Each year from mid-November, Birmingham city centre is transformed into a winter wonderland. The largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria offers over 180 stalls selling gifts, jewellery, decorations and handmade toys. Trying the delicious Bratwurst and Brezel washed down with a little Glühwein is a must.
From boogie-woogie to bebop, the Birmingham and Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival offers you the chance to see some of the best musicians from across the world playing blues, swing and all that jazz. Enjoy free gigs across the city in restaurants, bars, public spaces and museums.
Taking place in some weird and wonderful venues across the city, the Flatpack Film Festival offers a mixture of cinema’s forgotten classics and brand new talent. Film fans can expect to find animation, documentaries, short films, music videos, experimental cinema, live scores and late night parties.
With an incredible range of independent, artisan food and drink producers, as well as top chefs cooking up a storm with live demonstrations, the BBC Good Food Show really is the ultimate day out for foodies. The show has proved so popular that it now fills the NEC twice a year, with the taste of Summer and Winter.
You’ll definitely remember, remember the fifth of November, if you head to Edgbaston on Bonfire Night. With a funfair, face painters and the biggest and brightest firework display in Birmingham, this fantastic family friendly night out will definitely end with a bang.
Every Spring Bank Holiday rainbow flags cover the city and Birmingham plays host to the UK's biggest two-day Pride Festival celebrating its LGBTQ community. Whether you join the 75,000 revellers and watch the parade, head to the festival site or soak up the atmosphere in the city’s Gay Village, you’ll have no trouble getting the party started.
If you’re a fan of all things spicy, you’re in for a treat at Birmingham’s Chili Festival. Check out the food stalls from around the world, cooking demonstrations and street entertainment, before heating things up with the competitive chilli eating competition. Will you be crowned the next Chilli King or Queen?
Whether you want to stay in Birmingham’s city centre, leafy suburbs or beautiful surrounding countryside, we have lots of hotels to choose from. If you need to be right on the doorstep, we have hotels next to Birmingham Airport and New Street Station, as well as the NEC, Barclaycard Arena and the Bullring.