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Day Out with National Express West Midlands

Ad~Family Fun in Brum love sharing free and affordable days out in Birmingham and when National Express West Midlands challenged us to take a bus into Birmingham and show them a great family day out we leapt at the idea.      

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We are so lucky in Birmingham to have great transport links.  As a family we often travel by train into the city, if I'm honest we don't use the bus as often.  This day out showed me just how easy and affordable the bus can be.  Before we set off on our journey I visited National Express West Midlands website to plan the route we would need to take.  It's a very simple website to use.  All you need is the address of where you are starting out from and where you want to go.  It will then tell you the bus route you need to take, the time of the buses and a handy map to show you the bus route and any walking you will need to do.  Once we knew our route we then downloaded the mTicket App onto our phone which meant that we could buy our ticket in advance with no worries about having the correct change (which I never have!)  A Group Daysaver (for a group of up to 5 people or 2 adults and 4 children) was just £7 for all day travel on any National Express West Midlands bus, it worked out much cheaper than going by car or train!

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Our journey into Birmingham was so easy.  We only needed to take one bus and the service was very frequent so we only waited 5 minutes at the bus stop.  The boys chose to sit on the top deck so we got a fabulous view of the city as we made our way into Birmingham.  

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Once we had arrived in Birmingham the next part of our fun day out could begin.  We chose to do a FREE art trail around Digbeth.  We love Digbeth as it is filled with cool graffati art, bars, restaurants and cafes.  It's both a great day out with the family and a fun date night venue.  The trail we followed was from Walk, Run, Cycle. The trail shows you some of the amazing graffiti art around Digbeth in Birmingham and there's plenty of it!  Although it's worth noting that the graffiti is ever changing so some of the art work will not be there but there maybe something new in its place. The walk starts and ends at Moor St train station (though you can pick it up wherever!), and is 4 km (3 miles) long.

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We made our way around Digbeth stopping as we walked along to admire the art and talk about our favourite pieces.  There was so much to see including a lot of building work.  If your children like diggers (like mine do) then this is the place for them.  We didn't manage the whole walk as hunger got the better of us so we made a quick detour into the Custard factory where there are lots of cafes and places to sit and enjoy the atmosphere.         

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We found a picnic bench right in the centre and ate our sandwiches enjoying the colourful backdrop of the Custard Factory.  

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 Our final stop on our fun day out was Chance and Counters which is a cafe bar set in the centre of the Custard Factory.  It has over 500 different board games that you can use in return for a small hire cost.  We had so much fun trying out all the board games and the biscoff Milkshake was a real highlight! 

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Once we'd finished our milkshakes we decided to make our way back home.  We used the National Express West Midlands website to plan our route home which was super easy to navigate. 

 

We had a brilliant day out in Birmingham and really enjoyed using the buses.  It was great to see how affordable and easy National Express West Midlands were to use as a family.  

Disclaimer: This is a paid advert with National Express West Midlands.