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Sunny weekend in store

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Families can enjoy staycation fun in the sun with events in Dudley borough this weekend including Armed Forces Day on Sunday.

The ever popular under 5s day, which features activities and entertainment for children under the age of five, takes place on Friday (29 June) from 10am to 3pm.

Himley Hall and Park’s very own beach, complete with giant sandpit, buckets and spades and Punch and Judy Shows will be on offer throughout. Children can also enjoy a range of activities and workshops, train and donkey rides and a funfair. Adult tickets start at £5, children’s at £3.50, and car parking is free. A 20 per cent discount available when purchased in advance online.

The annual Armed Forces Day, which attracts thousands to Himley Hall and Park, takes place on Sunday (1 July) from 11am to 5pm. The free event is being held in association with Black Country Housing Group and promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Topping the bill will be a parachute display by the Wings Parachute Display Team at around 12.30 (depending on the weather) with seven parachutists set to dive from their plane over the Himley Park, landing in the main arena.

The formal element of the day, the HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge presentation to veterans will be held later in the afternoon. The Bluebird Belles, a vintage vocal harmony trio, and RAF Cosford Voluntary Band will perform on the day and there will be a display of current and historic military vehicles. During the event there will also be entertainment throughout the park for all ages.  Activities include Punch & Judy shows, storytelling sessions and vintage rides.

The Cleobury Mortimer Concert Brass will provide additional summer fun with their musical performances at Stevens Park in Quarry Park on Sunday (1 July).  

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