In the second of our new ‘Away Day Guide’ features for the official website Bromley supporter Will Bains provides us with a fans insight to our weekend trip Solihull.
Our second away trip of the season throws up a trip that I haven’t made before. Nevertheless, meticulous research has told me that there is plenty to keep a fan occupied on this trip. A look on the NEC website shows that the only event of interest for this weekend is the Festival of Quilts (“breath-taking textile art from international quilt artists”), so if that’s not your thing then sadly there won’t be much to keep you occupied there. Alternatively, there is the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, which houses the world’s biggest collection of British Motorcycles. For anyone driving, you might want to stop off at Warwick or Leamington Spa for a bit of tourism, with such sights as Warwick Castle at your disposal. Leamington certainly used to have a fish and chip shop offering battered chips, which I’m informed are well worth a stop off.
Directions By train: The ground isn’t particularly close to any station, so there is a choice of two. Fastest services are provided by Virgin Trains from Euston to Birmingham International, although Chiltern also run a service from Marylebone to Solihull (the latter is still offering trains back after the game for £5.50).
By car: The route via the M40 and M42 will avoid the roadworks and 50mph speed limit on the M1 and generally offers a more scenic route through the Chilterns rather than the back of Coventry and Milton Keynes. Exit the M42 at Junction 5 and follow the A41 then signs for Birmingham International. The ground will be on the left just after the Land Rover roundabout. By plane: Although Birmingham International Airport is very close to the ground, it won’t be possible to fly direct to or from London. Save that one for the Guiseley game
The Autotech Stadium, Damson Parkway, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 2PP (use B92 9EJ for Sat Nav purposes)
- Adults: £14
- Concessions: £8
- Under 12’s: FREE with a paying adult
Can’t make the trip? Don’t worry we’ll have live commentary on the official website from 2:50pm on Saturday – Link will appear on front page of official site.