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Cheap family days out in Nottingham and the Midlands

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Fish, farms, forests and lots more. Here's how to spend a day – without spending your last entire pay cheque – in the Midlands.

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

“A family favourite and very quaint. It's like a seaside town, but inland. Visit the Aquarium – don't be put off by its outward appearance. There are cable cars up to the Heights of Abraham too (it's lovely up there and lots to do). Relatively inexpensive day out for the family” . curlyweasel

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

“Cannon Hill Park has the Midlands Arts Centre (with its own events and exhibitions and is free entry) as well as a cafe, crazy golf, toddler rides, two play structure parks, ducks and beautiful gardens. At the end is also a small nature park that is more like a mini zoo with a reptile house, birds and small animals.” andsmile

Cannon Hill park

Lower Drayton Farm, Staffordshire

“I would highly recommend this farm based on how much the children loved it. A little messy but hey – that's what children like. Plus you can save a little money and take your own picnic, too – they encourage it.” KeilyJAdey

Malt Cross Caves, Nottingham

“Some caves should definitely be included in any day out in the centre of Nottingham. These ones are cheapest and the pub they're beneath is well worth a visit in itself – a beautifully restored Victorian music hall.” LocalEditorNottingham

Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Nottinghamshire

“Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoors. There's something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to mountain biking, Go Ape and adventure play.” LocalEditorNottingham

Sherwood Pines

Hatton Adventure Park, Warwick

“Hatton Park near Warwick has a nice mix of places to eat or picnic, small, craft-type shops and an animal farm to look at. You have to pay to go round the farm but you can enjoy everything else for free.” __HappyWorkingMum __

Rutland Water, Leicestershire & Rutland

“Rutland Water is great; many, many things to do there.” colditz

“Another vote for Rutland water, take scooters/trikes/bikes and go to the butterfly house.” theheadgirl

Rutland water

RAF Museum, Cosford, Shropshire

“A museum of dead planes with free admission (there is a car park charge). My two sons love the place. Me, not so much – but it has a coffee shop!” sparklingbrook