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18 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Secret Garden on the Library of Birmingham

Architecture is not all about the shape of the building, it's also about how it's used. The Library of Birmingham has a 7th floor (14th equivalent) garden terrace called the 'Secret Garden' and is open to the public. It offers fantastic views across the city centre and way beyond. Here is a small photo study from Daniel Sturley showing how magical it can seem even in poor weather. Click 'View Article' to see the other photos.

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The Secret Garden on the Library of Birmingham


Architecture is not all about the shape of the building, it's also about how it's used. The Library of Birmingham has a 7th floor (14th equivalent) garden terrace called the 'Secret Garden' and is open to the public. It offers fantastic views across the city centre and way beyond. Here is a small photo study from Daniel Sturley showing how magical it can seem even in poor weather. Click 'View Article' to see the other photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

Great modern architecture in Birmingham - featuring the city's Library of Birmingham

The second of our posts for our hugely popular Birmingham 100+ project promoting the wonderful modern architecture in the City takes a look at the Library of Birmingham.

 

All of the amazing photos displayed here have been taken by Daniel Sturley, one of Birmingham We Are's growing 'People with Passion'.

 

Send us your photos and why not contribute to other features of great modern architecture.

 

Take the article for more on the Library of Birmingham. 

 

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Great modern architecture in Birmingham - featuring the city's Library of Birmingham


The second of our posts for our hugely popular Birmingham 100+ project promoting the wonderful modern architecture in the City takes a look at the Library of Birmingham.

 

All of the amazing photos displayed here have been taken by Daniel Sturley, one of Birmingham We Are's growing 'People with Passion'.

 

Send us your photos and why not contribute to other features of great modern architecture.

 

Take the article for more on the Library of Birmingham. 

 


What is now the 'not so longer' new Library of Birmingham opened to the public in September 2013. The library is estimated to have cost £188.8 million and is considered a flagship project for the city's redevelopment.

 

The design team was led by Mecanoo, a Netherlands-based architectural practice and the build was led by Carillion. The building has been recognised for both its innovative design and for its positive social impact and has won a number of awards.

 

It is one of the most photographed of modern builds in the City.  All the photography displayed here is by Birmingham's very own Daniel Sturley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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People & community
12 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

St. Patrick's Parade in Birmingham - Great day had by all!

What a day that was! View the article for a selection of wonderful  photography taken at the St. Patrick's Parade in Birmingham. Our project runs for the week till St. Patrick's Day itself - take the project link for more. 

 

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St. Patrick's Parade in Birmingham - Great day had by all!


What a day that was! View the article for a selection of wonderful  photography taken at the St. Patrick's Parade in Birmingham. Our project runs for the week till St. Patrick's Day itself - take the project link for more. 

 


This selection of wonderful photography taken in Birmingham at the excellent St. Patrick's Parade has been supplied by three of Birmingham We Are's 'People with Passion - Barry Whitehead, Tammie Naughton and Elliott Brown,

 

Photo by Tammie Naughton

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Elliott Brown

 

Photo by Tammie Naughton

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Elliott Brown

 

Photo by Tammie Naughton

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Elliott Brown 

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

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Construction & regeneration
11 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Crane at Three Snowhill

A few new photos have been added to the crane and plant photography project, click 'View Project Details' to see the others.

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Construction & regeneration
11 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Three Snowhill

As spring tries really hard to break out the construction of Three Snowhill continues with more steel structure and a lot more cladding, the shape is really starting show as well as it's shear mass. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of photos from this weekend.

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The Construction of Three Snowhill


As spring tries really hard to break out the construction of Three Snowhill continues with more steel structure and a lot more cladding, the shape is really starting show as well as it's shear mass. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of photos from this weekend.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham hit by the Beast (March 2018)

This was the scene in and around Birmingham just over a week ago. Hit by the 'Beast from the East', it gave Birmingham's photographers and 'People with Passion' for the City a great chance to capture some stunning scenes across Birmingham.

 

Take the article for a selection of great photography.

 

For a huge gallery of Winter's scenes over Birmingham, take the project link below. 

 

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Birmingham hit by the Beast (March 2018)


This was the scene in and around Birmingham just over a week ago. Hit by the 'Beast from the East', it gave Birmingham's photographers and 'People with Passion' for the City a great chance to capture some stunning scenes across Birmingham.

 

Take the article for a selection of great photography.

 

For a huge gallery of Winter's scenes over Birmingham, take the project link below. 

 


Brindley Place, Birmingham at night (March 2018). Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Tyseley Train Station, Birmingham (March 2018). Photo by Chris Fletcher.

 

Down by the canal, Birmingham (March 2018). Photo by Jay Mason-Burns

 

Sherbourne Wharf, Birmingham (March 2018). Photo by Chris Fletcher.

 

'One man and his dog', Birmingham. Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Gas Street Basin, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
11 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Demolition at Paradise Birmingham

The Library behind a pile of rubble from the recent demolition of the Birmingham City University's Conservatoire. More photos soon from the continuing demolition at the Paradise Birmingham redevelopment.

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People & community
10 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

Countdown! - Birmingham goes green from Sunday with St Patrick's Parade kickstarting a week of festivities

With St Patrick's Day a week away, festivities start in Birmingham on the 11th March 2018 with the great St Patrick's Parade.  Enjoy a week or so of great festivities with us as we build and share a fantastic gallery of photos and resource collected by our Community of Passion. Iconic Birmingham landmark Selfridges will be lit up in celebration for the period of the celebrations. 

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07 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

Let us show you how we can help promote your business!

BirminghamWeAre provides many opportunities for organisations and companies to advertise, promote and demonstrate their involvement in the positive and impact-focused initiatives and campaigns run by BirminghamWeAre.

 

BirminghamWeAre also provides digital space for organisations (whether on their own or in partnership) to set up, grow, promote and run their own initiatives and campaigns.

 

Heard enough, connect with our support team to discuss availability and costs.

 

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Let us show you how we can help promote your business!


BirminghamWeAre provides many opportunities for organisations and companies to advertise, promote and demonstrate their involvement in the positive and impact-focused initiatives and campaigns run by BirminghamWeAre.

 

BirminghamWeAre also provides digital space for organisations (whether on their own or in partnership) to set up, grow, promote and run their own initiatives and campaigns.

 

Heard enough, connect with our support team to discuss availability and costs.

 

Connect with us

 

Interested to know more, take the article below. 

 


 

Before, we tell you more about the ways in which you can promote your business and your passion for Birmingham to people who live here and visit the City, let us first tell you a little about BirminghamWeAre and our reach,

 

 

BirminghamWeAre is a growing Community of Passion and digital space that is hosted by FreeTimePays, a unique digital channel and growing social media environment that is totally dedicated to the delivery of positive social impact.

 

For more about BirminghamWeAre and the FreeTimePays digital platform which powers many Communities of Passion, please take this link.

 

 

The large and growing digital reach of BirminghamWeAre using multiple social media channels including FreeTimePays means that we will connect you to ‘real’ people who have a shared passion for all things Birmingham.  (Note: There are no paid for ‘phantom followers’ at Birmingham We Are!).   

 

 

So here's a selection of ways we can promote you and your business!

 

First, let's together reward people who follow Birmingham passions with special offers, deals and discounts.   

 

 

Next, support those campaigns and inspirational projects that matter to you and your business.  Discuss these with us, we will definitely have something that fits with your marketing and corporate aims and interests. 

 

 

Why not set up and run a campaign or inspirational project yourselves.  We can support this with access to a host of digital engagement tools.

 

 

Why not sponsor a Birmingham passion and connect with passionate people?  Let's show you the reach that this would deliver with logos, adverts and messages being delivered on a regular basis to re-enforce your support for your selected passion.

 

 

Go further, and brand & grow your own 'Community of Passion'.  

 

 

Issue your community with unique Community Passports and run incentives and offers as rewards for people who collect Passion Points.

 

 

This is just some of the ways we can help get you connected with people who are passionate about their City and their Community.

 

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People & community
06 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

We're here to reward Passion & Inspiration across Birmingham!

At Birmingham We Are, we are all about recognising and rewarding people for the passions they share and the difference they make for themselves, for others, for their community and for their City. 

 

During Spring 2018, we will be rolling out FreeTimePays Community Passports. These quite unique Passports give people the digital space to collect Points for Passions shared and activities carried out. And yes, points really do mean prizes with Birmingham We Are. The more points collected, the more prizes, awards and offers available.  

 

But first, we are after 100 'people with passion' who can help with our Birmingham 100+ campaign. All 100 (whether individuals or organisations) will be given free digital space to promote their passion for Birmingham and we will recognise the contribution and impact they are making to the city and to their community with 50 Passion Points.

 

Contact Jonathan.Bostock@FreeTimePays.com for further details.

 

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Free digital space will be given to our first 100 People with Passion, together with 50 passion points.

 

 

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Travel & tourism
05 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

Dave Thompson QPM, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police with his suggestion for '48 Hours in Birmingham'

Although a Mancunian and someone who loves the city of his birth, Dave Thompson, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, simply adores Birmingham.

 

Take the article below to see how Dave would recommend a visitor to our City spends '48 hours in Birmingham'.

 

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Dave Thompson QPM, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police with his suggestion for '48 Hours in Birmingham'


Although a Mancunian and someone who loves the city of his birth, Dave Thompson, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, simply adores Birmingham.

 

Take the article below to see how Dave 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.


As the Chief Constable of the West Midlands, it is a huge pleasure to police the incredibly diverse region of the Black Country, Solihull, Coventry and Birmingham.

 

I am a typical Mancunian and love the city of my birth but I simply adore Birmingham and can’t believe it took this job to bring me here!

 

Birmingham is bursting with youth, diversity, history and culture. The city has an outdated reputation and the 2022 Commonwealth Games will rebrand this exciting place.

 

Get ahead and get here to check the city out!

 

It's a real push to get a taste of the city in 48 hours, but let’s have a go!

 

Day 1.

 

Arrive to the Cathedral of Rail that is New Street Station. It is an inspiring gateway into the city that floods travellers with light and sound.

 

Grand Central, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

You can literally touch the best range of shopping in England here with the Grand Central shops above you and the Bullring attached to it. Make sure you see the Bull, who is often dressed for the season.

 

Birmingham Bull, Bullring, Birmingham. Photo by Tammie Naughton

 

Drop down towards St Martin’s Church between the Bullring’s Wings to catch a glimpse of Nelson and the impressive façade of the Selfridges store.

 

Selfridges, Birmingham. Photo by Chris Fletcher.

 

As you pass the beautiful St Martin’s, set out to Digbeth.

 

View from city centre to Digbeth. Photo by Mac McCreery. 

 

Arty and youthful now but it is one of the oldest parts of the city with interesting pubs and eateries hidden in its streets. Catch a glimpse of our beautiful 1911 Digbeth police station with its own clock as you set off down the High Street! Spot the JFK Mosaic and street art then into the Custard Factory for independent shops, art and events.

 

Custard Factory, Birmingham. Photo by Fay Loewy. 

 

If you are here on Friday night then the Digbeth Dining Club ensures you can grab the best of Birmingham Street Food. If not, then hope for a craft fair where you can access some great artists. Alexander Edwards’ Brumhaus is my favourite.

 

Time is tight so back towards the city centre so you get to glimpse some of the Victorian Gems. Head up to St Philip's Cathedral on Colmore Row and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city as it’s a busy intersection and all human life is here.

 

St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham. Photo by Mac McCreery.

 

Catch a glimpse across the road at the vista that is The Grand, 'Brum's' beautifully restored grand lady of a hotel and then down Colmore Row to the Town Hall and Council House.

 

Council House and Queen Victoria statue, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Keep going and end the walking at the new Library. It is a great deal more than books with amazing views across the city!

 

Library of Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Time to relax so catch a film before you seek food or sleep. It’s a small walk back to Station Street to the lovely Electric Cinema, the UK’s oldest working cinema. Cosy, warm, great staff, a nice choice of beers and snacks and a wonderful selection of films.

 

Day 2.

 

Now try out of the city centre, as it's in Birmingham’s neighbourhoods where the diverse city comes to life!

 

Drive off along the Bristol Road, part of the old Super Prix Track (watch your speed, I am the Chief Constable!) and navigate towards Edgbaston Cricket Ground. If the cricket’s off then a leisurely stroll in Cannon Hill Park lets you feed the ducks.

 

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Birmingham has a huge number of parks but Cannon Hill has the wonderful Mac Centre where the arts and a great café live.

 

Leave the park through Moseley, (a lovely neighbourhood), before slipping onto Ladypool Road. This is the place to seek out a curry if you are peckish and it’s certainly the hub of East meets West in Birmingham. If you have time, a drive down Stratford Road will bombard you will the sights and sounds of Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities like nowhere you have been in Britain. The parking can be really quite creative too!

 

View from City to Birmingham Central Mosque. Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Head back towards the city and as you pass down Belgrave Middleway you will see the huge Central Mosque which, when built, was the largest in Europe and one of many in a city with a large Muslim community.

 

As you go back on the Bristol Road you will pass through the famous tunnels but not before you get a great view of the Library. Head up Soho Road to see the huge Nishkam Sikh Gurdwara.

 

Birmingham has one of the country’s largest Sikh communities and you will find someone to show you around and explain their faith. The Sikh faith values the tradition of Langar that ensures the Gurdwara kitchen serves all visitors a free meal regardless of faith!

 

Soho Road sees a mixture of Muslim, Sikh, Caribbean and African Communities with newer Eastern European communities.

 

Returning back down the road to the city to spend the afternoon relaxing in the Jewellery Quarter.

 

Clock Tower, Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. Photo by Barry Whitehead.

 

A heady mix of museums, residential, leisure, jewellers and industry, the quarter is a great place to wander around with notable restaurants and bars. Many of the shops make jewellery to order if you are after a special gift.

 

Don’t miss the wonderful St Paul’s Square built around the 1779 church. It has the most beautiful bells of any in the city and wonderful grounds to sleep off a meal and a drink in in the summer!

 

St Paul's Church, St Paul's Square, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

It’s probably time to head back to the station but, if you have booked early, West Midlands Police may well have opened up the historic police cells at Steelhouse Lane on a visitor’s day.

 

Mix of photos from Lock Up, Steelhouse Lane. Photos from West Midlands Police.

 

The cells were opened in 1892 and held the real Peaky Blinders and many other felons until we closed them in 2016! You may see the odd ghost by all accounts. We hope the cells will become the future museum for the force. They are amazing!

 

Time to hot foot back to New Street realising you have barely touched this gem of a city and promising to come back soon!!

 

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Construction & regeneration
04 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

A freezing and foggy day in the aftermath of the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma was the backdrop for this construction update of Bank Tower Two at the Left Bank development on Broad Street in Birmingham. The photos still help to give an impression of the looming bulk of the tower as it rises to the eighth floor with the core at 30. Click 'View Article' to see the rest of the photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


A freezing and foggy day in the aftermath of the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma was the backdrop for this construction update of Bank Tower Two at the Left Bank development on Broad Street in Birmingham. The photos still help to give an impression of the looming bulk of the tower as it rises to the eighth floor with the core at 30. Click 'View Article' to see the rest of the photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Brindleyplace During the Snow

Here's a small gallery of shots around the canal at Brindleyplace during the March snow, photos by Daniel Sturley, a local resident. Click 'View Article' to see the rest.

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Brindleyplace During the Snow


Here's a small gallery of shots around the canal at Brindleyplace during the March snow, photos by Daniel Sturley, a local resident. Click 'View Article' to see the rest.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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03 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Gas Street Basin in the Snow

The snow did eventually arrive in Birmingham during the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma, Gas Street Basin looks magical in a dusting of snow, Daniel took a walk round and captured a small gallery of shots. Click 'View Article' to see the photos.

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Gas Street Basin in the Snow


The snow did eventually arrive in Birmingham during the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma, Gas Street Basin looks magical in a dusting of snow, Daniel took a walk round and captured a small gallery of shots. Click 'View Article' to see the photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Travel & tourism
02 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

Tony Elvin, general manager at Birmingham's luxurious Hotel du Vin with his suggestions for great '48 Hours in Birmingham'

Tony says of 'The Brummies' - "they are great at welcoming people from all over the globe, including people such as me". Tony hails from Essex.

 

Often asked by people to recommend places to go and visit in Birmingham, Tony and his team need to know all the best places, both within and close to the City.

 

Take Tony's article to read his suggestion for '48 Hours in Birmingham'. For other suggestions, take the project link below.

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Tony Elvin, general manager at Birmingham's luxurious Hotel du Vin with his suggestions for great '48 Hours in Birmingham'


Tony says of 'The Brummies' - "they are great at welcoming people from all over the globe, including people such as me". Tony hails from Essex.

 

Often asked by people to recommend places to go and visit in Birmingham, Tony and his team need to know all the best places, both within and close to the City.

 

Take Tony's article to read his suggestion for '48 Hours in Birmingham'. For other suggestions, take the project link below.


A great 48 hours in Birmingham

 

48 hours in Britain’s friendliest city. The Brummies are great at welcoming people from all over the globe, even people from Essex like me. As a hotel Manager in Birmingham’s finest hotel, my team and I need to know all the best places to go. I hope you enjoy my inside track on what to do . .

 

Arriving in Brum on a Friday afternoon with Hotel du Vin as your base, we’ve got a decadently extravagant couple of days planned.

 

Hotel du Vin, Birmingham. Photo courtesy Hotel du Vin.

 

A glass of champagne in hand, relaxing in our Bubble Lounge champagne bar and tucking into a delicious Croque Monsieur as you contemplate the itinerary.

 

Bubble Lounge Champagne Bar, Hotel du Vin. Photo courtesy Hotel du Vin.

 

Friday Afternoon

 

First it’s time for culture. Just a short walk to Victoria Square through the Colmore Business District’s impressive architecture you arrive at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Before you even enter the museum this is a stunning spot. Victoria Square housing the majestic Council House, Museum and Art Gallery, our Floozie in the Jacuzzi and the Birmingham Town Hall, one of  the world’s oldest concert halls, some 180 years old.

 

Birmingham's Council House. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Looking past the transformation of the Paradise development where cranes fill the sky blending modern architecture with grand old buildings, this is the ever changing face of Birmingham at its best. Transforming it’s identify on a seemingly continuous 40 year loop of redevelopment. Baskerville House nestled amongst the new developments of Paradise and the ‘Jewellery Box’ Birmingham Library sit under the watchful eye of the Lunar Men.

 

Library of Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Heading into the Museum and Art Gallery you are welcomed to the Round Room Gallery by Sir Jacob Epstein’s Lucifer before taking in the Staffordshire Hoard, The Pre-Raphaelites and Baroque Art collections to name just a few. And if you need more champagne already then you can literally ‘Press for Champagne’ in the tea rooms where a glass of delicious Piper Heidsdeck Champagne will make its way to you by just pressing a champagne button . . how civilised!?

 

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

On the way back into the business district location of the hotel we pick up a playing card from The Liquor Store clothes shop on Colmore Row. This intriguing card has a phone number on it. We might give that number a call later.

 

 

Friday Evening

 

Time for a cocktail? We’ve planned ahead and have a spot reserved at the most amazing cocktail bar you can imagine. With just 8 seats available, it is an incredible experience  at Smultronstalle on Union Street in the City Arcade. We’ve booked a tasting menu of 7 courses with paired cocktails for a two hour experience.

 

On the way back to HdV, we dial the number on the playing card from The Liquor Store and wait outside the clothes shop.

 

We’ll say no more and let you find out what happens when you dial the number.

 

Birmingham skyline at night. Photo from Daniel Sturley.

 

We get back to the hotel and head upstairs for a restorative night’s sleep in a giant leather sleigh bed.

 

Giant leather sleigh bed at Hotel du Vin. Photo courtesy Hotel du Vin

 

Saturday Morning

 

An early start and a hearty HdV breakfast before heading to the shops. Bullring, Selfridges, Grand Central. A shopper’s paradise!

 

Selfridges, Birmingham. Photo by Jay Mason-Burns.

 

We pop into Loki Wines in the Great Western Arcade to do some more shopping, picking up a cracking bottle of Frog’s Leap Californian Cabernet Sauvignon as recommended by cheeky proprietor Phil Innes to take home with us.

 

Great Western Arcade, Birmingham. Photo by George Daley.

 

Saturday Afternoon

 

An afternoon is spent sightseeing in the Jewellery Quarter, visiting the award winning Coffin Works Museum and the RBSA Gallery.

 

 

We grab a bite to eat in 1000 Trades, and then jump in a cab to Moseley.

 

Saturday Night

 

A great night is had popping in and out of Moseley’s fine pubs finishing in my favourite, The Prince of Wales. Walking through the door you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. A tiny traditional old Pub with some fantastic cask ales . . but, head down the corridor to the back of the Pub to find this place is like a tardis. A huge covered and heated Pub garden, party music playing, everyone is singing along, there’s a Tiki Bar, A Cigar Shack, a Wine Shed and more.

 

We enjoy a Sabai Sabai before cabbing back to HdV for an Old Fashioned in the Bubble Lounge. Bed beckons.

 

Hotel du Vin, Birmingham. Photo courtesy Hotel du Vin

 

 

Sunday Morning

 

We have a lie in, skip breakfast, check out and go for one Birmingham’s best Sunday Lunches. We don’t have far to go . . for the four course Hotel du Vin Sunday Lunch. Soup, French Market Table, Roast Beef and Tarte Tatin.

 

Could do with another sleep now but we instead pick up a coffee from Urban over the road before heading to our favourite cinema, The Electric on Station Street by New Street Station.

 

 

We settle in for an old classic movie on one of their comfy sofas. Casablanca and zzzzz.

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Environment & green spaces
01 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

A glorious wintery Winterbourne in Birmingham

Enjoy a selection of beautiful photography from Peter Leadbetter who is a regular visitor to Winterbourne House and Gardens. 

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A glorious wintery Winterbourne in Birmingham


Enjoy a selection of beautiful photography from Peter Leadbetter who is a regular visitor to Winterbourne House and Gardens. 


Photo by Peter Leadbetter.

 

Photo by Peter Leadbetter.

 

Photo by Peter Leadbetter.

 

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Health & wellbeing
01 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

No-one should be sleeping rough in this weather!

If you see a rough sleeper or a homeless person out in this weather, then contact Street Link who can help them! Report online on the link below or call: 0300 500 0914.

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Photography
01 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Library of Birmingham is Purple!

The Library of Birmingham is lit up in purple tonight, a light dusting of snow creates great lighting conditions for night photography.

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Fundraising & charity
27 Feb 2018 - PMNet Support

Mark Abrams is hoping to break out of jail for Water Aid - please help!

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Auriga’s CEO Mark Abrams has been read his rights and locked in a police cell at Steelhouse Lane in Birmingham, all for the charity - WaterAid!

 

As part of the  Severn Trent Trust Fund 20th Anniversary celebrations, a number of challenges and activities have taken place over a yearly period to raise £20,000 for WaterAid. Mark has been set the challenge of spending all of Tuesday 27th February locked up in a cell at Steelhouse Lane Prison.

 

His bail has been set at £2,500 and he won’t be released until he has hit that target. 

 

Please take the web link to connect with the Just Giving account and help Mark Out! 

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Construction & regeneration
26 Feb 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

Bank Tower Two continues to rise, here is a gallery of photos from the weekend, including a few taken from a distance showing the effect it is having on the skyline. Click 'View Article' to see the rest.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


Bank Tower Two continues to rise, here is a gallery of photos from the weekend, including a few taken from a distance showing the effect it is having on the skyline. Click 'View Article' to see the rest.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sport & leisure
26 Feb 2018 - FreeTimePays

Social cycling in Birmingham - Wed 28th February

Short bike ride to the East of the city along canal and paths. Meet @ Moor St station. Free event with Cycle Birmingham (no registration, just show up at Moor Street Station). Great social with welcoming group of cyclists. All abilities welcome.
28 Feb 2018
7.15pm (wheels roll 7.30pm)
Moor Street Station, Birmingham.

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25 Feb 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The City Skyline from Small Heath and Tyseley

Daniel went out to Small Heath and Tyseley to get some blue sky shots of the Birmingham City skyline, this from Small Heath Station. Click 'View Article' to see the others.

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The City Skyline from Small Heath and Tyseley


Daniel went out to Small Heath and Tyseley to get some blue sky shots of the Birmingham City skyline, this from Small Heath Station. Click 'View Article' to see the others.


The city from Tyseley Station.

 

The city from Tyseley Station.

 

The city from Small Heath Bridge.

 

The city from near St Andrew's Stadium.

 

The city from near St Andrew's Stadium.

 

The city from Small Heath Station.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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25 Feb 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Birmingham City Skyline

The Eastside City Skyline from near St Andrews Stadium on a glorious cold winter day without a cloud in the sky. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

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24 Feb 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The core for Bank Tower Two is at the 29th floor and the main structure up to the 7th, now taller than the Bank building on the Broad Street side of the site. More photos of the progress to follow soon.

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24 Feb 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The City from Seven Miles Away

The view of the city centre skyline taken from Clent Hill on a cold but sunny February day. Clent is to the west of the city about 7 miles away, Daniel went out to capture this photo using a Canon 60D on a tripod with a 300mm lens. Always use a delayed shutter release he says, you can't touch the camera at this distance if you want it sharp! The Hagley Road cluster is in the middle, the nearly complete concrete core for Bank Tower Two on Broad Street is now looking to be the tallest from this perspective.

 

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