Solly-hull or Sow-lihull?
Look, we might not be 100% positive on how to pronounce its name, and we might not truly understand why everyone here keeps calling us a bab, but even we know that Solihull is simply an A-MAZING town.
And while it’s been voted the best place to live in the UK more times than it’s been mispronounced, it’s always for boring reasons like house prices and its envious lack of air pollution. So to give you the inside scoop, we’re rounding up the REAL reasons why Solihull is the best of the best!
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1. PARKS FOR DAYS
Ducks? Check. Swings? Check. Over 1,500 acres of parks in Solihull alone? Also check.
Simply put, whether you’re having a picnic, a cold one after work, or you just really bloody love swings, it’s safe to say it won’t take long to find somewhere to sit in Solihull.
2. URBS IN RURE
Solihull’s town motto, urbs in rure, which translates to ‘town in country’, goes a long way to explaining why this place is so loved by the locals.
Think of a town centre dotted with historical architecture AND surrounded by miles of rolling green hills with lush countryside. Yep, that’s Solihull in a nutshell.
And let’s be real, when a town has its own official bloody motto, you just know it’s gonna a lil’ bit fancy.
3. PACKED WITH HISTORY
Once known as ‘soily hill’ or the much less subtle ‘pig sty on a slope’ due to its unattractiveness, Solihull today boasts more historical heritage on its high street than most cities can muster.
Solihull’s highlights today feature a medieval Grade 1 listed 13th Century church and timber-framed Tudor houses and shops everywhere you look.
Ah, we all love a good underdog story, right?
4. THE BLOODY WEATHER
There’s no doubt about it, us Brits are completely obsessed with the weather.
No matter who you’re with, what you’re doing, or how often you’ve already mentioned it, we just HAVE to talk about what’s going on in the usually-cloudy sky.
Well, the folk in Solihull enjoy some of the driest weather north of London, so expect to hear some strange phrases like ‘lovely day’ in October if you ever move there.
5. YOU CAN WALK TO BIRMINGHAM
Okay, fine. Maybe walking to Birmingham is a touch unrealistic for anyone who wants to remain feeling in their calves.
But compared to other city centres where it feels like a pilgrimage equivalent to Machu Picchu to get there, you can get to Birmingham in fifteen minutes flat on the train. And if you ask us, that sounds pretty good.
6. CELEBRITY SILHILLIANS
You just know that all this good stuff attracts some of the most famous faces to Solihull.
Richard Hammond, Karen Brady, AND the opera singer from the Compare the Market adverts? Yep, they all call themselves ‘Silhillians’… Which we can’t really believe is a thing.
7. IT’S GOT ITS OWN JOHN LEWIS
Wondering what’s the absolute bare minimum to be considered the best place to live in the UK?
That’s easy. Picturesque houses, outstanding schools, and obviously, a John Lewis within driving distance. And as you’d probably expect, Solihull takes this to a whole new level with their John Lewis a walk away (we mean it this time) from the high street.
8. SILHILLIANS GENUINELY LIVE LONGER
Whether it’s the relaxed atmosphere, all those bloomin’ parks or as we mentioned earlier, its enviously low air pollution, life expectancy in Solihull is LONG.
Seriously, we’re talking late 80s, 90s, even some folk hitting three-figures. So if you’re here for a long time AND a good time, Solihull is where it’s at.
9. CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Birmingham’s German Christmas Markets are famous for being the largest in the UK, but if you don’t fancy walking the 9 miles into the city, your poor feet will be relieved to know that Solihull has their own!
With local businesses taking part, more bratwurst than you can shake a large sausage at, and its very own ice rink… Forget Birmingham, Manchester or Berlin, Solihull’s Christmas Markets are where it’s at!
10. WE’RE ON OUR WAY!
If you’re completely in love with all this beautiful place has to offer, it’s about to get even better… With Revolution Solihull!
Yes! We’re bringing to Solihull our own brand of brilliant shizz. That’s the most extraordinary parties, the best cocktails you’ve ever tasted and some delicious foodie pick-me-ups.
Sign up to our newsletter to stay in the know, and when you do, we’ll put your name in the running to win a party worth up to a MASSIVE £1,000! Yes, you did read that right.
So get ready Solihull, ‘cause we can’t wait to see you.