- Bearwood, West Midlands
Bearwood has a busy shopping area on Bearwood Road, including a market, and a number of other local amenities such as banks, supermarkets, bakeries and pharmacies. There are several opticians and a large NHS dental practice situated on this road. The
Birmingham Outer Circlebus routes (the 11A and the 11C), which link Birmingham's suburbs, have stops here. Bearwood also has a number of restaurants serving a range of different cuisines.
Bearwood Road leads northwards to Smethwick High Street, and at the southern end joins Hagley Road, one of the main arterial routes into
Birminghamfrom the M5 at Junction 3. If the plans for the Midlands Metro extension along the Hagley Road are realised, Bearwood will also have a tram stop.
Lightwoods Park runs alongside Hagley Road and features a skateboard ramp and bowling green. It also has a walled garden called "The Shakespeare Garden" with benches, ponds and plants.
Warley Park, colloquially called "Warley Woods", is nearby. It is grade II listed on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. It covers 100 acres and includes a meadow, woodland and a public golf course. [ [http://www.warleywoods.org.uk/history.htm Warley Woods Community Trust ] ]
Some of the Birmingham conurbation's older properties can be found in the roads adjoining Bearwood Road. A traditionally upper working class area of Victorian terraced houses, this has more recently become much sought after, as house prices in neighbouring areas such as
Harbornehave moved out of the range of first time buyers.
Also situated on Bearwood Road is
Bearwood Primary School, a mixed sex school for children between the ages of 3 and 11 years. It is well above average size, serving 479 pupils.
St Gregory's Primary School on Park Road, just off Bearwood Road, also is a mixed school for children between 3 and 11.
Abbey Infants School and Abbey Juniors lie to the north, on the edge of Warley Woods.
Every year Bearwood hosts a music festival at Warley Woods- "Picnic In The Park" - to promote local bands and artists and to promote use and up keep of the parkland.
Bearwood has a small range of local restaurants:Azzari TooThe King's ArmsTeknaf CuisineLocal pub The Bear hosted comedy nights in the 1980s hosted by local comedian Frank Skinner (Chris Collins) and many TV comedians appeared there, including Sean Hughes,Ed Byrne and some of TV's "The Fast Show".Musical claims to fame include the now defunct "Little Nibble" cafe getting a mention on Dexy's Midnight Runners "Don't Stand Me Down" album and local -ish band The Twang rehearsing at the Sandwell Snooker Centre in the town.There are many local musicians in the area and regular acoustic performances at Atticus Bar.
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