Seven spots to enjoy Brum in the sun
Nothing can beat our city in the sunshine – that’s why we have put together some of our top spots to enjoy Brum in the sun.
Sprawling lawns, roaming peacocks and a huge variety of plants and flowers make Birmingham Botanical Gardens the perfect picnicking spot. There are also plenty of places to explore and playgrounds for the kids to run wild.
Light and airy, the fascinating interiors of the IKON gallery are the ideal hangout for culture vultures. Ever changing exhibitions of contemporary art are complimented by a stop off in York’s Café for a tasty iced coffee.
A beautiful boutique hotel just a stone’s throw from the city centre, this art deco paradise serves up outstanding high quality cocktails and a truly mouth-watering afternoon tea. The Edgbaston is also home to the only Möet & Chandon Terrace outside of London, an impeccable outdoor spot to raise a toast to the summer.
With a wide range of restaurants and wine bars looking out across Birmingham’s famous canal network, The Mailbox is the perfect place to relax and catch up with friends across a glass of fizz or maybe a jug of Pimms. Acclaimed Chef Tom Aikens also serves up a delicious seasonal menu full of the fresh tastes of summer at Tom’s Kitchen.
The views across the city from the Library’s terraces are pretty much unrivalled, on a clear day take a seat and admire a panoramic outlook over the second city. If you can, the Library of Birmingham is also a great place to take your work with you and enjoy the city in the summer with plenty of connection points and free wifi.
We couldn’t have put together this list without mentioning central Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park. Covering over 250 acres and with facilities that include five tennis courts, a mini golf course, a bowling green and pedalo boats on the lake there’s more than enough to fill an entire day and entertain every member of the family. With Midlands Arts Centre on the doorstep there’s a café on hand for refreshments or even a cinema screening for when the weather is a little less desirable.
A hidden historical gem and the ideal place to take a step back into history or lose yourself in a good book on your picnic rug. Take in a selection of ongoing exhibitions or even get stuck in with a gardening workshop. There’s also the chance to enjoy some outdoor Shakespeare as the sun sets on a summers day.