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Introducing BirminghamWeAre - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion

BirminghamWeAre.com  is all about achieving growth and success for Birmingham through engaged, empowered and inspired people and communities.

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Introducing BirminghamWeAre - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion




BirminghamWeAre.com  is all about achieving growth and success for Birmingham through engaged, empowered and inspired people and communities.


BirminghamWeAre is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

 

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can make a real difference for themselves and others.

 

With Passion Points and with the support of our FreeTimePays partners, we recognise people for the difference and contribution they make and the positive impact they collectively deliver.

 

Whether your interest is as a follower, a contributor or a potential partner, connect here.

 

Connect here to find out more about the products and partnerships on offer at BirminghamWeAre.

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Connect with FreeTimePays for social impact, economic growth and community engagement

Take up a partnership with FreeTimePays, advertise, build brand image or even launch your own community of passion using FreeTimePays digital technology.

 

 

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Connect with FreeTimePays for social impact, economic growth and community engagement




Take up a partnership with FreeTimePays, advertise, build brand image or even launch your own community of passion using FreeTimePays digital technology.

 

 


There are many ways you can use and deploy FreeTimePays technology to engage your community and support your objectives. 

 

Take a look at the packages we offer and Connect with us for a solution that is tailored to meet your precise requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call us on 0121 410 5520 or Connect with us to discuss our partnerships.

 

For more about the FreeTimePays engagement suite and the many applications for engaging, inspiring and rewarding people for collectively making a difference, see more details here.

 

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Construction & regeneration
1 hour ago - Daniel Sturley

Crane Photography - Update

There has been a few more crane photos add to our Crane Photography feature, click: Crane Photography Gallery to see the developing gallery & send us yours!

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Construction & regeneration
15 hours ago - Daniel Sturley

Construction at Arena Central - July 2018

There has been a large update of photos to the Arena Central construction gallery covering early July to the 14th and including the core for the HMRC Midlands building, this post has a selection of 8. To view the whole gallery going back to early construction of the HSBC (One Arena Central) building please click here: Arena Central Construction Gallery

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Construction at Arena Central - July 2018




There has been a large update of photos to the Arena Central construction gallery covering early July to the 14th and including the core for the HMRC Midlands building, this post has a selection of 8. To view the whole gallery going back to early construction of the HSBC (One Arena Central) building please click here: Arena Central Construction Gallery


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Construction & regeneration
18 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

Another great sunny day for this update, the main structure is at the 21st floor and the lower floors are ready for the final cladding panels to be revealed.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




Another great sunny day for this update, the main structure is at the 21st floor and the lower floors are ready for the final cladding panels to be revealed.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


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17 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

Just a few in this week's update, from an interesting and always developing viewpoint near the Hyatt Regency Hotel looking towards the Paradise Birmingham site.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




Just a few in this week's update, from an interesting and always developing viewpoint near the Hyatt Regency Hotel looking towards the Paradise Birmingham site.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


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Travel & tourism
16 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Sunil Johal, Director at Argent and proud Brummie with his suggestion for '48 hours in Birmingham'

Our Summer run of '48 Hours in Birmingham' continues with this great contribution from Sunil and he should know as project director at Argent.

View full post to see Sunil's '48 hours in Birmingham' suggestion - well worth a read!

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Sunil Johal, Director at Argent and proud Brummie with his suggestion for '48 hours in Birmingham'




Our Summer run of '48 Hours in Birmingham' continues with this great contribution from Sunil and he should know as project director at Argent.

View full post to see Sunil's '48 hours in Birmingham' suggestion - well worth a read!

For other '48 hours in Birmingham' posts and suggestions, select View More.


Boy have I been looking forward to giving you guys an insight into the wonderful things you can do in the FIRST city - where to start ....

Friday night.

Photo by Chris Fletcher

After being greeted by our new and vibrant New St train station and checking into your hotel (assuming you are staying over), your first night has to be at one of our prized theatres. There will certainly a leading production on in Birmingham.

Birmingham theatres.

But before you do, you must go over to Digbeth and visit the famous Digbeth dining club.

View to Digbeth from Selfridges. Photo by Mac McCreery.

You will be exposed to some of the best alternative food on offer in the UK. The scene is mixed with music and entertainment, and is the perfect place to grab a light snack before you stroll back through the city to enjoy the show.

Beautiful sunset at Eastside, Birmingham. Photo by Mac McCreery.

Saturday Morning

Early rise, you’re going to need the energy. A small train journey out of the city centre and you’re in the beautiful Royal town of Sutton Coldfield, grab a great breakfast at the Window Box (Wylde Green), before heading for a stroll around the 2,400 acre National Nature Reserve – Sutton Park.

Sutton Park is one of the largest urban parks in Europe and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, you’ll have a blast!

The park has open heathland, woodlands, seven lakes, wetlands, and marshes - each with its own rich variety of plants and wildlife, some rarely seen in the region. Cattle and wild ponies graze on the land.

Wild Ponies at Sutton Park. Photo by My Biking Adventure.

Cattle grazing in Sutton Park. Photo by My Biking Adventure.

Saturday afternoon

You’ve worked up an appetite now, head back to the city centre, freshen up and venture out for some afternoon tea at the quirky Edgbaston boutique hotel, you will not be disappointed.

Head back to the city centre, and take in the array of development which is happening, where cranes take over the Birmingham skyline, showing just how the city is thriving.

Westside skyline in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

Cranes over Chamberlain Square, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

You will be able to fly through the new Central Library, you’ll certainly have an opinion on the architecture.

Library of Birmingham. Photo by Tammie Naughton.

Library of Birmingham. Photo by Tammie Naughton.

Saturday evening

You will be spoilt for choice with the variety of restaurants Birmingham has to offer. There are great spots around St Paul’s Square, personal favourites include Anderson’s, Lasan or Asha’s.

Check out one of our quirky gin bars – 40 St Paul’s whilst you’re there. 

St. Paul's Church & Square, Birmingham. Photo by Tammie Naughton.

Another option is to head to the Jewellery Quarter, lots of local bars and restaurants which are independent, quirky and full of character, look into - The Wilderness, The Button Factory or 1000 Trades.

Chamberlain Clock in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

If you want to up your game – then you could always opt to go for one of four Michelin star restaurants...let’s just say if you’re a foodie like me, you are simply spoilt for choice.

Sunday morning

I know I know, you’re sad that it's your last day...So there is no better way to start your Sunday morning by experiencing the selection of shops within the City Centre (Bullring and Mailbox) – Selfridges, John Lewis, you name it we've got it....

Selfridges, Birmingham.  Photo by Chris Fletcher.

Mailbox, Birmingham. Photo by Damien Walmsley.

Bullring & Grand Central in Birmingham. Creative photo by Imran Ali Bashir.

Whilst you enjoy the retail vibe in Birmingham​, you will see lot’s of opportunity to grab a quick coffee at one of great coffee establishments – check out 200 degrees, The Faculty or Java Lounge...

Sunday afternoon

You may have noticed large footprints in and around the city centre whilst you have wandered round the streets of Birmingham, and I can feel your curiosity...Yes! You have guessed it, Dippy the dinosaur has decided to join us for the Summer.

'Dippy'. Photo by Birmingham Museum.

The British icon is on a mission to inspire five million natural history adventures, encouraging families to explore nature on their doorstep. You can see the exhibition and many other interesting artefacts at our world class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Photo by Daniel Sturley

Nearly home time...but before you head back ....fix a date for your return, as I can guarantee your next weekend in Birmingham will be even more fun.

 

This '48 hours in Birmingham' suggestion has been written by Sunil Johal and produced by BirminghamWeAre.

For more '48 hours in Birmingham' posts and suggestions, click HERE.

 

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People & community
15 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Windrush Generation Inspired Chelsea Flower Show Winner 2018

This year Birmingham won it's seventh gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show with it's Windrush Generation inspired entry. The main part, the ship, is now on display outside the Council House in Victoria Square. Take the full post to see a gallery of photos.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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The Windrush Generation Inspired Chelsea Flower Show Winner 2018




This year Birmingham won it's seventh gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show with it's Windrush Generation inspired entry. The main part, the ship, is now on display outside the Council House in Victoria Square. Take the full post to see a gallery of photos.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


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Environment & green spaces
14 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham in full summer bloom! What a great advert!

You can always rely on Birmingham's People with Passion when it comes to helping to promote this great city.  

Take our project and see our growing gallery of wonderful floral displays.

For more about our plans for BEST BIRMINGHAM HANGING BASKET competition and a CITY FLORAL ROUTE MAP, please contact us. 

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Construction & regeneration
13 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

Bank Tower Two's main structure is almost up to it's sibling Tower One and the cladding on the lower floors are almost ready for the final layer. A beautiful sunny day for the main photos in this update.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




Bank Tower Two's main structure is almost up to it's sibling Tower One and the cladding on the lower floors are almost ready for the final layer. A beautiful sunny day for the main photos in this update.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


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Construction & regeneration
13 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Bank Tower Two on the Birmingham City Skyline from Clent Hills

This shot is from Clent Hills on the 7th July 2018. The Birmingham skline is constantly changing, in this shot we can see how Bank Tower Two on Broad Street will dominate the central cluster from a western viewpoint. More in BT2's update shortly.

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Photography
13 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Hey Mr Blue Sky - great to see you over Birmingham!

Take our full post to view a selection of wonderful photography from Birmingham's 'People with Passion'.  

Thanks to our wonderful contributors, Birmingham We Are continues to promote this wonderful City in so many ways - there's no better advert for the City than its own people!

Join us, partner us and help promote this great City. 

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Hey Mr Blue Sky - great to see you over Birmingham!




Take our full post to view a selection of wonderful photography from Birmingham's 'People with Passion'.  

Thanks to our wonderful contributors, Birmingham We Are continues to promote this wonderful City in so many ways - there's no better advert for the City than its own people!

Join us, partner us and help promote this great City. 


Blue skies over the Library of Birmingham. Photo by Tammie Naughton 

 

Reflections down along the canal.  Photo by Kev Maslin

 

New addition to the Birmingham skyline.  Photo by Kev Maslin

 

Traditional Ice Cream in Birmingham.  Photo by Elliott Brown

 

View into Birmingham and the City skyline.  Photo by Jay Tee

 

Queen Victoria stands proud in Birmingham. Photo by Elliott Brown

 

Looking up to the Birmingham skies. Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

The Library and BT Tower - Two construction icons Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Reflections at Gas Street Basin.  Photo by Ryan Garratt 

 

St Paul's looking wonderful.  Photo by Tammie Naughton 

 

'It's all happening' - View to Chamberlain Square. Photo by Raj Sanghera

 

Lake down at Winterbourne.  Photo by Jay Mason - Burns

 

Blue skies over the Ikon Gallery.  Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

View down the canal at Brindleyplace.  Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Great view into the City.  Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

More great canal reflections. Photo by Chris Fletcher

 

Victoria Square, Birmingham.  Photo by Christine Wright 

 

Beautiful architecture - beautiful skies. Photo by Elliott Brown 

 

Down by the water. Photo by Tammie Naughton

 

For more great photography, take the project link or just visit BirminghamWeAre.com.

 

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Construction & regeneration
13 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

The construction of One Chamberlain Square is approaching external completion and starting to look like the finished building from some angles, it will change in it's look when seen from different angles, looking almost white from some. 9 more photos in the update.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




The construction of One Chamberlain Square is approaching external completion and starting to look like the finished building from some angles, it will change in it's look when seen from different angles, looking almost white from some. 9 more photos in the update.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
12 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

New Paving in Centenary Square

Bouygues left a little gap in the hordings around Centenary Square and Daniel got a sneek preview of the new paving!

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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Architecture
12 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Ikon Art Gallery in Birmingham

Birmingham UK, I love this building, the Ikon Art Gallery in Brindleyplace and it is the outstanding feature of Oozells Square, especially in the summer sunshine, even if photo-bombed by the BT Tower!

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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10 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Beautiful Oozells Square in Brindleyplace - Feature Gallery - July 2018

Oozells Square is on of the most beautiful spots in the westside and Brindleyplace. Here is a gallery of the current photos we have, please send us more to add to this feature gallery!

Photo by Kev Maslin

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The Beautiful Oozells Square in Brindleyplace - Feature Gallery - July 2018




Oozells Square is on of the most beautiful spots in the westside and Brindleyplace. Here is a gallery of the current photos we have, please send us more to add to this feature gallery!

Photo by Kev Maslin


Photo by Daniel Sturley

Photo by Daniel Sturley

Photo by Daniel Sturley

Photo by Damien Walmsley

Photo by Tammie Naughton

Photo by Kev Maslin

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09 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Latest Photos by Daniel Sturley - July 2018

Here's my latest photo, Oozells Square in Brindleyplace, with the Ikon Art Gallery at the end and flanked by restaurants, Cielo Italian on the left is considered one of the best in UK. More of my latest photos in the full post.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Latest Photos by Daniel Sturley - July 2018




Here's my latest photo, Oozells Square in Brindleyplace, with the Ikon Art Gallery at the end and flanked by restaurants, Cielo Italian on the left is considered one of the best in UK. More of my latest photos in the full post.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


More on my main gallery here: Daniel Sturley Photography

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Food & drink
09 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Wow! What a great food festival! Well done Colmore Bid in Birmingham!!

View our article for a selection of wonderful photography taken at Colmore Food Festival in Birmingham (July 2018). Many thanks to those at the Colmore Bid team who have supplied us with some wonderful images and for organising this great event.

We hope you enjoy this gallery. Connect with us for great partnership opportunities or become a People with Passion.

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Wow! What a great food festival! Well done Colmore Bid in Birmingham!!




View our article for a selection of wonderful photography taken at Colmore Food Festival in Birmingham (July 2018). Many thanks to those at the Colmore Bid team who have supplied us with some wonderful images and for organising this great event.

We hope you enjoy this gallery. Connect with us for great partnership opportunities or become a People with Passion.


Roll on Colmore Food Festival 2019 set to be even bigger!

Contact us HERE to support us in promoting our Food & Drink Birmingham Passion or show your passion for your City by joining our People with Passion.

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07 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The City from Clent Hills

We have had a few great skyline photos added to the feature gallery, this from Daniel taken from Clent Hills, "you can see how the city drops away to the south into the Rea Valley is this wide shot". Two more in the full post by Simon Felton and Jay Tee

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The City from Clent Hills




We have had a few great skyline photos added to the feature gallery, this from Daniel taken from Clent Hills, "you can see how the city drops away to the south into the Rea Valley is this wide shot". Two more in the full post by Simon Felton and Jay Tee


From the south-west of Birmingham, looking over the 'Sea of Trees'

Photo by Simon Felton

From Edgbaston Reservoir

Photo by Jay Tee

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Architecture
06 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Stunning architecture across Birmingham - modern & classic!

Birmingham is a great example of a city undergoing huge change that recognises the importance of showcasing its history whilst looking to the future. This is no more evident than in the city's mix of stunning architecture, with modern and classic sitting in harmony.

Here is the first of many articles in our ongoing showcase of Birmingham's wonderful architecture.

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Stunning architecture across Birmingham - modern & classic!




Birmingham is a great example of a city undergoing huge change that recognises the importance of showcasing its history whilst looking to the future. This is no more evident than in the city's mix of stunning architecture, with modern and classic sitting in harmony.

Here is the first of many articles in our ongoing showcase of Birmingham's wonderful architecture.


Architecture has always been a passion of BirminghamWeAre. Now, we aim to grow it as a huge passion across our Community.

For this feature, we have been joined by so many of Birmingham's 'People with Passion' to create a wonderful gallery that will grow and grow as we continue to share our passion for great architecture with people who live in, work in and visit this great City.  

Here's a selection to demonstrate just how well our modern builds can sit in harmany with architecture that has helped shape this great city over many years. 

Let's start with some art and creativity - in, believe it or not, Lego! Yes, Legoland Birmingham have come up with a wonderful and creative way of showcasing this wonderful City and its architecture.

Legoland Birmingham. Photo by Gum Kenth.

 

Legoland Birmingham. Photo by Gum Kenth.

 

Let's now turn to the actual architecture itself. Here's just a brief look at what's on offer across Birmingham. 

So much more to admire from our 'People with Passion'. Connect here to view our even larger gallery of photography, all from Birmingham's 'People with Passion'. 

 

Selfridges and St Martin's Church, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Mailbox, Birmingham. Photo by Tammie Naughton.

 

Birmingham's Council House and Library. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham. Photo by Christine Wright.

 

Bank Tower Two and the Bank, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

The Cube from Gas Street Basin. Photo by Damien Walmsley.

 

Canal House, Gas Street Basin. Photo by Fay Loewy.

 

HSBC Retail HQ, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Hyatt and Cube, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Hyatt, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

St Phillips Cathedral, Birmingham. Photo by Damien Walmsley

 

Classic architecture reflections in Baskerville House. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Along the canal. Photo by Raj Sanghera

 

Margaret Street, Birmingham. Photo by Victoria Ball.

 

Victoria Square, Birmingham. Photo by Raj Sanghera.

 

'Old Joe', Birmingham University. Photo by Tammie Naughton.

 

One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Grand Central, Birmingham. Photo by 'Mac' McCreery.

 

Selfridges, Birmingham. Photo by Imran Ali Bashir.

 

Bullring, Birmingham. Photo by Imran Ali Bashir.

 

The Cube, Birmingham. Photo by Imran Ali Bashir.

 

Birmingham University, Birmingham. Photo by Christine Wright.

 

BT Tower, Birmingham. Photo by Barry Whitehead.

 

Rotunda, Birmingham. Photo by Barry Whitehead.

 

Library of Birmingham and Rep Theatre. Photo by Tammie Naughton.

 

There are some wonderful partnership and advertising opportunities available at BirminghamWeAre. Take a look HERE and then connect with us to discuss further.

To be part of our growing 'People with Passion', connect with us HERE.

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Rivers, lakes & canals
04 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham - more miles of canal than Venice!

Birmingham has 35 miles of canals, more than Venice. Enjoyed by walkers, joggers, cyclists, and narrowboat owners, the canals are important to Birmingham & we must protect them.

View photos from our 'People with Passion' Damien Walmsley, Mac McCreery, Chris Fletcher, Barry Whitehead, Tammie Naughton, Peter Leadbetter & Daniel Sturley. 

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Birmingham - more miles of canal than Venice!




Birmingham has 35 miles of canals, more than Venice. Enjoyed by walkers, joggers, cyclists, and narrowboat owners, the canals are important to Birmingham & we must protect them.

View photos from our 'People with Passion' Damien Walmsley, Mac McCreery, Chris Fletcher, Barry Whitehead, Tammie Naughton, Peter Leadbetter & Daniel Sturley. 


We hope you enjoy this showcase of photography taken at various places along the canals that flow through and around Birmingham.

For more great photography showcasing the canals in and across Birmingham and the West Midlands. view our passion HERE.

For more details on the 30+ Passions now covered by BirminghamWeAre and the FreeTimePays digital space given free to 'People with Passion', connect with us HERE or call Jonathan on 07432 637322. 

For more details on the many and flexible partnerships available, view our post HERE.

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Architecture
03 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham in Lego! Wow - just stunning!

Gum Kenth, Museum Manager at Birmingham Museum & Arts Gallery, kindly shares with us the pics he took on his tour of the City of Birmingham at Legoland Birmingham - what a great advert for the City! So imaginative and a great showcase of how modern & classic architecture can sit so well side by side.  

Take the full article for more great photos. 

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Birmingham in Lego! Wow - just stunning!




Gum Kenth, Museum Manager at Birmingham Museum & Arts Gallery, kindly shares with us the pics he took on his tour of the City of Birmingham at Legoland Birmingham - what a great advert for the City! So imaginative and a great showcase of how modern & classic architecture can sit so well side by side.  

Take the full article for more great photos. 


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03 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

Here's the last June update, a little late but some nice perspectives of the building.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




Here's the last June update, a little late but some nice perspectives of the building.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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03 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham! We've got more trees than Paris!

Birmingham is a City with more trees than Paris.

BirminghamWeAre, with posts and a great gallery joins forces with the Birmingham 'People with Passion' to protect all that's green across the City.

Take the first of our articles we're sharing with the Huffington Post to showcase the great passions of Birmingham's 'People with Passion'.

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Birmingham! We've got more trees than Paris!




Birmingham is a City with more trees than Paris.

BirminghamWeAre, with posts and a great gallery joins forces with the Birmingham 'People with Passion' to protect all that's green across the City.

Take the first of our articles we're sharing with the Huffington Post to showcase the great passions of Birmingham's 'People with Passion'.

Moseley to Birmingham City Centre. Photo by Rebecca Riley.

 

Winterbourne House & Garden, Birmingham. Photo by Jay Mason-Burns.

 

Warley Woods, Birmingham. Photo by Elliott Brown.

 

Highbury Park. Birmingham. Photo by Elliott Brown. 

 

City of Trees, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

City in the Trees, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Birmingham City skyline from Clent Hills. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

View to Handsworth from 'Secret Garden', Birmingham Library. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

For more details on the 30+ Passions now covered by BirminghamWeAre and information on the FreeTimePays digital space given free to 'People with Passion', connect with us HERE or call Jonathan on 07432 637322. 

For more details on the many and flexible partnerships available, view our post HERE.

 

 

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Travel & tourism
02 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Martin Guest Managing Director of property consultants CBRE with HIS suggestion for '48 Hours in Birmingham'

We kick off our mid-summer run of '48 Hours in Birmingham' with Martin Guest's suggestions. More to follow through the week.

See our full post to see how Martin would recommend a visitor to our City spends '48 hours in Birmingham'.

For other '48 hours in Birmingham' posts and suggestions, take the project link.

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Martin Guest Managing Director of property consultants CBRE with HIS suggestion for '48 Hours in Birmingham'




We kick off our mid-summer run of '48 Hours in Birmingham' with Martin Guest's suggestions. More to follow through the week.

See our full post to see how Martin would recommend a visitor to our City spends '48 hours in Birmingham'.

For other '48 hours in Birmingham' posts and suggestions, take the project link.


Coincide your visit with a trip to Britain’s busiest theatre - no, it’s not in London’s West End, it’s right here in Birmingham!

Photo by Daniel Sturley

Whether you are a fan of musicals, opera, dance or ballet – Birmingham Royal Ballet is based here or want to catch a top-flight comedian, The Hippodrome has the show for you.

Either before or after a Friday night performance, I’d stop off at The Victoria, a traditional pub on nearby John Bright Street with a great choice of real ales.

For cricket fans, a game at Edgbaston is a must. Home to Warwickshire CCC and the Birmingham Bears, it’s undeniably the best ground outside Lords, and a favourite among England players, and not without reason: England has lost just one match there since 2008. No wonder they call it ‘Fortress Edgbaston’! 

Photo by Debra Power

There’s a great line up this year, with visits from two of the world’s greatest cricketing nations, Australia and India, for a floodlit T20 and a test respectively.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

If you can’t get either of these hot tickets, Edgbaston is the home of the T20 domestic finals.

Even if the cricket’s a bit slow, you can always rely on the crowds in the legendary Eric Hollies stand to keep you entertained. They’re the England team’s 12th man!

After the game, head into the city for dinner. A steak at Gaucho, 55 Colmore Row, or a curry at Asha’s on Newhall St – fitting if you’ve been to the India test – would top my list.

I’d work that off on Sunday with a walk.

The city centre has a wealth of fantastic architecture to explore. Modern icons such as Selfridges, the Library of Birmingham and New Street Station live cheek by jowl with the Victorian buildings which burgeoned as the city prospered from the Industrial Revolution. 

 

Photo by Chris Fletcher

It’s equally fascinating to see the emergence of a new generation of buildings, including the HSBC and HMRC HQs at Arena.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

New build is also underway at Paradise, creating a walkway from the Library of Birmingham which reveals Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in a totally different light.  

Photo by Raj Sanghera

I’d probably steer my city walk towards the Jewellery Quarter, and not just to take in the lovely St Paul’s Church, set in the city’s only Georgian square. 

Photo by Damien Walmsley 

The JQ is becoming as well known for its bar scene as its jewellery making, with an award-winning gin bar and a specialist whisky bar, housed in the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, among its draws.

Photo by Birmingham Museums

In my book, Sunday’s not Sunday without meat and at least three veg. I’d head for the Red Lion, an old-school pub which serves up a crackling (see what I did there?) roast and all the trimmings from £12.95.  

That said, The Highfield in Edgbaston is also a great alternative: all the roasties you can eat, extra yorkies and bottomless gravy.

What’s not to like?

Enjoy Birmingham!

 

 

 

 

 

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