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Published August 13th 2020
Great spaces for all to enjoy
Birmingham and the surrounding areas have loads of spectacular and enticing parks and green spaces.
As lockdown restrictions hit, many of those parks became more important than ever, offering people a chance to enjoy nature, socialise, exercise, and clear their heads.
Can you hear the grass grow? Pic by DF
Here's just a small selection of some of our favourite outdoor spaces - lookout for more suggestions in Part 2, soon.
Tucked away behind the Hagley Road close to Bearwood, Warley Woods was formerly the home to the grand Warley Abbey manor house.
Technically in Sandwell, today, the building and ornate gardens have long gone, and the 100-acre space is owned by an active and popular trust, whose patron is none other than actress Dame Julie Walters (who grew up in the neighbourhood).
With a nice wooded area (complete with woodpeckers), sweeping dip (which makes it a hugely popular attraction for sledging when it snows), Warely Woods is also home to a nine hole golf course and good cafe, in The Pavilion, with indoor and outdoor seating - perfect for snacks and a traditional 'full English.'
Regular events include the Summer Picnic In The Park, complete with stalls and music, and their festive Santa weekend, in which Father Christmas rides through the park at dusk.
Notable for being the home to Aston Hall Community Museum - a grand Grade I Listed Jacobean manor house - the park and hall are clearly visible from Aston Expressway, the main artery in and out of the city.
There's well-maintained grassland, cricket and football pitches and a Community Wildlife Action and Conservation Area, but the main draw is undoubtedly the Hall, which is reputedly haunted.
Please note that during Covid-19 restrictions the facilities at some parks may not be open or operating to full capacity - this includes toilets, play areas and cafes. As a result, we suggest you may wish to check their websites before visiting.