Sutton Coldfield, officially the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, is a civil parish and suburban town in Birmingham. The area is home to Sutton Park, one of the largest urban parks in England.
The park has an area of 2,224.2 acres (9.001 km2) and is used as part of the course for the Great Midlands Fun Run, sponsored by the Sutton Coldfield Observer (B73 6BU).
Drayton Manor Theme Park is a theme park, zoo and accommodation in the grounds of the former Drayton Manor, in Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire. It covers 280 acres, of which about 113 acres are in use, and hosts about 1.5 million people each year and it is the fourth largest amusement park in the UK (B78 3TW).
Sutton Coldfield was given the right to be known as The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield by King Henry VIII in 1528. The town has shopping centres, the oldest church dates back to around 1300, an active arts community and is home to Sutton Coldfield RFC and Sutton Coldfield Town FC.
More things to do in Sutton Coldfield
Sutton Park – over 2000 acres nature reserve at Park Road, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2YT. There is a donkey sanctuary, children’s playgrounds, visitors centre, several lakes, ancient woodlands, areas to fly model aeroplanes and restaurants.
Kingsbury Water Park – over 600 acres of country park at Bodymoor Heath Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B76 0DY. Renowned for its birdlife, the park is popular with bird watchers. There are lakes, play areas, a miniature railway, café, information centre/shop and bike hire here.
The Mitchell Centre – boutique shopping centre with cobbled walkways, independent businesses including fashion, gifts, hair and beauty, home and garden, restaurant, hobbies, interests and crafts. Located at Weeford Road, Sutton Coldfield, B75 6NA.
Sutton Arts Theatre – performing arts theatre at South Parade, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1QU. Amateur theatre which is renowned for its high quality, award winning productions to suit all tastes including musicals and pantomimes.
NPF Bassetts Pole Adventure Park – action packed activity park with woodland laser tag games, low impact and mini paintballing, quad trekking, paintball, archery, rifle shooting, inflatable games etc. Located at Trickley Coppice, London Road, Bassetts Pole, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5SA
The earliest known signs of human settlement in Sutton Coldfield were discovered in 2002/2003 on the edge of the town. The discoveries were made during the preparation of the M6 Toll Road revealed evidence of Broze Age bunt mounds. The presence of an Iron Age Settlement was also uncovered and this consisted of circular houses. Many exciting and interesting discoveries were found around Langley Mill Farm. Around 3 roman coins have been found around Sutton Park.
Modern day shopping for the town is at the Gracechurch Centre, 210a Parade, Sutton Coldfield B72 1PA, which was built in 1974. The centre was revamped in 2006.
There is a second shopping centre “The Red Rose Centre” which is based at The Lower Parade, B72 1XX along with several more localised shopping parades such as “The Lanes” in Wylde Green. which is approxmately 2 miles south of Sutton Coldfield. Parking for The Lanes can be found at B72 1YG
What to do with kids in the Royal town?
It’s easy to get out in the fresh air with two great outdoor activities toppin the list of days out in the area.
- Sutton Park National Nature Reserve, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 6BU is an area of green space and nature, perfect for the kiddywinks to let off some steam.
- Kingsbury Water Park, Bodymoor Heath Lane, Sutton Coldfield B76 0DY consists of around 600 acres of lakes and green spaces. Water-sports are available plus a miniature railway with tunnels, cafe, information centre and shop.
If you’ve not been feeling amused with your personal life in The West Midlands recently, these firms could help with family legal issues.
Woolley & Co – “Family law solicitors in Sutton Coldfield offer high quality, friendly and confidential advice on divorce and family law related questions.” – Warwick Enterprise Park, Wellesbourne, Warwick, CV35 9EF
Bell Lax – “Divorce and separation has many complex and unforeseen consequences for couples and any children. We will help you to resolve matters in a constructive and sensitive way and provide creative, sound and progressive advice.” – New Bank House, 21 Maney Corner, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, B72 1QL
HCB Solicitors – “HCB Solicitors in Sutton Coldfield are here to provide specialist legal advice to both local businesses and individuals alike. Whatever your circumstances, we will strive to provide bespoke legal support, tailored to your situation.” – 16 Wrens Court, Lower Queen Street, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1RT
Eddowes, Perry & Osbourne – “Eddowes, Perry and Osbourne Solicitors also known as EPO Lawyers, is one of the largest and longest established law firms about in Sutton Coldfield. We have been in practice for over 360 years.” – 46 High Street, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1UQ
If you are looking for financial planning advice, the following firms are in the town:
- A C S Financial Planning, Unit 2, Trinity Pl, Midland Dr, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1TX
- Oaklands Wealth Management, 12A Duke Street, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1RJ
- Jordan Financial Management 32 Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2NJ
- Henwood Court, The Cruck Barn, 20 Country Park View, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, B76 1TE
Are you thinking about separation or divorce because of domestic abuse?
A common reason for divorce one party being abused in some way by the other party. This could be emotional or physical abuse and for the divorce court comes under the heading of “unreasonable behaviour”. Whilst the divorce proceedings trundle on through the civil court system, victims can find themselves also going through the criminal courts if the Police are involved and there is enough evidence to bring a case.
In recent years, there has been much talk in the UK regarding the law around the subject of Domestic Abuse and divorce with draft legislation proposed by Theresa May in February 2017. This draft was finally released in January 2019 and will now be brought to Parliament for debate. The bill sets out a statutory government definition of domestic abuse which includes controlling and manipulative behaviour. For the first time, abuse does not have to be physical or violent.
The bill will recognise economic abuse, (also known as financial abuse) which is where a partner is prevented from accessing bank accounts or employment. The victim becomes financially controlled. They may not be allowed to go out to work, or if they are employed, their wages may be paid into their partners account or they may not have access to benefits as they are given to a partner. December 2016 saw the introduction of the new law meaning that coercive or controlling behaviour is now a crime. This offence carries a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment, a fine or both.
Slowly changes are being made. Escaping a domestic abuse situation leaves victims susceptible to many issues which also affect children as a parent may find themselves homeless, relying on foodbanks for daily essentials along with dealing with their mental health as they navigate the family court system against their perpetrator. Emotions run high and post separation abuse can be rife. The abuser is losing control and many say that economic abuse is the “tail” of physical abuse as the victim is out of arms reach. Read the rest of this article here