Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has the following markets:
Regularly held events include, but are not restricted to, the following:
• Markets delivered on behalf of Solihull MBC by an external provider include monthly Farmer’s Markets and Fine and Local Food Fayres, as well as a series of up to six craft markets throughout the year.
• Markets and other events organised in the town centre by Solihull BID. These include a Christmas market, Jazz Festival weekend and BIG Taste weekend.
• Community events, funfairs and other activities held in the Borough’s parks. The main annual events include the following:
1. Robert Wilkinson’s Funfair – held in Meriden Park over two weekends per year, usually during May and July.
2. Solihull Carnival – organised by Solihull Lions and which takes place in Tudor Grange Park on one day in June.
3. Bob Wilson’s Funfair – held in conjunction with the Solihull Carnival but over three days from Thursday to Saturday. They also provide some rides for other community events, including Solihull Summerfest and Solihull Round Table Fireworks Display (see below).
4. Donkey Derby – organised by Shirley Round Table and held on a Saturday during June.
5. Race for Life – organised by Cancer Research UK one Sunday during June and held in Malvern / Brueton Park and finishing in Mell Square.
6. Shirley Carnival – organised by Shirley Lions and held on a Saturday during July.
7. Solihull Summerfest – organised by One Music Management on behalf of Help Harry Help Others charity and held in Tudor Grange Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
8. Dorridge Day – organised by Knowle and Dorridge Round Table and held in Dorridge Park on a Sunday during September.
9. Fun in the Park – organised by Soroptimists International and held in Tudor Grange Park one Sunday in September.
10. Solihull Round Table Fireworks Display – organised by Solihull Round Table and held on a Saturday in November.
Here is the Council’s response to our Freedom of Information request:
Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.
A: Solihull MBC complies with the law when determining the items traders are allowed to sell when on Council land. It is currently not illegal for these items to be sold so the sale of these goods would be permitted.
The Council allows the sale of fur. They have asked to see our Fur Free Markets policy to consider but stated:
Solihull MBC would not object to receiving copies of any information with regard to policy documents and stallholder agreements. However, these would be received without prejudice.
There has been no further contact from the Council since this information was sent 31/01/18
Real fur is cruel and unnecessary. Please urge the Council to ban the sale of real fur on their markets and adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Councillor Alison Rolf, Cabinet Portfolio Holder – Environment and Housing, email: firstname.lastname@example.org