With some of the hottest days of the year still ahead of us, we should make the most of the summer weather that is left. So clear your schedules, get your friends and family on the phone and start ticking things off that Birmingham summer bucket list to make 2017 a summer to remember.
1. Visit a man-made city beach
Long gone are the days of sitting in a traffic jam for hours on end to get to a crowded beach that has no space. From Northfield to Nuneaton there are six man made beaches in and around Birmingham for you to build sandcastles, eat ice cream and watch Punch and Judy. If you don’t have enough time for a beach holiday on the Costa del Sol, these nearby beach breaks will turn out to be just what you needed.
2. Take an open top tour of Birmingham
Take an open top tour on the Big Brum Open Top Buz and see all the hidden jewels and gems of Birmingham. From the Custard Factory to Cadbury World, you’ll see everything Birmingham has to offer. See the inspiration behind Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings and the infamous Jewellery Quarter, all whilst enjoying the beautiful weather!
3. Dine with panoramic views of Birmingham
The recipe for a good day usually entails delicious food and even better weather. Pair this with the highest panoramic view of Birmingham, then you’ve got a great day ahead. Japanese restaurant, Rofuto, located above Park Regis Hotel offers unique Japanese cuisine and a 360° skyline view of Birmingham’s city centre.
4. Stroll & Play in Cannon Hill Park
Less than two miles away from Birmingham city centre, Cannon Hill Park is an oasis of nature and entertainment. From playing a few rounds of crazy golf to having a picnic in the park there there’s no chance of having a boring day in the sun. The park has recently had a £1M makeover and many new attractions, such as rides and swan boats for the lake. Fun is a bus ride away from your front door!
5. Join the ‘happiest 5K on the planet’
‘Happiest’ and ‘5K’ isn’t a word pairing you’d expect to find on any list of things to do, let alone a Summer bucket list… The Color Run, sponsored by Skittles, is the largest and well, most colourful 5km run in the world. It will be taking place in Birmingham at the NEC on 20th August and is great because you don’t even have to run. You can walk, dance or hop your way to finish line all whilst getting covered in beautiful colours whilst celebrating health, happiness and sponsoring your favourite charity.
6. Picnic on St Paul’s Square
The outdoors is the best place to make the most of the sun, and it is even better when you don’t have to pay for it. The idyllic setting of St Paul’s Square makes it the perfect place to have a picnic and spend time with your family and friends, especially when it won’t cost you an arm or a leg. If you feel like spending the afternoon in your own company then St Paul’s Square is an ideal setting to lay on the grass and finally read that book you’ve been meaning to start. After all, there is no friend as loyal as a book.
7. Visit a Rooftop Bar or Beer Garden
No great story starts with salad, so why not spend one or two sunny afternoons enjoying a few beers and cocktails in some of Birmingham’s finest rooftop bars and beer gardens. With so many beautiful gardens hidden throughout Birmingham, you’ll never run out of places to go. If you want to enjoy the stunning views of Birmingham whilst sipping on a glass of wine, then head to The 1565 Bar & Restaurant located in the luxurious Park Regis Hotel, just off of Broad Street.
N.B. we are not condoning irresponsible drinking, and are huge fans of responsible drinking. Drink plenty of water and stay safe!
8. Take the Peaky Blinders Tour
If you and your friends are Peaky Blinders fans then why not spend a sunny morning or afternoon partaking in the walking Peaky Blinders tour. Experience the sights, sounds and places where the real Peaky Blinders caused mayhem. An expert historian guide will take you around Digbeth and show you where they undertook their shadowy trades and crimes, and show you the historical buildings that played a part in your beloved characters stories.
9. Wine & Dine at the Cinema
Every British summer has a rainy day. Fear not, and head to the Everyman Cinema in the mailbox. Not only will you be able to watch the latest movie whilst most comfortably sat in a velvet arm chair, but you will also find that the days of trying to discreetly sneak in some sweets into the cinema are over. With a varied menu including burgers, nachos and fries as well as a selection of wine and beers, the Everyman is the perfect excuse to relax, sit back and enjoy a film without having to clean up.
10. Unwind with a Spa Day
If you wish to escape from the Birmingham summer heat, opt for a relaxing spa day or treatment at the brand new Shakina Urban spa. Alone, with friends or your other half, immerse yourself in a peaceful sanctuary and escape from the city centre firenzy. If you are on a shopping spree in the city centre, Shakina also offers express manicures, for a rapid pampering session before an evening out in town. Book it today!
11. Reveal your Inner Artist
Inspired from New York’s latest trend, ‘Paint & Wine’ offers hand-picked wine and a freestyle painting class. Enjoy wine and a ‘painter’s platter’ of canapes and nibbles at the same time at Park Regis on 10th September. Whether you are an experienced painter or a new art enthusiast, this will be your chance to get creative with the guidance of teachers to help you make a true masterpiece that you can proudly take home. Find out more about this exclusive event here!
12. Concoct your own Perfume
On August 25th, The Botanist Birmingham will be hosting ‘Create your own scent’ in association with The House of Peroni. Merging traditional perfume making techniques and the best ingredients, learn about smells and combinations to create your own bespoke perfume. Tickets are available for purchase, and include a complimentary drinks. Find out more!
If you’re spending some time or just a weekend in Birmingham, then why not experience a luxurious night stay in a central location?