Leisure, parks and events news

Call to military organisations to get in touch

Published on 15th March 2019

A Sandwell councillor is urging military and uniformed services groups to get in contact so they can be told about local support and advice for their members.

Val Wiseman with Sandwell's mayor

Val Wiseman back at Central Library this Saturday to launch literature festival

Published on 14th March 2019

West Bromwich-born jazz legend Val Wiseman will be returning to the town for a special concert this Saturday (16 March) to launch Sandwell libraries' first literature festival.

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Planning permission granted for Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Published on 13th March 2019

Plans for the new £60m Sandwell Aquatics Centre have been given the green light.

Sports grants

Sports grants available to all

Published on 7th March 2019

Sports clubs and gifted local athletes can once again apply for special grants from Sandwell Council as part of its Cash for Sports Clubs or Gifted and Talented grant schemes.

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Latest images released for Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Published on 6th March 2019

The latest images have been released as part of plans for the new state-of-the-art Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Smethwick.

Coffee morning events at Tipton Library

Published on 27th February 2019

Staff at Tipton Library are running a series of Thursday coffee morning events featuring local stories and speakers.

Nature conservation site plan for Weddel Wynd

Published on 20th February 2019

An open space in Tipton is set to become a nature conservation site under new plans.

Literature festival first for Sandwell libraries

Published on 18th February 2019

Sandwell libraries are running their first literature festival during March at Central Library in West Bromwich.

Val Wiseman with Sandwell's mayor

Jazz legend Val pens poem to remember special homecoming concert

Published on 21st December 2018

Jazz legend Val Wiseman enjoyed her homecoming concert in West Bromwich so much this year that she has written a Christmas greetings poem inspired by her return to the town. 

Little Nippers

New skills for Little Nippers thanks to town grant

Published on 18th December 2018

A group that works to improve the team building and social skills of Tipton children has received a special Sandwell Council grant.

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Designs unveiled for the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Published on 10th December 2018

Designs for the new £60m state-of-the-art Sandwell Aquatics Centre have been unveiled and are out for public consultation.

Mayor Joy Edis accepting mince pies from Asda Great Bridge

Mince pies served up for Mayor's carol concert

Published on 6th December 2018

Asda Great Bridge has kindly donated 300 mince pies for the Mayor's upcoming Christmas Carol Concert this Saturday, 8 December at West Bromwich Town Hall.

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Pickup a real Christmas tree at Sandwell Valley

Published on 3rd December 2018

Visitors to Sandwell Valley can pick up a real Christmas tree for just £20.

Mince pies served up for Mayor's Christmas carol concert

Published on 29th November 2018

Asda Great Bridge has kindly donated 300 mince pies for the Mayor's upcoming Christmas Carol Concert next Saturday, 8 December at West Bromwich Town Hall.

Winning photo of Sheepwash by Angela Gibson

Snowy Sheepwash scene wins Tipton photo competition

Published on 27th November 2018

Congratulations to Angela Gibson, the winner of the Tipton photo competition with her lovely winter landscape at Sheepwash Local Nature Reserve.

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Rowley Regis martial arts world champions

Published on 26th November 2018

Two members of a Sandwell martial arts group have won gold medals at the World Championships in Rome.

Promoting this year's Sandwell Santa dash event

Join the 2018 Sandwell Santa Dash

Published on 20th November 2018

There's still time to take part in the Sandwell Santa Dash through Sandwell Valley Country Park to get an early slice of fun in the run-up to Christmas.

Monument to animals gets a facelift in time for war centenary

Published on 9th November 2018

A special war monument in a Wednesbury park to remember the huge number of animals that served or died in wars has been given a facelift to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.

Soldier silhouette at Dartmouth Park

War grave tributes and soldier silhouettes as Sandwell remembers

Published on 8th November 2018

War heroes are being remembered at cemeteries, green spaces and other landmarks as Sandwell commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

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War centenary performance and writing workshop at Lightwoods

Published on 29th October 2018

A play, writing workshop and exhibition are being held at Lightwoods House on Wednesday 7 November as part of Sandwell’s 100th anniversary commemorations of the end of the First World War.

Festival of Remembrance marks centenary of First World War Armistice

Published on 23rd October 2018

Tickets are now available for Sandwell's annual Festival of Remembrance service which will be held at West Bromwich Town Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday 10 November - the eve before Remembrance Sunday.

Councillor Shirley Hosell and Councillor Syeda Khatun at Moose Martial Arts

New kit for martial arts group

Published on 22nd October 2018

A West Bromwich karate club which teaches people self-defence skills and trains athletes for major championships has been awarded a grant by a special Sandwell Council fund.

Tickets go on sale for Dartmouth Park bonfire night

Published on 5th October 2018

Tickets have gone on sale for Sandwell’s annual bonfire and fireworks display at Dartmouth Park in West Bromwich on Friday 2 November 2018.

Volunteers urged to join conservation projects at Sandwell Valley

Published on 4th October 2018

Staff working on important conservation schemes in Sandwell's Local Nature Reserves are seeking new volunteers to help them with practical work on improvements to paths, ponds and other projects.

Don't forget to vote for your Green Flag favourite

Published on 25th September 2018

There's still time to vote for your favourite Sandwell green space in a national poll.

Vote for your favourite Sandwell green space

Published on 3rd September 2018

Residents can vote for their favourite green space in a national poll - with 10 Sandwell sites in the running.

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Memorial bench for Ryan Lester

Published on 17th August 2018

A memorial bench has been placed in memory of a 25 year-old Wednesbury man who died of a rare form of cancer – paid for by money raised by his friends and family in a range of fund-raising activities.

Lightwoods community cycle club

Get back in the saddle at new Lightwoods cycling club

Published on 17th August 2018

Want to learn to ride a bike or get back into cycling? A new community cycling club based at Lightwoods Park in Bearwood is looking for budding cyclists and volunteers to run sessions.

Celebrating school holiday activities with the Federation of Friends of Sandwell Libraries

Friends boost school holiday activities at Sandwell libraries

Published on 19th July 2018

Children and families can enjoy a wide range of entertaining activities at Sandwell libraries during the school holidays thanks to support from The Federation of Friends of Sandwell Libraries.

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Green flag success for Sandwell's parks and green spaces

Published on 17th July 2018

Ten parks and green spaces in Sandwell have been recognised by the Green Flag Scheme as among the very best in the country.

Lady sings the blues

Sandwell's libraries and museums take centre stage for Jazz Festival

Published on 16th July 2018

Sandwell's libraries and museums are taking centre stage at this month's Birmingham, Solihull & Sandwell Jazz Festival, which gets under way this Friday (20 July).

Dartmouth Park volunteer gardeners

Grant for Dartmouth Park volunteer gardeners

Published on 6th July 2018

Super-keen community volunteer gardeners are helping to put more colour into the flower beds at Dartmouth Park in West Bromwich.

Lightwoods app launch

New guided tour app for Lightwoods Park

Published on 11th June 2018

Visitors can now take a guided tour of Lightwoods Park using their smartphones or tablets – thanks to an audio guide app.

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Woolly weekend at Sandwell Valley

Published on 25th May 2018

A special "Woolly Weekend" event is being held in the Sandwell Valley this Bank Holiday weekend - to give youngsters the chance to meet the chicks, goats and sheep down on the farm.

Peppa pig at Lightwoods Park

Peppa Pig and George visit Lightwoods Park

Published on 27th April 2018

Peppa Pig and her brother George visited Lightwoods Park in Bearwood to splash around in muddy puddles while raising money for Save The Children.

Outside the Brunswick Park Sons of Rest in Wednesbury

Sons of Rest revamp to help local community in Wednesbury

Published on 23rd March 2018

A popular Sons of Rest building in Wednesbury is to be refurbished to help increase the range of activities for the local community.

Free swimming scheme extended

Published on 21st March 2018

Sandwell Council has extended its popular free swimming scheme for young people and those aged 60-plus.

Football matches on council pitches cancelled

Published on 13th December 2017

Football matches on Sandwell pitches are cancelled this weekend (Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December) due to the weather.

Mayor Cllr Ahmadul Haque and Asda Great Bridge store manager Darren Powell

Mince pies served up for Mayor's carol concert

Published on 5th December 2017

Asda Great Bridge has kindly donated 300 mince pies for the Mayor's upcoming Christmas Carol Concert on Saturday 9 December at West Bromwich Town Hall.

Performers announced for Sandwell Mayor's annual carol concert

Published on 20th November 2017

The programme for this year’s Civic Christmas Carol Concert has been announced.

Tickets on sale for 128th annual Christmas carol concert

Published on 6th November 2017

Sandwell residents are being invited to join in the Christmas spirit and raise money for this year's mayoral charities at a concert being hosted by Sandwell Mayor, Councillor Ahmadul Haque MBE.

Councillor Laura Hickley, Ruman Kaur Rai, Concillor Richard Marshall and Abbie-Jane Mansell at Moose Martial Arts Academy in West Bromwich

Sandwell karate kids fly the flag at European Championships

Published on 10th October 2017

Two of Sandwell’s up and coming Karate experts are competing at elite level and achieving fantastic results in their chose sport have been selected to represent England at the European Championships.

Popular Footgolf extended at Sandwell Valley

Published on 14th September 2017

The popular FootGolf course in the Sandwell Valley at West Bromwich is being extended – with people being able to kick their way through 18 holes. 

Red House Park

'Forgotten Princess' remembered at Red House Park event

Published on 14th September 2017

Flowers were laid at the obelisk in Red House Park, Great Barr, to commemorate the 200th year since the death of Princess Charlotte of Wales - whose life the obelisk celebrates.

Seven green spaces set for conservation list

Published on 12th September 2017

Seven green areas across Sandwell are set to be added to a list of nature conservation sites.

Birmingham Commonwealth bid is UK's choice

Boost for Sandwell as Birmingham Commonwealth Games bid is backed

Published on 7th September 2017

Sandwell Council today joined the celebrations as hopes of hosting part of the 2022 Commonwealth games moved a step closer.

Abbie-Jane Mansell of Hill Top is going to this year's European Championships and aiming for the World Championships next year

Hill Top golden karate girl aims for world championships

Published on 23rd August 2017

Abbie-Jane Mansell may only just qualify for the 14 to 17-year-olds category, but that did not stop her from coming home from the European Karate Championships in Belgium with three gold medals.

Smethwick Swimming Pool Work Delayed

Published on 10th August 2017

Maintenance work due to start on Monday (14 August) at Smethwick Leisure Centre has been postponed until further notice.

Sign up for RunforJoel at Sandwell Valley

Published on 10th August 2017

Runners are being urged to join a fun run in Sandwell Valley to raise money for the charity set-up in memory of Joel Richards and his uncle and grandfather who died in the Tunisia terror attack.

Free swimming for Big Sleuth explorers

Free swim for bear trail explorers

Published on 9th August 2017

Sandwell’s Big Sleuth bears are making a splash – and if you visit all six of them, you can win a free swim!

Sprinkle some magic at Sandwell Valley

Published on 8th August 2017

Fairy tale magic will spread across Sandwell Valley at a free open air dance show.

Swimming in Sandwell this summer

Published on 31st July 2017

Sandwell Council has two great initiatives to get people involved in swimming this summer. 

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Follow Sandwell's Bloomin' Lovely arts trail

Published on 28th July 2017

Fantastic pieces of arts produced by amateur artists, schools and community groups which celebrate Sandwell being bloomin’ lovely have gone on display at six sites around the borough.

Family fun day at Tividale Park

Published on 28th July 2017

A host of free family fun and entertainment is being lined up at Tividale Park at an action-packed community event on Sunday 6 August.

Councillor Steve Melia with the returned trophy

Wednesbury Flower Show trophy comes home

Published on 21st July 2017

A silver trophy presented to lady winners in the Wednesbury Horticultural Society flower shows has come home.

Free swimming at Sandwell leisure centres

Published on 20th June 2017

Sandwell residents under 16 and over 60 can register for free swimming at any of Sandwell’s leisure centres across the borough.

Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles are appearing at Thimblemill Library

From Nashville to Smethwick - country band coming to Thimblemill library

Published on 16th June 2017

It may not be one of the classic rock ‘n’ roll journeys, but American alt. country act Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles are heading for Thimblemill Library for one of the most intimate gigs of their UK tour in June.

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Woolly Weekend at Sandwell Valley

Published on 23rd May 2017

Sandwell Valley visitors can meet lambs and chicks at a special Bank Holiday Woolly Weekend.

Consultation on leisure facilities in Sandwell extended until 2 April 2017

Published on 22nd March 2017

Sandwell Council have extended the deadline for public consultation on leisure facilities in Sandwell.

Have your say on sport and leisure facilities in Sandwell

Published on 9th February 2017

Sandwell Council is seeking the views of residents on the borough’s sports and leisure facilities.

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Cancellation of football matches on Sandwell pitches

Published on 2nd February 2017

Football matches on Sandwell pitches will be cancelled this weekend (Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February) due to bad weather.

Getting set for Gifted and Talented launch

Gifted and talented in 2017

Published on 6th January 2017

It’s going to be a big year for Sandwell’s top young athletes, who are gearing up for a busy year in 2017.

Councillor Richard Marshall, Scott Hadley, Gifted & Talented,

Gifted and Talented, and making waves

Published on 25th November 2016

Scott Hadley is not a young man who gives up easily. In fact 18-year-old Scott from Tipton is making waves as one of the top emerging disabled swimmers in the country.

Time to Discover Sandwell!

Published on 16th November 2016

A brand new website showcasing the very best that Sandwell has to offer has been launched.

School falls silent for Remembrance Day

Published on 10th November 2016

Pupils and staff at a West Bromwich school are holding their own Remembrance services including wreath-laying and stringing hundreds of poppies around a tree.

Free family fun at your local library this half-term

Published on 17th October 2016

Sandwell libraries have a packed programme of events and activities for families this half-term.

Sandwell celebrates heritage open days

Published on 23rd August 2016

Amazing historic buildings in Sandwell will be sharing some of their secrets and stories when they open their doors to the public as part of national Heritage Open Days.

Playing field kept for community use

Published on 12th August 2016

Land used as a playing field close to the M5 at West Bromwich will not be sold for commercial development after senior councillors have decided to keep it for community use.

Frisbee fun and sports at West Smethwick Park

Published on 27th July 2016

A packed programme of summer fun is being launched in West Smethwick Park to keep children busy during the school holidays.

Summer holidays in Sandwell's libraries

Published on 27th July 2016

From magic shows and mask making to mini-beasts and Roald Dahl-inspired activities, Sandwell’s libraries will be full of fun for children over the summer holidays.

Fete finale for Wednesbury in Bloom

Published on 18th July 2016

Wednesbury in Bloom 2016 will conclude with a Summer Fete at Wednesbury Town Hall on Saturday 23 July 2016.

Josie and Iris Oliarnyk with Councillor Richard Marshall

Gifted and talented sisters are on track for success

Published on 14th July 2016

Sisters Josie and Iris Oliarnyk, aged 15 and 14, are in a race to the top.

Sandwell joins with nation in Somme silence

Published on 28th June 2016

People in Sandwell are being asked to join the nation and fall silent for two minutes to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Tividale family fun day

Published on 27th June 2016

A host of free family entertainment is lined up in Tividale in an action-packed community fun day.

Wednesbury in Bloom is back

Published on 20th June 2016

The Wednesbury in Bloom competition returns for a second year.

First market and car boot sale in Oldbury this Sunday

Published on 6th May 2016

Oldbury's first car boot sale and market launches this Sunday, 8 May.

Langley swimming centre to reopen on Monday

Published on 4th May 2016

Langley swimming centre will reopen to the public on Monday (May 9) morning. It will be business as usual with both pools open from 9am.

West Bromwich At War project events

Published on 14th April 2016

West Bromwich Local History Society is working on a project focusing on the impact of the Second World War on the town and surrounding area.

Smethwick Community Awards celebrate local heroes

Published on 21st March 2016

The inspirational work of people and organisations in Smethwick was celebrated at the town's annual community awards.

Young reindeer at Sandwell Park Farm

Published on 14th March 2016

Young children visiting a Sandwell farm will hear how Santa has sent them a special present in time for the Easter holidays – two young reindeer.

Join Commonwealth flag-raising ceremony in Sandwell

Published on 7th March 2016

People are invited to join a Commonwealth Flag-raising ceremony in Oldbury on Monday 14 March, as Sandwell joins more than 800 similar events across the globe.

Talent show auditions announced

Published on 29th February 2016

Young performers are being urged take part in a series of auditions to claim a place in a popular Sandwell talent show.

Puppets and music bring Shakespeare to Sandwell children

Published on 15th February 2016

Families can enjoy one of Shakespeare's most enchanting plays with puppets, music and physical theatre at a free performance in West Bromwich.

Hear oldest surviving carols at Oak House Museum music evening

Published on 14th December 2015

Hear some of the oldest surviving carols played on medieval, renaissance and baroque instruments at a special music evening at Oak House Museum, West Bromwich, this Saturday 19 December.

Peace Garden opens at Tipton Cemetery

Published on 14th December 2015

A new Peace Garden at Tipton Cemetery has been created in a link-up between community-conscious people and local students.

Football games cancelled on Churchfields playing fields

Published on 6th November 2015

Any scheduled football matches on Churchfields playing fields, West Bromwich will be cancelled this weekend (Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November) and until further notice.

Vote for Sandwell's brilliant Green Flag parks and spaces!

Published on 1st September 2015

Sandwell has 13 Green Flag-awarded parks and green spaces – and you can now vote for them in a national poll.

New Green Flag record for Sandwell

Published on 22nd July 2015

More parks and green spaces than ever before will be flying the Green Flag in Sandwell this year.

Smethwick team in national football final

Published on 27th March 2015

A Smethwick football team has won its way into the final of the FA Sunday Cup to be played on Sunday 26 April at Blackburn Rovers' ground.

Mayor's invite to Big Night Out fundraising show

Published on 3rd March 2015

Sandwell's Mayor is inviting people to his Big Night Out variety show to raise money for Sandwell Women's Aid.

Volunteers sought to help organise horticultural show

Published on 3rd March 2015

Volunteers are being sought to help revive a horticultural show at Brunswick Park in Wednesbury.

Tickets now on sale for Mayor's Big Night Out

Published on 12th February 2015

Talented musicians, dancers, a comedian and a magician will take to the stage at Wednesbury Town Hall for the Mayor’s Big Night Out to raise money for charity.