The top 5 places in the Midlands for a Sunny Weekend

Whether it’s a perfect picnic spot, somewhere to dip your toes or the chance to get adventurous, we’ve got the perfect place for your weekend adventure now that we’ve finally left winter behind are heading fast in to summer and (hopefully) sunshine!

  1. Hathersage Swimming Pool

Hathersage Swimming Pool is a (relatively) well kept secret outside of the local area, however if you head there on a sunny day you’ve got to accept that it is going to be busy, but where else can you swim and take in such beautiful views? The pool is 100ft long and heated to 28OC, so even on cooler days, it’s still a great place to visit. The pool is open March to October and entry is £6.50.

After your swim, be sure to head into the centre of the village and check out the café upstairs at Outside, which is popular with climbers and hikers.

  1. Dovedale

I’ve written about Dovedale previously on my Top 5 things to do in Derbyshire post, but as it’s one  of my favourite spots in the world, I think it deserves another mention!  It gets busy at the weekends but it’s still a fab place to enjoy.

Here you can cross the famous stepping stones, or paddle in the river to reach the opposite bank and cool off on a beautiful summer’s day. It’s a great spot for a picnic, but if you want some activity there is a gentle walk along the valley, following the river to Milldale and beyond, or for those wanting a tougher hike, head up Thorpe Cloud before coming back to dip your aching feet in the cool waters of the River Dove.


  1. Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits is a registered charity offering affordable adventure activities to groups and to the general public from their site on the outskirts of Leicester. The site is close to the city centre, but once you get there, you feel like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of town. The centre offers a range of activities, including; high ropes, canoeing, archery and bushcraft for all age groups.

The centre operates its Adventure Club sessions several times a week, these are open sessions for members of the public to join and no prior experience is required. If you get a taste for some of the activities, there are also courses that you can join to develop your skills further. The centre also holds an annual open weekend with many activities on offer for a minimal fee. This year the open weekend is 9th/10th June.

  1. Chasewater Reservoir

Chasewater Reservoir is a 360 hectare reservoir close to Cannock in the West Midlands. There is lots going on here, including the fantastic Pier 52 activity centre which offers wakeboarding, stand up paddleboarding and mountain biking for all levels.

Many other great activities are also available such as go karting and crazy golf. There are a range of guided and self guided walks available. For those willing to brave the cold there is also open water swimming in the reservoir during the spring and summer months.


  1. Carsington Water

Carsington Water opened in 1992 and has a great range of facilities for all the family. You can participate in watersports at  Carsington Water such as kayaking and sailing and there is also a fantastic 8.5 mile walk around the reservoir on fairly level easy paths. The visitor centre is home to a range of exhibits on water and the work that Severn Trent (the owners of Carsington) do.   Other things to do include bike hire and fishing.

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