Midlands Discovery Tours and Coffee Birmingham have teamed up to present The Spirit of Birmingham tour on Coffee Birmingham Day (September 29). The ticket price includes coffee courtesy of our suppliers Urban Coffee Company.
Join an expert local Blue Badge tourist guide for a very special walking tour of Birmingham. Explore modern Birmingham's thriving independent scene in music, art, literature, industry and, of course, food and drink
Celebrate Birmingham as a city of creativity, innovation and enterprise from its earliest days to modern times.
The Manchester Weekender is back for a third year and
runs from the 12-14 October. Described as , "a weekend-long
snapshot of the best (or at least the most eclectic) of the city's
art and culture" it's one not to miss.
Most of our apartments in Manchester are long-term lets, but if you are looking for a place to stay for The Weekender you may get lucky with Fresh.
Watch it in true style on one of their VIP sofas.
Great news on the Birmingham tourism front: analysis of 2011's figures show an increase in visitors by 740,000, bringing the total to 33.5 billion*.
The results coincide with news that Birmingham is set to benefit from a renewed drive to create a lasting tourism legacy for the UK from the success of London 2012. The city was placed firmly in the Olympic spotlight when athletic superstars Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, as well as Team GB's own Mo Farah 'bigged up' Birmingham.
* Figures based on research carried out by Global Tourism Solutions
If you're coming to stay with us in Birmingham, we'd recommend checking out the offers page on the Visit Birmingham website.
There's an autumnal chill in the air and our thoughts are turning to how we might amuse ouirselves during the winter months. VisitBirmingham have put together a guide to the Frankfurt Christmas market which takes place from 15 November-22 December - Staying Cool at the Rotunda is the perfect place to base yourself to make the most of the market.
Here are VisitBirmingham's top tips for having a good time:
1. Eat a German Bratwurst & Brezel
German Bratwurst (white or red sausage) and Brezel are traditional German foods and are famous throughout the world. How the Bratwurst is served varies by region, but it is commonly served with a Brötchen (roll). The Brezel is type of bread and is particularly famous in South Germany and Austria. German speakers also call it "Laugenbrezel" (lyle pretzel).
2. Have a hot Glühwein (mulled
Glühwein is a traditional and loved hot acoholic Christmas drink which is usually made of white and red wine and various spices such as cinnamon, cloves, lemon slices and aniseed. It is the perfect drink for a cold winter night.
3. Indulge yourself with chocolaty Crêpes
Although Crêpes are a traditional French dessert, they are one of the various food highlights of the German Christmas market. Topped with hot chocolate sauce or filled with banana, they are a must-do.
4. Sing along with the singing moose
For the last ten years Birmingham's singing Christmas moose has become a Christmas attraction in its own right. Located directly in front of the Council House entrance, the singing moose guarantees a Christmassy atmosphere and a lot of fun for young and old.
5. Get traditional Christmas decorations
The traditional Christmas Craft Fair offers Christmas decorations and handcrafts. A wide range of candles, jewellery, Christmas tree decorations, tea, Christmas cards and much more - make it easy to find the right Christmas present for the one you love.
6. Listen to traditional Carols & Christmas
Carols in the City as well as daily bands on the Christmas market stage will create a romantic Christmas atmosphere. Enjoy a hot mug of Glühwein while listening to traditional Christmas song or great Jazz music.
7. Drink a crisp German beer
Enjoy a crisp German Beer with your Bratwurst, but please drink responsibly!
8. Take a ride on the Carousel
Take a one horse ride through the German Market on the fantastic ornate carousel. Hopefully you'll be having so much fun you'll be laughing as you go - Ho Ho Ho.
9. Get a lovely wooly hat with bobbles
"If the weather outside is frightful" get your mits on a delightful wooly hat from the market stalls.
10. Buy a nice souvenir at the Visitor Centre
The friendly, informative and multilingual staff have the know-how to offer the kind of insight and inspired advice that no guidebook can touch. From souvenirs, brochures to maps - you will find it at the Visitor Centre Christmas stall.
We're proud sponsors of Orchestra of the Swan and we have a special offer for one of their concerts next month.
If you buy two tickets or more for Tamsin Waley-Cohen plays Mozart at the Town Hall, Birmingham next month (October 17 at 2.30pm) you will receive a free Schubert CD.
The Olympics and the Paralympics dominated our spare time this summer, but we've also been reflecting on how brilliant the Cultural Olympiad was in the West MIdlands.
964 projects, including 78 world premieres, lit up the region all summer. Our favourite was The Voyage, which took place from June 21-24. The show transformed Birmingham's central square into an ocean-going liner. It was truly spectacular.
There are just over two weeks to go until Style Birmingham Live which takes place at the Mailbox on September 29. This year the show will be hosted by Martine McCutcheon.
You can book tickets for what promises to be a brilliant event using this link http://t.co/s0MPMegZ
We enjoyed a recent piece in the Spectator about Birmingham by William Cook. He said, "When I returned here last year, for the first time in ten years , I was amazed to find this unloved metropolis had had a dramatic facelift."
You can read the whole article here.
"Leave the curtains open and wake up to the panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows." Time Out
"..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
"Why go? For an ultra-stylish taste of Birmingham..." Red online