The Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival is held in Moseley Park. Today the park is run as a charitable trust by a group of local residents. Originally part of the Moseley Hall estate, it was cut off from the Hall and rest of the grounds by building and road developments in 1896. However, the land and the lake were saved by a group of local residents who secured its status as a subscription park. It generates funds through annual fees from keyholders, day entrance charges and through special events like ours.
The Park is a stunning 11-acre woodland glade in the heart of Moseley Village, only 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham but is a world away from city life. Because the ground slopes down into a natural amphitheatre in front of the beautiful lake, it is the perfect setting for a festival. Moseley Park is adjacent to the Village. Therefore convenience shops, newsagents, restaurants, pubs and cash machines are all nearby.
The Park is home to a huge variety of trees and plants, and supports a wealth of wildlife. It also holds one of the Midlands’ best preserved ice-houses. A kind of eighteenth century refrigerator, this was used to preserve food and serve ice to the Moseley Hall owners. During the festival the Ice House will be open for viewing, courtesy of volunteers from The Moseley Society.
The park is also home to the brand new I AM YOGI studio, a dedicated space for yoga practice surrounded by the tress and tranquility of the beautiful park. The purpose-built studio opened in October 2018 and runs a schedule of classes 7 days a week from Basics to candlelit Restore. Whether you are a practicing yogi or have never set foot on a mat, there is a class for all in a welcoming and relaxed environment surrounded by nature.
The Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival’s annual contribution is vital to the upkeep of Moseley Park. Anyone can become a keyholder to this beautiful park, not just local residents. Unlike public parks, Moseley Park receive no financial support from any local authority and rely on membership subscriptions to operate and maintain the Park for the benefit of the local community. All subscription income goes directly to Moseley Pool and Park Trust.
If you’d like to find out more about becoming a Moseley Park Member, click here for details of park membership.