Matthew Bourne’s Romeo & Juliet & other great things to do in Birmingham this week

If you’re short of things to do this week, then Birmingham is the place to be. As well as welcoming superstar singer Ariana Grande to Arena Birmingham as part of her Sweetener World Tour, we’ve also got a festival celebrating pizzas, an open air cinema and world-class ballet.

And if this is your first week in the city if you’ve moved here for university, then there’s never been a better way to check out everything the city has to offer. Here’s our latest roundup of the best things to see, do and discover in Birmingham.

*Featured image credit: Johan Persson

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo & Juliet | Birmingham Hippodrome | Tuesday – Saturday

Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures company returns to the Hippodrome this week, with a stunning performance of Romeo & Juliet. Joined by some of the most incredible emerging young performers from the city, this production will feature enchanting, contemporary choreography from Sir Matthew Bourne, as he casts his own spell on Shakespeare’s tale of two star-crossed lovers. The show runs at the Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday, with limited tickets available. Click here to book yours before they go.

Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone in Concert | Symphony Hall | Wednesday

Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone Live in Concert

Want to inject a little bit of music and magic into your week? This Wednesday, you can immerse yourself in JK Rowling’s Wizarding World as the first of the Harry Potter movies returns to the big screen, with the addition of a full orchestra that will be performing John Williams’ unforgettable score. Get ready to go on the first adventure with Harry, Ron and Hermione, as you relive the magic of the Philosopher’s Stone on a HD 40-foot screen. A great mid-week night out for all the family, you can book tickets by clicking here.

Summer Screens | Botanical Gardens | Wednesday – Friday

Summer Screens returns to Botanical Gardens

If the weather plays in our favour, then you might want to head along to Botanical Gardens as Summer Screens is returning for the final time this year, where you’ll be able to catch some of the greatest movies on the big screen. The three-day event kicks off with A Star Is Born on Wednesday, followed by Pulp Fiction (Thursday) and Mamma Mia (Friday). You can check out the listings in full and book tickets here.

Brum’s Big Fat Pizza Festival | Quantum Events Space | Saturday

Feast on pizza at Brum’s Big Fat Pizza Festival

Feeling hungry? Brum’s Big Fat Pizza Festival is returning to Digbeth for its fourth year. Hosted by Taste & Liquor, this tasty festival will make all of your cheesy dreams come true. Celebrating the very best independent pizza street food traders, you can enjoy an array of pizzas will mouth-watering toppings, all washed down with a fantastic range of drinks including cocktails, craft beer and plenty more. Click here for more info and to book your tickets.

The Legitimate Peaky Blinder’s Festival | Digbeth Arena | Saturday & Sunday


As we’re way into the latest series of the BAFTA Award-winning drama, a huge festival celebrating the Peaky Blinders is taking over Digbeth Arena this weekend. With exhibitions, Q&A sessions with the cast and creatives, delicious food and drink, a live cinema showing memorable moments and episodes and live recreations of iconic scenes from a host of actors, this is a festival that fans of the show won’t want to miss. Want to find out more? Click here to discover everything you need to know about the Legitimate Peaky Blinder’s Festival.

Studio Ghibli – Triple Bill | Mockingbird Cinema | Sunday

Why not top your weekend off with a trip to the cinema. On Sunday, the Mockingbird Cinema is hosting the second round of its Studio Ghibli marathon with a triple bill of three of the most-loved movies. Beginning with Princess Mononoke (PG), the further two movies on the bill for the afternoon are My Neighbour Totoro (U) and Spirited Away (PG). Get your tickets here.

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