March 2021: It’s been devastating to have seen Birmingham quiet and shuttered for the last year. Soon, however, it should be kicking back into life. Under the current lockdown easing road map, the reopening of this diverse, buzzing city looms tantalizingly on the horizon. From April 12, non-essential shops will be able to re-open and restaurants, bars and pubs will be able to serve food and drink outside, with indoor dining on the cards from May 17. If all goes to plan most restrictions will be lifted by June 21, meaning the city’s eclectic nightlife and other cultural venues like its world-class theatres and galleries will be open again by this date. Time to get planning your next city trip.
What to do in the City of a Thousand Trades? Birmingham’s proud industrial history, from Matthew Boulton and the Lunar Society to Bird’s custard and Cadbury’s chocolate, is only part of the story. The UK’s second city is an irrepressible cultural force, full of fine art and fine dining, shopping excess and sporting endeavour, bars and bold buildings, mould-breaking music and museums. Whether it’s the urban grit of the Peaky Blinders or the glorious greenery of Edgbaston, Birmingham will certainly have something that floats your canal boat. Here’s our definitive round-up of the very best experiences Brum has to offer.
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