Birmingham is deservedly renowned for its shopping. And now the city has its own dedicated shopping website, Shopping In Birmingham. Take a look if you're coming to stay with us for some serious retail therapy!
The concert features Orchestra of the Swan's virtuoso leader, David Le Page, who takes centre stage with a very special performance of one of the most popular works in the repertoire. Also featured are Respighi and Peter Warlock's own reflections on the Baroque world of 18th century Europe.
The event begins at 1.30pm with a free pre-concert talk with Artistic Director and Birmingham Post Chief Music Critic, Christopher Morley.
15 minutes after the concert, you can meet the conductor, soloists and members of the orchestra in the Lower Bar.
The tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Please call 0121 345 0603 and tell them Staying Cool sent you.
Santa Claus is coming to town and will be at Cadbury World every weekend from November 24-December 23.
You can buy discounted tickets for Cadbury World when you book with Staying Cool. We'll also be popping a lovely festive treat in the apartments from December 1st!
Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter is a fascinating area of the city to explore. If you're staying with us in the city in the lead up to Christmas, Visit Birmingham's guide to JQ festive events is well worth a read.
Following the success of its film/wine combos, The Electric cinema is holding its first Film Food Club on December.
December 25th is only a few weeks away and the centre of Birmingham is looking lovely as the Christmas Lights were switched on last Friday.
However, the city centre will go into festive overdrive from this Friday when the Frankfurt Christmas Market gets underway. It runs until December 22nd and the hundreds of stalls are open until 9pm each night. The market is delightful and not to be missed!
Only a week to go! Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market - the largest authentic German market outside Germany & Austria - returns next Thursday.
We love having the market outside the Rotunda. It's wonderfully Christmassy!
Fodor's describe their Choice selections as 'the best of the best'. We are very proud to have been selected.
Birmingham's celebrations of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light, are amongst the biggest in the UK.
Visit Birmingham has information on when and where where you can enjoy Diwali in the city, including a free event hosted by BBC Asian Network on November 18th. There will be plenty on offer for all the family including music, dancing and a dedicated Kids Zone.
Air Canada's Enroute Magazine has taken an in-depth look at Birmimgham's foodie scene.
The Yummy Brummies piece by Laura Osborne features interviews (and tastings) with many of the city's major players.
"There are no bellhops nor a gym...instead you get a Mac Mini, free Wi-Fi, an espresso machine and a juicer (oranges included)." The New York Times
"..brilliant either for a short break with kids or just for a night or weekend away without them if your batteries need recharging." The Baby Website
""..the Rotunda is superbly located bang in the city centre with New Street and the famous Christmas market less than 20ft from our door – perfect for dropping off those heavy shopping bags."" North Devon Journal