Solihull Arts Complex

Summer Solidays

Summer Solidays
posted 11 Jun 2024

There are lots of fun family activities, shows and events across Solihull Borough over the summer holidays to keep you entertained. Download the Summer Solidays leaflet above to find out more, or read on below!




A young girl singingSummer Sing (7-13 yrs)

Warm up your vocal chords and get ready to sing! Choir director Anya Small (Pop Voices) will teach young people aged 7-13 how to sing songs from some of their favourite musical films. (£15pp)

Tue 23 July 10am – 1pm: Sing The Greatest Showman

                                       Thu 25 July 10am – 1pm: Sing Moana and Encanto


 A person and person in black shirtsPlay in a Day

This is a chance for young people interested in theatre to work with a professional actor and theatre maker to create and perform an original play in one fun-filled day. (£30pp)

Tue 30 July 10am – 4pm (7-11 years)

                                       Thu 1 August 10am-4pm (11-16 years)


 Sohain KaileyBhangra Tots Storytime (2-6 yrs)

Listen to fun stories, meet puppet friends, and get up and dance in a fun Bhangra story adventure with Sohan Kailey for ages 2-6 years. (£5 per child, accompanying adult goes free)

Thursday 8 August 9.30am – 10.30am

                                       Thursday 8 August 11am – 12pm


 A person wearing a blue hat and denim jacketDescription automatically generatedBhangra Dance Workshop (7-13 yrs)

Young people aged 7-13 can join Sohan Kailey to learn fantastic Bhangra dance routines in a fun and active dance workshop. (£15pp)

Thursday 8 August 1pm – 4pm


  A group of girls holding a structure made of white sticksArt at the Heart CIC Summer Arts Camp

Art at the Heart CIC present a week of creative fun with their Summer Arts Camp. Summer Arts Camp for Creatives allows children to explore different art forms and how to express themselves through different media, working with specialist artist educators very day. It also includes an exciting day trip. (£360pp for week)

                                       Mon 12 August – Fri 16 August 9am – 5pm


 Happy  Boy Holding Clapper BoardYoung Film Makers

In this exciting one-day workshop, learn filmmaking skills with local film maker Nicola Prestage. Gain film production skills including script writing and planning, using film cameras and setting up microphones and lighting. (£30pp)

Tue 20 August 10am – 4pm (7-11 years)

                                       Thu 22 August 10am – 4pm (11-16 years) 


A child with her arms up and a hula hoop

Circus and Storytelling Workshop (7-13 yrs)

Young people aged 7-13 years can join circus artist and storyteller Gaby for an exciting day of circus skills and stories, making their own piece of circus kit to take home! (£30pp)

Tue 27 August 10am – 4pm


Young woman holding magnifying glass

Murder Mystery Workshop (11-16yrs)

Calling all budding detectives! Spend the morning solving a tricky murder mystery case, and then the afternoon writing one. Learn how to unleash your creativity, craft intriguing plots, and bring characters to life. (£30pp)

                                       Thu 29 August 10am – 4pm


THE CORE OUTDOOR – outdoor theatre shows in Brueton Park

The Gondoliers - Ilyria TheatreThe Gondoliers – Tue 1 August 6.30pm

Illyria Theatre present a sparkling outdoor production of Gilbert and Sullivan's witty operetta. Audiences will be transported to the waters of Venice for a joyful show packed with some of the pair's most-loved songs.


Angelica Sprockets Pockets

Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets – Sat 10 August 5pm

Folksy Theatre bring Quentin Blake’s charming children’s book to life in Brueton Park! Come along and meet Angelica Sprocket and find out what she has in her many, many pockets. This fun family show is aimed at ages 3 to 8 years. 


Julius Caesar - OddsocksJulius Caesar – Tue 13 August 6pm

Enjoy Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, with an Oddsocks twist! Expect the tearing of togas, the swishing of roman swords, some preposterous puppetry and the biggest battle scene five actors have ever created. On your marcus, getus setus, let the games begin!


Importance of Being Earnest - Rain or Shine

The Importance of Being Earnest – Thu 22 August 6pm

Rain or Shine present Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy. They invite you into the world of handbags, perambulators, cucumber sandwiches, muffins, butlers, the English upper class, and of course, that theatrical tour de force – Lady Bracknell!



Summer Reading ChallengeLet your imagination and creativity soar this summer with the exciting Marvellous Makers Summer Reading Challenge. Read six books across the summer holidays, collect stickers and get a voucher for a FREE swim, a medal and certificate. If you complete the challenge, you can enter our FREE prize draw to win fab prizes from Solihull businesses, including The Core, The Entertainer, and Waterstones. You can head to any Solihull library branch to start the challenge!



Balsall Common Library

  • Tue 30 July 10.15am: Children's board games summer special (5-11 years) - drop-in
  • Tue 13 August 10.15am: Marvellous Makers’ craft morning (4-11 years) - drop-in
  • Tue 20 August 2.15pm: Board games summer deluxe (8-15 years) - drop-in
  • Thu 22 August 2.30pm: Summer crafting fun (4-11 years) - drop-in

Castle Bromwich Library

  • Fri 2 August 2.30pm: Magical jellyfish wand making (3-6 years) - pre-book
  • Fri 16 August 2.30pm: Decorate a bumble bee feeder (7-11 years) - pre-book


Chelmsley Wood Library

  • Every Monday to Friday 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm & Saturday 10am-12pm & 2pm-3.30pm
  • during the school holidays, drop in and join the team at Chelmsley Wood for a fun game of
  • Marvellous Rollerball (4-12 years) - drop-in
  • Tue 6 August 10.15am: Early years music session (0-5 years) - pre-book


Dickens Heath Library

  • Thu 15 August 10.30am: Writers’ Room junior special (8-11 years) - pre-book
  • Tue 30 July & Tue 6 August 2.30pm: 2-part clay coil pot craft activity (3+ years)- pre-book


Hampton in Arden Library

  • 23 July, 25 July, 26 July, 20 Aug, 22 Aug, 23 Aug: Crafts session (5+ years) - drop-in
  • Fri 16 August 2.15pm: Board games galore! (6+ years) - pre-book


Hobs Moat Library

  • Tue 30 July 11am: Talent show (6-11 years) - pre-book
  • Tue 6 August 11am: Mini games marathon (5-10 years) - pre-book
  • Tue 13 August 11am: Lego hour (all ages) - drop-in


Kingshurst Library

  • Tue 6 August 10.30am: Summer flower wreath making workshop (7-11 years) - pre-book


Knowle Library

  • Thu 25 July 10.30am: Make marvellous rainmakers (6+  years) - pre-book
  • Thu 1 August 10.30am: Create creeping caterpillars (4-8 years) - pre-book
  • Thu 8 August 10.30am: Make animal pen pots (6+ years) - pre-book


Marston Green Library

  • Mon 5 August 2pm: Summer crafts (4-9 years) - pre-book
  • Thu 29 August 2pm: Board games galore! (4-10 years) - pre-book


  • 22 July, 23 July, 25 July, 19 Aug, 20 Aug, 22 Aug: Crafts session (5+ years) - drop-in
  • Mon 12 August 10.15am: Board games galore! (6+ years) - pre-book


Olton Library

Olton Library will have free drop-in craft activities for children throughout the summer holidays.


Shirley Library

  • Thu 25 July 2pm: Make Dino & Depi dinosaur (3-5 years) - drop-in
  • Mon 29 July 10am: Make a box robot (6-9 years) - drop-in
  • Wed 7 August 2pm: Creature feature activity (5-9 years) - drop-in


The Core Library

  • Thu 25 July 10.15am: Early Years Music (0-5 years) - pre-book
  • Wed 31 July 10.30am: Origami Pond Life Model (5-9 years) - pre-book
  • Tue 13 August 10.30am: Marvellous Mask Making (5-8 years) - pre-book
  • Wed 21 August 10.30am: Sea Creature Craft Session (3-5 years) - pre-book
  • Wed 28 August 10.30am: Puppet Making (5-9 years) - pre-book
  • Thu 29 August 10.15am: Early Years Music (0-5 years) - pre-book