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Looking for something different to do in Birmingham this month? From food festivals to theatre, here are five of the best things to see and do in the city this July.

The Big Sleuth Trail

After the success of the Big Hoot back in 2015, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and Wild in Art are teaming up to bring the Big Sleuth to the streets of Birmingham.

More than 100 bear sculptures have been placed around the city’s roads and parks – your task is to find as many as you can before they are auctioned off for a good cause. Keep an eye out from 10 July, and don’t forget to use #TheBigSleuth when you upload your photos.

Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival

With over 200 performances taking place from 14 to 23 July, the renamed Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival offers an amazing opportunity to enjoy some live music on a summer’s day – and most of the shows are free!

Hotels, restaurants, bars, museums and more are all set to play host to performers across the three locations, so there’s bound to be something near you. You can find the full programme on the festival’s official website.

Cosford Food Festival

If you’re up for travelling outside of the city, then make sure your destination is the Royal Airforce Museum, where you can catch the wonderful Cosford Food Festival on 22 and 23 July.

With loads of local products available, to cooking demonstrations and kids’ cookery classes, the festival is fun for all the family and a must-attend for all you foodies out there.

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Miss Saigon

From the West End to the West Midlands, Miss Saigon is coming to the Birmingham Hippodrome on 26 July, and it’s going to be sticking around until late September.

The winner of nine WhatsOnStage Awards back in 2015, this show received rave reviews across the board. If you’re a Brum-based theatre fan, this is definitely not to be missed!

Rock Up Birmingham

If you feel like getting active, there’s no better way to do it than by heading to Rock Up at Broadway Plaza, where you can put yourself to the test by taking on some climbing challenges. Rock Up has 26 different climbs and there’s something for all ages, including the Leap of Faith and the tricky-looking Twister.

Great for visits with friends or as something to do with the kids, the climbing centre is open 7 days a week. Be sure to book your slot online to guarantee a place.


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