It’s time to go out to play in Birmingham and the region. Are you ready?


Let’s start with the obvious. Birmingham is amazing for shopping.

There are over 160 of the most imaginative and desirable shops for you to explore in the Bullring alone and New Street, The Mailbox and the Pavillions have hundreds more. And if you visit in early December you could also nip over to The National Exhibition Centre, just ten minutes by train from the city centre, for the celebrity-packed Clothes Show Live, the UK’s largest fashion and beauty event.

If you’d prefer to get your kicks from the thrill of live competition, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. From international athletics and test cricket to Premiership football, Birmingham is the home of live sport. Check what’s on at the National Indoor Arena or if Aston Villa, Birmingham City or West Bromwich Albion are playing at home when you visit. There might also be a one day test at Edgbaston if cricket’s your thing.

Junior Golf lessons at Edgbaston Golf Club are run throughout the year. Overseen by Director of Golf David Fulcher and delivered by PGA Professional Craig Boland & University of Birmingham AGMS student Thomas Hefford, juniors will be given the appropriate tuition in order to help them reach a standard where they can apply for membership of the golf club. Find out more get an up to date list of coaching dates, programmes and booking forms here.

Did you know J.R.R. Tolkien was from Birmingham? The Lord of the Rings author grew up in the city during the late 19th and early 20th Century and it inspired his most famous works. Why not take a look at some of the locations that influenced Tolkien by following one of the special Tolkien Trail maps.

If it’s wheels that you’re into then the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, just a few minutes’ walk from The NEC, is recognised as the finest and largest motorcycle museum in the world. But if you want to see bikes in action, then head over to the Birmingham Brummies Speedway Team who meet regularly in Perry Barr, just north of the city.

Birmingham has a massive live music and clubbing scene. Live music venues in Birmingham and the surrounding area include the O2 Academy, the National Indoor Arena and LG Arena. For older teens there’s also the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath, a pub renowned for live music.


Check out our EXPLORE Birmingham section for information on bands playing whilst you’re visiting and a complete directory of clubs and nights.


Upcoming highlights


27 April - Family friendly open air celebrations for all.

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Birmingham Pride 2014

24 & 25 May - The biggest two day LGBT party in the UK returns.

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9 Jul-6 Sep - Wicked flies into Birmingham Hippodrome in July 2014!

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4-6 July - One of the biggest festivals in the UK coming to Birmingham!

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Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

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Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

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Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

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Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

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Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

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Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

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See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet

The United Kingdom’s premiere touring ballet company.

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A world-renowned symphony orchestra, known and loved across the globe.

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

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Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

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A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

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A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

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From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

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Sporting highlights

The Aegon Classic

9-15 June - The Aegon Classic tennis tournament attracts a host of world-class players.

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British Athletics at Alexander Stadium

See Britain's best athletes at the Alexander Stadium in June & August.

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Edgbaston: synonymous with world class international cricket.

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With five top clubs there’s real football choice here.

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All sporting events

There’s always something, or someone, to cheer for here

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