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Published January 11th 2016
From Animal Sculptures To A Round Of Golf
An historic park in Staffordshire is gearing up for life in 2016 by unveiling the first programme of events to be held during the year.
Beacon Park, in the cathedral city of Lichfield, was established in the middle of the 19th century and boasts some 70 acres of land, incorporating football pitches and an 18-hole pitch and putt golf course.
Beacon Park unveils first events
The park, run by Lichfield District Council, kicks off its programme of activities and events on Friday 15 January with the first in a series of Crafty Socials.
This is a fortnightly class where anyone can come along and work on their craft projects in Beacon Park's Discovery Hub.
The two-hour long sessions will be an opportunity to share tips and seek help from other 'crafty' locals. Any project can be worked on, ranging from knitting and sewing to embroidery.
There will also be an opportunity to learn new skills with beginner's tuition offered in making rag rugs or paper animal sculptures and learning to knit.
Sessions will run on the first and third Friday of each month from 1pm to 3pm at a cost of £2 a session with extra costs for beginner's tuition sessions.
Upcoming Crafty Social sessions will take place on January 15, February 5 and 19, and March 4 and 18.
To confirm your place please call Lichfield District Council's Parks Team on 01543 308869.
Events underway at Lichfield park
In somewhat stark contrast, January will also witness the start of a Golf Leaderboard challenge at Beacon Park.
Each month anyone teeing off at the park's 18-hole par 3 pitch and putt golf course will get to see if they can top the leaderboard.
All golfers need to do to enter is add their name and phone number to the back of their golf scorecard and hand it into the Ranger Station whenever they play a round.
The scores will be added up each month, with the male, female and junior golfer with the best scores seeing their name on the leaderboard and also win a prize.
Part of the 70 acre site
Beacon Park's golf course is open every day (subject to conditions), except for Christmas Day. There is no need to book – just turn up and pay at the Ranger Station.
An 18-hole round of golf costs £8 for adults and £4 for children, with discounts available with a Leisure Activity Passport. Golfers can play with their own clubs or hire the appropriate equipment at the Ranger Station.