Five new things to do in Birmingham

Whether or not you’re committing to new resolutions this year, Birmingham has lots of new attractions and events to take your mind off giving up chocolate.

Posted 30 May 2018

1) Luna Open Air Cinema

When: Dates throughout the summer

Where: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

How much: £13.50 - £29

Ever wanted to watch a musical on the side of a castle or watch an Oscar winning war film in the middle of the UK’s centre of remembrance? Luna are bringing their open air cinema screenings to Warwick Castle and the National Memorial Arboretum this summer. Both venues are 30 minutes outside of the centre of Brum and will definitely be worth the short trip.

Warwick will be hosting screenings of The Greatest Showman, Pretty Woman and The Chamber of Secrets (magical…) whilst the Arboretum will screen Pretty Woman and Darkest Hour. A good spread for everyone. On a warm summer evening this is an event not to be missed.


2) Cricket at Edgbaston

When: England v Australia – 27 June. England v India – 1-5 August.

How much: £18 - £70

It’s a huge summer of cricket in Birmingham as two of the best teams in the world visit Edgbaston. First the Aussies role into town, to take on England in a Twenty20. Before India visit for a test match at the start of August.

England will be looking to prove themselves against their arch rivals, throw in the summer sun and the Edgbaston atmosphere, it will be a highlight of Brum’s summer calendar.


3) Try one of the amazing new restaurants

A Cuban bar, A Head of Steam and a new location to the magical Wilderness restaurant are among the amazing new food and drink venues heading to Birmingham this year, and that's just the ones we know about now!

Kong's Gaming Bar is also rumored to be joining the Birmingham's repertoire this year, featuring classic arcade games, table foosball and ping pong along with a great selection of drinks and, judging by existing venues, a pop-up kitchen.


4) Dine with Dippy

When: 26 May - 9 September

Where: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

How much: Free entry

You don't have to go all the way to London to see Dippy the Diplodocus, long time resident of the Natural History Museum, because he's visiting us in Birmingham from May to September 18. He'll be standing proud in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's Edwardian Tea Rooms, so you can actually dine with Dippy - lucky he's a vegetarian.


5) Festival and other favourites

If there's one thing Birmingham loves it's a festival, and while the below aren't necessarily new to the city in 2018, if they're new to you then it's time to take down some dates!

Independent Birmingham festival at Aston Hall

When: 21-22 July

How much: £10

The best street food, bars, music and pop-up shops that Brum has to offer, all in one place for just £10? Yes please! Independent Birmingham are returning to Aston Hall to showcase all things brilliant about the city’s independent scene. If last year is anything to go by you want to snap up your tickets now!


Digbeth Dining Club

When: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Where: Lower Trinity St, Birmingham

How much: Free entry (except for the last Friday of every month)

A Birmingham favourite, Digbeth Dining Club is a weekly food festival featuring some of the best street food that your money can buy! You might even be able to sample culinary delights from British Street Food award winners Baked In Brick!


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