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Experience the excitement of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at an event in Dudley borough this summer.

Festival events

We are holding a week-long free festival at eight locations across the borough to celebrate the biggest international sporting event ever to be held in Dudley.

Activities will include group games and coaching sessions, sports including a mini-Olympics and crafts for all ages. Live footage of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will also be shown on a large screen.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please note that some of the activities that outside groups are offering may charge a fee.

Festival dates and locations

Monday 1 August - Huntingtree Park, Halesowen

Open from 12pm to 7pm

Huntingtree Park, Huntingtree Road, Halesowen, B63 4HH

Activities include:

  • Climbing wall (from 12pm to 6pm)
  • Cricket skills (from 5pm to 7pm)
  • Judo skills
  • Boxing skills
  • Mini Olympics with hurdles, standing long jump and a mini athletics circuit
  • Den building, soft archery, tug of war, zorbing, sumo suit races, campfire and other small activities
  • Pony rides
  • Small children's rides
  • Stalls
  • Live BBC coverage of the Commonwealth Games
  • Food vendors including jacket potatoes, burgers, hot dogs, biscuits and smoothies

How to get there:

Huntingtree Park is located in Hasbury, which is a 20 minute walk from Halesowen town centre. There is a small car park but most parking is based on the perimeter roads at the owner’s own risk. The 4H bus runs up to the park from Halesowen Bus Station at 20 minute intervals.

Tuesday 2 August - Silver Jubilee Park, Coseley

Open from 12pm to 7pm

Silver Jubilee Park, Mason Street, Coseley, WV14 9SZ

Activities include:

  • Climbing wall (from 12pm to 6pm)
  • Judo skills
  • Boxing skills
  • Mini Olympics with hurdles, standing long jump and a mini athletics circuit
  • Den building, soft archery, tug of war, zorbing, sumo suit races, campfire and other small activities
  • Pony rides
  • Small children's rides
  • Stalls
  • Live BBC coverage of the Commonwealth Games
  • Food vendors including jacket potatoes, burgers, hot dogs, biscuits and smoothies

How to get there:

Silver Jubilee Park is located close to Coseley railway station on the Birmingham New Road. The railway station is around half a mile away. The X8 bus from Dudley bus station to Wolverhampton passes the park. There is a small car park and limited on-street parking around the area.

Wednesday 3 August - Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge

Open from 12pm to 7pm

Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, DY8 2AA

Activities include:

  • Climbing wall (from 12pm to 6pm)
  • Cricket skills (from 5pm to 7pm)
  • Judo skills
  • Boxing skills
  • Mini Olympics with hurdles, standing long jump and a mini athletics circuit
  • Den building, soft archery, tug of war, zorbing, sumo suit races, campfire and other small activities
  • Pony rides
  • Small children's rides
  • Stalls
  • Live BBC coverage of the Commonwealth Games
  • Food vendors including jacket potatoes, burgers, hot dogs, biscuits and smoothies

How to get there:

Mary Stevens Park is located half a mile from Stourbridge town centre, and pedestrian routes are well sign posted in the area. The 7 bus runs from Stourbridge Bus Station to the park. Stourbridge Junction train station is less than a mile away. There is a sign posted pedestrian route starting by the ticket office.

Car parking is free but limited and sometimes becomes full, particularly on weekdays and in warm weather. Additional parking close to the activity centre is available on Stanley Road, DY8 2DN.

Thursday 4 August - Coronation Gardens and Stone Street Square, Dudley

Open from 9am to 4pm

Coronation Gardens, Ednam Road, Dudley, DY1 1JX

Stone Street Square, Stone Street, Dudley, DY1 1NT

Activities include:

  • Climbing wall (from 12pm to 4pm)
  • Mini Olympics with hurdles, standing long jump and a mini athletics circuit
  • Den building, soft archery, tug of war, zorbing, sumo suit races, campfire and other small activities
  • Small children's rides
  • Stalls
  • Live BBC coverage of the Commonwealth Games
  • Food vendors including jacket potatoes, burgers, hot dogs, biscuits and smoothies

How to get there:

Coronation Gardens and Stone Street Square are located in Dudley town centre, which can be reached by many different bus services, including the 12, 126, and X8 services from Birmingham and the 1 and X8 from Wolverhampton.

Several free short-stay car parks are located in the town centre close to the festival site. If you're cycling to this event, then cycle racks are available nearby at Dudley College car park.

Thursday 4 August - Vicar Street Gardens, Sedgley

Open from 9am to 4pm

Vicar Street Gardens, Vicar Street, Sedgley, DY3 3SD

Activities include:

  • Cycling skills
  • Free bike MOT service
  • Live BBC coverage of the Commonwealth Games

How to get there:

Vicar Street Gardens is located in Sedgley town centre, which can be reached by the 1 and 27 bus services from Dudley and Wolverhampton. The nearest car park to the festival site is on Bilston Street, which is located at the rear of Sedgley High Street.

Many roads in Sedgley will be closed on Thursday 4 August during the cycling time trials and we recommend that you plan your journey in advance.

Friday 5 August - The Dell Stadium, Brierley Hill

Open from 12pm to 7pm

The Dell Stadium, Bryce Road, Brierley Hill, DY5 4NE

Activities include:

  • Climbing wall (from 12pm to 6pm)
  • Cricket skills (from 12pm to 4pm)
  • Ultimate Skills Cycling Track
  • Mini Olympics with hurdles, standing long jump and a mini athletics circuit
  • Den building, soft archery, tug of war, zorbing, sumo suit races, campfire and other small activities
  • Pony rides
  • Small children's rides
  • Stalls
  • Live BBC coverage of the Commonwealth Games
  • Food vendors including jacket potatoes, burgers, hot dogs, biscuits and smoothies

How to get there:

The Dell Stadium is located in Brockmoor to the north of Brierley Hill. The stadium can be reached by the 226 Diamond bus from Dudley bus station or the 15A bus from Wolverhampton or Merry Hill bus stations. There is a large free car park on site in front of the main building.

Saturday 6 August - Stevens Park, Quarry Bank

Open from 10am to 5pm

Stevens Park, Thorns Road, Quarry Bank, DY5 2JU

Activities include:

  • Climbing wall (from 10am to 4pm)
  • Cricket skills (from 10am to 11am)
  • Football skills
  • Mini Olympics with hurdles, soft archery standing long jump and a mini athletics circuit
  • Live BBC coverage of the Commonwealth Games
  • Food vendors including biscuits, smoothies, tea and coffee

How to get there:

Stevens Park in Quarry Bank is located on the Thorns Road (A4036) just after Merry Hill Shopping Centre heading towards Stourbridge. The 7 bus service from Dudley bus station to Wollaston stops outside of the park. There is a large car park off Thorns Road and limited on-street parking on Park Road.

Sunday 7 August - Himley Hall and Park, Himley

Open from 10am to 5pm

Himley Hall and Park, Himley Road, Himley, DY3 4DF

Activities include:

  • Climbing wall (from 10am to 4pm)
  • Croquet taster sessions (from 10am to 5pm) - please wear flat soled shoes
  • Sailing taster sessions
  • Boxing skills
  • Live BBC coverage of the Commonwealth Games
  • Food vendors including biscuits, smoothies, tea and coffee

How to get there:

Himley Hall and Park is located four miles from Dudley on the B4176 and approximately six miles from Wolverhampton just off the A449. The 16 Stourbridge to Wolverhampton bus service runs every 30 minutes along the A449. Himley Park gates are a 200m walk from the nearest bus stop (A449) and the Hall itself is a 1km walk via the park.

Cultural events

Dudley Creates

Creative Black Country has a whole host of activities and creative sessions for people of all ages this summer, aligned with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The wide range of activities includes:

  • Crafting in subways in Stourbridge
  • Creative mapping in Netherton
  • Photos on the High Street in Halesowen
  • Abundance, a play space for all at Birmingham Treatment Centre
  • Creating public art at the Dudley Canal Trust
  • Adventure stories in Lye and Coseley libraries
  • Storytelling sessions
  • Creating outdoors at Riverside House in Stourbridge
  • Nature inspired flag making workshops at Bumble Hole in Dudley

For more details and bookings, visit the Creative Black Country website.

Chain Stories

As part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, local dance company ME Dance, NOYAM and Conception Dance Theatre have produced Chain Stories.

This is an exciting site specific performance piece incorporating dance, live music and narration, alongside an outdoor exhibition of original artworks and historic photographs.

It tells the stories of those who came into contact with the chains made in the Black Country and how that links the region to Commonwealth Countries.

The show will take place at the Bumble Hole and Warren's Hall Nature Reserve on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August at 12pm and 3pm.

View their leaflet for more information.

Sporting events and activities

Get into sport with Active Black Country

People can use Active Black Country's search facility to find places where you can participate in sport and physical activity.

They have also produced The Rainbow Booklet June 2022 Commonwealth Games edition, which provides a range of wellbeing and physical activities for children and families.

Free bowls taster sessions in Stourbridge

One of the core sports of the Commonwealth Games, lawn bowls is a fun and accessible way to keep active.

The Sons of Rest in Stourbridge are holding free "come and try" sessions at Mary Stevens Park on Friday mornings from 10am to 12pm during the Games.

Access free cycle support and training

This summer, Transport for West Midlands are helping more people to get into cycling through their Cycling for Everyone programme.

People living in selected disadvantage communities will be able to access free cycle support and training.

This includes free Cycle Hire minutes, free cycle training, adapted cycle loans and more.

You can register your interest for this programme on the Transport for West Midlands website.