Things to do in Birmingham this Summer

Wednesday 10 August 2016 by Florence Evans

From world class shopping centres to state-of-the-art libraries, Birmingham is jam packed with things to do. This city doesn't forget its heritage, with the Black Country Museum showcasing Brum's industrial history, whilst always offering new attractions, such as the shiny new Harvey Nichols or the architectural feat which is the Birmingham library.

Indulge yourself in a day at Cadbury World

No this isn’t just for kids, based on everything chocolate, this attraction is bound to appeal to all those with a sweet tooth. See how chocolate is made, from its origins in the Aztec rainforest, the making of a crème egg, through to the wrapping up of those thousands of dairy milk bars on a daily basis. There’s a little bit of history here too, experience the Cadbury story through the full scale replica of Bull Street, where John Cadbury first began his work producing chocolate. Of course, seeing all that is sure to make your taste buds tingle, so be sure to visit the Cadbury café and shop to satisfy those cravings, and pick up an edible souvenir or two!

Cadbury World is open at various times throughout the year, and tickets must be pre-booked, so be sure to book online and save 5% off! Entry is £16.75 for adults, and family ticket prices are available. Look out for 2-for-1 ticket offers on selected Thursday afternoons.

The Black Country Museum

This historic open-air museum of beautifully restored industrial buildings truly makes you feel as if you were a humble Victorian living in the 1800s. Meet costumed characters, see live demonstrations, have a ride on the colourful fairground and see the pigs, horses and hens on the farm. To top it off, be sure to finish your visit with a trip to the famous traditional fish and chip shop or the Bottle & Glass Inn. As one of the most extraordinarily preserved outdoor exhibits in the UK, the Black Country Museum is well worth a trip to feel utterly immersed in Birmingham’s industrial history.

Entry for adults is £15.95, with prices for children and families available. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

On a sunny day what better to do than take a walk around Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens, a truly gorgeous floral setting resembling a Victorian public park with various glasshouses, home to many exotic and unusual plants. Take a walk about and absorb the relaxing scenery, and if you fancy a cream tea, the Pavilion tearoom and gift shop is the perfect place to refresh and relax. You can even request a map of seasonal walks, showcasing areas of the garden that look particularly good that time of year. In August and September, well-loved classical productions come to life in the gardens, as it transforms into an open air theatre. Here you can watch the likes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on a balmy evening - not to be missed in this beautiful classic garden.

The gardens are open every day except Christmas day and boxing day, and admission costs £7.

Drop into the new Harvey Nic’s

The new branch of this luxury outlet embodies everything about indulgence, your entry will be through a visual LED ‘immersive tunnel’ that changes with the seasons, from summertime fields to autumn leaves. There’s also a gourmet food market with a chocolate wall, wine and cocktail bar, a blow-dry bar and a spa - catering to any of your wants and desires. The store is made for anyone to browse, from football players and VIP’s using the secret entrance for personal shopping and exclusive treatments, to any average browser just looking for a t-shirt. It’s well worth a look simply for the stunning displays on show that give you the sensation of being amongst sheer extravagance. There’s many things to do in the department store, such as complimentary Wine Wednesdays, where you can try speciality wine for free and listen in on knowledge from industry experts, alongside canapés prepared by the restaurant.

The department store is open from Monday to Saturday at 10am to 7pm, and on Sunday from 11am to 5pm, and the schedule of various events can be found on the website.

Visit the Library of Birmingham

The new Birmingham library is a state-of-the-art contemporary piece of architecture in its own right, and well worth a visit just to have a look around! After opening in September 2013, one of the cities’ main cultural destinations has been home to many events involving visiting authors, poetry, book signings and even photography. Discover resources galore to unleash your imagination, have a read, write, or just listen in to talks from academics and chat with others. This library has been thoughtfully created, designed with the visitor in mind, right down to the finishing touches. When you enter the lift to access any of the 10 floors, you’ll hear various different memorable quotes from the works of William Shakespeare, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carrol and many more! The Birmingham library has loads to offer to kids, from toddler groups to a brilliant selection of children’s books. So on a rainy day, or any day actually, make a visit to this fabulous building for a wonderful experience, sure to keep all the family entertained.

The library is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11am-7pm, and Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

 

 

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