For the first time in 20 years the ICC Cricket World Cup returns home to England and Wales! We cannot wait to be one the hosts for the most anticipated sporting events this summer here in Birmingham!
 

Edgbaston Cricket Ground will accommodate five matches throughout the tournament:
 

19 June 2019- New Zealand v South Africa

26 June 2019- New Zealand v Pakistan

30 June 2019- England v India

2 July 2019- Bangladesh v India

11 July 2019- Second Semi-final (2 v 3)


10 April marked 50 days to go until the start of the tournament and in celebration we are posting 50 amazing things to see and do inbetween as Birmingham counts down to the big event!...


 

50 days to go! - Plan your visit to ICC Cricket World Cup Super Saturday + Trophy Tour
 

Held in Victoria Square, the Super Saturday event on Saturday 20 April will be a mega celebration bringing the Cricket World Cup to life  - There will be a DJ, live performances, street cricket, a photo opportunity with the trophy (make sure you share your visit with us using #CWCBirmingham), interactive activities and special guests as excitement builds ahead of the greatest celebration of cricket this summer. 


 

49 days to go! – Dine at Carters of Moseley
 

Situated just a stones throw away from Edgbaston Cricket Ground, you’d be barmy to not taste the best of Brum!

Carters of Moseley are one of five Michelin Starred restaurants in the region offering an exceptional ‘must try’ dining experience. 

The restaurant’s menus are developed by following the rhythms of the season and you can expect a style of cooking where the focus is on nature, with particular attention to wild foraged flora and fauna indigenous to the UK.


 

48 days to go - Release your inner crazy at Ghetto Golf
 

How far would you be willing to travel for the filthiest, naughtiest and tastiest food this world has to offer?

Well how does a trip to Digbeth sound? An evening at Ghetto Golf offers a twisted 18-hole crazy golf experience like no other, as well as an exceptional cocktail bar, live DJ’s, amazing graffiti and artwork and some seriously good food!

Situated in the heart of Digbeth within the Custard Factory, this is your chance to enjoy a night in the ‘Coolest neighbourhood in Britain’!


 

47 days to go - Bottoms up, bottomless brunching at Bank
 

*Disclaimer bottoms must be worn*🙊

Celebrate making it through the week with a delish brunch and endless drinks! Every Saturday 11.30am to 4.00pm, join Bank Birmingham on their stunning back terrace whilst listening to the sounds of soft Saturday tunes.

Choose 3 courses from their fabulous Brunch Menu, and enjoy a Mimosa, a Bellini or a glass of Prosecco…all for just £20*

If you want to make it even more of an occasion, go bottomless on your drinks for an extra £20**

Brunch Reservations are for a 2 hour period with the last sitting at 2.00pm

* One drink per person at any one time
** Bottomless drinks offer is valid for the duration of the 2 hours from the reservation time



46 days to go -  Relax and unwind at The Belfry, it’s been a long week


 

The Belfry is the perfect pampering retreat, with 16 luxurious treatment rooms, an elegant relaxation room and a stylish finishing studio. Whether you just fancy a one-off treatment with a spot of lunch or an overnight spa break with all the works, The Belfry offers packages to cater for all your needs.

Slippers, robes and towels are all included so all you have to do is bring yourself, relax and enjoy!  

Book Here

 

45 days to go -  Kick start the Easter holidays with an eggciting trip to Cadbury World 


So, the Easter holidays have begun and what better way to start than a trip to the home of chocolate lovers. Learn fun facts about how Cadbury World was created right here in Bournville Birmingham, the history of the Cadbury family plus a jam-packed Easter events programme showcasing a brand new live show from Mr Cadbury’s Parrot and the missing eggs, a visit from the Easter Bunny, an Easter egg trail and so much more!
 

Learn more about all the eggstravagant things going on here.
 

44 days to go - Let the e-games begin! The UK’s biggest gaming festival Insomnia makes a return
 

This April the UK’s biggest gaming festival; Insomnia is back. You can expect a weekend of nonstop gaming, from cutting edge VR technology to re visiting some of your favourite old school arcade games.

An expected 50,000 visitors are due to grace the NEC with their gaming passion and interest so if you love all things gaming this is one not to be missed!

More info here.
 

43 days to go - Be one of the first to dine at Brum's brand new Park restaurant!
 


If eating in a park restaurant has never been on your to do list, it will be now! Former 'The Boathouse' has had a breath of new life and been transformed into a luxurious restaurant, offering an exceptional dining experience in stunning surrounds. The Bracebridge sits perfectly on the edge of Bracebridge Pool in the heart of Sutton Park, the perfect spot for the beautiful weather to come!
 

The official opening date is Thursday 18th April 2019- More info here.

 

42 days to go - Will Sky by The Water’s new Easter Cocktails bring out your bad behaviour on Good Friday?
 

As of tomorrow, newly transformed rooftop cocktail bar Sky by The Water; conveniently located within Resorts World and within minutes walk of NEC and Genting Arena will offer two new deliciously creamy cocktails finished with real creme eggs and crushed mini eggs! 

Perfect for a sweet tooth🍸 and those wanting to try something special. 


 

41 days to go - Last chance to get your ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy selfie
 

If you haven't sniffed, touched or got a selfie with the CWC Trophy yet, what on Earth are you waiting for?! After beginning its journey on 27 August 2018 at the ICC headquarters in Dubai, the #CWCTrophyTour has travelled across five continents, 21 countries and over 60 cities, making it the “most connected Trophy Tour ever”!

This is your last chance to get up close and personal with the Trophy! Find out more here.


 

40 days to go - You may have had an adventure, but have you ever had a Bear Grylls adventure?!
 

Test your limits as you take on some of the world's most incredible mental and physical challenges inspired by Bear’s love of adventure. We’ll get you geared up and ready to climb, dive, fly, zip, leap, scramble and explore. Escape the ordinary and push yourself to achieve the remarkable at The Bear Grylls Adventure.



39 days to go - 1 week to go until the Vaisakhi Mela
 

Vaisakhi open air celebrations in Handsworth Park is a FREE family event open to all members of the community and includes Sikh cultural activities, a children’s inflatable play area, arts and crafts exhibitions, sports and entertainment. 

Come along and witness the cosmopolitan, vibrant unity of the city along with over 100,000 expected others. Find out more here.


 

38 days to go - Film fans, let your voice be heard, make your votes count
 

One of Birmingham's best outdoor spots Brindleyplace is hosting this year’s Film Festival. To ensure your fav film is on the big screen make your vote now

Brindleyplace also boasts a top selection of Canalside restaurants and attractions for you to enjoy, so keep the dates  15 - 21 July free for what’s set to be an unmissable festival.



37 days to go -  Take the little nippers to LEGOLAND®
 

The LEGO® Movie Days at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre – event on until 28th April!

There’s nothing like a family trip to LEGOLAND® when in Birmingham city centre and this Easter, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Birmingham is hosting the ultimate celebration of the new THE LEGO® MOVIE™ 2! 
Join Emmet, Wyldstyle and the gang with exclusive building activities, out-of-this-world character experiences, interactive photo opportunities and more! It’s going to be AWESOME!

Event highlights include:
•    Meet Emmet and Wyldstyle!
•    Help Emmet find his friends in the MINILAND scavenger hunt!
•    Contribute to a cool mosaic build and add a building to Bricksburg in MINILAND!

This event is included within in the standard admission price, pre-booking is strongly advised.


 

36 days to go - Book the train with your friends and save ££
 



Whether you’re pre planning your journey to the big CWC tournament or just wanting to explore the rich culture, heritage, delicious dining options, bars and accommodation that Birmingham has to offer, when you book your West Midlands Railway train tickets in advance as a group you can save £££.

GroupSave is a discount applied when between three and nine people travel together. It gives you 1/3 off your Off-Peak travel and is available online, in-app or at a staffed station.

Travelling with more than nine people? Not to worry, groups of ten or more can save up to 1/4 off the ticket price when booked at least ten days in advance! It’s really that simple.


Book tickets here.
 


35 days to go – How does food, films and unlimited prosecco sound?
 



It sounds too good to be true, but we are being dead serious! The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen situated within Birmingham’s iconic Custard Factory offers a unique cinematic experience as well as a Saturday morning brunch! Dine from their two-course brunch menu, alongside unlimited prosecco by the glass followed by your chosen film.
 

Once you're done, you will have the freedom to explore the creative and digitial hub of Birmingham, Digbeth or the other fabulous and querky independent boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants within Custard Factory.
 

What a perfect way to start your Birmingham weekend plans.

Book you Brunch here.



34 days to go – Don’t dilly dally, more than half of Independent Birmingham Festival tickets are gone!


 

Following the huge success of the previous two years' SOLD OUT Independent Birmingham Festivals at The Bond, the fantastic event is back this year and set to be even bigger and better!
 

Come and support local talent and see exactly how Birmingham independent business’ have made their mark and why they’re here to stay! Expect a spectacular line-up of pop-up restaurants, cocktail bars, street food, craft beer, fine wine, coffee, independent retailers, and live music from local bands on the main stage. 


Get your tickets now before they sell out!



33 days to go - Discover Birmingham with an Early Riser Walking Tour


 

You may be a born and bred Brummie or visiting from near or far, either way there will always be new amazing things to learn about the UK’s second city.  Discover Birmingham with a familiarisation tour, exploring Centenary Square, the Library of Birmingham, ICC and Gast Street Basin. 
 

Throughout your tour you will also have an introduction to Brum, learn how to get your bearings with the map in guide book, shopping advice, discuss what current events are on, basic history of the city and recieve complimentary copys of ‘Discovering  Birmingham’ and ‘Positively Birmingham  Experiences News’.

Learn about the other Birmingham tours and book your space here.  


 

32 days to go – Support England's Squash teams as they battle for glory


Birmingham will welcome some of the world’s top squash players 1 - 4 May at Edgbaston Priory Club for the European Squash Team Championships. This is an event definitely worth courtside seats to soak up the full atmosphere and excitement as England’s Squash teams bid to become Champs.

Squash is a fast-based thrilling sport to watch, even more so on an all glass panoramic court. Come and show your support for the home teams as they battle for glory! 

And if you are inspired by the event and want to take up squash as a sport, simply call Mike Edwards at Edgbaston Priory Club on 0121 440 2492.

Tickets along with hospitality packages are available, with tickets starting from £11. For more information and to book tickets click here.



31 days to go – Festival season is here with an unmissable line-up!
 

Birmingham is a historically rich, vibrant, diverse city that will always be open to fresh, creative, ideas. We are proud to be home to innovators, creators and designers for many, many… many years and have no plans on stopping!

We're fortunate to have some phenomenal out and indoor spaces and are able to host some of the best festivals in Britain. From local independent brands to world renown, welcoming artists and performers from all around the globe. 

Take a look at our ever growing festivals calendar and plan how you're going to experience a Birmingham festival this year.
 

30 days to go – Winner winner, chicken dinner! 
 



Back for the 3rd year in a row, Brum wing fest confirms an all new exclusive menu ready for chicken wing lovers to dig into. Catch some of the best street-food traders presenting the city’s baddest finger-licking, sauce dripping BBQ, fried, slow roasted – battle of the Chicken Wings!

You will be able to try all 5 food traders, then vote for your favourite, washed down by drinks from the main bar with tunes to keep the party jumping. 


More info and tickets here.



29 days to go - Grab your tickets for Dirty Vegan's kebab night
 


 

The Midlands Arts Centre aka ‘MAC’ is located in Cannon Hill Park just across the road from the spectacular Edgbaston Cricket Ground where five of this year’s World Cup matches will be taking place. 

Specialising in contemporary work, they offer a busy programme of theatre, dance, independent cinema, music, spoken word, comedy, exhibitions and special events, as well as a wealth of practical classes in all aspects of creativity! 

On May 10 they will be hosting Dirty Vegan’s pop-up kebab night! 

Your ticket includes:

-One drink from the pop up bar
-A fully loaded dirty kebab
-Unlimited chips
-Entry to our live music event

And yep all food will be 100% delicious and 100% vegan!

Book your tickets here.

 

28 days to go - If you can’t treat yourself, who will?


 

Birmingham is a shopper’s heaven whether you’re ready to spend big bucks or after a good ol’ bargain. From the iconic Bullring, Grand Central and Mailbox centres to the historic markets and local independents.

A day shopping in Birmingham is a day well spent, so have a look through all the the different places to shop in the city and why not make a day of it with some delicious dining and a well deserved overnight stay?!  
 

27 days to go - B-SIDE is back in Brum  

B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival is back from Friday 3 – Sunday 12 May, with a phenomenal line up of dance battles, high-energy workshops, live music and DJ sets from legendary names in Hip-Hop.
 

Birmingham Hippodrome is working in collaboration with festival partners to bring the key elements of Hip-Hop to the city and you can expect to see some of the fantastic talent return from last year, alongside many new performances specially created for the festival.

Come and witness the ecstatic energy throughout Birmingham as the creative and talented participants express themselves through inspirational showcases and performances.

More info here.



26 days to go - May the 4th be with you


Today is officially Star Wars Day and what better way to celebrate than booking your tickets for ‘Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back - Film with Live Orchestra’ at Birmingham Arena.

Following on from the success of 2018’s Star Wars: A New Hope Live with Orchestra, the second film released in the franchise, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, will be performed live in Arena Birmingham this year, featuring Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film.

Since the release of Star Wars: A New Hope over 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, ground-breaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams.

Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of the beloved Star Wars films in a live symphonic concert experience, as the Star Wars: Film Concert Series continues with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.


Book your tickets, plan your travel or book your stay for this unmissable event.
 

25 days to go - Sherborne Wharf Narrowboat tour, water nice way to explore Brum!

Discover Birmingham in a way like never before! You may have walked the streets, cycled the roads, even flown in brummie skies, but have you cruised the canals on a Sherborne Wharf Luxury Narrowboat?
Learn all about  Birmingham’s industrial heritage whilst sailing from one iconic destination to another.
For more information on booking a narrowboat tour contact 0121 454 5367 | email@sherbornewharf.co.uk
 

24 days to go - Kitty Cafe to the rescue!
 

Kitty café are pleased to announce the opening of their 3rd Kitty café in the heart of Birmingham City at Grand Central Station. There will be large quirky spaces, vibrant colours with a bespoke kitty playground! 


With an expected 30 cats from around Birmingham to be rescued and rehabilitated, you can enjoy an afternoon tea, pizza or cat themed mocktail in the company of the newly rehomed fluffy kitties. 
Before the official opening of Kitty café’s booking system, they are offering people the opportunity to get LIMITED early bird bookings with the following 2 options available:
An afternoon tea for 2 plus entries for £30

A Meal Deal plus entry for £18 per person (minimum 2 people booking)

Email birmingham@kittycafe.co.uk or call us on 01159242214 and make sure you are one of the first people to experience Kitty Café Birmingham!

 

23 days to go - Books & bikes & things that are white
 

If you're a fan of cricket, then you'll be familiar with cricket whites. 

This is a extremely tenuous link into our next experience in Birmingham - an exhibition called The White Bicycle: Situations and Variations - Photographs by David Buss at The Library of Birmingham (until 30 May).

Using the recurring motif of a white bicycle, David has created photographic images that intentionally range from the humorous to the moving, from the surreal to the abstract, from documentary to ambiguous, and from the nostalgic to the futuristic. In each photograph, the white bicycle may be the major feature of the image or an incidental fragment. 

The exhibition coincides with Velo Birmingham & Midlands, the major cycling event that will take place across the West Midlands on Sunday 12 May.

Whilst at The Library of Birmingham don't miss the views atop the roof garden - if you look in a certain direction you'll be able to see the lights of Edgabaston Cricket Ground where the World Cup action will soon be taking place!

 

22 days to go - When craft beer is life, cheers to that
 



Birmingham’s Indian Brewery is a must visit destination when ‘Craft beer is life’.  An innovative and awesome location offering a unique Indian street food and craft beer experience.

Indian Brewery put their heart and soul into creating and delivering the best tasting beer anybody has ever sipped and you can expect high quality, full flavoured beer with the perfect balance of colour and aroma all brewed in small batches and made with love.

Oh, they also do a breakfast and street food menu to die for!

Read more here
 


21 days to go - A Matter of Life and Death Festival


Has a night time tour of a Victorian coffin- making factory ever been on your to do list? When in Birmingham, you can expect a programme of all kinds of weird, wonderful and unique experiences, with this being one of them!

A Matter of Life and death festival 10-19 May, is and annual festival promoting healthy and productive conversation about death and dying, featuring events for all ages to enjoy across a variety of venues in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Coffin Works writer-in-residence Laura Joyce expresses that the festival is to draw on the rich, cultural history of the representation of death in an arts form, welcoming individuals to explore their own mortality in a supported environment.

Sound cool? Find out more here.  

 

20 days to go - Who said coffee is just for Monday mornings?


 

Following the success of the last two Birmingham coffee festivals, two Midlands businessmen are set to stage a third celebration of “all things coffee.” The three-day festival at the iconic Custard Factory in Digbeth will be the first major public event since the venue’s major revamp under its new ownership.

This festival will bring together the top 40 independent coffee shops and coffee culture experiences from the local area and beyond. You can sample specialty coffees, cakes, breads, front of house,
coffee machines and alternative beverages from all around the world. Whether you are a one off coffee drinker, enjoy the coffee shop experience, or own a store, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

More info and tickets here.
 

Or if you're feeling lucky enter our competition for the chance to win a pair of tickets! *Competition closes and winner announced on 20.05.19*



 

19 days to go - Happy 1 month anniversary to the World's Biggest Primark

Can you believe 4 whole weeks have gone by since the World's biggest Primark opened its doors!? Primark Birmingham High Street spans five floors across 160,000 sq ft, offering customers amazing fashion, beauty and food experiences at amazing prices!

Birmingham has always been a city of creators and innovators and recently so rightly proved with a host of brand new unique experiences featured in Primark's latest store. When you walk through the doors you will be wowed with: The Primark Café with Disney, The Mezz restaurant, Primarket Café, Duck & Dry Xpress x Primark full beauty studio experience, Mills x Primark barbers, Disney Shopping Area, Hogwarts Wizarding World, Recycling Scheme and a Custom Lab! Not forgetting the latest trends in women’s, men’s and children’s fashion, footwear, accessories, lingerie and homeware.

There’re endless amounts of fun to be had and you can truly turn this shopping experience into a great day out in Birmingham. Finish off your visit with a bite to eat in one of Brum's fab restaurants or have a cat nap in one of the many stunning hotels when you're all shopped out! 
 


18 days to go - A city of diversity and culture, we are Brum!
 

The Edgbaston's award winning mixologist, Tommy Matthews has created this unique cocktail recipe to resemble the traditional Indian dish 'Lassi'. 

The Lassi 5 cocktail celebrates Birmingham's multi culturalism and heritage as one of the UK's hubs of delicious curry cuisine and of course, the famous Balti TriangleThe ICC Cricket World Cup is around the corner and we will be welcoming visitors from all around the globe to experience the unity and love of Brum. 
Click here for the full recipe of the Lassi 5 cocktail. 

 

17 days to go - Relax your mind at Sarehole Mill


 

Today is the official start of Mental Health Awareness Week, and as the UK’s youngest and fastest growing regional city, Birmingham are proud to be home of a host of places where you can unwind and relax in stunning surroundings.

Sarehole Mill is an iconic mill that has been on site since 1542. JRR Tolkien, author of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy lived across the road from the mill and was often inspired by the mill and its rural surroundings.

Come and enjoy a day out at Sarehole Mill and learn about the history behind the mill whilst soaking up the peaceful, inspirational aura, followed by a cheeky visit to the charming tea room where you can grab a hot drink and some delicious sweet treats. 

Plan your visit here.



16 days to go - A day at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery


 

Birmingham is famous for its art history and rich culture and fortunate to be home to some of the greatest museums in the West Midlands. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) first opened in 1885 and is housed in a Grade II* listed city centre landmark building. You can explore over 40 different galleries and discover an exceptional range of display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography.

In addition to the permanent galleries there is a diverse exhibition programme that offers a series of inspirational changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Plan your visit today to learn more about Birmingham’s art history here.


 

15 days to go - The six best restaurants near the Cricket World Cup 


 

The start of the Cricket World Cup is around the corner and it's time to start planning your visit to Birmingham for one of the most anticipated sporting events of the summer!

Happy belly = happy human, right? So first things first, let’s sort out where you’re going to fill those stomachs pre and post-match. We’ve put together a selection of the six best restaurants near Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Moseley to make planning your day that little bit easier.

Check them out here and feel free to make your own suggestion of any other tasty places to dine in Moseley or near Edgbaston Cricket Ground
 


14 days to go - Jewellery Quarter Heritage Walk 
 

Birmingham’s world-renowned Jewellery Quarter has been Britain’s main seat of jewellery and silver manufacture for at least the last 150 years and caters to 40% of the UK's jewellery demand.


Described as a ‘National treasure, a place of unique character and a particular combination of structures associated with jewellery and metal working that doesn’t seem to exist anywhere else in the world' the Jewellery Quarter is truly a unique historic gem with a heritage worth learning about. 

Join in on a lively guided walk looking at the people, places and themes that have helped to shape this singular working district. 


Book tickets for Saturday 1 June or Saturday 6 July - 2:00pm here.  



13 days to go - Victoria Square hosts the Birmingham Fanzone 28-30 June


 

Staged over the final weekend of June to coincide with England’s all-important game against India at the city’s Edgbaston Stadium on Sunday 30 June, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will take over Victoria Square to give fans an opportunity to enjoy an authentic tournament experience, watch the live broadcast of matches and celebrate cricket’s biggest event in a live setting together with thousands of passionate fans from across the globe.
 

You will able to enjoy big screens showing the match, cricket activities, a range of delicious street food stands, music, entertainment and many more surprises!

 
Continue reading here.
 


12 days to go - Foodies, feast your eyes on this!


Birmingham, a city of foodies and festivals… join the two together and voila!
 

Today we have the likes of Viva! Vegan and Independent Birmingham festival taking place and unless you grabbed your tickets early, you’ll most likely have been graced with the dreaded SOLD OUT message.
 

Not to worry, there’s plenty more to come and we’re giving you plenty of warning to get your tickets in time!
 

21-23 June Foodies Festival ’19

BRUMMIES and non Brummies, you can enjoy a feast of entertainment as Foodies Festival returns to one of Birmingham’s favourite visitor attractions.

More than 30,000 food-lovers are set to flock to picturesque Cannon Hill Park for the UK’s ‘biggest celebration of food, drink and live music’.

Organisers promise to make this year’s event the ‘biggest and best’ with a star-studded array of culinary talent and top name bands.


5-6 July Colmore Food Festival ‘19

Taking place in Birmingham’s Victoria Square, this festival will be celebrating all the fantastic Colmore Business District (CBD) venues!

It is free to attend and will be full of delicious food, drink, music and entertainment! As always there will be many District favourites returning, serving their taster portion dishes - this year dishes will be no more than £4!

Some new venues have appeared in the CBD, so expect some brand new surprises.

That is just a little taster of what’s to come, for the full lineup click here.
 


11 days to go - Nature Valley Classic Tournament 

We have been talking about the Cricket World Cup for more days than we have fingers to count on and although it’s not over until the last ball is bowled, we get it, not everybody enjoys cricket.

Great news for some, Birmingham will also be hosting the Nature Valley Classic Tournament 15-23 June (also in Edgbaston at the Edgbaston Priory Club).

The Nature Valley Classic is a WTA Premier level women’s tennis tournament which attracts world-class players to compete in both singles and doubles.

Get you tickets now to secure the best seats in the house.
 



10 days to go - Discover the West Midlands


 

Did you know Birmingham New Street in the busiest of Birmingham’s three train stations and the central hub of the British railway system? Use the station to venture out of the city & explore its fabulous surrounding areas.

The West Midlands region has a great offering for both visitors and residents: Wolverhampton is home to one of the world’s oldest professional football teams, Wolverhampton Wanders, whilst Coventry is set to become the UK’s 2021 City of Culture - Discover more about our fantastic region here.

With West Midland’s Railway you can travel within the region for as little as £2.50 return, now that’s what you call a bargain! West Midlands Railway are committed to investing in the region to deliver exceptional service and journeys. So on that note, sit back and enjoy the ride.  




9 days to go - Last chance to see Hew Locke Here’s the thing


Voted as one of the '10 best family- friendly exhibitions in Britain this Easter'! by The Times, although Easter is well and truly over, there’s still time to visit the Hew Locke: Here’s the thing exhibition at Ikon Gallery with your family.
 

Hew Locke is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by British Artist Hew Locke.
 

Involving a wide range of media – painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation, Locke explores the languages of colonial and post-colonial power, and the symbols through which different cultures assume and assert identity.
 

The final day to visit is 2 June so plan your visit now.



8 days to go - Celebrate the design industry, Birmingham style!


For years Birmingham's festival scene was missing one special thing... a design festival! So, in 2017, a group of Midland’s based designers rallied up and decided to fill this gap once and for all. 

It began with talks, workshops, screenings and exhibitions, inviting the local community and beyond to immerse themselves in a jam-packed programme to celebrate the local, national and international design industry and developed into an annual, much-loved festival.

Their ultimate goal is to provide an exceptional event at an affordable price for every visitor!

To view this year’s full schedule, discover more about BDF and book your tickets, click here.
 


7 days to go - Explore for free at Cannon Hill Park 


 

Some say the best things in life are free, and a day soaking up the rays, exploring natures beauty, spending quality 'me time' or having fun with loved ones is priceless! Whether you want to wander alone and discover unique hidden gems or gather up the friends and fam for the perfect day out, Cannon Hill Park is a beautiful place to do so.
 

Being situated right next door to Edgbaston Cricket Ground (literally a 3 min walk) makes it a fantastic place to unwind after a long exciting day of roaring and cheering at the cricket or equally a great place to spend a spare few hours when in Brum.


The MAC is also in Cannon Hill Park and hosts a huge variety of entertainment - from theatre performances to courses in crafts and creative arts! Explore their events calendar here.
 



6 days to go - Can you Escape?


Want to lock your loved ones away? Beat the boss? Or simply need an escape?

Bring family, friends, or co-workers to Birmingham’s award-winning ESCAPE LIVE, the perfect challenge for anyone and everyone.

Located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, Escape Live offers a unique form of entertainment in which 2-23 players will venture into an immersive experience unlike any other. Crack codes, solve puzzles, and work together in order to unlock the mystery and escape in time!

Join the high-tech research facility for a chance to save the world from a dangerous contagion in The Lab!

Or go one step further, and try to save the universe itself in Time Machine! The fabric of time and space is being threatened, and you can help!

Not so worried about the fate of reality? Become a private detective and attempt to solve a murder mystery in Dr. Wilson’s Office!

Or maybe you want more of a thrill! Poor Amy has been kidnapped by her deadly doctor in Room 13, and has little time left to live… Will you answer her call?

Also coming early summer 2019 is a Peaky Blinders room!

What are you waiting for? Unlock your imagination and begin your adventure with Escape Live today.

To book your first challenge, or for more information, visit here or call 0121 572 3131.

 

5 days to go - Last minute learning at Library of Birmingham 


There are only FIVE days to go until the Cricket World Cup begins!

So, you’ve got a ticket for one of Edgbaston’s five matches or are planning to watch in one of our top 6 places… but you’ve realised you don’t actually know the rules!
 

Quick solution! Head to the Library of Birmingham to sharpen up on the rules before that first ball is bowled and know your 4s from 6s and your ins from outs. Now we can’t be 100% certain that there will be a dedicated ‘cricket rule book’ but nevertheless your trip won’t be totally wasted.
 

The Library of Birmingham is an award winning, iconic building, a centre for learning, information and culture that unites people of all ages and backgrounds. So, a day here may bring some pleasant surprises and teach you a thing or two.



4 days to go - Birmingham Hippodrome VIP Experience


 

Treat yourself like the kings and queens your are with a VIP Experience at Birmingham Hippodrome.
 

Indulge with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne and nibbles on arrival, a three course meal in the Circle Restaurant, a show programme (per couple)* and top tier seats. Return to your table at the interval of your chosen performance for delicious desserts and warming coffee.
 

*Not for Birmingham Royal Ballet or Welsh National Opera performances.

 

3 days to go - Rum in Brum
 


 

Birmingham Rum Festival is back this summer for its 4th year, offering the city another opportunity to discover new rums, as well as the people and stories behind each brand and bottle.
 

There will be a fantastic line-up of rum brands to enjoy over the whole weekend at The Cuban Embassy, from Saturday 29 – Sunday 30th June.
 

These include Neptune Rum, the world’s most awarded rum of 2018, due to itsluxurious blend of authentic golden rums and Burning Barn Rum, a fusion of both smoked and spiced rum created just outside Guyana.
 

New kid on the block is the ultra-premium ‘24 Royale’ Caribbean rum; which delivers a balanced taste with a delicately rounded finish.  A truly 21st century rum! Also exhibiting are Goslings and El Dorado who are featuring their Tiki Lovers Pineapple Rum from The Bitter Truth, taking inspiration from old Caribbean distiller methods, it gives its’ rum a delicious, fruity dimension.
 

Start summer the right way and book your tickets here


 

2 days to go - Go ‘all out’ with unique Only in Brum experiences

When in Birmingham, it's only right to take advantage of the stunning sights and experiences unique to the city and West Midland’s region.  Everyone knows ‘Birmingham has more canals than Venice’ and what’s a trip to Brum without exploring the city’s scenic waterfront or indulging in unhealthy amounts of Cadbury chocolate at the one and only Cadbury world?!
 

Take a look at the other unique experiences here and start planning an unforgettable summer now! 

 

1 day to go - Let the games begin! 


 

The start of the Cricket World Cup is finalllllly here so it’s time to round up our list of amazing things to see and do in Birmingham and put the red cherry on the cake.


We hope you have found this 50-day countdown useful with a selection of some of Birmingham’s best bits!

Wishing everybody who is attending the Cricket World Cup a smashin’ time and for those unfortunate enough not to have secured a ticket keep your eyes peeled for our list of places to watch the match for free!

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