Excursions

We are pleased to offer a variety of activites for delegates to enjoy on the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd August. Please ensure you book early.  The collection point for all excursions is outside the main entrance of the ICC at 1pm.   

Registration for the excursions has now closed.

 

Open Top Bus Tour of Birmingham and a chance to explore Winterbourne House and Garden, £30 per person

bhamtour-1250x300From chocolate, custard, cars, whistles and bangles to the best in the world for medicine, education and art – Birmingham has it all – a live guided exciting adventure through the UK’s second city.  Visiting the commercial heart of the city at Colmore Row which includes most of the major buildings of architectural interest including St  Philip’s and St Chad’s Cathedrals,  the Victoria Law Courts, the Town Hall, Victoria Square, the Council House and Art Gallery. The route takes you to the unique Jewellery Quarter which really emphasises why Birmingham was known as the city of a thousand trades in Victorian times.  Along the way taking in recent developments in the last 10 years such as the ICC, Symphony Hall and the National Indoor Arena the new state of the art Bullring shopping complex with the iconic building of Selfridges.

Then onto the University campus in the picturesque suburb of Edgbaston with the opportunity relax at Winterbourne House and Garden, where you can enjoy seven acres of stunning botanical garden and two floors of period rooms in a beautifully restored Edwardian Arts and Crafts Suburban Villa.  Bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden or treat yourself to refreshments in the Tea Room.

At the end of the afternoon the tour bus will drop all delegates in the city centre at Victoria Square.

Please note minimum numbers apply on excursions


Stratford-upon-Avon, £30 per person - Fully booked.

stratford-1250x300Stratford-upon-Avon, is a medieval market town in England’s West Midlands, steeped in history with many half-timbered buildings from medieval times. The 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare, possibly the most famous writer in the English language, Shakespeare is known for his sonnets and plays such as 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Hamlet'. The Royal Shakespeare Company performs his plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and adjacent Swan Theatre on the banks of the River Avon. Enjoy a guided coach tour before exploring the town yourself.  

Please note minimum numbers apply on excursions

Black Country Living Museum, £40 per person - Cancelled due to low numbers

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The Black Country Living Museum is an open-air museum of rebuilt historic buildings in Dudley in the West Midlands. The award-winning corner of the West Midlands is now one of the finest and largest open-air museums in the United Kingdom. After very humble beginnings, a bright idea and 40 years of inspiration, this is twenty six acres worth exploring. Amazing as it may seem, the Black Country Living Museum have created a ‘place’ – a real and lively place, where once there was nothing and nobody. With a village and charismatic residents to chat with. Trams to ride. Games to play. Things being made. Stories to hear. People - their triumphs to admire and troubles to be thankful that are not ours.

Please note minimum numbers apply on excursions 

Malvern Hike, £24 per person - Fully booked.

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Explore the Malvern Hills with Cindy Billingham. A one-hour coach journey will take you from Birmingham to British Camp on the Malvern Hills, where you can enjoy a challenging hike across the ridge of the hills through the Wyche Cutting and up to the highest point of the Beacon. Along the way you will take in some spectacular views of Worcestershire and Herefordshire which influenced the great works of Sir Edward Elgar. From the top you will make your way down into the picturesque spa town of Great Malvern, stopping off for refreshments at St Ann’s Well and with opportunity to visit the stunning cathedral-sized Priory Church founded in 1085 in the heart of the town. You can then sit back and enjoy a train journey from the town’s authentic Victorian station back to Birmingham through the beautiful English countryside passing over the River Severn and through the city of Worcester. Please ensure you wear sensible hiking shoes.  

Please note minimum numbers apply on excursions 

Baddesley Clinton National Trust House and Garden, £38 per person - Cancelled due to low numbers

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Enjoy a guided tour of Baddesley Clinton which is a remarkable survival of a medieval moated manor house and was home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. At one time an artists' retreat, at another a haven for the persecuted, the house nevertheless passed from father to son for 12 generations before finally being sold in 1940.  Explore the house, enjoy a walk in the woodland or around the lake, visit the Medieval Church of St Michael or simply find a quiet seat and relax. You may also take the opportunity to treat yourself to a proper English afternoon tea in the Barn Restaurant. The formal walled garden, with flower borders and fruit trees, makes a lovely contrast to the nature trail through the woods and around the fish pools.

Please note minimum numbers apply on excursions