Things To Do In Birmingham - May 2017

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Birmingham is a vibrant city whatever time of year you visit, but as the weather warms up in May we see the number of festivals increase. May 2017 sees the return of an established festival favourite, plus a new kid on the festival block. Birmingham Pride (27th-28th May) is one of the UK's biggest LGBT festivals. Over 75,000 people watched the parade in 2016 and all are welcome. Performers for 2017 include Basement Jaxx, Gabrielle, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and main-stage headliner Dua Lipa. Birmingham's brand new festival is the Independent Birmingham Festival, which takes place on Saturday, 13th May at The Bond in Digbeth from noon-6pm. Enjoy restaurant pop-ups, street food, cocktails, craft beer, local artists, designers and retailers - all of them proudly independent like ourselves.

The Electric - Britain's oldest working cinema - never fails to impress us with its imaginative programming - a million miles away from a multiplex! This month's pick is certainly not cheap, but it's a truly unique experience. On May 12th, you could attend a gala showing of Midnight in Paris being run in conjunction with Annexe restaurant. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress, donning their finest golden age outfits. The evening starts at Annexe with a classic champagne cocktail and a menu with a Parisian flavour, accompanied by live gypsy jazz from the group Strumpit. Not your average Friday night!

We're huge fans of the photographer Verity Milligan and on May 20th you can Meet The Artist at her current exhibition at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Some of Verity's stunning shots were taken from our penthouse apartments. Go along to see if the two images used for this blog made the cut. 

Why not make the most of our quick pick above and stay over at our serviced apartments Birmingham? They're in an outstanding central location, so you'll be able to make the most of your time in Birmingham.