Friday 6 July 2018

Start the summer holidays with ParkLives' free, fun family events

Two weeks until the summer holidays start for us - can I get a whoop whoop?! As you may have seen from my Cadbury World and Conkers blog posts earlier this week, I am looking ahead and planning out what we would like to do as a family over the summer break whilst Ethan is off, and I have another suggestion for you today.

Starting next Friday, there's a huge range of fun, free activities taking place across Birmingham as Coca-Cola Great Britain's ParkLives programme returns, with Love Parks Week kicking everything off.

There's a whole host of things to get involved with, so well worth checking out what's on near you.

Here's the info:

Run by Keep Britain Tidy, Love Parks Week (13th-20th July) encourages everyone to get out, enjoy some fresh air and celebrate the important role that parks can play in the local community.

Throughout Love Parks Week, Birmingham residents can join a variety of free ParkLives activities such as football, Zumba and giant outdoor board games, alongside free family picnics at Handsworth Park (Sunday 15th July), Georges Park (Friday 20th July) and Conker Island (Friday 26th July).

Events will take place across many of the local parks, including Perry Hall Park, which will be marking Love Parks Week and World Emoji Day (17th July) by creating a huge smiley face in the grass with love heart-shaped eyes.

All the sessions are designed to promote the wellbeing benefits of taking part in outdoor activities such as combatting loneliness and boosting confidence, as well as empowering local communities to help keep green spaces looking their best.

The ParkLives programme is part of a £20 million commitment by Coca-Cola Great Britain to invest in community-based schemes, with activities delivered by Birmingham City Council through its Active Parks programme. In 2017, more than 17,452 Birmingham residents participated in the programme, which runs throughout the year.

The Love Parks Week events coincide with the start of the ParkLives summer programme in Birmingham.
ParkLives sessions last for around one hour and are hosted by trained, friendly and passionate leaders and volunteers from the local area. Activities are group-based and inclusive, allowing everyone to go at their own pace.

ParkLives runs in nine cities as well as reaching 37 more locations through a partnership with StreetGames - the long-standing charity partner of Coca-Cola Great Britain - who brings sport to the doorsteps of disadvantaged communities across the UK.

To see the full range of ParkLives session near you, visit to book a place, or simply turn up on the day.

#ParkLives activities will take place in the following parks in Birmingham: 

Aston Park
Balaam's Wood Public Open Space
Balsall Heath Park
Billesley Common
Bloomsbury Park
Bournville Park
Brookvale Park
Calthorpe Park
Conker island
Cofton Park
Cotteridge Park
Dawberry Fields Park
Doddington Childrens Centre
Farnborough Fields
Fox Hollies Park
Georges Park
Handsworth Park
Holder Lane & Pebble Mill Fields
Jasmine Fields / Cocks moors Woods
Kings Heath Park
Kings Norton Park
Kings Norton Playing Fields
Ley Hill Recreation Ground
Lickey Hills Country Park
Manor Farm Park
Oaklands Park
Perry Hall Park
Pickwick Park
Pype Hayes Park
Queens Park
Rookery Park
Rowheath Pavilion
Sheldon Country Park
Springfield Project
St Gabriels
Summerfield Park
Sunset Park
Moonlit Park
Sutton Park
Victoria Common
Walkers Heath Park
Ward End Park
Wellington Street Play Area
Westley Vale Millennium Green

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