5 things to do in Birmingham if you’re not going to Glastonbury

It’s Glastonbury weekend! But if you didn’t manage to get your hand on tickets then don’t worry, there’s still plenty of great stuff happening in Birmingham (where you can also easily escape the rain).

From mysterious club nights to mouthwatering food and Birmingham’s very own unmissable festivals, here are the five best things to do in the city if you’re not heading to Worthy Farm.

Alexander Rhys exhibition | Bonehead | Wednesday

Birmingham-born Alexander Rhys is returning to his roots for one night only to showcase some of his fantastic pieces at Bonehead.

After studying Fine Art at Bath Spa University, Alexander’s work has been produced and sold in some of the biggest cities in the world from London to LA and his work was even part of the Cash Is King exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery.

Using acrylics as his medium, this is your chance to take a look at Alexander’s bright and extraordinary pieces. Who knows, you could even end up purchasing your very own piece. The exhibition opens at 6pm, but you can find out more details here.

The Butchers Social x Harvey Nichols | Harvey Nichols | Thursday

Feeling hungry? Why not treat yourself a delicious meal at Harvey Nichols. This Thursday the flagship store at the Mailbox is teaming up with The Butcher’s Social to give diners the chance to experience the exquisite food cooked up at the Henley-in-Arden based restaurant.

The Great British Supper Club will include three courses that will each bring a taste of the countryside to the city that champions the very best of British produce, and trust us when we say you’re in for a treat.

It costs £50 per person and tables are available from 5.30pm at the Harvey Nichols restaurant. To book a table email reservations.birmingham@harveynichols.com.

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz | Mama Roux ‘s| Thursday

Heading out after work and looking for something a little different than just a few drinks at your local? Gather your work pals and head down to Mama Roux’s at Digbeth Dining Club and take part in the best and most raucous music quiz in the UK.

The Sounds Familiar Music Quiz covers everything from Wham! to Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Bowie, so everyone will feel included in this huge music quiz. Plus, you can even grab some food from one of the DDC traders while you’re there. Tickets start a £9, just click here to book yours!

Magic Door | Lab11 | Friday

The weird and wonderful Magic Door as back at Lab11 this Friday. Always a quirky event, going along to this club night is always a bit of a mystery, but if you like the sound of incredible visuals, outlandish outfits, multiple live DJs and loads of glitter, then this might just be the night out in the city that you’re looking for. Click here for tickets and more info. 

Birmingham Rum Festival | The Cuban Embassy, Moseley | Saturday

Birmingham Rum Festival

If rum’s your signature spirit, then you won’t want to miss this. Birmingham’s Rum Festival is back for its fourth year this Saturday, where huge brands will be taking over The Cuban Embassy in Moseley to shake up some delicious rum-based drinks.

The annual exotic festival gives rum-lovers the chance to learn and discover a range of exhibitors, as well as indulging in some delicious street food showcasing the exotic flavours of Latin America and the Caribbean islands, washed down with a rum cocktail, of course.

General tickets are £15 or you can go for a VIP ticket at £25, which includes a welcome drink, samples and one free street food meal. Click here to book yours now.

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