If you are originally from Birmingham or just like me will stay in the city to work this summer, don’t think you can’t have fun just because you’re not going away. I’ve put together a little list that will hopefully be useful to you.
If it’s good to watch films at the cinema, imagine an open-air cinema! In Birmingham, there are at least two places you can head to if you ever feel like viewing or even reviewing some blockbusters this summer. First the Botanical Gardens, where you can enjoy a picnic and a drink in stunning surroundings from 15 August until 13 September.
The second option is in the city centre, in Brindley Place. Although it might be a little bit more chaotic it is also totally free and they will screen films such as ‘A Star is Born’, ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ from 15-21 July.
Independent Birmingham Festival
I love food and I love supporting independents, so I knew I had to tell you about this one. The IB Festival is an event that takes place in the iconic Aston Hall and comes with pop-up restaurants, cocktail bars, street food, coffee, artists and live music. It’s an amazing day out in a great environment. The entry price is £10 and the dates are 20 and 21 July.
Positively Birmingham Walking Tours
If you think you know Birmingham, think again. If you go on a Positively Birmingham Walking Tour you’ll not only get your mind blown with the new things you’ll learn about Birmingham but will also spend around an hour and 45 minutes discovering secret canals and streets. If you enjoy learning new things and curiosities then a walking tour is the perfect plan for a sunny afternoon.
They have tours starting from the Library of Birmingham every weekend at 13:30 and some Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well. What better to feel like you’re on holidays than to be a tourist in your own city?
Play at the park
At Poundland or B&M you can find a badminton set or beach rackets for as little as £1 and I’ve found that going to play in a park with friends is one of the best plans ever, especially when it is sunny. There are tons of parks you can go to in Birmingham, my favourites being the Moonlit Park, Cannon Hill Park and the Edgbaston Reservoir. While in Cannon Hill you can also play mini golf, while in the reservoir you can do truly summery activities such as kayaking and stand-up paddle board.
Finally, we all know that this summer won’t be as sunny and hot as we wish – after all, we are in the UK. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun. Museums are always a great option and there are many in Birmingham to choose from. BMAG, Ikon Gallery, Coffin Works and Back to Backs are just a few options.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my five suggestions and will search on this list when thinking on something to do this summer in Birmingham!