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(Top 10 Recommended Local Visits)

The West Midlands Safari Park - is situated in Bewdley, Worcestershire.  The park has a four mile drive-through Safari adventure in which you will encounter a variety of rare and exotic animals from all over the world, including the UKís first ever pride of rare White Lions.

Further attractions include the new Twilight Cave in which you will see Bats and Beasties of the night.  The animal and reptile encounters, Sea Lion shows, Hippo feeding, Safari Train, Reptile House, Discovery Zone and Amusement Rides.  All of which will ensure a Great Family or Group day out.

Milestone Travel Price £48.00 Return (Max 6)

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The Historic Gloucester Docks - Takes you on a voyage of discovery - through the living waterways of yesterday to the present day.  The transformation of these docks offer a vibrant mixture of uses, including award winning museums, specialist shops, restaurants, bars and cafťs.

The main attractions are the National Waterways Museum which charts 200 years of our inland waterways.  The Gloucester Antique Centre with over 140 dealers, Mariners Church, Leisure Cruises, Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum which tells the remarkable story of the lives and travels and the service of men and women over the last 300 years, and much more.

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Waddesdon (National Trust) - Built between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, now houses an extraordinary collection of French 18th century decorative arts including portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds.  Waddesdon has one of the finest Victorian Gardens in Britain and an aviary of exotic birds.  Not to mention the thousands of  bottled vintage wines found in the cellars, some of which can be purchased in the wine and gift shop.

With wild life walks, restaurants, Childrenís play area plus much more, this really is a great day out for all the family.

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Warwick Castle - You donít just visit Britainís greatest mediaeval experience, You Live It.  Be swept up in the momentous historical event of Richard Neville, Kingmaker and Earl of Warwick, as he readies his troops on the eve of battle in 1471.  Above the roar of the armourerís furnace and ringing steel, you can almost feel the fear throughout each of the six household chambers.

Also visit the Towers and Ramparts, Dungeon and Torture Chamber with its grim stories of suffering, The Armoury with its armour and Castle arms, the Great Hall and State rooms and 60 acres of landscaped and cultivated gardens, peacock garden and 18th century rose garden.  Plus many special events throughout 2005.

Milestone Travel Price £45.00 Return (Max 6)

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Ironbridge - Follow the foot steps of curious admirers, who have been enthralled by the great arches since 1779 and visit the many museums alongside the River Severn.  Visit the Museum of The Gorge (a Gothic warehouse) from which goods from the Coalbrookdale Company once started their journey to the rest of the world.  Today filled with stories of how industry changed the gorge and the environmental impact that this had.

Also visit the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and Darby Houses, full of decorative art castings, classic statues, garden ornaments and curious every day objects - all made from iron.  Meet the Victorians and experience the sights, smells and sounds of working Victorian factories, all set within 50 acres of beautiful wooded landscape at the Blist Hill Victorian Town.  Donít forget also to visit the Coalport China Museum, Jackfield Tile Museum, Borseley Pipeworks, Tar Tunnel, Enginuity and all the many events throughout 2005.

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The Black Country Living Museum - More than you ever imagined and a great day out for all the family.  Discover a fascinating world when you visit Britainís friendliest open-air museum, or just soak up the atmosphere.

Experience a lesson in the traditional Schoolroom, Ride on a Tram Car, Visit the working Horses, Enjoy all the fun of the Old Tyme Fairground, Explore the Underground Coal Mine, Taste traditional fish and chips from the 1930ís Fried Fish Shop, Watch classic comedies in the 1920ís Cinema, Sample a pint of traditional ale in the Bottle and Glass Inn or just chat to the characters in the original shops and workshops and see the traditional demonstrations.

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Shugborough Estate (National Trust) - is the seat of the Earl of Lichfield and contains interesting collectables of china, silver, paintings and furniture.  The stable block houses the original servants quarters and there is a rare breeds farmstead.

There is also a Country Museum and Childrenís farm yard as well as Licensed Restaurant, tea room and annual special events.

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Drayton Manor Theme Park - every day is full of thrills and fun.  Based in Tamworth in Staffordshire, this award winning theme park houses some of the most exhilarating rides to be found in the UK.  Stormforce 10, Pandemonium, Maelstrom, Cyclone, Apocalypse and Excalibur, a Dragonís Tale is to name but a few.

With a range of other exciting attractionís like, Crazy Golf, A visit to the zoo, Pirate Cove, Farm and Museum and many many more rides, restaurants and shops this really is a great day out for families and groups.

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The Cotswold Wildlife Park - is set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens around a listed Victorian Manor House and has been open to the public since 1970.  The Park is home to a fascinating and varied collection of over 260 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates from all over the world, many of which are endangered.

See the penguins being fed, the parrots flying and bird of prey demonstration during the summer months and visit the Childrenís Farm Yard next to the play ground to see Shetland ponies, Pygmy Goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and many more rare breeds.  The Tropical House is home to a wide range of birds and plants and the former stables now displays the Reptiles and Amphibians such as crocodileís, Tortoises, snakes, lizards and much more.  Or just take a leisurely walk around the Park and see the many  larger animals.

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Alton Towers - Probably the most well known theme park in the UK with all itís rides and attractions.  Enter the forbidden Valley and try out some of the exhilarating rides like, AIR which gives you the feeling of flying, NEMESIS reaching speeds of 80km per hour, but not for the faint hearted, RIP SAW takes you 50ft in the air then spins, loops and soaks you with water.  The X Sector with OBLIVION, the worlds first vertical drop roller coaster and also the Black Hole, Submission and Enterprise.  Katanga Canyon  with its Congo Rapids Ride and the Run A Way Mine Train.

Plus many other rides and attractions such as the Haunted House, Flume, 3D Cinema, Tweenies Theatre, Old Macdonaldís Farm, Spin Ball Whizzer and Squirrel Nutty Ride to name but a few.  Or you could just wall around the Gardens or eat in one of the many restaurants.  Alton Towers is a great day out for the family and groups.

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