Your calendar can start to fill up with more events in store this month.
May is almost upon us which means more freedom and fun as further restrictions are expected to be eased (come on May 17!) The novelty of going out hasn’t worn off yet, and with these events and activities happening this month, it proves that in April we were only just getting started. So without further ado, here are all the best things to do in Birmingham this May.
1. Meet with another household indoors
Come May 17, we can finally escape the bitterly cold weather outdoors by inviting one other household to socialise indoors. Up to six people from two households will be allowed to socialise indoors in a private home and up to six people from two households may socialise in an indoors public space. People in England will also be able to expand their social group outdoors by meeting up with up to 30 people outdoors from this date too.
As some indoor cinemas may not reopen until later this summer, heading to this outdoor screening venue to catch flicks under the stars sounds like a pretty dreamy alternative. 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.
3. Enjoy a pint with your mates indoors
Don’t get us wrong, we’re grateful for an alfresco pint, however the struggle to get a spot near an outdoor heater is real. Luckily, if all goes to plan, on May 17 we can enjoy a refreshing pint indoors with five other people from up to two households. Definitely something worth saying cheers to!
With concert halls and music venues able to reopen and indoor and outdoor events allowed to resume, here’s one unique event for you to look forward to. On the night of May 20, and in the lead up to Pride Month, you can experience performances of the best-known queer musicals with a sensational concert in one of Birmingham’s most magical locations, St Paul’s Church. Listen to talented LGBTQ+ musicians play songs from the likes of Rocky Horror and Hairspray surrounded by flickering candlelight, making for a mesmerising evening. Grab your tickets here.
5. Make your GBBO dreams a reality at this Birmingham baking tent
The Big Birmingham Bake has opened a garden bar for us to sip on prosecco and bakwelltinis from but its baking tent offers so much more deliciousness and fun. The competitive baking experience is expected to be back up and running from May 17 so from this date onwards you can enjoy a slice of cake baked by yours truly! The marquee has 12 cooking stations, with all baking equipment supplied and you can bake in teams of two. All you need to bring is your creativity and some healthy competition.
Ok, so it might not be Birmingham but if there’s one thing that can tempt us east for a day trip, it’s Van Gogh. Head to Leicester and take an awe-inspiring journey into the incomparable universe of Van Gogh, one of the greatest artistic geniuses of the 19th century. Explore his life, his work, and his secrets as never before through cutting-edge 360 degree digital projections and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show. Book your tickets here.
7. Stay in a lavish hotel by the seaside
Looking for an escape where you can wind down, stretch your legs and explore the wonders that are right on our doorsteps? Where better than the British coast to do just that? From May 17, hotels, hostels and BnBs can open their doors again. Whether it’s a quaint, quiet retreat or luxury seafront destination you’re after check out our guide to some of the best beach hotels and retreats in the UK. Go on, treat yourself!
A brand new venue opened up in April and it’s the perfect destination for a socially-distanced get-together. Luna Springs in Digbeth is bringing an incredible bottomless brunch, which includes a brunch dish and bottomless prosecco. Guests will also get to hear live music from the hottest new artists of Brum’s music scene, featuring indie, pop and disco hits at this event taking place every Sunday from May 2. Costing just £29 per person, we’ll definitely be getting our fill of refreshing drinks this spring. Find your bottomless brunch tickets here.
9. Bowl, shoot, and score at Roxy Ballroom
Get your game on this May, as indoor gaming venues featuring bowling, crazy golf and table tennis are back open this month. From May 17, the fun-filled bar that is Roxy Ballroom will reopen their doors once again so you and your mates can enjoy some excitement over the weekends. They’ll also be serving snacks for the peckish and pizzas, burgers, nachos and chicken wings for the ravenous.
10. Soak up breathtaking views of the city at these rooftop bars
Restrictions on hospitality are gradually being eased and British Summer time is here, therefore a rooftop drink is definitely overdue. From luxurious restaurants to cosy pubs, Birmingham has some of the most incredible rooftop bars (and some are more hidden than others). Check out our guide to the best rooftop bars in Birmingham for you to book and take in insane views of the city with your family or friends this May.