The UK's second largest city, known as 'The workshop of the world' for the great role it played during the Industrial Revolution, has much more to offer than its industrial legacy. Birmingham is home to several major cultural institutions that aim to rival their equivalents down in London.
The industrial city of the West Midlands is cemented as a hub of activity and culture. Its network of canals and pedestrianised walkways are lined with vibrant bars and clubs, museums and galleries, theatres and music venues, meaning there’s always something to do at the weekend.
Birmingham has a long standing relationship with the arts. It provided inspiration for JRR Tolkien’s novels and boasts an envious Pre-Raphaelite art collection at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
From still art to performing arts, theatres such as the Hippodrome, Crescent, and Repertory showcase a range of productions and performances within classic Edwardian architectures, while the O2 Academy and HMW Institute are great places to source musical artists.
Birmingham’s eclectic edge also provides unique things to do, such as Cadbury’s World, Grand Prix Karting or Drayton Manor theme park. Take a gander at our updated guide to find out what’s on this weekend.