Birmingham’s home to two terrific footy teams (Birmingham City and Aston Villa) and the third-favourite poet in British history (Benjamin Zephaniah, according to a 2009 BBC poll).
But Brum also boasts a brilliant airport with non-stop flights to 70 cities, including family favourites like Edinburgh, Malaga and Paphos.
So if you’re departing for a holiday from this West Midlands hub for the first time in 2019, you might need some guidance on food, entertainment and transport.
These five family holiday travel tips will help you set off in stress-free style.
- VR Gaming
If you or your kids are gaming gurus, you can experience immersive VR games under a mile from Birmingham Airport.
Vortex Gaming at Resorts World has two floors ram-packed with a magnificent mix of classic and contemporary games like Time Crisis 4, Mariokart, Fish Bowl Frenzy and Iceman.
And if your shoot ‘em up skills are sublime, you can even cash in winning tokens for premium prizes like BMW toy cars or drones.
- Airport kids area
If you don’t have time for a pitstop at Vortex before catching your flight, don’t despair — Birmingham’s impressive in-house kids entertainment area Sky Zone is located close to Gate 55 in the departure lounge.
Kids should download the interactive Zappar app on their phones or tablets before leaving home to become official Birmingham Sky Cadets and they’ll be transfixed by top-notch games, puzzles and educational content all the way to the plane.
- Airport parking
Public transport has its benefits — but keeping a tribe of kids calm and cool on the way to an airport isn’t one of them.
The most chilled-out option is probably travelling in the comfort of your own car — there are plenty of ways to book Birmingham airport parking online, but you can bag a bargain with a comparison site like Looking4.com.
Whether you choose valet or park and ride options, you’ll board your flight feeling far more unruffled.
When your flight’s delayed and the Sky Zone’s entertainment tank is empty, some retail bribery is one way to stop troublesome teens from making you tear your hair out.
Shopping options at Brum include Next, Superdry, JD Sports and Pandora — so if you can bear to part with holiday pocket money during the pre-flight period, there’s something to satisfy a range of tastes.
And if you’re yearning for a pair of duty free designer shades, treat yourself to something snazzy from Eye Love.
- Food coupons
Airport food can be a rip-off, but if pre-packed sandwiches are a thrifty step too far, check out Birmingham’s official site to find airport special offers on everything from bargain breakfast deals and at Wrapchic to burger and drink discounts at Wetherspoons.
Just download the vouchers direct from the site and you’ll unlock cool yet cheap culinary treats at a range of restaurants — it beats breaking the bank before you reach the sunshine.
That’s our list! Add your own Birmingham Airport travel tips in the comments section.