The Birmingham Settlement Nature & Wellbeing Centre

Our Ladywood centre is a green oasis in the heart of the city, home to a community café, two geodesic learning domes, and an outdoor Amphitheatre. Here we are developing eco-initiatives and approaches to sustainable neighbourhoods. 

The story so far...

 A fallow 3-acre playing field transformed for community use, providing a sheltered space with communal facilities and cafe, all of which the reservoir lacked prior to it’s completion in August 2021.

Neighbourhood Futures

 Our Neighbourhood Futures Festival brings together communities and researchers to explore how we can create more sustainable neighbourhoods to secure our future.

The Birmingham Settlement Nature & Wellbeing Centre is just off Selwyn Road. The site is also accessible from the path around the Edgbaston reservoir.

Open: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4pm.

Running group Sunday 9.30 – 11.30am.

The full address is:

Birmingham Settlement Nature & Wellbeing Centre,
Edgbaston Reservoir, 79 Selwyn Road,
B16 0SL

Activities at The Nature & Wellbeing Centre


The Birmingham Settlement Nature & Wellbeing Centre is a wonderful, vibrant green space improving the health, happiness and wellness of our diverse local community in the heart of Birmingham.

Little Settlers Nature Club

Growing Together 50+

Health and Wellness

Learning & Education

To view the full timetable of activities from all our centres please click here

The Red Shed Community Café

Welcome to our friendly community café!

Situated inside a unique eco-friendly building with views over our beautiful field and the reservoir, pop-in and enjoy a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks whilst connecting with nature.

Open Monday & Tuesday 12.30-4pm and Wednesday-Friday 8.30am-4pm.

Our café couldn’t run without the support of volunteers. If you have time to spare to support the café, get in touch! 


Eco domes for learning and wellbeing

We have two learning domes unique to the city of Birmingham, an 8m ‘Sanctuary’ dome and a 6m ‘Retreat’ dome.

Made from aluminum and glass, the domes are primarily used as classroom settings to deliver eco-learning activities raising awareness of environmental issues. We also host activities for wellbeing in the domes, like art classes and Tai Chi, and they make perfect sheltered spaces for retreats and away days.

The domes provide an immersive and well-connected experience to the environment, allowing communities to feel connected to nature irrespective of the weather!


Open-Air Amphitheatre for Arts & Performance

 Surrounded by nature and under the vast expanse of the sky, our outdoor amphitheatre offers a unique stage for performances, workshops, and gatherings that nurture the soul!

This unique open-air event space at Edgbaston Reservoir entwines nature and creativity, fostering a deeper connection to the world around us. 

 You’ll find a beautiful waterside performance space, tiered, curved seating, power sockets, accessible pathways, and full access to our site. 

We are looking for diverse live arts to include in our 2024 programme. If you are interested in using the space for your group, performance or event, please get in touch! 

Hire our unique spaces!

Look for an interesting and unusual space for your meeting or event? From immersive geodomes to stages for outdoor arts and performance, explore what we offer.

Outdoor Theatre

Birmingham’s best kept secret; our Nature & Wellbeing Centre is home to an outdoor Amphitheatre for community arts and performance!

Volunteer at the Birmingham Settlement Nature & Wellbeing Centre!


There are many volunteer opportunities available from outdoor nature conservation and site maintenance to gardening and planting, supporting our community projects and helping  in our café at the ‘Red Shed’.

Opportunities are tailored to needs depending on skills and experience, even if you’ve never volunteered before!

Volunteering with us is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills and make a positive impact on the community and environment – enhancing and protecting wildlife and green spaces for future generations.

Running and Wellbeing Group: Sundays 9.30am - 11.30am

Keep fit and healthy and meet new people at this weekly running club, organised in partnership with Edgbaston Reservoir Running and Wellbeing Group.

For more information, call 0121 250 0777

Little Settlers Nature Club: Tuesdays 10am - 12pm

For children 0-5 and their parents/guardians. Sessions are free and are designed to connect children and their families to nature, to play, learn and explore in the great outdoors. Little Settlers also offers a valuable source of support for the wider family, giving you the chance to meet other parents and develop friendships and support networks, increase your confidence and find ways to support your children’s learning at home too. 

To view full details about our Little Settlers Nature Club, please click here.

To register for a session, please contact Vicki on 073050 56449

Friends of the Field Volunteering: Wednesdays & Fridays 10am-12pm

Help maintain our site for the community. We are always on the look out for new volunteers, find out what opportunities are available with us. 

For more information email call 0121 250 0777

But that's not all - we have bolder ambitions

  • A second building for growing and “mucking about”
  • Crops on the field, to supply local business and support local people
  • Installation of compostable toilets
  • Developing composting systems including ‘humanure’
  • To find out more about the developments click here.

Work with us

We want to work with local people and groups to create a sustainable, active and open space that supports the wellbeing of all. If you have an idea or a community project you would like to develop at the Nature & Wellbeing Centre, we’d love to hear from you.


call: 0121 250 0777