Summer Holidays in Cotteridge Park

There's loads to do for FREE in your local park

There are loads of FREE things to do in Cotteridge Park this Summer.beyond the swings map

Just click on the pictures for more information.

Check Facebook and Twitter for any updates (times, weather etc)

And when there isn’t anything organised here are some other suggestions of what to do in the park – beyond the swings.

CoCoMAD 2016 - thank you

cocomad 2016 poster compressedThanks to all the volunteers, the audience, the stalls, the activity providers, the performers and everyone else who made the 20th CoCoMAD really quite splendid.

You lovely people raised £4984 by putting money in the buckets or by texting to help make sure that CoCoMAD happens again next year.

If you haven’t donated yet you can still do so by texting PARK20 followed by a space and the amount you want to donate to 70070

Or click here to donate securely

If you are a UK tax payer you can make your donation go further by filling in and returning a FoCP – Gift Aid declaration – HMRC model form Donations are used to pay for activities in the park and CoCoMAD.

Click here and take a couple of minutes to tell us what you liked best about CoCoMAD to make sure that CoCoMAD 2017 is even better

SwingFit is Back - 27th April

Our favourite dancing exercise class is back on Wednesdays from 27th April at 6pm.

Fantastic music, easy steps, great teacher and really good laugh.  No one cares what you wear, if you are going right and everyone else is going left, if you arrive late or have to leave early.

And it’s FREE because it is part of Parklives and Active Parks – so the only excuse is that just don’t want to.

Bring the dog, the children, friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours – spread the word.

Couch to 5K - next course starts Tuesday 14th June

Congratualations to the graduates of the Cotteridge Park Couch to 5k group.

If you are inspired to give it a go there will be more courses to come.  Check here for the starting dates.

If you are already a runner a Social Running Group (no targets or timings) is at 6.30pm on Tuesday and  if you like a challenge there is 5-10k group on Thursdays at 6.30pm

All sessions are FREE and supported by a qualified, experienced, friendly run leaders. Meet at the car park entrance on Franklin Rd.  If it’s your first session arrive a little early so we can get you registered.

Tuesdays: Couch to 5k and Social Running Group – 6.30pm – next start date Tuesday 14th June

Thursdays: Couch to 5k and 5-10k sessions – 6.30pm – next start date Thursday 16th June

Pre-Schoolers Forest School - on holiday til September

IMAG0056 Ranger Dean from Birmingham City Council is running a weekly Forest School session for pre-school age children and their carers. Bugs, mud, leaves, trees and plants – come suitably dressed! It’s FREE Meet at the Forest School – behind the Millennium Wood

GreenFit Baby - Tuesdays 9.30am

20140304_095630GreenFit Baby is at 9.30am on Tuesdays – a great way to get some fresh air, a little exercise & meet other parents & carers.   We meet at the Car Park entrance at 9.30am.

Tai Chi & Walking Group Thursdays from 10.00am FREE

IMG-20130321-00246 Thursday is the day for gentle exercise in Cotteridge Park.  You don’t have to get hot and sweaty to get fitter.  Improve your breathing, balance and state of mind by joining the Walking or Tai Chi groups. The Walking Group meets at the car park entrance at 10am.  Friendly people to walk & chat with. Tai Chi starts at 10.30 and is a form of gentle exercise that combines deep breathing & relaxation techniques with slow, graceful movements.These sessions are suitable for beginners, just wear comfortable clothes & shoes. If you want to know more about Tai Chi. click here to read Bridget’s Blog. Meet at the basketball court If you want to know if tai chi is for you check out the videos from some of the regulars by clicking here And if it’s too cold or wet for you click here for a video of a session you can join in with

Donations for Cotteridge Park

donations buckets Click here to donate securely The Friends of Cotteridge Park always needs more donors & donations. You can donate securely to Friends of Cotteridge Park via PayPal either as a one-off or you can set up a regular monthly donation. If you are a UK tax payer you can make your donation go further by filling in and returning a FoCP – Gift Aid declaration – HMRC model form Donations are used to pay for activities in the park and CoCoMAD.

Sunday Volunteers
wheelbarrow compressed Volunteers are always needed for a variety of tasks on Sundays from 10.15-11.15(ish).  Everything from weeding and planting to dead hedging and tree felling.  Followed by hot drinks & cake – what more could you ask for? And you get to relax in the sun in a wheelbarrow Meet at the Orchard