Something for the Weekend?
Each week our marketing team pick one thing they are doing in Birmingham and the region this weekend. Here are their selections for 17 - 19 November, hopefully you'll see something that inspires you, and if not, well there's always next week...
Mary's Pick - Cadbury World's Christmas Celebration Weekend
Chocolate | Christmas | £
This weekend, I am combining my love for Christmas and my love for chocolate. I will be making the short trip out of the city centre over to Bournville, for the first of Cadbury World’s Christmas Celebration Weekends!
It has been a while since I have been to Cadbury world, but I hold my childhood memories in fondness, and I cannot wait to go back! Not only is there all the chocolatey goodness you would expect from any trip to Birmingham’s chocolate factory, but this time they’ve sprinkled in a load of festive fun.
You couldn’t call it a ‘Christmas Celebration Weekend’ without an appearance from the Jolly old man himself. Santa appears in his own stage show, with elves on hand to give presents to the children. And you can’t let the festive season pass without watching a panto – Wishee Washee’s gang whisk visitors off to Old Peking for the story of Aladdin, in a 25 minute show perfect for the whole family.
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a special festive menu in the café, handmade chocolate Christmas gifts and a whole world choc-full of fun to enjoy! Oh god, I’m hoping I don’t get all ‘Augustus Gloop’ around all that delicious chocolate, but I can’t promise anything.
Paul's Pick - Ice Skate Birmingham
Skating | The Moves | Falling | ££
This weekend I’ll be mostly sitting on my behind. No, I'm not having ‘a quiet one’, but attempting to stay upright at Ice Skate Birmingham.
Situated in a new home this year, Ice Skate Birmingham is located at Eastside Green alongside its pal the Big Wheel. This year a ride on the wheel will present a new perspective of the city - as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine once sang ‘It's a whooole neeeew woooorld’.
Anyway, back to the matter at hand – skating. Each session last 45 minutes and starts on the hour from 10am-10pm. This year they’ve put a roof on the rink – not only does this keep wintery weather at bay but will lessen the amount of people able to witness my moves via the Big Wheel. The Ice rink itself presents a whole 600sq meters for me to slip and fall all over - who knows, maybe I'm selling myself short and this year I'll finally be able to pull that Triple Lutz out of the bag.
The Ice lounge (which is where I really should stay!) is also on site and sells a range of winter warmers for skaters and spectators.
So, if you fancy a laugh, head there on Saturday, I’ll be the one working my way slowly around the barrier; I can’t even use those kid’s plastic penguins to hold on to – Actually, I might take one of my children to stabalise me.
Share your images from Ice Skate Birmingham on Twitter & Instagram using #ChristmasinBham and we might post them on our Christmas site. Mine will not be available.
All pricing, access and other info can be found here
Emily's Pick - 40 St. Paul’s
Gin| Bar | ££
This weekend I will be swinging around the iron railings of St. Paul’s Square, and frolicking my way towards the gin haven that is 40 St. Paul’s.
I’m ashamed to say, although I have tried a 40 St. Paul’s gin slushie creation at the Independent Birmingham Festival at Aston Hall, I have NEVER attended this fine establishment, making the occasion this weekend (my Godmother’s birthday), a momentous occasion for us all.
Tucked away on Cox Street, the winners of ‘Best Gin List in the UK’, 40 St. Paul’s offers an extensive gin menu, with over 140 high-end gins. They have also created a tonic made in house named Hockley Tonic (I am very intrigued by this and fear I will never be able to drink fever-tree or Schweppes again).
For the heathens out there that don’t enjoy a gin tipple or two, they also offer a small range of craft beers, vodkas, whiskies and wines. So still invite them along, they can just enjoy their chosen drink whilst holding their head in shame….. in the corner.
Natalie's Pick - Frankfurt Christmas Market
Bratwurst | Baileys | £
Christmas is just about my favourite thing in the world, because it encapsulates all my other favourite things. In no particular order, those are food, presents, shopping, snazzy knitwear, gravy, and Baileys.
All of these items can be found in abundance at Birmingham’s iconic (that’s right) Frankfurt Christmas Market, so naturally I will be spending much of my spare time there between now and Christmas Day. Birmingham’s markets are the largest of their kind outside Germany and Austria, and as such they can feel rather overwhelming to the novice visitor. With this in mind, I wanted to share my must-try activities. If you don’t do these and then fail to have the best time at the markets, don’t complain to me. I’ve tried to help you.
1. When the chilly Birmingham air starts to bite, there’s only one thing for it: Bailey’s hot chocolate. Opt for the orange truffle flavour and drink from a novelty boot-shaped mug for extra cool points.
2. Get one of your five-a-day and some complex carbohydrates in one go by picking up a plate of sautéed mushrooms and roast potatoes. Bring plenty of chewing gum because that garlic sauce packs a delicious punch.
3. You will encounter lots of people eating bratwurst and drinking obscenely large steins of beer. Embrace the theme and have at least four of each.
4. There are lots of nice woolly hats on sale to keep your head warm, and it can be difficult to choose just one. Arguably the snazziest is the beanie hat that looks like a Christmas pudding so buy one for yourself, one each for your favourite family members, and the colleague you picked in the office Secret Santa.
5. If you’ve eaten too much, drunk too much, or are just a bit overwhelmed by it all, it’s best to look for the Chris Moose. Our favourite festive friend* is always on hand to serenade you with Christmas songs and bring a strange sense of calm over the revellers in his presence. He also gives great chat on Twitter, so give him a follow @thechrismoose
*Alongside Santa, obviously.
Let us know what you're doing this weekend! Leave your comments below...
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