Things to do in Birmingham
The bustling city of Birmingham is a well-loved West Midlands hub of culture and commerce with a distinctly lively, open and multicultural flavour. Birmingham shimmers with life from the Bullring to the Jewellery Quarter: a friendly, interesting, cosmopolitan place, it’s a haunt for many of those of us who have spent time there. So why not pay this vibrant city a visit over the next few weeks? Here are some of the best upcoming events:
The Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix, 26 August
Hurry to the Birmingham Alexander Stadium to enjoy the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix as it returns with a flurry of sporting heroes from London 2012. A dazzling array of super-fit athletes will be vying for victory in various events, rounding off an unparalleled summer of British sporting triumphs.
Moseley Folk Festival, 31 August -2 September
Set in tranquil Moseley Park, the Moseley Folk Festival unites an enthusiastic melting pot of loyal folk lovers. This largely means those who simply want to have a very good time listening with friends and family to the likes of headliners Echo & The Bunnymen and Julian Cope. Just bag yourself some cheap train tickets and prepare to kick back to sounds both mellow and lively.
ArtsFest 2012, Friday 7-Sunday 9 September
A huge treat for lovers of the arts, ArtsFest is the UK's biggest free festival of its kind. It showcases a selection the performing arts, visual arts and digital arts from new names to established artists. The Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Athlete will play, but everyone’s welcome to take part, whether they’re a solo amateur or group of professionals.
Style Birmingham LIVE, 29 September
Make the most of the biggest, most glamorous fashion and shopping event in the West Midlands, Style Birmingham LIVE. Bubbly, beautiful actress and singer Martine McCutcheon is the lively host for the evening, engaging the crowds and spreading the excitement. This is an event that brings the best of catwalk style to the people of Birmingham in an event staged to the highest calibre. Enjoy viewing the autumn/winter clothing from the city’s leading stores and then simply go shop!
Birmingham Book Festival, 4-13 October
This fantastic festival, the gem of the local literary calendar, returns to the city with talks, events and workshops. Now comfortably ensconced in its 14th year, it started out with the remit of promoting literacy, thought and discussion but has grown to be far greater than the sum of its parts. Exhort your friend to catch trains to Birmingham and then weave around the events at your leisure before discussing your favourite parts of the day over a relaxed meal.