How To Experience Africa and feel sand in your toes without even packing your suitcase!

How To Experience Africa and feel sand in your toes without even packing your suitcase!

I say it a lot these days, we are so super lucky to live where we live, we have some of the best places to hang out with our little people all within easy reach.  Things to do with the kids has never been easier.  And this week we took just a hop, skip and a jump!  We invited our crazy cousins from Cannock to Africa…. well to Akamba to be precise without even having to top up the fuel tank, where we had a great afternoon exploring…….

Hidden away in a corner of Dickens Heath village (of all places), unbeknown to so many, sits Akamba:  an African Heritage Centre.  It is also a great restaurant, party space, home to some great events, garden centre and great learning space for children too.

Akamba entrance

Mama says….. Walking through the tropical gardens we discovered some awesome metal animals, the littles loved hunting for them and naming them all….. there were a few that even us mummies weren’t too sure of!

We headed straight to the beach, a lovely sandy open space for them to play and open throughout the summer holidays.  Shoes were flung off and they were digging their way to Kenya by the time we had found a table and taken a seat!  Drinks and cake ordered, we were able to watch them run a mock as we relaxed in what felt like a secret tropical getaway.  I certainly did not feel we were in Kansas anymore!

Sand dusted down and removed from every orifice, we headed to the Reptile House and Bird Walk.  We learnt about the bearded dragons, held a couple of snakes (I had to hide my total freak out) and fed the giant tortoises.  It was a really informative experience, we all took away something new and that was before we hit the gift shop!  The bird walk was small but lovely as it allows you to get up close to the whole range of exotic birds that fly and perch right next to you.

metal dragon

toddlers birdspotting

baby town touches tortoise

We’ve spent a couple of afternoons here at Akamba over the past year or so, it’s a real haven of peace and quiet for both grown ups and little ones.  There have been times when I feel I am totally losing my mind and Baby Town needs bringing back down to earth, we have headed here for an hour of calm and some QT together.  It is open all year round, (the beach is closed out of the summer months), so you can take a trip to Africa whenever you fancy!  The restaurant is a really great place to chill out and my garden is certainly a lot brighter since finding Akamba.

Akamba are running some fabulous events for the little ones over the summer holidays, we are looking forward to the Pirate Play Treasure Hunt and the Fossil Dig this month!  Let’s hope the sun continues to shine.

Akamba is one for the littles, but it is definitely one for the grown ups too especially once Cbeebies has gone to bed with their events schedule!  But that’s a whole other blog post I must get sorted!

Baby Town says……. I love this place!  It takes no time to get here, so no long journeys in the car.  And I love the beach, I could play in there for hours.  And holding a snake was a really exciting experience, I’m super brave aren’t I?!

Baby town in boat on beach

Akamba restaurant

array of flowers for sale

The Nitty Gritty Need to Know ……

The Place:  Akamba Heritage Centre

Location:  Dickens Heath, Solihull

When:  Check out their website as their opening times change throughout the year.

Under 2’s go free? Entry is free to the centre.  There is a charge of £1 to use the beach and a charge to enter the Reptile House and Bird Walk for adults and a children.

Café/Restaurant? Yes

Parking? Yes

Loyalty Scheme? No

Breastfeeding friendly? I would say yes, there are plenty of places to sit and feed.

Website http://www.akamba.co.uk

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