Posts Tagged ‘Soho House’

Summer Holiday Activities in Handsworth

Posted on 17th July 2013 by

Stuck for something to do with the children over the Summer holidays? Then it might be worth taking a look at the activities listed below:-

  • Handsworth Park playday on Wednesday 7th August from 12.00 midday – 4.00 p.m. for children age 5 – 13 years. This event is FREE and offers fun, child led activities. A team of playworkers will be situated in the park with play equipment.

     

  • Soho House Musuem, Soho Avenue, B18 5LB – come along and join in various craft activities running every Friday from 26th July to 30th August from 1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. This is suitable for all ages although if your child has disabilities please call (0121) 554 9122 for further information. The cost is £1.00 per child although normal (adult) admission charges apply to the house. To see details of craft acivities provided visit www.bmag.org.uk/soho-house

 

  • Summer Family Big Brum History Buz – come and join a fun filled family day onboard the Big Brum Buz. This is an opportunity to travel the city and see some of our historic gems with a child friendly tour. There will be singing and quizzes and trails and a warm welcome at the Heritage Sites. The event is running on Friday 9th August and Friday 23rd August. The open top bus tour will leave Visctoria Square, Birmingham at 11.30 a.m. and will call at Sarehole Mill and Sosho House. Tickets are £8 for adults and free for children. Entry at Sarehole and Soho is included in the ticket price. The bus will arrive back at Victoria Square at 4.00 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult. If your child has disabilities please call (0121) 303 1966 for further information. Pre book only via BMAG Box Office on (0121) 303 1966. Please note that you can bring picnics but refreshments area available at the sites.       

Summer Events and Activities in Handsworth

Posted on 20th June 2013 by

Well Summer is here and as ever there is plenty going on in Handsworth over the next few months. Listed below are events and activities that may be of interest to you:

  • Saturday 29th  June 2013 Lozells, Birchfield and Handsworth Community Trust Open Day at Lozells Methodist Church Community Centre, 163 Gerrard Street, B19 2AH from 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
  • Saturday 29th June 2013 Handsworth Wood in Bloom at Springfield Tennis Club, Kilbys Grove, B20 2ER from 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
  • Saturday 6th July 2013  Midland Heart Customer Carnival at the Lighthouse, 100 Alma Way, B19 2LN from 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
  • Saturday 14th July 2013 Simmer Down Festival in Handsworth Park from 12.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.
  • Sunday 4th August 2013 Birmingham Carnival in Handsworth Park from 12.00 midday – 8.00 p.m.
  • Sunday 25th August 2013 Birmingham Sports and Cultural Day – Malcolm Marshall Cup in Handsworth Park from 10.00 a.m. 9.00 p.m.
  • From 1st June 2013 to 4th September 2013 free Heritage Trail Walks are available starting from Soho House. For further details about the Heritage Walk please contact info@legacy-wm.org

For further details about these events or other events taking place in Birmingham please visit: http://events.birmingham.gov.uk

Launch of Lozells and Handsworth Heritage Trail

Posted on 20th May 2013 by

Legacy West Midlands received Heritage Lottery Funding to develop a Heritage Trail in Lozells and East Handsworth ward. On Saturday 25th May this all comes to fruition with the launch of Lozells and East Handsworth Heritage Trail . Registration will start at 9.30 a.m. at Soho House, Soho Avenue, off Soho Road, B18 5LB. The tour will take up to two hours and will include historical landmarks like St Mary’s Convent and St Mary’s Church where Matthew Boulton, Jomes Watt and William Murdoch are buried.

At 1.00 p.m. after the walk there will be a reception at . at South and City College, Soho Campus, Soho Road. Working with South and City College 20 passionate people have  been trained to become ‘tour guides’. They will be the tour guides and will share their knowledge of the area on the walk.

If you would like to attend the launch please email Raihan Hussain – r.hussain92@live.co.uk

Half Term Holiday Activities

Posted on 12th February 2013 by

Stuck for places to go with the family this half term? Why not visit some local places of interest like:

  • Aston Hall – 0121 675 4722 – Guided Tours only – every Wednesday
  • Museum of the Jewellery Quarter – 0121 554 3598
  • Soho House – 0121 554 9122

There are also some useful websites for holiday acivities:

www.bbc.co.uk – Search for ideas of places to go

www.familydaysout.co.uk – Search for ideas for free days out

www.Filter.me.uk – Range of projects for arts, sports and heritage

Whats on this Easter in Handsworth

Posted on 22nd April 2011 by

Looking for something to do this Easter weekend in Handsworth then here are a few suggestions:

Sunday 24th April –  Vaisakhi in Handsworth Park

Processions and cultural entertainment mark the beginning of the Sikh New Year in this colourful celebration. With stalls and displays, music, sport and food. Entrance is free starts at 12.00 finishes at 6pm for more details about the event click here

Visit Soho House & Museum which re-opened in April for the summer season – see opening time by clicking here. 

Monday 25th April – Full Stream Event, Easter Monday family steam fund Day at Soho House from 12 until 4pm, special free entry

Fancy a walk then there are a number of options

Or fancy a swim than joining Be Active and you can swim for free at Handsworth Leisure Centre

Exploring the many faith buildings along handsworth heritage trail

Posted on 5th April 2011 by

One of the key aspects of the new Handsworth Heritage trail is its connection with some of the faith buildings around Handsworth. Many of these buildings are spectacular and add immense vaule to the way the neighbourhood looks today. Some of them have pretty impressive history such as St Mary’s Church which has stones that can be dated back to 1160.

If you start the trail at Soho House it takes you through the garden at St Micheal’s Church built in 1850.

Across the road the trail takes you past the Guru Nanak Niiskam Sewak Jatha, which sits impressively at the bottom of the Soho Rd in Handsworth.

The trail then takes you up Thornhill Rd into Handsworth Park where St Mary’s Church is situated on its boundary by Hamstead Rd. I was very lucky in 2009 I got the chance to get up on the roof of the tower and look at accross Birmingham, what a few. Not for the faint hearted thou as it is quite a treck up the tower which isn’t really very easy to access so isn’t open to the public. For pictures showing outisde of St Mary’s visit the photostream for the trail on flickr

The next part of the trail takes you up to Oxhill Rd and past St Andrews Church dates back to early part of the 19th century

You can download a copy of the heritage trail from this site click on the heritage trail page

New Handsworth Heritage Trail Launched Today

Posted on 11th March 2011 by

Today its the offical launch of the new Handsworth Heritage Trail leaflet at Soho House. Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Cllr Hussain and Adnan Saif from Urban Living our kindly attending to help launch the trail. We are delighted that a number of people involved in the project are attending as well as some of the people from some of the featured sites.

We hope to get people out to have a taster of the walk. Shame that the lovely sun which was out earlier has gone away!

Have a look of the some of the trail photos on Flickr more photos will be added soon. If you try the walk send in your photos and we can add or join the group.

Download a copy of the trail here: Handsworth Heritage Trail

Other copies are available at Soho House, Handsworth Library and a range of other location soon.

New Handsworth Heritage Trail

Posted on 23rd February 2011 by

Several months ago as part of a local heritage project the idea to create a heritage trail for Handsworth emerged. What we found from talking to people was that many local people haven’t visited local heritage sites such as Soho House & Museum. Or know much about the great buildings across Handsworth.

People have also said that they are unhappy about negative images and media coverage about Handsworth. It is hoped that the trail will provide a way to positively promote Handsworth and attract some new visitors to the area.

We are also very keen to get people out walking in Handsworth and exploring their neighbourhood perhaps in a different way?

Initially a few of us got together and walk around the area taking photos of places that people might find of historic interest. See photos from this walk on Flickr

We then formed a steering group which included Pat Mills from Handsworth Historical Society, Brian Hall Rector at St Mary’s Church, Suzanne Carter from English Heritage, Annette French from Soho House, Rob Horricks local resident, Geoff Henderson trail designer from DNA and Tracey Thorne, Neighbourhood Manager.

On September 11th we held a taster walk as part of Heritage Open Days and ran three guided walks. Over 25 people took part and overall really liked the trail that they were taken on that day. This included Soho House, St Michaels Church, Handsworth Park & St Mary’s Church.

After much discussion the steering group selected 13 places that are of historic interest and prominence within the local area. It isn’t to say other buildings aren’t important or of value but we could only include 13 and had to think carefully about devising an interesting trail.

Hopefully this can be expanded and we can build up via Hands on Handsworth Blog information about other interesting places.

Send in your – places that are special to you. Please include a brief bit of text and a photo email to: tracey.thorne@birmingham.gov.uk

Handsworth Heritage Trail Leaflet – is now available from Handsworth Fire Station and very soon across Handsworth. If you’re interested in attending the launch event it is on Friday 11th March at 2pm email tracey.thorne@birmingham.gov.uk

Here is what the front cover looks like – pdf version will be put up on the blog very soon.

I would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to all involved and hope people enjoy this walk. Special thanks go to Be Birmingham & Urban Living who have provided funding for the wider heritage project that has been used in part to develop this trail. The trail art work design has been done by Geoff Henderson from Digtal Native Acadmey and photos by Dee Patel outroslide – big thanks to them both!

Job vacancies at community museums

Posted on 3rd February 2011 by

There are a number of vacanices at at local community museams inculding Soho House visit the Birmingham city council webiste and enter reference : DC11J

www.birmingham.gov.uk/jobs

Closing date this Friday the 4th

 

 

Soho House Family Fun Days

Posted on 29th July 2010 by

A different family craft activity every Friday throughout the summer holidays 12.30-3.30

Friday 30th July         Bouncing Birds

Friday 6th August      Bumblebee Pencil Toppers

Friday 13th August    Painted Pebble Bugs

Friday 20th August   Children’s Stroy telling. Half hour sessions 1pm, 2pm. 3pm/ Community Health Fun Day

Friday 27th August  Wearable Jewellery

Groups need to pre-book. For more information  contact Soho House, Soho ave, off Soho Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB tel; 0121554