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The Pen Room

Situated in the Argent Centre, on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter, just a few minutes walk from the city centre and Brindley Place, The Pen Room is one of Birmingham’s best kept secrets.

It is a privately owned museum dedicated to celebrating and preserving Birmingham’s heritage as a global centre of pen-making. With fascinating exhibits from the great pen makers of the area and a wealth of well-presented pictures and information from the archives, it is a museum that truly captures the essence of its subject.

There are lots of activities to try, and a chance to try out historic pens, ensuring that all ages will enjoy a visit. What really makes it special are the staff whose knowledge, enthusiasm and friendly welcome set the pen room apart.

Because of its location, it’s easy to combine a visit to the Pen Room with a stroll around the fascinating Jewellery Quarter, with its excellent selection of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

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Sutton Park

Sutton Park, in the north of Birmingham, is one of the largest urban parks in Europe, with 2400 acres of land. There are paths suitable for bikes and pushchairs, but you are also free to leave the path and stroll at your leisure through the trees.

Although close to Sutton Coldfield town centre and several main roads, the trees shelter the park from noise, and once you have stepped through the gates it is easy to forget that you are in one of the largest cities in the country.

You may be surprised to learn that in addition to the wildlife you would expect to see in a city park – birds, rabbits, squirrels – it is also home to a number of Exmoor ponies. You may also stumble across more domesticated animals too: nestled away near the Town Gate, there is a donkey sanctuary, and local farmers use parts of the park for cattle grazing.

There are car parks at every gate, and plenty of cafés, pubs and picnic areas inside the park area.