Surprise yourself in Birmingham this Spring…

Wednesday 08 March 2017 by Florence Evans Birmingham has so much to offer this spring, come rain or shine. So have a read of our pick of the best events the city has to offer over the coming months...

The Arts and Science Festival | 13-19th March

This week-long celebration of culture, art and science offers a real variety of things to learn and explore. Brought to you by the University of Birmingham, this free programme of events, talks and more is well worth a visit.

Talks cover deep and relevant issues such as climate change and immigration, as well as abstract, thought provoking topics such as the meaning of the colour blue. Try your hand at a creative writing workshop or take part in artist-led talks and exhibitions to get those creative juices flowing - or simply sit back and watch an eclectic mix of classical cinematic productions, screened throughout the festival.

The Birmingham Arts and Science Festival has something for everyone, and runs from the 13-19th of March across Birmingham University’s campus and beyond, the website can be found here.

Swingamajig Festival | 30th April

If you’re ready to experience the party atmosphere of the roaring 20’s, then Birmingham’s Swingamajig Festival is not to be missed. With over thirty live headline acts to be seen, get your art deco threads on and start swinging. Mingle with the most decadently dressed revellers and enjoy music from seven different stages. Set against the backdrop of Birmingham’s industrial past - Digbeth railway arches - this event is sure to show you a whirlwind of a time. Alongside the range of acts to view, they’ll be burlesque dancers and internationally-renowned cabaret stars.

The Swingamajig Festival holds dance classes (aerial hoop and more) the day prior to the festival, the 29th of April, with the actual festival and afterparty held on the 30th of April from 2pm until the early hours of the morning. You can visit the Swingamajig website here.

Birmingham Foodie’s Festival | 23-25th June

Enjoy a fun-filled day out with friends, perfect for those who are of the mindset that they live to eat, not eat to live. Sample street food and beer from all sorts of different cultures, including vintage Afternoon Tea and prosecco - there’s sure to be something to tempt everyone at the Birmingham Foodie’s Festival. And in addition to the eating, there’s a kid’s cookery school, live music and chef’s theatre to keep you busy. You’ll get to meet well-known celebrity chefs such as Great British Bake Off Winner Nadiya Hussein and MasterChef’s Tony Rodd and Dhruv Baker.

The festival runs from the 23rd-25th of June at Cannon Hill Park, visit their website here.

Visit one of Birmingham’s Park’s

Birmingham may be a red brick industrial metropolis, but out of town there are some surprisingly beautiful parks that are a dream to visit, including Cannon Hill Park, Sandwell Valley and Lickey Hills Country Park. All of these offer acres of green open space, alongside a vast range of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. Breathe in the fresh air and take a long walk, perhaps finishing the day with an Afternoon Tea refreshment in one of the adorable cafes nestled on the outskirts of the parks.

You can check out these parks on the Birmingham Council website here.

Visit the Everyman Cinema

With comfy, deluxe sofas, delicious food and drink on offer, masses of space and a relaxed atmosphere, what’s not to love about going to this cinema? If you haven’t been to an Everyman cinema across the UK yet, then here’s your chance. Shop until you drop, then chill out and watch a movie – perfect.

The Everyman cinema regularly screens new and old releases, check out their website for Birmingham here.

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