Sutton Coldfield is a nice little town situated about 8 miles north east of Birmingham. It is home to Sutton Park, which is the largest urban park outside London at over 9000 square kms, and has a well equipped town centre. The town is popular as a good place to live for those working in Birmingham and house prices are considerably higher than the surrounding areas. Many of its residents like to refer to the town as the "Royal Borough" giving it an almost snooty appeal!
There is a railway station in the town that links it to the nearby cities of Birmingham and Lichfield. Trains run regularly and are operated by London Midland. Buses also run regularly between Sutton Coldfield and the two cities.
The park itself is one of the main reason that people move to the area and it is popular particularly with runners. It is home to an annual fun run and the park also boasts a pub and restaurant within its grounds. The park is home to a lake and nature reserve and there are plenty of activities available for all ages.
The town centre has a degree of history to it but many of the buildings are now modern. The Holy Trinity Church at the top end of the town dates back to 1300 and is a beautiful example and popular spot for weddings with its sweeping staircase near the entrance.
Shopping in Sutton Coldfield is popular and the town is home to the Gracechurch Shopping Centre which has recently been refurbished to modernise what was looking like a dated 70's retail area. The town centre has a very traditional feel to it in that all of the shops are on the main road leading through the town which is pedestrianised.
There are a number of pubs, clubs and restaurants in the town centre and it gets busy on evenings and weekends. Nearby Wyndley Leisure Centre has the usual facilities for a building of its kind and hosts a large car park. The Town Hall hosts various theatre nights and there is a cinema at the south end of the town centre.
My only real gripe with Sutton Coldfield is parking. The local council have done a really good job (for their purses) by making on street parking almost impossible. There are a fair few public car parks that you are guided in to but it can be a real pain when you just want to nip out to pick something up as the council's moped riding ticket enforcers are never far away!
Sutton Coldfield is a lovely town and the kind of place that people living near to it aspire to move to. My only advice would be to make sure you get a drive with your house as parking is a nightmare!