Summer Calendar 2018

As much as we love summer, it can be hard to fill the days, especially on a budget! So we have put together a summer calendar for you, with something to do for every single day of summer.

Our Summer Calendar 18 has an idea for an activity the whole family can do for FREE, right here in Birmingham, for every single day of the summer holiday.


You can also find below a full list of websites for every activity on the calendar.


Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND—0121 242 4242
Library of Birmingham has lots of different activities through the summer and almost all of them are free to join. All you have to do is pop in and pick up one of their “What’s On” leaflets, which will give you up to date information for the summer. They also have the brilliant Summer Reading Challenge, which comes with prizes for the more books you read over summer!

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH—0121 348 8038
BMAG is free to visit, has lots of amazing exhibitions to see, it also has a children’s space and a tea room.  There are many children’s craft sessions through the summer,  which are usually £1 or £2 per child to join.

Soho House Soho Avenue Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB
Soho House is lovely to visit, but it does have an entrance fee of £7 for adults, £3 for children. However, on 5th August they are holding a sports day for families in the grounds, from 11am –4pm. This is £1 for adults and children.

Weoley Castle Alwold Road Weoley Castle Birmingham B29
Weaoley Castle ruins are free and worth a visit!  On August 10th at 12 noon, they have a Build a Giant Castle group activity for children, for £2 per child.

Aston Hall Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6JD
Aston Hall has entry fees of £8 per adult and £3 per child. They have different art activities for £1, £2 and £3 per child all through the summer, as well as the free days listed on our summer calendar.

BBC’s Public Space The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RF
Free to visit and look around.

ThinkTank Millennium Point Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG
Think Tank is quite expensive to visit the museum! However, on weekdays after 3pm, the science garden is open and free to play!

 The IKON Gallery 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS—0121 248 0708
Free to visit. (IKON is a charity and welcomes small donations.)

Blakesley Hall
Blakesley Road, Yardley, Birmingham, B25 8RN
Blakesley Hall has an entrance fee of £7 per adult and £3 per child. However, they have a number of activity days this summer for £2 or less per child, including Teddy Bear Zip Lines, Den Building and Knight School. (Pre-booking is advised for these activities—see Reach Out website for all activity websites)

Core Theatre  Theatre Square, Touchwood, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG
Friday 27th July – First Friday on the summer calendar, a free giant sculpture building activity for children from 10:30am-3:30pm.


Birmingham has loads of open green spaces and parks. For a full list or to find parks near you, you can visit the council website:

These are a few we think are well worth a visit!

Sutton Park Sutton Coldfield B73 6LH
Huge open green space, two large play areas, duck ponds and café’s.

Lickey Hills Country Park  21 Warren Ln, Lickey, Cofton Hackett, Birmingham B45 8ER
Beautiful woodland and park ground. Big play area. Castle ruins.

Meriden Park Moorend Ave, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham B37 5TB
Large play area, lots of surrounding green space.

Sandwell Valley Salter’s Ln, West Bromwich B71 4BG
Huge green space and nature reserve. Large children’s play area.

Lightwoods Park Adkins Lane, Bearwood, Smethwick, B67 5DP
Big Children’s play area, big green space.

BIG Summer Competition!


We want you to have a BIG summer. We want you to make the most of the incredible weather (lets hope it lasts!) get out and around Birmingham and do as much as you possibly can with your summer.

And if you do, you could win a family trip to Drayton Manor Park! (Or Water World, or an equivalent theme park of your choice, if those are not age appropriate)

All you have to do to be in with a chance, is fill your summer with activities. These can be big activities, big days out with the family, or little ones, games in the garden, fun in the park. You can use our Summer Calendar 18 which suggests an activity you can do for FREE, every day of summer. Or you can do your own thing.

You can download our blank competition calendar here: Blank Calendar 18, or you come and get one from school. Fill it in with everything you do over the summer and return it in September for your chance to win!


(Please note: A family ticket is for two adults and two children. You also need to be able to travel to your chosen attraction.) 

Joseph Chamberlain Class – September

JCC Logo Final

We have an assessment day next Wednesday at 9:15am – 12:15pm for anyone who wants to sign up for our Entry 2 or Entry 3 ESOL class in September.

This year’s class are coming to the end of their Entry 2 qualification. We are hoping to continue on to Entry 3 in September, but we may also run a second Entry 2 class.

If you are interested in any of these, please come and register with us on Wednesday.

If you are in the current class and want to continue, you can also register on Wednesday. If you are in a Joseph Chamberlain class at a different location currently, you can also register with us. The Joseph Chamberlain team will give you a place at the nearest location which is running the class you need. If it’s not with us, they will let you know where it is.

If you need any further information, please get in touch.

Half-Term Activities

More half-term fun at Reach Out! This half-term break we were extra active and also tried something completely new. We made African Masks and tried African Dancing, we went rock climbing at the fantastic new Free@Last building and we went running in Sandwell Valley Nature reserve.

African Masks and Dance Workshop

 Rock Climbing With Free@Last!

(Free@Last’s new building opened in January this year, they have lots of activities for families and other services available. You can visit their website HERE and follow them on twitter at @freeatlast1999)


5K Run at Sandwell Valley

Evening Classes

This coming half term, we will be holding some taster classes on Monday evenings, around education and employment. There are 4 individual sessions, each one is a different topic and would lead to a different course.

The purpose of these sessions is to asses 1) do we have enough people interested in evening class to run longer courses from September and 2) which courses would be the most useful or interesting to those taking part.

The taster sessions will be as follows:

Thursday 7th June 6pm-6:30pm – Enrollment Evening
This will be a short sign up session. We will need 10 people to sign up to run each taster session.

Monday 11th June 6pm-9pm – Week 1: Working as a Teaching Assistant
This will give an introduction to supporting learning in a classroom.

Monday 18th June 6pm-9pm – Week 2: Computer Skills for Work
This will help improve computer confidence and skills in areas often required for work.

Monday 25th June 6pm-9pm – Week 3: Develop Social Media Skills
Learn more about the uses of social media for employment.

Monday 2nd July 6pm-9pm – Week 4: Recognise Your Potential
Identify personal achievements and strengths, learn how to describe yourself in a positive way, recognise and find new opportunities.

All classes will be held at St Vincent’s school. If you are interested in taking part in these taster sessions, you will need to attend the enrollment evening on Thursday 7th June.

If you have any questions, or if for any reason you cannot make the enrollment, but would like to sign up, please get in touch HERE, or come into the school office.

(Please note that you will not be able to bring babies and toddlers into these classes.)



Half Term Activities

Coming up this May Half-Term, we have three days of activities for families.

Tuesday 29th May – 9:30am – 11:45am
African Mask and Dance Workshop


Two workshops on African Mask Making and African Dance, at St Vincent’s school. Refreshments will be provided. Both adults and children welcome to join in, no age limits, but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday 30th May – 10am – 1:30pm
Rock Climbing at Free@Last


We will meet at St Vincent’s at 10am, check everyone’s shoes and see which adults want to climb, then we will walk to Free@Last’s new centre on Nechells Park Road. It is a 15-20 minute walk so please make sure you are wearing sensible shoes, even if you are not planning to climb!

Thursday 31st May – 9am – 4pm
Fun Run at Sandwell Valley

Sandwell Valley

We will be leaving St Vincent’s at 9am, travelling by coach to the beautiful Sandwell Valley RSPB Reserve, for a 5K fun run around the lakeside. Don’t worry, you don’t have to run if you don’t want to! You can walk the 5K route, or you can just come along and enjoy the surroundings. Bring a picnic!

If you would like to take part, please contact us this week, by calling 01216752359, or email You can also drop into St Vincent’s office on Vauxhall Road and ask about half-term activities.


Summer Classes

Lots going on here at Reach Out!


2pm – 3pm
Thursday 10th, 14th May. Thursday 7th & 14th June. 
A mix of sweet and savoury baking, lots of tips for doing it yourself at home. The only thing you need to bring is a container for your baking!

Eat Well

1pm – 3pm
14th & 21st May, 4th June.
Learn to cook healthy food on a budget. Only three weeks left of this class, they’ve made some incredible dishes so far, big meals, snacks, all good for you and all easy and cost friendly to make!IMG_0226

Driving Theory

9:30 – 11am
9th, 16th and 21st May. 4 week course.
Learn to pass your driving theory test in four easy to follow classes.


Ladies Fitness Class

2pm – 3pm Every Wednesday
Get in shape with our weekly fitness class – a different workout every week, dance styles, boot camp and much more. 20180502_142708

Coming Up:

Self Defence

1pm – 3pm
Thursday 17th May – 6 week course

Check out these and all of our other classes on the What’s On Page. Get in touch if you’re interested in anything we offer, or have an idea of something we should!

Easter Holidays

Day 1 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Day

We had a lovely day watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and trying out all of Charlie’s adventures ourselves!

We hunted for the Golden Tickets, visited the Chocolate Room and the Inventing Room…

We tried fizzy lifting drinks and lickable wallpaper…

We had a dejuicing race, hunted for the Golden Egg and even transported inside a TV…

And finally a chocolate egg hunt. By which time I think we had eaten our very own lifetime supply of chocolate!

Day 2 – Singing and Percussion Workshop

Songs from around the world, all kinds of percussion and my personal favourite – boom whackers!

Day 3 – Stay and Play

Day 4 – Conkers

Conkers is an indoor and outdoor adventure centre in Derbyshire. The weather was cold and grey but we didn’t let that stop us!

Parents and children both got very brave on the high ropes course, including one reception child!


And of course we had our adults only trip to Wicked at the Hippodrome theatre in Birmingham. No pictures are allowed inside the theatre, but a fantastic evening was had by our group of thirty Reach Out Participants.


If you like the sound of our holiday activities, get in touch. We run activities for all ages every holiday. You do not have to have a child at St Vincent’s to take part, just talk to us HERE or come in a say hello!

Cook and Eat Well

Starting Monday 16th April!

This is a six week course on how to cook healthy food, healthy eating and cooking on a budget. This course is for any ability, whether you never cook or you cook everyday, you can pick up tips on simple ways to make a healthy meal.

The course will help with:

  • Improving basic cook skills

  • Reducing consumption of sugary foods and drinks

  • Improving confidence in how to shop and cook on a budget

  • Improving knowledge of healthy eating

  • Understanding food labels

The course will run for six weeks, on Mondays, from 1pm – 3pm. There are two bank holidays in this time, which means the course dates will be Monday 16th April, Monday 23rd April, Monday 30th April, Monday 14th May, Monday 21st May and Monday 4th June.


If you would like to join this course, please email as soon as possible, or fill in the contact form: Here