The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, a parish town in the north of Birmingham which is home of history and nature and has a lot to offer for a small town. Read this post on the top things to do in and around Sutton Coldfield, whether you’re looking for a day out or a place to live, you won’t be disappointed.
What are the best things to do in Sutton Coldfield?
If you’re looking to be one with nature whilst having everything on your doorstep then Sutton Coldfield is the place to be. With a 2,400-acre national nature reserve on the doorstep followed by numerous restaurants, bars and shops, Sutton Coldfield has a lot to offer for a small historical town. But what really is there to offer? See below the top things to do in Sutton Coldfield:
Top things to do in Sutton Coldfield:
Sutton Park National Nature Reserve
Sutton Park is known to be one of the largest urban parks in England. It has an area of 2,224.2 acres which is 9.001 km2, that is a lot of land right? The park is made up of many different ecosystems, from wetlands to marshes, woodlands, heathlands and many separate lakes surrounded by wildlife. Sutton Park is known to many yearly charity fun run events, for example, the Great Midlands Fun Run which is sponsored by the Sutton Coldfield Observer, so if you’re looking to be part of a good cause then sign up and be a part of the team!
Sutton Park is a national nature reserve and is also a site of special scientific interest with archaeological finds and the nature visiting centre based at Town Gate which gives an insight to local wildlife living in the park grounds.
There are two children’s playgrounds located in Sutton Park. One at the entrance of Town Gate and Banner’s Gate entrance, which is around a half an hour walk from each other if you wanted to visit both! If you’re going through Town Gate which is more central to Sutton Coldfield there is a cosy Toby Cavery with a Donkey Sanctuary right around the corner which is a great place to take the kids.
Sutton Park isn’t just about the refreshing nature walks, it has lots of activities to do within, such as fishing, golf, yachting and sailing, model aircraft flying and orienteering. So you can find yourself keeping busy wherever you wander to!
Sutton Park was established as a Royal Forest by the Anglo Saxon kings of Mercia, around the 9th century. By the 12th century, it was in use as a Norman medieval deer park. You can read more about the history and landscape of Sutton Park here.
Gracechurch Shopping Centre
Gracechurch Shopping Centre is conveniently located in the middle of town where you will find all the shops, bars and restaurants. With 47 top high street shops and an indoor market, you won’t go short on your shopping needs with over 75 stores. Alongside 18 top named restaurants and other niche places, you won’t be going hungry anytime soon. With Boldmere a 15 minute stroll from the town you can expand on your taste buds with several curry houses to choose from amongst other places.
Gracechurch Shopping Centre was built in 1974 and for a number of years Gracechurch was called “The Mail”. Gracechurch Shopping Centre includes a multi-storey car park, as well as other local car parks. The shopping centre was once home to three locally famous bronze sculptures that depict, respectively, a boy and a girl on rollerskates, a boy with a dog, and a boy and a girl playing leapfrog, which has been moved to Rectory Park.
Wyndley Leisure Centre
Wyndley Leisure Centre is less than a 10-minute walk from the town centre, right next to Town Gate Sutton Park entrance. Wyndley offers a large heated main pool divided into a 25m deep water area equipped with swimming lanes and diving boards. There is also a kids pool in another room which also holds one to one swimming lessons. Wyndley swimming baths also offer great swimming clubs. Scuba diving lessons and diving experiences which is great to add to the hobby list. There is also a Children’s Playroom open daily at Wyndley Leisure Centre, however, this is for memberships only.
Wyndley Leisure Centre isn’t just about the impressive pool, on the same site, there are gym facilities for squash, badminton, athletics football facilities and a large running track, an outdoor badminton and tennis court. Is there really anything else you need when you’re feeling sporty?
Hollywood Empire Cinema
The Empire Cinema dates back to April 1936. It was one of the first of the original Odeon’s to be tripled and became a three-screen cinema in 1972. In November 1998, the then Odeon Cinema was designated a Grade II Listed building and in 2006 the historical cinema became the Empire Cinema.
The Empire Cinema doesn’t just hold historical treasure, it is not the perfect cinema for the latest movie or movie for the kids. The Empire offers cheap Tuesdays for greatly discounted ticket prices for a whole range of movie genres. Showing the newest and best films that everyone’s talking about Empire Cinema is a great local attraction in Sutton Coldfield. With 3 standard screens to pick from and one large vintage Hollywood screen, you’ll never be short of movies to watch.
So, is Sutton Coldfield a place to visit or stay?
Sutton is a great place to visit for the day, but if you think you want more out of this town and a spot of the land of your own check out our Sutton Coldfield area guide or get in touch with one of our expert mortgage advisers based in Sutton Coldfield today!