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Check out our selection of things to do in the Midlands during the next few weeks.

GIFFORDS CIRCUS

Giffords Circus returns to Sudeley Castle with a brand-new ‘extravaganza’ titled Avalon.
Coming complete with ‘lavish costumes, an opulent set’ and a live band, the show brings together acrobats, magicians, musicians and clowns from all over the world to present a colourful medieval world of pageantry and Arthurian legend.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Cheltenham, until Monday 20 May

Giffords Circus


MAKERS CENTRAL

Makers Central - the UK’s largest gathering for inventors, makers and DIY enthusiasts - is this month returning to the NEC for the fifth year running.

The popular family event features hands-on workshops and live demonstrations by some of the country’s most talented makers.

YouTube stars and social-media influencers, including Clin Furze, The Hacksmith and Nick Zammeti, will also be in attendance at the show.

NEC, Birmingham, Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May

Makers Central


BIRMINGHAM PRIDE

Celebrating the Midlands’ LGBTQIA+ community, Birmingham Pride will once again be getting the city partying this month. 

It’s expected that more than 40,000 revellers will attend the event across the weekend, with an impressive 75,000-plus people either participating in or watching the annual Pride parade through the city’s streets.
The festival’s Smithfield site is the centre of the action, featuring a main stage, the  Conrad Guest Cabaret Stage and Chic Dance Arena. Headline acts include Loreen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Beverley Knight.

Birmingham Gay Village & Smithfield, Birmingham, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May

Birmingham Pride


BRICK FEST LIVE

The world’s largest hands-on Lego event of its kind makes its UK debut!

Offering a wide range of hands-on building activities, Brick Fest Live provides families with the chance to help build a Guinness World Record-setting floor mosaic, race brick-built cars down derby ramps and play in a brick pit with hundreds of thousands of Lego bricks.

The show also features a marketplace - selling rare collectibles - and a selection of ‘mind‐blowing creations’ from around the world, including life-sized Lego models.

NEC, Birmingham, Saturday 25 - Monday 27 May

Brick Fest Live


BRICK OCEAN AT THE ENGINE HOUSE

Families travelling the Severn Valley Railway during this month’s half-term holiday will get the chance to go ‘under the sea’ and admire a selection of ocean-themed brick-model installations.

Making a pit-stop at The Engine House at Highley, visitors will find 13 impressive installations to check out, including an octopus, a parrot fish, a mako shark and a large squid - each one hand-built using thousands of bricks.

Severn Valley Railway, Bewdley, Nr Kidderminster, Saturday 25 May - Sunday 2 June

Brick Ocean at The Engine House


MARVELLOUS MATERIALS

The Thinktank team are turning the spotlight on different materials and their properties during this month’s half-term holiday... Families can investigate which materials are conductors of electricity and which are insulators, try their hand at fishing for magnetic fish, and learn about the differences between solids, liquids and gases.

Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, Monday 27 - Friday 31 May

Marvellous Materials


​MIDLANDS AIR FESTIVAL

Returning to Ragley for a sixth year, the Midlands Air Festival sees more than 100 hot-air balloons taking to the sky two times a day, with special-shape balloons such as The Orient Express and Hyla the Frog making their festival debuts.

And the balloons won’t be the only reason for visitors to keep their eyes to the skies; the programme of entertainment also features World War Two Warbirds, World War One air displays, fast jets, helicopters, gyroplanes, aerobatic displays, aerial ballet and flying circus acts as well as parachute and formation display teams.

The festival’s hugely popular Nightfire show also returns, featuring an air display of aircraft fitted with pyrotechnics, fireworks and lighting systems, a set-to-music balloon nightglow, and a sure-to-be-spectacular fireworks finale.

Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, Friday 31 May - Sunday 2 June

Midlands Air Festival


BIRMINGHAM CATHEDRAL

Birmingham Cathedral is the oldest building in the city centre still used for its original purpose. The cathedral has four stained-glass windows, designed by Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, which were fully conserved and returned to their original glory last year.

Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB. Free to visit


THE BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM

Get stuck into some good old-fashioned fun at this award-winning venue, as you experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Black Country through rebuilt, replica or recreated shops, houses and industrial workshops.

Tipton Rd, Dudley, DY1 4SQ. Adults £8.95, Children (3-16yrs) £7.95


ROUNDHOUSE BIRMINGHAM

A unique Grade II listed building at the heart of Birmingham’s canal network, The Roundhouse is dedicated to sharing stories of the city’s industrial heritage in new and imaginative ways. Attractions include walks, cycle tours, boat trips and a range of kayak and paddleboarding tours.

1 Sheepcote St, Birmingham, B16 8AE. Activities range in price


THE ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM MIDLANDS

Telling the story of aviation history and housing one of the largest collections of its kind in the UK, RAF Museum Midlands is home to more than 70 historic aircraft displayed in three wartime hangars on an active airfield. 

RAF Museum Midlands, Lysander Avenue, Cosford, TF11 8UP. Free to visit


SUDELEY CASTLE

Walk in the footsteps of notable characters from the mists of time at Sudeley Castle. Boasting a fascinating history stretching back over 1,000 years, the castle is surrounded by 10 award-winning gardens. There’s also an adventure playground and a fun fort for younger visitors to enjoy.

Winchcombe, Cheltenham, GL54 5JD. Adults £22, Children (3-15yrs) £10


THINKTANK BIRMINGHAM SCIENCE MUSEUM

From steam engines and talking robots to gurgling guts and a chocolate-wrapping machine, Thinktank features more than 200 hands-on science & technology displays.

Millennium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham, B4 7XG. Adults from £15.50, Children (3-15yrs) from £7.50


COTSWOLD FARM PARK

Cotswold Farm Park is home to more than 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, provides visitors with the chance to learn about farming past and present, and features an adventure playground, a farm safari, a maze, sandpits, jumping pillows and plenty more.

Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5FL. Adults £17.50, Children (4-15yrs) £15.50


BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM

The museum features the world’s greatest collection of classic, vintage and veteran British cars, with over 400 vehicles on display. Free tours and hands-on family activities provide an opportunity to learn about the stories behind the collection.

Banbury Rd, Gaydon, CV35 0BJ. Adults £19, Children £10 (pre-booked online)


STRATFORD-UPON-AVON BUTTERFLY FARM 

Set in a large greenhouse landscaped with waterfalls, ponds and tropical plants, Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm is home to hundreds of the world’s most spectacular butterflies.

Swan’s Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LS. Adults £8.95, Children (3-16yrs) £7.95


WEST MIDLANDS POLICE MUSEUM

Located in a Victorian lock-up, the West Midlands Police Museum showcases an unrivalled collection of police artefacts, explores more than 200 years of policing history and offers visitors the chance to enjoy a selection of  hands-on activities.

Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ. Adults £10, Children (3-15yrs) £6


WESTON PARK 

Weston Park house is set in 1,000 acres of beautiful Capability Brown-landscaped parkland. The venue is home to a nationally important art collection, with other attractions including a restaurant, a woodland adventure playground, a miniature railway, a deer park and holiday cottages.

Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal, TF11 8LE. Adults £8.80, Children £5.20 (pre-booked online)

 

 

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