POSTED: 18 June 2019

Touchwood's urban beach is back! Join in the fun with the Safari Party


You won’t have to travel far for a beach escape this summer, as Touchwood’s Costa Del Solihull, is making a much-anticipated return!

You won’t have to travel far for a beach escape this summer, as Touchwood’s Costa Del Solihull, is making a much-anticipated return!

From Saturday 6th July, local residents will once again be transported to sun, sand and serenity as Solihull becomes awash with African vibes thanks to this year’s safari theme! Throughout the summer, guests of all ages will be able to relax in the deckchairs, build sandcastles and enjoy a vibrant programme of activities and entertainment.

The beach festivities will begin with Touchwood’s search to find the next Solihull singing sensation, after teaming up with Solihull Summer Fest to launch the Touchwood Talent competition.

On Saturday 6th July between 11am and 3pm, budding solo and duo artists from across the region will be able to showcase themselves live on stage at the beach. One act will then be chosen to win the amazing opportunity to perform at Solihull Summer Fest!

To continue the beach fun, Touchwood will be hosting a special safari party from 12pm - 5pm on Saturday 13th July, with a series of sizzling events planned - all of which are free.

Throughout the day a children’s DJ will play cool sounds across the golden expanse; and when you’re not toe-tapping in the sand, guests will get the chance to meet Alex the Lion and Skipper the Penguin from Madagascar. The duo will be at the beach during intervals throughout the day, so be sure to stop by – and don’t forget to bring your camera!

And, what’s the best way to cool down on a Safari? Ice-cream, of course! Enjoy a little indulgence at the launch party whilst basking in the Solihull sunshine. After your sweet treat, head to our professional face painter to be transformed into a safari animal. Be sure to also check out our bubble artist; the kaleidoscopic display of impressive bubble art is sure to blow beach-goers away.

In addition, throughout the summer, younger guests can take part in Touchwood’s very own Safari Hunt, with a series of fantastic prizes up for grabs.

Lucy Burnett, Marketing Manager at Touchwood, comments: “You don’t need to go to the coast to enjoy some beach fun! As the sunny season arrives, we’re delighted to be returning to the ever-popular Costa Del Solihull, this time with a Safari twist. Join us for our beach party, and experience a series of exciting treats that will be sure to kick-start a summer of fun!”

And it doesn’t stop there, as guests will be able to enjoy a fun-filled series of events each week at the Touchwood beach until the end of August. Here is a rundown of the family-friendly events taking place:

Saturday 20th July 11am-4pm: Marvel at the exotic beauty of two larger than life and vibrant parrot mascots. With inquisitive beaks, joyful squawks and featuring all the colours of the rainbow, guests can get up close and personal and take a beautiful and bright photo with the two birds. There will also be a professional face painter on hand throughout the day.

Sunday 21st July 3pm-5pm: Visitors will be able to sit back, relax and listen to the dynamic and soulful sounds from Roy Forbes Band, who will be performing live on stage as part of the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival.

Saturday 27th July 11am-4pm: If you’re looking to get your creative juices flowing, then the mask making workshop is for you. Led by professional artists, you can let your imagination run wild and design a mask to turn yourself into your favourite animal. What’s more, Bouncy Tigers will be performing a series of jumps and tricks to keep guests amused during the day.

Sunday 28th July 2pm-4pm: If swing music is more your thing, then the Jitterbug: What the Doctor Ordered dance workshop is perfect – whether you’re a beginner or have danced before, you’ll be a ‘swinging sensation’ before you know it! During the day, you can also listen to the musical stylings of the Swing Café Band, who will be playing well-known tunes from the 1920s to the 1950s. Led by the popular Midlands vocalist Billie Baker, the band’s sunny sounds are sure to get toes tapping!

Saturday 3rd August 11am-4pm: Telling the story of the William Blake poem, ‘The Tyger’, a narrator and three giant tiger puppets will put on a show to remember, incorporating both dance and poetry. For those who want to be turned into a tiger themselves, a professional face painter will also be available.  

Saturday 10th August 11am-4pm: Be transported into your very own safari adventure, and snap a selfie in the Touchwood safari jeep. There’ll also be a lion mascot on hand so you can really feel like you’re in the wild! In addition, guests will be able to listen to Adambara and Zhim’s whimsical storytelling show based on the traditional Indian Panchatantra story of the Elephant and the Mouse. Perfect for all ages, the show encourages audience participation, so the whole family will be able to get involved!

Saturday 17th August 11am-4pm: Bringing a mixture of traditional African harmonies and high-energy dance, the Zulu Land Warriors is an amazing nine-piece act that is set to deliver an exceptional performance. There will also be a face painter available throughout the day.

Saturday 24th August 12pm-5pm: Guests will be treated to a Safari-themed beach party, complete with a children’s DJ, safari animal puppet workshop and face painting. If that’s not enough, Limbo Warriors will also be entertaining guests throughout the day. Performed by three acrobats, enjoy a combination of human pyramids, hoop diving, limbo dancing, African traditional dance, and much, much more. What a perfect end to the summer!

Touchwood houses some of the UK’s best restaurants, international brands, designer retailers and independent boutique style stores. For further information, visit www.touchwoodsolihull.co.uk or telephone 0121 709 6900.