Things to do in Birmingham

As the country's second city and our home, we recommend a visit to Brum this Summer. We’ve pulled together a handy guide of things to do in Birmingham in July and August — all you need to do is come see us!

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Summer Music Festivals in Birmingham

We can’t think of a much better way to enjoy the Summer than to listen to our favourite bands and chill out in the sunshine with friends (ok it’s Britain, a rain coat may be required!). Birmingham hosts over 50 festivals each year, so whether you love dance, jazz, folk or a bit of classic pop, there’s bound to be something for you. Just a couple to mention…

The Summer Fest
Solihull Summer Fest
27 - 28 July 2018

See hit pop band The Vamps as well as the HedKandi 20th anniversary tour on a new second stage at this music festival.

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Moseley Folk Festival
Moseley Folk Festival
30 Aug - 1 Sept 2019

A mix of traditional, contemporary and downright experimental Folk, World and Roots music. Also expect arts, crafts, comedy, cabaret, and more!

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Days out in Birmingham

If you’re looking for places to visit in Birmingham, there’s a wide variety of historical, cultural and chocolate-y tourist attractions for you to explore. Did you know Birmingham has more canals than Venice? Why not explore the waterways by hiring a barge, or more simply it’s a beautiful way to get your 10,000 steps a day.

You can’t beat a bit of retail therapy too. The Bullring has more than 160 shops and is the size of 26 football pitches! Plus the city is also spoilt with the world's biggest Primark, and Grand Central and the Mailbox shopping centres.

The Bear Grylls Adventure Birmingham

Have an adventure this Summer at the home of Earth’s Greatest Challenges where you can take on incredible mental and physical challenges. Can you beat Bear Grylls' record breaking completion time of 63 seconds on the Royal Marines-inspired Assault Course?

If you take on the course between 24 June and 8 September, and share a photo on Twitter or Instagram using #BeatBear, you could be in with a chance of winning an invite to take on Bear Grylls in person in a face-off challenge at the Assault Course later this year! Plus you can get 50 per cent off Assault Course and Archery package tickets if you buy them before 8 July!

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The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Come face-to-fin with over 2,000 creatures at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham. Meet the rare Gentoo Penguins and come face-to-fin with an array of sharks as they swim above you in the UK’s only 360º ocean tunnel! Don’t forget to say hello to the new residents, a pair fostered seals in the brand new world class Rescue Facility.

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Summer sporting events in Birmingham

Summer and sport go hand-in-hand like strawberries and cream. Fancy a kick about in the park? With over 8,000 acres of parks and open space, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK!

But if you prefer to be in the crowd than working up a sweat, there’s plenty of sporting events in Birmingham this Summer you won’t want to miss, including:

Cricket at Edgbaston Stadium

With fast-paced cricket action, live music and great food, Birmingham Bears are hosting the perfect days and nights out this Summer.

Get together with friends, family or colleagues and experience a night of T20 cricket at one of seven matches at the world famous Edgbaston Stadium, including three on a Friday night.

Adult tickets are only £19 when purchased in advance, a saving of £6 per ticket compared to the on-the-day price. Under 16s, meanwhile, go free to all games.

Watch this video to see what happened when our students visited.

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Muller Grand Prix and British Athletics Championships

Don't miss the some of the best athletes at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium on Sunday 18 August for an afternoon of world-class athletics.

Then pop back to see the best of British at the British Athletics Championships on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August - a great warm up to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Things to do in Birmingham

If you’re looking for something more unusual to do on a weekend Summer’s evening or a day out trying the best of Birmingham's food and drink, we’re not short of events in Birmingham.

Independent Birmingham Festival

Food and drink festivals

We don't need an excuse at any time of the year to enjoy some grub, but there's nothing like a sunny day to make us fancy some tasty nibbles and ice cold drinks. You won't be stuck for somewhere to go with your mates with these food and drink festivals in Birmingham:

If you’re feeling more mocktail than mojito though, how about enjoying a movie by moonlight?

Film festivals

Birmingham is a great city for movie buffs with three independent cinemas, including the UK's oldest working cinema - The Electric. But don't hide away in the dark to watch your fave films, make the most of the Summer evenings with these outdoor screenings.

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