Here’s how you should be spending your sunny weekend in Birmingham!

With the weather getting warmer by the day, there’s plenty to look forward to this weekend, from solving a murder mystery across the city centre to tucking into some local grub at a food festival.

Image: The Canal House

 Gin and Rum Festival

This weekend will see Edgbaston Cricket Ground play host to the cities’ very first Gin and Rum Festival, with over 120 drinks on offer to attendees. With street food, live entertainment and masterclasses also available throughout the weekend, there’s no excuse not to head down for a tipple (or two). Tickets are still available online with a guarantee of fast check-in, seven themed bars to enjoy and a free gin copa glass to take home. Buy tickets here. 

 Murder Mystery Day

Saturday will see the city centre transformed into a virtual murder mystery game for those taking part in CluedUpp’s latest award-winning craze. Grab a team of two to six people and spend the day taking part in challenges, hunting down witnesses and solving clues to uncover the culprit of a mysterious murder. Described by CluedUpp as “Cluedo meets Pokémon Go”, it’s the perfect day out for any budding detectives. Find out more here.

Cult Screens

There’s no shortage of options for film buffs this week as Cult Screens will be showcasing three film classics in the idyllic setting of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Revisit the 80’s with Lost Boys on Wednesday, or sing and dance your way through the evening with The Greatest Showman showing on Thursday and Dirty Dancing on Friday. Bring your own picnic and blanket or upgrade your ticket to include a deckchair and popcorn for the ultimate luxury cinema experience. Buy tickets here.

Vanley Burke Exhibition

After moving from Jamaica to Birmingham in 1965 aged 15, Vanley Burke began photographing the everyday life of the African Caribbean society in the city, capturing anything from family life to faith and power. The exhibition has been popular since being displayed in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in February and this weekend is the last chance to view the collection, so check it out before it’s too late! Find out more here. 

Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon

Whether you’re an avid runner or prefer the role of the supportive spectator, you’re in for a treat this weekend as Saturday marks the 11th annual Black Country Half Marathon. Brave runners will tackle the 13.1 mile route on what’s predicted to be yet another hot day, starting in Wolverhampton at 8am before heading to the finish line at Brindleyplace. Find out more details here. 

Colmore Food Festival

The sun is still set to be shining this weekend, so it’s the perfect time for foodies heading to one of the cities’ most highly anticipated culinary events. Colmore Food Festival is held on both Friday and Saturday in Victoria Square and is the perfect opportunity to indulge in tasty treats from all over the district. With free entry, cooking demos, live music and dishes capped at just £4 each, what’s not to love? Find out more here.

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