5 great things to do in Birmingham this week

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Are you ready for another week of fantastic things to do in Birmingham? From salsa dancing to a free festival celebrating all things food and drink, here are five of the best things on our radar.

The Drinks Club | The Vanguard | Monday

Just because it’s the first day of the week doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a post-work tipple. This Monday, join The Vanguard in the Jewellery Quarter for The Drinking Club, where you’ll taste a temping range of spirits from sherry to mead under the guidance of The Vanguard’s drink experts, Samuel Boulton and Luke Morgan.

Whether you want to learn more about a signature tipple or want to broaden your horizons, this could be a great event to kick-start your week and beat the Monday blues.

Taking place on every first Thursday of the month, each session will last around 60 to 90 minutes and will include four samples that have been hand-picked by The Vanguard. Tickets cost £12.50 and if you have an Independent Birmingham card, you even get 10% off. Click here to book yours now – bottom’s up! 

Cornetto Trilogy | The Old Crown | Tuesday

Grab the popcorn – or, in this case, Cornetto – it’s time for a movie night.

This week The Old Crown will be celebrating movie director Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) by screening a trio of what is arguably, his greatest films of all time: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.

And after last week’s heatwave resulting in not a lot of sleep, train cancellations and new Prime Minister, we could probably all use a little pick me up in the form of some truly hilarious dark comedy.

So cancel your plans to water your peace lily, take the car, grab Liz, go to The Old Crown, have a cold pint and wait for all this to blow over. Oh, and you even get a free Cornetto too, so don’t worry about nipping to the shop to grab one.

Click here to book your tickets now.

Salsa Social | Revolution de Cuba | Tuesday

Get ready to shake your tail feather and join Revolution de Cuba for its Salsa Social. Whether you’re heading out with your pals from work, gathering your girl gathering your girl-gang together, or looking for something new for date night, these free salsa and reggation dance classes will spice up your Tuesday.

A beginner’s salsa class will run from 7pm, followed by a beginner’s reggaeton class at 8pm. And if you still fancy a bit of a boogie, make sure you stick around for the Salsa Social and Latin Club Night including a guest DJ, running from 9pm until 1am. Click here for more info.

Taste of the Mailbox | Mailbox | Friday – Sunday

Feeling hungry? A feast of tempting treats and masterclasses await you at the Mailbox this week with the return of a Taste of the Mailbox.

Running from Friday through to Sunday, the free festival will be celebrating all things food and drink, including the chance to pick up some kitchen skills from Michelin Starred Birmingham chef, Brad Carter, foodie-themed films in the Urban Room, cocktail tastings from bars including Aluna and Malmaison, plus a Farmers Market hosted by Ludlow Food Festival and so much more.

Want to know more about what’s on offer at Taste of the Mailbox this weekend? Click here for more info.

Annie the Musical | Birmingham Hippodrome | Now – August 11

Faye Katsande as Annie and Alex Bourne as Oliver Warbucks. Credit: Paul Coltas

They say you’re never fully dressed without a smile, so if you need something that will put back that spring that you may have lost in your step, then you might want to book tickets to see Annie the Musical.

The Tony Award-winning production arrived at Birmingham Hippodrome for its three-week residency last Tuesday, and let’s just say, it’s as much as a treat for the ears as it is for the eyes. Based on the beloved novel by Harold Gray, Annie the Musical follows the story of an adorable 11-year-old girl who wants nothing more than to find her old parents. But when she’s hand-picked to spend Christmas at a billionaire’s home in the bright lights of N.Y.C, Annie’s life changes in ways she never thought possible.

You can read our full review of this delightful show, here.

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