Festive Arrangements – 2019/20

If you want to know exactly how many days are left to go until Christmas, Robin will be more than happy to let you know, but it's near enough to confirm our arrangements so you can get planning.

  • Saturdays at 9am will continue as normal.
  • There WILL be an extra parkrun on Christmas Day at 9am. If you are planning on attending this run, please bear in mind that it is unlikely that the visitor centre will be open and at this stage we don't know whether all the usual gates will be open, including those to the Grange car park. Please allow a little extra time just in case.
  • There WILL NOT be a parkrun at the arboretum on New Year's Day. However, other local events may be choosing to put an additional run on. Start times may vary between events and as in previous years, parkrun HQ will allow you to log two parkruns on New Year's Day if you wish. Please ensure you travel safely to, between and from parkrun should you choose to take advantage of an additional run or two.

A full list of UK parkruns and whether or not they are planning to put on additional runs over the festive period can be found here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/


Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019…

Christmas Day - Yes, we are on. 9am start as normal. Please remember that the visitor centre will be closed so toilets, cafe, warm space to spectate indoors will not be available.

New Years Day - No, there is no run taking place at the arboretum. A full list of events on both Christmas and New Years Day can be found at: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/ If you are going to try and do the double, this unofficial link might help: http://tailrun.uk/nyd/2019/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2gu083ix779OrfSYuoIjmpe80ArpfJE5StZ5qv98qocmMuFJLm3gegrRs


Christmas 2016 and New Year 2017.

The Walsall Arboretum parkrun event team are pleased to confirm that in line with previous years, we will be putting on an extra parkrun on Christmas Day at 9:00am. Runners attending should anticipate that the visitor centre, toilets and car park will all be closed. We will not be putting on an additional parkrun on New Year's Day.

If you are away for Christmas or if you are keen to take part in the traditional New Year's Day parkrun double (the only day of the year you can do this in the UK), a full list of events running on Christmas and New Year's Day can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

We will continue to run each Saturday in December as usual, including Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.


Christmas Compendium – West Midlands version

The full Christmas Compendium ( http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/ ) can be a little hard to see which local parkruns are putting on additional runs over the festive period, so I've reproduced the information below. I accept no responsibility if this information changes and I miss it. Even if another event is planning on putting on an additional event, circumstances may change resulting in cancellation, so it is recommended you double check on their event page before travelling. You may do one run on Christmas Day and two runs on New Year's Day

Last updated 19 December 2015.

Event Christmas Day New Year’s Day
Walsall Arboretum 9.00am No
Arrow Valley 10.00am No
Brueton 9.00am 9.00am
Cannon Hill No No
Conkers 9.00am 9.00am
Coventry 9.00am No
Evesham No No
Hanley 9.00am 10.00am
Hereford No No
Kingsbury Water No 10.30am
Leamington No 9.00am
Perry Hall No 10.30am
Shrewsbury No 10.00am
Telford No 10.30am
Wolverhampton No No
Worcester 9.00am 10.00am
Wyre Forest No No

West Midlands Christmas Compendium

There's less than three weeks until Christmas Day, and the parkrun Christmas Compendium is nearly complete. I have extracted the planned runs for all West Midlands parkruns (plus Conkers since they're close enough to Kingsbury Water to be able to do a New Years Day Double).

Just to remind you...

  • On Christmas Day, you will only be credited for one parkrun (even if you are capable of attending more than one!)
  • On New Years Day, you will be credited for a maximum of two parkruns (even if you are able to attend more than two).

Please ensure you keep an eye on the parkrun news page / facebook page / twitter page of the event  you are planning on visiting (or the Christmas Compendium itself) to ensure you are aware of any last minute changes to their plans.

Christmas Day New Years Day
Arrow Valley 10:00am No
Brueton 9:00am 9:00am
Cannon Hill 10:30am 10:30am
Conkers 9:00am 9:00am
Coventry 9:00am No
Hanley 9:00am 10:00am
Hereford 9:30am No
Kingsbury Water No 10:30am
Leamington No 10:00am
Perry Hall 9:00am 10:30am
Shrewsbury No No
Telford No 10:30am
Walsall Arboretum 9:00am No
Wolverhampton No No
Worcester No 9:30am

Christmas and New Year

parkrun HQ allows runs to take place on both Christmas Day and New Year's Day. These are the only two days that parkruns may start at a time other than 9.00am. We have decided at Walsall that as long as we get the volunteer support, a parkrun will take place on Christmas Day at 9.00am however we will NOT arrange a parkrun for New Year's Day. Last year, it was possible to run at Conkers parkrun at 9.00am and then at Kingsbury Water 10.30am. Full details as to which events will be staged and which will not can be found in the Christmas Compendium here.

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