11 things to do in Birmingham in May

by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour

11 things to do in Birmingham in May

From Birmingham Pride to The Band – A musical based on the music of Take That. There is a lot to keep everyone busy in May in Birmingham,

Internet Giants : Masters of the Universe (All May 2018)

Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS

Langlands Bell Internet Giants Masters of the Universe Photo by Stuart Whipps
Langlands Bell Internet Giants Masters of the Universe Photo by Stuart Whipps

Featuring the architecture of digital media building,s and the pixelated faces of those media CEO’s. Internet Giants uses the first floor of Ikon Gallery in a direct and stripped back manner. Without even labelling the pieces there’s an audio walk through available, or you can just speak to the informed staff watching over each space.

Via Ikon Gallery “Ikon presents an exhibition of new work by British artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell, marking the 40th year of their artistic partnership which started in 1978 while studying Fine Art at Middlesex Polytechnic, London.”

Find out more: ikon-gallery.org/event/internet-giants-masters-of-the-universe

The Band (1st-12th May)

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, B5 4TB

BBC’s Let it Shine was Gary Barlow’s hunt to create a boy band to appear in this brand new musical. Written by Tim Firth, The Band features the back catalogue of Take That. It tells the story of a group of teenage girls in 1992 and how their quest to meet their idols was reborn years later.

Tickets are available here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/the-band

Pirate Weekend at Cadbury World (5th-7th May)

Cadbury World, Linden Rd, B30 1JT

Bring your best pirate outfits for the dressing up competition to be in with the chance to win prizes!

Pirate Weekend at Cadbury World
Pirate Weekend at Cadbury World

“Families can enjoy a shipload of pirate-themed entertainment in the Cadbury World outdoor marquee before tucking into a selection of tasty treats in the Cadbury Café. To complete the day, young shipmates can transform themselves with pirate face painting available throughout the day for a small charge.” Say’s Cadbury World.

Book tickets here: cadburyworld.co.uk/whats-on/upcomingevents

This exciting Hip-Hop festival is now in its third year and is free to attend.  There are charges for some workshops so please do check ahead. Packed full of rap battles and dance competitions, as well as creating more unique street art, this event draws hip-hop talent from across birmingham as well as international names.

Find out more here and book free tickets: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/b-side-hip-hop-festival-2018

The Wedding Reception (10th and 11th May)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, B1 2EP

A three course dinner with an interactive theatre experience and a slice of wedding cake? Interactive Theatre International is bringing its top rated Edinburgh Fringe immersive wedding to Birmingham Rep for two nights in May. See the trailer here:

Find out more about this unique event here: birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/the-wedding-reception.html

Rich Stokes (18th May)

mac Birmingham (Midlands Arts Centre) Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH

Rich Stokes brings his one-man musical “I’m Not Fine” to the mac for one night. Parenthood, anxiety, masculinity and sewage. Comedy and music!

Mr Rich Stokes photo via twitter
Mr Rich Stokes photo via twitter

Book tickets at: macbirmingham.co.uk/event/rich-stokes-1

Katie Piper: What’s in my head (18th May)

The Old Rep, 45 Station St, B5 4DY

Limited seats are available for Katie Piper’s first UK theatre tour which examines personal image and the daily pressures faced from the media today.

Katie Piper UK Tour 2018
Katie Piper UK Tour 2018

Book tickets here: oldreptheatre.co.uk/calendar/?calid=2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11,12,1&pid=3&viewid=1&event=42

Sara Cox presents Just Can’t Get Enough 80s (19th May)

O2 Institute Birmingham, 78 Digbeth, B5 6DY

The 80s is coming back to Birmingham for one night presented by BBC Radio 2’s Sara Cox, “Bowie to Belinda” “Wham to Witney” dig out your day glo, sweat bands and orange tinted visors and head to the O2 Institute in Digbeth.

Sara Cox

Tickets available here: academymusicgroup.com/o2institutebirmingham/events/1101159/sara-cox-presents-just-cant-get-enough-80s-tickets

Legally Blonde The Musical (21st-26th May)

New Alexandra Theatre. Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B5 4DS

Former Eastender Rita Simons former Corrie star Bill Ward are joined by Lucie Jones bringing fashion student turned law student Elle Woods to Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre. 

Find tickets for Legally Blonde the musical here: atgtickets.com/shows/legally-blonde/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/


Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears (23rd-25th May)

The Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Row West, B2 5NY

Twisted fairy tales mixed with a spot of Guy Richie’s cockney caper arrives in the city of Birmingham

Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears
Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears


Birmingham Pride (26th & 27th May)

Around Hurst Street, Birmingham

Birmingham’s two-day Pride festival has taken place on May Spring Bank Holiday for many years.

Birmingham Pride 2018

This year features acts such as Beth Ditto, Courney Act, Jake Shears and Louise Redknapp on the HSBC UK Main Stage, Drag and Cabaret names such as Sandra London, Miss Penny, Baga Chipz MBE and the Drag with No Name at the Manchester Airport Cabaret Marquee. There’s also a jam packed weekend to be had around the Birmingham Gay Village.

Take a look at the Birmingham Pride website and book tickets to pride weekend here: birminghampride.com


Dippy on Tour, A Natural History Adventure (26th May to 9th September)

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square,B3 3DH

Dippy The Diplodocus is having a national tour for 18 months around the UK and he’s spending his Summer in our lovely city and you can book a free ticket to see him.

Dippy on Tour
Dippy on Tour


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