Sunday 7th December sees Santa in the Woods as usual – the annual event organised by the Community Trust, but the Woods will be busy all day as we are a guest venue for a large cross country championship event as well. This is the first time we have hosted this particular event and so it is a learning experience for both us and the host organisers Tipton Harriers. As people enjoy the event we host in January (Inter schools) we hope they’ll enjoy this major event too. With over 800 runners competing there will be more cars than usual parking near the site, so you might like to time your walk to later in the day if you prefer a runner free park and easy parking. Otherwise come and enjoy the event and give them your support. Ages of participants range from 8-17 years and there will be eight races between 11am and 1.20pm
The West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League started in 1975. It has grown form just a few dozen athletes to hundreds of very competitive athletes representing 19 clubs from across Central England. The event at Warley Woods will be the 3rd Round of the League.
Make a note in your diary! On the Saturday 6th December and Sunday 7th December, Santa will be returning to Warley Woods to meet the children in his grotto in the Pavilion. Viewing on Saturday is by appointment only between 11am – 3:30pm and you can book an appointment by calling into the shop or calling 0121 429 2440. On Sunday 7th, Santa will meet his fans by the fountain at 3:30pm and then he will ride through the woods on his sleigh up to the Pavilion where there mince pies and mulled wine, hot drinks and snacks and other stalls to look around while you queue to see Santa in his grotto. The cost to visit Santa on both days is £3 per child.
There is lots coming up in the Woods in the next few weeks. Please see below our post about the Halloween event on 31st October.
Then in November we have…
Friday 7th November: Stargazing in the Pavilion, led by Birmingham Astronomical Society. A chance to look at the stars, hear about them, see equipment and ask questions. £3 for adults, children free. Hot drinks and biscuits included. Drop in between 7pm and 9pm.
Friday 14th November: Annual Fundraising Quiz for the Community Trust. Bring a team, or come on your own and we will help you find one. Hot drinks available, bring your own “stronger” or soft drinks if you want to. Arrive by 7.15 for a 7.30 start. £4 per person. St Hilda’s Church Hal.
Saturday 22nd November. Free Warley Woof seminar by Carolyn Mentieth on “Understanding your dog” at the Pavilion. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on 0121 429 2440. 1.30 – 4.30pm. Humans only. No pets at the seminar.