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Publication: 19th February 2015

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Brand new arrivals at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham

The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham is getting ready for the arrival of its newest residents, a fever of Bluespotted stingrays, who will be joining them from Living Coasts Zoo and Aquarium Torquay.

Publication: 18th February 2015

Take a Victorian style “selfie” at Croome

Visitors will have the opportunity to take a 19th century style staged selfie or have a professional photo taken of themselves at the National Trust, near Pershore, thanks to a pioneering local artist. Working with the team at Croome, Midlands based artist Lucy Hutchinson, has created an exhibition inspired by the staged photography style of the Victorian middle class – the Carte-de-Visite.

Publication: 16th February 2015

Footballers kick-off the second half of their rollercoaster season

Four Midlands-based professional footballers are swapping the pitch for the park as they take a break from training to kick-start a fun-filled half-term at Drayton Manor Park ahead of the launch of their ‘Early Bird’ season ticket campaign.

Publication: 13th February 2015

Zoo you love Valentine's Day?

Come along to Drayton Manor Park tomorrow and have a wander through our fascinating zoo. We're in need of your help to get our animal couples in the valentines mood - especially our black leopards!

Publication: 13th February 2015

Keep the kids entertained this half term with a BBC Birmingham Tour!

Some familiar 'BBC faces' have joined us on a BBC Birmingham Tour this half term...would you like to come too?

Publication: 13th February 2015

Our February half term fun starts tomorrow!

Our February half term fun starts tomorrow - so don't miss out! There is something here for all the family to enjoy. Come along and visit Thomas Land, our 4D cinema, Ben 10: Ultimate Mission Rollercoaster plus lots more.

Publication: 13th February 2015

Half Term Activities at Newman Brothers, Birmingham's newest heritage attraction

Join us for family fun at a factory which made coffin furniture!

Publication: 13th February 2015

Pancake Flipping Contest at Blists Hill Victorian Town Shrove Tuesday 17th February

Pancake Flipping Contest at Blists Hill Victorian Town Shrove Tuesday 17th February

Watch the ladies of Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge as they take part in the annual pancake flipping contest held outside the Print Shop at 12 noon on Shrove Tuesday, 17th February.

Publication: 13th February 2015

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Two AA Rosette Awarded to Old Downton Lodge

AA Hotel Services is delighted to announce that Old Downton Lodge has been awarded a two AA Rosette Award and maintained the 5 gold stars for the hotel. Simon Numphud, AA Hotel Services business manager, commented: “Head Chef Karl Martin’s achievement of a two AA Ro¬sette Award recognises high standards, consistency and precision, serving food prepared with care and with evident selection of fresh, seasonal, quality ingredients. Good understanding and use of technical skills are demonstrated in the cooking, with clarity of flavours shining through.”

Publication: 12th February 2015

February half-term events at Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Shropshire

Go along to Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge during half term, Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd February, and join in a new sweet-themed event making boxes for your favourite sweets and find out more about the history of sweets in the daily Sweets Talk. Using simple craft materials, the Sweethearts workshops will be held in the Goods Shed and are best suited for 5-15 year olds. There will be daily sessions between 11am-1pm and 2pm- 4pm; activities carry a small charge in addition to the museum admission fee.