FAQs

 

Location and travel information

 

Where is Boldmere Recreation Field?

The address is Sutton Park, Boldmere Gate, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6LH.

 

What is the best way to get to the events?

We encourage all local attendees to walk or use public transport wherever possible. There will be licensed bars at the event. Please do not drink and drive.

 

What is the nearest train station?                                       

The nearest railway stations are Wylde Green or Sutton Coldfield.

 

If we do drive, is there parking? What time is parking available from? Is it free?

There is limited event parking at Sutton Park. Access will be via Boldmere Gate. Other public car parks are available near Sutton Park, approximately a ten minute walk away.

The event parking on the Saturday will open at 3pm and is free. Please do not park on public highways, grass verges or block residential access. There is dedicated hard-standing parking for valid Blue Badge Holders and there will be a disabled viewing area for concert attenders.

 

Please note, in line with usual Park’s pricing, there is a £2 charge to park inside Sutton Park on Sundays (Blue Badge holders are free).

 

I have arranged to be dropped off and picked up...where is the drop off point?

Vehicles dropping passengers at the event will be directed to the drop off point which is within the park near the Boldmere Gate entry. We suggest that all pick-ups arrive back by 8.30pm to avoid traffic leaving site at the end of the concert.

 

 

SITE OPTIONS / FOOD AND DRINK

 

Can we bring our own seats?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own chairs, rugs and picnics. For safety reasons you will not be permitted to position chairs or objects that could be hazardous within close proximity of the stage. Area’s can not be reserved. Please note personal barbecues and gazebos are not permitted.

 

Can we bring a picnic?

Yes, you are able to bring your own food and drink, however we have a strict NO GLASS policy to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Please make sure that anything you bring is decanted into plastic containers or similar. There will be a variety of local food vendors selling high quality street food if you would prefer to purchase food at the concerts.

 

Will there be catering in the field?

There will be a variety of food vendors as well as a range of licensed bars on both days. Please note it there will be a Challenge 25 policy in place. There is also the option to purchase specially made event hampers from the Deli in Boldmere. Please contact the Deli directly on 0121 238 6200 or http://www.thedeliinboldmere.co.uk/shop/ to pre-order.

 

Are there any cash points?

There are no cash points in Sutton Park, and credit/debit cards cannot be used at the concessions and catering outlets or at the on-site box office. Please bring sufficient cash to cover your expected needs. The nearest cash point is Boldmere High Street.

 

Can we bring an umbrella if it rains?

Hand-held umbrellas are permitted. To prevent obstructing the view of other concert-goers, please do not use umbrellas during the performance. Waterproof coats and ponchos are recommended, as is a British summertime sensibility!

 

Can we take photographs?

Yes, please take photographs for personal use only. Please tag them on social media as #SuttonParkConcerts

 

Can we bring dogs?

With the exception of registered Disability Assistance Dogs no animals of any kind are allowed in the concert site. Please do not leave your pets in your car.

 

Is smoking permitted?

The event is completely open air, so there are no legal restrictions on smoking. However, we would ask you to think of your fellow picnickers before lighting up, and dispose of cigarette ends with care. Please smoke within designated smoking areas for fire safety reasons and for the benefit of everyone.

 

What should I bring with me? 

We recommend bringing appropriate clothing for the weather, and an extra layer or warm clothes even in good weather as the temperature often drops come the end of the performance. The concert area and car parks are well lit, but it can be useful to bring a torch for your way home.

 

 

TICKETING

 

How much are tickets and how do I purchase them?

Tickets are priced as follows:

Standard: £10.00

Concession: £5.00 (under 16, senior, registered less-abled and students in full-time education)

 

Tickets can be booked via Sutton Town Hall in person or on the phone during box office hours, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm (excluding bank holidays) on 0121 296 9543, or online at http://www.townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk

 

Sutton residents can book from 18th April in person at the Town Hall Box Office and by phone. Tickets then go on general sale from 24th April on all platforms, including online.

 

Please bring your tickets or e-tickets (print at home) with you to the event. Tickets are non-refundable. All children need to be accompanied by an adult.

 

Can I show my ticket on my smart phone / tablet rather than printing it out?

Yes, as long as you are able to fully download the ticket PDF, and open it on the screen of your device, the scanners will be able to verify it. 

 

Will we get our money back if it rains?

No…the concert will go ahead come rain or shine! Tickets are none refundable.

 

Can we be sure to see the stage?

As this is a sloping site all areas of the site and viewing area offer a good view of the stage, although you must bear in mind that people may choose to stand up in front of you.

  

What is the programme for the Saturday evening concert?

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra perform a repertoire of classical music, including popular film classics and opera arias, conducted by Michael Seal The event opens with a sing-along with performer Tony Skeggs and The Westenders bringing some of your musical favourites:

 

4.00 pm - Gates Open

5:00 pm - Tony Skeggs

6:00 pm - Westenders

7:00 pm - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

7:50 pm - Interval

8:10 pm - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

9:00 pm / 9.10pm - Concert ends

 

What is the programme for the Beasts and Bugs Family Fun Day on Sunday 2 July and do I need a ticket?

 

Gates open at 10.30am with performances starting at 11am and finishing at 3pm.

 

There will be special family friendly mini-orchestra performance by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, live music from Sutton Coldfield Choirs including a guest performance from the visiting San Fransisco Choir, and Sutton’s very own Scout Gang Show.Plus look out for make-and-take craft activities, stilt walkers and facepainters! Park rangers will be leading site tours and activity. Why not bring your little ones dressed as their favourite creepy crawly?!

 

This is a free event but reserve your ticket through the box office to let us know you are coming. Further timings will be announced soon!

 

I have a question that is not answered here – how can I contact the organisers?

You can either call the box office on admin@townhallscart.co.uk or email your question to admin@suttoncoldfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk where we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible!

 

 

See you at Sutton Park!

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