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Bigging up Birmingham - anyone?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Ophelia 9, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Ophelia 9

    Ophelia 9 New commenter

    Just off the top of my head, without giving it much thought - there are three theatres (the Rep is currently wandering around various city venues as it's home is going to be linked to the new Library of Birmingham), one of which is home to Birmingham Royal Ballet, one of the best ballet companies in the country. Between the Alexandra and the Hippodrome theatres you will be able to see the same touring productions as are available at the Palace and Opera House in Manchester and the Old Rep is also still a working theatre venue.
    .There is the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and, of course, the fantastic symphony Hall, rated by musicians as an outstanding venue. The Town Hall has also now been re-opened and concerts are taking place there again I believe.
    There is the main museum and Art Gallery (current exhibitions include some Da Vinci drawings.) Also the Barber Institute at Birmingham University and the Ikon Gallery - there are probably other galleries which I can't remember or don't know about! The historical buildings which come under the umbrella of Birmingham Museums and Art Galleries are also worth visiting.
    I'm sure someone else will come up with loads more for you. My youngest daughter went to Manchester university and loves the city but she wouldn't be horrified at the thought of living back in Birmingham. (Incidentally, I'm not a Brummie myself, I just live here!)
  2. Ophelia 9

    Ophelia 9 New commenter

    Sorry - just attempted to edit out the abberant apostrophe in 'its' and to add that I detest shopping so am not an expert but there is, as I'm sure you will know, Selfridges along with many other popular shops, in the hell which is known as the Bullring. However a better bet might be the Touchwood shopping centre in Solihull - I'm fairly sure there is a John Lewis there.
  3. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Yes there is a John Lewis in Solihull. But precious little else unless you earn a Bankers' salary!

    Coventry is a bit long in the tooth these days unless you long to get that 60s shopping experience.

    Best shopping centre IMHO is Redditch. We live in Solihull but 15 minutes and you are there. Cheap parking and lots of shops with a range from 99p tat right up to Marks & Sparks and BHS and designer shops. No good for food shopping but then that is what Tescos was invented for!

    Brum has the Bull ring. Plenty of pubs and clubs, casinoes etc if you want that stuff.
  4. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Hadn't thought of Redditch. Used to live in Coventry and we still have a soft spot for it although I'm expecting to find it a bit down-at-heel. Wish all the old folk clubs were still around ( and that I was still 21 of course) Things used to happen at Solihull Civic Hall I think - seem to remember going somewhere to see Tom Paxton circa 1972. Never hear about what the Rep is doing although I know it used to be highly rated - will have to give it a try. Always loved the Town Hall and as a child could never understand why people on the tele said they worked at a town hall when it was just a big room! CBSO and Symphony Hall also on the list of things to do
    (blazer - what a horrible shock! Why oh why oh why?)
  5. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    No pun intended there? ;-)

    Is OH related to Fred Dibnah?
  6. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Solihull Civic hall was knocked down to build Touchwood!
  7. rach1968

    rach1968 New commenter

    Is there a pun intended in your post msb??? Manchester, lovely. And Fred Dibnah was born in Bolton, not Manc.
  8. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    Don't forget that you'll be near Leamington........
  9. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    Worcestershire isn't that far away either - Worcester and Malvern are always nice for a visit. Sorry, I don't know Birmingham that well - I've been out for food and theatre in Brum before and had a good time.
  10. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Manchester is full of old mills, so anyone keen on its architecture and history is bound to be 'milling about'. Fred Dibnah spent a lot of time studying machinery in old mills, regardless of where his cradle stood.

    I shall write out 100 times 'I must not be so cryptic' ;-)
  11. rach1968

    rach1968 New commenter

    Ah, i see. Glad you explained. I know about the mills having lived a stones tbrow away for several years. Do you think 100 times is punishment enough for your cryptisism???
  12. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Never mind msb, it made me laugh.

    mm we know Leamington well - it's great and one of the reasons we're moving to that area.
  13. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Your also within an hour of liverpool and its 'culture'.Straight down the m62 into the centre of the city. Lots of history, new museum opening up and also art gallerys and loads of shopping in liverpool 63?
    St kathrines dock
    St john's market for an experience!
    ferry across the mersey befoe ut disappers altogether
    Down M62,M6 and your into chester with its history, walls and shopping.
  14. Loads of classical music concerts and operas at Symphony Hall and the Hippodrome if thats your thing.
  15. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    The thing I'll miss most is the glorious countryside, We'll have to come and walk Rushup Edge from time to time.
  16. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Brum is surrounded by countryside, surprise surprise. I spent my childhood discovering Warwickshire, not to mention Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Shropshire.
  17. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I do love the Warwickshire countryside but it doesn't have the drama of the hills round here. Worcestershire and Shropshire will be new to me - although I climbed up British Camp last year. My father says he took my mother there the day before he left to join the army.
  18. They're moving to Birmingham!
  19. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I was too polite to point that out - I hoped the penny would drop.
  20. lindenlea - I moved out of Birmingham 11 years ago and now live an hour to the south. Very rarely go back to the city centre and find the contrast with my current rural location hard to deal with.
    Coventry is a bit of a dump - the centre is awful
    Solihull is characterless
    Where will you be working?

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