The city of Birmingham has been voted as one of the top places to visit in 2012 by the New York Times beating the likes of the Maldives, Antarctica and even Outer Space!
The UK’s second city is diverse and exciting with a compelling arts scene, vibrant nightlife, top shopping district and world class sporting – there’s no wonder critics are singing its praises! Being regular visitors to the city ourselves, we thought we’d put together the top 5 things to do in Birmingham in 2012.
Here they are:
1. Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Style
The annual Birmingham Chinese New Year Celebrations take place on Sunday 29th January from 12.30pm until 5.30pm in Birmingham’s Chinese Quarter. The 2012 Festival promises to be the best yet with an extravagant dragon and lion dance, acrobatic displays, Kung Fu demonstrations, fireworks and more stalls than ever before. You can find out more via the online programme.
2. Shop until you drop at the Bullring
Whether it’s searching for a bargain in the January sales or preparing your wardrobe for summer 2012, the Bullring has it all. Capped by the impressive Selfridges building that has been inspired by a Paco Rabanne sequinned dress, the Bullring is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. With over 160 shops for you to explore and more than 25 restaurants, it’s a day in itself!
3. Be the First to see Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci
To celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, ten of the Royal Collection’s finest drawings by Leonardo da Vinci are being featured across museums and galleries across the UK – Birmingham being the first! Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will be the first venue to showcase the exhibition Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration from the 13th January until the 25th March 2012. These surviving drawings show the extraordinary scope of Leonardo’s interests from painting and sculpture to engineering and anatomy – certainly one not to miss!
4. Catch a performance by the Birmingham Royal Ballet
Birmingham Royal Ballet is Britain’s premier touring Ballet Company and recognised worldwide for its creation of new and innovative popular ballets. Performing regularly throughout the year at the city’s Hippodrome, make sure you catch one of the new exciting productions including Spring Passions, Hobson’s Choice and Far From the Madding Crowd. Find out more here.
5. Welcome the Olympic Flame
As part of its journey around the UK, the Olympic Flame comes to Birmingham on Saturday 30th June and will be welcomed with an evening of celebrations. The evening will see thousands of people come together to celebrate the city’s culture, sport and heritage in Victoria Square. Put this date in your diary and share in the Olympic spirit!