One of the loveliest people I know is from Birmingham so despite the fact that I’ve never been, I love it indirectly because she came out of there, so it must be fabulous. Our group there is running over a year and has over 600 members already enjoying the flip out of Birmingham on the regular. If you get in this week, you might even be just in time for the free roller skate session.
With the weather so nice at the moment, we have to cover some lovely outdoorsy bits of Birmingham life. For free options, check out Railroad Park, they also apparently have free exercise classes going on there sometimes if you’re feeling super-active. For a peaceful haven, head to Ruffner Mountain Park for mountain trails and cliff views. And as duck sets in, get your new local buddies to show you the way to Red Mountain and take in the city and the sunset from a breathtaking vantage point. If you’re a fan of an early Sunday morning run, get the crew or a perfect playlist together and head to Jemison Trail.
If you want to spend, why not drift along on a joyful Canal Boat Ride! Did you know Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice? It’s a super way to see the city and learn a little more about its history. Or go Ziplining at Red Mountain Park.
Coffee, Chats & Reading
Some recommended cafes include Urban Standard on second North Avenue who also have some of the best cupcakes on offer or Church Street Coffee and Books, a perfect nook for some solo downtime with a book, or a chinwag with some new friends.
When it comes to live music, Birmingham has lots to offer. Check out Bottletree Cafe for an Indie fix, or super cool Iron City, who screen some of your favourite films as well as hosting gigs.
If you like visual arts, head right to the Birmingham Museum of Modern art. If it happens to be in the summer months check if there’s an Art on the Rocks event on. This is a summertime series at the museum that focuses on the best of local art. And if you’re about in September, you can stroll along making the most of heaps of artists out for Art Walk. Bring your contemporary art questions and queries and don’t be afraid to ask them.
When you’re all done picking up amazing local art works, head to the Virgina Samford Theatre for a play, some comedy or some music. They also do workshops if you’re looking to try out something new or refresh those creative juices.
Each December, the Birmingham Zoo hosts Zoolight Safari. They cover the zoo with thousands of fairylights and invite you in after dark to wander the magical land created!
Making Friends in Birmingham
Whether you’re visiting or new in town, being stuck for some friends to head to dinner in a new restaurant with or a gig with can hit all of us at some point or another. Especially as we get a little older. GirlCrew was set up to solve exactly that problem and already has a well established and lovely crew in Birmingham. It’s definitely one of the easiest way to make new friends, at least for the ladies. Though feel free to organise an event where menfolk are invited along as well. It’s for women aged about 25+ and all you have to do is join the group for your city, post what you want to do, and then enjoy the fun of heading off on an adventure with some friendly new faces. Fabulous!
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