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The Best of Birmingham - Winter 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Best of Birmingham - Winter 2018

There's much more to Birmingham at Christmas than the German Market.

Here are 6 of our top picks to see and do in the city this winter.

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Hare & Hounds, 6th Dec

Soweto Kinch is a jazz composer and arranger, alto saxophonist, and rapper. He was born in London in 1978, but brought up in Birmingham, where he is still based.

On graduating with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University, he joined Tomorrow's Warriors; and in 2001 made his recording debut (on the Jazz Jamaica album Massive), and formed his own trio.

His two albums to date, Conversations With The Unseen (2003) and A Life In The Day Of B19: Tales Of The Tower Block (2006) combine bebop-style jazz with elements of hip-hop, soundscapes and spoken dialogue.

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, until 31st Mar 19.

Marking a century since the first women won the right to vote, 'Women Power Protest' brings together modern and contemporary artworks from the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham’s to celebrate female artists who have explored protest, social commentary and identity in their work.

Inspired by the bold work of feminist artists and activists, Women Power Protest will raise awareness, provoke debate and ask just how much has changed for women?


NEC, 10th - 13th Jan

A must-attend event for both motorsport fans and industry professionals, Autosport International uniquely incorporates two trade-only days with two public days.

From Karting to Formula 1, visitors can get up close to iconic racecar displays and a host of motorsport stars. Thousands of visitors come to see an unmissable combination of cars, stars and action.

Show highlights include the UK’s largest indoor racing track – the Live Action Arena where thrill seekers can enjoy exhilarating precision driving, live wheel-to-wheel racing, and stunt drivers and the F1 Racing Display where fans can see modern F1 cars up close.

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NEC, 10th - 13th Jan The Custard Factory, 6th - 9th Dec

Seasonal Markets and The Old Crown are teaming up for the pop-up of the year in Brum, Digbeth Apres Ski.

The authentic Alpine lodge event here at the Custard Factory will feature an exciting full line-up of DJs, bands, entertainment, bars, street food, and off-piste shenanigans. Visitors can expect mulled wine (it is Christmas!), beers, wines, spirits, prosecco, mulled cider, cocktails, and rum hot chocolates.

The scrumptious food will come in the form of cheese fondue, cured meats, bread, pickles, smoked sausages, veggies & potatoes. Of course, there will also be a best-dressed competition for folks who fancy putting on some ski wear!



Boxxed, 104-105 Floodgate Street 1st Jan

The only NYD Ball you want to be part of! Last year was off the hook with hundreds enjoying street food, cocktails and brunch games!

Introducing a brand new idea when it comes to daytime Brunch clubbing, as 90s Hip Hop and R'n'B rises to greater heights, celebrating Hip Hop from the West Coast to South Coast, the biggest 90s Hip Hop Acts and the baddest Noughties producers and MC's - from past-to-present day.

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Hare & Hounds, 12th Feb

The Hot 8 Brass Band is a New Orleans based brass band that blends hip-hop, jazz and funk styles with a traditional New Orleans brass sounds.

It was formed in 1995 by tubist Bennie "Big Peter" Pete, merging two earlier bands, the Looney Tunes Brass Band and the High Steppers Brass Band.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Hot 8 Brass Band was propelled to wider prominence by an appearance in Spike Lee's 2006 documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.

BLOC Hotels Birmingham

The BLOC philosophy is new to the UK. The concept is called pared-down chic and is based on ideas we’ve adapted from the best designers around the world. By injecting a little British creativity, we have been pushing the boundaries of hotel design. From the build right down to the finishes in each room, we work with cutting-edge materials and innovative thinkers whose mantra really is, small is beautiful.

The idea is to build very cleverly using the very best materials whilst still making it as cost-effective as possible. And that means we can offer our guests really chic rooms in prime city centre locations at very, very good prices.

Looking for some staycation inspiration? Check out Things to do in Birmingham and start planning your next adventure with BLOC.

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BLOC Magazine

BLOC-Magazine-Summer-18.jpg (466 KB)As the demolition phase of our BLOC Grand Central project nears completion, we are focusing on a number of other sites in the UK and Europe. We are working hard to expand the BLOC presence in major city centres and transport hubs.

We are keen for more discerning travellers to experience BLOC's affordable luxury and learn how we are changing the way people use hotels.

The 18th issue of BLOC magazine explores Lisbon, recent winner of 'The World's Leading City Destination'. The Portuguese capital is a city where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation.

We also profile BLOC-sponsored, Jamie Chadwick, who has signed for the Williams F1 team as a development driver.

Staying with the motoring theme, we showcase the stunning new Aston Martin Valkyrie and Porsche's new electric offering.

Once again we hope that this magazine provides you with some insight and entertainment on your journey.

You can view all of the articles on this site or view an online FREE version of the magazine, here.

We’ll also be adding to and updating this site with more cool stuff that we find on our travels. Jump on board!

Your journey begins here.