Simmer Down festival returns to the beautiful surroundings of Handsworth park, and after a very long year of restrictions on our lives. Now in our 11th year, the open-air event is one of the UK biggest music and arts festival, celebrating Birmingham’s rich cultural diversity, with fun for all family including live performances, art workshops, participation activities, children and young peoples meadow area, plus craft stalls and belly-busting range of food stalls as well as a licensed bar.

Come and join us for the biggest and best party of the year!

Keep it clean

Broken glass, cans and plastic can prove unsafe and unhealthy, so please remember to pick up your rubbish, respect the grounds, and respect each other to make our festival a safe and enjoyable day for everyone. Rubbish and recycling bins will be available at the waste stations throughout the park.

Missing Children and First Aid

Children are the responsibility of their parent/guardian at ALL times.
Children entering the festival will be given a wristband on which to write their parent/guardian phone number. If you become separated, please head directly to the Events control bus, found in the licensed area.

Licenced Bar

There is a fully licenced bar serving a wide range of cold larger, wine, spirits and soft drinks. Please note No glass or cans are allowed on the festival site.

How to get there?

Due to possible congestion and road closure please use public transport where possible.

By Bus: No. 16, No 11, No 101
By Car: Sat Nav postcodes: B20 2EU, B20 2RD, B20 2BY


Designated public car parking is available at £5 per car. Festival car parks are located off Hinstock Road and off Hamstead Road

Road Closure

Holly Rd and Phillip Victor Rd will be closed from 08.00hrs to 21.00hrs- residents will be issued with access passes. Diversions signs will be in place around the park. No Road Parking on the streets immediately next to the park including Grove Lane, Hamstaed Rd, and Hinstock Rd.

Important Notice

Please drink responsibly and taking drugs is strictly prohibited.

“Come and join us for the biggest and best party of the year!”