From planning to fill the summer holidays to thinking about how to spend all the weekends in between, there’s never been a better time to book a UK short break.
There’s so much to explore in England, with a wealth of heritage, outdoor space, shops and restaurants to discover, and in Lichfield District you can find all the best bits of a UK getaway in one place.
There’s so much to do in Lichfield District, that a day visit is simply not enough. So, whether you’re traveling with your family, your partner or a group of friends, you’ll definitely want to book a short break.
Fun for the whole family
Whether your family has little ones that would enjoy soft play while the grown-ups grab a coffee (visit Little Green Frog Café and thank us later!), difficult to please teenagers who’d prefer something unique like an escape room at the Lichfield Garrick, or anywhere in between you can spend days in Lichfield without getting bored.
Everyone will enjoy adventuring and exploring at Drayton Manor Theme Park and Zoo. Home to Europe’s only Thomas Land, you can meet Thomas the Tank Engine and friends, ride roller coasters in the theme park and meet a wide range of animals in the zoo.
There’s also always something going on at Drayton Manor, from fun events and activities to new rides –with a new Viking-themed area this summer.
If that’s not enough adrenaline for the family, you can burn more energy on the race track at Midland Karting, visit one of the many parks across the district like Beacon Park where you can enjoy the playground or head to Chasewater Country Park, where you can enjoy a range of water sports like paddleboarding or wakeboarding.
Here are some other fun ideas for things the whole family will enjoy when you book a family break in Lichfield District:
- Play in a tank and the trenches at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum
- Ride the rails in vintage trains at Chasewater Railway
- Follow the Stickman Trail at the National Memorial Arboretum
- Dress up as a Georgian at Erasmus Darwin House
- Discover the Green Fairy Woods at Heart of the Country Shopping Village
A getaway for the grown ups
Not everything is about the kids, so it’s important to find time to get away for a couple’s retreat or have a break with friends. Across Lichfield District you can discover activities and accommodation to suit every taste.
If you’re a history buff you can delve into the breadth of the UK’s history here in Lichfield, from the Roman’s to World War II. During your visit you can spend time at the Letocetum Roman site at Wall, learn about St Chad and so much more when visiting Lichfield Cathedral, and follow the history of the Staffordshire Regiment at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum.
You can also uncover the stories of Charles Darwin’s grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, who was himself a scientist, philosopher, poet and physician as well as Dr Samuel Johnson, who authored the Dictionary of the English language when you visit their respective homes that are now museums.
Fancy a throwing a bit of culture in? Then book a show at The Garrick Theatre or check out the performances and exhibitions available at The Hub at St Mary’s.
Or, if you’d prefer a more relaxed getaway, make the most of the many parks across the district, take a stroll round Chasewater Country Park and then unwind in one of the many pubs, bars or restaurants to choose from!
Spoiled for choice
If we were to list everywhere you could choose to stop for a bite to eat or a quick drink in Lichfield District this article would never end. You can find the full list of cafes, restaurants and beyond here.
Whether you’re planning a girls weekend and fancy a bottomless brunch, want an afternoon tea in the mix or need to find somewhere for fussy youngsters to eat you are catered for in the district. From a Michelin Star dining experience at Upstairs by Tom Shepherd to grabbing something to go from Hindley’s Bakery you’ll always be full.
The same goes for finding the perfect place to stay. You can enjoy a luxurious break in the countryside at somewhere like Swinfen Hall Hotel or book to get the most out of the relaxed city centre environment at The George Hotel. You can even stay close to the theme park at Drayton Manor Hotel. Find accommodation inspiration here.
Find great offers
Whatever you plan to do on your short break in Lichfield District, don’t forget your free Visit Lichfield Card! It will give you access to a range of fantastic, exclusive offers during your stay.
A fun packed summer of events
Check out the latest events taking place this summer including music festivals, family activities, summer fun days and more, a full programme of events can be found here.
Download our Short Breaks Brochure here for more getaway ideas!