7 ways to spend your bank holiday if you’re not going to Reading & Leeds

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It’s the last bank holiday before Christmas – can you believe it? However, if you’re not one of the thousands heading to Reading & Leeds Festival then don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the very best things to see, do and discover across the city

OPM x POLI Slice Shop | POLI, Kings Heath | Tuesday

POLI Kings Heath

Dreamy news if you’re a bit of a foodie, as the new kid on the block, POLI is teaming up with the mighty, meaty Original Patty Men for one night of utterly mouthwatering food.

Taking place at POLI’s home in Kings Heath, the Slice Shop will see the new pizza restaurant transformed into a New York-style pizza slice bar, where the duo will be blending together their two styles of cooking with plenty of beer and wine. This event is first come, first served, so make sure you get there early. More info here.

Anderson .Paak | O2 Academy | Thursday

Anderson .Paak

If you are missing out on Reading & Leeds, you can still get a taste of music as US hip-hop artist Anderson .Paak is stopping off in Birmingham for just one night ahead of his appearances at the festivals. Best known for his tracks including Tints ft Kendrick Lamar, Who R U and Make It Better, Anderson .Paak will be at O2 Academy this Thursday. Tickets are nearly sold out, so click here to book yours.

Howl’s Moving Castle Anniversary Screening | The Electric | Saturday

Cinema seems to be a big one this week, and we’re kicking off with an anniversary screening of the stunning Howl’s Moving Castle at The Electric on Saturday.

Starring the voices of Christian Bale and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) this beautiful movie follows the story of Sophie, who stumbles upon a mysterious flying castle after she’s cursed by an evil witch. But when she climbs on board the house, she meets Howl, and her life changes forever. Click here to book tickets.

Southside Cinema | Southside | August 23 – September 8

Mamma Mia! and more movies will be screening at Southside Cinema

We told you movies were popular. If you’re looking for something that all the family can enjoy through the Bank Holiday and beyond, then head to Southside (near Birmingham Hippodrome) where you’ll find a huge outdoor cinema.

Running from Friday until Sunday, September 8, you can catch some huge blockbuster movies including Mamma Mia, Dumbo, Aladdin and loads more. It all kicks off with a showing of The LEGO Movie this Friday at 3pm. You can see the full listings here.

Grease the Musical | Birmingham Hippodrome | Now – Saturday

Speaking of the Hippodrome, you’ve still got plenty of time to catch Grease the Musical, and trust us when we say, it’s a really fun show that you simply won’t want to miss (you can read our review for yourself here).

A stage adaptation of one of the greatest musical movies of all time, Grease the Musical features all the songs you know and love, plus high-energy dance routines, a charming love story and a huge mega-mix! It’s in town until Saturday. Just click here to book your tickets.

Final Call for Summer Cocktails | Be at One Brindleyplace | All week!

Treat yourself to a cocktail at Be at One Brindleyplace

Who could possibly say no to a cocktail? It is Bank Holiday weekend after all. And what better place could there be to head to that Be at One Birmingham? With two bars to choose from (Piccadilly if you fancy a dance or Brindleyplace for a chilled drink outside), this is your final chance to taste some of the delicious summer cocktails before they disappear off the menu. Don’t forget, happy hour runs all evening on Sunday at the Piccadilly bar and all day Monday at Brindleyplace. Cheers!

Waterfront Festival | The Canalhouse | Sunday

The Canal House

We can only keep our fingers crossed for nice weather, as The Canal House is hosting a Waterfront Festival, complete with live music, delicious food, crafted cocktails, ales, gins plenty more.

With stunning views of Gas Street Basin, The Canal House is the perfect place to grab a seat outside and watch the world go by. If you’re hungry, why not book in for a mouthwatering Sunday roast? Click here for more info.

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