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6 Special Attractions To Catch In Birmingham This Year

Matt Crisp April 7, 2022

Britain’s second city is brimming with a diverse range of culture, and its central location makes it the destination of choice for many. 2022 will see a welcome return of some perennial favourites, as well as the prestigious Commonwealth Games in July and August. Here’s a quick guide to some must-see events and attractions to catch this year.


  1. The Greatest Showcase, 9 April

At: Alexandra Theatre, Station Street, Birmingham

This is a mixture of three hours of comedy, entertainment, and dance at the beautiful Edwardian theatre. The evening is hosted by the entertainer Kat B, and features performances from established and up and coming acts from the world of stand-up comedy, R&B, and modern dance, including Richard Blackwood, Shola Ama, and Shabz Kariem.


  1. Winterbourne House and Garden, open year-round, currently 2 for 1 entry

At: 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham

This splendid example of an Arts and Crafts house is just a few miles from Birmingham city centre. It has a lovely garden with a Japanese bridge, pergola and terrace, where light snacks are served. Check out the website for details of outdoor performances and events throughout the year.


  1. Cadbury World, check website for opening times. Currently 2 for 1 entry

At: Linden Road, Birmingham

This is the ultimate fun day out for chocolate lovers! Dig deep into the fascinating history of chocolate making in the city, and watch master chocolatiers at work. With special rides and a 4D cinema, there’s plenty to keep the kids amused, not to mention the chance to sample world class chocolate. A perfect blend of entertainment, history, and delicious treats!


  1. The National Sea Life Centre, check website for opening times. Currently 2 for 1 entry

The Waters Edge, Birmingham

Enjoy the wonders of the deep in this fascinating aquatic centre. The centre is currently host to the UK’s only sea otters, Ozzy and Ola, who live in a specially designed rescue centre. This perennial family favourite is always popular, so it’s necessary to book tickets in advance online. Some exclusions apply to the 2 for 1 entry so check out the website for details.


  1. The Pen Museum, check website for opening times. Currently 2 for 1 entry

60 Frederick Street, Birmingham

Discover the interest-packed history of pen making in the city. During the Victorian era, Birmingham employed over 8,000 workers in the steel pen nib manufacturing industry. Children can experience the joys of writing with a quill and ink, and typing on a manual typewriter. Learn how the pen trade was linked to the founding of Birmingham University.


  1. Birmingham 2022 Festival, 1 March – 30 September 2022

various locations

Supported by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund, this £12m six-month long celebration of culture in the city offers a diverse range of events to support the Commonwealth Games, which are being hosted in the city between 28 July to 8 August. There’s dozens of performances and events to enjoy throughout the summer.


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