Solihull BID


The Core held their opening for The BIG Read today in the library. The deputy mayor came along and opened the BIG Read BookBench Trail, The Core is hosting 10 fabulous BookBench Sculptures decorated by artists and local schools. This unique project follows on from the huge success of last years ‘Big Hoot’ sculpture trail.

The trail is designed to promote literacy development and there are over 170 BookBench sculptures situated across the West Midlands with just two venues in Solihull, The Core and John Lewis.

We joined many of the schools who produced the BookBench sculptures to be the first to complete the Treasure Hunt Trail around the newly refurbished Core building. The standard of benches produced by the schools and artists is outstanding, it is definitely worth a visit when in Solihull. You can collect your Treasure Hunt Trail sheets and map from the desk and tell a story of your own.

All the benches inside The Core were produces by the following schools and artists: Blossomfield Infant School; Coleshill Heath School; Greswold Primary School; Robin Hood Academy; Solihull School; Springfield House School; Milan Topalovic for The Core; Tudor Grande Academy; and Widney Junior School.

Alongside the BookBench Trail, The Core will be holding lots of arts and crafts activities including book- themed arts and craft sessions, a theatre summer school, Decoupage classes, the libraries summer reading challenge and a variety of family theatre shows at The Core Theatre.

To find out more information visit

To see a full list of BookBench display venues visit Can you find them all this summer?