Thursday, 13 July 2017

Free Family Picnic on July 23rd To Celebrate Love Parks Week.

Birmingham is set to play host to a giant, free family picnic on Sunday July 23rd at Handsworth Park in celebration of Love Parks Week (14th-23rd July).

Held annually, Love Parks Week is an initiative run by Keep Britain Tidy which encourages communities to show their support and appreciation for their local parks. In Birmingham, there are more than 581 parks and green spaces and range from large historic parks to small local green spaces and allotments.

Hosted by ParkLives and Birmingham City Council, The Big Picnic will take place between 1.30pm – 4.30pm and will see families from across the city invited to enjoy a picnic lunch, where squash, water and fruit will be provided, and take part in a whole host of fun, free activities ranging from Zumba to soft archery to family-friendly games and activities.

More free activities will be on offer throughout the week, including orienteering, Tai Chi and Green Fit Baby.

Gaynor Roberts, ParkLives Programme Manager at Birmingham City Council, said: “Love Parks Week is a reminder to us all to continue to use and support our local parks and recognise the local groups, such as Friends of Parks and Park Rangers who work so hard to keep them safe and welcoming places for all of us to enjoy. The ParkLives Big Picnic event is a great way to kick-start the celebrations and I hope families from across the city enjoy the activities on offer throughout the week and are inspired to visit their local park more often.”

Tonia Clark, Secretary of Friends of Handsworth Park, said: “Time spent in local parks can give people a bit of ‘me time’, away from their busy routines. I’ve been involved with the Free Family Fun sessions at Handsworth Park and it’s great to see people make new friends and realised how much they enjoy being outdoors. Without free access to local parks and green spaces, none of this would be possible. I’ll definitely be showing my support during Love Parks Week!”

Now in its fourth year in Birmingham, ParkLives runs in 10 cities nationwide and is part of a £20 million commitment by Coca-Cola Great Britain to invest in community-based programmes. Activities are delivered by teams from Birmingham City Council and are designed to help to bring communities together and improve wellbeing.

Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain, said: “Local parks play such an important role in the physical and mental wellbeing of communities. For some, they are a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, for others they offer the chance to enjoy fun activities, learn new skills and meet up with friends.

“The ParkLives sessions we host in Birmingham are designed to help local people make the most of their city’s great outdoor spaces, whether that’s relaxing with a spot of Tai Chi in the park, joining a walking group or getting active with a Zumba session. There’s something for all ages and abilities in the programme, so if you haven’t joined us yet, Love Parks Week is a great time to start!”

To join ParkLives Big Picnic at Handsworth Park, visit to book a place, or simply turn up on the day.

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