IKON Gallery in Oozells Square, Birmingham. Surrounded by cherry blossom trees.

5 Free Things to do in Birmingham This Spring

The daffodils are springing, the cherry blossom trees are blooming, and we’re dreaming of summer days! Spring has certainly sprung in Birmingham. The city is blooming with some fantastic events to celebrate the month of the clocks springing forward (a phrase to help you remember!). We’ve been on the hunt for budget-friendly or free things to do in Birmingham this Spring to share with you.

Free things to do in Birmingham This Spring: Free Cherry Blossom Concert to attend in Oozells Sqaure, Birmingham.

Free Cherry Blossom Tree Concert in Oozells Square, Birmingham

Cherry blossom season has bloomed once again in Oozells Square. Also known as Sakura, cherry blossom trees compliment their surroundings with an eye-catching pop of pastel pink. The only downside is that the season is very short-lived! Oozells Square attracts visitors, photographers, and a free Cherry Blossom Concert every year, thanks to its beautiful cherry blossom trees. Collaborating with the IKON Gallery, which is nestled within the cherry blossom trees, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), brings an hour-long, free event for all ages to celebrate one of nature’s most captivating seasonal moments of the year. Book your ticket now for free to join this relaxing event on Sunday 24th March 2024 from 3pm-4pm. You can view highlights from last year’s event here.

Mirrorball Installation in Snow Hill Square

Another thing to do in Birmingham this Spring which is free to attend, is an exciting and unique art installation. Head to Snow Hill Square between Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd March 2024 to view the dazzling mirror ball installation, Our Beating Heart. From 6:30pm to 10:30pm, this immersive artwork, which is a giant heart-shaped mirror ball, will illuminate the city centre with the reflection of dancing, natural light as the sun sets. Created by Studio Vertigo, on-lookers will be able enjoy rotating shimmers of light, accompanied by a heart-themed disco soundtrack. What’s more, on the 23rd March, there will be a one-off silent disco. Again, this is 100% free to attend and no booking is required!

Explore Cannon Hill Park

There’s nothing like fresh air. Retreat from the city buzz at Cannon Hill Park. Birmingham’s very own little oasis offers plenty of outdoor activities to get the steps in and cheeks rosy from all the fresh air. Start off on the Boating Lake on a swan pedal boat where you can soak up the lovely sights of the park by water! Visit lots of different animals in the Nature Centre including reptiles, birds, monkeys, red pandas, and other furry favourites such as guinea pigs, goats, pigs and sheep. Other activities available include the Land Train, sports facilities, mini golf at Golden Putter, cafes, and the MAC Centre which includes a theatre, cinema, workshops and more.

Tolkien Tour Trail

Are you a fan of Lord of the Rings? Did you know that J. R. R. Tolkien lived in Birmingham between the ages of 4-8 years old? Tolkien took inspiration from Birmingham’s natural surroundings and buildings to craft the fantasy world of Middle Earth. You can see Birmingham through the eyes of Tolkien himself by embarking on The Tolkien Trail! This is completely free to do with the family and the trail is 2 miles in length. You will journey you through the likes of Sarehole Mill, Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood, The Shire Country Park and Cole Valley (this was named in honour of the author’s links with the local area), and more – including the school Tolkien attended as a child and his childhood home. You can download the map PDF here.

Literature and Music Festival at The Heath Bookshop

Literature and Music Festival at The Heath Bookshop

One for the bookworms and wordsmiths. Taking place from Thursday 18th April – Sunday 21st April 2024, independent bookshop, The Heath Bookshop, is hosting its first ever festival! This four day event will be taking place in and around Kings Heath, Birmingham and will be buzzing with author events, music shows, workshops, and art commissions, all to celebrate the relationship between literature and music. Some of the big names attending include Robin Ince, General Levy, and Catherine O’Flynn. The view the full programme of this exciting festival by visiting here. These Events are prices as either completely free or are priced at a small fee. These will be individual tickets for each event meaning you can curate your own festival experience!

Enjoy Fresh, Spring Baked Goods at Silver Tree Bakery

Something straight out of a fairy-tale book, Silver Tree Bakery is a magical little bakery in the form of a wooden tree-house style hut. Located on Water Orton Lane in Sutton Coldfield, you will happen upon a bakery serving unique, homemade sweet and savoury seasonal treats. They tend to have specials almost weekly, meaning each visit will bring you something different each time! With Easter on the way, they will be baking and serving up egg-citing goods! We highly recommend visiting their Instagram page to keep up with their exciting weekly and seasonal specials.

Classic Afternoon Tea at Park Regis Birmingham

Make Your City Break Special With Our City Break Offer Package

Looking to make your city break here in Birmingham that little bit more special? When you book your City Break Offer package here at Park Regis Birmingham, you will wake up to a complimentary buffet breakfast waiting for you! This includes a vibrant Mediterranean buffet or your classic English breakfast fry-up! You will also be welcomed with a drink upon arrival to make you feel like a true VIP in one of Birmingham’s most luxurious hotels.

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