Category : Activities

Reasons to stop idling

Schools in America have partnered with Kern Green for the Just Say No to Idling Campaign.

Our car breakdown cover provided us with a nice new car for a few days which had an ‘automatic start-stop‘ after our old car died (thank you LV=).  It’s a nifty bit of technology which helps reduce car emissions, but you don’t have to buy a new car to stop idling; The first UK Clean Air Day (15th June) is the best possible time to change idle habits. (more…)

10th May 2017  |  Marcus Belben

Four Years of Playing Out in Birmingham

Olga from ActiveStreets with Councillor Tony Kennedy and support from WM Police setting up on Main Street, Sparkbrook

Olga from ActiveStreets with Councillor Tony Kennedy and support from KIKIT & WM Police setting up on Main Street, Sparkbrook

When a new street becomes an ActiveStreet, Playing Out for the first time like Main Street in Sparkbrook, it’s hard not to get excited.   (more…)

20th April 2017  |  Marcus Belben

Active Streets early beginnings

Active Streets concept was developed from “Playing Out”, which began in Bristol.  We began running Active Streets following National Playday 2013, where three streets in Birmingham were closed for children to play.

Active Streets recognised that by stopping traffic on a street local residents could lead their own events to bring local communities together for children to play and much more.

Active Streets developed the support needed to run any event that brings residents together on a street.  We have developed partnerships with Schools, Arts organisations, The Real Junk Food Project, a range of services in Birmingham City Council, Police and Emergency services, residents organisations and anyone interested in working with street organisers to promote community cohesion and to tackle issues important to our citizens.

11th April 2017  |  Marcus Belben

Making changes on Main Street

IMG_20170403_175612You could guess what problems there are on Main Street in Sparkbrook, but the only way to understand them is to meet the people who live there.  And how to make things better?  Active Streets and KIKIT are working together to support residents. (more…)

4th April 2017  |  Marcus Belben

Taking litter picking to the next level

It all started on Swan Corner when Oz, the Neighbourhood watch man thought we could do something about it.  He provided the pickers and the bags in 2015, and now we do it every year – next one for Swan Corner is 10:30 on 8th April meet corner of Cold Bath and Brook Lane . (more…)

30th March 2017  |  Marcus Belben

Big Birmingham Bikes

Big Birmingham Bikes is making it easier for you to get on your bike. Whether it’s cycling to the park, to the shops or work or purely for fitness and pleasure, we have something for all the family.


19th December 2016  |  BrumActivities

Cycling in Birmingham

Why have a Community Garden on a Roundabout?

Getting Organised for Playing Out

OK, so you’re interested in playing out. What next? Well it’s remarkably easy, and following the last two years of ‘Playing out’ in Birmingham we’ve built a lot of support within the Council, across Moseley and Kings Heath, and across Birmingham. There are a few simple steps to follow, and we will support you to make sure all the correct procedures are carried out in good time.
We’re supporting streets closing between 1st of June and 9th August within Birmingham. In order to do this you’ll need to send an expression of interest by 8th May to including:

  • The road you are planning to close (and description of which part, if appropriate
  • The date(s) and times you are proposing to close the street
  • The street coordinator (a named contact)
  • Contact details of the street coordinator, ideally including a mobile number and email, to share with other street organisers
  • Any special requirements (i.e. negotiate bus diversion, unusual activities planned, specific instructions for road block etc.)

You’ll also need to deliver letters to houses affected by the your planned closure(s) by 23rd May. You can base this letter on this sample first letter. Active Parks have offered to print these, and will also confirm that your street is suitable for closure, and ask you to complete this short form.
You will then have permission from Birmingham City Council, and Active Parks will contact Amey, the council’s highways contractor, to arrange road closure at the day and time you need it.
You will need to send a second letter to your neighbours to confirm the closures – again Active Parks have offered to print these for you, based on this second letter template. All the planning is now in place, and you’re all ready to go!

15th April 2015  |  John Hill-Daniel

Reward Your World

BetterPoints_strapline_best_big_RGB 2Active Parks have teamed up with Reward Your World so that you can now earn BetterPoints™ for getting active in Birmingham’s parks. From simply visiting the park, to walking the dog, taking a Tai Chi class or volunteering to help a Friends of Parks group, there are lots of ways to pick up points. You can then exchange BetterPoints™ for high street vouchers or donate them to local good causes, including back to the park. There are currently 24 parks in the program with more joining this summer. Start collecting rewards today by registering at the BetterPoints™ website or downloading the app from the App store or Google Play.

16th March 2015  |  Tina Bold