There’s lots of questions we get asked about the Sutton Games on a regular basis so we’ve prepared a list of FAQs…
Nothing! It’s completely free!
There isn’t a catch, just enjoy it for what it is and don’t worry – it’s just good old fashioned wholesome fun. The event is run by volunteers, paid for by SPONSORS, and we’ve worked hard to keep it free from commercial influences.
The next Games will run between 12 and 5 on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2019. Different activities are happening at different times – for all the detail have a look at our official programme, which will be published in early July and promoted on the LATEST NEWS page.
The Sutton Games is all about getting involved. The event is designed to let people – children and adults alike – have a go at loads of different sports and activities. So don’t come to just observe, come down to give it a go for yourself! And if you’re a parent bringing your kids, why not have a go too? You never know what might come of it…
Yes! In fact, there might be more – in 2017, we had over 90. There genuinely is something for everyone and every ability or interest to try over the weekend. Check out the EVENTS section of this website for the full list.
No, not at all. We’re aiming to cater for everyone, from the very young to the very old (but young at heart!). There’s plenty to do and there’s no set formula to each activity so many can be adopted to suit the individual wanting to give it a try.
We like to encourage as many of you as possible to walk or cycle to the Sutton Games. Bikes can be brought inside the track area and locked to the railings.
Alternatively why not use the train? Sutton Coldfield station is a 10 minute walk away.
If you are driving, the main Wyndley car park will be open as usual. Alternatively, there is parking around the Town Gate area and you can walk through to Wyndley via the path by the Visitors Centre. Please do remember it’s likely to be busy so be patient and, most importantly, please park respectfully.
Disabled visitors are encouraged to use the entrance to Clifton Road Youth Centre, where disabled parking spaces and other applicable facilities have been organised.
You can view the full list of activities planned HERE. Most activities run between 12:00 and 17:00 with only a handful of exceptions.
Sailing is taking place at Sutton Coldfield Sailing Club on Monmouth Drive between 12:00 and 16:30 on the Saturday only (and Star Cars will be running a free shuttle service between there and Wyndley).
Listen out for announcements at the event for updates on what’s happening where, or visit the information tent and ask one of the team if there’s something specific you’d like to try.
Please note – for hopefully obvious reasons, we can’t guarantee every activity will go ahead as planned – the events list is compiled in good faith but things beyond our collective control can happen.
The Sutton Games is organised entirely by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, with the help and support of a massive array of people, from local businesses, Wyndley Leisure Centre, the emergency services, plus the many sports clubs and groups who run every individual event.
The event is funded via a donation from the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust and the generous sponsorship of a number of local organisations: Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, Green & Company, WAA Chosen, Sutton Spas, Star Cars and West Midlands Trains. Their generosity means we can continue to provide the weekend for free and for that we thank them.
Of course! This is Great Britain and all events have to be weather proof! Plus, that’s why we all have coats and umbrellas. We won’t lie – if it rains, we will be a little bit sad but it rained (rather a lot) in 2016 and we not only survived but had an amazing weekend. Don’t let the weather put you off!
Yes, of course! There will be stands selling food thanks to Boldmere Butchers, Deli in Boldmere and Harvester Boldmere, plus of course there’s a Costa Coffee at Wyndley Leisure Centre. And we’ve invited an ice cream van to come along. Or of course feel free to simply bring a picnic – this year, the banking in-between the track perimeter fence and the park by Wyndley Pool will be kept clear for picnickers to use. If you’re picnic-ing, please be aware no alcohol is permitted within the Wyndley area.
Anyone (especially children) taking part in eight or more activities can claim their coveted Sutton Coldfield Community Games medal. All you need to do is collect one of the sticker cards from the main entrance to the track or any of the helpers and make sure you get a sticker once your activity is compete. Medals will be awarded on the hour, every hour (or thereabouts – we’ll do our best) so listen out for details on the day.
We’re sorry but dogs aren’t allowed. It’s not our rule so don’t bark at us but please do respect the Wyndley Leisure Centre’s policy for the running track area. Dogs are of course welcome in the park however, so please do take Fido with you if you’re planning a visit to the sailing, paddle boarding or rafting activities on Powells Pool and Blackroot Lake