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Things to do in Staffordshire

Amazing, fun things to do in Staffordshire, days out in and around Staffordshire to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Staffordshire.

A Day Out in the Park

We’ve spent a few enjoyable hours recently in Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge. A fabulous space with plenty of things to do for all the family.

History

Mary Stevens was the wife of Ernest Stevens. She died aged just 55 and he wanted to leave a long lasting memorial in her honour. What a wonderful memorial it is. His vision was that it would enrich the lives of all, providing “a place of rest for the weary, of happiness for the children and of beauty for everyone”.

I would say that it does just that even though it is now nearly 100 years old. It was actually opened in 1931. The council has recently spent over three pounds million restoring it. The main entrance gates off Heath Road and the War Memorial at the north end of Queen’s Drive are both listed.

A Day out in the Park - History
A Day out in the Park - Things to do

Things to do

There is lots and lots to do there for families of all ages. When we were there we saw many of the older children whizzing round the bandstand on roller skates. There were lots of younger ones playing on the swings and roundabouts. Children of all shapes and sizes were feeding the ducks or cycling through the park.

More things to do

There is an action packed programme of events running throughout the year. During the summer and half terms activities take place every day. There is also a big outdoor gym area but even though we were there on two separate occasions we didn’t see anyone using the equipment!

A Day out in the Park - More things to do
A Day out in the Park - Refreshments

Refreshments

Both times we were in the park there was an ice cream van and I suspect that is probably normal. But we had a delicious lunch in the Coffee Lounge the first time and coffee and cake the second time. Good value and delicious, there is plenty of seating both inside and out. The parking was free too although I guess it will be harder to park in the summer holidays than it was on a dull day in March!

As well as all that, there is a Treasure Trail to enjoy too! Do let us know what your local park is like, on Facebook or Twitter. You never know we might write a Treasure Trail there too...

10th April 2019

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Boot Camp – What Was I Thinking?

When we signed up for a boot camp weekend, did we have 'The X Factor' in mind - celebrities, make up, sparkles and champagne?

Maybe, but the setting of Aylestone Park when it was minus 1 degrees and muddy couldn’t have been further from our dream of a good time!

First Things First...

Still, we were there and if not raring to go -or at least prepared to have a go! That is, until two ‘fitties’ appeared in Lycra and sinews!  There were five of us altogether along with Rob our boot camp commander. I was easily the oldest and least fit.

First things first. Rob called it a warm up and warm up we did - surprisingly quickly! Next, we were off on a 15 to 1 circuit. My comfort zone is whiteboards and lists, so I was lulled into a false sense of security when the whiteboard came out with the list of 15 to 1 different types of exercises. All appeared to be reasonably easy like the ‘get ups’. All you have to do, is get up (again and again and again). With the two fitties off like greased lightning and Emma and Sam not far behind them, I embarked on the challenge. Rob was brilliant, when he saw me struggle, he adapted the exercise. When I skipped bits he turned a blind eye and when I came to a shuddering stop he helped me finish with dignity.

Suddenly, it was mid morning break! Sitting in the car, getting our breath back and refuelling, Emma and I could barely speak. We did manage to convince ourselves we were having a good time though despite being covered in mud.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? First Things First...
Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Running - No Thanks...

Running - No Thanks!

I won’t go into huge detail about the individual exercises we did but I will say that at the beginning, when we had a quick chat with Rob about what why we’d signed up and what we wanted to get out of the weekend, I had mentioned in passing that I didn’t do running! Incredibly - and down to his coaching and encouragement, I found myself not only running on the Sunday morning but enjoying it. Not only did I run on the flat, but uphill as well! (I don’t think I mentioned that Aylestone Park is on the side of Aylestone Hill.)

By the time we’d finished the two days, Emma and I were not only proud of ourselves but proud of each other too and vaguely talked about doing it again! Oh and I learnt that Tabata is not something to eat but the fastest, most effective exercise routine I’ve ever encountered. I wouldn’t mind giving it another go some time! Yep, definitely a different way to spend a weekend in January!

Outdoor Gym

The last thing I would have guessed would be a magnet for us on holiday was the gym on the beach. But, standing on a piece of equipment under a blue sky, exercising and gazing at the sea seemed briefly like a little bit of paradise!

Even when not on holiday, it is easy to go to a local outdoor gym. There are hundreds of local council-funded outdoor gyms that are free-to-use all year round as councils hope it will encourage a healthier community. Some are in beautiful settings too. Many of our Treasure Trails go past them.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Outdoor Gym

Have you tried an outdoor gym? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook.

15th March 2019

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