What’s On This Summer In Birmingham

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Birmingham is buzzing any time of year but summer 2017 is jam packed with festivals and cool events for visitors. Choose from utterly unique Brummie festivals, sport, food glorious food, a West End musical on tour, great live music and brilliant stuff for kids. Here are some of our faves.

International Cricket June 2nd-15th 
There’s nothing finer (or more British) than taking a break from the stresses and strains of life by watching a game of cricket. This June, you can see world-class cricket at Edgbaston CC as it hosts the ICC Champions Trophy. Friday, 2nd June sees New Zealand v Australia; Sunday, 4th June India v Pakistan; Wednesday, 7th June Pakistan v South Africa; Saturday, 10th June England v Australia. Thursday, 15th brings the semi-final.          

The Alternative ‘Cans’ Film Festival 15th June – 7th September 
Birmingham’s stellar indie cinema, The Electric, is running an alternative to the Cannes Film Festival this summer with the support of boutique beer producers. On June 15th you can watch the brilliant High Fidelity while sipping on Island Records Session IPA. Later in the summer, you can see LA Confidential, From Russia With Love, Goodfellas , Twin Town, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Huge respect to whoever decided to match the latter with Gunslinger IPA!  

Supersonic Festival 16th-18th June
Like to walk on the wild side? Supersonic is a truly unique festival that celebrates experimental music. We’re supporting Supersonic by hosting Anna von Hausswolf and her band when they come to play the launch gig of the festival.

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Colmore Food Festival 30th June-1st July
Are you a foodie? The Colmore Food Festival transforms Birmingham’s main square into street food heaven. Entry is free and dishes are capped at £4, so it’s a great way to try new things.  Many of Birmingham’s leading restaurants and bars set up stall at the festival. 2017’s line up includes (deep breath) Asha's, Bar Opus, Ginger's Bar, Gaucho, Gusto, Hotel du Vin, Jekyll & Hyde, JoJoLapa, Nosh & Quaff, Old Contemptibles, Opus at Cornwall Street, Primitivo, Purecraft Bar & Kitchen, Purnell's Restaurant, The Square Peg, The Alchemist, The Bureau, The Old Joint Stock, The Wellington, Viva Brazil and Zen.

Musical Picnic – Saturday, 1st July
Want to intrigue your friends? Tell them that you are off to this Organ Picnic at Birmingham Town Hall. Kit Downes will take you on a journey through the sounds of the Symphony Hall’s historic organ accompanied by saxophonist Tom Challenger.

The Big Sleuth July – Sept 
Do you have kids? The Big Hoot trail was a massive success back in 2015 and now The Big Sleuth will bring hours of amusement over the summer and all in aid of our wonderful Birmingham Children’s Hospital100 painted bear sculptures will be placed around Birmingham. Each bear’s design is unique and tracking them down will be really fun. Why not book one of our two-bed Maxi apartments and spend a couple of days doing some serious sleuthing?

BE Fest 4th-8th July
Be Fest is a most unconventional theatre festival that takes place at Birmingham Rep. Be Fest is short for Birmingham European Festival and, as such, performers from all over Europe come to the city for the week. Be Fest is boundary breaking, thought provoking and often great fun. 

Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival 7th-9th July
We have only one thing to say on this always great festival – Chaka Khan is headlining.

Matt Haig - How To Stop Time 12th July
The film rights to How To Stop Time have already been sold and Benedict Cumberbatch is attached to star and exec produce!  Impress your friends by reading the book before the film is made and meet the author. The price of £12 included a copy of the book. This Waterstone’s event is taking place just yards from our Rotunda apartments.  

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Miss Saigon 26th July- 23rd September
Why not treat yourself to a West End musical experience without the crippling West End prices and see Miss Saigon at Birmingham Hippodrome?  This award-winning Cameron Mackintosh production was described by The Times as “thrilling, soaring and spectacular.” Photo credit; Matthew Murphy

Spy School 7th-12th August 
We’re really miffed that we’re too old for this as it sounds brilliant!  7-12 year olds can go to spy school this summer at Birmingham Rep. The trainee spies will spend a week of the summer holidays saving the world and learning about cool things like as cracking codes and following suspects.

Why not make a break of it?
All this and more is on this summer in Birmingham. Make the most of the city by staying in one of our serviced apartments right at the centre of the city.  We have a limited amount of studio apartments available every night of the week for only £99 per apartment per night.    

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