5 free things to do in Birmingham this Early May Bank Holiday

Stuck for ideas for what to do this Early May Bank Holiday in Birmingham without hurting your pocket? Not to worry, we’ve listed 5 free activities for the whole family to enjoy.

1 – International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016

The International Dance Festival Birmingham starts on Sunday, 1st of May and goes on until the 22nd of May. The festival features a range of impressive performances from ballet to contemporary, hip-hop and even circus.

On Monday, 2nd of May, at 1pm and 3pm, you can head to New Street Station to watch the Phone Box performance, by Corey Baker. The performance is family friendly and brings to life the nostalgic British icon – the Phone Box – with impressive feats of acrobatics and physical moves that will captivate you.

2 – Birmingham Canal Walks

With more Canals than Venice, there are plenty of options available if you choose to take a walk beside the water. From a stroll along the buzzing Gas Street Basin right in the City Centre to longer routes such as the Birmingham – Sandwell Canal Walk, all you have to do is choose the route that suits your family best and get walking.

3 – Lickey Hills Country Park

If you prefer to be more in touch with the nature, Lickey Hills Country Park is the perfect idea. You will find a number of trails of various distances and degrees of difficulty, and many other shorter paths to walk. Besides that, there’s a Cafe in the Visitor’s Centre, a children’s adventure playground, free table-tennis table and grassy areas for kite flying and other games.

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4 – New Street to Temple Row Listed Buildings Map

For the Architecture and History enthusiasts, there is also a variety of things to see in Birmingham. Our recommendation is the short walk between New Street and Temple Row, spotting historical places and listed buildings. You can extend your route towards the Jewellery Quarter if you fancy a longer walk. Colmore Row - Birmingham - Old Postcard

5 – Akamba Family Fun Day

The Spirit of Africa Heritage Centre, in Shirley, will host a fun family day on Monday, the 2nd of May, from 2pm to 5.30pm. Admission is free and there will be a petting zoo and other activities for children.