We have five pairs of VIP tickets and 10 pairs of standard tickets to give away for Grand Designs Live, which runs at the NEC, Birmingham from 12-14 October.
To enter, simply email your answer to the following question to
Who presents Grand Designs?
A) George Clarke
b) Kevin McCloud
c) Phil Spencer
We'll pick the winners at noon on October 1. Good luck!
We're running a competition to support Coffee Brum Day - organised by Birmingham's independent coffee retailers. We're giving away a six-month Coffee Connoisseurs subscription from the company that supplies all of our coffee to the Rotunda - Urban Coffee Co.
Every month for six months, the lucky winner will receive by post 2 x 125g hand-picked coffees, expert tasting notes, coffee preparation guides and online Connoisseur Academy access.
You can enter by clicking the image below. The competition is running on Facebook and closes at 1pm on Friday, October 5th.
Supersonic Festival is celebrating its 10th year of bringing adventurous music to Birmingham in 2012. It's back from October 19-21.
Supersonic is a combination of art, music and film and the team behind it - Capsule - pride themselves on crafting extraordinary events for the adventurous. You can listen to funeral doom, prog, folk, avant jazz and grindcore in one weekend.
It's another brilliant example of the depth and breadth of culture on offer in Britain's second city.
What promises to be one of the freakist series of events in Birmingham in 2012 takes place next month. Zombie chase game 2.8 Hours Later will be run across the city from Wednesday, 17th to Saturday, 20th October.
Looks like the most fun a zombie apocalypse could be!
To get you in the mood, The Electric cinema is showing Night of the Living Dead on October 12th.
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.
"..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
"Someone has put a lot of thought into making the stay a wonderful experience for guests, and it shows." Made for Mums