We’re set for another scorching summer, and the heatwave is getting us in the mood to be outdoors enjoying the sunshine.
Birmingham is competing with London for fun activities, and just like the capital, there’s loads of fun events you can enjoy in the city. So here’s our top things to do in and around Birmingham this summer!
- Enjoy some live music at a festival
It’s everyone’s guilty pleasure during the summer – a music festival! You’ve heard of all the big ones, Glastonbury, Bestival, Reading & Leeds, but did you know that most weeks in the summer there are smaller regional ones. Moseley Folk & Arts Festival is the perfect weekend activity, with loads going on and some excellent headliners.
- Visit the beach
We might not live near the coastlines of Cornwall, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the fun that comes with a trip to the beach. Visit Bosworth Water Park to enjoy all the fun beach activities, just 30 miles from the centre of Birmingham.
- Outdoor cinema
We all know the feeling, you want a relaxed evening watching a film, but the weather has reached sub-tropical temperatures outside. Warm evenings are a rarity in Britain, so make the most of them by heading to the cinema – outdoors. Throughout August, Summer Screens are showing some epic classics in Birmingham’s beautiful Botanical Gardens.
- Go for a swim outdoors
Finally, lidos are a dying trend in the UK and with limited sunshine, it’s not a surprise. However, on the off chance that we do get a hint of sunshine, outdoor swimming pools are an excellent place to unwind and enjoy a swim! Droitwich Spa Lido is a mere 20 miles from Birmingham and is the perfect place to go with friends and family.
Our retailers love Birmingham as much as we do, and some have also shared their favourite things to do during the summer months.
The team at Shepherd’s can offer more than just the perfect summer haircut, but also the perfect summer activity: “During the summer we really look forward to Colmore Food Festival, it displays the best of the culinary offer in Birmingham and brings a great footfall to the city centre.” Although Colmore Food Festival has been and gone in 2019, there are plenty more food shows to enjoy. Most popular of them all is Digbeth Dining Club, you can come along and enjoy Birmingham’s best street food every weekend.
Similarly, our unique gift shop, Smithsonia, also love this vibrant city in the summer. “My favourite thing to do is find a unique little restaurant and just sit out and enjoy the sunshine whilst eating and drinking.”
So, if you’re visiting Birmingham this summer, get to know our retailers better by visiting Piccadilly Arcade and take advantage of some of the amazing products and services on offer in our unique shopping centre.