Summer fun guaranteed

By on 11/07/2009 in News

Birmingham City Council has put families to the front of the queue this summer with a vast array of value for money fun days and many free to ensure every child is kept active over the summer holiday. Whatever the age there is a wealth of free and inexpensive options available to stimulate and amuse the kids this summer.


Colour Splash
Until 20 September
Waterhall gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - Free
This family friendly summer exhibition of paintings, textiles and objects from around the world shows how artists and craftspeople respond to the possibilities of colour. Tel: 0121 464 8887

Matthew Boulton: Selling what all the world desires
Until 27 September
Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – Free
This show celebrates the life, achievements and legacy of one of the greatest figures in Birmingham's history!  Find out what made Matthew Boulton one of the most important pioneers in the industrial world. Tel: 0121 303 1966

Free family activities
1-4pm, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – Free
Seven days a week during the school holidays.

Aston Hall
Re-opening on 18th July after a £12 million makeover, Birmingham's spectacular Jacobean style country mansion has new gardens, shop, café and exhibitions and activity rooms.

Community Museums
Look what Birmingham’s Community Museums have on offer this summer! Tuesday and Thursday activities (1.30 – 3.30pm) at the 17th Century timber framed farmhouse, Blakesley Hall. Friday craft days (1 – 3pm) at one of Birmingham’s last working watermills,
Sarehole Mill. Friday activities (12noon – 4pm) inspired by Matthew Boulton at Soho House. Tuesday and Saturday craft activities (1.30 – 3.30pm) at the magnificent Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

Open Day at Birmingham Museums Collection Centre
31 July, tours start at 11am and 2pm – Free
Explore the fascinating array of objects held in storage by Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, including objects from industry, transport, sculpture and natural history.  Advance booking advised – contact Julia Kirby on 0121 303 2836 or

For info call 0121 303 2834


Gallery 37
Saturday 15 August, 10.30am-4pm
Pavilions Shopping Centre, Lower Level
Gallery 37 will be running free children's art workshops which are open to all age groups from 5 years upwards. They will offer the chance to have fun with everything from music and drama to painting and craft skills. Gallery 37 2009 is supported by Pavilions Birmingham.
Tel: 0121 303 2434

11-13 September
Various venues, Birmingham city centre
The UK's biggest and best FREE arts festival! The city centre will be filled with nearly 600 different events and performances.  From ballet to bhangra, classical music to indie rock, and everything in between. or tel: 0121 464 5678    

Site and Sounds at mac
A programme of free summer events
Cannon Hill Park
Celebrate mac's re-opening with free events and opportunities including screen printing, walking and talking tours, singing and maze exploration!


Quest Seekers
This summer 4 – 12 year old Quest Seekers must accept the challenge of Firebird Rising, Mountain Mission and Dragon's Lair!  Read six books over the holiday and you’ll get scratch'n'sniff stickers, puzzles and magnets!  Complete the challenge and you’ll win a medal and a certificate.  

Centre for the Child
Throughout the summer holidays there are free storytimes, activities and craft sessions in Centre for the Child. Highlights include a summer disco party, storyteller Fran O’Boyle and drama with David Calcutt.
Tel: 0121 303 2421

Sand and stories
Free story time sessions at the Monarch Beach every Tuesday afternoon, 2 – 2.30pm from 28 July – 1 September.

For info call 0121 303 2175


Birmingham Nature Centre Is a wonderful destination for families with young children to see animals like the lively lemurs, meerkats and otters, plus lots of other animals. There are Reptile Talks every day between 24 – 28 August at 2.00pm.
At £3 for adults and £1 for 5 – 15 year olds, it's excellent value for money. Booking Essential.
Tel: 0121 472 7775  


Golf is teeing off this summer with a round of golf for an amazing £12 after  2pm any day of the week. Free for under 13s (when accompanied by a playing adult) and as little as £5 for those aged 13 – 17, so there's every reason to try out your swing this summer at one of our 7 municipal golf courses. or tel: 0121 464 2012


Monarch Beach
Until Sunday 13 September
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham – Free
Sun to Thur 11am - 6pm. Fri & Sat 11am - 9pm
Feel the sand between your toes on the Monarch beach!  With deck chairs, live entertainment and the BRMB Beach Bar and Cafe.

Birmingham Eid Mela
Sunday 19 July, 1-7pm
Kings Heath Park Birmingham – Free
A colourful celebration of Islamic culture, with Asian music, arts, sport and entertainment.

Sheldon Country Fayre
Sunday 26 July, 11am-5pm
Sheldon Park, Birmingham – Free
Meet the farmyard animals and explore the city's local farm at this traditional country fayre.

Ratha-Yatra Festival
Sunday 26 July, 12-7pm
Victoria Square, Birmingham – Free
An Indian celebration of Hare Krishna, complete with chariot procession, followed by music, food and entertainment.

Birmingham Carnival
Sunday 2 August, 1-9pm
Perry Park, Birmingham – Free
Birmingham's vibrant celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture, including a street carnival procession, live music, dancing and traditional food.

Gardeners' Weekend
5-6 September / Kings Heath Park
Advance tickets: £5 (£3 concs), family ticket £13
On the day: £8.50 (£5.50 concs)
Tickets: 0121 303 2323
The perfect day out for little gardeners with attractions, show gardens and plant sales.
For info call 0121 303 3008

Wednesday 5 August 10.00am - 4.00pm
Victoria, Chamberlain and Centenary Squares Playday returns to the city centre with a whole host of traditional games and activities for children aged 5 to 13. or
tel: 0121 303 2885

Sports and Leisure

Many leisure centres run sports camps, where you can try all sorts of new stuff, like trampolining, dodge ball or even cheerleading. Or you can shape up at an ICE gym, specially for 8-16 year olds. or Tel: 0121 464 2012

England v India Hockey
29 July - 2 August
University of Birmingham
Tickets start at £7 for concessions and £10 for adults.
01628 897500

GB Judo World Cup
19 & 20 September
National Indoor Arena (NIA)
Tickets are on sale now and more information
is available on

EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon
11 October
City Centre
Make a note in your diaries to come and support all the runners.
For info call 0121 464 2012  
Sunday 11 October at 10am.
0844 888 3883

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