Parklife: Birmingham’s hidden parks to explore for Summer fun

It’s the summer time and it comes with plenty of gorgeous weather. There are 571 parks in Birmingham, more than any other European equivalent-sized city. Why not spend a few hours of the day discovering the city’s hidden parkland with a picnic in the sunshine?

1Moseley Park

Tucked away in the heart of Moseley Village, on the Alcester Road, is Moseley Park; with 11 acres of peaceful parkland. There are free day passes available along with a £10 refundable deposit for keyfob access into the park, along with annual memberships for tennis and fishing; perfect for getting some much needed headspace.

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2Sheldon Country Park

Sheldon Country Park is situated on the border of Birmingham Airport. There is a designated viewing area, approximately a quarter of a mile away from the airport where you can watch the aeroplanes take off and land. Also, the park has the fully-restored Old Rectory Farm, where families can see goats, ponies and chickens. The best thing is accessing the farm is free all-year-round. Result!

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3Perry Hall Park

On the former site of a Elizabethan Mansion lies Perry Hall Park, a short walk away from the One Stop Shopping Centre. The Green Flag-accredited park has an outdoor fitness station as well as a basketball practise net and two football pitches. Perfect for  channelling your inner LeBron James or David Beckham!

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4Austin Park

Named after the founder of the Austin Motor Company, Lord Austin, Austin Park is steeped with history. Inside the park, is a historical timeline of the old Longbridge works, with plenty of green space for families and friends to soak up the sun, after a few hours of shopping in the nearby town centre.

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5Kings Heath Park

One of the first urban parks in Birmingham to achieve Green Flag status, Kings Heath Park, is located near Highbury Park, on the border of Kings Heath High Street. With two playgrounds, a plant nursery and the Television Garden where BBC Gardeners World was located in 1996, there’s plenty of opportunity to do activities within the park.

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