9th Dec, 2016

The countdown is on for annual Balsall Common festival

Solihull Editorial 10th Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

THE COUNTDOWN is on for the annual Balsall Common Festival and Fun Run.

Thousands of people will turn out on the weekend of September 24 and 25 as the village plays host to the calendar highlight.

The fun begins at 12.30pm at The Lant on the Saturday as the Party in the Park opens for business.

Just some of the fabulous things on offer throughout the day will be two live music areas, various arena acts, the Balsall Finds the Voice semi finals and finals, a dog show, aero modellers displays and flight simulator and a Kidz Zone with bouncy slides, rides and entertainment.

The fun goes on until 9pm and the Party in the Park will also run alongside the fete and country market (12.20pm until 5pm) which will feature over 50 stalls with something for all the family, including food, drink, entertainment, tombolas, quizzes, raffles to name a few.

Confirmed musical acts for the proceedings include Sam Ostler, Paris Georgia, Esther Turner, Riscas, Stuart Yeadon, Crescendo, Pop Chorus, Giocoso Saxophone Quartet, Unity Arena, Chico and Krav Maga.

Last year’s event attracted over 5,000 people and raised nearly £7,000 for good causes.

Sunday sees the return of the annual Balsall Common Fun Run organised by and in aid of the Lily Mae Foundation, set up by Balsall Common couple Ryan and Amy Jackson following the death of their daughter Lily Mae who was stillborn.

The eevent will feature a mini run for the youngsters, a 5k race and a 10k race.

The mini runs will start at 11am while the main race will start at midday.

Road closures will be in effect from around 11.45 until 2.15pm on the day.

Ryan Jackson, Chair of The Lily Mae Foundation said: “We were overwhelmed by the interest and support we had in our first two years.

“This year we’re aiming for more runners and are delighted to be part of such a special weekend for everyone in and around Balsall Common.”

Entries are now open for this year’s Fun Run via the Lily Mae Foundation website – www.lilymaefoundation.org/funrun.

Further information about the weekend can be found at: bcfest.co.uk.