Days out,  Family,  Food,  Travel

Our first family trip to Birmingham

This is a collaborative post. Even though we live just about an hour from Birmingham, it’s one of those places that we never really explore even though there are plenty of destination space on our bucket list. I have been itching to take the boys because there is so much for them to see and do outside of our pretty little town.

You really are spoilt for choice in Birmingham, a vast array of places to eat, traditional and modern takes on bars, children’s activities and numerous hotels to provide a pit stop for a hard days shopping at the bullring – or maybe even you are travelling a bit further a field and whilst in the city you find the perfect Birmingham airport hotel before jetting off from BHX.

We started off in Yo! Sushi situated in Grand a central. Grand central has an abundance of shops, restaurants and champagne bars right above the train station. It’s pretty impressive to walk into, as well as being really clean. The sushi bar was like nothing I had ever seen with lots of seating up near a conveyor belt of all the menu choices or small podded seating areas. Although it was busy we got our seat next to the “belt” and we were directed on how to order. You can take what choices you like form the belt (there is a menu to guide you) as all plates are colour coded by price and added up at the end or you can push a button for assistance and order straight from the menu. I have always wanted to try proper sushi and our reason for coming was because Fred has taken a MASSIVE interest in trying sushi. He was elated.

The staff were really attentive and especially welcoming to the kids, Freddie was a pro with his chopsticks and went straight in with the sashimi ( to the staffs entertainment!) and Dexter got straight in there with a spoon and a single chopsticks. The food from both the conveyor and the menu was really fresh, it was lovely to be situated across from the food prep areas to see the skill of the chefs but also how fresh it was being made up.

Next up we headed over to the Legoland discovery centre, again we drove and parked up, again with. I issues getting a space right next to the attraction. Situated on Brindley place next to the Sea Life centre. We pre booked out tickets online, just to skip any cues if it was busy (it wasn’t) and also we saved £15 on our tickets this way, bonus!

Heading into the discovery centre you take a lift up to the first floor, and enter a buggy park area before getting on a small ride with lazer style guns. Both boys liked this and it was a nice warm up to the main area. In this large open area was lots of small Lego stations for littles to build to their hearts content, follow guided construction talks or take part in small challenges. There is a 4d Cinema and restaurant as well as a larger ride. Freddie also played in the soft play area for a while but he was soon back to playing Lego.

There is also plentiful seating area as well as a younger play area for 2-5 year olds, featuring a small soft play slide, lots of bricks for building and a farm theme.

The boys would have happily spent hours in here as each little area was different enough to spark new interest, I also like the meet and greet zone as a nice touch. Once they were done in the play zone, we went through to the shop, there was every Lego item you could think of and eventually Freddie chose a Lego Star Wars art that he brought with some birthday money.

Alongside the Brindley Place is the canals and we had a lovely wander down here to see all the canal boats against the city scape. You get any form the hustle and bustle of the city and it’s a relaxing walk here. It was nice to chill out before we had tea. There are also some bars along here which would be lovely for an evening sun drink and relax.

Lastly we headed back into the city centre to have an evening meal and decided on Five Guys as we were all shattered and wanted something quick and tasty. There isn’t a Five Guys near us so this was was a perfect time to try it out. On first impressions I couldn’t believe how clean and tidy it was inside, there was ample seating and literally it couldn’t have been cleaner.

The jist of Five Guys is to choose a burger (with or without cheese) and this is a set price. You can also have hotdogs or sandwiches. All toppings from fresh onion to jalapeños are free and you could have as many or as little as you want. We had two cheeseburgers, two little burgers and a large fries. Which was HUGE. Drinks are free refills, too.

Dexter relishing the mayo

Whilst you wait you can help yourself to roasted monkey nuts and the kids loved this (it helped keep them quiet at peak hunger melt down time too!) initially I did think that the meal was expensive (£39 for all of us) but this was two large burgers with two patties, two kids burgers, two large drinks with refills and a large Fries. It’s all cooked fresh too order and I simply cannot express how delicious and fresh it was in words! I wouldn’t hesitate going again, the quality and taste spoke for itself and I’m still impressed!

We are already eyeing up taking the boys back to Birmingham, we want to try out Digbeth Dining Club, Cannon hill park and Cadbury world. There is so much to see and do, especially for us being a city on our doorstep, I can’t believe we haven’t been sooner!

The spending money was gifted by, but all views are my own.

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