The next session will be going ahead as planned.


The next session will take place with limitied activitiy???


Unfortunately the next session will not be going ahead.

The Floating Front Room

We’d love to invite you round to ours for a physically distanced, socially connected cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate at the barge at South Loop Park.

This will be a space for neighbours, and friends to meet safely, connect with others from the area and beyond, process the present and dream of the future together too. Everyone is welcome, but if you are based < 20 minutes away from South Loop Park (B16 0AE) on foot or by bike, drinks and cakes are free for you through the Front Room Key. This is to warmly welcome those of you from the many different neighourhood(s) around us, beyond any fixed definitions of place, such as postcode(s), wards etc.

The Floating Front Room is the first opportunity to connect in person around exploring how to adapt the significance of the traditional front room beyond our homes and into our neighbourhoods and commons. This means designing, building and stewarding collectively, and being part of a network of spaces large and small, formal and informal in a place, across the long term, and we’d love for you to join us for the early beginnings of that by simply coming together.

At The Barge, South Loop Park
Rotton Park Street, Ladywood, Birmingham, B16 0AE


Saturdays, 10am-2pm

Wednesdays, 10am-1pm

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If it is safe to do so, we’d love to continue hosting into September too. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

what you can expect at the floating front room


Meet the Floating Front Room Baristas for a selection of hot drinks served from the boat accompanied by delicious cakes from local guest bakers


Each week we’ll serve up a menu of questions designed for stimulating neighbourly conversation to connect with family and friends.


Pick up a book from our collection of specially chosen titles to spark your imagination. Take a book, read it, love it, mark it, and pass it on.

BIKE service

Bring your bike along for a basic check by Ezo Cycles. Take part in a bike maintenance tutorial and ask any questions about your bike. Selected Saturdays only. 

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Physically distanced, socially connected

Maintaining a distance of 2m between yourself and others will be mandatory at all times when visiting The Barge. Masks are also mandatory when ordering and collecting drinks, unless an exemption applies to you. Free masks and hand sanitiser will be available if needed.

Across the wider park, distancing must be observed with those outside your household or support bubble, in accordance with latest guidelines, but the wearing of masks is also encouraged as an additional precaution.

If you are feeling unwell, unable to meet in person, or just fancy connecting from home we are also hosting online events and meeting places, and can send you kits and activities in the post too.