Balsall Common Festival helps local causes

Balsall Common Festival
Carl Stokes (John Shepherd Select and Select Lettings) – backed the Festival as Main Sponsor [image courtesy of Bill Fine]
The local community came together in unprecedented fashion on Saturday 20th September for the Balsall Common Festival, with approximately 4000 enjoying the party atmosphere across two sites during the day.


Residents took to the streets from around midday to witness around 475 runners, including former British Rugby Lion Tim Stimpson, participating in Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run. The crowds then flocked to The Lant for the fete, market and Party in the Park, complete with children’s activities and wide range of music and entertainment.
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Balsall Common Festival plans unfolding at a pace

Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park - Main Sponsor 2013-14
Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park – Main Sponsor 2013-14

The Balsall Festival on Saturday 20th September 2014, will be hosted for the first time across two sites in the village as follows:


Running Order (provisional)


12:00 noon – Senior Fun Run – Heart of England School
12:30pm – Main Festival Showground opens – The Lant (Meeting House Lane)
12:30pm – BWR Roadshow with Liam Sawyer Karl Loxley and others
2:00pm – Grand Opening with special guests
2:15pm – Stage 2 – Local Music Talent Finals
4:45pm – Party in the Park – The Lant (Meeting House Lane)
4:45pm – Local Music Talent Winner’s performance (Main Stage)
5:00pm – Andy Bennett (Ocean Colour Scene)


Party in the Park (Entertainment Partners – Nailcote Hall)


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6:15pm – Briefcase Blues Brothers
7:15pm – Covers Band
8:15pm – 80s tribute
9:00pm – close


Return of the Big Stage


Our superb audio visual set  will be delivered once again by Event Partners Avion TSL
Our superb audio visual set will be delivered once again by Event Partners Avion TSL

Event Partners Avion TSL:


Entertainment and Attractions

• Senior Fun Run (Heart of England School) – Lily Mae Foundation)
• Mini Fun Runs (The Lant – Lily Mae Foundation)
• 2 entertainment stages
• Local Music Talent Contest Finals
• Live Music (Andy Bennett from Ocean Colour Scene; Briefcase Blues Brothers; covers band; 80s section)
• Sports
• Fete and Market
• Children’s Entertainment
• Bouncy Castle and Children’s Rides
• Paddy Doyle World Record Challenge (subject to World Record body approval)
• Dog Show (Mogz and Dogz)
• Competitions
• Grand Raffle
• Traditional Festival Refreshments
• Licensed premises
• Barbecue
• Hot and cold food


Enter the Fun Run

Enter the Fun Run – coOrdinated by The Lily Mae Foundation – at this web-link:


Anyone wishing to get involved in any other elements of this year’s event is invited to contact Craig Burgess via craig.bcfestival @ <== remove spaces to send (anti-spam policy).  

Advertising Partner – Acorn Printing


Acorn Printing Ltd
Acorn Printing Ltd


Acorn Printing are big supporters in the community for community events and have backed this year’s event with advertising support.




Golf: British Par 3 Championship qualifiers at leafy Nailcote Hall

Nailcote Hall
Nailcote Hall


The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship qualifying tournament takes place at Berkswell’s Nailcote Hall on Monday 8th July with entry into the £100,000 National Championships at the same venue available to the top 6 finishers on the day. The qualifying competition will be contested by upwards of 80 professional golfers from the TP tour.

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Play golf at Berkswell’s mini-Augusta

Nailcote Hall
Nailcote Hall

Picturesque Nailcote Hall in Berkswell is home to the increasingly well-known par 3 Cromwell golf course. The challenging course has has won praise from such golfing luminaries as Ian Woosnam and former 6-times Ryder Cup star Brian Barnes and all-time great Tony Jacklin who is on record as saying:


“Nailcote is a true test of short game ability”.


Nailcote’s 9-hole course has been lovingly redeveloped over the years to the point that no lesser a player than Brian Barnes recently remarked that Cromwell qualified as:


“A gem of a short course, Augusta does not compare with Nailcote.”




Golf enthusiasts can play unlimited golf on the course after 5pm during the summer months and claim a free pint. To book your ‘Pay and Play’ offer or to find out more telephone 02476 466174. We’d love it if you could remember to mention BalsallCom.Com when calling too.


Note: There’e also a summer offer on at the moment. Unlimited golf with a free pint afterward for all bookings after 5pm.