13 things to do in September in Birmingham

by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour

13 things to do in September in Birmingham

From giant bouncy race courses and chocolate rewards to Bollywood theatre and discovering even more about Birmingham’s Heritage. There’s loads to do in September in Birmingham.

No Boundaries (Until 15th September)

Birmingham New Street Station, Birmingham B2 4QA

Via Rachael for Network Rail:

“A pop-up exhibition to showcase the work of artists living with disabilities arrives at Birmingham New Street this week, before continuing its tour of Great Britain.

Artist Tania Raabe-Webber with her work at the No Boundaries exhibition
Artist Tania Raabe-Webber with her work at the No Boundaries exhibition

The travelling art exhibition, No Boundaries, which is open to the public until 15th September at Birmingham New Street Station, has been designed to encourage people with disabilities to travel without boundaries.

The 20-piece exhibition is made of artwork created by artists with a range of abilities, disabilities, age and artistic experience. The artists involved visited destinations across Britain using a Railcard, which saves customers a third off rail travel, to create artwork inspired by their experiences.

Discover more at: disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/news-offers/no-boundaries


Four Play (5th-8th September)

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

From The Old Joint Stock Theatre website: Four Play is a new comic play about sex and commitment in the 21st century.

Rafe and Pete have hit a rut. After seven and a half blissfully happy years, their lack of sexual experience is driving them apart. So when they proposition mutual friend Michael to help out with their problems – knowing full well Michael has his own partner Andrew – what seems like a simple solution quickly spirals out of control.

Four Play

Book tickets here: oldjointstock.co.uk/whats-on/four-play


Birmingham Heritage Week (6th-16th September)

Around Birmingham

Via Zoe for Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham’s Heritage Week is back for 2018. From 6th to 16th September, Birmingham’s rich and diverse history will be celebrated with inspiring events including walks, talks, open days and visits to hidden gems across the city.

Museum Collection Centre
Museum Collection Centre

The city-wide festival is returning for its fourth year with 10 days of fun-filled events, which will attract new tourists to the city, and allow locals a deeper insight into Birmingham’s past.

Whether you want to discover more about Birmingham’s manufacturing history, find out about Birmingham’s much loved parks with the Birmingham Civic Society or travel on a narrow boat into the heart of Birmingham’s canal, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

See a full list of events at birminghamheritageweek.co.uk


The Chocolate 5k Obstacle Rush (8th September)

Cofton Park, Birmingham, B45 8UN

Fancy running round Cofton Park and getting chocolate treat rewards? Then the Chocolate 5k Obstacle Rush is for YOU! Yes you! As featured in August on the #BrumHour blog, #BrumHour loves chocolate and knows you do too.

The Chocolate 5k Obstacle Rush
The Chocolate 5k Obstacle Rush

Find out how you can take part here: birminghamhospice.org.uk/Event/the-chocolate-5k-obstacle-rush-birmingham


Garbage + Maximo Park + Honeyblood – Skyline Series (8th September)

Digbeth Arena, Lower Trinity St, Birmingham B9 4AG

Just leaving this here:

Get tickets here: digbetharena.com/event/garbage-maximo-park-honeyblood-skyline-series


Taj Express (11th-15th September)

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TB

Bollywood and Birmingham go together like erm Balti and Birmingham. So it’s no shock that a huge Bollywood theatre show is coming to the second city. Music inspired by Slumdog Millionaire’s A.R. Rahman, Taj Express promises the big screen experience on the biggest UK theatre stage outside of that London. Lets hope it brings that Indian summer with it.

Find out more and book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/taj-express


Faulty Towers The Dining Experience (13th-22nd September)

Birmingham Rep, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP

Dinner and live theatre? Or dinner in a live theatre? The characters of Basil, Sybil and Manuel live on in this 21st year of the globe-trotting Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience. Can you make it through to pudding?

Order your starters here: birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/faulty-towers-the-dining-experience-1


Birmingham Extreme Chilli Festival 2018 (14th-15th September)

Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2JF

This isn’t just a chilli festival this is an EXTREME Chilli Festival!

Chilli Festival
Chilli Festival

From the Brindleyplace website:

The annual Birmingham Chilli Festival will be returning to Brindleyplace on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September. Head to Central Square for the annual Chilli themed Market, along with live music, fire performers and a few new surprises and extreme activities along the way!

See the website here: brindleyplace.com/event/birmingham-extreme-chilli-festival-2018


Midlands Whisky Festival (15th September)

thestudio…, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham B2 5EP

Featuring well known personalities from the world of Whisky, the Midlands Whisky Festival returns to Birmingham.

Via the Midlands Whisky Festival ticket page: “This year the show introduces new experiences with spaces and oodles of new distillers to this luxury tasting experience. For the first time ever we are introducing the Fine and Rare bar, where you can take your palate to new heights with drams, new and old, featuring whiskies from a bygone era.

From Scotch, Irish, Swedish and French to Japanese, American and Indian whiskies, Midlands Whisky Festival is the ultimate place to sample your favourite tipples and discover new finds.”

Get tickets here: whiskyfest.co.uk


Sir Chris Hoy – How to Ride a Bike (18th September)

Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ

Sir Chris Hoy
Sir Chris Hoy

Via THSH website: Sir Chris Hoy MBE is one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athletes of all time, with six gold medals and one silver. He was also voted 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and he was also awarded a Knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours list. In 2016 Chris added to his record list of achievements when he finished the world’s most demanding motorsport endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, on his debut.

Get cycling here: thsh.co.uk/event/sir-chris-hoy-how-to-ride-a-bike


Polly Apfelbaum (19 September-18 November)

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

Via Ikon: lkon presents a major exhibition of new and recent work by internationally renowned New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum (born 1955), 19th September to 18th November, Entitled Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers), the exhibition exemplifies Apfelbaum’s interest in “space, obsession and otherness”. Featuring large-scale colourful installations comprising textiles, ceramics and drawings, Apfelbaum’s practice is framed within wider sociological and political contexts, and the legacy of post-war American art.

Polly Apfelbaum - Andromeda

See more on the Ikon website here: ikon-gallery.org/event/polly-apfelbaum


A Place in the Sun (21st-23rd September)

Hall 2, The NEC,  Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

Summer doesn’t last forever, does it? Especially in the UK. So if you’ve watched those Channel 4 shows where they dream of a life elsewhere then this is the show for you.

You can even meet the presenters of A place in the sun and screen test for a future series!

A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun

Book your place here: aplaceinthesun.com/exhibitions


The Monster (21st-23rd September)

Hall 18, The NEC, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

2017’s Bouncy Beast returns with a more menacing name. The Monster and bigger than ever before.

Book your spot here: themonsteruk.com


Saturday Night Fever (25th-29th September)

New Alexandra Theatre (The Alexandra), Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B5 4DS

As #BrumHour previewed in the Summer. Saturday Night Fever heads on tour across the UK and Ireland with a Bill Kenwright production landing at the (New) Alexandra Theatre during September.

Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever

Book tickets here: atgtickets.com/shows/saturday-night-fever/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham


This isn’t a sponsored post. The events on this list are made up from those who follow, network and share about #BrumHour directly. To be considered for a future list please contact dave@brumhour.com

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