For anyone spending their bank holiday in Birmingham, there is plenty to see and do! Here's our pick of the best events from the city centre and beyond.

1. Birmingham Pride: 25 – 26 May

Birmingham Pride is the country’s largest two-day LGBT celebration, and this year’s is set to be bigger and better than ever! Named the Love Out Loud Festival for 2019, there will be performances from Kate Nash, SIGALA, The Human League and more, and the brand new Cabaret Stage will host some of the UK’s top drag performers. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and food vendors, so get your glitter on and make a day (or weekend!) of it.

2. Anthony Shintai Photography Exhibition: until 19 July

Anthony Shintai is a Nigerian-born, award-winning photographer and visual artist, currently based in Birmingham, and his hip-hop themed exhibition is on display at the Birmingham Hippodrome to feast your eyes on free of charge this bank holiday weekend. Featuring photos shot across Brum, and in London, Denmark, Slovakia and Norway, go and marvel at his striking interpretation of the hip-hop community.

3. Tunes Through Time at the Black Country Living Museum: 25 May – 2 June

Take a step back in time at the Black Country Living Museum and experience music from the 20th century. As well as live musical performances and street theatre, there’ll be music lessons in the Edwardian School and musical fun for all the family - think musical statues and pass the parcel! Tunes Through Time runs across the half term break, and is included with a normal entry pass (£18.45 for adults, £9.45 for children aged 3 to 16).

4. Women’s Work in the Jewellery Quarter – 25 May

Head to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter to delve into the history of the manual work carried out by the city’s women between the late 1800s and 1980s – women who helped make Birmingham’s jewellery manufacturing district the largest in the world. The tour takes place from 12.15pm to 1.15pm and tickets cost £7 per adult, or £5 if you present your student ID.

5. Mary Stuart at the Old Rep Theatre – 25 May

Why not take a trip to the theatre and immerse yourself in the tale of Mary Stuart, crowned Queen of Scotland at just 9 months of age? Presented by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Theatre Company, tickets for concessions are just £4, so don’t forget to make the most of your student ID!

6. Designer Week at the British Motor Museum: 25 May – 2 June

If you’re crazy about cars and don’t mind travelling a little further afield, head to the British Motor Museum in Gaydon to hear the stories that lie behind some of the museum’s most famous vehicles. If you’ve got little ones, there’s a family trail and the exciting opportunity to design your own, meaning hours of amusement. Ticket prices range from £9 to £14.50.

Are you interested in studying in Birmingham? Our study centre lies in the heart of this brilliant and bustling city, offering a range of career-focused, Blended Learning programmes.

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