Heart of England
Wed, 27/04/2011 - 12:39 — johnnydoefacereturns
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Escape to it all in the Heart of England
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Escape to it all in the Heart of England
This area has so many different moods – from the glorious scenery of the Malverns and tranquil settings in Shropshire to the buzz of the city of Birmingham and the industrial past of the Black Country.

This fun-loving area offers no less than 21 theme parks and when you’re ready for a little solitude, you can escape to an even bigger choice of country parks, nature reserves, trails and canalside walks.

To take in some of this beautiful area, why not take a trip on the Severn Valley Railway which runs from Kidderminster to Brignorth?

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<p><strong>Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham</strong><br /> Watch live demonstrations of traditional jewellery making and experience the noisy, busy workshop environment. See a vast array of original tools.</p> <p><strong>Birmingham Arts Festival<br /> </strong>The UK&rsquo;s biggest free arts festival is held in the second week of September every year. Enjoy performances, special events, exhibitions &ndash; all totally free.</p> <p><strong>Malvern Hills<br /> </strong>A mountain range in miniature, it&rsquo;s an eight-mile ridge containing some of the oldest rocks in Britain. Climb to the highest point at Worcestershire Beacon or enjoying the quiet ramblings along the wooded slopes.</p> <p><strong>The Iron Bridge, Ironbridge, Shropshire<br /> </strong>Admire the first bridge in the world to be constructed of iron. Take a walk through the spectacular Ironbridge World Heritage Site and soak up the atmosphere of this historic area.</p> <p><strong>Weston&rsquo;s Cider Visitor Centre, Much Marcle, Herefordshire<br /> </strong>Weston&rsquo;s nestles on a gentle hillside amongst apple and pear orchards. Join a tour around the cider mill and museum; see one of the world&rsquo;s largest bottle collections, then relax in the Edwardian garden.</p>

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