English summer in Birmingham is absolutely glorious. The city in West Midlands is one of the greenest in all of England, with more than 3,000 hectares of green park spaces. It also has more kilometres of canals than Venice! There’s also plenty of activities to keep you busy in Birmingham during the summer months.
Snap up one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals at Birmingham Airport and add these ideas to your bucket list.
Aston Hall is one of the last great architectural masterpieces from the Jacobean era. This seventeenth century red-brick mansion overlooks a gorgeous public park. Step back in time by joining a guided tour, who explains Aston Hall’s history as you walk through the detailed interiors. Learn about those who lived here and the 1637 government attack on these walls. If you want to relax and admire the site’s beauty in peace, take a stroll in Lady Holte’s Garden.
Kingsbury Water Park
Drive half an hour North East from Birmingham and you’ll find yourself at one of the region’s most exciting destinations. It boasts 15 lakes across nearly 250 hectares of parkland. You can go for a quiet stroll or along the paths, go bird watching, or take the kids on a donkey ride. There’s even a mini railway that takes you through this breathtaking landscape. There’s something for everyone at Kingsbury Water Park.
The Birmingham Seasonal Markets put the city’s best food, drink, arts and music on show. Birmingham’s Summer Market is held at The Bond at Digbeth, which is one of the city’s creative hubs. For one day each summer you can enjoy a family day out where you can pick up unique, hand-crafted clothes and crafts. It’s also a great place to find delicious street food and beer. You’ll be spoiled for choice!
Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival
Moseley’s famous festival attractions thousands of people every summer. Why not be part of all the fun? The Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival brings some of the world’s best musicians right to south Birmingham’s doorstep. Throw on your dancing shoes as you move to blues, funk, soul and jazz at the gorgeous Moseley Park.