The West Midlands is overflowing with day out experiences for adults and children – here’s some brilliant opportunities to enjoy your time in Birmingham and the wider region.

Bursting with adventures, attractions and novel ideas, there’s never a dull moment to be had in the heart of the country.

The West Midlands is home to some of the most iconic experiences, prompting tourists and families to travel for miles.

You can become a chocolatier for the day at Cadbury World – the famous home of chocolate in Bournville; walk in the footsteps of acting greats like Dame Judi Dench and David Tennant behind the scenes at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon; or swim with sharks at the Bear Grylls Adventure attraction.

These are just a few of the brilliant days out to enjoy in our region – more details and ideas are below.

The best experiences are being celebrated at the West Midlands Tourism Awards being held by the West Midlands Growth Company – and submissions for the top award are open until Friday September 27 – you can enter your experience here .

If you like to get active, the Bear Grylls Adventure at The NEC includes plenty of memorable experiences. There’s the tallest high rope challenge in Europe for a start, while the Dive Attraction within it resembles a film set and allows visitors to scuba diva with Tip Reef Sharks, tropical fish and Cownose Rays.

Feel like an action adventure hero as you jump out of a Chinook helicopter and zip wire onto a five-storey rope challenge, have a go at indoor skydiving or scale a climbing wall based on mountains at the famous Yosemite National Park in California.

The £20m attraction spanning 80,000 square feet of fun has eight indoor and outdoor experiences that also include archery, escape rooms and snorkelling.

Suitable for children aged eight and over guests arrive first at Basecamp to be taught the skills they need to take on various challenges as they summon up their inner Avengers heroes.

Find out more here .  

A ‘working museum’ housed in a restored leather factory brings Walsall’s great trade to life.

Reopened by Walsall Council in 1988, this hive of activity offers a range of workshops and exhibitions showcasing hand-crafted leather items.

A hands-on approach celebrates the great achievements of Walsall’s craftsmen and women and tells the the story of how the town became Britain’s leather goods capital, making some of the world’s finest goods for 200 years.

Past meets present with demonstrations in atmospheric workshops and examples of exciting contemporary designs in the workshops.

Run by a team of volunteers, it’s free to visit and great for children of all ages.

Find out more here

A studio tour at BBC Birmingham in The Mailbox allows visitors to step inside the exciting world of broadcasting.

Delving behind the scenes of TV and radio studios, there’s even chance to see where the longest running soap opera in the world – The Archers – is brought to life.

Production schedules permitting, visitors can experience how the show is made and see the actors playing their favourite characters from the fictional village of Ambridge.

Find out more here .

While Cadbury World in general gives an insider guide to life in a chocolate factory, the Chocolatier Experience offers the chance to join expert teams to get a taster into the world of making chocolate.

The two-hour session covers the history and science behind making different kinds of chocolate, techniques on making it and tempering a mixture ready for moulding. There’s even time to learn hand-decorating techniques from some of the best chocolatiers in the business.

If all that work makes you hungry, there’s even the chocolate afternoon tea that gives a chocolate themed twist on the traditions and includes macarons, chocolate brownies and rocky road made from Cadbury’s special recipes.

Find out more here .

Fancy treading the boards of the bard? The renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford upon Avon offers a range of special tours that give visitors a special backstage pass.

Find out the secrets of what goes on behind the scenes where actors from David Tennant to Meera Syal have starred in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and smaller Theatre.

Tours range from a behind the scenes guide that explores public and private areas of the venue in the centre of Stratford upon Avon to a backstage discovery tour designed for families where children can try on costumes. 

There’s also a special curtain call tour that allows visitors the unique chance to go into the wings straight after watching a show before discovering production secrets and leaving through the famous stage door.

Find out more here .

No snow, no problem. Tamworth SnowDome in Staffordshire has a real snow surface all-year round that creates exhilarating experiences for skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or just playing in the snow.

The huge adventure centre at Leisure Island, River Drive in Tamworth also offers ice skating, climbing walls and an annual Santa Winter Wonderland with not only real snow but real animals too.

Find out more here .

Experiences at Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull offer a memorable time driving off-road over a series of challenges.

There’s the option of taster session or half or full day experiences that take motor enthusiasts over steep inclines, through wild steams and over muddy slopes as they get behind the wheel of the luxurious vehicle.

Drivers are encouraged to push the car to its limit to experiences its capabilities first hand and gain a greater understanding of vehicle control.

This unique opportunity is available to anyone with a valid driving licence.

Find out more here .

This £1 million attraction at West Midland Safari Park in Kidderminster takes families on a prehistoric journey of life on earth after the dinosaurs became extinct.

There’s an enormous fiery volcano and a huge atmospheric ice cave at its heart along with a frozen pond and woolly mammoths, woolly rhinoceros and sabre-toothed tigers to keep children dazzled.

Find out more here .  

Cybermen and sonic screwdrivers come to live at Escape Hunt’s Worlds Collide game.

The escape room saw the BBC collaborating with Escape Hunt, based at 120 Corporation Street, to recreate a game that is suitable for fans aged from 10 years and older.

There’s even the voice of latest Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker, giving instructions to the team before they have an hour to solve various riddles and clues to get out in time. An exciting adventure game that the young and old will enjoy.

Find out more here .

This £7 million family-friendly attraction is billed as ‘the ultimate indoor Lego playground” and is guaranteed to bring out your inner child.

The centre in King Edwards Road in Birmingham city centre includes rides, Lego building and a 4D cinema along with Miniland that has Birmingham’s local buildings recreated in Lego.

Find out more here .

An ancient wooded hillside is home to 1,300 animals including some of the rarest creatures on the planet.

Dudley Zoo has nigh on 200 species, with those on the endangered list including Asiatic lions, Sumatran tigers, Bornean orangutans, Tibetan red pandas, Rothschild giraffes, Madagascan lemurs and the UK’s largest parent-reared colony of Humboldt penguins.

Their haven is a 40-acre site which has two scheduled monuments, the 11th Century Dudley Castle and the playful, Grade II-listed Tecton Buildings, named after the modernist architectural movement founded in 1932. The country’s only vintage chairlift is another historical aspect.

Born out of the third Earl of Dudley’s idea to convert the castle’s grounds into zoological gardens, the sanctuary opened its gates in May 1937.

More than 80 years on, the zoo’s aim is to educate, conserve and raise awareness of the animals and their diverse Black Country habitat

Find out more here

Acclaimed local historian Carl Chinn takes people back to the sights and times of the Peaky Blinders gang on the Original Peaky Blinders Tour Birmingham.

The experience by Brum Tours visits hangouts like The Old Crown in Deritend High Street, the sinister railway viaduct nearby and the Rainbow Pub to hear how the real-life gang terrorised the streets and racecourses of England in the roaring Twenties.

Find out more here .

The best experiences are being celebrated at the West Midlands Tourism Awards being held by the West Midlands Growth Company.

You can submit your application here but be quick –  the closing date for entries is Friday September 27, 2019.