6 reasons to visit Birmingham in 2018

Birmingham is the UK’s second city, and a hotbed of culture, sport, music and architecture. Home to European Cup winners Aston Villa, as well as world famous bands such as Black Sabbath, UB40 and ELO, there’s no end to the list of reasons to visit this historic and energetic city.

To beat the January blues, Clayton Hotel Birmingham have asked some local businesses why 2018 is the year to plan a trip to Birmingham. You will be delighted to hear there is something for everyone:


 1)      Legoland Discovery Centre

One of the most exciting things happening in Birmingham this summer for families is the opening of Lego Land Discovery Centre in the summer. Everyone at the Clayton Hotel Birmingham is looking forward to the vast indoor playground housing rides, Lego play zones and a 4D cinema.  So if your children are Lego mad, start planning your visit today. 


2)      The Independent Scene

Vicky Webster, owner of The Crafts Collective  says “Birmingham has an amazing independent scene from lovely small shops like People in Kings Heath, to lots wonderful places to eat like Original Patty Men, The Plough and Damescena to name just a few! There are loads of creatives and craft makers running workshops such as The Bloom Collective if you want to scrub up on your floristry skills!”


 3)      Music

With bands as diverse as Dexies Midnight Runners and The Streets calling Birmingham home, music features highly in the exciting events for 2018 in the city. Mike Caddick, owner of Swordfish Records, recommends the Mosely Folk Festival in the city, taking place from 31st August to the 2nd September this year.

Also planned for 2018 are concerts by Lady GaGa and Katy Perry at the Birmingham Arena. As they are both touring new albums, they are sure to put on an amazing show.

 4)      World Comic Book Day

Love comic books? Then the first Saturday in May is the time to plan your trip to Birmingham. Ryan Perrow from Nostalgia Comics said, “Free comic book day is a great event which brings the whole geek community of Brum together to celebrate funny books. Most publishers provide exclusive titles that we give away on the day, we host a host cosplay competition and pretty much have a geek party in the store with cakes and goodies for customers.”


5)      Sports

As always, sport is high on the agenda in Brum 2018. March is going to be an extremely busy month for sports lovers.

The IAAF World Indoor Championships begins in March, with the high jump session on Thursday 1st March adds an extra day to the event for the first time ever. Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships take place in the middle of the month, and the 2018 Gymnastics World Cup takes place in the Arena Birmingham at the end of March.  The sporting year in Birmingham winds up with test matches at Edgbaston later in the summer.


6)      Dog lover?

The pinnacle of dog shows, Crufts, will take place in March at the NEC Arena. Watch over 22,000 dogs compete in a range of competitions from agility to the world-famous best in show.

Thinking about getting a dog? There’s a ‘Discover Dogs’ area where you can meet a wide range of breeds and ask their owners any questions you might have. A family event, there are also lots of activities for kids.


We know these are only some of the reasons to visit Birmingham in 2018. Start planning your trip today.


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