Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
There are lots of great events happening that won’t cost you a penny this summer.
From bear hunting The Big Sleuth art trail to sampling some jazz and blues concerts, there are free things to do for all ages and interests.
Or, if you’ve got the Wimbledon bug, why not try out some free tennis sessions?
And there are free festivals to head to across the city as well.
Be sure to check timings beforehand to avoid disappointment.
Where: Birmingham city centre and suburbs
When: July 10 to September 17
The Big Sleuth is the sequel to the Big Hoot, the public arts trail that was full of those lovely owls.
This time it will feature more than 100 bear sculptures in the city’s streets, parks and open spaces.
People will also be able to go hunting for The Ink Detective, Picnic Time for Teddy Bears and Bee Kind as part of the 10 week trail.
What’s more it’s completely FREE!
Where: Various venues across Birmingham
When: July 14 to 23
The Birmingham and Solihull Jazz and Blues Festival brings together artists from all over the world for a series of gigs in restaurants, bars, museums and public spaces.
What’s more most of it is free.
Acts include King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, Alarn Barnes, Pepper and the Jellies and Django’s Castle.
Where: Touchwood, Solihull
When: July 15 to September 3
Touchwood is once again offering to transport you to sunnier shores this summer with the return of its popular Costa del Solihull urban beach.
It’s one of a selection of manmade beaches in the area and will run from July 15 until September 3.
What’s more, it’s free!
There will be deckchairs, buckets and spades plus lots of events for families to enjoy throughout the summer.
Look out for Titan the Robot, and the chance to travel back in time with Tiny, a young dinosaur brought to life by the wonders of modern science.
Theatre Square, Touchwood, Solihull, B91 3RG
Where: Sutton Park and Cannon Hill Park
When: Every Wednesday and Thursday in the school holidays
Discover nature in a series of free and interactive Wild Parks sessions with the RSPB and Aldi.
There will be mini-beast hunting and pond exploration in the sessions throughout the summer holidays every Wednesday in Sutton Park and every Thursday in Cannon Hill Park from 11am to 3.30pm.
Activities also include treasure hunts for items to collect and use as natural art materials.
There are wildlife booklets to help identify wildflowers or creatures, and even Wild Bingo!
All sessions are drop-in with no need to pre-book.
Where: Brindleyplace Birmingham
When: July 17 to 23
The annual Brindleyplace Film Festival will return with a selection of FREE films shown outside, with deckchairs and bean bags provided and even some free popcorn.
More than 100,000 people took part last year.
The list has just to be finalised as it’s the public who decides what they want to watch.
Brunswick Street, Birmingham B1 2JF
Where: Handsworth Park
When: July 23
This free open-air event celebrates Birmingham’s rich cultural diversity through live performances, arts workshops, kids areas, craft stalls and street food.
Running from 12.30pm to 7.30pm, this family friendly festival promises something for everyone.
Handsworth Park, Birmingham, B20 2BY
Where: Prices Square
When: July 26 to 30
The man-made beach is returning to Northfield to kick off the start of the summer holidays.
It will run from 10am to 4pm, and organisers are promising live music, stalls and a space to relax and picnic.
What’s more, most of it is free!
Prices Square, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 2NG
Where: Jewellery Quarter
When: July 28 to 30
The third annual Jewellery Quarter Festival is back this summer.
There will be lots of free activities, entertainment and opportunities to explore the studios of creatives who all call the Jewellery Quarter home, including graphic designers, leather workers, glass makers and etchers, film makers, photographers, jewellery makers, and architects.
Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter
Where: Moseley Village Green
When: July 29
Go shopping with a difference. This is a street market where you can buy ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, woodwork, textiles, sculpture and paintings whilst chatting to the artists and designers who’ve made them.
The market starts at 9am and entry is free.
Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8HW
Where: Warley Woods
When: August 2, 3, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 25
There are free golf sessions with Greg Lynch, PGA Pro at Warley Woods Golf Course on these dates in August.
Sessions for 5 to 8 year olds run from 10am to 12pm and sessions for 9 to 14 year olds run from 12.15pm to 2.15pm.
Spaces are limited. Call 0121 429 2440 to reserve any two sessions per child.
Where: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
When: August 4
Set in the museum’s beautiful Round Room, this series of free concerts feature exciting guitar music from the Spanish, Latin and Classical repertoire.
It starts at 1.10pm, admission is free and there is no need to book.
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH
Where: Birmingham Town Hall
When: August 5 at 5.30pm
Project SoundLounge brings you a free, one day festival focused on bringing people together to celebrate great music.
The line-up features Victories At Sea, The Americas, Tantskii, The Real Cool,Normanton Street, Byron Hare, Slick Don, Lycio and it all starts from 5.30pm.
Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ
Where: Lickey Hills Country Park
When: August 6 and 13
Enjoy an hour’s free Tai chi in the Lickey Hills as part of the Park Lives programme.
It combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements to help improve balance and stability.
Suitable for all ages and abilities.
Check for other venues like Cofton Park on alternative dates too.
Beacon Hill, Lickey Hills Country Park (car park is off Monument Lane)
Where: Cannon Hill Park,
When: August 6
This annual free family event is back with live music, food and entertainment.
More than 40,000 people are expected to turn out to see music performances, funfair rides, an Asian bazaar with clothing, jewellery and music stalls and plenty of food.
Where: Webbs Garden Centre
When: August 5 from 12 to 2pm
John Lawson is bringing its summer circus to Webbs from August 8 to 13.
You have to pay for tickets but there’s a free circus skills workshop taking place there on the Saturday before.
Worcester Road, Wychbold, Droitwich WR9 0DG
Where: Oak House Museum
When: August 8 to 10
Journey into Wonderland with crafts, trails and quizzes based on the classic book.
Children are encouraged to go dressed as their favourite characters.
The event runs from 12pm to 5pm with last entry at 4.30pm.
There will be a small charge for craft activities.
Oak Road, West Bromwich, B70 8HJ
Where: Ward End Park
When: August 13
This annual cultural event is free and fun for all the family.
There will be a funfair, live music, Kabaddi, horse tent pegging, volleyball, a food court and a wide variety of stalls from midday until around 7.30pm.
Ward End Park Road, Birmingham B8 3PH
Where: Venues across Lichfield city centre
When: August 26 to 28
There will be a huge selection of food and drink stalls, free cookery demonstrations and pop-up coffee and cocktail bars at this year’s event, which is taking place across the whole Bank Holiday weekend,
You can also check out live music, a brewers event, free children’s activities, and much more!
What’s more, entry is free.
Market Square, Lichfield WS13 6LH
Where: Sutton Park
When: August 27
Got the Wimbledon bug?
Enjoy an hour’s free tennis in Sutton Park from 2pm as part of the Park Lives programme.
Suitable for all ages and abilities, this is an ideal session for beginners.
Check for other venues like Brookvale Park and Aston Park on alternative dates too.
Sutton Park Town Gate entrance to the park
Where: Aston Hall
When: August 30
An enthralling folklore story of knights, chivalry, romance and bravery for children and grown-ups alike is promised at Aston Hall at noon and again at 2.30pm.
This event takes place outside in the courtyard.
It’s completely free to attend, however if you wish to visit the Hall usual admission prices will apply.
Trinity Road, Birmingham B6 6JD
Where: Sarehole Mill
When: September 9 and 10
There will be Medieval combat displays, living history camps, kids activities, archery and crafts at this festival.
It runs from 11am to 5pm on both days and admission is free.
Colebank Road, Hall Green, B13 OBD
Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
When: September 17
Calthorpe Estates is hosting a day of celebrations and a community event to mark its 300 year anniversary.
There will be live music from local bands, including The Glamaphones, vintage rides, a treasure hunt trail, craft activities, demonstrations and stalls, and ‘gastro’ food and drink.
Free to attend, visitors can register to get their tickets here
Westbourne Road, Birmingham B15 3TR
Where: Birmingham city centre
When: September 22 to 24
The city’s biggest arts festival is coming back, with a mechanical elephant parading through the city centre, a square full of dancers and a drumming and firework spectacular.
Birmingham Weekender will feature a evening of drumming and pyrotechnics, an alternative village fete and pop-up performances from Birmingham Royal Ballet.
And the team behind Moseley Folk Festival, will be creating a special dance experience for people to try out everything from bhangra and disco to Northern Soul and folk as they get together to eat and drink in the heart of the city as part of this free event.
Various locations across the city
Where: Centenary Square
When: End of September
This will return to Centenary Square again this year but the date is yet to be confirmed.
There will be plenty of Caribbean food, drinks, arts and culture along with live music and performances.
Zoe Chamberlain, 24 free events to enjoy this summer in Birmingham, (2017, July 12) Birmingham Mail.