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What to do in Birmingham this summer?

The evenings are getting warmer and the days are growing longer. This can only mean one thing – summer is officially on its way.  

There are dozens of events, new openings and festivals to get involved in this year, so we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of things you can do either by yourself or with friends and family. Let’s face it, we all deserve to let loose and have some fun now and again.

1. Have a picnic in Cannon Hill Park

There’s nothing better than taking your shoes off, slipping on your sunglasses and sitting on a picnic blanket with a healthy dose of sunshine warming your skin. Only then does it truly feel like summer. Covering 250 acres, the park is surrounded by flowerbeds, lakes and boasts a large collection of trees. Ideal for a lazy afternoon stroll or a family picnic, there’s plenty of opportunity for exercise at the park’s mini golf area, tennis courts, bowling and putting greens. For those with younger children, there’s always a host of live shows to look out for. For keen bikers, you can also access the cycle routes alongside the River Rea, whilst runner can take part in the weekly free 5K parkrun.

2. Cadbury World, Bournville

If you haven’t already treated yourself to a Cadbury experience, uncover a world of chocolate delights this summer and catch Super Sonic Sootamatic in Sooty’s Wacky Workshop at Cadbury World, Bournville on selected dates in June. An exciting event promising giggles and games, it is guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of both adults and children alike. Be sure to visit the Cadbury website for more information on event dates and times.

3. Rage Room

Every single person needs to let off steam once in awhile, because we’re simply human beings after all with mountains of daily stresses. So if you’re feeling aggravated by office politics or find yourself stuck in a bad mood that you can’t shake, then we suggest you head over to The Rage Room. Keep in mind you have to be aged 18 and up to take part and we’re not kidding when we say your sole aim is to completely destroy the items placed in front of you with a selection of bats, clubs and crowbars. Your booking is for 30 minutes and protective gear is included. The best part? There’s no cleaning up to do afterwards!

4. Birmingham Botanical Gardens Outdoor Cinema

Cult Screens will be returning to Birmingham this year. The pop-up touring outdoor cinema is taking up residence in Birmingham Botanical Gardens from July 4th to September 15th. You’ll find craft beer, wine, prosecco, cider and soft drinks as well as stripy deck chairs, snuggly blankets, double beanbags and HD screens whilst you watch some award-winning films and cult classics. Doors open at 7:30pm and screening starts at 9:30pm. General admission starts from £13.95 plus a booking fee.

5. 1565 Roof Terrace

We’ll start by blowing our own trumpet. Offering a tranquil area for guests to sit, relax and have some drinks in, the summer garden inspired 1595 Restaurant and Bar terrace overlooks Birmingham’s skyline, taking guests away from the bustle of the city streets below.  Throughout the summer, guests can enjoy a wide range of events hosted on the terrace, from cocktail hours, BBQs, whiskey tasting and seasonally themed activities. Also available for private hire, the terrace can be found behind the bar of Park Regis’ 1565 restaurant.

6. Moseley Folk Festival

For dedicated music lovers, this one is for you. With each year being bigger and better than the last, Moseley Park is set to host its annual festival on a beautiful 11-acre woodland in the heart of Moseley Village. Easy to reach by bus, it’s less than 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham. The festival line up promises a mix of contemporary, experimental and acoustic music, therefore resulting in a perfect event for all the family. This year will see the likes of the Levellers, Teenage Fanclub,  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and much more. Running from August 31 – September 2, adult tickets start at £45 and under 16’s begin at £22. Family weekend tickets also available here.

7. Birmingham International Dance Festival

From June 1 – 24, the city of Birmingham will turn into a massive stage featuring artists, dancers and performers who’ll be sharing their projects and unique choreographies with the world. Expect the streets, public squares and top theatres in the city to become an ongoing party of everything from the contemporary and experimental to classic dancing. Organised by DanceXchange, Birmingham International Dance Festival is an award-winning event—come and find out why!  

8. Colmore Food Festival 2018

Back for its seventh year, Colmore Business District’s annual festival will be held in Victoria Square from July 6th – 7th. A raft of exciting new businesses and restaurants are expected to impress more than 30,000 visitors this year, hoping that visitors pass by all of the festival’s food stalls.  The best part? It’s free to attend the event and there will be live music and kitchen demos. Additionally, all dishes will be capped at £4, so everyone can enjoy as many dishes as they fancy without breaking the bank. Be sure to check out Colmore Food Festival website and Facebook page for more information.

An extra one…

The Good Food Show

If you happen to be in Birmingham, or a planning a visit especially for it, make sure to not miss out on the biggest food festival in the Midlands, The Good Food Show. Held at the NEC from the 14th – 17th June, the BBC Good Food Show is without a doubt the ultimate day out for food lovers!

And if you are attending any of these events, Park Regis is where you want to stay! Featuring 1565 Bar & Restaurant and Shakina Spa, we’re a hotel like no other in Birmingham!