The Birmingham ParkLives team were out in force at the Lord Mayor’s Show. With the weather on their side, the event was a huge success in spreading the ParkLives message throughout the community.

The Lord Mayor’s Show takes place every year to introduce the new Lord Mayor to the City and waves goodbye to the outgoing one. Thousands of people go to enjoy a great family day out and to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Charity.

This year’s event at Cannon Hill Park was blessed with a beautiful sunny day, perfect to welcome local residents and community members. The Birmingham ParkLives team seized the opportunity to showcase the ParkLives programme and give people a taste of what it’s all about.

The ParkLives team make a buzz with the Wasps mascot as they show off their Zumba moves.

Throughout the day the ParkLives stand was a hive of activity, with the team chatting to visitors about the types of sessions going on in their local parks and open spaces.

Demonstrations of Tai Chi, Belly Fit and Zumba proved a hit with visitors, and the Wasps rugby mascot even joined in with a Zumba class! There was also archery, badminton, tennis, Frisbee, and table tennis to have a go at, as well as hula hoop challenges on the experiential stage.

Gaynor Roberts, Park Lives Programme Manager in Birmingham, said: “It was a great atmosphere and there was lots of interest in the programme – everyone was asking where they could go to join in the fun again.”The response from the local community was fantastic. One happy visitor is already planning what they’ll wear to their first session: “I love the music and Zumba! I’ve had a go today and I’ll definitely have to remember to wear my gym kit when I attend a session.”

Another said: “It’s a nice way to meet new people and have a laugh. I’ll give it a go over the next couple of weeks.”

Sign up to a ParkLives activity here