We’ve put together a list of great outdoor activity ideas for both you and your family.
If you have a garden, make the most of it. Why not make it look as beautiful as possible, with added flowers. Get your hands dirty and improve your gardening skills, with the help of School Gardening!
Youth Sports Trust
Guidelines recommend children get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per day. There are lots of websites providing ideas, without even having to leave the house or back garden.
These clips make the PE teacher redundant and allow you to practise key sporting skills in the comfort of the back garden.
Sport England provide some great videos to help students get active, with everything from yoga to strength and conditioning training ideas.
Strike 9 Football camp is back!
Strike 9 football coaching is back for the summer, following FA guidelines and Covid19 regulations: Please see flyer for details: Strike9 Football
Hall Green Families Summer Support
Local days out
As some local attractions begin to open, why not get out and enjoy some quality time with your family.
For many of these locations booking will be required, so follow the links to get more information.
Twycross Zoo is a medium to large zoo near Norton Juxta Twycross, Leicestershire. The zoo has the largest collection of monkeys and apes in the Western World, and in 2006 re-launched itself as “Twycross Zoo – The World Primate Centre”. The zoo attracted 644,033 visitors in 2019
West Midlands Safari Park
West Midland Safari and Leisure Park is a safari park located in Bewdley in Worcestershire. It was opened under the name of West Midland Safari Park in spring 1973.
The park holds over 165 species of exotic animals, among other attractions such as a small theme park. The park contains the largest groups of white lions, cheetahs, hippopotami, and meerkats in the UK, as well as the largest lemur walk-through exhibit.
Dudley Zoological Gardens is a 40-acre zoo located within the grounds of Dudley Castle in the town of Dudley, in the Black Country. The Zoo opened to the public on 18 May 1937.
Warwick Castle is a medieval castle developed from a wooden fort, originally built by William the Conqueror during 1068. Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, situated on a bend of the River Avon. The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone during the 12th century.
Local parks / beauty spots
For some free days out, why not visit some of these fantastic parks and local beauty spots. Follow the links to gain more information:
You can really escape reality in this magical place, thought to be the inspiration for The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R Tolkien.
Moseley Bog is full of lichens and mosses that thrive in the wetland as well as some of the older trees that grace the surrounding bog itself.
Whilst there, visit Joy’s Wood, formerly known as The Dell, which is a mosaic of grassland, hedgerows, woodland and mixed broad-leaved plantations.
Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston
This lovely, bustling park has something for all ages. It’s fairly flat and has a large car park (charges apply), making it ideal for those with pushchairs and wheelchairs. You can do a great 5K walk around the park, finishing off with feeding the ducks on the lake, which is always nice.
There are plenty of facilities here, including two children’s playgrounds and the mac arts centre. Check opening times if visiting the mac.
Just 10 miles southwest of Birmingham, you’ll find 524 acres to ramble across the Lickey Hills – and the views are breathtaking.
The landscape here is varied, from wide open vistas to woodlands, heathlands and grassy areas which are great for wildlife spotting.
Website: lickey hills country park
Identified as “the best little park in Birmingham” and the holder of a Green Flag, the way that the Friends of the Park have developed it over the years confirms its unofficial status.
Two decades ago it was under threat by budget cuts even then, but a Friends of Cotteridge Group formed in 1997 to work some magic which today makes Cotteridge Park a Green Flag Park.
The friendly natives are likely to say ‘Hello’ to you within five minutes of arriving at a park which has lots of things to be discovered, from a BMX track in the woodland to an orchard, stream and even glacial boulders which originated in… North Wales!
Website: Cotteridge park
You can enjoy stunning panoramic views stretching out to the Welsh borders from the top of the Clent Hills, taking in the Cotswolds and the Shropshire Hills on the way.
It’s only just outside Halesowen, around 10 miles from the city centre.
There’s a good car park and a natural playground for kids.
Kingsbury Water Park
Around 15 miles out of the city in the opposite direction is Kingsbury Water Park, near to Sutton Coldfield.
There’s something refreshing about being near to water and this site boasts 15 magnificent lakes in over 600 acres of countryside. There are specially marked-out routes to ensure you don’t get lost and plenty of surfaced paths making it ideal for pushchairs and wheelchair users.
Website: Kingsbury waterpark
It’s a great time of year to go and pick your own fruit. Here are selection of local locations where you can do just that.
Clive's Fruit Farm
With careful planning, Clive’s Fruit Farm in Worcestershire has reintroduced its PYO season from June 4, starting with strawberries and raspberries. You’ll need to pay a £2 deposit which is then redeemable against produce bought.
The PYO fields are open from 9am to 3pm and the first hour is reserved for over 60s only.
The farm shop is open at with a four-customers-at-a-time policy and there are hand sanitisers for people to use outside the shop.
Normally, there’s a coffee shop, children’s play area, a chance to feed the animals and a nature trail but these facilities remain closed at the moment.
Be sure to check the website or call 01684 592 664 before visiting.
Website: Clives fruit farm
Stanleys Farm Shop
This 250-acre family run farm, close to Chaddesley Corbett in Worcestershire, has 25 acres designated for PYO seasonal produce.
Owners hope to start offering PYO mid to end of June and this will be run on a strict booking system to ensure people can social distance in the fields.
The shop has been closed since lockdown but pre-picked strawberries are available to buy. You have to email or telephone orders in advance to take part in a collection system in your car to avoid contact between staff and customers.
Check the website or call 01562 700 985 to find out more.
Website: Stanleys farm shop
Strawberry Drive Thru at Manor Farm Fruits
Manor Farm Fruits has launched a new Strawberry Drive Thru to help customers get their hands of freshly picked fruit during the coronavirus pandemic.
Now open daily from 10am to 4pm, the new concept for 2020 will enable strawberry fans to visit the farm and buy ready picked strawberries without getting out of their car!
A one-way system is in place so you can drive up to the kiosk, pay for your fruit plus a selection of other local goodies, such as eggs, honey, jam, drinks and cream, then a member of the team will put the fruit straight into your car boot to try to make the whole process safe for both staff and customers.
There’s usually a children’s play area with bouncy castles, a balance beam and sand pit and a shop selling snacks and ice-creams plus a picnic area but it’s best to visit the website or call 01543 483 308 to find out more about when these facilities may reopen.
Website: Manor farm fruits
This small, family-run nursery has been in business for almost 100 years and over three generations of the same family. Originally an apple orchard with livestock, the nursery has evolved over the years into growing flowers in greenhouses and fruit in the fields.
Summer fruit picking should start from mid-June. Look out for strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, redcurrants, rhubarb, tayberries, blackberries, apples, plums and cucumbers.
There’s no fee and punnets and baskets are provided. You simply pay for the weight of the produce you pick – expect to pay £3 to £4 for a large punnet of strawberries.
Website: Caldicotts nursery