As much as we love summer, it can be hard to fill the days, especially on a budget! So we have put together a summer calendar for you, with something to do for every single day of summer.
Our Summer Calendar 18 has an idea for an activity the whole family can do for FREE, right here in Birmingham, for every single day of the summer holiday.
You can also find below a full list of websites for every activity on the calendar.
Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND—0121 242 4242
Library of Birmingham has lots of different activities through the summer and almost all of them are free to join. All you have to do is pop in and pick up one of their “What’s On” leaflets, which will give you up to date information for the summer. They also have the brilliant Summer Reading Challenge, which comes with prizes for the more books you read over summer!
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH—0121 348 8038
BMAG is free to visit, has lots of amazing exhibitions to see, it also has a children’s space and a tea room. There are many children’s craft sessions through the summer, which are usually £1 or £2 per child to join.
Soho House Soho Avenue Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB
Soho House is lovely to visit, but it does have an entrance fee of £7 for adults, £3 for children. However, on 5th August they are holding a sports day for families in the grounds, from 11am –4pm. This is £1 for adults and children.
Weoley Castle Alwold Road Weoley Castle Birmingham B29
Weaoley Castle ruins are free and worth a visit! On August 10th at 12 noon, they have a Build a Giant Castle group activity for children, for £2 per child.
Aston Hall Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6JD
Aston Hall has entry fees of £8 per adult and £3 per child. They have different art activities for £1, £2 and £3 per child all through the summer, as well as the free days listed on our summer calendar.
BBC’s Public Space The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RF
Free to visit and look around.
ThinkTank Millennium Point Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG
Think Tank is quite expensive to visit the museum! However, on weekdays after 3pm, the science garden is open and free to play!
The IKON Gallery 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS—0121 248 0708
Free to visit. (IKON is a charity and welcomes small donations.)
Blakesley Road, Yardley, Birmingham, B25 8RN
Blakesley Hall has an entrance fee of £7 per adult and £3 per child. However, they have a number of activity days this summer for £2 or less per child, including Teddy Bear Zip Lines, Den Building and Knight School. (Pre-booking is advised for these activities—see Reach Out website for all activity websites)
Core Theatre Theatre Square, Touchwood, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG
Friday 27th July – First Friday on the summer calendar, a free giant sculpture building activity for children from 10:30am-3:30pm.
Birmingham has loads of open green spaces and parks. For a full list or to find parks near you, you can visit the council website: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/parks.
These are a few we think are well worth a visit!
Sutton Park Sutton Coldfield B73 6LH
Huge open green space, two large play areas, duck ponds and café’s.
Lickey Hills Country Park 21 Warren Ln, Lickey, Cofton Hackett, Birmingham B45 8ER
Beautiful woodland and park ground. Big play area. Castle ruins.
Meriden Park Moorend Ave, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham B37 5TB
Large play area, lots of surrounding green space.
Sandwell Valley Salter’s Ln, West Bromwich B71 4BG
Huge green space and nature reserve. Large children’s play area.
Lightwoods Park Adkins Lane, Bearwood, Smethwick, B67 5DP
Big Children’s play area, big green space.