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Things to do in Birmingham

There are lots of things you can get up to in Birmingham this summer. With social distancing measures being eased, the list of things you can do in Britain's second city ever-grows.

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Socially distanced shopping spree

Following the latest government advice, non-essential shops have been given the green-light to reopen. Located in the heart of the city are Bullring & Grand Central, they have reopened and introduced a range of safeguarding measures, allowing shoppers to safely shop at over 200 outlets. This could be the perfect opportunity to grab some last-minute university essentials!

Explore Digbeth

Just over the road from BCU is the UK’s coolest neighbourhood – Digbeth. This flourishing area of Birmingham boasts independent shops such as COW Birmingham, a huge warehouse full of vintage clothing all available at affordable prices and the Clean Kilo for zero plastic shopping, these shops are mostly open and are following strict social distancing guidelines. But for a great, cost-free activity in this area, you simply have to walk down the streets and admire the wealth of street art and graffiti on show, which is always changing and evolving. 

Hike along the canals

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be aware that Birmingham has more canals than Venice. They make for a great afternoon of ambling along the network discovering new perspectives of Birmingham, wondering yet again how the locks *actually* work (the only sensible explanation: magic), and admiring the street art.

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Sutton Park

A short distance away from Birmingham City Centre is Sutton Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe, the park consists of a mind boggling 2,400 acres of open heathland, woodlands, lakes, wetlands, and marshes - each with its own rich variety of plants and wildlife, some rarely seen in the region. Sutton Park is the perfect place to escape the city, as it feels like you're in an entirely different part of the country.

Once we're back to normal

When the dust settles and social distancing is a thing of the past, there will be so much more on offer for you to do in Birmingham. For a taster, take a look on our student life in Birmingham pages

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