Cannon hill park

Walking around Canon Hill Park: Birmingham’s best day out.

With 250-acres of parkland and leisure areas, a walk around Cannon Hill Park offers something for everyone.<o:p></o:p>

Whether you fancy a peaceful stroll, fun-filled rides or even a visit to the cinema, you will be able to enjoy it all in the vast and varied surrounds of Cannon Hill Park; a must for all those enjoying a city break in Birmingham. <o:p></o:p>

Fun Park

Cannon Hill Park’s Fun Park is designed for two to 10-year-olds and has a host of not-too-scary rides. The Fun Park has been built on the site of a disused bowling green and is surrounded by hedges and trees. Though out of sight, children have an unerring ability to find it and the park always stays popular during the school holidays. Rides (which are paid for with prepaid tokens) include an inflatable slide, bumper cars and the Hill Billy Railway. There is also a small spinning rollercoaster for parents and youngsters over 95cm. <o:p></o:p>

Mini Golf and Boating

Golden Putter Mini Golf is 36 holes of mini golf madness and ideal fun for the whole family. Packed with challenges, it includes hills, gullies and wild-water features. So go on, get that hole in one! If golf isn’t for you, hire a swan pedal boat at the lake and relax on the water instead. The pedalos hold up to four people and are a great way of seeing more of the park. <o:p></o:p>

Sports

The city’s largest “green lung”, Cannon Hill Park is also a popular sports facility. The River Rea flows alongside the parkland, and cycling, walking and running tracks have been set up to follow it. A free 5km park-run is held in every Saturday morning and everybody is welcome to join in. The park also boasts five tennis courts with coaching sessions run by local sports clubs – with regular court hire and kid’s sessions also available. <o:p></o:p>

Culture

Cannon Hill Park is not known as the “People’s Park” for nothing and there is something going on to bring the crowds. Culture vultures flock to The Midlands Art Centre (MAC), a thriving arts complex where you can enjoy theatre, dance, music and comedy shows. There is also a cinema, and wide-ranging creative workshops where you can learn everything from playing a musical instrument to jewellery making. The park’s rangers also organise year round activities which include runs and concerts shows. In addition, the local community is very active in Cannon Hill and there are often local festivals, foodie fairs and dog shows at the weekends.<o:p></o:p>

Nature

For a park that has so much going on, you might be surprised at just how many quiet corners there are to discover. Beyond the formal gardens, a large part of Cannon Hill is also made up of conservation parkland, woods, meadows, lakes and pools. A Tree Walk has been designed to help visitors identify the park’s plant-life. Nature enthusiasts will be able to spot 60 different species of bird and 12 species of mammal, including three types of bat and Muntjac deer. Have a wander and get back to nature – you will never believe you are just two miles from Birmingham’s city centre.<o:p></o:p>

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