We might still be in hibernation somewhat due to the cold weather but there are plenty of activities and events to get involved in this March, which will be worth creeping out of our little cocoon for. From visiting newly-opened bars to unique experiences like candlelight concerts and dining in the dark, the fun never stops with these things to do in Birmingham this March.
1. Tuck into a delicious stack of pancakes from these Birmingham cafés and restaurants
March 1 marks Pancake Day this year and we plan to eat our weight in pancakes. Have a flippin’ good Pancake Day by enjoying a stack or two of pancakes from some of these Birmingham cafés and restaurants serving everything from American-style to thin, crispy-edged crêpes. Get yourself to these delicious spots in Bristol for a good dose of pancake perfection.
Imagine stepping inside a restaurant blanketed in darkness and being served a sublime three-course meal – the flavours and textures of which are intensified by your remaining senses. Sounds a little bit incredible, right? In an experience that’s been backed by psychologists as an ‘amplified’ way to enjoy food, the enticing ‘Dining In The Dark’ event is returning to Birmingham just in time for Mother’s Day, so you can find out for yourself. You can pick up your tickets here.
3. See the tale as old as time on stage at Birmingham Hippodrome
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is set to get the theatre treatment with a stage show touring the UK this year and making a stop in Birmingham this month. Starring a number of incredibly talented West End stars, the ‘reimagined’ production will arrive in Birmingham in March 3 to 26, bringing new designs and state-of-the-art technology to bring the tale as old as time to life. Performing at Birmingham Hippodrome, the revamped show will, of course, also honour the beloved Disney soundtrack, with plenty of new choreography to enjoy in a new fresh light, which is sure to ignite nostalgia in all viewers.
Prepare for a journey through a sea of green hats, live music, DJs and more at Bierkeller’s St Paddy’s Fest on March 17. Grab your mates and get the pints of Guinness in as Birmingham hosts one of the biggest St Patrick’s Day events outside of Ireland. Don your green, shamrock-decorated fancy dress and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with a night of and good ol’ Irish craic at Bierkeller. Book tickets to the event here.
5. Head down to this new underground Japanese bar serving cocktails and sake
The highly-anticipated, Japanese bar is opening up in the city this month to serve the people of Birmingham wonderfully-crafted cocktails and sensational sake. The team behind the award-winning Birmingham bar The Pineapple Club will be opening the Japanese bar Shibuya Underground from March 18. Nestled away under the streets of Birmingham you will find the traditionally styled, eight seater venue, similar to the famous bars of Golden Gai in Tokyo, boasting both a Japanese cocktail menu or a Sake menu.
Whether you’re after a date night, mate night or ‘treat yourself’ night, this Candlelight tribute to Ludovico Einaudi at St Paul’s Church will illuminate your evening. On March 19, this 18th-century church will host a Candlelight tribute to Ludovico Einaudi. The night will feature Einaudi’s legendary compositions by candlelight, performed by a talented pianist, and tickets are available here.
7. Support some independent, women-owned businesses
We should definitely be doing more of this if we can, but March 8 marks International Women’s Day so why not show some love and solidarity by purchasing items from businesses run by women? To name a few businesses run by women from Birmingham and the surrounding area that you can support, there’s Watkin and Berry, Hard as Nails and V by Laura Vann, to name a few. Discover some of Birmingham’s independent, women-led businesses here.
Of all the events on this list, this is the one you really don’t want to forget for heaven’s sake! Put March 27 in your diary. It’s your chance to treat your dear mum or mother figure to something special – you can’t go wrong with an afternoon tea so why not book one this March to say thank you? For a unique afternoon tea experience, head to Zindiya Streatery & Bar where you can try their speciality Wala cocktail, made from prosecco, vodka and chai blend, as well as tuck into an assortment of sweet and savoury treats spiced with Indian flavours. Book your afternoon tea here.
9. Visit Millennium Point to see Earth like never before at this jaw-dropping installation
After touring the globe and leaving art lovers in absolute awe with his large scale moon, Luke Jerram’s ‘Floating Earth’ installation known as Gaia is set to get its glow on in Birmingham. Shining and suspended above visitors in Millennium Point’s impressive atrium, the huge installation, which will be on display from February 1 to March 28, and will slowly revolve within the space. Alongside high tech NASA imagery, the Gaia installation will also feature a surround-sound musical track by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones, allowing the spellbinding artwork to give visitors to Millennium Point the chance to appreciate the beauty of our planet.
This atmospheric show has assembled a group of outrageously talented musicians to perform all your favourites from the world of rock, promising a magical acoustic twist on heart-wrenching ballads, headbanging metal riffs and psychedelic melodies. Candlelight: Rock Classics will be taking place inside the iconic Birmingham Cathedral, treating both the ears and eyes with a combination of stunning architecture and incredible live music. Grab your tickets here.