The evenings are getting warmer and the days are growing longer. This can only mean one thing—summer is officially on its way. Birmingham is hosting dozens of events, new openings and festivals 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!
1. 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 flower beds, 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 runners 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 join the Captain Freddo Treasure Trove these summer holidays. An exciting show promising giggles and pirate talk, 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. 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
Summer Screens will be returning to Birmingham this year. The pop-up touring outdoor cinema is taking up residence in Birmingham Botanical Gardens from August 15th to September 13th, 2019. 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 7pm and screening starts at 8:30pm. General admission starts from £15.
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’s 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 Don McLean, Jake Bugg, Public Service Broadcasting, The Zutons, and dozens of more artists. Running from August 30–September 1st, 2019, adult tickets start at £48 and under 16’s begin at £27. Family weekend tickets also available starting at £250.
7. Colmore Food Festival 2019
Back for its seventh year, Colmore Business District’s annual festival will be held in Victoria Square from July 5th–6th, 2019. 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 once again, so everyone can enjoy as many dishes as they fancy without breaking the bank. Be sure to check out Colmore Food Festival official website and Facebook page for more information.
8. Summer in Southside
If you happen to be in Birmingham on the weekend of July 13 and 14, 2019, bring the family to Summer in Southside! This free family festival is a summer extravaganza happening at the Birmingham Hippodrome. See this emblematic complex be turned into an intergalactic experience to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Consult their website for a full listing of performances and events.