Malvern and Brueton Park, Solihull

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Malvern and Brueton Park is a town park and Local Nature Reserve in Solihull in the West Midlands. The park is formed from a comparatively narrow strip of land, with the length being approximately ten times the average width, but it is looped forming a roughly U-shaped layout. The parks cover an area of approximately 130acres. Historically the park was formed by the joining of two separate parcels of different land. There is a large water feature, Brueton Park Lake, which runs through the southern end of the park, and is formed by the damming of a local watercourse, the River Blythe.DescriptionMalvern sectionGiven the size and aspect of the park, the character of the land differs considerably along its length. The Malvern end of the Park acts as a formal town centre Park, and is within easy walking access to the main town shopping area. It also offers displays of formal floral arrangements and has a large children’s playground area.Malvern Park was laid out by the then Urban District Council in 1926 on land partly forming part of the estate of Malvern Hall and partly purchased from local farmers (Malvern Park Farm). Malvern Hall, which dates back to about 1690, still remains but is home now to St Martin's Independent School for Girls. The town centre entrance gateposts date from that year; the gates, like so much municipal ironwork, were requisitioned for scrap in the 1939-45 war and were never replaced.A statue, the Prancing Horse and Man dominates the ‘Malvern Park Avenue’. This powerful statue was made in 1874 by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834–90), Viennese-born Sculptor in Ordinary to Scotland, and is thought to represent Alexander the Great and his famous steed Bucephalas, which only he could control. It was purchased at auction by Captain Oliver Bird, of Bird's Custard, for his garden at Tudor Grange, but he donated it to the Solihull Council in 1945 and it was finally placed in Malvern Park in the Coronation year, 1953.
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  • Two very nice parks that merge seamlessly into one. There is a nice cafe and a lovely statue in memory of the Solihull Bird (of Custard fame) family  more »
  • Great for walks and wildlife. Visit the wildlife nature reserve for good views information and a good cafe.  more »
  • After taking several walks in the lovely brueton park, I discovered the cafe and I immediately thought what a lovely place to bring people to who may be suffering from loneliness. Perhaps it would bui...  more »
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  • Great place to go with family. Suitable for all ages; from newborns to adults and the elderly. Great walking paths, cycling paths and also playground (easier access through Malvern park if you don't want to walk too much). Free parking if you've got a blue badge. The kids loved feeding the ducks.
  • I love Brueton park. It's might enough to do your own thing but not so big you get lost. With the play area and open space to just have fun a good day out.
  • Brilliant park in the centre of Solihull. Attended Solihull food Festival on this occasion but lots of events particularly in Summer. Great free day out all year round with walks, nature reserves, excellent children's play areas and large ponds.
  • Our family loves these parks. They're great for spending the day with the family. My daughter loves the playground. There are many great paths and trails for hiking, and the nature Centre is great. We typically walk to the nature centre; feed the ducks, geese, and swans; eat lunch at the Dragonfly Cafe, which has lovely food; take a walk inside the nature Centre; and then hike along one of the longer beautiful trails. It always makes for a wonderful day.
  • Beautiful! A great place to bring the kids while the other half is shopping. There's loads of space for running around, a play area and a wildlife sanctuary. When you're worn out the Wildlife Trust shop has a café and lots of woodland to explore. And, it's only a short walk from the shops!

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