Bank holiday highlights in Birmingham city centre

It’s almost time for another Bank Holiday!

Known as Late May Bank Holiday, this bank holiday takes place between 26-28 May.

So to help you take advantage of an extra bank holiday this month, we’ve selected some of the best things happening in Birmingham city centre over the weekend.

Birmingham Pride

Birmingham Pride returns to the city centre and promises a weekend full of music and entertainment including their colourful Carnival Parade on Saturday.

The parade is set to be the biggest one to date and will start at Victoria Square at midday and make it way through the streets to finish up at the main stage in the Gay Village in and around Hurst Street.

This year, the festival will see acts such as MNEK and Rudimental, X-Factor winner Louisa Johnson, former Girls Aloud member Nadine Coyle, Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears and 90s dance divas Baby D, Kym Mazelle, Rozalla and Livin’ Joy and many more performing.

Legally Blonde the Musical at New Alexandra Theatre

Learn how to bend and snap in one of the best loved movies of the noughties.

The smash hit Broadway and West End Musical, Legally Blonde is coming to New Alexandra Theatre from 21-26 May.

Popular sorority sister, Elle Woods is your typical girl who loves to be pampered and is passionate about pink. She gets dumped by her boyfriend, Warner Huntingdon III for a more serious girlfriend who is more intelligent. Elle decides to try and win Warner back by bagging herself a place at the prestigious Harvard Law School and with the support of her new friends, she soon learns you can be both smart and fashionable.

Starring Rita Simons as Paulette Bonafonte, Lucie Jones as Elle Woods and Bill Ward as Professor Callahan.

Tickets are still available to buy for Saturday, click here to book.

Dippy the Dinosaur at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

The imfamous 21 metre long Dippy the Diplodocus formerly displayed in the National History Museum is currently on a UK tour and on Saturday 26th May, he will be here in Birmingham at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. If you’re already lucky enough to have booked some free tickets on the day of his arrival then it’s the perfect way to spend quality time with the children. There are also plenty other exhibitions inside the museum to make a full day of it. Unfortunately, all the slots in May have been booked up for Dippy, however, there are still a few slots in the week to see him.

You can, however, still call in to visit the Dippy Family Room with fun things to do for little dino fans including jigsaws, dressing up and colouring in activities. This event is FREE and on 10am to 5pm Saturday to Thursday, and 10am to 5pm Friday.

You’ve got until Sunday 9th September to see him before he leaves to continue his journey.

You can book your free tickets here

Art at Hippodrome

If you’re looking for a fun, light-hearted comedy, ART is a play you need to see.

Three friends, one white painting and arguments about contemporary art, ART is named one of the most successful players ever after opening in 1996. It took West End and Broadway by storm and has drawn in audiences for more than twenty years.

It now lands in Birmingham with an all-star cast including Nigel Havers, known for his credits in Don’t Wait Up and Downton Abbey as well as his role in Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire.

When Serge spends an extortionate amount of money on an all white modernist painting, his close friends Marc and Yvan are baffled. But does their violent reactions to this provocative canvas mirror more dangerous antagonisms towards each other? Yasmina Reza’s dazzling study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance is a masterpiece.

Book your tickets here

City Social 

The food and music festival is back with their Spring event at the Suffolk Street Queensway Underpass.

The event will trade seven days a week from 12noon – 7pm Sunday to Wednesday and 12noon – 9pm Thursday to Saturday until 28th May.

Traders will be serving up local food, drink as well as a full entertainment schedule of local acoustic artists, DJ’s and live bands.

Bespoke set-ups and vehicles will include: Pimms, burgers, juice & smoothies, desserts, Caribbean cuisine, Peaky Blinders bar & retail from Sadler’s Brewery, ABK Bavarian beer, fish & chips, Indian street food from Mahirs, a City Social bar and more.

Bottomless brunch at Las Iguanas

Because who doesn’t enjoy unlimited prosecco and food? Enjoy two courses of Latin American cuisine and unlimited prosecco or Brahma beer for £24.95 at Las Iguanas every Sunday.

For starters, you can choose from quesadillas, nachos, dadinhos, chicken wings or empanadas and for the mains, there’s a selections of burgers, chilli, sandwiches and burritos. There are also vegetarian options available.

You have to book beforehand to get the offer.

See the full menu here

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