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to ask what on earth there is to do tomorrow (Saturday) daytime with 20 year old DD in Birmingham

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catshavefeelings Fri 28-Dec-12 23:10:43

That's it really - we're in need of inspiration. Have transport so can travel a little way.

LittlemissChristmas Fri 28-Dec-12 23:14:00

Bit of shopping at the Bullring followed by lunch at Wagamamas?

peaceandlovebunny Fri 28-Dec-12 23:14:32

go and spend some money?

onedev Fri 28-Dec-12 23:15:56

I'm on the app & your title finishes at 'in' !! Where are you? Sounds like you might be near me with Bullring comments !

FreshLeticia Fri 28-Dec-12 23:19:54

Erm, sales shopping, lunch then more sales shopping?

ivykaty44 Fri 28-Dec-12 23:21:28

how far do you want to travel? There are two national trust places just the other side of Solihull which would be roughly 6-7 miles at a guess.

There is a science museum in Birmingham but aimed at a younger audience 10 years average. There is a museum in the center but it is not enlightening overall.

FromEsme Fri 28-Dec-12 23:28:15

It always amazes me that a city the size of Birmingham has so little to do besides shopping.

Cinema? Bullring? Lunch by the canal (there's a Wagamama and a nice Mexican place.)

Is she into history stuff? There's the Back to Back house museum thingy near the city centre.

Skelacia Fri 28-Dec-12 23:35:03

Hotel du Vin does a really nice afternoon tea for under £15 a head. I meet up with a friend in Brum a few times a year and we have been trying lots of different places out, that one is our top tip. It's in an old eye hospital so a really pretty building too. Then sale shopping grin

QuacksForDoughnuts Fri 28-Dec-12 23:39:48

The Oasis! Big covered market full of clothes and music stalls. Or if its a nice day go and have lunch/coffee at the Midlands Arts Centre (you'd need the no.1 bus or to drive towards or past the cricket ground - sorry to be vague, it's a long time since I've been there) then have a walk in the park. (sadly I don't think the boat hire runs at this time of year) The Warehouse Cafe in Digbeth is worth a visit - they do the most amazing desserts. (I know the chef there so even though I'm no longer in the area I get updates on what they're dishing up)

TinyDiamond Fri 28-Dec-12 23:44:23

if she likes vintage stuff head to the custard factory. all the units will be open on a Saturday

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 28-Dec-12 23:47:09

Check out the Lonely Planet website. It will probably have some interesting suggestions for places to visit beyond the bullring and also places to eat.

Lonely Planet is where I go for all information about new places. It's a bit more interesting than the average suggestions. Even for locals actually! smile

ComposHat Belgium Fri 28-Dec-12 23:49:00

the back to back houses, the think tank, ikon art gallery, canal trip

ComposHat Belgium Fri 28-Dec-12 23:49:50

custard factory is great.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 28-Dec-12 23:52:37

Cadbury factory? You'd need to get a bus from the centre I think, not sure how far out it is.

MerylStrop Fri 28-Dec-12 23:59:45

Museum
Ikon Gallery for art and nice lunch
Walk along the canal path
check out the new library
or Cannon Hill Park and midlands arts centre

Cerealqueen Sat 29-Dec-12 00:02:53

art gallery, shopping, is the christmas market still on?

MathsCat Sat 29-Dec-12 00:05:02

You can get the train to Bournville for Cadbury world Viva, every 10 mins from New St (heading to Longbridge or Redditch), takes about 15 mins, then a shortish walk. Even if you don't want to pay to go round the factory they have a good shop. There are some nice restaurants at the back of the mailbox, by the canal, I was pleasantly surprised to find the ones I like have 'normal' restaurant prices, given their location!

catshavefeelings Sat 29-Dec-12 00:10:04

Thanks for the posts. The Custard Factory sounds a real possibility. And afternoon tea at Hotel du Vin would be fun. And maybe the Cadbury Factory too. grin

SassySask Sat 29-Dec-12 00:10:18

There's an aquarium near the canal, it is beautiful along there!
See if there is an afternoon showing at the theatre or ballet?
Shopping?
Long lunch?

IvantaOuiOui Sat 29-Dec-12 00:32:44

Am jealous, I miss Brum. I could still spend all day pottering around Oasis and I'm old enough to remember it as it used to be.

ComposHat Belgium Sat 29-Dec-12 00:35:41

IvataOuiOUi ahh me too, getting all misty eyed. I remember trying to desperately trying to find a pair of cord flares in Oasis to go with my zip up adidas top from the rag market to wear in Snobs

IvantaOuiOui Sat 29-Dec-12 01:04:04

I saved up to buy tasselled skirts from Anna Bee. <old goth>. I thought it was the best place in the world when I was 14. Now I take my daughter to Afflecks for her goth clothes.

IvantaOuiOui Sat 29-Dec-12 01:06:02

always went to the rag market for weird old dresses, leather jackets and incense from the hippies who looked like John and Yoko.

ComposHat Belgium Sat 29-Dec-12 01:13:47

I was a child of the Britpop/tail end of grunge era. The rag market did always reek of Incense! I had completely forgotten that.

I did occasionally go to a metal/goth club by 5 ways roundabout with some goth/metal mates.

One (male) friend used to walk from the train station to the club dressed as Frank N Furter from Rocky Horror show. Cars of lads would see him from behind in basque, stockings and high heels, peep horns/wolf whistle only to be confronted by a burly 6ft ginger bloke when he span round.

Startail Sat 29-Dec-12 01:52:34

Birmingham, really is dreadful if you don't want to shop.

It's a very cheap train ride, but there is no decent swimming pool, no ice rink in the centre any more and no large London style museums.

Being a modern city there isn't even any history.
Nothing like York and the pitiful cathedral is outshone by Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester. Hereford even manages a swimming pool with a slide.

I have no idea what parents who live in Brum do once their DVs have been to Cadbury world, the think tank and the stupidly overpriced aquarium.

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