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Rubery is a great village in the Bromsgrove district of Worcestershire.  The village is nine miles from Birmingham city centre and part of it forms a southern suburb of the city.  Property prices have been positively increasing recently with the slightly higher prices no doubt due to the regeneration of nearby Longbridge, as well as being in close proximity to The Lickey Hills, Beacon Hill and Cofton Park.

All in One Place!

You could spare yourself the hassle of thinking of a variety of places to go this half term and opt for the many options available at the Hollywood Bowl in Great Park.  The 26-lane bowling centre has an onsite restaurant, licensed bar, and an arcade games zone once the bowling has completed.

Great Park also plays host to Empire cinema with IMPACT and IMAX screens, so you can go and take in the latest releases post game.

There’s also a variety of places to eat including Chiquitos, a great Tex-Mex place with a good gluten free selection as well as the great family traditional Frankie & Benny’s.

Get Walking and Exploring!

The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust owned Beaconwood and the Winsel nature reserve is situated on the North-West of the Lickey Hills and provides over 11 hectares of woodland to explore.  It’s free to go around and as you explore the routes and tracks through reserve you can teach the children how to recognise different types of tree, and admire the Great Oak which is about 250 years old!  Dogs are welcome, though must be kept on a lead.

The Lickey Hills themselves is about a mile outside of Rubery, covers 524 acres and is home to a modern visitor centre, circular walk, sculpture trail, tri-golf fun course and children's play park suitable for ages 3 to 13.  The café there serves light snacks, but it is important to note that the café and gift shop do not accept card payments; cash only, so come prepared!

Get Creative!

The Liz Monk Studio Pottery & Gallery is a working pottery studio situated on a working farm about 5 miles outside of Rubery.  You can either see Liz at work in the studio, or get involved with either adult or children’s classes, which include tea and cake.  Children’s parties are also catered for so if your little one has an upcoming birthday, this might be a really exciting alternative option. 

You can also peruse the gallery and pick up something from a small token memento of your experience or larger one-off pieces.