cannon hill

A summer of fun

Sun 4 Aug
BUTTERFLY WALK with Ranger at 10.30am. Meet at Garden Tea Room, Russell Rd Entrance.
14 Aug - 1 Sep
BIRMINGHAM BEACH and Summer Holiday Festival - South Park, Pershore Rd Entrance. 
Make My Play sessions, Community Games with Juggling & Circus skills, South Birmingham Beach Volleyball,
Birmingham Adoption Families Roadshow, with Storytelling and Rainforest Animals Family Shows,
Festival Stage artists plus Children's Characters and entertainers, Punch and Judy by the Beach.

* Free entertainment for families each day 12 - 6.30pm. Refreshments, toilets. Bus 45/47 or Rea Valley Cycle to Park*

8th Sep
Cannon Hill Family Cycle Day 8 Sep2013

Spring Festival

Spring Half Term Festival – Feb 2013

Cannon Hill Park Friends with Community Hub Workshops 16 – 23 February
Location: Big Top Studio mobile workshop on Events Organiser standing by Golden Lion


Sat 16th OPEN DAY 10.00am to 2.00pm with Displays and Information – Park Friends 2013 Programme, Community Hub and Big Top Studio facilities. Schools photo competition sponsored by SCCB College and Park Friends.

Sun 17
th FLOOD RIVER WALK – Friends and Rea Valley Conservation Group 10.30am From MAC to Ten Acres, Stirchley along old and new River courses. Notes on Friends website, supported by OPAL WM, & River Rea Heritage Trail.

Mon 18
th FAMILY PROGRAMME for 8-12yrs with accompanying adults. 10 – 11.30am The BIG CARDBOARD THEATRE Workshop – Make My Play company, working with Parks for Play and BPCN. ( 10 Places ) *watch a drama production from the BCT Company, then * join a workshop to make your own cardboard characters and puppet theatre play. £1 for materials
12.30 – 2pm Explore the main park features with guides and help Park Friends create an interactive visitor trail for use with ‘Amplify the Map’ trails online. See Heritage features map
2.30 – 4pm Heritage Friends Hub workshop – by invitation.

Tue 19
th MAKE MY PLAY –Inclusive Play Workshop (1) for 8 – 12yrs & families 10 – 11.30am The BIG CARDBOARD THEATRE – Make My Play company Performance and puppet theatre workshop for SEN children and their family.
12.30 – 2pm Inclusive Toy-making Workshop (2) – family workshop using recycled materials to make interactive toys suitable for all abilities.
2.30 – 4pm Park Community Play Hub cluster workshop with Make My Play.

Wed 20
th FAMILY PROGRAMME for 8-12 yrs with accompanying adults. 10 – 11.30am T Shirt Making Workshop (10 Places) £1 for materials Join the workshop group to design, print and assemble your own interactive techno-shirt to amaze your friends and family.
12.30 -2pm FAMILY PROGRAMME for 8 – 12yrs with accompanying adults Create and sow your own Mini-Garden Herb Tray with Change Kitchen * learn about herbs, and choose seeds to plant and grow at home, * make some healthy take-away dough for baking or pizza, and * participate in our topping taste quiz. (10 Places) £1 for materials
2.30 – 4pm Community Growing Hub workshop – by invitation.

Thu 21
st FAMILY STORYMAKING PROG for 8 – 12yrs with accompanying adults * Listen and participate in a Story-in-a-Bag session, then * make your own Story Bag and stories to share with friends ,family or at school.
12.30 – 2pm PARK EXPLORERS SAFARI – collect Map at the Big Top Studio leading to clues hidden around the Park. Answer Safari questions and complete tasks to collect your Big Top Studio goody bag.
2.30 – 4pm Community Games and Sport Hub workshop –by invitation.

Fri 22
nd FAMILY SHOWCASE DAY for 8 – 12yrs and accompanying adults. 10 – 11.30am WINDCHIME MAKING WORKSHOP on Park Bandstand. 10 – 2pm Display of all workshop materials in Studio.

Sat 23
rd OPEN DAY – PARK FRIENDS and COMMUNITY HUBS SHOWCASE: Display of all workshop materials, and opportunities for families and volunteers to become involved with Park Community Hub projects. 10 – 2pm around Park Bandstand and Big Top Studio.

Cannon Hill Park Friends and Community Hub community asset
Contact: Tony Fox


Festival of Lights starts Oct 19th!

Park Friends and Robert Wilkinson Big Top Studios present a
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS in Cannon Hill Park
19 - 28 Oct 2012
Set Up Dates: 15 – 16 Oct

SCHOOLS DAYS: 17 – 19 Oct Festival of Lights Arts Showcase with South Area Schools NetworkDiwali theme and Park Photo Exhibition, with installations and mixed media
Workshops with :–
Vanley Burke, community photographer
Andy McKeown, digital light artist with schools Park Kaleidoscope
Schools astronomers with Dark Sky Discovery
Light and sound recordings with Moths and Bats

    Festival of Lights with Big Top Studio and Robert Wilkinson Fun Fair Fri 19 Oct – Sun 28 Oct 2012
    with Big Top Studio and Park Exhibition, Festival Stage ‘Brum has Talent’, & Pool of Light Show after dusk
    Other events in the Festival Programme –
      ‘ Breathing Spaces’ – Birmingham needs for Peoples Parks, & young people’s playing fields.
      ‘ Birmingham Weather’ – featuring extremes from all seasons and effects on City livings.
      ‘ Holiday season in the Parks and Sands of Lincolnshire’ – family pictures from yesteryear.
        Contact: Tony Fox, Park Friends for Festival of Lights and Big Top Studio programme 0798 1338138 Audio trails


        Park Jubilee Celebrations June 2nd-5th


        Tuesday 5
        th June 2012, 12-6pm in Cannon Hill Park

        • A 1952 live bandstand with Andy Hamilton and the Blue Notebenders - “big bands” swing, jive and lindyhop open dance classes, from the Coronation Year.
        • A Jubilee Party Performance stage with live music, dance and artists spanning the six decades of The Queen's reign, Steel Pans and Ceilidh.
        • Vintage hair and make-up, as well as the 'styl potter's - best dressed' catwalk.
        • The Big Skype – connecting Birmingham’s communities world-wide to the Queen’s Jubilee Party. Also, with Andy Lounds and Astronomers Without Borders to discover the dimensions of our Earth and its neighbouring planets. Observing the rare Transit of Venus in the early morning, Dark Sky discoveries in real time, and community scientists projects over the Jubilee Day.
        • Birmingham Children’s Hospital celebrate 150 Yrs with an Urban Harvest Tea Garden, Retro Games and family entertainment.
        • A Storytelling tent with royal fairytales, myths, tales and contemporary story making.
        • The Park Village Green area, showcasing Birmingham communities folk traditions, participation in the Cannon Hill Community Games, with matches of Kabaddi and Capoeira.
        • Pawfect Dogsense – giving dog owners old and new a glimpse of the world through their animals eyes, and simplifying the science of their training and behaviour.
        • Release of 60 doves by the Digbeth Pigeon Loft Arts Project
        • A Screening area, showing MACE (Media Archive of Central England) film and TV footage from the Coronation Year and other City events of the Diamond Decades.
        • An Exhibition ‘Played in the Park’ of Birmingham sports clubs and games with film and talk by Steve Beauchampe, author and sports historian. This will be a three month exhibition in the 1930s Sons of Rest Park Pavilion.
        • The Classic Motor Bike, Caravan and Bicycle Bazaar show of iconic vehicles and cycles made in the City.
        • Interactive Photo Booth Studios: 'My Coronation', 'Family Portraits', ‘Birmingham Trades’, etc.
        • ‘The Birmingham Beach’ Festival Stage with deckchairs, Punch and Judy , fancy dress, and a flotilla of boats on the lake.
        • Robert Wilkinson’s Fun Fair rides, Carousels, Swing Boats, Helter Skelter and Dodgems.


        Spring fair Newsletter

        Spring Country Side Fair 2011 – Cannon Hill News

        40 Years of Spring Festivals in Cannon Hill Park 1971- 2011

        Many local families still remember the Tulips and the Dutch Windmill created for the 1970s Festival, and the creation of Birmingham Nature Centre shortly after the Midlands Arts Centre opened in Cannon Hill Park. * You’ll find the Spring Fair this year by the Nature Centre and new Natural Adventure Play area, and with lots of activities going on in the City Park and Country Side areas along the River Rea down to Stirchley. Plus ‘Reel Archive’ film showings of us then – back in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

        *Storytelling Tent              * Arts and Nature Discovery zone

        Record your own live weather forecast, take part in exciting weather experiments, observe a professional weather station, and make a small storm tornado.

        The OPAL Weather Roadshow is your chance to explore the exciting science of climate and weather. There are lots of activities and demonstrations to suit all ages and you’ll also be able to talk with professional meteorologists and OPAL scientists.


        The park's newest resident

        The parks newest resident has just been spotted in the park. It is a small brown deer that was seen by a local resident (Helen) who was walking her dog. She watched it for 5 or so minutes while it was grazing in the area of former prefab housing, adjacent to the health centre on Dad’s Lane. Given the description it is likely to be Muntjac Deer. These are surprisingly common around the city, and all though not native, they do not cause a lot of damage. In high numbers they are a pest to woodlands though.

        The probably species involved, Reeves Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi), was introduced into the UK in Woburn Safari Park in 1926. It is now found everywhere and is thought to be the commonest species in England, recently extending its range up to the Scottish borders and into Wales. They are surprising confiding species and not too concerned by humans. Keep your eyes peeled.

        A Muntjac deer (copyright Pratheepps) used under the Wiki-images license.

        Spring Newsletter


        Digging into local history at Moor Green

        See the local history get dug up in our local patch:

        Digging in Dads Lane


        Three new park videos

        Check out these videos of the hedgerow laying event, time to get moving and the Bells Farm autumn festival.

        Autumn Hedgerow Weekend:

        Time to Get Moving:

        Bells Farm Heritage Alive -,Autumn Festival:


        Cannon Hill Fun Day - Sunday 10th Oct!


        Live Twitter feeds and wildlife blog

        We have added two new live Twitter feeds: one to the park homepage and another to the wildlife pages. Keep an eye on both for updates on events, activities, plans, wildlife sightings and the like.

        We have also moved the wildlife blog from its old site to this one. The old blog page will be retained as an archive.

        New sound gallery now available

        We have just created a new gallery of sound. There are not very many files available at the moment, but we have uploaded a range of the common bird songs heard in the park. We will be adding more as we get good quality recordings.


        Fabulous new audio walks for the park

        Three artists (Kate Chapman, Charlotte Goodwin, and Nina West) have created a wonderful and rich run of audio walks for users of park and recently reopened Midlands Arts Centre (MAC). The project aptly called ‘Amplifying the Map’ is based around three interactive walks. Each one has a different theme and involves input from different people (e.g. the Rangers, local school children from Tindal School and so on). The idea is that you download the map and the sound files, placing the latter on your mobile phone or MPEG player, and then head off on the walk stopping at each point indicated on the map and listening to the appropriate audio track. This is a brilliant initiative and great way to spend 60 or so minutes on a walk enjoying the park.

        All the files you need can be downloaded free of charge from the project’s terrific website - just click here.

        It is fantastic.

        New Wildlife Blog on the pages

        Check out the new Wildlife Blog on the site. See here.

        New Events leaflet

        A belated Happy New Year!

        We have just completed our new Park Life leaflet outlining the events and activities for the coming year. Please click
        here to download the PDF or follow the link from the Events page, where you will find a calendar of events.


        King Edwards Girls Making Pebble Wool Fulling Mill History Live

        The local school History reenactment group (Photograph: Jill Ella) helped tell part of the Five Mills history of Cannon Hill story by focusing on the Rea - Wool Fulling and finishing at Pebble Mill in the 1600s. The local wool for the industry went from sheep on Cannon Hill Meadows, to be woven and improved at the Mill,  with the cloth eventually stretched over frames 'on tenterhooks'.

        The Five Mills Trail including Pebble Mill and Edgbaston Mill is available on the Discovery pages, or from the Park Information Centre at the Garden Tea Room.

        Other pictures of the Breathing Spaces ' Water for Life' Festival can be found on the BBC Bham website: