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Two Days Of Live Music, Games, Food And Entertainment
A fun-filled family festival is coming to Sutton Coldfield with all the proceeds from two days of music, entertainment and games going to charity. The fundraising FamilyFest Charity and Community Festival will be taking place at Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club in Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, over the course of Friday 11 August and Saturday 12 August, bringing with it the promise of wall-to-wall music, entertainment and fun for all the family.

Following two successful years at Buzzards Valley Vineyard, near Bassetts Pole in Sutton Coldfield, the festival has this year moved to a bigger venue. And, as well as two days packed full of live music, activities, games, shows, food and entertainment, FamilyFest also offers two nights of camping available for those who want to make a complete weekend of it.

FamilyFest
FamilyFest promises two days of entertainment


Gates open at 5pm on Friday, but the fun gets underway two hours later at 7pm with the 'after work' get together beer festival and prosecco tent, featuring live music from local bands, including former Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Andy Bennett. This provides the ideal warm up to Saturday's FamilyFest bonanza which includes a fun fair, inflatables, zorb balls, a climbing wall, face painting, Chase from Paw Patrol, dog show, dad dancing competition, donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary in Sutton Park, Sutton Street Food Festival and Sutton Beer Festival and Prosecco Tent. Football coaches from Aston Villa FC will also be on hand to deliver fun activities and challenging competitions throughout the day, together with a Belfry Golf School, Sutton Netball, a touch rugby competition with Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club and much more.

For something slightly different, youngsters will also be able to take part in special Jedi training sessions. There will be two sessions at 3pm and 4.30pm which are limited to 30 spaces each and must be booked in advance via the FamilyFest Facebook page, after purchasing FamilyFest tickets. Gates on Saturday open at 12pm with lots of activities for younger children, before developing a more adult theme into the evening with the Sutton Coldfield Beer Festival and Prosecco tent and live music from three local bands, finishing at 10.30pm.

Ocean Colour Scene
Ocean Colour Scene live in 2005. CC BY 3.0,https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24691708


FamilyFest is completely not-for-profit with all proceeds being donated to charity. The event has raised a total of 17,500 for local good causes over the last two years and this year all proceeds will be donated to the Midlands Air Ambulance. FamilyFest came to life in 2015 when a group of business networkers from Sutton Coldfield decided to organise a family picnic - which quickly snowballed into a major fundraising event.

Organiser and keen networker, Anthony Levelle, owner of property and garden maintenance company, Curb Appeal, said: "We've been amazed by the success of FamilyFest to date. We really just wanted to create a fun day out for the whole family, with high quality entertainment and reasonably priced activities. It is very well supported by the business community and we've been amazed by how much money we have raised for charity. We're at our new, bigger venue this year with weekend camping and so much to do for everyone, so it should be another great event. We'd love to see lots of people coming along to join the fun." Tickets are priced at 5 for Friday's after work music and beer festival, which takes place between 7pm and 10.30pm, and 10 for Saturday's 12pm to 10.30pm extravaganza. Weekend camping is available for just 10. Under 14s are free of charge all weekend but still need to book a ticket. To secure your place please visit online.
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Why? Two Days Of FamilyFest Entertainment For All
When: 160 Walmley Road, Sutton Coldfield B76 2QA
Where: Tickets are priced at 5 for Friday's after work music and beer festival, which takes place between 7pm and 10.30pm, and 10 for Saturday's 12pm to 10.30pm extravaganza. Weekend camping is available for just 10. Under 14s are free
Cost: Adult tickets 5 on Friday, 10 on Saturday, with under 14s free.
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