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Top venues to visit on rainy days in the Midlands and Shropshire

By Rebecca Stanley | Best of | Published: | Last Updated:

Looking for somewhere to entertain your friends or loved ones out of the cold?

Top rainy day attractions

We’ve come up with some places to visit in the Midlands and Shropshire to help escape your woes when the weather is being... Well, British.

Wolf Mountain, Wolverhampton

Wolf Mountain

Wolf Mountain Indoor Climbing Centre provides a variety of adventurous activities. This unique facility caters for everyone from the dedicated outdoor enthusiast to the thrill seeking novice.

For climbing, bouldering, abseiling, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, archery and even bush craft (plus more), Wolf Mountain is the place to go.

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Ghetto Golf, Birmingham

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Ghetto Golf

Who says you can't play golf in the rain? At Ghetto Golf, you can combine all the fun of golf with cocktails, street food and neon lights.

The 18 hole golf course in the heart of the Custard Factory offers party packages for large groups, and has DJ's to take the party into the early hours.

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Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Gets your fill of arts and culture at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

The beautiful Lichfield Street attraction boasts a series of ever-changing exhibitions, as well as a cafe for you to refuel as you explore.

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Jailhouse Tours at Dana Prison, Shrewsbury

Jailhouse Tours

Ninety-minute tours around this landmark Shropshire jail will take a graphic look at how the Dana operated through the ages.

As well as general tours there will also be corporate events and educational visits. Several schools have already signed up to visit as part of studying for curriculum topics.

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Cadbury World, Birmingham

Cadbury World

Yes you’ve probably been before, but that shouldn’t stop you!

Discover where the legendary chocolate was founded, watch in awe as the expert chocolatiers do wonders with the chocolate, and maybe even get a few free samples along the way. We all get conscious of our weight, but with swimsuit season over we advise you go wild.

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The Venue, Oswestry

The Venue

Offering both a tenpin bowling alley and a soft play centre, The Venue is ideal for Shropshire families looking to entertain the little ones.

It also runs children's activity based classes for children from baby to teenage ages. Weekly classes at the attraction range from Diddy Dance to Pyjama Drama.

The Venue also hosts children's parties.

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National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

National Sealife Centre

National Sea Life Centre, The Waters Edge, Brindley Place, Birmingham Dive in to the ancient past at Birmingham Sea Life Centre.

Another brilliant attraction In Birmingham, with over 1000 different species to go and see this is a favourite for all ages. You can feel as if you’re swimming with turtles without even leaving the beloved Midlands – fantastic.

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Cannon Raceway, Coseley

Cannon Raceway

Boasting both laser tag and indoor karting, this is makes an ideal venue for thrill-seekers when the weather's miserable.

For a futuristic battle game without paint, pain or mess, you can’t beat laser tag. Upon entering, visitors are submerged into a science fiction world of space travel, laser weapons and ultra-lightweight body armour - and must survive the fog filled 3D arena.

The indoor karting track, meanwhile, has been designed to incorporate all the popular features on an international racetrack, providing the maximum width, allowing novice and expert drivers to get the most out of their visit.

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Escape Live, Birmingham

Dr Wilson's Office and Room 13 - Escape Live Birmingham

Possibly the strangest attraction on the list – Escape Live is a team building exercise, perfect for families or groups. Now, getting locked into a room and given puzzles to solve your way out doesn’t sound too promising, but I can assure you I makes for a great day! Discover skills you never knew you had as you and your group work together and ultimately have fun.

The rules – you have 60 minutes, and you can bring up to four friends. What happens after the 60 minutes? That you’ll have to find out for yourself.

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Bentley Bridge, Wolverhampton

Cosmo at Bentley Bridge

If you’re not quite sure what you want to do, maybe just get yourself down to this Wolverhampton attraction and explore. With choices from bowling to an arcade and cinema, Bentley Bridge is a sure favourite.

And when you’ve worked up an appetite, grab yourself a bite from one of the many restaurants on offer, including Nando's to Chiquitos. This is definitely a good day out for all with things to do for everyone. There's even a pub to grab a drink and a whole host of shops nearby.

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Park Hall Farm, near Oswestry

Park Hall Farm

While this is a superb place to take the kids to see the animals in the sun, Park Hall Farm also offers a range of indoor play areas - perfect for rainy days.

Its Warren Playbarn boasts nets, slides and ropes, while the Main Arena Playbarn offers bouncy castles and toy tractors. There is also a Monkey Business Adventure Playground, a Water Blaster Game and a Demon Drop Slide - plenty to keep the youngsters entertained.

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RAF Museum, Cosford

RAF Museum

In the mood for a dose of history?

With fully preserved aircrafts in the museum as well as plenty of interactive things to do, this is a way to feel exhilarated without having to go outside.

RAF Cosford is still host to our servicemen, so you can see how the real heroes do it on a day to day basis.

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Thinktank, Birmingham

Thinktank, Birmingham's Science Museum

Boasting over 200 hands-on science displays to see, keep your mind active whilst also entertaining the kids.

If RAF Cosford gave you a craving for spitfire planes, visit the Hidden Stories exhibit. Local artist Matt Reeves has designed stunning hand crafted models of planes and they are planned to be part of an already impressive gallery at Thinktank.

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Fantastic Funhouse, Oswestry

Fantastic Funhouse

Stuck for somewhere to take the little ones? Try this indoor soft play centre situated in a Grade Two listed building, which was formerly the Cambrian Rail Works.

Activites on offer at the Gobowen Road venue include three frames of adventure, an indoor football pitch and a 'garage' go-kart track.

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Telford Ice Rink

Telford Ice Rink

Glide around and show off your tricks at the recently refurbished Telford Ice Rink at the Southwater Complex.

The ice pad is just under Olympic size at 56m by 26m and promises entertainment for all ages and offers a fun way to keep in shape. There are a number of different activities available such as ice skating clubs, public skating sessions, birthday parties, crash courses, hockey training and disco sessions.

The ice rink is home to English Premier League ice hockey team the Telford Tigers, with regular home games.

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Molineux and Villa Park stadium tours

Molineux

An obvious choice for you football fans out there, explore the Molineux and go behind the scenes at the venue. And if that isn’t enough for you, Villa Park is just down the road!

See the two illustrious teams’ facilities and see what it’s like to be a player! With tours lasting two hours you can really see things from the other side of the touchline.

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Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley
@becci_star

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.stanley@expressandstar.co.uk

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