 14, 15
Bring the whole family for a wonder around Attingham Park in Shrewsbury today for their summer craft and food fair where families can sample the wares of local producers and buy unusual gifts in glorious surroundings.

July 14
Family Forage Walk
As park of Birmingham’s Food Festival families can join in this search for wild foods along the canals of Digbeth. A guide will be on hand to offer advice on what to pick and tell stories about the history of our native plants. 

Leicester Belgrave Mela
July 15
A celebration of Leicester’s diverse South Asian communities, this annual festival is a feast for the senses with family art activities, live music and dancing, authentic Indian food stands and a bazaar selling an array of exotic wares. 

Olympic Week
Jul 23–29
Sporty children can test their knowledge and celebrate the London 2012 Olympics at Newstead Abbey in Nottingham by following a special themed quiz around the stately home’s spectacular gardens. 

The Great Victorian Stink
July 28
Get a taste of Victorian life in all of its olfactory glory at Sheffield’s St Mary’s Church as storyteller, Andy Messer, leads a time-travelling journey to experience the perils of living in one of Britain's least salubrious eras. 

August 1
A family visit to Twinlakes Theme Park in Melton Mowbray today has the added enticement of meeting Yojojo & De Li from CBeebies’ hit television show, Waybuloo. Young fans of the show can come face to face with the cute twosome in the outdoor picnic area as well as enjoying an abundance of exciting attractions in the park itself.

The Balancing Gymnast
August 7
Get creative at this arty workshop in Gladstone Pottery Museum. Young participants can cut out and colour in a toy gymnast, add special weights and watch her balance on a beam just like the real thing. 

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