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Things to do in Birmingham this August Bank Holiday.

Friday, August 12, 2022

It's time to make memories this three-day weekend, as we round up the best things to do in Birmingham over the August bank holiday.

Hot off the heels of hosting the Commonwealth Games, Birmingham is getting ready for a fun-filled long weekend of amazing festivals, arts and cultural events.

Here are our top picks for things to see and do on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and Monday 29th of August.

Paric Festival

Páirc Festival.

The Irish Centre. 26 - 28 August.

Páirc Festival is a two-day celebration of Irish music and culture.

The lineup includes international headline acts Imelda May, Finbar Furey, Nathan Carter, Hot House Flowers, Beoga, Damien Dempsey, Sharon Shannon – joined by the biggest names in contemporary and traditional Irish music.

Website: paircfestival.com

Birmingham Weekender

Birmingham Weekender.

Birmingham Hippodrome. 27 - 28 August.

An awe-inspiring arts festival featuring a dynamic programme of events by world-class artists from across the West Midlands, plus invited international companies.

Showcasing exciting new commissions, roaming and pop-up street theatre, family-friendly workshops and vibrant installations, all animating Birmingham’s shopping and civic heart to make an unforgettable weekend.

Website: birminghamweekender.com

In the Que: Celebrating The Que Club

In the Que: Celebrating The Que Club.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

In The Que is a sensory celebration of one of the UK’s greatest music venues, developed and curated by the Birmingham Music Archive C.I.C.

Comprising personal artefacts, photographs, film footage, flyers, posters and other materials, In The Que celebrates the promoters, the musicians, the performers and the ravers who came together in musical worship on the Que Club dancefloor.

Website: birminghammuseums.org.uk

Treasure Hunt Birmingham

Treasure Hunt Birmingham.

Starts at Birmingham School of Art.

Hunt for clues and follow treasure maps on a gorgeous route around Birmingham.

Marvel at the fab Centenary square and wander along the beautiful canals. Explore the Georgian Jewellery Quarter, enjoy the bustle of the business district and spot things you'd never notice like the twisted iron railing, damaged by a World War II bomb.

Website: treasurehuntbirmingham.com

Busting Birmingham Kayak Tour

Bustling Birmingham Kayak Tour.

The Roundhouse.

A chance to see Birmingham from a different perspective, no previous experience is required for this guided kayak tour on the canal. It’s definitely not your average Birmingham canal boat tour.

Guides will lead you on a journey through the city’s heart on their sit-on-top kayaks which are stable and ideal for beginners and experienced kayakers alike.

Website: roundhousebirmingham.org.uk

Bloc Jewellery Quarter.

Bloc Hotel Birmingham

Bloc is a short-stay hotel designed to give you the very best of everything needed to sleep, shower and step out fresh into a new day, right in the heart of the action.

It's short-term staying designed around you. Lightspeed wifi, to keep you connected when you’re on. High-powered showers, sound-proof walls and big, comfy beds for when you’re not.

It’s everything you need, and none of what you don’t. No bells, no whistles, just pure rest and relaxation. And even better, it’s right at the centre of the action, so you can step right out into it when morning comes, and step right back in when the day is done.

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Bloc magazine. Summer 2023.

Download the summer 2023 issue of Bloc magazine for free.

We have curated a wealth of interesting articles to enjoy on your travels.

Plus the usual features; Meeting the Bloc team, our favourite shows to stream, and the pick of Bloc's social media.

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