Selly Oak Festival

Selly Oak Festival 2024
Sat 15th June

Dog Show Registration from 10:30am
11am Stalls open, Junior Football Tournament , University of Birmingham School Steel Pans
Dog Show 11:30am - 1pm
Blue Sky Brass 1pm
Football Presentation sometime around 1:30pm
Skylarks Choir 1:30pm
2pm -3:30pm Patricia Panton, Jacob O'Neil, Ots Iire, Bonnie Mai

Programme subject to change without notice

BBQ / Grill
Desi Sweets Samosas
Ice Cream
Coffee Stall
Ultraviolet Treats
Circus Skills
Harborne Lane Allotments Plant Sale
Lapal Canal Trust
St Mary's Church
CLC Life House
McMillan Cancer Support
University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham School
Birmingham Dogs home
Decupage Face Painting
Freddie's Felines Cat Rescue
Luck Dip
Friends of Selly Oak Park
Children's fair rides

Previous festivals

Selly Oak Festival 2023
17th June

Junior Football Tournament from 10am
Dog Show Registration from 10am
Stalls open 11am
Open Mic 11am
Dog Show 11:30am - 1pm
Football Presentation sometime between 12:30 and 1.
Brass Quintet 1pm
Got 2 Sing Choir 1:30 
Brass Quintet 2pm
Open Mic 2:30

Programme Subject to change without notice

BBQ / Grill
Ice Cream
Circus Skills
Harborne Lane Allotments Plant Sale
Lapal Canal Trust
Worcester, Birmingham and Droitwich Canal Society
St Mary's Church
CLC Life House
Fox Hollies Pre-school
McMillan Cancer Support
University of Birmingham
UoB Sport and Fitness
Lapworth Museum of Geology
Birmingham Humanists Society
University of Birmingham School
Windswept Workshops - Story telling
Cafe 2U
Birminghan Dogs home
Birmingham Hospice
Decupage Face Painting
Freddies Felines Cat Rescue
Urban Garlands
Friends of Selly Oak Park
Children's fair rides


Selly Oak Festival 2022
25th June

Junior Football Tournament from 10am
Dog Show Registration from 10am
Stalls open 11am
Dog Show 11am - 12:30
Football Presentation sometime between 12:30 and 1.

1pm Watermill School Choir
1:20 Tiverton Academy Dance
1:40 Kids Zumba
2:00 Adults Fitness
2:20 Frøsco, University of Birmingham School

Programme Subject to change without notice

BBQ / Grill
Ice Cream
Donkey Rides
Circus Skills
Harborne Lane Allotments Plant Sale
Stonehouse Gang
Lapal Canal Trust
Worcester, Birmingham and Driotwich Canals
Simon Redwood Fine Art
Oliver Jamin Art
Battle Bootcamp
Fox Hollies Pre-school
McMillan Cancer Support
University of Birmingham
Barber Institute
Winterbourne House and Gardens
Mother Nature's Remedies
University of Birmingham School
Friends of Selly Oak Park

Selly Oak Festival 2019
15th June

More stalls than ever.

Entertainment from:
Watermill School Choir
Birmingham Rock School Choir
Kings Norton Girls School Brass Quintet


Selly Oak Festival 2018

Fine weather for the 2018 festival produced our best turn out ever and queues for the BBQ and Ice Cream

Robert Wilkinson's Fun Fair supported the Festival with kids rides a bouncy castle, and our stage plus a donation

Birmingham Rock School provided a choir signing many popular rock anthems.

 Our main sponsor, The University of Birmingham, also provided a free Zumba class.
Taking on the Donkey Rides were up this year will all proceeds going to support the Friends of Selly Oak Park

Keresley Flyball team provided another good display to round off the Dog Show. Many thanks to Manor Vets for supporting the show.

The Circus Skills workshop is a firm favorite.
 We had more stalls than ever with a range of charities, community groups and companies presenting at the Festival.


Selly Oak Festival 2017
Sat 10th June
Selly Oak Park

Crowds watching the dog show.

Keresley Flyball dogs really do fly.

This old trooper was also a star.

Just for a change Northfield Manor win the football. We may have to give them the trophy for keeps.

The donkeys were a hit once again.

Martin the Juggler... erm... not actually juggling.

Normally we don't let vehicles into the festival circle.

Well we all need a break now and then.


Selly Oak Festival 2016
Sat 18th June
Selly Oak Park

 Not to be missed Ariel Scouts and others fully engaged with Zumba by the stage.
FoSOP committee members and donkeys enjoy a rare respite at the end of the day before packing up.
Martin the Juggler. Erm.... Juggling.
Northfield Manor School regain the title of Selly Oak Junior Football Champions.

 This prize winner seems reluctant to leave the stage at the Dog Show.

With thanks to our main sponsors 
Robert Wilkinson's Fun Fair &
The University of Birmingham


Selly Oak Festival 2015
Sat 20th June
Selly Oak Park
It was another damp day for the annual festival but this did not dampen our spirits. We had a bumper number of stalls this year with around 30 presenters. We also welcomed the return of Robert Wilkinsons Fun Fair. Attractions included the annual football tournament, dog show (now moved to the main arena) and new for 2015 Donkey rides. Music was provided by Where's Mary and Bournville School Brass Ensemble.

The festival was sponsored by the Robert Wilkinson and the University of Birmingham.

Full list of stalls:

Active parks
Warwickshire Air Ambulance
Birmingham Community Saftey
Birmingham Dogs Home
Birmingham Rock School
City Church
Dame Edith Cadbury Nersury
Dog Show
Dog warden
Fireworks cheerleaders
First Aid
Harborne Lane Allotments
I had one of thos
Ice cream
Labour party
Lapal Canal Trust
MacMillan Cancer Support
Ray Valley Conservation Group
Selly Oak Nursery
Stonehouse Gang
The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & The Black Country
Utility Wearhouse
Vinyard Church
Wellcat animal rescue


Selly Oak Festival 2014
Sat 28th June
Selly Oak Park

You expect me to fly in this!
Despite a few heavy rain showers the 2014 festival was another success.

We had a number of new activities this year including the launch of the Active Parks scheme in Selly Oak Park and the opening of our new "best in the city" exercise zone.

Councillor Karen McCarthy opens the Exercise Zone with one
of our junior Friends.

Active Parks events included:

Soft Archery, Badminton, Boules, Outdoor Gym & Community Fitness taster sessions, Tia Chi, Yoga and Pilates, Rounders.

We also had our first ever Dog show with around 60 entries across 7 categories. Many thanks to The Pampered Pet Company for organising that part of the festival. There was also a display given by the Keresley K9 Flyball Team.

We also had our regular events including the Under 11 Football Tournament this year won by St Mary's School.
Many thanks to our two volunteer referees.

Martin the Juggler (right) ran his circus skills workshop.

We had displays from Andy Cook Falconry and the Ariel Motor Cycle Club.

We also had live music from folk trio Where's Mary.

Stalls were provided by
Friends of Selly Oak Park (face painting and 'tattoos')
Ariel Scout Group - BBQ
University of Birmingham School
Photo Art by Winterbourne Gardens  
Responding to Conflict
Macmillan Cancer Support
Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
Harborne Lane Allotments
Lapal Canal Trust
Saving Saints (St Bernard's Dogs)
City Church
Vineyard Church
Rea Valley Conservation Group
Selly Oak Labour Party
Ariel Motor Cycle Club

The Festival was Sponsored by Robert Wilkinson &  


Selly Oak Festival 2013

Saturday, 29th June 2013 dawned fine and bright, with high cloud and a slight breeze, and gradually turned into a glorious day of sunshine - perfect conditions for what has been the best Festival of modern times.  We are growing year on year.
The annual football tournament, a full programme of entertainments (some Festival regulars and some new ones), a couple of dozen stalls, and the children's rides and Festival Stage (kindly supplied by Robert Wilkinson's Fun Fair, our major sponsor), provided something for all the family. 

Special mention should be made of the display and cavalcade of Ariel motorcycles by the local Collectors Club and of the Bournville School Brass bands. Ariel has special connections with Selly Oak, having been the home of the Ariel Works for decades through the 1900s.

Few can remember when a brass band played in Selly Oak Park, though they used to be regular features of life in the Park; so we hope Bournville School will have rekindled a happy tradition.

Things were a little different this year in that the full Fun Fair was not present in the Park, nevertheless we were grateful to Robert Wilkinson for bringing the rides and threading them and the Festival Stage amongst the stalls around the Festival arena to create an inclusive feel for all the activities. 

The annual 6-a-side under eleven football tournament was played out between 6 teams - Northfield Manor A, Bournville Warriors A, Pave Lodge Soccer Club, Northfield Manor B, Bournville Warriors B and St Mary's.  Northfield Manor A and Bournville Warriors B got through to the final.  The final was a very exiting game with a large crowd of supporters from both teams urging the players on until the end. The Northfield team won 4-1 and was presented with the winners shield and medals. Bournville Warriors were presented with runners-up medals.  Friends of Selly Oak Park donated £25 to the winning team's funds.  Cllr Dave Radcliffe, and PCSO Carl Barrington were the referees. 


The full list of entertainments was:
Bloco Louco Samba Band (who peformed two sets and led drumming workshops)
Fireworks Cheerleaders
Falconry flying display
Ariel Motorcycle cavalcade
Silverstream Majorettes
Bournville School Brass Band
Falconry flying display
Bournville School Brass Ensemble 
And while all that was going on Martin the Juggler was entertaining with his circus skills.

The full list of stall holders was:
St. Mary's Hospice
Lapal Canal Trust
Responding to Conflict
Selly Oak Liberal Democrats
AC Falconry
Motor Neurone Disease Association
St. Mary's CE Primary School
St. Mary's Church
Selly Oak Conservative Party
Afia's Samosa Shop
Utility Warehouse
Fireworks Cheerleaders
Friends of Selly Oak Park (coconut shie)
Who is Hussain
Vineyard Church (welly-wanging competition)
Ariel Scouts (our resident major caterers)
Selly Oak Labour Party
British Red Cross
BCC Ranger Service
City Church
Allotments Association
Martin the Juggler
Ariel Motorcycle Collectors Club (Selly Oak Branch)

The 2013 festival was sponsored by Robert Wilkinson's Fun Fair, and Birmingham City Council, and supported by Quadron and the British Red Cross.


Selly Oak Festival 2012

Up close and personal with the falcons
In addition to championing the needs of the park and its users the Friends of Selly Oak Park also organise the annual Selly Oak Festival. 2012 was our biggest festival yet with around 2500 visitors and around 25 stalls plus performances on the Festival Stage and in the main arena.

Gospel Choir take to the Festival Stage
Entertainment was provided by the Bloco Louco Samba Band,  City Church Gospel Choir, Fireworks Cheerleaders, Scooby Sue and Friends, Martin the Juggler and Hagley Falconry Centre.

Martin the Juggler
Stalls included Stonehouse Gang, Vineyard Church, Labour Party, Ariel Scout Group, Blue Cross Animal Centre, Lapal Canal Trust, Tiverton School, Harborne Lane Allotments, Friends of Selly Oak Park, Kurdish Education Centre, St Mary's Church, City Church, St Mary's Hospice, Selly Oak St Mary's Neighbourhood forum, Centro, Barber Institute, Fireworks Cheerleaders, and the Vintage Selly Oak Facebook group raising money for Acorns.

British Red Cross keep a watching brief at the Football
The Festival included the annual Junior 5-a-side Football Tournament with 2 teams each from Bonneville Warriors (winners), Northfield Manor School (Winners) plus teams from Tiverton School and St Mary's School. Once again Councillor Dave Radcliffe refereed.

Hummm, choices

Other activities included BBQ, Curry Stall, and cake stall, face painting, Olympic torch throwing, tombolas, raffles, bookstall, information stalls and other games. And a toy stall selling handy bubble machines...

... apparently they don't like bubbles!
The 2012 festival was sponsored by Robert Wilkinson's Fun Fair, and Birmingham City Council, and supported by Quadron, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and  the British Red Cross.

If you would be interested in having a stall at the 2013 Selly Oak Festival e-mail:

Photographs by M Decker and S Carter.