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Win the ultimate #BCUOpenDay

Win a night's stay at Clayton Hotel, a meal for two at Tom's Kitchen, activities at Bear Grylls Adventure and £100 in shopping vouchers.

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Travelling to Birmingham for our Open Day on 25 November? Why not take the opportunity to make a weekend of it? We're situated in the heart of the city where there’s a whole load of places to explore, as well as concerts, shopping and chocolate! Here's our guide to some of the things you could see and do. You can even win the ultimate Birmingham experience in our competition.

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Ice Skate Birmingham

Birmingham's outdoor ice skating rink returns. However this time it has a brand new location on Eastside Green, right outside our city centre campus. There's no excuse to not stop off and have a skate or a ride on the big wheel. 

Magical Lantern Festival

The Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham is back at Birmingham Botanical Gardens due to exceptional demand with all new lanterns for 2018!

The Nutcracker

Birmingham Royal Ballet are bringing their production of the world famous Christmas classic back to the Birmingham Hippodrome. Perfect for an evening of Christmas entertainment after the Open Day.


You know when it's Christmas in Birmingham as the German Market has rolled into town. The market that offers great food, warming drinks, traditional German gifts and live music is in Birmingham from 16 November until Christmas Eve. If you're in the city it's not to be missed. 

Five things to do at the Christmas Market

Places to visit in Birmingham


Shopping in Birmingham

Nothing beats a healthy helping of retail therapy! With 160 stylish stores featuring 2,000 leading brands, the Bullring is the premier destination for shopping in the Midlands.

Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Opened in 1885, this museum and gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings as well as paintings by other Victorian artists whose works are hard to find in metropolitan areas.

Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham

With its stand-out postmodern and high-tech architecture, the library of Birmingham is one landmark to add to your must-see list. (Closed on Sundays).

Cadbury World

Uncover the fascinating story of Cadbury chocolate. From learning how your favourite confectionery is made to playing in chocolate rain, Cadbury World is not just for kids. Take in the sights, smells and tastes of the place where chocolate really comes to life.

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Where to eat AND STAY in Birmingham

Tom's Kitchen

Tom's Kitchen

Tom’s Kitchen Birmingham is the latest Restaurant, Bar and Deli to open, located in The Mailbox, right in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Independent Birmingham

Independent Birmingham

Independent Birmingham is dedicated to unearthing Birmingham's hidden gems and best-kept secrets, touring the city in search of the unique and the inspiring.

Digbeth Dining Club

Digbeth Dining Club

Digbeth Dining Club is the multi award winning street food event that has become a hit in Birmingham and is leading the Midlands alternative food scene.

Clayton Hotel

A short walk from the Bullring and only 0.1 miles away from our City Centre Campus. The hotel has 174 luxurious bedrooms and has all the facilities needed to relax and unwind (formerly Hotel la Tour).

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