Every year, we like to ask around and see what is going on in the area in order to give you a quick guide on how to have the most cost effective and inclusive Christmas possible. Here we have curated a few events that may be of interest, and how to get involved…
Here are some free Christmas events within the Solihull area this year.
Christmas Craft Market at Blakesley Hall is lasting from Saturday 9th December until Sunday 10th December. There is no need to buy a ticket, and entry to the market is completely free for all to attend. It is also suitable for all ages.
Ordinary Magic are hosting HAF Christmas Party on Saturday 23rd December, and will be free to children who are eligible for free school meals. There will be a £25 for individuals who are not eligible. You can book using this link right here.
Why not try the Snowdog trail in Birmingham for a free, fun Christmas activity? From 8th November to 4th January, ten different sculptures will be displayed around Birmingham in the form of an exciting christmas trail. Each Snowdog will also reveal a hidden letter that could win you a £100 voucher! Check out the map here to find where the dogs are!
Need some extra help this Christmas?
Here is a list of some Solihull Warm Hubs, an area that is free to attend in order to warm up a little in case you are struggling with the cost of heating your home. These warm hubs can also help with socialising and making friends!
There are also plenty of food banks in and around the Midlands that are available to you if you need some extra help with filling the cupboards this Christmas. Please check out the list of the food banks along with some extra advice.
Are you after something a little bit quieter and calmer this Christmas?
We understand that sometimes Christmas events can be very stressful and overwhelming for SEND individuals. So we have curated a small list of events and locations that will be a little calmer.
Dobbies Garden Centre has introduced a quiet session in Santa’s grotto, which means that individuals with sensory needs can visit without any worry of getting overwhelmed. Make sure to enquire at your local centre to confirm times.
Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull has introduced a quiet hour on Saturdays from 9-10am. All lights will be dimmed and music turned down in order to make the shopping experience a little calmer. They also have an extensive accessibility policy which ensures that individuals of all different abilities can make their way around without any worry.
Resorts World Birmingham has also introduced a similar quiet hour every Saturday morning from 10-11am. This again will be dimmed lights, no announcements unless there is an emergency and no music.
Want to join in with Inclusive Sports this Christmas?
We are also running a four day HAF event for Christmas this year! The events will be:
Tuesday 2nd January: Wonka movie at the MAC theatre
Wednesday 3rd January: Hatchford Brook Party
Thursday 4th January: Three Trees Community Centre in-house session
Friday 5th January: Bowling at Resorts World
The event will be free of charge for individuals who are eligible for free school meals, and there will be a small charge for individuals who are not. We are running in January simply due to schools closing a little later this year, and of course we still wanted to provide some activity for you!
We are also open for any queries and questions that you may have. You can either drop a message across any of our social media channels, email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 07743713161.
We can’t wait to see you there!
From everyone at Inclusive Sports, we hope that you have a wonderful Christmas if you are celebrating, and we can’t wait to see you all in the new year.