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Visit Sarehole Mill in Springfield

Situated to the south-east of Birmingham city centre, Springfield is part of Hall Green. Its major landmark is 250-year-old water mill Sarehole, now a museum.

On milling days, you can see the original main waterwheel, mill gears and grinding stones in action. You can also explore the mill's links with Lord of the Rings writer JRR Tolkien in the 'Signposts to Middle-Earth' exhibition, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife in the tranquil mill pond. Spot herons, mallards, moorhens and even the elusive kingfisher, if you're lucky.

Spice up your life in the Balti Triangle

Birmingham is the curry capital of the UK, and the famous Balti Triangle covers the areas of Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath and Moseley just to the north of Springfield. You're never far from an Indian restaurant in this part of the city.

Ladypool Road in Sparkbrook is the place to go for a top Brummie balti. Al Frash is often recommended in food and drink guides, while long-established Shabab offers a classic balti experience. You can't go wrong with the restaurant's signature balti chicken and spinach dish with fluffy naan bread.

Get active at Ackers Adventure

Hit the ski slope or hare down the toboggan run at this adrenaline-pumping urban outdoor activity centre. Those with a head for heights can scale the climbing walls, abseil or plunge off the Tower Drop. On the water, make a splash while canoeing, kayaking or bell-boating.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Springfield? Travelodge Birmingham Maypole Hotel is around two miles away. Another good option is Travelodge Birmingham Yardley.