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Cars and stars around Birmingham

Despite its closeness to the UK's second city - just 5 miles from the centre of Birmingham - Castle Bromwich has managed to retain its rural charm, with its village green and leaf-clad houses. It's in a great spot for a string of venues, whether you're roaring on your team at Villa Park, attending an event at the NEC or shopping at the Bullring.

Tour the Jaguar car factory

If you've ever wondered how high-performance cars are brought to life, the Jaguar Experience at the Castle Bromwich plant is the place to find out. Watch every stage of the assembly process, from sheet metal to finished car, as robots work in sync with skilled technicians to shape each vehicle that comes off the production line.

Night-time entertainment sorted

StarCity has all your entertainment needs in one place. It has a whopping 25-screen cinema where you can sit back and enjoy the latest blockbuster or Oscar-tipped movie. There's also a bowling alley, gaming station and laser arena. If you head into the city centre, you can catch top-notch classical music performances at Birmingham Symphony Hall, or see pop's finest perform at the Barclaycard Arena. Planning a trip to Castle Bromwich? Bed down for the night at Travelodge Birmingham Castle Bromwich Hotel in the village, just off the M6. Another good option is Travelodge Birmingham Fort Dunlop Hotel.