The venue covering the Birmingham area moves to the progressive town of Solihull for the next 2017 course. With designer shopping, a beautiful park, historic buildings and its close proximity to the N.E.C and Birmingham International Airport, Solihull is a great location for our reflexology course. Solihull is also the first station interchange for the proposed HS2 route.
The venue covering the Manchester area is just outside Knutsford, originally known as 'The Capital of Cheshire' for its central location. Knutsford has a variety of boutique shops and contemporary restaurants and cafes. It is close to the M6 and M56, Tatton Park and some beautiful Cheshire countryside.
Both locations are chosen for their accessibility to motorway links, airports, railway stations and bus routes. They cover large catchment areas as both are on the outskirts of major cities. Both venues have large, light and airy rooms with excellent facilites and free parking.
The Birmingham course is run from a large, modern WI Hall directly opposite the House of Fraser department store in the centre of Solihull. (Junction 5, M42). This makes courses at Birmingham ideal for students from Solihull, Bromsgrove, Wolverhampton, Warwick, Rugby, Walsall, Sutton Coalfield, Tamworth, Coventry, Nuneaton, Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon, Redditch, Kidderminster, Bridgnorth, Telford, Shrewsbury, Worcester, Hereford, London (fast rail link), and of course, Birmingham. Students have even travelled from Bristol to this area as the weekend motorway traffic allows quicker journeys.
Solihull Women's Institute
745 Warwick Road
When you arrive at junction 5 of the M42 follow the signs to Solihull town centre. As you come into the town centre you will be on the Warwick Road which is a wide leafy road. Opposite the distinctive building of The House of Fraser department store you will see the modern WI Hall. Turn right into Union Road and then right into the parking area at the back of the WI Hall. WI parking bays are marked 'WI' and the entrance is signposted into the side of the hall from the car park. Your Sat Nav should take you straight to the Hall.
Saturday mornings are spent in the upstairs Monahan Room with the afternoon and Sundays in the light and airy hall. There is a well fitted kitchen to eat your packed lunch in and the shops are right across the road for a lunchtime stroll. Click here for The Solihull WI Hall website.
Refreshments including water, sweets, biscuits (including gluten free) and a selection of teas and coffees are provided throughout the day. Please bring a packed lunch or be prepared to pop to one of the sandwich bars across the road in the lunch break.
There is plenty of Guest house accomodation in and around Solihull and nearby Knowle for those needing to stay over for the weekend.
Please visit the Solihull tourist website for more information and places to stay.
The Manchester Venue is outside Manchester on the A50, just north of Knutsford on the Cheshire border; it is the wonderful Cottons Hotel and Spa. The access to the venue is good from all directions via the M6 and M56 and M60 motorways. It is 15 minutes from Manchester airport and a mile and a half from Knutsford station. If coming by train please inform the college so that the venue can make arrangements for a taxi to transfer you.
Courses at Knutsford are ideal for students from Liverpool, Warrington, Preston, Bury, Rochdale, North and East Wales, Knutsford, Cheadle, Macclesfield, Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent, Nantwich, Buxton, Stockport, and of course, Manchester. Learners have travelled from as far away as the Isle of Man and Newcastle.
Car parking is free at the venue and if you choose to stay over then you can relax after class in the large indoor swimming pool, hot tub, whirlpool, sauna, solarium, gym and join the free exercise classes. Book early through the college for special rates as it is a popular hotel for weekend breaks. Other accomodation is available locally in Knutsford.
Cottons Hotel & Spa,
This luxury 4 star hotel is easy to find using the map below, it is on the A50 next to Gauntlet Birds of Prey and Fryers Garden Centre just north of the Rolls Royce garage.
Click here for the Cottons Hotel and Spa website.
Water and hot drinks as well as healthy snacks and biscuits (including gluten free) are provided throughout the day in the conference cafe ajoining the large, light and airy Cheshire Suite which is our regular room. The hotel bar offers soup, sandwiches, salads and hot meals, otherwise you may bring a packed lunch or visit a sandwich shop or supermarket in Knutsford.
Please visit the Knutsford tourist information for more details about the area.
The Lichfield venue is on the edge of the city centre in Tutor Ruth Hodgkiss's purpose built training and treatment room. It is within comfortable walking distance of the railway station and the city centre. There is free parking. Refreshments are provided throughout the day and Ruth will also provide a light vegetarian lunch, although you are welcome to bring your own provisions if preferred.
Please note that there are dogs at this venue but they will not be present in the training room. If you have any allergies or concerns then Ruth will be happy to discuss what can be done to help you.
For security reasons the full address in Lichfield will be supplied upon booking.