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

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.


Summer Solar Festival 2009 - a day in pictures

For our Solar Festival 2009 Birmingham Astronomer John Dee recreated William Herschel's experiment for the Lunar Society in 1800 with thermometers to show Infrared Radiation, and also the range of instruments used by the new scientists in homes such as Boulton's Soho House.

And the Shango Science Club of teenagers showed the plates they created specially for our solar picnic, revealing the summer triangle of stars and constellations most prominent in the sky from June to September.

Whilst others were happy to taste the range of Planets Suite Pancakes created by Cyrdric.

The Cannon Hill Camera Obscura, made by Tim Holgate's Pinhole Solutions, was very popular again....

...but what is that Green Planet floating over the Lake?

Most eyes were on the Sun all day using four Solar Telescopes, and other pieces of the Bham Astronomy Roadshow which will be at Sutton Park in August and back in Cannon Hill for our Winter Lanterns Festival on 12 December.

Further astronomical events in ITA 2009 are on and there is more photo fun from a shoe box to Camera Obscura at