Our first lockdown-free Easter bank holiday weekend after two years is just around the corner and we’re here to embrace the “new normal”. And there’s plenty to get up to aside from tucking into wonderful Easter eggs. From marvelling at art from the Italian Renaissance to sipping on a seasonal brew, you won’t be short of things to do over the Easter bank holiday weekend. What’s more, it looks like the weather gods are sending us lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures in the coming week, so Easter is looking quite promising, we think.
Whether you plan on taking advantage of the spring weather and leaving your home or prefer to celebrate in the comforting indoors, here are lots of fun things to do in Birmingham over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
1. Get bowled over by Lane7’s latest Easter cocktail creation
Launching their inventive ‘Easter K’eggs’ especially for the occasion, ‘grown-ups’ can now enjoy Easter in a typically ‘grown-up’ way, with a cosmo in hand while enjoying a few games at Lane 7 with mates. Available from April 4th, the new kegs are filled with 24 classic Cosmopolitans – making them absolutely perfect for celebrating with mates over the Easter bank holiday. The cocktail is made with Grey Goose, cranberry juice, triple sec, and fresh lime juice and will be available to order at all Lane7 venues – including their Birmingham one – until after Easter.
Why not enjoy a spot of culture this Easter? With the amazing Sistine Chapel exhibition having now arrived in Birmingham, the exhibition invites art-lovers and culture vultures to soak up one of the greatest creations in humankind. No need to jet off to Italy, the spellbinding experience is happening right here in your city, adding a splash of Italian Renaissance artistry to a space inside Secret Space Digbeth. Each striking biblical scene and vivid colour from the 34 beautiful frescoes – think emerald-greens and citrine-oranges – has been reproduced in all its glory for you to admire up close. Book your tickets here.
3. Reward yourself with these unbelievable hot cross buns and Easter doughnuts from Medicine
Medicine does it again. Their hot cross buns and Easter-themed doughnuts are the ultimate treat this bank holiday weekend, offering the best of both worlds with sweet and savoury options too. The traditional buns and divine doughnuts are great whatever time of day it may be and are available now as part of the Birmingham bakery’s Easter menu. Head to either their New Street or Mailbox branches for these bakery wonders before they sell out.
4. Indulge in a good ol’ Sunday roast on Easter weekend
We all know Sunday roasts don’t require special occasions, but Easter Sunday seems like a particularly good day for a big, hearty feast. Luckily, The Rolling Mill in the Jewellery Quarter has just the trick- and it may even rival your mum’s roast. Whether it be roast leg of lamb, dry aged sirloin, slow roast pork belly or a veggie alternative like roast vegetable Wellington served with all the trimmings like a Yorkshire pud, cauliflower cheese and gravy, there’s a hearty meal for everyone to enjoy.
Think you have what it takes to compete against other teams in this Fat Big Quiz of Easter? Inspired by The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, the game takes players through 10 rounds of gameplay with lots of interactive graphics, videos, special guests and more! Gather your best mates and grab your tickets here for an eggciting night of trivia.
6. Celebrate longer and brighter days with a seasonal brew
The clocks have gone forward meaning we can make the most of the evenings over the weekend, so why not order a few beers from your local brewers? You can order a box of beers from Attic Brew Co in Stirchley, whose website now which features cans of Easter-inspired varieties in collaboration with Rawsome Chocolate. Choose from the likes of Mint Crisp or Raspberry Blonde which come in a box with a hand painted egg made from raw, vegan dark chocolate. Order your Easter beer boxes for collection here.
7. Spoil someone special with this indulgent Easter cheesecake
Another perfect Easter treat you can enjoy whilst catching up with friends or family or on your own (we don’t judge). This decadent slice of deliciousness from Urban Cheesecake will make other passers-by envy you from afar. The special edition cheesecake is dressed in a milk chocolate ganache and topped with Cadburys mini eggs, Creme Egg and chocolate shavings. You can order it this Easter weekend either from the New Inn in Stourbridge, Assembly Gardens in Coventry or Digbeth Dining Club in Solihull.
Dig out your leg warmers as this 80s bottomless brunch taking place on the Saturday of the Easter bank holiday weekend is making its way to Birmingham. Travel back in time with three full hours of the biggest and best 80s anthems from icons like Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Wham! and many more. Expect a daytime disco like no other this Easter! Enjoy bottomless booze and cocktails as well as tasty brunch dishes whilst donning your disco-inspired outfit at JoJo Lounge and have the time of your life. Grab tickets here.
10. Get some fresh air with a trip out of the city
If you fancy a bit of freedom from those usual four walls, head to a quaint and picturesque village to breathe in some fresh country air and discover more of what the West Midlands has to offer. Birmingham is a central travel hub meaning you’re never too far from the nearby shires by hopping on a train or in a car to explore the more rural parts of the region. From Warwickshire’s Henley-in-Arden to Worcestershire’s Alvechurch, there are plenty of beautiful villages and towns less than an hour from Birmingham for you to explore. Check out these picturesque and quaint towns and villages near Birmingham here.