Animals, yoga and football coming to Touchwood - The Solihull Observer

Animals, yoga and football coming to Touchwood

Solihull Editorial 4th May, 2024   0

YOGA CLASSES, coding and a football festival are set to keep families busy this month.

From activities supporting wellbeing during Mental Health Awareness Week to an educational event with Robocode, and a ‘Footie Fest’ during the half term holidays, there is plenty to get involved with.

The Animal Show Live is back by popular demand for the Early May Bank Holiday, May 6, with another fascinating free show on offer.

Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with an intriguing selection of creepy crawlies and reptiles, so be brave and get involved between noon and 3pm in the Atrium.

Animal Live’s team of professionals’ care for all their creatures’ needs and will teach guests some specialist and fun facts along the way.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from May 13 to 19 Touchwood’s Wellbeing Retreat will ‘Go Green’, with all staff dressed in the colour that is the international symbol of mental health awareness and handing out Green Gratitude hearts to guests in the centre.

With the theme of this year’s event being Moving more for our mental healt’, Touchwood is putting on a series of free classes and events in throughout the week for visitors.

On May 14 and May 17 , free chair yoga classes will be offered in between 11am and 1pm on each day.

Touchwood is set to bring joy through music, with artist Reza Ferrell providing an uplifting hour-long performance to inspire mental wellbeing on May 15 at 1pm.

Meditative workshops will be on offer on May 16 at the Wellbeing Retreat, with two separate 15-minute sessions available at 11am and 1pm.

During May half term, May 27 to 31, Solihull based company Robocode will be putting on an entertaining and educational session for children in Touchwood’s Atrium, to help them discover their spark and inspire future STEM career pathways.

Children from the ages of six to 17 can take part in activities including a gaming racing simulation, a robotics coding exercise, a VR experience and a 3D modelling exercise where participants can print their creation and take it home.

Continuing the May half term fun, football fanatics are invited down to Touchwood for ‘Footie Fest’ – a week-long programme of activities in partnership with the Solihull Moors Foundation.

The event in Theatre Square allows children to test their football skills in a wide range of challenges, to see if they are up to the task of becoming a professional footballer.

Five challenges will be set in total with various attributes tested along the way, including shooting, dribbling and speed. When all the challenges are completed, children will receive an overall score, with the best performers earning some exciting prizes as a result of their hard work.


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