While the canal network means that Birmingham has plenty of water nearby, there's no escaping that it's a trek to get to the sea. So, in an attempt to show us what we're missing and encourage more of us to make the effort, the National Trust plans to bring the coast to the city.
As part of it's #lovethecoast campaign, the Trust hopes to reverse a trend that's seen the number of people visiting Britain's coastlines drop by 20% over the last decade. And what better way than with a huge seashell?
Of course, this'll be more than just a massive ex-mollusc house. The 'Shellsphere' is a '4D' experience that will enable the people of Birmingham to see, hear, smell and taste the sea – without having to leave the city.
Inside the Shellsphere – which will be washing up at Centenary Square, Broad Street on Monday August 24 – your senses will be triggered by the aromas of salty sea air, caves, rock pools, the sounds of the waves and seagulls, as well as magical interior lighting. Plus, you'll be able to capture the moment with an interactive coastal photo booth.
The multi-sensory encounter will be free to use and suitable for all ages. But you'll have to be quick - it'll only be available from 10am-4pm before it disappears off to the next destination of its country-wide tour.
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