12th Dec, 2019

Our definitive guide to loads of summer holiday activities across Bromsgrove and Birmingham

Tristan Harris 22nd Jul, 2019 Updated: 22nd Jul, 2019

HERE is our definitive guide to activities going on across Bromsgrove, Birmingham and beyond during the summer holidays.

Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove

THERE are a variety of summer holiday activities, based on themed weeks – the first and fourth weeks are centred on ‘The Great Outdoors’, the second and fifth are on ‘Bygone Buildings’ and the third and sixth are on ‘Historical Hygiene’.

Click here for our more detailed story on the events.

 

Artrix, Bromsgrove

AMONG the activities at Artrix will be workshops and cinema screenings.

There will be a Marvel US Summer School, suitable for six to 18-year-olds of all abilities running from August 5 to 8.

A Theatre Explorers ‘from page to stage’ workshop for 14 to 19-year-olds wanting to find out more about the theatre and acting runs from August 12 to 14.

The schools, which cost £100 per person for the week and £75 for a second child, run from 10am to 4.30pm each day.

There will be film screenings of Toy Story 4 (July 22, 23 and 27), Apollo 11 (August 9) and The Queen’s Corgi (August 31).

Visit www.artrix.co.uk for more information or to book a place at the Artrix Summer School.

 

Aston Hall, Birmingham

THE HISTORIC hall comes to life with storytime tours – including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel, a drawing tour looking at the portraits hanging in the building and ‘A Taste of History’ examining food and drink prevalent in different historical eras.

Click here for more information.

 

Birmingham MAC (Midlands Art Centre)

IT IS all about the moon landing 50th anniversary this summer with a range of activities at the MAC, in Canon Hill Park.

There are film screenings (including Apollo 11 and The Right Stuff), free craft activities – making space-related jet packs, Mission Control – a hub for all you need to know about the moon landing and many more creative activities.

Click here for more information.

 

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

A VARIETY of activities take place throughout July and August, including a look at items found locally during archaeological digs with experts, storytelling, Saxon Storytime – looking at the Anglo Saxons and the Staffordshire Hoard, portrait creating and crafts (making stages and psychadellic swirlers).

Click here for more information.

 

Blakesley Hall, Birmingham

LAVENDER month takes place throughout July and there will be pirate treasure hunts taking place throughout the summer holidays from Tuesday to Sunday at a cost of £2 per child and some craft activities.

Click here for more information.

 

Bromsgrove School / Winterfold, Chaddesley Corbett

CHILDREN have no need to be bored in the school summer holidays with Activity and Sports Camps for youngsters aged between seven and 13 running from now until August 23.

A variety of activities are on offer, including arts and crafts, baking butterfly cakes, pizzas, chocolate cookies.

Those preferring more energetic pursuits can take part in swimming, tennis, gymnastics, football, badminton, table tennis, dance, quick cricket, basketball, netball or indoor games.

And for those interested in history, they can learn about the Battle of Hastings, make a shield and participate in a battle re-enactment.

At Winterfold’s iQ Sports Camps, fully qualified leaders will be putting on Longball, Tornado Cricket, five-a-side Football, Netball Shoot-Outs, Short Tennis, Dodge Ball, Zorbing on the lake, Swimming in the outdoor pool and even Sumo Wrestling.

Children do not have to attend either of the schools to take part in the sessions which run from 8.30am to 5.45pm everyday.

Book online at www.bromsgrove-school.co.uk/holidayclubs or call 01527 579679 ext 457 or email activities@bromsgrove-school.co.uk for more information.

 

Bromsgrove Street Theatre

THERE will be free street theatre in Bromsgrove (Sanders Park and the Rec), Rubery, Catshill, Wythall and Hagley from July 24 to August 6.

There will be other activities going on at each event.

Click here  for our more detailed story on what’s going on.

 

Cycle South Brum

CHILDREN can learn to ride from July 25 to August 1 at special sessions being put on at Cycle South Brum’s base in Northfield.

The classes is specially designed for those who cannot pedal without help or stabilisers and is aimed at getting participants pedalling without assistance so they can experience and enjoy moving on two wheels. Sessions are £5.

Family Wild Bunch (Saturdays July 27, August 24 from 2pm to 4pm) are ecobirmingham’s monthly forest school sessions at Masefield Community Garden for children aged three to eight, accompanied by a grown-up.

Learn about wildlife, natural crafts and more! £5 per family. Booking essential.

Visit cyclesouthbrum.com for more information and to book.

 

Footballing Fun, South Bromsgrove High School

Sessions take place between 10am and 3pm between July 29 to August 3, with qualified and DBS-checked FA coaches.

Boys and girls, aged two to 14, welcome. Every child receives a trophy at the presentation at 2pm on the Friday (August 2).

Courses are £60 for all sessions or £15 per day. Subsequent siblings £40 for all days.

To book a place, text child’s name, along with Summer 19 + B to 07758 752033.

 

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

CHILDREN can explore the Second City’s proud jewellery-making history through family fun days, jewellery making workshops and the ‘explore the factory floor’ events which look at the proud past, how and what was made there.

Click here  for more details.

 

Northfield Beach

THERE is FREE fun for all the family aplenty at this year’s Northfield Beach which runs from Wednesday to Sunday, July 24 to 28 in Price’s Square, near the Post Office.

There will be five days of fun, arts, crafts, music and, of course, the lovely beach and big yellow bus everyday from 10am to 4pm.

Among the themes are pirate day, old school play day and the popular T-Rex returns.

Over the weekend there will be Mirrors and Make Up, The Musical and Reggae legend Tippa Irie (“hello darling”)!

There will also be the Happy Healthy Holidays programme, giving children a free lunch and snack, as well as the free activities.

Visit the Northfield Beach Facebook page for more.

 

Sarehole Mill, Moseley

NATURE explorers sessions, crafts (including fairy door making, crown making, butterfly feeders, monster masks and a slime workshop), family baking (including fairy cakes) and bug hunts.

Click here  for more information.

 

Think Tank, Birmingham

THERE is so much going on for budding scientists this six weeks holiday.

A Sensory Science Day (August 3), Smethwick Engine Steaming Day (July 24), James Watt-themed days (August 6 and 20) and Engineering Open House Day (July 26) take place.

Add to that the summer-long events, which include Destination Space – The Moon and Lego Family Workshops (July 22 to August 30) and there really is something to keep all those young (and older) minds active and stimulated.

Click here for more information.

 

Weoley Castle

THE MAIN summer holiday events at Weoley Castle will include Crafty Fridays (Bioblitz and Bugs, Junk Dragons and Stained Glass Windows) and a Medieval Open Day on July 28. There is also a Summer Knight at the Castle on August 15.

Click here  for more information.

 

Wythall Transport Museum

SCHOOL holiday bus rides operate every Wednesday and Saturday from this week until the end of August.

The museum is also open every Wednesday and weekend throughout the summer, including a special event on Sunday and bank holiday Monday, August 25 and 26.

The museum boasts around 100 classic buses, coaches, milk floats and bread vans while the exhibition hall takes visitors through the decades with films, games, and a bus cab that makes all the right noises when you press the start button.

Visit www.wythall.org.uk for more information.

 

Let us know about your activities

Have you got an activity on around Bromsgrove, Birmingham or the West Midlands that we haven’t covered? Email us to editor@bromsgrovestandard.co.uk and we will add it to our definitive guide.

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