Birmingham’s big Bank Holiday weekend

By on 26/05/2011 in Culture, News

Birmingham is gearing up for one of the busiest Bank Holiday weekends of the year with major events taking place including the Lord Mayor's Show, Birmingham Pride Festival and the Book Bash. There are also hundreds of free activities in the city's parks, libraries and museums throughout the half term holiday.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure Sport and Culture, said: “Birmingham has a packed Bank Holiday programme that will attract local families and visitors to our city including Lord Mayor's Show and the ever popular Book Bash at Aston Hall. Our Leisure and Cultural services are working together to provide people with a wide variety of low cost and free events.”

On Bank Holiday Monday 30th May the Lord Mayor's Show will take place in Birmingham city centre, packed with entertainment for the whole family. This annual free event helps to raise money for the Lord Mayor's charities. As one of the Council's most prestigious civic events it is also an opportunity for Birmingham citizens to welcome the city’s incoming Lord Mayor Councillor Anita Ward.

This year's Birmingham Pride Festival will take place on Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May centred around Hurst Street, Birmingham. The colourful celebration will include a host of live entertainment and the return of the Chic Club Dance Arena.

The Pride Festival kicks off with the Pride Parade at 12noon on Saturday 28 May, starting in Victoria Square. Throughout the weekend headline acts at the Nightingale stage will be Jo O'Meara (formerly of S Club), Scooch and former Eurovision winner Katrina and the Waves. Please visit for details.

At one of the country's finest heritage sites the free two-day Book Bash return to Aston Hall for the Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday. On Sunday 29 and Monday 30 May from 11am until 4.30pm, seven marquees will be filled with performances, storytelling, films and dancing for children and their families.

There are also writing workshops in Aston Hall with Helen Calcutt, David Johnson, Young Poet Laureate Jordan Westcarr and Birmingham's Poet Laureate Roy McFarlane.

There will be plenty of exciting events taking place at Birmingham's museums including a roof tour of Soho House on 29th May and a Garden Party at Blakesley Hall on Bank Holiday Monday. There are also plenty of family activities taking place at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Call 0121 303 1966 or visit for details.

Throughout the Half term holiday Birmingham's Park Ranger service will be arranging a series of free ranger led events at venues throughout the city. Birmingham Nature Centre also provides a great day out whatever the weather with Meerkats, Lemurs and Lilliput Village for younger members of the family with pets corner.

For full listings of all events please visit  


Media contact: Jason Lewis – 0121 303 4266

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