Parachuting Teddies get ready to fly

Super coverage of the forthcoming parachuting event in the Express and Star!

Remember, you can bring your own teddy and give it the experience of a lifetime. We’ll provide the parachutes and do the rest.

Because we value your teddy bears health, this event is subject to no rain and low winds, so check this website on the day.

You can read the Express and Star article here:

Brierley Hill Heritage Open Days Flyer and Programme published.

It’s at the printers and available from Friday this week (1st September) – the flyer for this year’s HOD. You can get an early sight of it here:


That’s the name of the Facebook post covering this week’s Look Up Brierley Hill radio show on Black Country Extra. It was a pleasure to go in and talk about Heritage Open Day to Frank, Kerry, Katie and Justine. Here is the text of the Facebook post:

May be an image of 3 people, people smiling and text that says 'BLACK COUNTRY Xtra BLACK COUNTRY Xtra BLACK COUNTRY Xtra BLACK COUNTRY Xtra COUNTRY Xtra BLACK COUNTRY Xtra BLACK COUNTRY COUNTRY Xtra Xtra BLACK COUNTRY Xtra Xtra ACK UNTRY tra BLACK COUNTRY tra'


This week’s Look Up Brierley Hill on BCRXtra is the first of 3 shows leading into #heritageweek2023 (Sept 9th to 16th). On this week’s show Tim the bell ringer and historian, joins Kerry from the #100facesofbrierleyhill Eye Candy Festival team. With library-Katie, Frank & Justine we reveal all the upcoming dates and spaces along with details of the Dan Whitehouse Song Book project, see;

For the weeks events and to book FREE tickets (where necessary) go to or view info on Brierley Hill Heritage Open Days.

Tune in Tuesdays at 12 noon at…/black-country-xtra/

Or on demand…/look-up-brierley…/

Supporting and Brierley Hill Babybank


Teddy Bears having fun on Heritage Open Day, 16th September

Teddy Bears having fun on Heritage Open Day, 16th September

Of course, we wouldn’t dare let anyone’s teddy bear near a parachute unless it was safe. So it was a delight to spend bank holiday Monday working out how to give the bears a thrill of a lifetime with our brave test pilot today – watch video below.

Things we discovered:

  1. The event is very weather dependent, a wind can send the bears a distance. Fingers crossed for good weather on 16th September.
  2. Little teddy bears were brilliant, but need a bit of weight added to prevent drift. Standard sized bears the maximum we can allow.
  3. The bears enjoy their trip in a basket to the top of the tower.
  4. As an additional incentive a certificate for each participating bear should be offered.

So, as long as the weather allows (check this website on the day), its a go for the Teddy Bear parachute event.

NB No bears were injured in the course of our experiments 🙂