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ISSUE TWO

ISSUE TWO

BIRMINGHAM

BIRMINGHAM LIVING

FEAST YOUR EYES

SHOP IT LIKE IT’S HOT

Photographer Fraser McGee shares his experiences of moving to the city

From fine dining to street food, we look at the best places to visit around the city

From supercool independents to the biggest department stores, we’ve got the lot


WHAT A TIME TO BE IN BIRMINGHAM. AS IT CONTINUES ON ITS JOURNEY TO BECOME A TRULY GLOBAL DESTINATION, THE CITY AND ITS PEOPLE ARE BEING CARRIED ALONG ON A WAVE OF PRIDE AND OPTIMISM. 01


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Photographer Fraser McGee shares his experiences of moving to the city.

Debby McAllister, blogger, talks about her favourite things to do in Birmingham.

From tots to teenagers, there’s tons of stuff for kids.

TIME TO MOVE TO BIRMINGHAM

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IT ALL HAPPENS IN BIRMINGHAM

A guide to the big festivals and events happening in the city this year. Get along and get involved.

BIRMINGHAM – A CITY CALLED HOME

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From fine dining to street food, we look at the best places to visit around the city.

A toast to the city’s premier mixologists at The Edgbaston Hotel. Cocktails have never tasted better.

FEAST YOUR EYES

TO BIRMINGHAM!

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With brilliant education from primary though to post grad, Birmingham is the perfect place to expand young minds.

A look at transport links. Being right in the heart of the country makes us close to everywhere.

With huge regeneration programmes continuing across the city, exciting times are ahead.

OPENING MINDS

PERFECTLY PLACED

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THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT


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HISTORY IN THE MAKING

A whistle-stop tour of some of the city’s unmissable heritage attractions.

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Find out about some of the spots that those in the know, know.

Few cities can match Birmingham for green space, here are some of the highlights.

HIDDEN GEMS

GREEN WITH ENVY

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From supercool independents to the biggest department stores, we’ve got the lot.

Major national and international events plus hundreds of places to get sporty yourself – that’s Birmingham.

A guide to Birmingham homes with Andy Butts of Centrick Property.

SHOP IT LIKE IT’S HOT

ALL SORTS OF SPORTS

PROPERTY FOCUS

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RELOCATION TIME

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Fraser McGee Photographer, @frasermcgee

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO MOVE TO BIRMINGHAM

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relocated to the city in 2006 at the age of 24 when I was offered a job with a Birmingham-based healthcare company. I wouldn’t say I ever had strong plans to move to the city until that point, but after so many years in my home city of Glasgow, and with the promise of a new career challenge, I decided to take the leap and move to Brum. Every morning in the weeks leading up to my relocation I would wake up with butterflies in my stomach; was I making the right choice, would I make friends, would my new life work out? I needn’t have worried; relocating to Birmingham was probably the best decision I have ever made, personally and professionally. When I first arrived, I was lucky enough to find myself in a great house share in Bearwood, part of the still running Graduate Community a scheme set up by a local landlord to provide opportunities for young professionals to live with people in a similar situation.

This allowed me to quickly get involved in a fantastic social scene as well as building a successful career, both of which has kept me in the city to this day. The Birmingham I found when I first relocated in 2006 was so different to the city I know and love now. It felt like it was still finding and creating its own identity. Over the last 10 years I have been lucky enough to witness the city change, grow and really develop its own personality as the second city of the country. The civic pride among Brummies is really tangible now and rightly so. The city has an incredible vibe to it, with new bars and restaurants opening all the time and new businesses moving here. As someone who loves eating out, I am totally spoiled by the choice of stylish bars and restaurants - whether it’s the fantastic Digbeth Dining Club (hosting the finest street food stalls every Friday night) or one of the city’s five Michelin-starred restaurants. Great bars are not in short supply either, and you’ll often find me with a pint in The Plough in Harborne or the 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter. I never thought I’d say it, but I am proud to call myself an adopted Brummie and proud to be a part of this city I now call home.

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THE CITY HAS AN INCREDIBLE VIBE TO IT, WITH NEW BARS AND RESTAURANTS OPENING ALL THE TIME AND NEW BUSINESSES MOVING HERE.

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TOP TEN THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT BIRMINGHAM

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The people My favourite aspect of the city? The people. Hundreds of families, students and business travellers are attracted here from all around the world. Because of this, we are privileged to have such a wonderful diversity throughout the city.

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Birmingham spices up your life The classic Balti is a firm favourite of families throughout the UK, but did you know it actually originated in Birmingham? Unlike the Bermuda Triangle, the Balti Triangle is one area you will want to get lost in!

Debby McAllister Student, @debbywanderlust Read more about the best of Birmingham on Debby’s blog: debbyatucb.wordpress.com

It’s an easy hop around the city The new Midland Metro system runs between Wolverhampton and Birmingham and is a fantastic way to explore places outside of the city. We even have a tram named after Heavy Metal icon Ozzy Osbourne. How cool is that?

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Our festivals are world class Pretty much every kind of festival you could imagine is hosted here! My favourites are the free Brindleyplace Film Festival, the fab food fests during the summer, and the amazing religious celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, Holi and Diwali.

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We know how to channel Italy I’ll let you in on a little secret – the Brummie canal network is rumoured to be larger than the Venice waterworks. And what we lack in gondolas we make up for in barges. Take a stroll along the canal from Brindleyplace towards the Mailbox and see for yourself. It’s also where you can watch the ultimate battle of Brummie businesses, as they compete to become the best paddlers in the city at our annual Dragonboat Festival – all whilst being in fancy dress!

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The cosiest places to relax As a student I’m always in search of great little places to relax after hitting the books. The Jewellery Quarter and Brindleyplace are perfect stress-relievers, both of which are within a 10-minute walk of our uni!

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The weekends are never boring For Sunday strolls or summer picnic spots, Sutton Park, Edgbaston Reservoir and Sandwell Valley are must-goes. There are bike trails, petting farms and a RSPB site in Sandwell.

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The city sunsets are amazing The city skyline backdrop against the early evening sun is a spectacular sight. My absolute favourite sundown spot is the Library of Birmingham. The 3rd and 7th floor secret gardens provide access for all to gaze across our amazing city, hot chocolate in hand. Beautiful!

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No city does Christmas like Birmingham My top 10 wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the annual Frankfurt Christmas market. It has been a quintessential part of the Brummie Christmas for years. Amazing stalls, lights, music, and friendly people it is definitely the most wonderful time of the year!

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We’re a sporty bunch Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, all mean an awful lot to the footy fans here. Cricket and athletics are massive, too. I’m more into the adventurous sports and Edgbaston Reservoir – 10 minutes away - has great canoeing, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and even paddle boarding!


t ’ n s e o D d e r o B m u r B n I t s i Ex FAMILY LIVING

Whether you’re looking to occupy tiny tots or teenagers, there’s something to keep the whole family entertained. Every part of Birmingham seems to reveal another surprise for a fun-packed day out or afternoon activity for everybody, big or small! There are plenty of attractions both free and paid-for come rain or shine. Here’s just a few ideas to keep them busy...

Animal Loving Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park in Cannon Hill Park is home to a wide range of animals and reptiles from across the world, including some endangered species. In the park there are boats available to hire on the lake, plenty of space to run about and cafes to feed hungry youngsters. Voted ‘Birmingham’s best experience for kids’ the National SEA LIFE Centre sits at the heart of the city centre. Here you’ll find the UK’s only 360° Ocean Tunnel, which transports you to life beneath the ocean’s waves - without the need for a snorkel! Take a visit to Dudley Zoo and see hundreds of exotic and endangered animals inhabiting an ancient wooded hillside, a rich geological history around the ruins of the 11th century Dudley Castle and the world’s largest single collection of Modernist Tecton structures. Not forgetting the country’s only vintage chairlift!

National SEA LIFE Centre

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Where Education Feels Like Fun If it’s a little history you’re after, why not take the kids back in time to see how Victorians lived in the last-surviving back-to-back houses? For mini-culture vultures, try Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - home to thousands of beautiful works of art, or the Black Country Living Museum, one of the finest and largest open-air museums in the UK. There’s 26 acres to explore, including a village, characters and residents to chat with, trams to ride, games to play, things being made and stories to hear. Birmingham’s newest, award-winning independent museum The Coffin Works is something truly unique. It explores the social history and cultural changes that have influenced a once highly-prestigious Jewellery Quarter firm. The Children’s Library in the Library of Birmingham has something for all ages. Curl up with a good book, use the internet for study or check out the exciting events happening all year round. You can even take the kids on a little expedition up the escalators to the outdoor terraces! Uncover a world of mouth-watering chocolate and enjoy a fascinating, fun-packed day out at Cadbury World! It’s a choc lover’s paradise! From learning how your favourite confectionery is made and finding out about the story of Cadbury’s, to playing in chocolate rain and adding your favourite treat to a delicious pot of warm liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk.

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Get Active Rock Up is an exciting, new, indoor climbing adventure centre with 26 climbs to attempt, a cafe and soft play for little ones. Or head up into the trees and take on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and Rope Ladders at Go Ape in Cannock Chase. It is the longest combined length of crossings of any Go Ape site with stunning views and a 260m Zip Wire! Keep the kids busy bees for the whole day with a trip to mac (Midlands Art Centre) birmingham at Cannon Hill Park, the most visited free attraction in Birmingham (Visit England 2015). Here you’ll find the region’s most popular arts centre, with everything from pottery classes to the outdoor theatre. The park itself boasts five tennis courts, a bowling green and a mini-golf course, as well as a children’s mini fun-fair. You can also take a pedalo boat on the lake during the summer season.

For more ideas to plan your day out with the family, go to visitbirmingham.com/family

Cadbury World

Dudley Zoo

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING

HERITAGE & CULTURE

THE REGION’S HISTORY HAS LEFT US WITH A NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING HERITAGE ATTRACTIONS TO DISCOVER, EXPLORE AND ENJOY. HERE ARE JUST A FEW:

* The IKON Gallery, the

Barber Institute, Soho House and pop-up contemporary venues

* Over 1,300 years of history at * Old vehicles and machines at

Lichfield Cathedral

Birmingham Science Museum

Thinktank

* The inspiration for JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings at

Sarehole Mill

National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, honouring the fallen and recognising their service to our country

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Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, an award-winning attraction based around a ‘time capsule’ jewellery factory

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IKON GALLERY IKON is the city’s internationally acclaimed contemporary art venue. Housed in a magnificent neo-gothic school building, it is an educational charity and encourages public engagement through exhibiting new work in a context of debate and participation. A variety of media is represented including sound, film, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and installation. Entry is free but donations are greatly received.

IKON Gallery

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BIRMINGHAM’S TOWN HALL, SYMPHONY HALL, ROYAL BALLET & HIPPODROME

The Symphony Hall (home to the worldrenowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) is a must-visit. It is one of the finest concert halls in the world with outstanding acoustics, offering everything from classic performances to top bands and family concerts.

Custard Factory

CUSTARD FACTORY

Set within 15 acres of beautifully renovated riverside factories, it was built more than 100 years ago by Alfred Bird to manufacture and market his famous invention, eggless custard. Rejuvenated in the early 1990’s, it’s described as Birmingham’s very own version of Carnaby Street and Shoreditch all rolled into one. Located in Digbeth, the revolutionary arts and media quarter, it truly is one of the coolest independent shopping and leisure areas in the entire region. From vintage fairs and quirky tea rooms to street food festivals, it’s well worth checking out.

BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM & ART GALLERY

Opened in 1885, BMAG is housed in a Grade II* listed city centre landmark building. There are over 40 galleries to explore, displaying art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography. The Birmingham History collections feature prominently in the ‘Birmingham: its people, its history’ gallery, which covers the majority of the 3rd floor. There is also a diverse exhibition programme running throughout the year.

BALTI TRIANGLE

Now world renowned and served in restaurants all around the world, Birmingham is the home of the Balti. Did you know it actually originated here, too? The Balti Triangle is a dedicated area where you can find a vast array of different Asian restaurants, each with their own twist Pakistani, Indian or Bangladeshi. Check out Balti-birmingham.co.uk

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The Birmingham Royal Ballet resides in the Birmingham Hippodrome (a theatre renowned for staging some of the biggest shows outside of the West End). Watch in awe at spectacular performances such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and more modern pieces too. Champagne and canapés are available if you really want to glam things up! “The Hippodrome was a real surprise. We got taken backstage and shown all of the workings, which for me, I loved! It was absolutely amazing, so much so that I actually want to go and see a show now, I want to see how it all looks from the front, thinking about what’s going on behind the scenes.” Stuart Brown HSBC Familiarisation Visit to Birmingham, October 2016

JEWELLERY QUARTER

Just a short walking distance away from the city centre, the world famous Jewellery Quarter is home to dozens of independent jewellery stores and workshops as well as cafes, bars and galleries. The Jewellery Quarter is one of the UK’s national epicentres for jewellery design, producing around 40% of British jewellery. Described as a ‘national treasure’ by English Heritage, it is set in historic surroundings dating back over 250 years. Here you’ll also find the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, telling the story of jewellery production in Birmingham. At night, the area transforms itself into a vibrant social scene, with dazzling bars and many restaurants to choose from.

Find out more about the city’s heritage at visitbirmingham.com/ ourheritage


HIDDEN GEMS OF BIRMINGHAM

THOSE WHO KNOW, KNOW

TASTE & LIQUOR’S DIGBETH SCHOOLYARD MARKET Every Saturday, the Schoolyard Digbeth market bustles with foodies sampling a wide variety of delicious dishes from around the globe, masterfully put together by guest chefs from across the Midlands. The familyfriendly event of feasting outside, hosts an exciting mix of fashion, food stalls, pop-up shops and DJ’s to set the soundtrack for your Saturday afternoon whilst surrounded by Digbeth’s iconic heritage.

Taste & Liquor Market, Digbeth

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EPICUREAN RESTAURANT

Epicurean Restaurant

THE GIN VAULT As a cool, new canal-side bar, this is pretty special. Hidden away in a twinkling basement, it’s been completely refurbished to its original glory as a cellar serving an impressive collection of 30 types of gin, including a fantastic view over the canal. And it doesn’t stop there - the plan is to introduce a new gin every single month. Yes please! A gem of its own as a quirky and independent hidden bar near Brindleyplace.

A little treasure of Harborne, packed with surprises - a contemporary style restaurant serving the freshest local, seasonal produce intricately combining Mediterranean and French cuisine to showcase its classic roots and modern tastes to a tee. At the Epicurean there’s a commitment to serve well-balanced, sunny flavours accompanied by a great collection of fine wines to treat each meal like a celebration that won’t break the bank.

BIRMINGHAM IS THE KIND OF CITY THAT GETS BETTER AND BETTER THE MORE YOU SCRATCH AWAY AT ITS MODERN SURFACE. WHETHER IT’S HERITAGE AND CULTURE, GREEN SPACES OR ARCHITECTURAL ICONS, THIS SECOND CITY OF OURS IS PACKED FULL OF HIDDEN GEMS THAT ARE JUST WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED.

ELECTRIC CINEMA

The Gin Vault

As the UK’s oldest working cinema, we’ve got quite the treasure, and a piece of history right on our doorstep. First opening in 1909 conjuring images from Van der Graaf generators and Tesla Coils, the cinema showed silent films with piano backing. Today, the cinema has two screens (one more than it originally housed) alongside a state-of-the-art digital projector system, showing both mainstream and independent films, which is a major draw for many viewers. The Electric also runs an education programme for students of all ages covering the history of the cinema as well as the current film industry and general film education.

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WAREHOUSE CAFE

THE WILDERNESS

Nestled in the heart of Birmingham city centre (a short walk from Moor Street Station) is this vegetarian and vegan restaurant that makes even the carnivores salivate at the mere thought of the tasty veggie treats within. Rather rustic with its white-washed walls, wooden tables and chairs, but certainly in keeping with their green ethos, don’t let the humble decor fool you! From their brilliant and bright butterbean and quinoa burgers to their famously moreish Kreissler pudding, The Warehouse Cafe is definitely one not to miss.

Birmingham’s culinary scene has been gifted a real gem for those foodie fanatics. The unusual setting of The Wilderness, with its moss covered walls and leafy canopy, combined with its adventurous menu created with only the finest ingredients, offers a truly unique dining experience that can’t be found anywhere else.

THE CHURCH Part of the Jewellery Quarter history for well over 100 years, The Church is still a family favourite. Its influences are drawn from the New Orleans French quarter combined with the area’s heritage, to make it into this great British pub. This is somewhere fresh and playful bringing together a love of music, food and the vibrant culture of New Orleans.

WINTERBOURNE GARDENS One of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa garden, offering colour and interest throughout the year. Its seven acre Grade II listed garden is home to a beautiful walled garden, stream-side planting and collections of plants from China, the Americas and the alpine areas of the world. Alongside its enchanted house, public events are run throughout the year including open days, special interest tours, local heritage days and music concerts. Definitely a great spot for a day of exploring and serenity.

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BIRMINGHAM WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PARK The Conservation Park is home to a unique collection of animals from across the globe, including red pandas, lemurs, reptiles, meerkats, otters, birds, wallabies and a large collection of monkeys. The park is great for a family day out with ‘Keeper for the day’ and ‘Animal Encounter’ sessions, so you too can get up close and behind the scenes access. The park has a wide collection of endangered reptiles and plays an important role in international breeding programmes, giving you the opportunity to get involved with educational and environmental projects.

THE EIGHT FOOT GROCER Just off Saint Paul’s Square hides The Eight Foot Grocer, and what makes this independent so special is that in a day and age of convenience-led supermarkets, The Eight Foot Grocer has decided that the people of Birmingham deserve better and so opened up their own grocery store. Stocking a variety of locally sourced produce, The Eight Foot Grocer has something for everyone!

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GREEN SPACES

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We may be the UK s second largest city, but our green spaces are some of most enviable places to walk, relax and play! A chance to wind down or enjoy some family-fun, the great

outdoors is on your doorstep. It s also a great place to get on

yer bike and explore on two wheels! And regardless of the

season, our urban parks offer a relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life, all year round.

Eastside Park

Eastside Park An ideal starting point for any outdoor city adventure, Eastside Park is the perfect place for a well-needed unwind! Neighbouring Millennium Point, it offers an excellent picnic spot to enjoy before or after a trip to the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. Sutton Park Just six miles north of the city centre is one of the largest urban parks in Europe. Sprawling over 2,000 acres, it offers a fabulous variety of heathland, woodland, wetland, marshes and lakes – all brimming with interesting wildlife. Add a little leisure with your pleasure and go pony trekking, ride the cycle-ways, take the kids to the play areas, or even visit the donkey sanctuary there.

Sutton Park

Clent Hills

Clent Hills Featuring spectacular views and only 10 miles from the city centre, Clent Hills offers up awe-inspiring views over the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and the Welsh borders. For the walking enthusiasts, there are miles upon miles of footpaths, bridleways and trails to explore.

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Kings Heath Park Sitting peacefully in 35 acres of beautiful greenery and just a stone’s throw away from Moseley, Kings Heath Park is perfect for dog walking and picturesque picnic space. Well-tended gardens and floral borders enclose the hidden Victorian tea room, providing a relaxing spot to enjoy the natural surroundings. There’s also a bowling green, ponds and a plant nursery, as well as playgrounds for the kids! Cannon Hill Park One of the most popular parks in the area, Cannon Hill Park really has something for everyone, ranging from two crazy golf courses with water hazards to walkways and cycle paths along the River Rea. You can spend the entire day here with year-round events at mac birmingham, and it also hosts a variety of festivals during Summer to keep the whole family entertained!


GREEN SPACES

Birmingham Canals

Lickey Hills

Sandwell Valley If you’re searching for an alternative Sunday stroll or summer picnic spot, Sandwell Valley is a wonderful choice! From bike hire trails to working farms and outdoor play areas, you should definitely put it on your ‘must-do’ list. Barr Beacon

Local Nature Reserve Get away from it all at the top of one of the West Midlands’s highest peaks! Open all year round, the Barr Beacon hills are located just six miles from the city centre. For any budding landscape photographer, it’s a paradise for happy-snappers with views of 11 counties from the top! It’s a popular outdoorsy retreat for four legged friends and nature lovers too, and offers one of the most incredible places in Birmingham for stargazing.

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Akamba Heritage Centre Always dreamed of travelling to Africa? Well you don’t have to jump on the next flight out of BHX to find a bit of African culture. Just visit Akamba Heritage Centre, a garden centre with a twist! Exotic plants, huge African sculptures, an African bird walk and outside buffet seating areas will get you in the mood. Opt to leave the picnic behind and go for an African and Caribbean inspired lunch or dinner at the Tribe Eatery, located inside the quirky heritage centre.

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Canal cycling Birmingham has an incredible canal network and to explore it thoroughly you’ll want to stick on a helmet! Many parks, woodland areas and hidden gems of the city can all be located from canal towpaths. Just take a bike, a sense of adventure and somewhere to store your picnic essentials! The National Cycle Network is a brilliant resource for searching cycle routes all around Birmingham.

Lickey Hills Easily one of Birmingham’s favourite green spaces, Lickey Hills is a stunning weekend escape. Home to 524 acres of woodland beauty to explore, the views overlooking the city are something else! Depending on what time of year you visit, grab some chilled out sunshine vibes with a cold beverage, or warm up with a hot chocolate after an autumn stroll.

Botanical Gardens Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a wonderfully peaceful garden haven located just outside the city centre. Boasting four spectacular glasshouses, there’s everything imaginable here, including tropical rainforests, arid desert environments, bird houses, wildlife trails, a butterfly house and 15 acres of glorious gardens, flowers and foliage. Family events take place all year round, including outdoor performances.

Plan your next outdoor adventure: visitbirmingham.com/greenspaces

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Birmingham is a leading destination for festivals and events. Taking place everywhere from Digbeth arches to city centre concert halls, you’ll find a fantastic, colourful calendar of activities covering every art form imaginable; music, dance, film, new media, visual art, theatre, comedy and literature. Year on year the list just keeps on growing.

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05 JANUARY Magical Lantern Festival at Birmingham Botanical Gardens Chinese New Year 02

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MARCH Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships Crufts BritAsia TV Music Awards

APRIL Flatpack Film Festival 03 Midlands Whisky Festival St. Georges Day Vaisakhi celebrations Spring Seasonal Food Market

MAY Birmingham Pride Birmingham Architecture Festival International Dance Festival

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JUNE BE Festival Aegon Classic 04 Armed Forces Day Summer Seasonal Food Market Dragon Boat Festival ICC Champions Trophy

JULY Music for Youth Festival Shock and Gore Festival at The Electric Cinema Colmore Food Festival Taste Birmingham Food Festival MADE Festival Digbeth 05 Birmingham & Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival Caribbean Food Festival Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival

AUGUST Summer in Southside International Dance Festival Cricket at Edgbaston Colour Run

SEPTEMBER Artsfest Birmingham Beer Festival British Science Festival Moseley Folk Festival 06 Autumn Seasonal Food Market Birmingham Chilli Festival Birmingham Weekender Vélo Birmingham

OCTOBER Oxjam Birmingham Book Festival Diwali celebrations Fierce Festival Hello Digital Black International Film Festival Grand Designs at the NEC Birmingham Comedy Festival

NOVEMBER BBC Good Food Show Flip Festival Frankfurt Christmas Market 07 The Big Sleuth Fireworks Spectacular SHOUT Festival Supersonic Festival BASS Festival Birmingham International Marathon

DECEMBER Digbeth Christmas Market Winter Seasonal Food Market

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hether you’re a fanatical foodie out for fine dining or looking for a quick fix to carry on exploring, Birmingham is never out of options. The city is home to restaurants serving over 27 different cuisines from around the world, as well as a variety of cocktail bars. We know you’ll need to refuel at some point, and whatever you’re craving, we’ve got you covered from dusk till dawn...

YOUR WEEKEND IS SERVED!

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FOOD & DRINK

MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANTS Birmingham is blessed with five Michelin-starred restaurants, in fact the city has more than any other UK city outside of London. So where would you go to try the glorious food ranked so highly by Michelin inspectors?

CITY CENTRE

Adam’s, Waterloo Street Adam’s is a contemporary British fine dining restaurant serving modern dishes created to the very highest professional standard. The intimate stylish dining room caters for individuals and parties and provides the ideal setting for any occasion. Purnell’s, Cornwall Street Occupying a Victorian redbrick and terracotta corner building, this is where Glynn Purnell’s bold and innovative cooking that has brought him critical acclaim and numerous awards, provides diners with the ultimate gourmet adventures.

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Carters of Moseley Moderately situated in the suburb of Moseley, the cooking at Carters is light and modern, with an emphasis on clean flavours and seasonal, local ingredients and every dish taking you on a culinary adventure. Turners at 69, Harborne This stylish restaurant is situated in the suburb of Harborne just five minutes from the city centre, offering the very best seasonal ingredients, sourced and treated with respect, served in a simpler style. Simpsons, Edgbaston Situated in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston in the heart of Birmingham, within a beautiful Georgian Grade II listed building, Simpsons has held a Michelin star since 2000. The restaurant offers an informal, contemporary and elegant dining experience that reflects the spirit of fine dining today.

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LUNCH ON-THE-GO Peel & Stone Take the time to wander down to the Jewellery Quarter where you’ll find Peel & Stone; with a style all of its own and talented young bakers who put together a glorious selection of baked delights daily. Their savoury lunchtime menu is an unexpected delight, too. Peel & Stone also has its own cafe complete with basement bar and sit-down dining experience in Harborne. Food festivals & Street food If you’re in the right place at the right time, you can catch one of the city’s mini food festivals. From seasonal markets to the monthly farmers’ market in Brindleyplace, or the Caribbean food festival at lunchtimes in Centenary Square, crowds flock to see what’s on offer. The Digbeth Dining Club has taken this one step further. Every Friday a different selection of handpicked traders bring the railway arches of Digbeth to life, with great food, great company and a relaxing vibe.

BREAKFAST Yorks Bakery Cafe Backing onto New Street Station & Grand Central sits this chilled out, urban bakery cafe serving hearty brunches and superb baked delicacies. From rich cappuccino and lavender cake to toasted banana bread and Arabian buttered eggs, it’s a must-try for fresh new tastes.

DINNER Fumo As part of the San Carlo family, Fumo is a chic cocktail barcome-restaurant, serving nothing but expertly crafted Italian delights alongside an impeccable cocktail menu.

Chez Mal Brasserie, Malmaison Start your day in style in this modern, vibrant brasserie fronting the Mailbox. This brasserie serves creative and colourful dishes to impress and ignite any palette with its exciting twists on breakfast classics.

Aluna A contemporary bar with burnt orange velvet booths and a team of cocktail extraordinaires, paired up with lively plates of tantalisingly good Asian and European cooking.

Aria Located in the heart of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Aria has been described as a ‘gem’ with an ‘abundance of atmosphere’. This light and bright restaurant serves as a truly charming place to wake up and smell the coffee.

Lasan Renowned as ‘Gordon Ramsey’s best Indian restaurant’, Lasan presents sublime cuisine that teases the senses and stirs the soul. It delivers the true essence of Indian cooking in all its glory.

“Coffee in Birmingham is a sacred thing. We love it here and we’re very lucky to have a score of really wonderful coffee shops dotted about the city, dedicated to seeing to our caffeine needs.” Independent Birmingham

Bodega For fresh, authentic, easy-going South American food, this cantina brings inspired cuisine and a lively atmosphere to the city.

LUNCHING The Balcony, Selfridges Located on the 4th floor of Selfridges, with a stunning view overlooking the iconic Bullring Birmingham, the Balcony serves a stylish range of British Classics and bespoke creations, with a menu celebrating the best of British produce. Visitors can expect traditional favourites, such as fish & chips and quirky dishes including the Club Sandwich Martini. The brasserie also offers an extensive drinks menu who could say no to a glass of Champagne?

Pitcher & Piano Sit on the terrace overlooking the canal with a crisp glass of wine or cosy up with a pint in a big leather booth and watch the world go by. This is the perfect venue to totally chill. We couldn’t finish without mentioning the Gourmet Burger Kitchen or Buonissimo Italian in Harborne, too.

Boston Tea Party Boston Tea Party is a bustling venue, infused with modern British hospitality and charm with an enthusiasm for quality in what they serve and how they serve it. Such a welcoming feel and hearty place to eat, Boston Tea Party is ideal for those looking to refuel and relax.

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Saturday nights in the city are electric...

SUNDAY BRUNCH

Ginger’s Bar Hosted in Purnell’s Bistro (just around the corner from his Michelin-starred restaurant) awaits a sophisticated setting serving modern, elegant cocktails and quality wines.

The Plough in Harborne Previously awarded as one of the best places to have Sunday lunch, it’s safe to say this isn’t the only thing The Plough has up its sleeves. With a village vibe (despite being a mere ten minutes from the city centre) the quirky details and a menu for crowd-pleasers, The Plough serves as an ideal spot for lazy Sundays.

The Alchemist The Alchemist has found that one of the city’s best-loved buildings, the Grand Hotel on Colmore Row, provides the perfect setting for the distinctly dark artworks and suitably sinister taxidermy. This is a laboratory of experimentation where they bring the ridiculous to the sublime.

More like this... Ju Ju’s Cafe or

The Lost & Found An eclectic, distinctive and highly individualistic interior – described as a work of art – provides the backdrop to many combinations of imaginative concoctions.

Côte Brasserie in the Mailbox

AFTERNOON TEA The Edgbaston An art-deco themed boutique hotel embracing a very elegant example of high tea, created by their fabulously creative French pastry chef, Olivier Briault.

The Botanist A world-famous selection of botanical cocktails, craft beers and ales, champagne and wine. With live music every night and eccentric interiors, this place is simply a must-visit.

Also try Hotel du Vin or

Park Regis Hotel

SUNDAY LUNCH The High Field in Edgbaston A smart and airy gastropub with velour banquettes and outside decked area, serving a seasonal British menu it is a perfect stop to enjoy Sunday lunch with friends and family. It’s also recently opened a boutique hotel right next door. Tummy rumbling? Why not give The Malt Shovel or the Sunday carving platters at The Village in Moseley a go, too?

The Botanist

FOR SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL... Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill A renowned steakhouse housed on the top floor of The Cube, sits the spectacular outdoor terrace lounge featuring a Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar. Perfect for a classy celebratory cocktail and an absolutely stunning city view.

The Plough Harborne

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill

VISITBIRMINGHAM.COM/INDULGE

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COCKTAIL

COCKTAILS IN THE CITY. THE CITY IN COCKTAILS. T

he Edgbaston is an independently owned six-bedroom boutique hotel and cocktail lounge, located in the suburb of Edgbaston. It is a unique refuge of timeliness elegance, unwavering taste and unrivalled care and courtesy. An effortless arrival to The Edgbaston sets the tone of a spectacular experience, whether relaxing in their luxurious cocktail lounge or sipping Champagne in the stylish surroundings of the new Moet & Chandon Garden Terrace - the only one of its kind in the area. Based on a founding philosophy of always thinking outside of the box, The Edgbaston is leading the way in mixology. Having recently launched a menu dedicated to the city of Birmingham, The Edgbaston has masterfully created a suite of cocktails that showcases the best of what the city has to offer.

The Edgbaston

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COCKTAIL

LADYWOOD AND BRUNSWICK The Ladywood and Brunswick takes inspiration from what is undoubtedly the jewel in Birmingham’s culinary crown: our curry houses. The Balti Triangle is world renowned for being the home of the balti curry, served with the traditional naan bread often the size of a pillowcase (it’s not called a table naan for nothing!). We chose to avoid the overly spiced incarnations of curries and instead focus on everybody’s favourite accompaniment: mango chutney. The cocktail is an elegant attempt to make a classic cocktail more approachable to the modern palate: it is at its core a Martinez, which is as punchy a drink as they come. We’ve softened the whole thing out with a touch of fresh mango purée and ginger cordial, so it’s truly a drink for everyone. In short then, you have a touch of the Indian-inspired Bombay Sapphire, balanced with mango and balti-spice infused vermouth (a type of spiced wine), and further aromatic touches with ginger and cardamom. We couldn’t serve such a nostalgic drink in a simple glass, so instead we’ve found vintage balti buckets, which we top with crushed ice and the highlight of the meal: poppadoms and chutney!

MEET THE CREATORS… The Edgbaston has a creative team to rival even the best in the industry. Head Bartender, James Bowker, one of the masterminds behind the hotel’s creations, recently came in the top three of ‘World Class UK Bartender of the year’, one of the largest cocktail competitions in the world, at only 23 years old.

But it doesn’t stop there… ‘The Edgbaston Sessions’ provide industry leading training for bartenders across the region and continue to work with education providers to support young professionals in the industry. You can even admire the creators in action, or try it for yourself. Just search ‘The Edgbaston Cocktail Lounges’ on YouTube for some great tips and instructional videos from the experts.

www.theedgbaston.co.uk

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FASHION & SHOPPING

Emily-Jayne Personal stylist and blogger @emilyjayneimage emily-jayne.com

FOR SHOPAHOLICS AND FASHIONISTAS Birmingham boasts one of the longest undercover stretches of shopping in Europe, and is the only city outside of London to have a Selfridges, John Lewis, Debenhams, House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols - all within easy walking distance of each other. It’s no surprise then that Birmingham is gaining a reputation as a shopper’s paradise.

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FASHION & SHOPPING

FOR A BEAUTY PARADISE SELFRIDGES, THE BULLRING For those who love make-up, fragrances and the latest in skin and haircare products, the Selfridges Beauty Hall is a thing of wonder. Favourites like MAC, Urban Decay, Chanel and YSL sit alongside high-end Japanese offerings from Suqqu and RMK as well as cult UK brand Charlotte Tilbury. There are products from around the world in the Beauty Workshop, and regular beauty events are held where you can shop over a glass of fizz.

FOR A SPOT OF LUXURY THE MAILBOX The recently refurbished Mailbox is a luxury shopping mall converted from a former Royal Mail sorting office. Inside you’ll find premium labels for both men and women from the likes of Paul Smith, Gieves and Hawkes, and Armani Collezioni. Pop into the new concept Harvey Nichols, where you can either browse designer-named fashions or relax in one of the opulent personal shopping suites whilst a stylist does the hard work for you!

At the Bullring you’ll find all your high street favourites including a newly expanded Topshop and a refurbished Next store.

You can also refuel at one of the canalside restaurants and bars or catch a movie in comfort on one of the Everyman Cinema’s sofas.

FOR HOMEWARE HEAVEN JOHN LEWIS, GRAND CENTRAL In John Lewis you’ll find two floors of stylish furniture, textiles and electricals. Check out the excellently curated Home Edit, showcasing the best in current home styles, visit the Kitchen Design studio for the fitted kitchen of your dreams, or order the perfect mattress for your home.

FOR COOL INDEPENDENTS THE GREAT WESTERN ARCADE Amongst the gorgeous architecture of this Victorian shopping arcade, you’ll find some of Brum’s finest independent shops. Luxury hats, scarves and accessories from Peter Forson, street and skate wear at Project21, quirky shoes from the likes of Irregular Choice and Red or Dead at Sims Footwear, and signature denim for both men and women at Liquor Store.

At Grand Central, discover colourful, bargain euro homestyle from Flying Tiger and Hema. And take time out to take in the burgeoning food and drink scene that is making it the latest must-visit location.

You can also sample some of Birmingham’s finest independent foods, including Japanese delicacies at Sushi Passion or vegetarian fayre from Bistro 1847.

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SPORT

The Belfry

HOME TO ALL SORTS OF SPORTS To find out more about sports events and venues, go to: visitbirmingham.com/sports

Edgbaston

W

herever you go in Birmingham you are never too far from a major sporting venue – indeed sport is a real passion throughout the city.

But Birmingham’s true sporting gift is the sheer variety of participation, a celebration of the many cultures and backgrounds of our citizens.

At Edgbaston we have the favoured home venue of the England cricket team, a true modern international stadium with its striking ‘e’ shaped floodlights.

This is a city with international mixed martial arts champions, Gaelic football and hurling leagues, successful boxing gyms, major roller hockey tournaments, kabaddi competitions and a top futsal facility.

For golf enthusiasts, there are an excellent range of courses to choose from, including the world famous Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. In Perry Barr there is the gateway to many Olympic dreams – the Alexander Stadium has become the regular stage for Great Britain’s athletics trials. The road to Rio in 2016 ran via the A34. Within 20 minutes from there you can proceed via Aston Villa’s football ground to that of their cross city rivals Birmingham City. Both teams crave a return to the Premier League – the race is on. In the city centre, the Barclaycard Arena is another home to world class sport. From athletics to badminton to basketball, this venue is the backdrop to so much outstanding competition.

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We are rightly proud of our homegrown heroes too. Take Olympic figure skating gold medallist John Curry, who redefined the artistry of his sport. Or Ann Jones, twice a champion at Roland Garros and once the ladies singles winner at Wimbledon, after whom the well-appointed centre court at Edgbaston Priory Club is named. And then there is Kash ‘the Flash’ Gill, a four-time world kick-boxing champion who works tirelessly in the city to help a new generation of young people to follow in his footsteps. That is just a broad brush impression of our sporting city. Whether as a participant, a spectator or an international competitor, Birmingham has so much to offer.


SPORT

BIRMINGHAM’S BARCLAYCARD ARENA IS HOME TO A PLETHORA OF WORLD CLASS SPORTING EVENTS

Diamond League Birmingham, Alexander Stadium

Richard Wilford BBC WM Sport Presenter, @wilfordwm

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PROPERTY

PROPERTY OVERVIEW

BIRMINGHAM OVERVIEW

423,633

1.1 million

18,500

6,030 people

dwellings (2011 census)

population

new dwellings to be built by 2019

relocated from London in 2015

1,167

5 Universities

average property sales per month

and 6 colleges

3.6%

£23 billion

average rental growth (from 2015)

economy

Location

Avg. Detached House

Avg. Semi Detached House

Avg. Terraced House

Avg. Apartment

Distance from city centre

Travel time by car (minutes)

Travel time by train (minutes)

Edgbaston

£1,229,341

£515,600

£430,979

£222,840

1.5 miles

7

9

Harborne

£584,507

£347,903

£271,757

£169,666

3 miles

14

N/A

Moseley & Kings Heath

£558,074

£233,771

£194,370

£160,868

3.5 miles

15

N/A

Bournville & Selly Park

£329,738

£226,683

£241,031

£148,330

3.5 miles

15

13

Longbridge

£162,900

£180,452

£142,450

£114,823

6.9 miles

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20

Solihull

£715,877

£324,797

£287,200

£233,290

8.1 miles

30

15

Sutton Coldfield

£673,716

£310,577

£277,316

£229,016

9.2 miles

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Avg. Penthouse

Avg. Two Bedroom Apartment

Avg. One Bedroom Apartment

Avg. Studio Apartment

£350,000 plus

£225,000

£160,000

£125,000

City centre

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PROPERTY

Andy Butts Sales & Letting Director, Centrick Property

GET A MOVE ON Birmingham is a city that has something for everyone, particularly true in regards to its growing property market. Whether you’re after a sleek city pad, a chic suburban family home or the bliss of a sleepy rural village, Birmingham and its wider region offers a variety of homes and areas, all boasting great transport links to the city centre, London and the world beyond. Having undergone a drastic socio-economic upheaval over the last decade, Birmingham has transformed itself into a desirable, cosmopolitan city boasting world class retail, hospitality and cultural offerings; combined with an ever increasing presence on the world’s business stage, with more and more high profile companies locating here. For those currently living in Birmingham or looking to move here, the benefits are endless. The city centre has over 12,000 residential properties, with this number looking to increase to over 20,000 by 2020. Developments range in size from small, bespoke schemes containing just 12 properties to large, all-encompassing builds with over 500 individual apartments. Prices for apartments can vary dependent on size, location and parking but expect to pay in the region of £100,000 plus or rental £700 - £900 for a one-bedroom apartment and around £135,000 plus or £900 - £1600 for a two-bedroom apartment. If it’s a luxurious penthouse you’re after, then the prices can range up to £1 million plus and £3500pcm for spectacular three or four bedroom duplexes, with bespoke fixtures and fittings and rooftop terraces boasting spectacular views over the city. Many buildings also provide additional amenities such as a concierge or residents gym, particularly new PRS (Purpose-Built Rental Schemes) built specifically for the private rental market developments, such as the exclusive Broadway Residences. The suburbs of Birmingham, such as Harborne, Moseley, Kings Heath, Bournville, Selly Park and Longbridge offer a chic and relaxing alternative to city living. Due to their recent popularity, property markets here are on the up,

so purchasing now will give a great return on your investment in the future. These areas are extremely popular with young professionals and families, offering great transport links to the city centre, as well as their own communities, with bustling high streets and nightlife. For affluence and prestige, then Edgbaston, Sutton Coldfield and Solihull (recently voted the No. 1 place to live in the UK) fall into this category. They are the perfect locations for professionals with families, offering a large array of mid to upper range properties and excellent schools, both state and private. The great quality of life is supplemented with excellent transport links to the city centre and to Birmingham’s extensive motorway network. Purchase prices for the suburbs are set out in the table, rental prices vary depending on the area, however, average prices as a guide are: one bedrooms from £700, two bedrooms £800, three bedroom houses from £950 and four bedroom houses from £1,100 and five bedrooms from £1,200. Birmingham is most definitely a city with a bright future, with massive private and government investment, the future arrival of HS2 and the relocation of global companies here – all making it a truly first class place to live. If you’re relocating to Birmingham, the best advice is to research your requirements and research your preferred areas thoroughly. Allow plenty of time and speak to a local, reputable property professional, who will advise you best on your options. People who already live here love it and we know you will too. For help finding your perfect property, visit relocatetobirmingham.co.uk

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EDUCATION & CAREERS

OPENING MINDS BIRMINGHAM IS AN ATTRACTIVE PROPOSITION WHEN IT COMES TO SCHOOLS, FURTHER EDUCATION AND UNIVERSITIES. BASED ON A-LEVELS ALONE, THE REGION HAS SIX OF THE TOP 26 SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY, WHILE 206 SCHOOLS IN THE REGION ARE ‘OUTSTANDING’ ACCORDING TO NATIONAL STANDARDS BODY, OFSTED. INDEED, BIRMINGHAM HAS THE HIGHEST PROPORTION OF LOCAL AUTHORITYRUN SCHOOLS WITH THIS RATING. The independent sector, represented by an enviable choice of preparatory and senior schools, provides an exciting offering in terms of ‘the whole child’. Many families choose to send their child to a private school for the rounded experience that can be gained through extensive co-curricular activities. THE BLUE COAT SCHOOL At The Blue Coat School, Birmingham, a TED programme (Thinking, Exploring and Doing), offers Year 5 and 6 pupils the chance to turn their hand to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), charity fundraising, productive gardening, journalism, orienteering, squash, girls’ football and much more.

“We value initiative, adaptability and ownership as much as academic achievement,” says Noel Neeson, Headmaster, “education is about producing a well-rounded pupil with a curious mind..”. THE SCHOOLS OF KING EDWARD VI IN BIRMINGHAM The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham charity supports two independent schools, five grammar schools and a sponsored academy. King Edward’s School dates back to 1552 and in 1883 the Governors opened six new King Edward VI schools: a sister school for King Edward’s and five free ‘Grammar Schools’. Today, King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls are extremely successful independent schools, with free and assisted places making them widely accessible to all. BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL AND SCHOOLS Moving to a new city is an exciting time for families and one of the first thoughts for many parents is around the availability of school places. Birmingham City Council is

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committed to providing advice and support to all parents in helping them navigate the school admissions process. Achievements in all our schools continue to improve across the city and all staff in our schools and in wider children’s services are committed to ensuring that every child is able to be the best that they can be. Information on how to apply for school places, the different types of admission arrangements and other key information relating to school admissions is available online at www.birmingham.gov.uk/ schooladmissions.

GOING FURTHER Birmingham is home to five leading universities: ASTON UNIVERSITY Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long-established, researchled University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce.


EDUCATION & CAREERS

CAREERS

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE BIRMINGHAM UCB is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. UCB specialises in vocational courses in both Higher Education and Further Education sectors, offering a growing portfolio of apprenticeships.

NEWMAN UNIVERSITY Founded in 1968 to train teachers, Newman University has subsequently diversified and now offers degrees across a range of specialisms. Its ethos is very much student-centric, aiming to foster a diverse and inclusive community.

BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY With over 23,500 students from 80 countries, BCU is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. The University puts students at the heart of everything it does, giving them the best opportunities for future success.

ON TOP OF ALL THIS, THERE ARE PLENTY OF LIBRARIES, COPY SHOPS, LANGUAGE CENTRES AND INTERNET CAFES AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT STUDENT’S STUDIES.

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM UoB is ranked amongst the top 100 Universities globally, its work bringing people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and more than 5,000 international students from over 150 countries. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made a significant impact on people’s lives.

SIX OF THE BEST There are also a variety of colleges in the region, including: Birmingham Metropolitan College, Bournville College of Further Education, Cadbury Sixth Form College, Fircroft College of Adult Education, Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, South and City College Birmingham.

For more information visit relocatetobirmingham.co.uk

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Birmingham has a diverse economy encompassing a broad range of industries including manufacturing, automotive, business, financial and professional services, as well as a growing creative and digital sector. With a huge range of niche and generic recruitment agencies servicing every industry in the city, and commutable locations outside of the city, there are plenty of options available. Birmingham is also a leading destination for start-ups, with 20,200 new businesses created in the region in 2015, and the region continues to outperform the UK’s national growth average over the past five years.

“BIRMINGHAM IS THE MOST ENTREPRENEURIAL UK CITY OUTSIDE OF LONDON” (StartUp Britain) - The West Midlands region has the highest employment rate in the Advanced Engineering sector - There are more international companies than any other city outside of London - Birmingham has been made home to a variety of companies over recent years, including HSBC and ASOS


BIRMINGHAM WE COULDN’T BE BETTER PL ACED IT ’ S DIFFICU LT TO IMAGINE ANOTHER PL ACE SO WELL S ITUATED AND SO WELL CONNECTED. DID YOU KNOW, FOR E X AM PLE , 9 0% OF THE REST OF THE U K POPU L ATION C AN RE ACH THE CIT Y IN LES S THAN FOU R HOU RS? FU RTHER IM PROVE MENTS LIKE THE FUTU RE HIGH S PEED R AIL LINK WILL B RING FU RTHER B ENEFITS TO THE CIT Y. RECENT DE VELOPMENTS HAVE AL SO MADE ACCES S AROU ND THE CIT Y ITS ELF E A S IER , QU ICKER AND MORE CONVENIENT.

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TRAVEL

GETTING HERE

GETTING AROUND

FLYING

BUS

Birmingham Airport is one of the UK’s fastest growing airports. With the recent runway extension and great local and national public transport links, it’s becoming a first choice for many travellers. BHX welcomes more than 50 airlines from over 100 destinations and is home to many low cost carriers. For business users looking for more comfort - short or long haul - you’ll find plenty of choice to suit your schedule. Located next to the M42 motorway and main line rail network it couldn’t be better connected.

The bus network is fully integrated with train and tram travel across the region, so whether you’re commuting or taking the family out for the day, your journey is seamless.

TR AIN Birmingham is the epicentre to one of the biggest, mostintegrated rail networks outside of the capital. Be it for business or pleasure, you’re better connected than ever. The city centre alone is now home to three rail stations including the spectacular new Grand Central (housing New Street Station), as well as Snow Hill and Moor Street Station. With a turn-up-and-go service across all major West Midlands lines, and with real-time, live travel information at all stations and on smart phones, catching the train couldn’t be simpler. What’s more, eight local rail lines criss-cross the city to ensure quick links to all attractions and venues (as well as connecting services to other UK cities and towns).

TR AM This is tram travel as it should be. We’ve invested in a new fleet for Midland Metro to make journeys faster, more reliable and completely integrated with all the other travel links. They run every 6-8 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes in the evenings and Sundays.

CYCLING With miles of canals and a compact city centre, what better way to travel around Birmingham and the wider region than by bike? Route 5 of the National Cycle Network enters Birmingham in the Frankley area and follows the Rea Valley Route to the city centre. The route passes through the heart of Birmingham, taking in major destinations including the International Convention Centre, Centenary Square and the Barclaycard Arena, before leaving the city along the Birmingham Canal towards Smethwick. Plan your cycling route here: visitbirmingham.com/cycling

With the new High Speed Rail development, getting to London will take just 45 minutes, putting Birmingham at the heart of the UK’s rail network.

DRIVING Greater Birmingham is an extremely well-connected region, and it’s certainly an easy place to drive to, no matter where you’re coming from. Set at the heart of the UK motorway network, it’s linked by the M5, M6, M40 and M42 while the A34 and A38 further add to your options, and the M1 is less than 30 minutes away. The M6 Toll Road provides an alternative route (whilst also helping to keep through traffic away from the city centre at peak times).

VISITBIRMINGHAM.COM/ TR AVEL

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FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

THE

BIRMINGHAM IS EXPERIENCING ONE OF THE GREATEST PERIODS OF REGENERATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN RECENT TIMES. WORLD CLASS REGENERATION SCHEMES ARE TAKING PLACE RIGHT NOW THAT ARE SET TO CEMENT FURTHER THE CITY’S REPUTATION. And it’s so much more than just a business case. It’s a quality of life that is attracting people from all over the UK and internationally. The region welcomed more than 100 million visitors in 2015 to experience its varied cultural offer, world famous food scene and headline events. Almost £1 billion of major developments across the city are now complete - from the new and improved New Street Station and surrounding Grand Central complex to Resorts World Birmingham. Just look around the city and you’ll see change happening. Everywhere.

AND THERE’S STILL MORE TO COME...

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FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

BIRMINGHAM SMITHFIELD

Birmingham’s plan to regenerate a 14 hectare site at the heart of the city centre represents a once-in-ageneration opportunity to deliver a unique destination, building on the area’s rich heritage and focus for retail markets. The development will feature high quality pedestrian and cycle routes, and a series of new public spaces. This includes ‘Market Square’, the focal point for the site, around which the markets and family leisure quarter will be located.

SNOW HILL MASTERPLAN

The Snow Hill Masterplan aims to transform Birmingham’s city centre business district and win further investment from global organisations, professional and financial services firms. The 20year Masterplan provides a framework to generate over 200,000 sq m of new office space, build 4,000 residential units and boost the local economy by over £600 million a year. Changes to the district include the transformation of Snow Hill train station, and the creation of a new urban boulevard to improve accessibility to other parts of the city.

ARENA CENTRAL

PARADISE BIRMINGHAM

The UK’s most important city centre development outside London, Paradise Birmingham is at the heart of the cultural and civic centre transformation of the city. Creating high quality commercial, civic, retail, leisure and hotel space, the Paradise development across 17 acres will provide major improvements to pedestrian access across the city. It will offer a greatly enhanced public realm, befitting of its exemplary historic setting near some of the country’s finest Victorian listed buildings, including the Town Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Council House.

HS2

Birmingham will be at the heart of the UK’s High Speed Rail network, providing an unprecedented opportunity to radically enhance the city’s national rail connectivity and accelerate its economic growth potential. A brand new city centre HS2 station – Birmingham Curzon – is planned to transform the city and its connectivity. HS2 has the potential to add £1.4 billion to the local economy, as well as creating 36,000 jobs and 4,000 new homes. Plans include the development of the Curzon Street Station itself with several new neighbourhoods, offices and retail spaces.

This is a 9.2 acre development site in the city centre, designed to meet Birmingham’s demand for high quality office space. The vision will create a vibrant, class-leading and multi-use development all set within a unique and inviting public realm. Situated in Birmingham’s City Centre Enterprise Zone, the development benefits from simplified planning and reduced business rates. The new development is already home to the new head office of HSBC’s ring-fenced bank.

Find out more about Birmingham’s future businessbirmingham.com

Paradise Birmingham

Curzon Street Station

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RELOCATION

DISCOVER WHY BIRMINGHAM IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK. If you’re looking to relocate to Birmingham and need further information and support, then our relocation website will help start you on your new journey. WHERE TO LIVE? Use the areas guides on the website to take a closer look at some of the residential areas the region has to offer. There’s everything from city centre apartments to green belt areas and quirky villages. You can also use the relocation app to pinpoint which area meets all your lifestyle, educational and commuting needs. WHERE TO WORK? The relocation website provides all the information you need on the variety of career opportunities in Birmingham. Search the website to find your perfect role with companies in your chosen sector. WHICH SCHOOL? From lower education through to higher education, use the website to find information on applications, admissions and open days for all your education needs and help you make the right educational choice for your family. THE BIRMINGHAM LIFESTYLE Birmingham is a melting pot of different cultures and lifestyles that really make it unique. The relocation website allows you to discover all that Birmingham has to offer – from food and shopping, to culture and open spaces.

WHATEVER YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT MOVING TO BIRMINGHAM, YOU’LL FIND OUR RELOCATION WEBSITE THE RIGHT PLACE TO FIND OUT MORE. DON’T JUST LISTEN TO US, HERE ARE WHAT OTHERS WHO ARE MAKING THE DECISION TO MOVE TO BIRMINGHAM THINK….

“I’ve decided to make Birmingham my home for the foreseeable future… there are so many good places all over the city that I’m pretty sure I could visit somewhere different every day of the year!” Beth Astington, Marketing professional at Aston University

“Being able to come here has really opened my eyes to how much there is going on, there’s been so much development and growth and I’m really looking forward to exploring more about Birmingham” Sophie Biney, Recruitment Manager at HSBC

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