Hey big spender!
Shop trusted brands and designer outlets until you drop under one roof within easy walk distance of Birmingham International train station
Time is money and it’s easy (and a pleasure) to spend both at Resorts World Birmingham. Nestled next to the man-made Pendigo Lake, which boasts its own sand-coloured pebble beach, the gleaming glass structure welcomes a steady stream of savvy bargain hunters, who have travelled in comfort by train to Birmingham International.
Children will undoubtedly stop and stare at the colourful shop display of Lego Wear where a fine selection of clothes, watches and other accessories are complemented by playful design including an oversized mini-figure with a hard hat clambering up a ladder in the front window.
Gadget geeks have the Sony Centre to fulfil their electric dreams and if you yearn to spring clean your home furnishings, Bedeck has floor to ceiling luxury bedding to ensure you sleep tight after the train journey home. Only a few steps away, there is crockery of every colour, shape and sheen at Denby.
If you’re looking for a present for that notoriously hard-to-buy-for friend or relative, then Gift Company probably has something weird and wonderful on its shelves to tickle your fancy without offending your bank balance. Salt crystal lamps and garden gnomes vie for attention alongside bar signs and an animal figurine adorned with the tongue-in-cheek sign: “I’m Not A Rhino, I’m A Fat Unicorn“. If you’re splashing cash for someone younger then Hamleys is an Aladdin’s cave of delightful toys and games and there are greetings cards aplenty at Hallmark and WHSmith for the perfect finishing touch.
An access-only pass to facilities, which include a 15-metre indoor swimming pool with soothing hydrotherapy jets and an ionised salt cave, start from £25 for two hours (depending on the time of day you visit) including the use of a robe, towel and flip flops, a glass of prosecco and tea and coffee. For a more self-indulgent treat - and you know you’re worth it - the personalised spa packages start at £55 for a dry flotation experience and peak at the aptly named Zen Experience from £120 which includes a facial and a 25-minute back, neck and shoulder massage to knead away knots of tension.
It’s a short, stress-free walk back to the platforms of Birmingham International train station with plenty of space in overhead luggage racks for your purchases so you can stretch out for the return journey home.