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3rd August 2015

Summer holiday fun at the Mailbox

With the summer holidays now well underway, keeping the kids entertained everyday can be a tough job. Why not try a day out with a difference by going on a unique tour of BBC Birmingham, spotting The Big Hoot owls and enjoying dinner at the Mailbox?

BBC Birmingham

Open 7 days a week, BBC Birmingham’s Public Space is a free day out to be enjoyed by all the family. The kids will be kept entertained visiting the CBBC and CBeebies Public Spaces, taking part in CBBC’s Copycat Quiz Show and having their photos taken with the Doctor Who Tardis. Enthusiastic budding news reporters can also try their hand at reading and recording a news or weather item, seeing how a whole production comes together on-screen.

For a closer look at the BBC, experience the ultimate behind-the-scenes adventure with BBC Birmingham’s tour at the Mailbox this summer. Running every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 11.00 and 13.30, keep the kids entertained and explore the exciting world of broadcasting with rarely seen exclusive background action.

Take a peek at your favourite TV, radio and online productions from BBC Birmingham, spotting presenters from BBC West Midlands, the Asian Network and Midlands Today preparing for their latest shows. Tour guides will also be on hand to answer any burning broadcasting questions and explain the centre’s top-of-the-range technology.

Afterwards, pop into the BBC shop where you can purchase your favourite show’s official memorabilia.

For more information about the BBC Birmingham and to book a tour, please visit

BBC B'ham Tours Entrance

Have a hoot at the Mailbox

If you’re following The Big Hoot trail this summer, be sure to pay a visit to our very own owl – the beautiful and unique Peacock. The Little Hoot has also landed at the Mailbox with a parliament of eight smaller owls inside BBC Birmingham. Don’t forget to share your pictures with us too, tagging @mailboxlife.

For more information, visit

The Little Hoot at BBC Birmingham

Eating out

There’s no better way to refuel the whole family than at the Mailbox, with lots of our restaurants offering tasty menus for children over the summer holidays.

Complete with colourful animated characters and the option for kids to demonstrate their artistic skills, Strada’s new children’s menu is guaranteed to keep the little ones entertained over dinner. Kids will find their favourite Italian classics, margherita pizza and pasta carbonara, all washed down with a choice of water, milk or juice. A brand new menu that has been approved by an official judging panel of young people, kids will love their foodie adventure at Strada.

Strada Mailbox kids menu

Gas Street Social provides the perfect setting for a family meal. The children’s menu features sharing boards designed for younger visitors to try a range of smaller dishes in one place, providing the perfect summer picnic tea. For classic kids meals, mains include fish strips or chicken goujons with a choice of sides, all to be enjoyed whilst you relax and the little-ones entertain themselves with a library of books and colouring activities.

Kids menu at Gas Street Social

For a little taste of Spain, head to Bar Estilo, where the friendly bull Estoban is on hand to help you brush up your Spanish skills; something fun and educational to test all the family. Offering two courses and a drink for £5.25, kids can choose from a range of dishes, including spicy meatballs, ham and cheese croquetas and chicken nuggets with fries. For a sweet summer treat, kids can try classic churros with chocolate sauce to top off their Spanish experience.

To view a range of children’s menus and for more information, visit