The Great Green Discovery Trail

Just in time for the summer holidays, Bournville Village Trust has launched The Great Green Discovery Trail taking place from 27th July to 30th August 2016, this trail encourages you to explore the beautiful Bournville area, visiting key landmarks such as Bournville Green, Rowheath Pavilion & Manor Farm Park.  It is a self guided trail and you will find trail boxes at each site with instructions.  There is a prize draw if you email or send in your completed trail!  Further information here

The Great Green Discovery Trail Guidance


Stirchley Dances


The Dancing Mat, a commissioned artwork for the Stirchley Baths Heritage Programme, is nearing its launch with an event ‘Stirchley Dances’, on Saturday 25th June 1 – 4pm. This is a free event open to all, celebrating the heritage and current day dancing in Stirchley. John and Eileen Horlick from the Stirchley Tea Dance Group who worked with me to record steps from dances that would have been danced at Stirchley Baths in the 1940’s will officially open the dancing mat at 1pm in the foyer. After this there will be dancing in the main hall by the Tea Dance Group, Swing Express and Barn Dance Fitness, the latter two who hold weekly classes at Stirchley Baths. You can either come along and enjoy watching the dancing or join in. It doesn’t matter whether you are a complete novice, enthusiast or highly experienced – this is a celebration of all things in Stirchley.

Friday 13th: Art SOAK Day 2!

We’re excited for the second evening of Art SOAK activity today, kicking off with some Storytime in Selly Oak Library at 4pm and then moving on to Druids Heath where we will see the launch of our film made by local residents that celebrates their area.



At the launch there will be a Photo Booth run by Play More, come and dress up and play with our silly props for a funny photo or join in with a stop motion animation workshop run by Reel Access. Suitable for all the family and totally free 6.30 – 8pm.

The film is the culmination of the Connecting Communities project we have been running in Druids Heath so come and see the fantastic work created by our participants.



Today we are feeling crafty….

As we head deep into Art SOAK, we’re also thinking of emerging on the other side. Sunday morning, all relaxed, a nice big cup of coffee & slab of cake and what more would you want to do but get a needle and thread and make something beautiful to wear in the summer?

So we welcome The Socials to Art SOAK for the first time. Kate Sullivan will be leading two workshops at 11.30 and 12.30pm at Creative Coffee Hub on Raddlebarn Road (the first time we’ve ventured into this venue and would like to thank Tamara for being so welcoming!).

Tickets are £4.50 for one project and you can add projects on the day if you want to make more – the choice is pin cushion, brooch or 50s inspired pinwheel hair clip. Suitable for 7+ or younger children if you will be working together.

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Sunday 11.30am

Sunday 12.30pm

Photo Walk by Pete Ashton

Join local resident Pete Ashton on Saturday 14 May at 12noon, armed with your smartphone or camera, to take a look through the lens at your local area.

Pete will be using the cycle path along the River Rea as the spine of his walk, finding spots to explore including Loaf’s foraging spot, the Tesco building site (currently looks like pyramids), the foot tunnel under the railway and the Lifford Reservoir. Lots of great photo opportunities!

Meet Pete outside The Highbury Pub, 12noon.  £5 tickets can be booked now on


Map here:

Pilot Nights at Stirchley Baths May 12th 7.30pm

The line up has now been announced for the Pilot Nights this Thursday at Stirchley Baths and it is shaping up to be a great night – with some funny acts so come and see some great theatre on your doorstep.

Acts will be:

  • Major Labia – Major Labia
  • Sebastian H.W. – Chokolatl
  • Nathan Birkinshaw – Kayne West
  • Susie Sillett – The Cost of Money
  • Sinéad Brady – What would Milandra do?

See these new ideas from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre makers, and stick around afterwards for music and drinks and to meet the artists and let them know what you thought.

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and Twitter for more information about the artists and the pieces they will be presenting in May!

Tickets are now on sale and you can book them here:

Change Kitchen at Stirchley Baths – Pre Theatre Dinner & Canapés 

ChangeKitchen will be serving pre-theatre dinner, including a special offer 2 course meal
wth a glass of wine for £12.  There will be canapés in the interval – £5 for a plate of canapés or £8 canapés & a glass of wine .

We will be serving wine, beer, prosecco after the show too.

Booking advised for pre theatre menu –

About Pilot Nights:

PILOT Nights provide a space where theatre-makers can develop their work and try out new ideas in front of a lively and supportive crowd; the pieces presented are all works-in-progress.
PILOT Nights has been running for over 10 years and remains an important part of the creative landscape for the independent theatre sector. Open to artists from across the UK, PILOT Nights take place in venues across the West Midlands.

The Co-Pilot:

Birmingham based arts collective, Play More, create subversive, playful and humorous experiences in non-theatre spaces to encourage people to get involved and play .more. They have delivered work in factories, pubs, city squares and music festivals with previous partners including the mac, Birmingham Hippodrome and Birmingham University. They like immersive and exploratory performance, working in unusual spaces and exploring the space between performance, spectacle and game

The Venue:
Stirchley Baths is a newly opened community hub in restored Edwardian Swimming baths.