Maurice Cole, of the West Midlands Classic Car Club, with Black Country Festival co-organiser James Stevens and the Mayor of Dudley, Cllr Hilary Bills

Biggest ever Black Country Festival cranks up a gear this weekend

The biggest and best Black Country Festival yet cranks up a gear this weekend with carnivals, fun days and classic car events across the borough.

Now in its 11th year, the festival aims to generate pride in Black Country folk and celebrate who we are and where we are from.

Dudley Classic Car Show will be on at the town’s marketplace on Saturday (Jul 6) from 11am to 5pm, with Punch and Judy shows for the kids.

Halesowen Carnival & Music Festival runs from 11.30am to 8pm on Saturday at Highfield Park in the town. Netherton Park Funday & Music Festival is also on Saturday from 10am to 9.30pm, while the Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon starts from 8am.

On Sunday, there will also be a classic car display at Stourbridge Carnival. The event runs from 11am to 5pm in High Street and Coventry Street.

In addition, Race for Life Dudley 5k takes place at Himley Hall from 11am.

All of the classic car shows, carnivals and fun days are free admission.

Councillor Hilary Bills, the Mayor of Dudley, said:

“The Black Country Festival is a great chance to fly the flag, come together and be proud of who we are and where we’re from.

“I will be at a number of these events and I look forward to a bostin’ month meeting lots of proper Black Country folk.”

James Stevens, co-organiser of the Black Country Festival, said:

“The festival is now in its 11th year, and this one promises to be the biggest and best yet.

“We’ve got a fantastic programme of events which really crank into gear this weekend, with fun for the whole family.

“Most of the events are free admission, and so I’d urge people to turn out and have some fun.”

The festival runs mainly throughout July with a big Black Country Weekender music festival at Himley on Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14.

On the Saturday, the Symphonix Rock Orchestra will be joined by tributes to hit rock bands Oasis and Foo Fighters from 5pm to 10pm.

And on the Sunday, Black Country Musicom returns from 12 noon to 8pm. There will be tributes to the likes of Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Madness, Fleetwood Mac and more as well as a comedy tent and loads to do for the kids.

For more information on the events running during the festival, go to

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