Parks, Woods and Playgrounds

Lickey Hills Country Park

Lickey Hills Country Park, Warren Lane, Rednal, Birmingham. B45 8ER

Lickey Hills Country Park is one of Birmingham’s most varied and treasured parks. It covers 524 acres and is located just 10 miles south west of Birmingham.

The park offers different things to different people – it’s a place for family days out, to spot wildlife, for sport, school trips, or maybe just for the views and a cup of tea.

Lickey Hills has a complex and interesting geology which has created a variety of habitats. These include woodlands, heathland and grassland, which are home to an incredible diversity of wildlife.

Lickey Hills has a Green Flag Award and is designated as a Country Park.

“Lickey Hills has loads going on – it is great for a quick walk and a play or for a longer explore. Whilst the playground is looking a bit tired that does not bother my two and they love the dens and sculptures throughout the park.

Many of the trails are buggy friendly (although somewhat bumpy) and they even have sling walks during the week. Just make sure you leave plenty of time to park as the car park does fill quickly”.

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Arley Arboretum

Upper Arley, Near Bewdley Worcestershire DY12 1SQ

2,000 acres of breath taking walks and views (dogs welcome) – Bridle paths, road cycling and running routes – River side walk and village pub – A full range of outdoor pursuits (including clay shooting and forestry skills). With wide open spaces, pondlife and bugs to discover, trails to follow, a maze to escape and adventures to be had, there is more than enough to capture any child’s imagination.

An entrance fee does apply.

“This is a nice sized gardens and woodland which is great for children and adults. We really enjoyed hiding in the woodland, getting lost in the maze and spotting the steam trains running nearby”.

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Arrow Valley Country Park

Battens Dr, South Moons Moat, Redditch B98 0LJ

The park is set over 2.5 miles of countryside, between Forge Mill Needle Museum, the protected ancient monument of medieval Bordesley Abbey and the Abbey Stadium to the north and Washford Mill to the south. The River Arrow meanders through it and together with the 29-acre Arrow Valley Lake there are excellent wildlife habitats as well as great walks and activities.

At the heart of the park is the lakeside Arrow Valley Visitor Centre, which houses a café with panoramic views across the water, fishing, water sports and other activities, as well as toilets. There is a large playground suitable for various different ages situated near the Visitor Centre.

“I love the park here come winter or summer. Ideally situated on a hard surface it is suitable for all weathers and there is plenty to keep both my toddler and older child busy. The footpath around the lake is ideal for a slow stroll or for little ones learning to use their bikes”

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Morton Stanley Park

Green Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 5QA

This park has a mixture of wildlife walks and equipped play areas including a zip wire, skate park and football pitches. It often is recommended for cyclists including those who are just learning.


Wychbold Play Ground

Opposite Wychbold Village Hall

A lovely little playground that has newly opened, that is proving to be very popular for those with younger children. This playground has certainly been popular with local parents and is frequently recommended on social media.






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