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12 Terrific Things To Do In Birmingham When It’s Raining

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer

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Birmingham doesn’t have to be boring in the rain.

Here in Birmingham we sure do get our fair share of rain (even in the summer), meaning that day out in the park or on a gorgeous outdoor terrace goes from dreamy to downpour. So if you and your mates were hoping for a day of fun in the city in the sun, only to have your plans scuppered by the wet weather, fear not! We’ve got you covered with a range of rainy day-friendly activities.

1. Tackle an Escape Room

Grand Escape boasts minimal padlocks, a cunning variety of ‘Crystal Maze’-esque puzzles and some devilish surprises (beware the ‘dog’), Quest for the Grail at Grand Escape can be described as a cross between Indiana Jones, Tom Hanks from ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and an idiot who doesn’t check open barrels thoroughly enough. I couldn’t resist putting on the ceremonial templar robes and knightly garb found in the room. Discover more here.

Or step into Dr Wilson’s Office at Escape Live where you feel as though you are immediately transported back to 1930s Birmingham. The absent Dr Wilson (think Brum’s answer to Sherlock Holmes) had left behind a breadcrumb trail of clues to help you identify a murderer. There were red herrings, hidden rooms and padlocks galore – but the highlight is getting to ask the good doctor for a hint via an old-timey phone mounted on the wall. Find out more here.

2. Polish up your darts skills at Flight Club

Cocktails, pizza and interactive darts. Flight Club has a whole lot of fun in store for your visit. From ‘Push for Drinks’ buttons at the tables, to a whole host of competitive games to challenge your mates to (as well as various photo-opps!), you’re sure to be in for a good night. Find out more here.

3. Master the art of snow sports at Snow Dome

Love a taste of adrenaline? Snow Dome in Tamworth boasts an indoor ski slope and has plenty of activities on offer for those who like to live life on the wild side (or have simply had their skiing holiday cancelled due to COVID!). Learn to ski or snowboard, or go tobogganing, ice skating, climbing, swimming and more. Find out more.

4. Go axe throwing at Whistle Punks

Perfect for a mates date, axe throwing is the immensely satisfying and surprisingly social activity that gives you the chance to embrace your inner Viking. Experienced throwing instructors will get you throwing like a pro in no time. Then once you’ve got the hang of it they’ll take you and your group through a tournament until the king or queen of axes is crowned. Book your session here.

5. Go to the cinema

Need to hide away from the rain for a little while? Nothing beats a classic day out at the cinema – and Birmingham has some seriously cool spots to catch a movie. From the uber-cosy Everyman that’s decked out with plush sofas and offers bar-to-sofa service, to the super-smart Vue cinema – there’s a cinema for everyone. Check out our independent cinema guide here.

6. Play some retro arcade games

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NQ64, based at Birmingham’s Custard Factory in Digbeth, is home to a drinking den where guests can play retro arcade games and classic consoles from their youth while enjoying the beverages of their adulthood. Click here for more information.

7. Get rid of all boredom with board games at Chance & Counters

Offering up board games, food and tasty drinks, Chance & Counters is a great place to entertain you and your household whilst sheltering from the rain, with a number of board games to play for couples and groups. Chow down on tasty nibbles such as pizza fries, or take advantage of the diverse drinks menu where you’ll find something for everyone’s tastes. Find out more here.

8. Wind down with games and drinks at Roxy Ball Room

Roxy Ball Room is a one-stop destination for fun out of the grim weather, providing a ton of games that’ll keep you entertained for hours. Try your hand at American Pool, start a Ping Pong tournament, beat your household at Shuffleboard or get lost in a maze of Crazy Golf – all while washing your rain-induced blues away with cocktails and beer. Book a session here.

9. Putt away at Ghetto Golf

Drink and putt your way through Ghetto Golf’s outrageous and colourful course, with jungle, fairground and scrapyard themes throughout with hilarious little touches to keep you entertained. Choose from either theme for your game, and enjoy cocktails packed with sweets as you compete with your household for the crazy golf crown (which doesn’t exist, but a little competition never hurt nobody!). Book a session here.

10. Have a ping pong party at Drop Shot

Drop Shot has long attracted in-the-know Brummies when the sun decides to hide away for a while, and is tucked away down in Digbeth where you can truly escape the dreadful weather. Walk in and be greeted with a welcoming bar surrounded by comfy, socially-laid out sofas – where you can kick back and relax, before heading to your ping pong table and play til your heart’s content. You can also grab a slice in between games to fuel your competitive streak, in case you needed more encouragement. Find out more.

11. Take part in a chocolate-making masterclass

This Jewellery Quarter gem is a chocolate lover’s haven and offers chocolate-making masterclasses as well as chocolates to take home and indulge in too. At this class, you will experience a range of skills from piping, rolling, filling and dipping ganache plus tempering your own chocolate by hand all in a relaxed and casual environment. And the whole experience is topped off with an indulgent chocolate fondue feast and prosecco. Check out The Chocolate Quarter’s workshops and masterclasses here.

12. Step into another world at this new virtual reality experience

This new Digbeth site, known as In A Box, In A Box, In A Box, is set to open from August 5 and will be the first of eight bespoke immersive entertainment venues planned to be rolled-out across the country over the next five years. It offers a world where gaming, VR, theatre and film collide with the latest technology to create a truly immersive 4D virtual reality experience, and a chance to get away from the rain. The first experience, Chernobyl: Hidden Depths, is also happens to be written by Jeremy Drysdale, the screenwriter of Line of Duty. Book your VR experience here.

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