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. Fancy getting your calendar jam-packed again? From candlelight concerts to tasty food and drink offerings, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to getting your dose of good grub and culture. Check out our guide to some of the best things to do this June in Birmingham.
1. Jump til your heart’s content at this insanely fun trampoline park in Birmingham
Set to open its doors this June, brand new Gravity Active Entertainment located at Star City, just over two kilometres from the city centre, boasts 25,000 sq ft of good times and is a great spot for kids, big and small. Gravity in Birmingham will offer a complete entertainment complex under one roof, packed with exhilarating activities and promises high-energy fun for everyone. The new fun-filled site will feature wall-to-wall trampolines, an exhilarating ninja run, ultimate wipe-out machines and an impressive inflatable obstacle course.
One of the most unique Candlelight venues so far, music fans will be able to experience the beautiful sounds of iconic movie soundtracks composed by Hans Zimmer and played by incredibly talented musicians, all the while immersed in a stunning, candlelit environment at Birmingham Cathedral. From Sherlock Holmes to Pirates of the Caribbean, there’s a fantastic programme in store and taking place on June 2. Get tickets here.
3. Check out Pause’s permanent coffee shop and bakery in Kings Heath
After a couple of years of serving incredible coffee and beautiful baked goods in Birmingham, one of the city’s much-loved pop-up coffee shops has announced a permanent home in Kings Heath. Famous for its quality coffee and creative bakes like Kinder Bueno blondies and Cinnabuffins, Pause is set to provide not only a relaxed venue to meet friends and family, but also an inclusive community-focused space where care is at the forefront of everything. Encouraging customers to enjoy a moment of calm served with a slice of kindness, locals can expect a warm welcome and a peaceful space within one of Birmingham’s most popular suburbs.
4. Watch big tennis stars take to the court at Rothesay Classic Birmingham
As we enter June, it means the tennis season has arrived. Not only will the Commonwealth Games be taking place in the city this summer, but so will Rothesay Classic Birmingham. With big tennis stars taking to the court at Edgbaston Priory Club such as Emma Raducanu, Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane Stephens it’s set to be a juicy tournament. From June 11-19, tennis fans will also be able to sip on four delicious Eden Mill St Andrews serves created using the brand’s new, limited edition Wildcard Gin.
5. Tuck into banging burgers and phenomenal fries at Fat Hippo’s new Birmingham branch
It seems June is the month for feasting on some mighty fine food as there are a number of new openings set to arrive in Birmingham, including a new addition coming to Bennetts Hill. Fat Hippo, a group of independent burger restaurants based in the North, is heading to the West Midlands and bringing their insane and drool-worthy burgers to Birmingham this June. Expect their signature beef and boneless buttermilk chicken patties, that come with free fries (or you can upgrade them), as well as their renowned beef burger PB and Double J, which features two beef patties, American cheese, chunky peanut butter, bacon jam and smoked chilli jello, to the Birmingham restaurant’s menu.
6. Have a browse round brand new Canal Square Market
A new community-focused market designed to bring neighbours together after the pandemic is launching this month. The first Canal Square Market will be held on June 10, with further dates in July and September with a Commonwealth theme to boost community involvement in the games, with a main venue just along the canal at the Utilita Arena. Offering a wide variety of locally sourced food, gifts and crafts from some of Birmingham’s best traders, the first market will take place at Canal Square – close to Brindleyplace.As well as artisan produce, visitors will also be able to enjoy live music and family-friendly entertainment, plus discover what local businesses, such as popular brunch spot Juju’s Café, have to offer.
The temperature is rising this month, so heading to this outdoor venue for some drinks and a sing song sounds like a pretty dreamy plan. Head on over to Luna Springs and put those vocal chords to the test in a party pad where the vibes are immaculate, the songs are iconic and the dancing is questionable. Sip on bottomless bubbles, beer or spritz cocktails like Aperol Spritz, Vodka Collins or Gin Fizz, as well as tucking into a burger brunch, as you and your mates belt out songs from a catalogue of nostalgic bangers and smash hits. You can find your tickets here.
8. Try your luck at getting a full house and winning prizes at Bongo’s Bingo
To help the Jubilee celebrations get into the fullest and wildest of swings, the award-winning Bongo’s Bingo is coming to The Forum in Birmingham. The special date is June 4 then further shows will take place on June 11, 18 and 25, followed by dates in July. Bongo’s Bingo combines the much-loved quaint pastime of bingo with a wild live show, crazy antics and weird and wonderful prizes which have created the most talked about night out in the country. Brace for a night full of madness, mischief and shared euphoria, with hits from across the ages all night long – imagine N Trance’s Set You Free filtered via S Club and Gerry Cinnamon, to renditions of Total Eclipse of the Heart.
9. Indulge in frozen margaritas and pizza with insane toppings at Crazy Pedro’s
Just when we thought we’d seen it all when it comes to pizzas in Birmingham, a new pizzeria known for their outrageous toppings and bottomless menu offerings is set to arrive in the city. This June, the pizza restaurant loved by Northerners, Crazy Pedro’s, will be opening its doors in Digbeth, taking over a super cool 5000sq ft space in The Custard Factory. Renowned for its headline grabbing pizza creations such as Crème Eggs on pizza and Chippy Tea with curry sauce, the late night party bar will be serving up 16” New York style pizzas all day with slices available until 3am, and we’re drooling just thinking about it.
10. Watch creative and unique performances at Birmingham European Festival
Birmingham European Festival of performing arts (BE Festival) takes place this June with some exciting activities, performances and installations. Starting from June 3, you can head to the Crescent Theatre for Trigger of Happiness, which invites 12 young adults from Birmingham on stage. Sitting at the same table, they play Russian roulette and answer a list of questions about their lives, such as their concerns, their anxieties, their families and their hopes and visions for the future. From June 8-11, venture to the Midlands Art Centre (MAC) where you’ll find a four-day installation created by plants borrowed from local residents, providing the space for a host of free activities, from workshops, to meals, talks, performances and concerts. Forced Entertainment, Claire Cunningham and Birmingham Poet Laureate Casey Bailey will perform in the garden plus there will be music from Modified Toy Orchestra and David Austin Grey Trio. Discover the full programme of events 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 LGBTQ+. As anyone who’s been to a Pride event will freely tell you, they’re literally too fun to be missed!
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 chamber orchestra will be performing classical pieces composed by Vivaldi at the stunning Coventry Cathedral. If you’re looking for a romantic candlelit experience or simply want to enjoy some classical music greats in a gorgeous setting, then this is the concert for you and makes for the perfect night away. Grab your tickets here.