Category Archives: District leisure news

With the summer holidays beginning, Lichfield District Council’s Active Lichfield Communities Team have arranged a wide variety of free sporting activities to keep young people entertained.

From kickboxing, street dance and football to soft archery, glow sports and multi-sport sessions, there is plenty to enjoy.

Kids playing football

Most of these sessions do not require booking and it’s a good way to get involved in an activity you may have never tried before. Just turn up and have fun.

The activities, for 7 to 19 year-olds, are all free of charge, run by qualified coaches and most will be repeated over the 6-week period. They are taking place at venues across the district through the Getin2it programme, with some sessions funded by the Staffordshire Commissioner’s SPACE programme.

As a part of the summer offer SPACE leisure activity passes are also available, for a discounted price of £20, at either Burntwood or Friary Grange Leisure Centres. They are valid from Monday 29 July to Friday 30 August and available to young people aged 8-17.

The pass gives access to unlimited public swimming, off peak court hire, summer activities, crazy golf and disc and foot golf.

Lichfield District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Parks and Major Projects, Councillor Andy Smith, said: “Our summer activity programme is designed to encourage young people to be more active, for longer and more often.

“There is a wide variety of sessions on offer and we hope many young people will come along to take part and enjoy themselves.”

For more details and the activity timetable please visit our Holiday Fun page

A variety of free activities are available for young people to participate in during the May half term break through Active Lichfield’s Getin2it programme. Sessions are taking place at venues in Lichfield and Burntwood from Tuesday, 28 May until Friday 31 May.

They include Just Play Football for 12-19 year-olds, Multi Sports for 10-15 year-olds, circuit training, kickboxing and yoga, boxing with Box Clever Academy, Soft Archery and Kwick Cricket and Getin2it Street Dance with Fusion for 10-15 year-olds.

A spokesperson for Lichfield District Council said: “Young people across the district can enjoy a range of activities provided by Getin2it over the half term break.

“They are designed to get more people, to be more active, more often and there is no need to book to take part. Just come along and join in.”

For full details of activity session days and times visit Holiday Fun .

All participants are required to complete a Getin2it Participant Consent Form if they have not previously attended sessions.

kid in park

The Half Term activities take place in venues in Lichfield and Burntwood.

Lichfield Community Games returns to the city next month offering a great opportunity for everyone to try their hands at a new sport or activity.

Girl catching a ball

The event in Beacon Park on Saturday 22 June is designed to inspire health and happiness through physical exercise and will feature 30 different activities delivered by local providers and clubs.

These will include Swingball, Tug-of-war, archery, tennis, Pickleball, panna football, table tennis, badminton, rounders, rugby, dance, football, weights, circuit training and karate.

Adults and children can collect stickers for trying different activities. Collecting them all earns the participant their very own medal to take away.

Lichfield District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure and Major Projects, Councillor Andy Smith, said: “The Community Games is a fantastic event which delivers fun for all the family.

“It is aimed at encouraging more people, to be more active, more often as physical activity is vital for maintaining health and I hope many people will come along on the day and have a go at the sports on offer.”

Community Games founder Dennis Kennedy added: “We are looking forward to holding the sixth Lichfield Community Games in Beacon Park next month and welcoming participants to what again is sure to be fantastic event.

“It is great to see people enjoying themselves at the games and trying sports and activities which could develop into a long-term interest.”

Lichfield Community Games is being delivered with support from Central England Co-operative, Toto Spa Birmingham. The Picnic Pod and Lola’s Coffee will be onsite for the purchase of refreshments.

Tickets are £5 per child and free for pre-school (0-2 years) and adult (16 plus) participants. To book tickets for the event, which is taking place from 12noon to 5pm, please visit the booking page.

The ever-popular Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park is marking its 25th year in 2024 and everyone is invited to the celebration.

Lichfield proms

This much-loved concert has become a perennial favourite with thousands of the district’s residents joining fans from far and wide to enjoy a musical and visual extravaganza in our beautiful park.

Free to attend, it’s a perfect family event with live classical music, picnics, drinks and a fireworks finale.

The City of Lichfield Concert Band kicks off the concert. It’s a community wind band featuring 45 musicians of all ages from across the area playing a mixture of popular classical music, medleys, jazz, film scores and pop.

The British Police Symphony Orchestra then treats the audience to a specially arranged selection culminating in the stirring Proms classics such as Pomp & Circumstance by Elgar.

With children’s rides in the fun zone there is entertainment for all ages plus a selection of food stalls if you would like get your refreshments at the event.

So mark your calendar for Saturday 7 September and don’t miss this highlight of the district’s calendar.

To celebrate 25 years of Lichfield Proms, Lichfield District Council will be celebrating each year of the event on our social media channels as the big day approaches. We would love to see any photos you have from the Proms down the years, so please share your memories with us.

Lichfield District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks and Major Projects, Councillor Andy Smith, said: “I am proud that Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park is such a popular event and is celebrating its 25th year.

“I’d like to thank all the sponsors who support Proms each year and our dedicated Parks Team for their hard work in organising the concert, setting it up and clearing up afterwards.

“If you are thinking of coming along for the first time, don’t hesitate. You won’t be disappointed.”

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet is keen to ensure skaters continue to have somewhere safe to enjoy the activity in Burntwood by installing a Skate Park at the town’s leisure Centre.

A skate park had been situated at Cherry Close in Burntwood on land leased from Staffordshire County Council. However, this land is set to accommodate a new health centre.

burntwood leisure centre

Lichfield District Council is partnering Burntwood Town Council to deliver the replacement scheme at a cost of £106,000, £86,000 negotiated by the district council from housebuilders and £20,000 contributed by the town council from the Community Infrastructure Levy (a charged levied on new developments).

At this evening’s Cabinet meeting councillors recommended the project to the Council.

The Leader of Lichfield District Council, Councillor Doug Pullen said:

“We are using funds negotiated from housebuilders to expand our leisure offerings right across the district.

“We understand how important they are to residents of all ages which is why we are working to deliver this replacement skate park in Burntwood and have made an investment in a new leisure centre at Stychbrook Park in Lichfield.

“Our aim is to encourage more people to be more active, more often and it’s great that we are able to collaborate with Burntwood Town Council in providing a new place for skaters to meet and practice in a safe location.”

This Easter, Active Lichfield and MAMA UK are excited to invite children aged 6 to 15 to our Easter HAF Holiday Camps at the Burntwood Leisure Centre! Thanks to funding from the Staffordshire County Council Holiday Activities & Food Programme, we’re offering an engaging and active week that’s sure to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays.

Camp Details:

  • Dates: Monday, 25th March to Thursday, 28th March
  • Time: 9 am to 4 pm daily
  • Age Group: 6 to 15 years old

A Basket Full of Activities:

Our camps are designed to make this Easter unforgettable, with a variety of activities that cater to all interests and skill levels. Kids can make a splash with daily swimming lessons, create unique memories with Easter-themed crafts, and get moving with sports and activities including kickboxing. To ensure a holistic experience, we’ll also incorporate yoga and mindfulness sessions to promote well-being.

Nourishment for Mind and Body:

We believe in nurturing both the body and the mind, which is why a nutritious hot meal will be provided each day to keep everyone energized for all the fun!

How to Register:

Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of this egg-citing Easter event. Spaces are filling up quickly! To book your place, call us at 01543 672439 and have your code ready.


This event promises not only a basketful of fun but also the opportunity for growth, learning, and new friendships. Join us at Burntwood Leisure Centre for an Easter to remember!

Easter Camping Photo (All information on this poster can be found on this webpage)

Lichfield District Council and Burntwood Town Council today announce a collaborative project to fund the relocation of the much-loved skate park that was situated on land owned by Staffordshire County Council which has been allocated for a new health centre development due to start soon.

Understanding the importance of recreational spaces for residents, both councils have committed to work together to ensure the skate park finds a new home at Burntwood Leisure Centre.

Skatepark

The project is estimated to cost around £100,000, with Lichfield District Council contributing a significant £86,000 from council 106 funds. Section 106 funds can be made available to support a future need that arises as a direct result of a proposed development. Burntwood Town Council is also set to agree £20,000 from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) monies next week; together demonstrating a strong partnership and commitment to community leisure facilities.

Leader of Lichfield District Council, Doug Pullen, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating:

“We know the skate park provides a valuable destination for children and young adults. We are committed to preserving and developing our leisure activities in the district, and I am pleased we have been able to work together with Burntwood Town Council to ensure skaters of the district will continue to have a place to practice, meet, and enjoy the facilities in a safe and secure location.”

Echoing the sentiments, Leader of Burntwood Town Council, Darren Ennis, highlighted the community’s concern over the loss of the skate park:

“We know that many young people and their families were unhappy that the skate park is being removed. I am thrilled that we have been able to work together with the District Council to find a way to move the skate park to a safe location and to jointly fund this important leisure facility for so many people.”

This initiative reflects both councils’ dedication to enhancing local leisure and recreational offerings, ensuring that the needs and interests of young people and families in the community are met. The relocation of the skate park to Burntwood Leisure Centre will not only preserve the activity but will also provide an upgraded and accessible space for skaters to enjoy for years to come.

Work on the new site is expected to commence shortly, with both councils working closely to ensure minimal disruption and a swift transition to the new location.

An exciting range of free sport and activity sessions has been arranged for young people to enjoy over Half Term.

The sessions, from Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February, are taking place at venues in Lichfield and Burntwood.

They include Soft Archery for 7-14 year-olds or 12-19 year-olds (depending on the venue), Street Dance with Fusion for 10-15 year-olds, Kwik Cricket for 7-14 year-olds, football for 7-15 year-olds and 10-19 year-olds (depending on the session), multi sports for 7-15 year-olds, basketball for 9-15 year-olds, and Judo tasters.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks and Major Projects, said:

“There are some great activity sessions on offer to the district’s young people over the Half Term break.

“They are free, delivered by our fully-qualified Getin2it coaches, and there is no need to book – just come along and join in.”

For full details of session days and times visit Holiday Fun  on the Active Lichfield website.

All participants are required to complete a Getin2it Participant Consent Form if they have not previously attended sessions.

This can be downloaded on the Active Lichfield website  and should be returned directly to sportsdevelopment@lichfielddc.gov.ukkid in park

There will be more for visitors to Burntwood Leisure Centre to enjoy following the installation of a brand-new soft play area for children and the refurbishment of the facility’s tennis courts.

A picture of the refurbished tennis courts and the new soft play at Burntwood Leisure Centre.

The Active Kids Zone, a soft play with slides, steps, obstacles and building blocks in bright, attractive colours is suitable for children aged between 6 months and ten years of age.

It has been installed by Lichfield District Council in partnership with Microsports which will be managing the facility.

Situated on the ground floor of the leisure centre the soft play will open on Thursday 1 February. There is no need to book, and the charge is £3. Entry will be free over Half Term (12 to 16 February).

The soft play is part of a programme of improvement at Burntwood Leisure Centre, implemented by Lichfield District Council, which also includes the refurbishment of the tennis courts.

These have been resurfaced and temporarily laid out with lines for tennis and netball use. The full painting of the courts will be concluded in the spring.

The courts are free to use for the remainder of January. From then the charge will be £6 for members and £7.50 for non-members per hour, per court.

Bookings can be made online .

Lichfield District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks and Major Projects, Councillor Andy Smith, said:

“The new soft play at Burntwood Leisure Centre will be popular with young children, and their parents, while refurbishing the tennis courts is important as it helps encourage outdoor activity.

“Our teams are working hard to improve leisure facilities across the district and I welcome these latest initiatives.“

Michael Hampson of MicroSports said:

“Together with Lichfield District Council we are delighted and proud to be providing a new soft play at Burntwood Leisure Centre.

“From enhancing motor skills and fostering social interaction to promoting creativity and cognitive growth, Active Kids Zone is designed to be not only a playground, but a holistic and enriching play experience.

“We would also like to invite players to take advantage of the refurbished tennis courts which offer an enhanced fitness facility for users.”

A major milestone has been passed in Lichfield District Council’s project to establish a dedicated route for walkers and cyclists between Lichfield and Chasewater.

Onwards to Lichfield! Lichfield District Council Leader Councillor Doug Pullen and Cabinet Member for High Streets and Visitor Economy Councillor Janice Silvester-Hall with members of Back the Track on The McClean Way at Brownhills.

The Greenway will be created on the former South Staffordshire Railway Line, which opened in 1849 for passenger travel and coal and oil transportation but has not been running for decades.

Lichfield District Council has been working on preparations to transform the line into a ‘recreational corridor’ and has signed an agreement with the landowner, Network Rail, enabling preliminary works to begin.

The project will be progressed in collaboration with Back the Track, a group of volunteers who have already redeveloped the Brownhills to Pelsall section of the line – also known as the McClean Way, and Sustrans, the charity that works to create walking and cycling routes across the UK.

The Leader of Lichfield District Council, Councillor Doug Pullen, said:

“I’m delighted that after many years of negotiation and an in-depth feasibility study, this agreement has been made with Network Rail allowing volunteers to get started on the Greenway.

“When completed it will provide families with the perfect environment to enjoy cycling, walking and running in safety well away from busy roads.

“The work that Back the Track has already done is nothing short of a miracle, and we are fortunate that such a brilliant group are willing to continue their superb work.”

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for High Streets and Visitor Economy, Councillor Janice Silvester-Hall, said:

“The Greenway will be a fantastic facility for the district’s residents, and visitors to enjoy.

“In addition to the leisure and environmental benefits it will bring, the Greenway will improve connectivity between Chasewater, Hammerwich, Burntwood and Lichfield.”

Tim Kitchen of Back the Track said:

“In 2017 when Back the Track started clearing the disused railway line between Walsall and Brownhills, our ambition was always to get to Lichfield so there would be a destination at either end. Now BTT are delighted to have been asked by Lichfield District Council to share our expertise in helping to open up the missing link.”

Kent Farrell, sponsor for Network Rail’s Central route, added:

“We’re pleased to be working with our partners at Lichfield District Council to explore how disused railway land between Lichfield and Brownhills could be repurposed to help better connect local people and increase the provision of sustainable journeys in the area.”