Thousands flock to the Walsall Arboretum to celebrate its 150th anniversary

An estimated 6500 people flocked to Walsall Arboretum last weekend to enjoy the park’s 150th celebrations. Blessed with good weather, visitors enjoyed a day of live music and activities under the May bank holiday sun.

Festivities were officially opened by the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Chris Towe, before a powerful performance by The City of Birmingham Brass Band kicked off live music across two stages. Popular local DJ Dicky Dodd, master of ceremonies on the bandstand, provided the perfect introduction to the bands throughout the day, sharing facts about the Arboretum and gathering memories from the audience.  

The excitement continued throughout the day thanks to a wide range of activities and attractions providing endless entertainment for people of all ages. This included showcases of the groups that use the Arboretum including Walsall Arboretum Running Club, Community Cycle Club, MetaMinds and energetic performances from Glorishears of Brummagem Morris Dancers and Victorian-style performers wandering the centre green.  

Jon Hemming, Chair of Walsall Arboretum User Group, led a rousing rendition of happy birthday for the park, before a special cake, made by students from University College Birmingham, was shared with visitors.  

The much-anticipated return of the miniature railway also proved a hit with visitors, while the Walsall Arboretum Users Group conducted informative sessions, with many enjoying a unique guided tour led by Michael Glasson, a dedicated Woodland Trust volunteer who has recently documented the many ancient trees that make up the arboretum.  

Councillor Chris Towe, Mayor of Walsall, said, “It was such an honour to officially open the celebrations of our premier park.    

“It was wonderful to see the sheer amount of people, of all ages, who came together to have fun and mark this special occasion.”  

The day was headlined by Slady, the world’s first all-female Slade tribute band, paying homage to Walsall native Noddy Holder, serving as the perfect sign-off for a spectacular celebration.   

The Arboretum’s celebrations continue with events including a visit from the popular Digbeth Dining Club (Saturday 6 July 2024), Walsall Pride (Saturday 24 August 2024) and culminating in Walsall Council’s traditional bonfire and firework display (Saturday 2 November 2024).

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