The lockdown is easing, the sun is coming, June is going to be pretty special!
The wait has been long but the gloomy weather is expected to fade away with a warm couple of weeks on the cards, plus this month also brings hope and a closer return to normality as the remaining restrictions are lifted. This summer, we’re all raring to go and luckily there are plenty of fantastic things on the horizon this June to start the season with a bang and make up for some of last year’s summer stuck in lockdown. Fancy getting your calendar jam-packed again? Check out our guide to some of the best things to do this June in Birmingham.
Mamma Mia, here we go again! It’s brunch time! Grab your Dancing Queens and hear your favourite ABBA tunes, whilst sipping on bottomless prosecco or beer. Hosted by Tonight Josephine’s show-stopping drag host, Victoria Scone, plucked straight from the West-End, you’ll be entertained, serenaded, and left amazed with wild performances by stars as seen in Mamma Mia the Musical. With indoor dining and entertainment now a thing, it’ll have you saying “Gimme, gimme, gimme that bottomless brunch!” Find your tickets here.
2. Dance again!
It’s been a long time coming, but clubs and dance floors are finally coming back. Currently set to return on June 21st under the government’s lockdown exit plan, night clubs will be opening their doors for the first time in 15 months – allowing us to dance, meet with friends and finally enjoy absolute freedom. It’s been a long time coming, but it’ll be well worth the wait.
One of the most unique Candlelight venues so far, music fans will be able to experience the beautiful sounds of iconic movie soundtracks played by incredibly talented musicians, all the while immersed in a stunning, candlelit environment at the Grand Station in Wolverhampton. From Titanic to Harry Potter, there’s a fantastic programme in store – as well as a fully stocked bar to enjoy throughout the event. Get tickets here.
4. Enjoy a waterside tipple next time the sun’s out
Next time the sun is shining, take advantage of Birmingham’s intricate canal network – that just so happens to be peppered with waterside bars and restaurants. From slick, modern cocktail bars to cosy, traditional pubs, there’s a little something for everyone to try this summer. One waterside venue, The Canal House, is offering an in-flight experience with their drinks trolley service so you can swap months of cabin fever for cabin cruise.
5. Sing your heart out at this outdoor cinema experience
Just when you thought the open-air trend had officially peaked, Adventure Cinema has announced their outdoor experience for this summer – combining music and film for a fantastic evening under the stars. Taking place at Avery Fields, Adventure Cinema will provide the perfect setting to soak up the Brummie sun, with plenty of room for sunbathing, stuffing your face with tasty food and lounging with a food coma in front of a giant cinema screen with your nearest and dearest.
A truly unique dining experience is coming to Birmingham this June, Dining In The Dark is back for a limited time only – with two special sessions taking place on both June 2nd and June 9th. The delectable event sees guests blindfolded at their tables, before being served three courses of delectable dishes – with the ‘dark’ element of the event amplifying the senses, allowing guests to experience the flavours of their food in a whole new way. The sell-out event has proved a huge hit with fans since its launch last year, so you’ll need to book fast if you want to experience it for yourself. Book here.
7. Get some sea air and stay overnight at a beach retreat
Birmingham is sadly land-locked so we’ve got to venture quite a bit to spot the sea. With staycations planned for most of this summer, why not head to the coast for the day or stay overnight at a gorgeous beach hotel? From quaint, quiet retreats, to luxury seafront destinations, check out our guide to the most beautiful beach retreats to try this summer.
8. Reminisce the noughties at this sassy Britney brunch at Tonight Josephine
Oops, they did it again with another brunch! Tonight Josephine has also launched a Britney-themed brunch that will have your reminiscing the noughties. Expect a boozy brunch filled with intoxicating bubbles, a scandalous game of bingo and a vocal showdown that will leave you begging to hit it baby one more time. Iconic, sassy, and full of throwbacks. Is this the brunch of your wildest dream? Of course it is, IT’S BRITNEY B*TCH. Tickets are on sale here.
9. Try these pickled-onion Space Raider potato faces at this Birmingham burger joint
The crisp classic has been given a face lift. Specifically a fluffy potato one. Birmingham burger joint, Meat Meets Bun, has launched it’s brand new special- pickled onion-flavoured Space Raider potato faces. Served with a cheese sauce to dip them in, they are one tasty, nostalgic throwback. Get yourself down to Digbeth to try these and one of Meat Meets Bun’s mouthwatering burgers.
Celebrating some of the greatest songs by iconic Aretha Franklin, one of this month’s Candlelight Tribute events will see a highly talented jazz ensemble honour the beloved soul singer, under the roof of The Mill. The Digbeth venue will be completely bathed in candlelight, providing an unbeatable atmosphere that’ll have you feeling on Cloud 9. Expect to hear covers of ‘Natural Woman’, ‘Respect’, ‘I Say a Little Prayer’, ‘Think’ and ‘Rock Steady’, plus more of Franklin’s greatest hits which you may struggle to resist swaying in your seat to. Tickets are on sale now here.
11. Show your pride!
The annual parade may have been delayed until September, but Pride will nevertheless hit the ground running this month. Talks, parties, brunches, and poetry nights are just some of the Pride festivities running during June, celebrating all things LGBT+. As anyone who’s been to a Pride event will freely tell you, they’re literally too fun to be missed! Find out details for Pride 2021 here.
The temperature is rising this month, so heading to this outdoor screening venue to catch flicks under the stars sounds like a pretty dreamy plan. Luna Springs has got a line-up of films that caters to everyone; Mamma Mia and Dirty Dancing will get you shimmying and grooving, Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther will allow you to escape into the Marvel Universe, and Hot Fuzz and The Hangover will have you splitting your sides with laughter. You can find your tickets here.
13. Feel like you’re on a Greek Island getaway at new restaurant, Mythos
Mythos Taverna is Birmingham’s first authentic Greek Taverna and opened this May, bringing the true flavour and spirit of Greece and its beautiful islands to the city. The restaurant boasts a gorgeous heated terrace, bedecked with deep red flowers and faces out towards the theatre square. Mythos’ mezze dishes start from £4.50 and range from Dolmades (vine leaves filled with rice and minced lamb) and Spanokopita (spinach and feta stuffed filo pastry parcels) to spiced falafel and souvlaki. And of course, there are plenty of dips and olives to feast on on their menu!
Fever’s dazzling array of candlelight concerts are taking Birmingham by storm, and with huge range of musical styles and incredible venues on offer, there’s something for every music lover. This June, a talented pianist will be performing classical pieces composed by Ludovico Einaudi at the stunning Jewellery Quarter venue that is St Paul’s Church. Plus, you can also listen to Beethoven’s best works played by a string quartet at the same venue, as well as at The Mill this month. Candlelight, music and a beautiful setting- what more could you want? Grab your tickets here.
15. Soak up the sun
While June typically marks the beginning of summer, we haven’t exactly seen many steps towards it yet. But don’t fret, because a heatwave is reportedly heading our way – with over two weeks of glorious sunshine predicted right here in Birmingham. Goodbye rain, hello summer.