Moseley Festival launched

Wide-ranging programme of attractions for community event.

One of Birmingham’s longest-running community festivals is back for 2018, with a line up including everything from yoga to punk.

The Moseley Festival (not to be confused with the Moseley Folk Festival) sees thousands of residents and visitors come to the lively South Birmingham suburb. Run in the village since 1974, it’s perhaps best known for its street fair, but there’s so much more to it.

This year’s festival kicks off on Friday 22nd June with a wide range of events at the bars and pubs in Moseley Village, as well as live theatre at Riverside House. The Festival’s famous street fair is on Saturday 23rd June, and will take over the Village Green and parts of Alcester Road and St Mary’s Row for a day. It features scores of stalls with arts and crafts, hot and cold food, as well as charities and community groups from Birmingham and around the West Midlands. There will also be some local musicians and dance groups performing on the Village Green.

Moseley Park and Pool is normally only open to local residents. However, on Street Fair Day the gates are thrown open to everyone, giving people the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens, as well as having tea and homemade cakes at Chantry Tennis Club. For little ones, there are performances of The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark on Saturday 23rd June, and a family event at St Mary’s Churchyard on Saturday 30th June.

Pam Rutter, a member of the Festival’s organising committee, said: “A lot of people know the Festival’s Street Fair, and I’m really excited about the range of stalls we have this year – from hot and cold food to arts and crafts and local charities and community groups. However, there’s a lot more to the Festival, and local businesses and groups in Moseley have organised some fantastic events over the ten days.”

Other highlights include live music, comedy and dance performances, tasty food offers, and arts and cultural events. This year’s Festival also coincides with the World Cup, which will be shown at several pubs in Moseley throughout the programme.