Birmingham Caribbean Festival is just one week away (5-7 June). Enjoy rum punch, delicious food and live music just minutes away from Rotunda. The last festival attracted 150,000 people, so there will be a great atmosphere in the city!
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Birmingham Pride gets underway tomorrow and we're sure that it will be another amazing event. Have a great time if you are going to be there! You can see the full programme online at the Pride website.
Birmingham Architecture Festival takes place this weekend and
we're proud to be supporting it for a second year. There's some
amazing stuff on including workshops at the Rotunda. Enjoy cycle
tours, photography workshops, design retrospectives and more.
Full programme here
Birmingham's indy cinema, The Electric is just around the
corner from Rotunda) and its Shock and Gore Festival is happening
again this summer.
Staying Cool's top pick? A sensory night of film, food and funerals as Film Food Club screens black comedy Harold & Maude on July 30th. Book now as these nights are really popular!
We were highly commended at last night's Visit England Awards
for Excellence. We are so proud to have made it into the finals for
a second year running.
Many congratulations to the gold, silver and bronze winners of the self catering holiday category: Trevase Cottages, East View Farm Holiday Cottages and The Dandelion Hideaway. Nettlecomb Farm's Corner Cottage was highly commended alongside Staying Cool.
We're on tenterhooks here at Staying Cool HQ as we find out
tonight where we have been placed in the Visit England Awards for
Excellence. These awards are very prestigious and seen as tourism's
We were thrilled to be shortlisted for self catering for the second year in a row, having won silver last year. A small team of us are off to Cheltenham Racecourse this evening to hear how we have done again the four other finalists in our category. Please wish us luck!
Birmingham's International Dance Festival is back until May 25th. It is one of the largest dance festivals in the world and highly recommended.
Many of the performances take place in the city's theatres, but we love this informal shot taken by the team at the dance festival, just outside the Rotunda.
We have launched an exciting new competition exlcusive to people who follow us on Facebook. We are giving away two Prince tickets (worth £135 each) plus a night in a Rotunda penthouse! The date for the gig is May 19th.
You can enter here
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