8th Aug 2023|Life at Centrick|News|Sales|

Summer in Solihull: Embrace the Sun-Kissed Season!

As the days grow longer and the warmth of the sun envelops Solihull, our picturesque town and wider region transforms into a summer paradise.  With an abundance of great places to eat, drink and shop plus a fun packed line up of family friendly events, Solihull is not just an amazing place to live but the perfect place to enjoy a vibrant and eventful summer. So, whether you’re already Solilocal, just visiting or thinking of moving to Solihull – let’s dive into the top things to do and experience this summer in Solihull.

Life’s a beach at Touchwood Shopping Centre

Keep the kids entertained in between shopping this summer with Solihull’s very own ‘Costa Del Solihull’, back by popular demand.  Head down to the beach at Theatre Square in Touchwood shopping centre – a delightful (and free to enter) pop-up beach that offers a unique experience for visitors with a fun filled line-up of free activities for the kids throughout the summer period. This year’s theme is everything Mermaids, so expect costumes and sea creatures to boot!  Kick back and relax on the deck chairs and get some sand between your toes whilst the kids take part in party games, competitions, face painting and much more!

The Core Theatre

Too much sand in your shoes?  If the beach scene isn’t your thing head across to The Core Theatre and immerse yourself in a world of cultural entertainment and expect to be dazzled by the talents of Solihull’s performing arts community.  Gather with friends or family this summer and enjoy classic productions like Dumbo the Flying elephant or take part in one of their many activity workshops to begin a new hobby, learn a new craft or keep fit with a yoga class.

Do the kids fancy themselves as the next big star on Broadway?  Then get them signed up for the ‘Play in a Day’ experience where kids aged 11 to 16 years can spend the morning learning new theatre skills and create a brand new play in a day.  You even get to watch them perform in it later! What’s more it’s delivered by the iconic Birmingham Rep Theatre.  This unique theatrical experience takes place on Tuesday 22nd August from 10 a.m. and a payable pre-booking is required so hurry – lets get this show on the road!

Foodies Rejoice!

Solihull embraces the culinary arts with a diverse range of outdoor food events throughout the summer months. From monthly artisan markets to mouth-watering street food festivals, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to satisfying your taste buds.  If you didn’t get a chance to visit the Solihull Dining Club or Solihull Social events earlier this summer, then don’t despair – get yourself down to Shirley Park on Saturday 12th of August for Shirley Dining Club – the sizzling summer food festival tour brought to you by Digbeth Dining Club. Expect an array of international street food vendors to explore whilst you enjoy a craft beer or wine to some summer tunes in the park!

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Why Solihull is a Great Place to Live

Apart from the fantastic summer activities, there are a host of reasons why Solihull is the first choice for so many people and why property is in such high demand.  Economic activity in Solihull continues to grow with 3.1% employment growth over the last decade and annual wages above the UK average for all income bands. Solihull is graced with an abundance of green spaces and parks, offering serene places to relax, picnic, or enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends. With well-connected transport links to major rail routes and roadways and Birmingham Airport just a short drive away, Solihull allows for convenient travel to neighbouring cities and beyond. Check out our summary of some of the best places to live in Solihull by amenities, house prices and demographic.

If you didn’t already know it, Solihull is also home to some pretty high performing secondary schools like Arden Academy and Tudor Grange Academy who’s values are equally centred around developing ‘the whole child’ just as much as making the grades!

For those preferring the private school route Solihull School truly has it all – from preparatory schooling through to Sixth Form and even beyond with it’s development & alumni offering for leavers.  Heralded as one of the Midlands most successful schools it continues to earn it’s badge with yet more Oxford and Cambridge University offers made to several of their students this year.

On the primary and junior school front Solihull still hits the mark with the most popular schools in the area currently ranking ‘good’ or above with Ofsted at time of writing including Widney Manor Junior and Streetsbrook Infant and Early Years Academy.  Academic positions and catchment areas are critical for many families moving into and around Solihull – with property in prime school catchment areas more popular than ever.

According to Rightmove “overall sold prices in Solihull over the past year were up 13% on the previous year and 20% up on the 2020 peak of £313,939” indicating that the area continues to grow in desirability as the perfect location to set down roots.

Detached and Semi-detached property prices have grown by 15 and 21% respectively over the last 5 years with 3 and 4-bedroom homes seeing growth of 9 and 10%. 5-bedroom homes have seen the highest price growth in the same period, growing by a huge 25% and reflecting Solihull’s position as the location of choice for families and those needing more space.

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