Birmingham has an amazing arts scene, with way too many things happening! World class theatre, comedy and art can be seen every week – if you only know where to look. Galleries such as the Ikon (Brindley Place), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery put on regularly changing exhibitions.
Arts Central (www.artscentral.co.uk) has information on around 100 events every week including theatre, poetry, music and comedy.
Birmingham Alive (www.birmingham-alive.com) is a good place to start for live music, as is The Metro free newspaper. The Symphony Hall (www.thsh.co.uk) has plenty of both classical and contemporary music.
What’s On magzine (www.WowBirmingham.co.uk) has previews, reviews and listings for all sorts of events in the city, you can pick up a free copy, along with lots of other flyers and events information in the foyer of the the Central Library.
In September there’s Arts Fest (www.artsfest.org.uk), the UK’s biggest free arts festival and the Moseley Folk Festival (www.moseleyfolk.co.uk) and to look forward to.
Out and About Birmingham Park Rangers provide hundreds of events each year and many of them are free. How about a guided “bat walk”, an afternoon findingout about the myths associated with trees, or more practical activities such as conservation work or surveys. See www.snipurl.com/ParkRangers. You can walk in the city, Walk 2000 (www.snipurl.com/walk2000) have lots of suggestions. The Ramblers Association (www.snipurl.com/RamblingWestMids) provide details of walks in the region. There’s also train trips – a walk in the Peak District caneasily be done by train, or how about a day out at Warwick Castle orwalking by the river in Stratford?
The “UK Accessible Train Timetable” (www.traintimes.org.uk) is the easiest to use for trips by train, and Travel West Midland’s website will work out the best route from your door using buses, trains, and other public transport (www.snipurl.com/travelplanner). There’s lots to do in and around Birmingham, so cancel that flight and get local with your fun!