Discover the hidden treasures that Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter has to offer this Christmas.
The Jewellery Quarter at Christmas
Searching for the perfect Christmas gift? Whether you’re looking for a classic piece, unique handcrafted jewellery or a bespoke design, you’re sure to find something special in one of the district’s 100 independent specialist jewellery retailers.
RBSA Gallery events
Open all Media Exhibition, 28 November - 24 December
An ‘open’ exhibition for artists working in all media (except photography). Works including jewellery, ceramics and textiles, as well as drawing, painting and printmaking on show.
RBSA Printmakers Collaborative Exhibition, 3 December - 19 January
RBSA printmakers come together in this special collaborative exhibition on the Craft Gallery Wall. Why not choose a unique Christmas gift from a selection of original prints?
‘Glisten’ Craft Gallery Exhibition, 29 October - 18 January 2013
A glittering exhibition of contemporary fine craft, brilliant for those searching to find that perfect gift for Christmas! Silver and gold jewellery feature heavily alongside an exquisite collection of ceramics and textiles.
FREE ‘Art Bus’, 1 December 2012, All day
Travel on the FREE Art Bus and visit the RBSA Gallery, the Barber Institute of Arts, Ikon Gallery, mac Birmingham and Eastside Projects. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and an introductory talk at each venue.
Find out more about events at the RBSA gallery - www.rbsa.org.uk
Monday - Friday – 10.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday – 10.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday – 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
Christmas Celebration, 8 December onwards
Costume guided tours, carol singing by Enchant choir and festive refreshments in the tearoom.
10.30am -4.00pm, Free
Beautiful Bangles, 8 December onwards
Join designer maker Grace Page to make a simple contemporary silver bangle, using traditional contemporary jewellery making techniques.1.00-3.00pm
Adults Only: £15, cost includes your own unique bangle. Booking is essential
Find out more about the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter at their website
Tuesday-Saturday - 10.30am – 4.00pm.
Closed Sundays and Mondays, open Bank Holiday Mondays
Extra charges apply to the tour of the Smith and Pepper factory and the galleries. The shop, café and temporary exhibition space are free to enter. Adults: £4, Concessions: £3, Children under 16 Free.
Pen Room Museum and Learning Centre
At the height of the trade, it is believed up to three quarters of everything written down in the world was with a Birmingham pen. Located in the Jewellery Quarter, the Pen Room Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of the steel pen trade that was unique to the city of Birmingham.
Monday – Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday 1.00 - 4.00pm
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Peter Pan, 15-29 December, Blue Orange Theatre
The timeless story of a boy who would not grow up. The story begins in the London nursery of Wendy, John and Michael Darling, where three children are visited by Peter Pan. With the help of his tiny friend, the fairy tinkerbell, Peter takes the three children on a magical flight to Never Land. This enchanted Island is home to Peter, Tink, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, her Native American nation and the scheming Captain Hook. Peter Pan and the Lost Boys are engaged in an on going conflict with Captain Hook and his pirates. Hook is as intent on defeating Peter Pan as he is from escaping the tick - tocking crocodile that once ate a hand of his and has pursued him ever since.
Visit www.blueorangetheatre.co.uk to book
Christmas offers: 1. Groups of ten people recieve the tenth ticket for free. 2. Family tickets (2 adults, 2 children) are £30. 3. They can also negotiate larger school or corporate bookings to suit the groups requirements.
St Paul’s Church
The following events are taking place at St Paul’s Church:
Sunday 2 December – Carol service at 6.30pm
Sunday 16 December – 4pm Nine lessons and carols with Birmingham Bach Choir
Thursday 20th December – 1.05pm Community carols
Christmas Eve – 11.30pm Midnight mass – full sung service with carols
Christmas Day – 10am Holy communion
The 24 Carrots Farmers Market will also be taking place on Thursday 13 December from 4-9pm.
Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works (Birmingham Conservation Trust)
The 19th Century, Grade II-listed factory closed its doors in 1998, but its contents and equipment remained in the building leaving a remarkable time capsule of Victorian manufacturing.
The first phase of the project will, in the long-term, create an on-site museum and high quality workspaces. Once this first phase restoration is complete, the building will not just be home for the Trust but also encourage other creative organisations and individuals to take space there.
Twilight Tours are to be held during December at Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works. Check the website for updates.
St. Paul’s Gallery
St Paul’s Gallery is the world's leading retailer in signed limited edition album cover fine art. Opened in 2002, St Paul’s has steadily grown to what is now the largest collection of licensed album cover art in the world. With well over 100 signed prints on permanent show and sale, the gallery is a place not to be missed if music is your passion. Also on show are exclusive collections of signed limited edition musician portrait photographs and fine art prints. St Paul’s also actively invests and trades in rare fine art prints and originals by world renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Picasso, Bridget Riley and Salvador Dali.
Gallery Opening Hours: Thursday-Saturday – 10.00am - 6.00pm
St. Paul’s Gallery are very happy to open by appointment at any other times.
Picture Framing Opening Hours: Thursday-Saturday – 10.00am – 6.00pm
Free framing consultation and pick up is also available at other times. (At work or home)
J W Evans & Sons Ltd (English Heritage)
JW Evans, a family silverware and plate manufactory at the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is being restored so that future generations can understand and appreciate a vitally important element of our industrial past. JW Evans is a unique, living record of a trade that once made Birmingham, and indeed Great Britain, famous throughout the world.
The English Heritage site of JW Evans is open on Wednesday 9th January and Saturday 26th January for special English heritage members' tours from 11.00-13.00pm and 13.30-15.30pm. The tours cost £20 per person and are limited to a maximum of 10 people per tour. General opening resumes in April 2013, for more information telephone 0870 333 1183.
All guests are advised: "this event has been graded 'Moderate Access' due to the narrow corridors, uneven floors and steep staircases. There is no heating in the building, so please dress for the weather."
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