A community activity programme is generating excitement ahead of the Concerts in the Park weekend on 30 June and 1 July.
After 4,500 tickets for the Sunday event were snapped up in record time, Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council worked with local businesses and organisations to put on a series of community workshops planned in libraries and community centres in the weeks prior to the main event.
Craft activity provider The Creation Station has been running smile stone painting workshops for children, who will be encouraged to hide their stones around Sutton Park. Successful events have been held at Sutton Coldfield Library and at the Communitea Café in Boldmere. A further event will run on Thursday 14th June between 1pm- 2:30pm at Falcon Lodge Community Centre
The Creation Station Sutton Coldfield & Lichfield owner Helen Naraine said: “We are delighted to be part of Concerts in the Park again this year. We’re encouraging as many people as possible, big kids too, to join us in decorating a stone for everyone to enjoy in Sutton Park. Let your imagination be inspired by our amazing park and let’s see how many magical woodland animal themed stones we can get out to make people smile.”
FOLIO Sutton Coldfield is also holding two events to celebrate Concerts in the Park.
Friday 15th June 11am -12noon: Boogie babies and books dance themed story time for babies and toddlers at Sutton Coldfield Library. This is a free drop in session run by FOLIO Sutton Coldfield volunteers.
Friday 27th July 10am -12noon: Family story telling session with storyteller Gavin Young at Sutton Coldfield Library. Picking up on the fantastic setting of the Concerts in the Park, storyteller Gavin Young (who is featured in the Sunday 1 July programme) will weave a magical family story telling session in Sutton Coldfield Library, themed around special and inspiring places in Sutton Park.
Sutton Coldfield residents are invited to submitted their favourite spots in the park to FOLIO Sutton Coldfield in advance (by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org) so that as many as possible can be used as inspiration for the library event. These might be locations your family has always imagined featuring in a story, or they might be unusual trees or nooks that seem ripe for inspiring a new legend or two.
FOLIO Chair Zoe Toft said “FOLIO is delighted to work with the team behind Concerts in the Park, to extend the reach of the weekend’s events to different parts of our local community. We’re going to have great fun at our boogie and books session, inspired by some of the music which will be performed by the CBSO. Gavin is a tremendous storyteller – completely captivating to listen to – and FOLIO is delighted to be able to bring him to Sutton Coldfield library. Gavin’s session will be all about putting a new layer of wonder and magic onto our favourite places in our favourite park, with the aim of seeding a story treasure hunt through the park.”
Tickets are still on sale for the Concert on Saturday 30 June. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will be headlining, with Ex Cathedra and the Down for the Count Vintage Swing band and Motown Collective confirmed as support act.
Tickets for the Saturday concert are available to purchase via Sutton Coldfield Town Hall either online www.townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk/ or via the Box Office which is open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm on 0121 296 9543 at a cost of £20 for adults and £10 for children and concessions (plus box office fee). Under 3’s go free.
For more information see www.suttoncoldfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk/concerts
Concerts in the Park is supported by Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, Punter Southall, Sutton Coldfield College, and Royal Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce.