Finding the right day out for a teenager to enjoy can be a little tricky, but it’s well worth the effort of a little research to find the right destination. I hadn’t arranged a day trip out with H for ages, so when tastecard got in touch and asked me to plan a day’s adventures with the Easter holidays in mind, I was happy to arrange for us to do something fun together.
I thought we’d try something different and I picked out West Midlands Police Museum. It’s right in the centre of Birmingham, so it’s easy to get to and there are so many places nearby to get a bite to eat afterwards.
The West Midlands Police Museum is in the old Steelhouse Lane Police Station which was built in the Victorian era. It remained in use as a working police cell block until 2016. The museum is in the old cells within the landmark Victorian, redbrick building.
As well as informative displays about the history and development of the local police forces, there were loads of fun things to do. We always love a bit of dressing up. Over the years H has worn many a costume, I’ve seen him kitted out as everything from medieval knights to roman senators. H loved the cape on this old style police uniform. I got a bit more modern with my get up.
We got to try out what it was like on the wrong side of the law. The cells were quite small and didn’t have toilets when they were first built. So it was easy to see that being kept prisoner wouldn’t be much fun. You’d soon be yearning for a comfy bed and a proper mattress. To keep smaller children amused, there’s a light-hearted Lock-up mouse trail to follow round the cells.
H got into the spirit of being a criminal by posing for a mugshot.
Then we turned our hands to some detective work. We investigated and solved some crimes. One case we had to work out was who had committed the murder from the testimony given. As a crime novel reader veteran this was right up my street. Then we solved a crime using modern day forensic lab evidence. We were chuffed when we got that right too.
All that detecting had worked up quite an appetite, so we headed out for something to eat. This is where the tastecard came into its own as we were able to get a hearty meal at a bargain price, just by searching for Birmingham restaurant deals. We stopped off at The Lobby on Hill Street where H picked out a Caesar Salad and I had a Burger. As you can see we got nice big portions, just right for a growing teenager, in fact I had to ask H to finish off my fries as they proved too much for me.
For families looking to save money on days out and dining experiences, tastecard is an excellent option to consider. With discounts of up to 50% off at thousands participating restaurants across the UK, including popular chains and independent establishments, tastecard provides a cost-effective way to enjoy delicious meals without breaking the bank. It’s not just eating out though, tastecard frequently offers exclusive deals and promotions, such as discounted cinema tickets, making it an even more enticing option for families looking to save money on their leisure activities. Whether you’re planning a special occasion or simply looking for a fun day out, tastecard is a great way to enjoy quality time with your family while saving money on dining and entertainment.
For more great family day out ideas around Birmingham and the West Midlands, check out my school holiday suggestions.
Disclosure: Disclosure: This post is in association with tastecard.