Our Redditch activities round-up includes historic country mansions, one of the biggest trampoline parks and soft plays in the Midlands, several fascinating museums and more.
Activities in Redditch
Built in the 15th century, Coughton Court is an impressive Tudor house with stunning gardens and an impressive collection of Catholic artefacts a short drive south of Redditch on the A435. Now part of the National Trust, the building is still used as a full-time residence, with visits restricted to Bank Holiday Mondays and from Wednesday to Sunday from March until October. As well as guided tours around the house, you can take in the expansive grounds including the walled gardens, gate tower, activity shed perfect for children, the restaurant, café and shop.
A huge 135-acre park several miles north of Redditch, Cofton Park is comprised of a variety of spaces and uses including a large woodland, several football pitches, plenty of open grassland and a large play area. The centrepiece of the park is the oak and ash tree woodland in the heart of the park while the park also hosts several free outdoor exercise and wellness sessions through the week.
Attwell Farm Park
A working farm known for its award-winning produce, Attwell Farm Park is also a vibrant farm park home to a petting barn, farm-yard trail and indoor and outdoor play areas. With plenty of hands-on opportunities including bottle feeding during lambing season and plenty of tractors and fire engines to sit on and play with, it’s great for young families and kids. As well as a large picnic area, the Roaster Coffee Shop has a wide range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals to choose from while if you order ahead online, you can pick up a wide range of meats, eggs and condiments from the farm shop.
Forge Mill Needle Museum
Explore the town’s needle-making past at the Forge Mill Needle Museum just around the corner from our Redditch North hotel. A series of dioramas cleverly thread together the sharper point’s of the town’s needle-making industry which supplied needles for the sewing and fishing industries, while the museum is packed with some remarkable facts and figures: did you know that Redditch at one stage produced over 90% of the world’s needles? The on-site shop sells a wide range of needles and gifts while just a short walk from the museum is Bordesley Abbey, an excavated Cistercian Abbey dating back to the 12th century that’s worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Billed as the biggest soft play and trampoline park in the Midlands, Imagination Street covers over 20,000 square feet of bouncy fun making it the perfect indoor play zone for kids. The soft play area features a four-storey complex full of slides, ball pits and obstacles while there are dozens of trampolines to bounce across, an indoor disco, café with free Wi-Fi and over 80 sofas for parents – and worn out kids – to recline and recover.
Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings
Covering over 700 years of history, the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is a 30-strong collection of rebuilt and rescued constructions including a working 19th-century windmill, a Medieval Town House, a traditional forge and – intriguingly – the National Telephone Kiosk Collection. The large 19-acre site to the west of Redditch and close to our Redditch West hotel is also home to an excellent Tea Room, playground and plenty of free parking spaces and also hosts regular historical re-enactments, family days and open-air theatre events through the year.
Transport Museum Wythall
Home to over 90 vintage buses, 30 electric floats and bread vans, several fire engines and plenty of historic cars, the Transport Museum Wythall is a fascinating look back at the progress of vehicles through the ages. Open weekends from April to October and located several miles north of Redditch, the museum also has a café, shop and kids activity area.