There is a library in the village, and the area supports a wide range of interest groups ranging from rambling, cricket and theatre to archery, photography and chess. Wythall Park, less than a mile from Parklands, incorporates facilities for some of these outdoor activities alongside woodland walks and a children’s play area. Sport facilities at Woodrush High School, including tennis and badminton courts and football pitches, are available to the public, and Fulford Heath Golf Club, one of two nearby courses, is virtually adjacent to the development. Amongst the more unusual attractions of the village, the nationally important Transport Museum complements a fascinating vehicle collection with varied activities and events.
Five minutes’ walk from Parklands there is a small local shopping area with a newsagent and convenience store, a pharmacy, a hairdresser and hot food takeaways. Becketts Farm Shop, selling fresh local produce, is also just a few minutes away. There is a further selection of shops, including another pharmacy, a One Stop shop with post office facilities and a large Spar with an autoteller machine less than a mile away. Other shops within walking distance include a traditional family butcher and greengrocer and a Tesco Express.
Wythall Railway Station, less than half a mile away, operates hourly services to Stratford-upon-Avon in the south, and to Birmingham Snow Hill station, a journey of less than 25 minutes. Some services extend to Stourbridge Junction and Worcester in the north. Local buses to Knowle and Hockley Heath pass alongside Parklands and also serve the local shopping areas. The nearby A435 offers fast access to the centre of Birmingham, and junction 3 of the M42 is just two miles away.
Recycling bins for glass bottles and jars, paper and card, metal cans, aerosols and textiles can be found in the car park of the Pack Horse Inn, a little over a mile from Parklands. Education & Health Meadow Green Primary, a small, successful school with large, bright classrooms and spacious green grounds, is around half a mile from Parklands. Wythall’s second primary school, The Coppice, is just over a mile away adjacent to Woodrush High, a Specialist Technology College rated as outstanding across all categories by Ofsted. There are two dental surgeries and a large GP practice, Hollyoaks Medical Centre, a few minutes’ walk from Parklands in Station Road.