In the City: Birmingham

In the City: Birmingham

Fastest growing visitor destination in the UK? Twice since 2013? Birmingham is the answer. Attracting more international visits last year than ever before, the city is fast becoming a contender for the place to go. With an enticing offer of attractions, great food, shopping and broad range of accommodation options to suit every pocket, we’re encouraging people of all ages to make time to stay in the region.

From mesmerising music to world-class theatre performances and some of the UK’s best summer sporting spectacles, there’s plenty to keep visitors to the city entertained, and here’s our top picks:

The Birmingham Literature Festival – for 10 days from 2nd October, it returns for its 15th year in it’s new home The Library of Birmingham. With lots going on for all the family including Shakespeare flash-mob event (Saturday 4 October) and ghost stories after dark (Friday 3 and Thursday 9 October).

The Voices of War exhibition, Birmingham Library –  This exhibition will show how the First World War was experienced by people in Birmingham. It focuses on the stories of local families and explores themes including the experiences of men at the Front line, the impact of war on children and families, black and Asian soldier contributions, the role of women on the Home Front, Birmingham’s industrial support for the war effort, and debates around patriotism and pacifism in the city. Running from 29th September til 31st December 2014.

Blood Brothers, Hippodrome – see the legendary multi-award winning Blood Brothers produced by Bill Kenwright, which has recently surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End.  On at the Birmingham Hippodrome from 13-25 October.

The Bupa Great Birmingham Run – on 19th October thousands will be running the half marathon around some of the city’s iconic sights including The Bullring, Cadburys in Bournville and Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Come along and support.

And is it too early to mention the Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair? – the largest authentic German market outside Germany comes to Victoria Square, New Street, Centenary & Camberlain Square, Birmingham again this year for 5 weeks of jewellery, gifts, handmade toys and of course the great food and ‘oh so drinkable’ Gluhwein! From 13th November.

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