News/Events

Matters relating to the ‘Exploring The Lickeys‘ book plus information to assist your visit to the Lickey Hills & the Country Park and other local activities.

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You are encouraged to use the hills safely.

Park activities are free – unless otherwise stated.
VC = Visitor Centre, Warren Lane B45 8ER
BE = Booking Essential: 0121 445 6036
LG-C = Lickey Geo-Champions
LHS = The Lickey Hills Society
LHLHS = Lickey Hills Local History Society
TC = Trinity Centre, Old B'ham Rd
- Thursday morning walks from the VC at 10.30am
- Beacon Hill Tai Chi Sunday's at 10am (fee payable)

2024

Saturday 24 August – ‘Balsam Bash’ – 10.00am at Cofton Park.
The final time this year to support the good work of the Rangers – details see 1/6/ below.

Saturday 10 August – ‘Balsam Bash’ – 10.00am from Cofton Park.
Penultimate opportunity to give ’em a bashing – see 1/6 below.

Saturday 27 July – ‘Balsam Bash’ – 10.00am at Cofton Park.
Back to Cofton Park and a fourth time to help out – see 1/6 below

Saturday 13 July – ‘Balsam Bash’ – 10.00am from the VC.
Third chance to help out when we return to the Lickey Hills when TLHS invites volunteers for a bashing old time. Please wear protective clothing & footwear – no equipment necessary.

Saturday 22 June – ‘Balsam Bash’ – 10.00am Cofton Park.
Second chance to help out – see 1/6 below

Saturday 7 July – ‘Bilberry Wake’ – 2.30pm from the VC.
A very popular and fun event hosted by TLHS and the Rangers based on the traditional local Wake but for children. A wonderful opportunity to make your own hobby horse then enter races. Prizes for all entrants and rosettes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each race. And, the adults can have their very own race. Fun for the whole family!

Saturday 1 June – ‘Balsam Bash’ – 10.00am on Cofton Park.
Meet by the Nursery on Lickey Road for this ongoing work to rid this invasive plant. TLHS invites volunteers for a bashing old time. Please wear protective clothing & footwear – no equipment necessary, lasting about two hours.

Tuesday 21 May – ‘From Royal Palace to HM Prison’ – 7pm at TC£.
A talk by Anne Owen on the intriguing history go Hewell Grange from 1042 to 2020. LHLHS.
More details Here.

Saturday 11 May – ‘Police Pop-Up Surgery’ – 4-5pm at VC.
Part of an initiative when you can meet the local police team to discuss any concerns or just say ‘hello’! Also visiting Bromsgrove, Cofton Hackett and Rubery.

Saturday 27 April – ‘Rednal Village & Tram Boards’ – 2pm at Rednal.
Unveiling of information boards by Baden Carlson on behalf of The Lickey Hills Society depicting village days gone by plus the heyday of trams bringing thousands of day visitors from the city to the hills.
More details here.
Short film by B31 voices
Filmed interviews by BRMG radio 

Tuesday 16 April – ‘Broadway, Worcestershire’s Poshest Village’ – 7pm at TC£.
The society has invited Julian Hunt to give a talk on this “Jewel of the Cotswolds” as part of their ongoing programme. LHLHS.
Details Here.

Sunday 15 April – ‘Great Britain XVI Steam Train’ – 9.35am B/G Stn.
Don’t blink as this locomotive travels through Barnt Green Railway Station as it heads north for the Scottish Highlands as part of nine-day tour.
Pics Here.

Saturday 14 April – ‘Heathland Heroes Session’ – 10.30am from VC.
The fourth and final opportunity this year to play an important role in the country park – details below.

Saturday 23 March – ‘Spring Litter Pick’ – 10am from VC.
Part of the Great British Spring Clean. Please join us – wear appropriate clothing, footwear and gloves. Pickers and sacks will be provided – more details HERE.

Wednesday 20 March – ‘Cemetery Extension Work Party’ – 9 to noon Lickey.
Volunteers are invited to help in a special work party in the Holy Trinity Church cemetery.
Appropriate clothing and footwear recommended plus coffee served.
To register your interest: please email Revd. Sheri Gidney Here

Tuesday 19 March – ‘Small Pits, Big Ideas’ – 7pm at TC£.
Talk by Nina O’Hare where she investigates Worcestershire’s medieval villages. LHLHS.
Details Here.

Saturday 16 March – ‘Bicycle Security Event’ – 10 to noon VC.
An opportunity to add your wheels to the Bike Register’s national cycle database for free and it marked and registered with Smart Water. This technology allows your bicycle to be forensically identified, if stolen.

Saturday 16 March – ‘Heathland Heroes Session’ – 10.30am from VC.
The third opportunity this year to play an important role in the country park – details below.

Tuesday 20 February – ‘King John: the Worst or Most Useful King’ – 7pm at TC£.
A talk by Max Keen who finds out whether this monarch deserves his notoriety. LHLHS.
Details Here.

Saturday 17 February – ‘Heathland Heroes Session’ – 10.30am from VC.
The second of four events – details below.

Sunday 21 January – ‘Heathland Heroes Session’ – 10.30am from VC.
The first go three Ranger led events on our valuable Cofton Hill Heathland. Be part of this important maintenance project plus a great opportunity to acquire some Lickey fresh air, a little exercise and meet similarly-minded people. Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves if available.


2023

Sat/Sun & Fri/Sat/Sun 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10 Dec – ‘Beauty & the Beast’
– various times The Trinty Centre, Lickey
The Jigsaw Players Theatre Company present their 2023 Panto – Oh, yes they do..
Poster here with more details.

Friday 24 November – ‘SKYWatch’ – 7.30-10pm VC.
Hosted by the Birmingham Astronomical Soc. Explore the night sky with powerful telescopes – bring your own telescope for advice. Talks/Q&A and meet BAC members. Children’s competition. Refreshments available.
Poster Here.

Sunday 22 Oct – ‘Police Surgery’ – 2-3pm VC.
Details – see 8 Sept listing below.

Saturday 14 Oct – ‘Police Surgery’ – 4-5pm VC.
Details – see 8 Sept listing below.

Saturday 7 October – ‘Autumn Litter Pick’ – 10am from the VC.
Second chance to assist the Rangers in helping to keep the Country Park looking spic & span (whatever that means). Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Gloves, litter pickers and sacks will be provided. Please join us.

Tuesday 3 Oct – ‘Police Surgery’ – 10-11am VC.
Details – see 8 Sept listing below.

Sunday 24 Sept – ‘Police Surgery’ – 1-2pm VC.
Details – see 8 Sept listing below.

Sat/Sun 16/17 Sept – ‘Heritage Weekend’ – 11-4pm VC.
Displays & activities plus unique opportunity to enter the Quarry and see the WWI gun range! Guided walks about the history, geology and to see other WWI & WWII remains. Organised by LHS & Park Rangers.
Part of the Birmingham Heritage Week – more details Here

Saturday 16 Sept – ‘Police Surgery’ – 3-4pm VC.
Details – see 8 Sept listing below.

Saturday 8 Sept – ‘Police Surgery’ – 3-4pm VC.
The Safer Neighbourhood Team will be available to discuss any issues or concerns. So, pop information a one-to-one chat.
More details Here

Friday 11 August – ‘New Regional Park Consultation’ – 12-5pm VC.
The National Trust is exploring the creation of a new 8 Hills Regional Park within Bromsgrove, creating more spaces for wildlife and for you to enjoy. They are inviting your views on projects for people and nature in the regional park, and the improvement of getting around the area.

Saturday 29 July – ‘Balsam Bash’ – 10.00am from the VC.
Missed the first two opportunities? Fear not -pop along to this the third –see 24/6 below for details.

Sunday 9 July – ‘Bilberry Wake’ – 2.30pm from the VC.
Popular and fun event hosted by TLHS and the Rangers based on the traditional local Wake but for children. A great opportunity to make your own hobby horse then enter races geared to age. Prizes for all entrants and rosettes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each race. And, the adults can have their very own race. Oh, such fun!
Poster Here

Saturday 8 July – ‘Balsam Bash’ – 10.00am from the VC.
Second smashing-bashing event – see below.

Saturday 24 June – ‘Balsam Bash’ – 10.00am from the VC.
Ongoing work to rid this invasive plant in the Park. TLHS invite volunteers for a bashing old time. Please wear protective clothing & footwear – no equipment necessary.

Saturday 27 May – ‘Volunteering Session’ – 10.30-12.30 on Rednal Hill.
Heathland Heroes event – meet Ranger on Rednal Hill in the fire damaged area. The Heroes will be pulling out/trampling newly emerged bracken that restricts bilberry re-growth.  Any glass/litter will also be collected. Please wear suitable clothing/footwear.

Thursday & Sunday 11 & 14 May – ‘Bluebell Walk’ – 10.30-12.00 VC.
A Ranger led walk to see and smell our wonderful English bluebells. Uneven and stoney ground with possible muddy areas over the 2.5 miles. Not to be missed.
Pics here

Monday 8 May – ‘The Big Help Out’ – 10.30-12.30 on Rednal Hill.
A national event marking the Coronation of King Charles III for volunteers to help in their local communities. Clean up litter & remove potentially wildfire starting broken glass. Bring own gloves & bucket – limited number available.
Details Here.
Pics here

Tuesday 18 April – ‘The Tudor Bishops of Worcester’ – 7.30pm TC.
Or to give its full title ‘The Tudor Bishops of Worcester: saints, sinners, heretics, refugees, Italian prisoners‘! A talk by Philip Bowen who promises an intriguing insight into the catherdral’s Tudor past. Hosted by TLHLHS with non-members £4.

Sunday 16 April – ‘A Guided Family Walk’ – Cofton Park VC.
Your guide and you will travel back 500 million years when this was a shoreline and we lay in the southern hemisphere! See 250 million year old pebbles washed here from France oil our very own desert. One and half miles – landscape may be rough and muddy in places. Hosted by the LG-C.

Sunday 16 April – ‘Pride of Longbridge’ – Cofton Park.
Enthusiast converged once again on this popular event to celebrate motors. Great opportunity for ex-Austin employees to meet and see a veritable feast of classic, converted and unusual specimens. A selection of vehicles seen at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games which were built at Longbridge.

From April/May – ‘Bluebells’ – across the Park.
Late blooming Bluebells adorn our Country Park – check where to go from the VC.

Easter Holidays – ‘Easter Egg Trial & Bunny Hunt’ – from the VC.
Collect your trial & hunt sheets from the Visitor Centre and enter the competition to win prizes. Great fun for all ages welcome. Details Here.

Friday 31 March – ‘Skywatch’hosted by the Birmingham Astronomical Soc. Explore the night sky with powerful telescopes – bring your own telescope for advice. Slide shows and meet BAC members. Children’s competition. Refreshments available. 7.30-9.30pm VC. Pictures Here.

Saturday 25 March – ‘Spring Litter Pick’ – 10am from the VC.
Support the Rangers and help keep the Country Park looking as clean and tidy as possible. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Gloves, litter pickers and sacks will be provided. Please join us.

Tuesday 21 March – ‘Barry Jackson, theatrical pioneer’ – 7.30pm TC.
A talk on the founder of the Birmingham Rep, the Malvern Festival and director at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Hosted by TLHLHS with non-members £4.

Saturday 18 March – ‘Heathland Heroes Session’ – 10.30am from VC.
The second of two Ranger led events on our valuable Heathland – see below.

Tuesday 21 February – ‘Elijah Walton 19th Century Artist’ – 7.30pm TC.
Pat Tansell talks about the artist and his paintings included a ‘Starry night over Cofton’ and other local landscapes. Hosted by TLHLHS with non-members £4.

Saturday 18 February – ‘Heathland Heroes Session’ – 10.30am from VC.
The first of two Ranger led events on our valuable Heathland. Apart from the important maintenance aspect, it’s a great opportunity to acquire some Lickey fresh air, a little exercise and meet similarly-minded people. Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves if available.

Saturday 14 January – ‘Wassail’ – 4.30pm from VC.
Our ever-popular and wholesome family entertainment to start the new year. As usual, all manner of nonsense is planned. Lights, music, drinking, merriment, Mummers Play, hanging sodden toast on trees… Wrap-up warm for this real treat. Bring a noisemaker. You must be there. No, you really must!
Pics Here.


2022

Tuesday 20 December – ‘Christmas Social’ 8pm, TC
Local history with mince pies and punch – what more could you ask for!
Presented by TLHLHS – details here.

Saturday 3 December – ‘Christmas Fair’ 11am, Holy Trinity Church
Gifts including crafts, books and more. Children’s activities plus refreshments are available. Entry £1 open til 2pm.

Fri, Sat & Sun 2, 3 & 4 December – ‘Sleeping Beauty’
– various times, TC.
The award-winning Jigsaw Players present their festive offering (oh yes they do) in Lickey with matinee and evening performances.
See poster here for details.

Thursday 24 November – ‘Parking Charges Consultation’ – 7pm, VC.
Opportunity to discuss the coming car parking fees at three locations in the Park and express any views you may hold. Tickets range from 50p to £52. If unable to attend this 90 mins drop-in, the online consultation is Here.

Tuesday 15 November – ‘Folklore & Folk Songs of the West Midlands’ – 8pm, TC.
An historical talk given by Richard Churchley accompanied by Live music and song.
Presented by LHLHC – £4 for non-members.

Saturday 12 November – ‘The Lickey Hills Society AGM’ – 2.30pm, VC.
Annual meeting to be held in the schoolroom plus talk by Keith Woolford on the Gateway Boards. Refreshments.
See Gallery 2022 for films.

Saturday 29 October – ‘Rednal Hill Volunteering’ – 10.30-12.30am on Rednal Hill.
Following the successful 17/9 event, come along and help spread heather seeds! – pics here.

Thursday 20 October – ‘Rednal Hill Volunteering’ – 1pm on Rednal Hill.
Join fellow enthusiasts and the Rangers strewing heather seeds over the fire site, which will help our endangered habitat.

Tuesday 18 October – ‘The Last Class’ – 8pm, TC.
The story of The Midland Adult School Union by Dawn Hamill, a truly local talk by someone brought up in Rubery and created especially for the talk.
Presented by the LHS – poster here.

Sunday 9 October – ‘A Walk Back Through Time’ – 10.30-12.30am from the VC.
This guided walk will take you back 500 million years to an ancient shoreline and evidence of the time we collided with North America! Bring the whole family.
Conducted by the Lickey Lickey Hills Geo-Champions.

Saturday 8 October – ‘Autumn Litter Pick’ – 10am from the VC.
To support the work of the Rangers and to help keep the Country Park looking as clean and tidy as possible. You will need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Gloves, litter pickers and sacks will be provided. Please join us.

Saturday 17 September – ‘Rednal Hill Volunteering’ – 10.30-12.30am on Rednal Hill.
With the devastating fire of July ’22, nature is fighting back with growth on the hill. This offers an opportunity to pull out bracken & grass allowing the reestablishing bilberry to thrive. Meet the Rangers and other like-minded volunteers at 10.30am with gloves and a bucket! Litter pickers provided – pics here.

Sat/Sun 10/11 September – ‘Heritage Weekend 2022’ – 11am-4pm VC.
Discover our local history with Postcards from the Lickey’s, 19th century watercolours, maps, geology and walks. Bring along your memories. Access to the WWI Bilberry Hill Gun Proof Range. LHLHS event – details here.

Saturdays 23 July & 27 August – ‘Bracken Trampling’ – 10.30-12.30am from the VC.
Led by the park rangers, do please wear long trousers & strong boots – stout sticks provided!

Sunday 10 July – ‘Bilberry Wake’ – 2pm at the VC.
A popular and fun event by TLHS where the traditional local Wake is adapted for children. An opportunity to make your own hobby horse then enter races geared to age. Prizes for all entrants and rosettes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each race. And, the adults can have their very own race. Oh, such fun!

Saturdays 25 June, 16 & 30 July – ‘Balsam Bash’ – 10.00am from the VC.
Controlling this invasive plant in the Park is a real challenge each year. TLHS invite volulnteers to do some bashing with them. Please wear protective clothing & footwear – no equipment necessary.
see Gallery.

Sunday 24 April – ‘Gateway Boards Launch’ – 11.00am from Beacon Hill.
Following many months of dedicated team from TLHS, along with park rangers, four double-sided information boards were unveiled. One each at Beacon Hill, at the Duck Pond (Old Rose & Crown), at The Fordrough (opp. B/Green Station) and at the Visitor Centre.
see Gallery.

Saturday 26 March – ‘Heathland Volunteers Day’ – 10.30am from VC.
Can you spare an hour or so to assist the Park Rangers in caring for our precious Heathland? An opportunity to get some fresh air, some exercise and meet new people. Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves if available.
Details Here

Saturday 26 February – ‘Heathland Volunteers Day’ – 10.30am from VC.
Can you spare an hour or so to assist the Park Rangers in caring for our precious Heathland? An opportunity to get some fresh air, some exercise and meet new people. Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves if available.
Details Here

Saturday 29 January – ‘Heathland Volunteers Day’ – 10.30am from VC.
Can you spare an hour or so to assist the Park Rangers in caring for our precious Heathland? An opportunity to get some fresh air, some exercise and meet new people. Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves if available.
Details Here

Saturday 15 January – ‘Wassail’ – 5pm from VC.
The return of our popular event to kick-start the new year. A slighter ‘trimmer’ event this year to reflect circumstances with all manner of nonsense being planned. Lights, music, drinking, merriment, Mummers Play, hanging sodden toast on trees… Wrap-up warm for this real family treat.
Pics Here.


2021

Sat/Sun 11/12 Sept – ‘Heritage Weekend’ – 11am – 4pm each day, VC
Local history displays including prints in and around the Lickey’s by 19th Century local artist Elijah Walton. Access to the WWI Bilberry Hill Gan Proof Range and guided tours of the parks WWI and WWII sites at 2pm. A family-friendly free event. Pictures Here

Tuesday 21 Sept – ‘Coaching Days in North Worcestershire’ – 7.30pm, The Trinity Centre.
A talk by Julian Hunt hosted by The Lickey Hills Local History Soc.
Visitors £3, refreshments available.


2020

until 3 July – 'The Lickey Hills in Poetry & Prose'
free to enter your short story, poem or prose of the
Lickey Hills. Everyone selected for the book
receives a copy! Workshop and details Here

Saturday 28 March – ‘Spring Litter Pick, help collect litter in the Country Park, equipment and bags provided – 10am VC

Wednesday 19 February – ‘Kids half Term Activities‘ Family event, outdoor clothing 11am-12.30pm VC BE

Wednesday 29 January – ‘A Walk in the Woods’ – by David Gompertz, talk on ancient Hertfordshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve. Hosted by LHS at the Trinity Centre, Lickey 7.30pm Poster Here

Saturday 11 January – ‘Wassail’ – a traditional event to ensure a bountiful harvest in the community orchard. With music, singing, Mummers Play and mulled apple drink. Family fun. From Visitor Centre 4.15pm. VC Pics Here


2019

Wednesday 25 December – ‘Family Celebration’ – Held at the Holy Trinity Church, Rose Hill at 10.30am

Tuesday 24 December – ‘Christingle’ – Held at the Holy Trinity Church, Rose Hill at 3pm

Sunday 15 December – ‘Search for Santa’ – This very popular festive event is back 11am-4pm. Bookings from 1 Nov. Details Here BE VC

Thursday 12 December – ‘Local Referendum’ – Residents of Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett PCs vote (YES) on their Neighbourhood Plan to benefit the area.

Fri/Sat 29/30 Nov & Sun/Thur/Fri 1/5/7 Dec – ‘The Snow Queen’ – Jigsaw Players 2019 pantomime mat/eve performances. Details here.

Friday 8 November – ‘Skywatch’hosted by the Birmingham Astronomical Soc. Explore the night sky with powerful telescopes. Slide shows and meet BAC members.  Café open. 7.30-10pm VC

Wednesday 30 October – ‘Wild in the Woods, family event, wear appropriate clothing – can be muddy! 11-1pm BE VC 

Tuesday 15 October – ‘Life & Legacy of Eliza Tinsley – 17c. Black Country Nail Mistress’, by Rebecca Wilton. LHLHS, Trinity Centre 7.30pm 

Saturday 5 October – ‘Autumn Litter Pick, help collect litter in the Country Park, equipment and bags provided – 10am VC 

Thursday 26 Sept – ‘High House Wood’ – public meeting to discuss the future of this conservation area. 7.30pm Trinity Centre side room

Sat/Sun 21/22 Sept – ‘Local History Open Weekend’ – details to follow VC

Wednesdays in August – ‘August Antics’, go wild in the woods. Family Event 10am-1pm VC BE

Wednesday 31 July – ‘National Play Day’ – family event. Fun & games with the Rangers 11am-3pm VC

Monday 22 July – ‘Geology Walk’ – evening circular walk with Julie Schroder. Drover’s Way & new Lickey Quartzite discovery. 7pm from Old Rose & Crown

Saturday 20 July to Sunday 1 Sept – ‘Self-Guided Activity Trail’, activity sheet from the VC 10am-5:40pm Prizes to be won

Sunday 7 July – ‘Bilberry Wake’ – make a hobby horse/bring your own for gymkhana race! All ages + prizes 3-5.30pm VC – Pics Here

Saturdays 15 & 29 June – ‘Balsham Bash’ Himalayan balsam, a major tall weed, removal. Wear appropriate clothing/footwear 10-noon VC

Thursday 30 May – ‘The Geology of the Lickey Hills Walk’ – in the shadow of James Watt and sons, LC-G event 10.30-12.30 VC

Wednesday 29 May – ‘Kids half Term Activities‘ Family event, outdoor clothing 11am-1pm VC BE

Sunday 12  May – ‘Velo Cycle Race the 100 miles takes in West Heath, Longbridge, the lower reaches of the Lickey Hills onto Rubery Map/Details Here

Wed/Thurs 17 & 18 April – ‘Easter Kids Activities’ Family event, outdoor clothing 11am-1pm VC BE

Tuesday 16 April – ‘Morning Walk’  RSPB members and members of the local community, places may be limited. RSPB volunteer group.
Visitor Centre, Warren Lane 10am

Tuesday 16 April – ‘Bells, Books & Candles: St John’s Church, Bromsgrove’ by Simon Henderson. LHLHS event, Trinity Centre, Lickey 7.30pm

Wednesday 10 April – ‘Tree Planting’  second fruit tree on the main path, High House Wood, Lickey 11am – HHW

Saturday 30 March – Table Top Sale, Holy Trinity Church, Lickey 11am- 2.00pm

Saturday 30 March – Spring Litter Pick – meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane 10am

Tuesday 19 March – ‘The Mills & Tall Chimneys of Kidderminster’ by Melvyn Thompson & Dave Grayland. LHLHS event, Trinity Centre, Lickey 7.30pm

Tuesday 26 February – ‘Heathlands in our Area’ – a talk by Andrew Harris, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust on local heathland decline & restoration . A LHS event, Trinity Centre, Lickey 7.30pm – Poster

Tuesday 19 February – ‘Louisa Ryland’s Gift to Birmingham’ – a talk by Don Hazzard and Rick Simpson. A LHLHS event, Trinity Centre, Lickey 7.30pm

Tuesday 22 January –’Every Picture Tells a Story II’ – talk by Peter Preece, wildlife photographer.  A LHS event, Trinity Centre, Lickey 7.30pm – poster

Sunday 20 January – Barnt Green Road Quarry – clearance work, meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane 10.30am working to 2pm

Tuesday 15 January – ‘Crime, Punishment and Social Conditions in Bromsgrove in the 1890s’ – a talk by Bryan Maybee. A LHLHS event, Trinity Centre, Lickey 7.30pm

Saturday 12 January – ‘Wassail’ – the traditional event to ensure a bountiful harvest in the community orchard. With music, singing, Mummers Play, Spoz Poem and mulled apple drink. Family fun. From Visitor Centre 4.15pm. VC Pic Here


 2018

Sunday 16 December – ‘Search for Santa’ – stopping off at the Lickey Hills, follow his trail through the woods & find his grotto and presents. Very popular – limited places, small charge. 11am-4pm VC BE

Saturday 1 December – ‘National Tree Dressing Day’ – seasonal walk and help decorate the trees in the woods! Wrap up warm/wear suitable clothing 11am-1pm VC BE

Saturday 17 November – Autumn Litter Pick, another opportunity to help in the country park. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane at 10am. VC

Sunday 11 November – ‘The Lone Piper’ – Paddy McGowan plays ‘Battles O’er’ to commemorate the WWI Armistice. 6am on Cofton Hill. Gallery

Sunday 4 November – Kendal End Quarry – clearance session 10.30am to 2pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane at 10.30am. VC

Wednesday 31 October – ‘Autumn Antics’ – go wild in the woods. Family event, wear suitable clothing 11am-1pm VC BE

Friday 19 October – ‘Skywatch’ –  same as per 23 March

Sat 13 to Sun 21 October – Earth Sciences Week –  various activities for the family. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane. VC

Sat/Sun 15/16 Sept – ‘WWI Project Open Weekend’ – New boards unveiling Sat 11.30am, walks at 2pm, bell tent Sun. 11am-4pm VC

Friday 7 September – ‘Bat & Moth Night’ – learn more about these nocturnal mammals and their dinner! Please bring a torch/suitable clothing/footwear. 7.45pm to late. VC BE

Wednesdays in August – ‘August Antics’, go wild in the woods. Family Event 11am-1pm VC BE

Wednesday 1 August – ‘National Play Day’ – family event. Fun & games with the Rangers 11am-3pm VC

Saturday 21 July to 4 Sept – ‘Self-Guided Activity Trail’, activity sheet from the VC 10am-5:40pm Prizes to be won

Sunday 15 July – ‘Bilberry Wake’ – make a hobby horse/bring your own for gymkhana race! All ages + prizes 3-5.30pm VC

Saturday 7 July – ‘Bittel Reservoir Circular Walk’, 5 miles mainly off road, hilly/steps 11am-2pm from VC

Saturdays 16 & 30 June – ‘Balsam Bash’ Himalayan balsam, a major tall weed, removal. Wear appropriate clothing/footwear 10-noon VC

Wednesday 30 May – ‘Kids Half-Term Activities’ – go wild in the woods. Family event, wear suitable clothing 11am-1pm VC BE

Saturday 11 May – ‘Bluebells Removal’ – keeping native by digging out the Spanish variety – bring tools + litter-pick High House Wood 10-11am

Saturday 28 April – ‘Bluebell Walk’ – your annual opportunity to wander the woods in wonderment. Guided 11am-2pm VC BE

Saturday 21 April – ‘Fruit Tree Planting’ – plus talk to commemorate 100 years since WWI,  High House Wood 11am

Weds 4 & 11 April – ‘Easter Kids Activities’ – go wild in the woods. Family event, wear suitable clothing 11am-1pm VC BE

Friday 23 March – ‘Skywatch’ – hosted by the Birmingham Astronomical Society. Explore the night sky using powerful telescopes. Slide shows and meet BAC members. The Star Dome for indoor star gazing.  Café open 7.30-10pm VC

Tuesday 20 March – ‘The WWI Home Guard – Volunteer Training Corps’ by Malcolm Atkin. LHLHS event, Trinity Centre, Lickey 7.30pm

Saturday 17 March – Spring Litter Pick, a great opportunity to help in the country park. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane at 10am. VC

Tuesday 20 February – ‘Zeppelin: Night of Terror’ by Ian Bott. Local WWI attack. LHLHS event, Trinity Centre, Lickey 7.30pm

Saturday 27 January – Clearance Work at Barnt Green Road Quarry. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane 10.30am-2pm

Saturday 23 January – ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ by Peter Preece wildlife photographer. LHS event, Trinity Centre, Lickey 7.30pm

Tuesday 16 January – ‘Beatrice: The Cadbury Heiress Who Gave Away Her Fortune’ by Fiona Joseph. LHLHS event, Trinity Centre, Lickey 7.30pm

Hills Five Peaks, the first challenge of the new year. VC

Saturday 13 January – Wassail newly established orchard (66% lost since 1950s). Event for all ages – entertainment, make a noise to scare off then devil to ensure a good harvest + a mulled drink. Brink warm clothing. VC 4.30pm – Gallery

Saturday 6 January – Lickey Hill Five Peaks, the first challenge of the new year with seven miles of ups and downs! VC


2017

Tuesday 24 December – Boxing Day Guided Walk to Cofton Park and around – only five miles to work off the over-indulgence. VC + BE

Tuesday 19 December – Worcestershire in Pictures by Geoff Hawkesworth with Christmas Social – Lickey Hills Local History Soc. Trinity Centre 7.30pm

Sunday 17 December – Search for Santa follow the trail through the woods to find his grotto & presents. Early BE + VC – SOLD OUT!

Saturday 2 December – National Tree Dressing Day seasonal walk to help decorate the trees. 11am-1pm VC

Fri 1 – Sun 10 December (various dates) – Jack and the Beanstalk panto time by Jigsaw Players Theatre Co. Trinity Centre poster Here

Saturday 25 November – Country Park Litter Pick, a great opportunity to help in the country park. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane at 10am. VC

Wednesday 25 October – Autumn Antics family event. Go wild in the woods and wear suitable clothing. 11am-1pm VC + BE

Saturday 14 October – Lickey Rocks The Lickey Geo-Champions host this geological event. VC

Tuesday 10 October –Talk on the Bromsgrove Society’s work, held by The Lickey Hills Society at Trinity Centre, Lickey 7.30pm

Sunday 8 October – Geo-Champs Clearance Day  great fun for all helping out. VC 10am-2

Friday 6 October – Skywatch with the  Birmingham Astronomical Soc. Explore the night sky with powerful telescope. 7-10pm VC

Sat/Sunday 16/17 September – World War I Open Weekend run by The Lickey Hills Local History Soc. VC

Tuesday 12 September – Oral History Workshop, part of the WWI Project to book your place, please contact Jill Harvey – 0121 453 5838

Friday 8 September – Bat & Moth Night learn about these nocturnal mammals. BE + VC 7.45pm

Wednesdays & Fridays August – August Antics families go wild in the woods. BE + VC 11am-1pm

Wednesday 2 August – National Play Day join the Rangers for family fun & games in the park. VC 11am-3pm

Sat 22 Jul-Sun 3 Sept – Self-Guided Activity Trail event runs daily & you could win a prize! VC between 10am–5.40pm

Sunday 16 July – Country Park Bilberry Wake Picnic hobby horse racing & prizes, best dressed picnic. VC 3-5.30pm – Gallery

Saturday 15 July – Himalayan Balsam Bash second chance to held rid the Hills of this invasive plant. Volunteer clearance, details: Sat 24 June

Saturday 8 July – Bittel Reservoir Circular Walk 5 miles with some hilly & uneven terrain with steps. VC 11am

July – The Big Sleuth bears start to appear all over Birmingham for 10 weeks – see them at the Visitor Centre. VC

Sunday 11 June – Lickey Festival  ‘The Farmyard’ scarecrow competition, animals, entertainment, group stands, Lickey Hills School 12-4pm – Leaflet and Festival Programme

Sunday 7 May – Dawn Chorus early morning walk to hear & see 60+ species, binoculars useful. BE + VC 4am – Gallery

Tuesday 25 April – ‘The No.11 Outer Circle Bus’ talk by Lickey Hills Local History Soc. Trinty Centre 7.30pm

Monday 17 April – Guided Walk A Lickey Geo-Champions geology walk on Easter Monday from the Visitor Centre 11am – 12.30pm

Saturday 15 April – Pride of Longbridge enthusiasts across the UK enjoy local car making heritage in Cofton Park 10am-4pm

Sunday 11 April – Easter Fun Run 5k Charity run, jog or walk event in Cofton Park, places limited 11am – leaflet

Monday 20 March – World War I Project launch by The Lickey Hills Local History Soc. & partners Country Park research VC 2pm – Gallery

Saturday 18 March – Annual Litter Pick organised by The Lickey Hills Soc. bags and gloves provided Visitor Centre 10am

Wednesday 15 March – ‘Exploring The Lickeys’ book goes on sale. Available from the Visitor Centre & The Lickey Hills SocietyDetails

Tuesday 14 March – ‘Exploring The Lickeys’ book launch TLHS members & guests with talk, film & refreshments. VC 7.30pm – Gallery

Friday 10 March – Skywatch explore the night sky, telescopes, slide shows, star dome Birmingham Astronomical Soc. VC 7.30pm

Thursday 9 March – Country Park Volunteer Replanting Deutsche Bank event in Narborough’s Field. VC 10.30am

Tuesday 28 February – ‘A Slow Walk Around Barnt Green Village’ Edwin Gumley presents 100 postcards, Trinity Centre – Leaflet

Wednesday 15 February – Tea & Talks over 60s Lickey & Blackwell PC parishioners free event 2-4pm booking essential – Leaflet

Saturday 11 February – Our Country Park Under Threat  with the very real risk of losing local amenities –  Sky News from Lickey

Saturday 11 February – Waseley Wander a winter’s 6 mile walk there & back on the North Worcestershire Path. VC 11am

Saturday 4 February – Rubery Clearance & Conservation tools provided, bring gloves, hard hats available. VC 10.30am

Saturday 14 January – Wassail event for all ages. Warm clothing + make a noise & maybe a drink. VC 4.30pm – Gallery


2016

Monday 10 October – The Castle up the Beacon Spoz reciting his poem on the Lickeys – film