Moseley on down - Moseley Festival 2013

Starting today, Friday 12 July, the Moseley Festival 2013 runs until 21 July 2013 and sees a series of arts, culture and music events including a street fair, walks, live music, dance, comedy and open days.

Saturday 13 sees the popular annual street fair with a mix of arts and crafts, second hand bargains, charities and community groups and food stalls together with local businesses offering tasters such as Zen who will be offering Tarot tasters.

Saturday will also see 11 acre hidden gem Moseley Park open to visitors with events in the park including a chance to hear local musical talent.

In 1896 Salisbury Road was cut through to help join the centre of Moseley with Edgbaston. This road cut in two the grounds of Moseley Hall. What is now Moseley Park was cut off from the Hall and the park land was very nearly built on with new houses. Many of the trees would have been cut down and the lake filled in. Fortunately a group of businessmen saw this danger and in 1898 bought the land, on condition that it would be used only as a quiet, unspoilt Private Park FOR EVER. The 'Moseley Park and Pool' was formally opened in September 1899. It was run then, as it is now, by local people who give their time without charge for the general benefit of the neighbourhood.

The festival offers a great chance to discover recent new additions to the village such as CafePhilia whose coffee, teas and cakes are worth enjoying to rest weary feet,, and Guthrie & Ghani,,  who offer haberdashery, fabric and yarn from a husband and wife team that includes BBC2 Sewing Bee finalist Lauren Guthrie.  The Guthrie & Ghani shop has capitalised on the growing thriftiness that the economic uncertainty has rekindled and adds a quirky but great addition to Moseley village,  Comedy performances are taking place during the festival at Guthrie & Ghani which should add a yarn to the festival.

A short edited, personal selection, summary of some of the events from the printed festival guide are listed below.  Further details on the festival can be found at:

Please note these details are taken from the printed festival guide and are therefore liable to change.  Please check the festival website for further details or changes.

Friday 12 July

  • Freestyle at the Bulls Head - Live music at The Bulls Head - entry fee applies.
  • Sonic Enchantment with Tim Wheater - Sound alchemist and performer Tim Wheater - St Columba Church - entry fee applies.

Saturday 13 July

  • 'Moseley at War' Trail - starting from Moseley Society stall at the stree fair - 10:00 & 14:00
  • Moseley Street Fair - stalls running alongside both sides of Alcester Road and St Mary's sliproad (Village Green).
  • Moseley Park Open Day - Explore the parkland hidden in the centre of Moseley - entrance next to Dixon's Estate Agents on Alcester Road.
  • Moseley C of E School Summer Fair - Annual Summer Fair at nearby Oxford Road - entry fee applies.
  • Comedy Yarn - Alternative comedy upstairs at Guthrie & Ghani - entry fee applies.
Sunday 14 July

  • Birmingham Buddhist Centre Open Day - Opportunity to explore the centre and try out meditation - 11 Park Road - 13:00 - 17:00
  • Life Drawing Exhibition - Showcasing the work of the Pat Kav life drawing group - Upstairs at the Patrick Kavanagh - 142 Trafalgar Road - 14:00

Monday 15 July

  • Moseley Cocktail Week - A different cocktail experience every night at the Prince of Wales - 118 Alcester Road.
  • Meditation free taster sessions - Birmingham Buddhist Centre - 11 Park Road - 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00

Tuesday 16 July
  • Life Drawing Class - Upstairs at the Patrick Kavanagh, 142 Trafalgar Road - entry fee applies.
  • Moseley CDT Annual General Meeting - AGM following by presentation about 'Moseley's Big Plan' - Moseley Exchange - 19:30
  • Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club presents Phil Nichol ( - Commedy from international multi-award winning comic - The Cross Bar - 20:00 - entry fee applies

Wednesday 17 July
  • Songs and Dances of Renaissance Europe - K'antu Ensemble,, whose music is inspired by the music of South America pass through Moseley on their UK tour - St Mary's Church - 20:00 - entry fee applies.

Thursday 18 July
  • City of Birmingham's Brass Band 'Open Rehearsal' - A call to all brass / percussion players to have a go at performing in a brass band by joining a rehearsal - Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College - Belgrave Road - 19:00

Friday 19 July
  • 'Faith in Life' a public meeting - Moseley Inter Faith Forum. -Finding hope and meaning in situations of despair followed by Ramadan fast-breaking refreshments -  St Columba's Church Hall - 19:00 for 19:30

Saturday 20 July
  • Open day at the BAC centre - Drop in and have a free consultation at the Birmingham Acupuncture and Chiropractic Centre - 26 Wake Green Road - 10:00 - 15:30

Sunday 21 July
  • Moseley Mysteries Treasure Hunt - Treasure trail of Moseley sights raising funds for Oxfam - Starting and ending at The Patrick Kavanagh 142 Trafalgar Road - 12:00 - 16:00 entry fee applies.


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