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Aston Parish Church, Witton Lane, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B6 6QA
Visit the iconic Aston Parish Church that is Grade II* listed and participate in an event that will show case the work of local schools and the skills of those involved in this year’s major restoration projects. On Thursday at 2.00pm there will be a formal event to celebrate the Church Tower (constructed 1480) major restoration scheme and the completion of the Plevins heritage project including the restoration of the fabulous Plevins stained glass window that dates from 1869. Who were the Plevins? They were builders and architects. Students from King Edward VI Aston school and St Matthews CofE Primary school in Nechells have researched the Plevins heritage and will be presenting their findings. There will be free refreshments and an opportunity to show your support for Aston schools and their students. There is a self guided trail inside the church for children and their parents. Children are particularly welcome at the 2pm presentation. There also will be a play space.
Additional Information: The church is in the Aston Hall and Church Conservation Area, Aston Hall is situated in the adjacent park. Visiting both historic buildings during the same afternoon is practicable.
Directions: Near M6 Jct 6 Spaghetti Jct. Cars should be parked in the cul de sac in front of the church, access is from Aston Hall Road. Aston Station is a short walk, there are 8 trains per hour from Birmingham New Street, 2 pre hour from Redditch, Wolverhampton and Walsall, 4 per hour from Lichfield. The 11 outer circle bus serves Witton Square, the 65 and 67 are frequent services from the City Centre that stop at Aston Station. Aston Parish Church is located next to Aston Park and Aston Villa Football club.
Victoria Square, Colmore Row, Waterloo Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 1BB
A live guided exciting adventure on the Big Brum Open Top Buz through the UK's second city, the Brummagem tour takes you to the commercial heart of the city and includes the major buildings of architectural interest. Following the road to the unique Jewellery Quarter which really emphasises why Birmingham was known as the city of a thousand trades in Victorian times we then travel along Broad Street, the Golden Mile with the Golden Boys. Picking up the highway to Edgbaston, home to the manufacturers of the city and the international cricket ground we link up with the Tolkien trail and the world famous Cardinal Newman Oratory. Entering the city from the East side we get the full panoramic view of St Martin's Parish Church and the new state of the art Bullring shopping complex with the iconic building of Selfridges.
Directions: Lamp post with sign next to the Council House, Victoria Square on the corner of Colmore Row and Waterloo Street - very near Starbucks.
65 Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 1JT
Visitors can look around the building, which is unusual for a Quaker Meeting House. Built in 1905, the architect, W. Alexander Harvey, was responsible for designing many of the buildings for the new village and it has features influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. It is the only Quaker Meeting House to have an organ, built by Harrison and Harrison and installed in 1915 as a gift from George and Elizabeth Cadbury to celebrate their Silver wedding anniversary. Members of the Meeting will be present to talk about the Quakers, their history and beliefs, and Quaker literature will be available. Families and children are welcome.
Access Information: There is a small car park, for about 10 cars.
Directions: The Meeting House is on Birmingham's Outer Ring Road, the A4040. The site is on Bournville Green, opposite the junction with Linden Road and Woodbrooke Road.
40 Bull Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 6AF
Bull Street Quaker Meeting House, built in 1933 on a city centre site occupied by Quakers since 1703. Old gravestones in garden. Tour of meeting room and lobby. The main exhibition this year will be the an exhibition of photographs of buildings which is the past have had a Quaker relationship. There will also be information on the history of Quakers and also introducing modern Quakers. Leaflets available and people to talk to. Garden with seating. Families are welcome but there will be no specific activities for children. A short play by Plain Quakers on the subject of Thomas Clarkson anti slavery campaigner in the 18th and 19th centuries which also relates to slavery today. This will take place on Sunday, no admission charge - any donation received will go to Anti Slavery International.
Access Information: The whole area open for Heritage Open Day is level. There is a disabled parking bay. Due to ongoing road works access, except for disabled parking, would be best on foot.
Directions: The meeting house is located in the upper part of Bull Street between Corporation Street and Colmore Row. The meeting house is set back from the road between Temple Court and 41A Bull Street which, by September will be called CEQ Peace Gub. . Work is continuing in Upper Bull Street and Corporation Street in respect of extending the Metro Line -completion 2015. Access to the carpark is likely to be via Colmore Row and Temple Row. The building would, however, be best accessed on foot. The nearest car park is at Snow Hill Station accessed via Livery Street. Snow Hill Station is about 5 minutes walk away and New St Station 10 minutes walk . Main bus stops are to be found in Colmore Row, Corporation St and Moor St.
Conybere Street, Highgate, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 0YF
Grade II* listed large Victorian Gothic Church, architect John Loughborough Pearson 1881, with tower by Reynolds 1938. The only stone vaulted Church of England in the Birmingham Diocese. Stained Glass by Payne and Meteyard. Arts and Crafts artefacts and painted reredos by Kate and Myra Bunce. Wrought iron screen. Descriptive materials and tour guides available. Children’s Corner within the church.
Access Information: The main entrance to the church will be through the large west doors. This entrance is reached by a flight of stone steps. Level access for wheelchairs is provided by entering through the garden gate in Stanhope Street. The main body of the church, chapels, church hall and toilets may be easily accessed by wheelchair. Only the Chancel and Sanctuary are reached by steps but can be viewed with ease from the lower level.
Additional Information: Live organ music is generally played for most of the opening period, and for those particularly interested, inspection of the fine Rushworth and Dreaper organ is welcomed.
Directions: Building is visible from Belgrave Middleway, and is situated two roads behind Birmingham Central Mosque.
58 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2RT
Winterbourne House and Garden is a country house without the countryside – a rare surviving example of an early 20th century suburban villa and garden, it was built by industrialist John Nettlefold in 1903 for his growing family. The house and garden are now open to the public 7 days a week with a range exhibition rooms offering an insight into Edwardian life both above and below stairs. The Arts and Craft style garden covers 7 acres and the terrace tea room is a wonderful place to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea. The garden itself offers colour and interest throughout the year and is home to a beautiful walled garden and many original features.
Access Information: The gardens are mostly accessible thanks to recently upgraded paths. Manual wheelchairs can access the house and there is a platform lift to allow you to visit the upper floor. Due to space restrictions, we don't allow pushchairs in the house.
Directions: 2 miles south west of the city centre off the A38.
Harborne, Birmingham, West Midlands, B32 2EH
Guided walk around the Western Environs of Harborne, including St. Faith and St. Laurence Church, and St. Joseph's Home.
Directions: Bus service Number 24, stop at the 'Court Oak'.
20 Slack Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B20 2JL
Small community museum housed in a Grade II listed building dating from c.1460 and one of the best examples of early 'cruck' timber frame construction.
Access Information: Wheelchair access to ground floor only.
Directions: Corner of Slack Lane and College Road, Handsworth. Close to 101 (from city) and 11A/11C (outer circle) bus routes at Grove Lane/Church Lane junction.
221 Alcester Road South, Kings Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands, B14 6DT
The Masonic Hall will be open to the public with guided tours of the Lodge Rooms. Plus static displays of Masonic Regalia and artifacts and photographic displays of charitable activities undertaken by local Freemasons within the local community.
Access Information: All front car park bays are suitable for disabled parking, being close to the main entrance. Full disabled toilet facilities available on the ground floor. The entrance to the Masonic Hall is suitable for wheelchair access and a lift facility is available to the Lodge Rooms located on the upper floor.
Additional Information: Light Refreshments: Tea or Coffee and biscuits will be available. Several of the Charities that we support, for example Royal National Lifeboat Institution, will be present,
Directions: Situated at Junction the Alcester Road South (A435) with junction Wheelers Lane.
179b Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 8JR
The 18th century dovecote offers an insight into rural Moseley before its incorporation into Birmingham. The octagonal brick dovecote is surrounded by a period garden, and we will provide plant identification quizzes to suit all ages. Scarecrow making will add to the experience. An exhibition of prints by Sarah Moss will be on display in the adjoining cow house.
Additional Information: Parking available in the hospital car park and other facilities available in Moseley Village.
Directions: Just south of Moseley Village centre, by the entrance to Moseley Hall Hospital, opposite King David School.
Moseley Park and Pool, 93A/95 Alcester Road, , Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 8DD
Explore one of Moseley's hidden gems - the tranquil oasis normally available only to key-holding subscribers or day visitors who have collected a day-pass. Part of the Moseley Hall estate for which Humphry Repton designed one of his Red Books, it also contains a late 18th century ice house which is in excellent condition. Bring a picnic, food for the water birds on the pool and enjoy the echo in the ice house. JRR Tolkien played here and the ice house could well have been the inspiration for hobbit houses. A wonderful area for children to play in and explore.
Access Information: Paths are rough. Wear walking shoes.
Additional Information: Parking in local side streets, good bus transport, many facilities available in Moseley Village.
Directions: Entrance is on foot, between Dixons estate agents and Thistle Estates in Victoria Parade in Moseley Village
Saint Nicolas Place, Kings Norton, 81 The Green, Kings Norton, Birmingham, West Midlands, B38 0EG
Free Guided Tours of the Tudor Buildings at 1100, 1230 & 1400. The Old Grammar School - 1434-1660. Wonderful timber roof, many connections to English Civil War. The Tudor Merchant's House and Old Saracens Head. Built 1492 by rich wool merchant. Carved ceiling beams, and some painted wall timbers discovered during the restoration 2004- 2008 . Part of the building became an Inn in the 18th century - this is now the Saracen's Head café. Collectables and Craft Fair 1500. Baby Changing Facilities. No special events for children. Event not suitable for children under the age of 10.
Access Information: Upper floor of Grammar School accessed by wide flight of steps with hand rail. Regretfully not accessible by wheel chair.
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/session. Lifts to all floors in Tudor Merchants House. Free street parking around The Green, no time limit. Pay and display car park to rear of building £1 for 3 hours.
Directions: St Nicolas Church Spire! Full directions on how to find us are on the Saint Nicolas Place website.
The Old Clifton School, Clifton Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 9TD
An opportunity to visit the World War Two schoolroom. It is the day before evacuation so the children will be preparing. They need to practice their handwriting on a postcard to be sent home and be told what they need to bring the next day. Classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be an exhibition relating to the Second World War. Rationing is in force so only appropriate refreshments will be served. The event is suitable for children, families and other adults. Event not suitable for children under the age of 4.
Directions: Clifton Road runs from Moseley Road to Ladypool Road. The Old Clifton Junior School is near the junction with Hertford St.
Singers Hill Synagogue Heritage Open Day, Ellis Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 1HL
Singers Hill Synagogue is an historic and beautiful Grade II* listed synagogue built in the Italianate, cathedral style and consecrated in 1856. It was an early major work by the eminent architect Herbert Yeoville Thomason who went on to design the Birmingham Council House. Guided tours will be given during the Open Day. The guides will be knowledgeable and will welcome questions. A concert of Jewish Music will be given by the Kol Kinor Choir at 1200 in Synagogue Hall. Children and families will be welcomed into the tour groups.
Booking Details: Visitors need to to pre-book so that guided tour groups can be organised. Contact: Heritage Open Day Office Call: 0121 643 0884 Email: email@example.com Write to: Heritage Open Day, Singers Hill Synagogue, 1 Ellis Street, Birmingham B1 1HL Booking opens: 23 March 2014 09:00 Booking closes: 5 September 2014 17:00
Additional Information: Max 5 people per tour/session.
Directions: Main Entrance is on Blucher Street.
St Chad's Cathedral, St Chad's Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 6EU
An opportunity to see parts of the Cathedral not normally open to visitors, and hear about its fascinating history. A Victorian Gothic masterpiece by AWN Pugin, St Chad's was the first Catholic cathedral to be built in England after the Reformation. Some medieval artefacts are on display.
Access Information: There are 8 disabled parking bays in front of the Cathedral. There is wheelchair access to the Cathedral and access to a disabled toilet. There is partial access to the Crypt by lift but there are several steps up or down in to some of the chapels.
Additional Information: Max 40 people per tour/session.
The Bull Ring, Edgbaston Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 5BB
St Martin's is the ancient parish church of Birmingham - historically the mother church of Birmingham and a Grade II* listed building. Records dating from early 12th century. The only UK church with a peal of 16 bells. Regular guided tours at flexible times. For a unique opportunity to see the Bull Ring and other parts of Birmingham from a different perspective, sign up for a tour up the medieval church tower - bookable on arrival on the day. No children under 8 years of age permitted in tower. Children up to the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult.
Access Information: Tower not accessible to wheelchairs.
Additional Information: On-site cafe and shop open on weekdays only.
Directions: At the heart of the Bull Ring in the city centre - where Birmingham began! Near bus, coach and railway city centre termini. Between Moor Street station and New Street station.
1162 Tyburn Road, Pype Hayes, Birmingham, West Midlands, B24 0TB
St Mary's Church is a 1929 Grade II listed building described as a masterpiece and the finest of its time. The organ is without doubt one of St Mary's beautiful features. The whole of the church site will be open. We are also having our summer fair with stalls, home-made cakes, children's games, and hope to involve local businesses. Light lunch and refreshments available to purchase. Event suitable for all ages, with various children's activities.
Access Information: On-street parking available but limited. Full wheelchair access to the church building and hall, with the use of a portable ramp.
Directions: 67 bus from the city centre. Church is on the corner of Padstow Road and Tyburn Road.
98 Hunters Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B19 1EB
St Mary's is a little-known architectural gem by Augustus Welby Pugin, and is an interesting example of Pugin's Convent architecture. The convent also has strong historical connections with the Hardman family of Hardman & Co. stained glass fame. Come and be guided around the convent, see the restored interiors, ornate carvings and Hardman artefacts and windows. Learn about the story of the Sisters of Mercy through our exhibition trail of archives and artefacts. See our exhibition for the 2014 First World War Centenary on 'Mercy in the First World War'. Discover more about the nursing of the Sisters in the Crimean War, and gain an insight into the life of a Sister. Discover the beautiful chapel and the bedroom of our foundress, the Venerable Catherine McAuley. There will also be a chance to meet some of the Sisters.
Access Information: Lift to all floors, but one room is missing a ramp and will be inaccessible to wheelchairs.
Additional Information: Max 12 people per tour/session.
Directions: We are opposite St Francis Catholic Church, just up the road from Hockley Circus roundabout.
Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 7UG
Visit a beautiful community garden with 2.5 acres of organically managed landscape. Find out what a community garden is and Martineau Gardens' role in providing a home for wildlife so close to Birmingham city centre. The Honey Show is a chance to find out all about the fascinating craft of beekeeping: talk to local beekeepers, meet a queen! Learn about different type of bees, view observation hives, experience live bee demonstrations, make candles from beeswax, and buy locally produced honey direct from the beekeepers. There will be plant sales and refreshments available. There's woodland, an orchard, formal gardens, ponds, a hot house, an earth oven, wildflower meadow, a visitor room (located in a 1940s pavilion) and more. Children's activities include candlemaking from bees wax plus the 'Shipwreck' children's play area.
Access Information: The visitor room is accessible to wheelchair users. There are male and female toilets. There is a toilet in the female side which is accessible to wheelchair users. Parts of the Garden will only be accessible for the determined - paths in the woodland area are made of bark chippings.
Directions: Martineau Gardens is situated on the B4217 (Priory Road), 2 miles south of Birmingham City Centre. Blue entrance gates opposite The Priory Hospital (BMI) and on the same road as Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and the Warwickshire Cricket Ground (Edgbaston Road). Bus services 1, 45, 47, 61, 63, X64 (but check with travel provider for latest services running). Location details on the website: www.martineau-gardens.org.uk/visitor-information
Unit 3 The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Hockley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 3HS
Set in the Victorian pen factory of W. E. Wiley, we offer the following main activities. Displays and demonstrations of pen making with hand presses and of writing equipment and accessories. Sessions of pen making, calligraphy, Braille and local history. Tours, talks and a film to individual and group visitors. Arrangements for children and school parties include museum trails, writing sessions with quills and pens. Temporary exhibitions within the Museum on specific persons or topics. Community activities: lectures, talks, exhibitions and display. Archive and Library. Creative Work Packs (available in children's area, no charge for use). Pre-School Activities - also available for free use in children's activity area.
Moseley School, Wake Green Road, Moseley, West Midlands, B13 3UU
Guided tours of building used initially as non-conformist training college, then as botanic gardens and hydropathic baths followed by barracks for 3rd Birmingham Pals and then School. Trips up 90m tower having panoramic views over Birmingham. Exhibition of material illustrating past uses. Refreshments available with some merchandise. Event not suitable for children under the age of 5.
Access Information: Most tours are visiting lower, ground and first floors via staircases. Trip up tower involves climbing/ descending a number of spiral staircases with over 120 steps - not suitable for young children or people with a health condition.
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/session.
Directions: Mid Victorian Gothic building with large tower set overlooking playing fields in Wake Green Road
New Hall Water Mill, New Hall Drive, Wylde Green Road, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B76 !QU
New Hall Water Mill is a privately owned water mill situated within New Hall Valley Country Park. It was built in the 18th century. All of the machinery has been carefully restored to working order and is operated on open days to produce stone ground wholemeal flour. The mill has an overshot water wheel that operates a pair of French Burr mill stones. Other machinery is operated by a Ruston and Hornsby diesel engine. There is a cart shed with restored agricultural machinery and an 19th century farm waggon, also the Miller's garden (with produce for sale), a tearoom, toilet facilities, gift shop and exhibition area. There is a Tree Trail in the MIll Meadow. Car parking is free of charge. HOD will be our Craft Day with stalls and demonstrations. There will a guide walk of the valley at 1115. The Mill is very popular with families. The Mill Meadow has picnic tables. Event not suitable for children under the age of 2.
Access Information: There are some uneven surfaces, but most parts of the mill site are accessible at ground floor level. The mill pool can be viewed from a platform outside the Stone Floor (first floor of mill), or from a view point by the cart shed.
Additional Information: A printed guide of the Mill is available, also a souvenir booklet about the Tree Trail.
Directions: Travelling from Sutton Coldfield, come down Wylde Green Road for half-a-mile, cross the railway bridge, then note Bishop Walsh School on l.h.side. Pass the entrance to New Hall Valley Country Park. Entrance to New Hall Drive is on the left, just before the pedestrian crossing.