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Out and About in Parks 2010

Events and Activities in Parks and Open Spaces 2010

Join the Park Rangers Out and About in Birmingham's Parks


Saturday 1st May

Trees in Spring - Sheldon Country Park - 2 pm – 3 pm

Join us for a walk around the Country Park to discover the variety of tree species. Meet in the Farm Yard Phone number: 0121 742 0226

Sunday 2nd May

River Rea Ramble - Cannon Hill Park - 11 am -1 pm

Join the Rangers for a walk along Birmingham’s Secret River taking in the sights and sounds of the parks natural areas. Meet outside the garden tea rooms Phone number: 0121 742 0226

Monday 3rd May

Dawn Chorus - Woodgate Valley Country Park - 4.30am start

Can you get up with the lark? A Ranger guided early morning walk to hear the birds sing & celebrate the start of a new day. Telephone 0121 421 7575

Sunday 9th May

Dawn Chorus Walk - Sutton Park - 5.00am Start

Set the alarm clock for this early morning start. This is a Friends of Sutton Park Association event led by Robert Skeates. Meet at Banners Gate. For further details on this event call 0121 355 0112

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th May

Middle Earth Weekend - The Shire Country Park - 11 am - 5 pm

Free entry (there will be a charge for car parking) Sarehole Mill, Cole Bank Road, Moseley.

Great family day out celebrating the life, works and place that inspired the writer of The Lord of the Rings; historical re-enactments, plays, craft stalls & demos, Tolkien archives, guided walks, children’s activities and much more! Phone number: 0121 702 2739

Sunday 23rd May

History Walk - Cannon Hill Park - 11 am -1 pm

Join the rangers on this walk to look at the history of this formal park. Call for further details Phone number: 0121 442 4226

Monday 31st May

Teddy Bears picnic - Kingfisher County Park - 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join the Rangers for a teddy bears picnic with a difference; Fun and games for all the family. Booking essential, Phone number: 0121 748 3798


Tuesday 1st June

Build a Bug box - Woodgate Valley Country Park - 1 pm Onwards

Come and build a mini-beast shelter to help the insects, spiders, beetles and other bugs make a home in your garden. £3 charge for each home made. Phone: 0121 421 7575

Friday 4th June

Wildlife Detective - Handsworth Park - 11 am – 1 pm

Everyone is welcome to join the Rangers to find out what wildlife lives in this park, we will be looking for everything from tiny ants to big birds. Meet outside the Boathouse by the Hampstead road entrance

Saturday 5th June

Starting Out: Mini-Beast Safari - Lickey Hills Country Park - 1 pm - 2.30 pm

Come and discover some of the smaller residents of the Lickey Hills. Booking Essential Phone: 0121 447 7106

Sunday 6th June

Environment Day - Edgbaston Reservoir - 1 pm – 4 pm

Come and enjoy some activities, with us and we'll play some eco games, create some artwork with recyclable materials, find some solutions for tackling waste, and keeping our water clean. Phone number: 0121 454 1908

Saturday 12th June

Summer Songsters - Sheldon Country Park - 2pm – 3pm

Spot the birds that spend there Summer in Sheldon. Meet in the Farm yard Old Rectory Farm Ragley Drive Phone number: 0121 742 0226

Saturday 26th June

Heritage Trail Weekend - Aston Park - 1 pm – 3 pm

As part of the Heritage Trail Weekend there will be the chance to learn about the Role of Aston Park since the late 16th century to the present day. Meet at the entrance courtyard of Aston Hall Museum. Phone number 0121 675 4745

Saturday 26th June

Kingfisher Country Park Silver Jubilee - Kingfisher Country Park - 11 am - 4 pm

All that glitters at Kingfisher Country Park is silver and not gold. Help celebrate our silver jubilee with a day of wildlife exhibits, crafts, fun and games. Free fun for all the family. Something for every one!

Saturday 26th June

Bat Night - Kings Norton LNR - 9.30pm Onwards.

Take a look at the nocturnal inhabitants of this LNR. Meet at Burmans Drive entrance opp Wychall Park Grove. Please wear suitable clothing and wrap up warmly and bring along a torch. Booking Essential. Phone number: 0121 447 7106.

Sunday 27th June

Pole Lathes, Shave horses, and Bill hooks - Sheldon Country Park - 1 – 4 pm

Join us for a demonstration of traditional woodland crafts. Meet in the Farm yard Old Rectory Farm Ragley Drive Phone number: 0121 742 0226


Saturday 11th July

Hall Green Mela - The Shire Country Park - 12 pm- 5 pm

Free Entry, community event for all the family, stalls, live music and entertainment for all. Sarehole Recreation Ground. Phone number: 0121 702 2739

Saturday 17th July

Butterflies - Edgbaston Reservoir - 1.30 - 3.30 p.m.

Come and tackle our "Butterfly Trail" through the woods. Discover how many types of butterfly there are in this country? Learn how they breed, feed, and what plants and flowers they need to thrive and survive. Phone number: 0121 454 1908

Sunday 18th July

Fairy folk - Kingfisher Country Park - 11 am – 1 pm

We believe in fairies, come and find out why. Fairy fun and games in Yorks Wood. Will you be lucky enough to spot one? Booking essential Phone number: 0121 748 3798

Saturday 24th July – 1st August

Love Parks Week - Edgbaston Reservoir - 10:30 am – 4 pm

Follow our wildlife quiz trail around the reservoir, complete the activities, and answer the questions, and find out how wild you really are. Phone number: 0121 454 1908

Saturday 24th July

Bat & Moth Night - Cannon hill Park - 8 pm till late

Find out more about these fascinating creatures of the night. Call for more details. Phone number: 0121 442 4226

Saturday 24th July to End of Summer Holidays

Summer Activity Trails - Woodgate Valley and Lickey Hills - 10 am – 5:30 pm

Come along any day over the summer holidays and follow the trail. There will be things to do and find. This is a self guided trail; copies will be available from the visitor centre. WVCP: 0121 421 7575, LHCP: 0121 447 7106

Sunday 25th July

Sheldon countryside Festival - Sheldon Country Park - 12 till 5pm

Event details: The Countryside comes to town. Enjoy craft stalls, country craft demonstrations and arena events and more at our big annual show all our welcome so come along for a really special day out. Sheldon Country Park Ragley drive entrance Phone number: 0121 742 0226

Wednesdays 28th July, 4th August, 11th August

Family and Friends Environmental Activity Days - The Shire Country Park 11.00am - 3.00pm

Join the rangers for a host of family fun - Den Building, Moseley Bog Wildlife Challenge, Tracking, Hide and Seek and enjoying the beautiful green open space that is Birmingham's best kept secret. Advanced Booking only as numbers are limited. Under 7's must be accompanied by an adult Phone: 0121 702 2739


Between 26th July & August 31st

Animal Encounters - Birmingham Nature Centre - Various times

Over the holidays the wardens are offering the opportunity to get up close with some of the animals at the Birmingham Nature Centre. Please phone for further details of the events. Booking Essential telephone 0121 472 7775

Every Tuesday in August

August Antics - Lickey Hills Country Park - 11am - 1pm

It's summer so go wild in the woods on a Tuesday. Family Event. Booking Essential Phone: 0121 447 7106

Saturday 7th August

History Day Walk - Edgbaston Reservoir - 2 pm – 4pm

Come through the time tunnel, to 1823 and we'll tell you about some other notable landmarks, people and events. At the end, look at our display at the Lodge. Phone number: 0121 454 1908

Sunday 15th August

Dragonfly Safari - Plantsbrook Local Nature Reserve - 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Search around the pools and in the reeds for; aerial acrobats, ferocious predators and dancing faeries and find them all in one animal – The dragonfly

Sunday 15th August

Knoppers, Spangles and Marbles - Sheldon Country Park - 2 – 3pm

A short walk with the Ranger to look at those strange galls and mysterious shapes that appear in trees and a closer look at the insects that cause them. Meet in the Farm yard Old Rectory Farm Ragley Drive Phone number: 0121 742 0226

Saturday 18th August

Biodiversity Bonanza - Kingfisher Country Park - 2 – 4 pm

What is biodiversity? Why is it important? And where do we find it? Join the rangers for fun and games that celebrate the variety of life. Will involve travel over rough ground. Booking Essential. Phone number:0121 748 3798

Monday 23rd August

Something Batty - Edgbaston Reservoir - 8.30pm – 9.30pm

You may sometimes see bats flitting past, but hearing them is something else. Have a go on our bat detectors and find out how they catch their prey. We'll tell you about the different species, food and habitats. Booking Essential Phone number: 0121 454 1908

Friday 27th August

Bat & Moth Night - Woodgate Valley Country Park - 9pm – 10.30pm

Come and see what bats and moths can be found at Woodgate using bat detectors and moth traps. Booking Essential Telephone 0121 421 7575

Sunday 29th and Monday 30th August

Bats in the Park - Sutton NNR – 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Come and discover some of the night time beasties that enjoy Sutton Park’s night air. It is always wise to wear warm and midge proof clothing and a torch. Booking Essential Phone number: 0121 355 6370


Sunday 12th September

Animal Tracks and Signs - Lickey Hills Country Park - 11.00 am – 1 pm

Come and discover how to spot the signs of our shy residents. Please wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing. Meet at visitor centre on Warren Lane. Phone number: 0121 447 7106

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th September

Heathland Weekend - Sutton NNR - 11am to 3 pm both days

Join in with a series of heath related activities across the weekend, including a Pony’s Paradise walk on Saturday meeting at Bracebridge Car Park 11am Start, other activities will start at Visitor Centre. For further details contact the Visitor Centre. Phone number: 0121 355 6370

Sunday 26th September

Canal Art for Beginners - Edgbaston Reservoir - 1 pm – 3 pm

Ever wondered why canal narrow boats and their pots and kettles are decorated with castles and roses? Well we'll tell you why and show you how, with our canal art taster. Create your own designs and take them home. Booking Essential. Phone number: 0121 454 1908

For general enquiries please telephone parks enquiries on: 0121 464 8728 or


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