Here's how to spend your Easter in the city!

Photo by Alastair Muir
Photo by Alastair Muir

With the Easter weekend just days away, we’ve pulled together a list of top things to do around the city to get the most out of your holiday!

Jekyll & Hyde | April 13 – April 16 | Jekyll & Hyde | Free!

The popular and polished gin parlour, Jekyll & Hyde is host to an Easter weekend full of fun…and cocktails. A brand new cocktail menu is being served, with hand-crafted, speciality drinks; including classics like the gin and lime soda Gin Rickery and the quirky Black Treacle: spiced rum, shaken with ginger and treacle syrup. Not only is there yummy tipples, there’s also an Afternoon Tea Party, live art and music.

Insomnia Gaming Festival | April 14 – April 17 | NEC | Tickets from £25

This Easter, Birmingham’s NEC is home to the UK’s biggest gaming festival, Insomnia.60. For four days, gamers can meet and explore eight exhilarating and interactive zones like Minecraft and BYOC. Get the best retail deals, take part in exciting tournaments for cash prizes at the expo and visit the Insomnia Music Stage to see some the UK’s most trendy talent like Years & Years, Chase and Status and Wretch 32, as well as some of YouTube’s gaming stars.

Justthetonic | April 14 | The Comedy Loft | £13

Some say laughter is the best medicine so, if you fancy a laugh over Easter, then pop to The Comedy Loft for Justthetonic. Four hilarious acts including Mike Wilmot and Angela Barnes will be taking to the stage alongside up-and-comers to established comedians. You can also eat and drink at the venue, and your ticket even gets you into the After Show Party so you can laugh and dance the night away.

Easter Paint Special | April 17 | Park Regis | £29.99

Get creative this Easter with PopUp Painting at Park Regis. Themed with Spring in mind and your favourite tipple on hand; this afternoon is sure to be one of fun, inspiration and amusement. There is no experience required to take part, all you have to do is follow the instructor or let the creative juices flow and show your own style, while dancing to the themed music.

Billy Elliot the Musical | Birmingham Hippodrome | Tickets from £25

On its first UK tour, this breathtaking musical is dancing its way to Birmingham Hippodrome. The story of Billy Elliot has made its way into the hearts of millions and is now set to do the same in the Midlands. The story follows young Billy in his exciting and sometimes heartbreaking struggle to become a ballet dancer. With the help of dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson in County Durham; in the 1980s, set against a backdrop of the miners’ strikes.

Bournville Farmers Market | April 15 | Rowheath Pavillion | Free!

For fresh bread, meat, cakes, cheese and yummy fruit and veg, pop down to the Bournville Farmers Market this Easter. Explore over 50 tasty stalls and take a trip around the world with dishes from many different countries and cultures. You can also stop for a coffee at the cafe or something stronger at the bar. With crafts and gifts to buy, there is a lovely Spring day out guaranteed at the market.

Reggaeoke | April 15 | Cogs Bar | £8

For a sing-a-long with a difference: there is no more fun than Reggaeoke! Feel the cool, island atmosphere of the Caribbean right in the Midlands and join the likes of Jay9, MC Dazzla and DJ Barse for some tropical tunes and entertainment. Bashment, dancehall, soca and of course, reggae are just some of the things you can dance and sing to throughout the night. Microphones at the ready!

This is England Official Club Night | April 16 | Hare & Hounds | Tickets from £10

After the success of the popular Shane Meadows film and TV series, This is England comes to the Midlands. Spend a night with actors Thomas Turgoose and Andrew Ellis, otherwise known as Shaun and Gadget from the Indie hit. The night takes you all the way back to the 1980s and 90s with ska, indie, skinhead, rave and acid house music. Give in to nostalgia with This is England.