Cool Things To Do In Birmingham – September 2017

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It’s part of our job to let you know when particularly cool things are happening in the second city. September is going to be an especially good month, so get your plans to visit in gear. Here are our top 7 things to do in Birmingham in September 2017.

1) Heritage Weekend – Cadbury’s Bournville Saturday, 9th-Sunday, 10th September
Take a tour of Bournville, the model village founded by George and Richard Cadbury for their workers to live in. Bournville represents a fascinating slice of the social history of the West Midlands. This brainchild of the Cadbury brothers is still considered to be one of the best places to live in Birmingham. Tours are weather permitting and are run at other times of the year too.

If you are into history and/or architecture keep an eye out for Heritage Open Days too during September. Take the chance to explore fascinating buildings in and around Birmingham.

2) BMAG Collection Open Afternoon Saturday, 9th September
We do love VIP access! 80% of stored collections held by BMAG (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) are not on display, but these monthly open afternoons (which must be pre-booked) open up one of Birmingham’s hidden gems. Have a mooch round around BMAG’s 1.5 hectare Museum Collection Centre, meet the experts and grab images of some incredible objects for your Instragram feed. BMAG Open Afternoons are free but must be booked in advance.

3) Beyond The Tracks Festival Friday, 15th-Sunday, 17th September 
Enjoy outstanding live music, but say no to mud and tents! Beyond the Tracks is taking place in Eastside Park (the newest Birmingham’s many parks and gardens). The line up is great with Faithless, Leftism, Maximo Park, Editors and Jesus and Mary Chain headlining. A long weekend ticket costs £145, but you can also buy day tickets. No under sixteens are allowed, so this is one for adults rather than a family festival.

NB: Until August 4th, you can get the chance to win tickets for Beyond the Tracks plus a stay with us by supporting the wonderful LoveBrum charity. Good luck!  

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4) Independent Birmingham Festival at Aston Hall  Sunday, 17th September 
The first Independent Birmingham Festival took place in May and was such a roaring success that the team have organised another festival. May’s Festival took place at The Bond in Digbeth but this one is taking place at BMAG’s Aston Hall. Enjoy the best of Birmingham’s independent food, drink, design, art and shopping in Jacobean splendour. Tickets costs just £8 with under 12s admitted free.

5) Birmingham Weekender Friday, 22nd-Sunday, 24th September 
Birmingham’s biggest arts festival is back and not to be missed! The city will come alive with 120 performances in one massive weekend.

A major highlight of Weekender will be Clash of Drums, a spectacular combination of sound and fireworks on Eastside Green, courtesy of Birmingham Hippodrome.

Birmingham’s Victoria Square will be the base for three days (and nights) of dance including disco, bhangra, folk and Northern Soul plus DJs including 6 Music’s Craig Charles and Don Letts.

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Art will pop up in unexpected places all weekend. Enjoy Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Opera Company and Ex Cathedra in the Bullring shopping centre, and The Multi-Story Orchestra in a car park. See ethereal projections in Cathedral Square by Tony Oursler plus inflatable sculptures by world famous artists Designs in the Air - on the roof of the New Alexandra Theatre. You can even be entertained while you travel thanks to Tram-A-Lama-Ding-Dong on the Metro between New Street and the Jewellery Quarter.

On Sunday 24th,  the Bull Ring Markets will offer the Alternative Village Fete with a car-boot disco and Drag Queen Story Time.

6) ThinkTank - Tim Peake’s Photos From Space Saturday, 23rd September – Sunday, 1st October 
We can all take great photos these days with our smartphones, but Tim Peake’s snaps take things to whole new level as he took them in space. See 19 selected shots taken during Tim Peake’s time on the International Space Station. The exhibition runs for just one week and is included in the entry free for the wonderfully family-friendly ThinkTank science museum.

7) Rob Brydon Thursday, 28th September
The hugely talented star of The Trip, Gavin and Stacey and Would I Lie To You? brings his latest show. to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. Brydon is fast gaining ground as a National Treasure and this latest shpw - I Am Standing Up - has received rave reviews. The Telegraph's reviewer was thoroughly charmed and described the experience as, “like being warmed beside a roaring log fire.” Just the thing for late September as summer turns to autumn! Tickets start at £30.50.

This is just a snapshot of the fantastic things to do in Birmingham this September. Our guest relations team are always happy to help with ideas before or during your stay. Stay cool at our 5* and 4* serviced apartments. They're perfectly located in Birmingham city centre for making the most of everything on offer.

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