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to ask what on earth there is to do tomorrow (Saturday) daytime with 20 year old DD in Birmingham

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catshavefeelings Fri 28-Dec-12 23:10:43

That's it really - we're in need of inspiration. Have transport so can travel a little way.

Startail Sat 29-Dec-12 01:55:30

I'm not convinced it was incense the rag market smelt ofwink

ComposHat Belgium Sat 29-Dec-12 02:23:06

Being a modern city there isn't even any history

Cobblers. It has a rich a history as any city in the UK, more than most in fact.

Birmingham was the first industrialised city in England. The early 19th century saw the formation of the 'Lunar Society of Birmingham' where eminent scientists, writers and philosophers met to discuss the development of modern society. Where Watt and Boulton developed the first practical steam engines. (You can visit SoHO house where it all happened)

This history is written large across the grandiose town hall, council chambers and the livid red brick Victorian buildings that weren't demolished by the Luftwaffe or misguided town planners in the 1960s. You can also see the human cost of rapid industrialisation by visiting the Back to Back houses run by the national trust.

In the 20th century it became the hub of the UK car manufacturing industry which made it a target for the Luftwaffe and after the war became home to people from across the Commonwealth and beyond, who all shaped city life with new clothes, customs and food, hence the amazing Balti Belt.

The history of industrial revolution, empire, decline and post colonisation is inscribed on the very fabric of the city, free for anyone with a set of eyes and a bit of curiosity.

It also has a fantastic City Art Gallery and the oldest operated cinema in England (The Electric, which is an ace Arts cinema).

ComposHat Belgium Sat 29-Dec-12 02:25:24

ooops sorry that post was a bit ranty, I get kind of evangelical about Birmingham!

Silverlace Sat 29-Dec-12 07:45:56

Go to the Jewellery Quarter. It is a short bus ride or train/tram from Snowhill station. Lots of independent jewellers who make the jewellery on the premises as well as antique dealers and other retail. The independents are the best. Go to Crest on Vyse St. He is brilliant. There is also a very good museum showing the history of the Jewellery Quarter and how jewellery used to be made. It also has a nice cafe.

Thanks for reminding me of Oasis. Has brought back memories of shopping with first bf for him to buy some black pvc trousers, mid 80s. He was 6 ft, thin and looked gorgeous in them. Mmmmmm.

BillyBollyBrandy Sat 29-Dec-12 08:00:20

There are some great places to eat around St Paul's Square, including Lasan which won the Gordon Ramsey Best Restaurant thingy on the tv.

Think Tank is amazing with the planetarium, as is the art gallery. The Stafforshire Hoard (or part of it) is there, and there is an exhibition on Government Art amongst othes.

There is quite a bit to do apart from shopping...

alistron1 Sat 29-Dec-12 09:11:04

No history? The bullring has been around since the Middle Ages (obvs not as a shopping centre!) and we have a rich industrial heritage. There is loads to do/see. There are museums, a fabulous art gallery, places like the custard factory, the electric cinema, the MAC, symphony hall etc...

Nothing to do except shopping? No history? I'm focking outraged!!!

alistron1 Sat 29-Dec-12 09:15:27

In bournville, as well as Cadbury world there are also 2 Tudor houses to visit (selly manor and minworth greaves) If you're a Tolkein fan there's all sorts of Tolkeiny stuff to visit/look at.

There's the whole of the jewellery quarter - well worth a visit. Personally, I always think the Soho road is worth a visit too. Incredible independent shops and beautiful sari/jewellery displays plus the incredible temple.

sarahtigh Sat 29-Dec-12 09:46:13

botanic gardens out at edgbaston think No. 21 BUS but check it has been years since I was there

Southeastdweller Sat 29-Dec-12 09:56:48

Yep, agree there's nothing to do in the centre apart from shop and even that takes a certain amount of nerve wth the Saturday crowds, especially this weekend. I second the Ikon gallery and cafe.

PlaygroundPolitics Sat 29-Dec-12 09:59:50

Yabu

PlaygroundPolitics Sat 29-Dec-12 10:00:19

Oops. Wrong thread.

sarahtigh Sat 29-Dec-12 10:00:42

the city art gallery has the best collection of paintings from Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood in the country if that is your thing

catshavefeelings Sat 29-Dec-12 11:08:53

Still waiting for DD to get up, so we haven't gone anywhere yet hmm

abbierhodes Sat 29-Dec-12 11:11:22

Startail, you're welcome not to come!!
Birmingham has 3 cathedrals and a LOT of history. There are plenty of swimming pools, ice rinks, parks, cinemas, theatres etc. I'm not going to add to the already long list of suggestions here but I can assure you I've never been bored! Wonder where you live that's so exciting?

priscilla101 Sat 29-Dec-12 11:15:27

^^abbie!

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