Leisure weekends in Birmingham

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Here are six things that make a weekend in Birmingham an inspired idea:


1)  It's 
#Birmingyum not Birmingham
Birmingyum has its own hashtag and there’s a good reason for that: there are hundreds of great places to eat in Birmingham. The city has five Michelin starred restaurants (more than any other UK city outside London) and the food scene is absolutely buzzing. 

Image above of Opus Restaurant

2)  Birmingham is shopping heaven
You can’t argue with five shopping centres, five department stores and oodles of independent retailers. Shopping in Birmingham is a great source of info if you plan to shop until you drop.


Image of Grand Central by Verity E.Milligan Photography

 

3)  Birmingham is a hive of creativity
There are some seriously talented people in this city! For example, the Custard Factory is home to all things new, digital and funky; live music is alive and well in Birmingham thanks to thriving venues such as The Jam House; and 40% of the UK’s jewellery is made in Birmingham (much of it in the historic Jewellery Quarter). Thanks to all this individuality, Birmingham is a fascinating place to visit. 

Image of the Custard Factory

4)  Birmingham theatre will spoil you rotten
There’s no need to remortgage your home to buy theatre tickets. And the city has a great choice of venues and shows to see - everything from rep to panto.

Proud boast: our city’s biggest theatre – the ultra glam Birmingham Hippodrome - sells more tickets each year than any other British theatre. Yep, it beats London’s West End.

Image of Adam Hills (appearing February 2016 at the Hippodrome)


5)  The Birmingham art scene is so vibrant it has its own map…
The Birmingham Art Map features hundreds of exhibitions and art events around the city each year. As far as permanent exhibitions are concerned, we like to contrast the pre-Raphaelite collection at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) with a mooch around the cutting-edge IKON gallery.

Image shows BMAG

6) Birmingham looks great
With its rich mix of old and new architecture (and a great line in sunsets) Birmingham is very photogenic. Contemporary builds such as the Library of Birmingham and Selfridges Birmingham sit beautifully alongside grand old buildings.  The image below shows the Bullring shopping centre and St Martin in the Bull Ring church.

The image below was captured by Verity E.Milligan Photography from Staying Cool at the Rotunda.   

Shot from Staying Cool at the Rotunda by Verity Milligan

 

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