Saturday, March 28, 2009

Great places for a day out with the family in the Midlands

A lot of people seem to think that the midlands of the UK is a boring place. they couldn't have been more wrong. There are so many amazing places here in Coventry and nearby areas which is great for a day out with the family.
  1. Transport Museum - Totally free of charge. Learn how Coventry was once the centre of the British auto industry.
  2. Warwick Castle - Going back in time to the medieval ages
  3. Coombe Country park - Wide open spaces, ideal for a picnic.
  4. Twycross zoo - nearest zoo to us.
  5. West Midlands Safari Park - Feed the animals as they come to your car.
  6. Alton Towers - the rides said to be better than Disney Land Paris.
  7. Cadbury World - Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate
  8. National Space Centre
Situated just 2 miles away from Leicester City Centre and on the banks of the River Soar, the National Space Centre has got to be one of the best hidden secrets in the midlands. The Hidayah School, which is run by the Malaysian Coventry Society, recently organised a trip to the centre. I accompanied my daughter.

The first thing we noticed was this building that looked like a balloon. It actually is - the outer walls of the semi-transparent tower is clad with inflated ETFE layers.

Filled with interactive exhibits, the place is really educational and entertaining at the same time.

I guess the highlight of the show was the animated movie projected into the circular dome of the theatre which short of enveloped you and made you feel like you were travelling in space.

We really enjoyed the trip and I recommend the place to anyone with school going kids.

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Close up

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Lunar Jim

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Some rockets

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from below

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Loading up the rocket

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Weight on the moon

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Booth to call mars

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Soyuz spacecraft

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A final shot of the semi-transparent building.

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Emila Yusof

1 comment:

Emila Yusof said...

great pictures, adam!

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