Free fun in the sun for summer

GDid someone say heatwave? We don’t want to tempt fate, but it’s looking promising for the start of the school summer holidays!

We know you’ll be wanting to make the most of any sunny days we have (and wear the kids out with fun activities in the fresh air) so here’s our suggestions for some fab family fun days in the great outdoors around Dudley.

What’s even better – they’re all absolutely FREE!

Nature Reserves

We have some amazing sites of natural beauty around the Dudley borough – Wren’s Nest, The Leasowes, Saltwells, Barrow Hill, Cotwall End, Buckpool and Fens Pools, Bumble Hole and Warrens Hall.

They’re great for a nature walk and picnic any time – but the wardens at some of these sites also offer guided activities for kids in the hols to help keep little hands busy and minds entertained.

Let them go Wild at Wren’s every Wednesday with den-building, buschcraft skills, woodland crafts and wild cooking on the agenda. The fun starts next week (23rd July)! Or, The Leasowes are inviting you to go wild in the woods for one day only on 13th August if you fancy a change of scenery.

If bugs and beasties are more your thing than bushcraft, go on a bug hunt at The Leasowes then discover the minibeasts of Cotwall End. We know how much kids love getting grubby finding grubs!

Bugs and beasties a bit too much? How about butterflies instead?! Find out about the variety of butterflies we have nearby on these butterfly walks at The Leasowes and Brockswood Animal Sanctuary, or for some flyers of a different kind – join this moth and bat evening walk.


Prefer a park to play games and have fun? There’s still loads of choice across the region with Priory Park, Mary Stevens Park, Huntingtree Park, Silver Jubilee Park and Netherton Park all waiting for you.

Playweek activities run across the borough’s parks between 4th to 8th August and there’s summer sporting fun every Tuesday and Thursday in August at Priory Park.

Looking for something a bit crafty and different? Let the kids try kite making, or search for magical fairies and elves, making lots of magical fairy and elf themed bits and bobs as you go!

Or how about enjoying some stories and songs around a campfire or a treasure hunt and picnic?

There’s also the gorgeous setting of Himley Hall’s grounds with its picturesque lake – the perfect spot for a fun-filled afternoon. Why not go along and enjoy some live music when the Black Country Ukelele Band or Cleobury Mortimer Concert Brass Band are playing or have a go at sailing on the lake with these free taster sessions?


And don’t rule out museums for some outdoor fun. Take a look at the free family events coming up at Broadfield House Glass Museum. There’s a teddy bear’s picnic, under 5s ‘exhibitales’ event and free family fun day.

The Red House Glass Cone has some free family events planned too. Travel back in time with re-enactments from across the decades at their ‘through the ages’ themed event or join revellers at the Stourbridge folk festival’s free family day.

As you can see, we’re giving kids no excuse to say they’re bored this summer! Get out and have FREE FUN!

To check what’s on for a specific day in Dudley, visit our Discover Dudley events page and click the date you’re looking for on the interactive calendar.