Introducing

Transport
10 hours ago - FreeTimePays

Transport for the Future - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for transport in the future.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is the Future of Transport!

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Transport for the Future - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!




With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for transport in the future.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is the Future of Transport!


Transport for the Future is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

Transport for the Future is a digital space for people who are passionate about the future of transportation and want to do whatever they can to promote their passion.

At Transport for the Future, we help connect people where passions are shared; we give people access to their very own digital space where they can promote their passion; and we recognise people for the contributions they make through the allocation of Passion Points. Interested? Connect with us HERE.

The reach of FreeTimePays is huge and is growing with Communities of Passion being rolled out across the UK. 

Companies and organisations keen to support People with Passion play an essential role and we have a range of partnership, sponsorship and advertising packages available.

We can even go as far as to set groups and networks up with their own portal so they can grow their own branded Community of Passion linked to their own website or social media account.

View our Partnership arrangements or connect with us HERE.

Now let's show you what you get with FreeTimePays. 

FreeTimePays

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

There are three components to FreeTimePays.

There’s Community Passport, Community Workspace and Community Matchmaker. Operating right across the platform in recognition of the valuable contribution being made by users is FreeTimePays gamification. This takes the form of points and rewards for passions shared.

FreeTimePays is here for people who really want to become involved in their community or with their particular passion and for those people who are really serious about making a difference. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the great ideas with those who have the potential to turn an idea into something that really does make a difference.

Community Passport

Passport is a personal space which registered members can make their own. With a passport, members can choose to get involved with their passion and participate in many different ways.

They can view regular content and posts; sort and save this content by type or by passion; they can collect points for giving their views through polls and surveys, attend events or even join a discussion.

With a FreeTimePays Community Passport, members can follow inspiring people and they can learn more about their community and their passion by following regular ‘Did you Know’ features. And the more they decide to do and the more they get involved, the more points they collect and the greater the opportunity to take up offers and win prizes.

Community Workspace

With their unique Community Workspace, FreeTimePays is able to help those who are inspired and serious about taking things to the next level. FreeTimePays will give these people their own access rights environment where they can work on their idea or project.

In this digital space they can work alone, or bring in others to share in building evidence, acquiring knowledge and developing plans. This is the ideal space for working on the business; working on the idea; working on the initiative.

A range of facilities and tools can be found in workspace and users can effectively utilise this space for collating documents, photos, videos and web links, for opening up discussion and chat with others, or for running surveys and analysing results.

Community Matchmaker

The whole focus and rationale for FreeTimePays is MAKING A DIFFERENCE. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the GREAT IDEAS with those who have the potential to turn an IDEA into something that really does MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Matchmaker is where the dreamers can join with the dream makers – with those who are more than happy to put their support, their resources, their connections, and their wealth of experience behind the idea and behind the passionate people responsible for coming up with the idea.

These are the community drivers, the investors, the philanthropists, the funders of great initiatives, the Lottery, and those from local government and the public sector who are responsible for the provision of public services.

These are the people and the organisations who are in positions of making things happen for those who are passionate and inspired to want to make a difference.

For more detail on what is provided by FreeTimePays connect HERE.

Transport for the Future

Transport for the Future will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in their passion for the future of transportation.

Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space giving them access to a huge resource bank for sharing images, documents and web links. 

In this space people can chat in a secure environment if they wish; they can set up and promote events; or they can communicate with any of the FreeTimePays Communities through creating and submitting posts. 

We would be delighted to tell you more.

Contact admin@freetimepays.com or connect HERE with FreeTimePays for more information on sharing your passion.

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Introducing

Architecture
15 hours ago - FreeTimePays

ArchitectureAndUs - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for Architecture.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is Architecture!

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ArchitectureAndUs - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!




With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for Architecture.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is Architecture!


ArchitectureAndUs is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

ArchitectureAndUs is a digital space for people who are passionate about architecture and want to do whatever they can to promote their passion.

At ArchitectureAndUs, we help connect people where passions are shared; we give people FREE access to their very own digital space where they can promote their passion; and we recognise people for the contributions they make through the allocation of Passion Points. Interested? Connect with us HERE.

The reach of FreeTimePays is huge and is growing with Communities of Passion being rolled out across the UK. 

Companies and organisations keen to support People with Passion play an essential role and we have a range of partnership, sponsorship and advertising packages available.

We can even go as far as to set groups and networks up with their own portal so they can grow their own branded Community of Passion linked to their own website or social media account.

View our Partnership arrangements or connect with us HERE.

Now let's show you what you get with FreeTimePays. 

FreeTimePays

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

There are three components to FreeTimePays.

There’s Community Passport, Community Workspace and Community Matchmaker. Operating right across the platform in recognition of the valuable contribution being made by users is FreeTimePays gamification. This takes the form of points and rewards for passions shared.

FreeTimePays is here for people who really want to become involved in their community or with their particular passion and for those people who are really serious about making a difference. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the great ideas with those who have the potential to turn an idea into something that really does make a difference.

Community Passport

Passport is a personal space which registered members can make their own. With a passport, members can choose to get involved with their passion and participate in many different ways.

They can view regular content and posts; sort and save this content by type or by passion; they can collect points for giving their views through polls and surveys, attend events or even join a discussion.

With a FreeTimePays Community Passport, members can follow inspiring people and they can learn more about their community and their passion by following regular ‘Did you Know’ features. And the more they decide to do and the more they get involved, the more points they collect and the greater the opportunity to take up offers and win prizes.

Community Workspace

With their unique Community Workspace, FreeTimePays is able to help those who are inspired and serious about taking things to the next level. FreeTimePays will give these people their own access rights environment where they can work on their idea or project.

In this digital space they can work alone, or bring in others to share in building evidence, acquiring knowledge and developing plans. This is the ideal space for working on the business; working on the idea; working on the initiative.

A range of facilities and tools can be found in workspace and users can effectively utilise this space for collating documents, photos, videos and web links, for opening up discussion and chat with others, or for running surveys and analysing results.

Community Matchmaker

The whole focus and rationale for FreeTimePays is MAKING A DIFFERENCE. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the GREAT IDEAS with those who have the potential to turn an IDEA into something that really does MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Matchmaker is where the dreamers can join with the dream makers – with those who are more than happy to put their support, their resources, their connections, and their wealth of experience behind the idea and behind the passionate people responsible for coming up with the idea.

These are the community drivers, the investors, the philanthropists, the funders of great initiatives, the Lottery, and those from local government and the public sector who are responsible for the provision of public services.

These are the people and the organisations who are in positions of making things happen for those who are passionate and inspired to want to make a difference.

For more detail on what is provided by FreeTimePays connect HERE.

ArchitectureAndUs

ArchitectureAndUs will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in their passion for a clean and healthy environment.

Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space giving them access to a huge resource bank for sharing images, documents and web links. 

In this space people can chat in a secure environment if they wish; they can set up and promote events; or they can communicate with any of the FreeTimePays Communities through creating and submitting posts. 

We would be delighted to tell you more.

Contact Jonathan Bostock at jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com or connect HERE with FreeTimePays for more information on sharing your passion for green spaces.

 

 

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Introducing

Architecture
18 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Are you passionate about Architecture? Join Us!

ArchitectureAndUs is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for Architecture and connect with people who share their passion.

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Are you passionate about Architecture? Join Us!




ArchitectureAndUs is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for Architecture and connect with people who share their passion.


ArchitectureAndUs is all about engaging people in the promotion of architecture and the recognition that our buildings are there for us all to enjoy and appreciate.

ArchitectureAndUs is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

With Passion Points and with the support of our FreeTimePays partners, we recognise people for the difference and contribution they make and the positive impact they collectively deliver. 

Connect with us HERE and take your passion to the next level.

 

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Environment & green spaces
25 Jul 2018 - Christine Wright

Kings Heath Park - a much loved green space in the Birmingham suburbs

Take the full post for a selection of photos looking at the life of Kings Heath Park throughout the seasons. 

The park is managed by Birmingham City Council, with the help of a team of local volunteers, the 'Friends of Kings Heath Park'.

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Kings Heath Park - a much loved green space in the Birmingham suburbs




Take the full post for a selection of photos looking at the life of Kings Heath Park throughout the seasons. 

The park is managed by Birmingham City Council, with the help of a team of local volunteers, the 'Friends of Kings Heath Park'.


All photography by Christine Wright.

Find out more about the 'Friends of Kings Heath Park' by connecting here.

Kings Heath Park is centered on the Park House which was built in 1832 for the MP, William Congreve Russell. In 1880, it was bought by John Cartland (ancestor of the author Barbara Cartland, lover of pinkness and author of  romantic novels!).

The land was sold to the council and opened as a public park in 1908. The building houses council offices and the Cartland Tea Rooms.

Plants are available for sale in the nursery at Kings Heath Park.

Let's take a look at the Park though the seasons :

Photography by Christine Wright.

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Food & drink
09 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Wow! What a great food festival! Well done Colmore Bid in Birmingham!!

View our article for a selection of wonderful photography taken at Colmore Food Festival in Birmingham (July 2018). Many thanks to those at the Colmore Bid team who have supplied us with some wonderful images and for organising this great event.

We hope you enjoy this gallery. Connect with us for great partnership opportunities or become a People with Passion.

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Wow! What a great food festival! Well done Colmore Bid in Birmingham!!




View our article for a selection of wonderful photography taken at Colmore Food Festival in Birmingham (July 2018). Many thanks to those at the Colmore Bid team who have supplied us with some wonderful images and for organising this great event.

We hope you enjoy this gallery. Connect with us for great partnership opportunities or become a People with Passion.


Roll on Colmore Food Festival 2019 set to be even bigger!

Contact us HERE to support us in promoting our Food & Drink Birmingham Passion or show your passion for your City by joining our People with Passion.

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Gallery

Rivers, lakes & canals
04 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham - more miles of canal than Venice!

Birmingham has 35 miles of canals, more than Venice. Enjoyed by walkers, joggers, cyclists, and narrowboat owners, the canals are important to Birmingham & we must protect them.

View photos from our 'People with Passion' Damien Walmsley, Mac McCreery, Chris Fletcher, Barry Whitehead, Tammie Naughton, Peter Leadbetter & Daniel Sturley. 

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Birmingham - more miles of canal than Venice!




Birmingham has 35 miles of canals, more than Venice. Enjoyed by walkers, joggers, cyclists, and narrowboat owners, the canals are important to Birmingham & we must protect them.

View photos from our 'People with Passion' Damien Walmsley, Mac McCreery, Chris Fletcher, Barry Whitehead, Tammie Naughton, Peter Leadbetter & Daniel Sturley. 


We hope you enjoy this showcase of photography taken at various places along the canals that flow through and around Birmingham.

For more great photography showcasing the canals in and across Birmingham and the West Midlands. view our passion HERE.

For more details on the 30+ Passions now covered by BirminghamWeAre and the FreeTimePays digital space given free to 'People with Passion', connect with us HERE or call Jonathan on 07432 637322. 

For more details on the many and flexible partnerships available, view our post HERE.

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Inspiration

Architecture
03 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham in Lego! Wow - just stunning!

Gum Kenth, Museum Manager at Birmingham Museum & Arts Gallery, kindly shares with us the pics he took on his tour of the City of Birmingham at Legoland Birmingham - what a great advert for the City! So imaginative and a great showcase of how modern & classic architecture can sit so well side by side.  

Take the full article for more great photos. 

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Birmingham in Lego! Wow - just stunning!




Gum Kenth, Museum Manager at Birmingham Museum & Arts Gallery, kindly shares with us the pics he took on his tour of the City of Birmingham at Legoland Birmingham - what a great advert for the City! So imaginative and a great showcase of how modern & classic architecture can sit so well side by side.  

Take the full article for more great photos. 


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Gallery

Architecture
17 Jun 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

Just a few for this update, a new perspective taken from the far side of Victoria Square on 17th June, two more variations in the full post.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




Just a few for this update, a new perspective taken from the far side of Victoria Square on 17th June, two more variations in the full post.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


 

 

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Introducing

Food & drink
04 May 2018 - FreeTimePays

Great canalside pubs and bars in Birmingham

Birmingham We Are and it's 'people with passion' will be taking a digital tour of Birmingham's canalside pubs, bars and restaurants over the coming weeks. Send us a photo and tell us about your favourite canalside pub, bar or restaurant. 

 

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Photography
23 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Please bring back the Spring for our Birmingham in Pink feature!

Our 'Birmingham's gone all pink' feature gathering pace with loads of great pink and cherry blossom photos sent in. Just hoping the wind doesn't blow it all off the trees too soon. Take the passion link to view more photos.   

 

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Photography
21 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham's "in the Pink" for Spring

We're looking for the best 'Blossom' photos across Birmingham. Here's a selection so far from BirminghamWeAre's 'People with Passion' - get yours to us by email at admin@freetimepays.

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Birmingham's "in the Pink" for Spring




We're looking for the best 'Blossom' photos across Birmingham. Here's a selection so far from BirminghamWeAre's 'People with Passion' - get yours to us by email at admin@freetimepays.


Winterbourne Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham by Christine Wright

 

Oozells Square, Brindley Place, Birmingham by Damien Walmsley 

 

Botanical Gardens, Birmingham by Christine Wright

 

Kings Heath, Birmingham by Elliott Brown

 

Oozells Square, Birmingham by Kev Maslin

 

Winterbourne Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham by Barry Whitehead

 

Kings Heath Park, Birmingham by Christine Wright 

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Inspiration

People & community
15 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Let's get behind this great City of Birmingham!

We're providing the digital space so together we can show the world what this great city of ours has to offer. If you take photos, create art, or run a business here in the City; whether you're a musician, a poet, play sport or run community activities, get in touch with us - we're stronger together!  

 

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Inspiration

People & community
10 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Can't Wait! Commonwealth Games hand over by Gold Coast to Birmingham

Barry Whitehead was on hand to witness rehearsals ahead of the Commonwealth Games hand-over by Gold Coast, Australia. The hand-over to Birmingham takes place on the 15th April with a performance by 400 young people broadcast live.

 Take the full post to view a selection of photos taken by Barry.

 

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Can't Wait! Commonwealth Games hand over by Gold Coast to Birmingham




Barry Whitehead was on hand to witness rehearsals ahead of the Commonwealth Games hand-over by Gold Coast, Australia. The hand-over to Birmingham takes place on the 15th April with a performance by 400 young people broadcast live.

 Take the full post to view a selection of photos taken by Barry.

 


 

 

 

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Travel & tourism
27 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

Harriett Lewis Journalist and avid blogger with her suggestion for '48 Hours in Birmingham'

Take the article below to see how Harriett 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.

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Harriett Lewis Journalist and avid blogger with her suggestion for '48 Hours in Birmingham'




Take the article below to see how Harriett 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.


Day 1

 

As your coach pulls in at Digbeth Coach Station ready for a 48 hour stay in Birmingham, you step straight into the city's creative district – renowned for its artistic heritage and impressive independent shopping.

 

 

You'll walk through the streets of Digbeth: stopping to admire the incredible murals that are splashed across the backs of buildings, injecting colour and life into the area. As a creative industry worker myself, admiring and encouraging raw, artistic talent is something in which I feel we must pursue - and Digbeth is the perfect place to platform such capabilities.

 

Photo by My Biking Adventure  

 

You'll walk down Digbeth and Fazeley Canal, admiring its’ unexpected tranquility amongst the hustle and bustle of typical city life.

 

Spotting the upcoming shops, you'll call in at the Cow Vintage Clothing store: pick out an outfit of old designer garments and accessories and save yourself a penny or two in the process. (And who can say no to a bit of retail therapy?)

 

Kitted out in your new gear, you'll head to Digbeth's Dining Club: an award-winning street food event. You'll grab an outstanding burger from Flowing Cows (my all-time favourite!) and sit back and enjoy all of the live music and entertainment the venue has to offer. As the evening draws close, the night is also just beginning!

 

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

You'll then hit Broad Street – Birmingham's biggest and most popular nightlife scene, equipped with plenty of pubs and clubs. You'll wet your whistle with a drink (or two!) before heading on to Hare & Hounds, a live entertainment venue which showcases alternative music acts. You'll listen to a round of drum and bass acts, appreciating the platform venues such as this have on artists trying to make it big in Brum.

 

Tired yet most content, you head to your room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where you are able to appreciate the incredible skyline views across Birmingham City.

 

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Day 2

As a new day beckons you start the morning with a refreshing walk at Cannon Hill Park, absorbing the wildlife and admiring the hundreds of acres of conserved greenery (despite being situated in the UK's second largest city!).

 

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Back in the City Centre, you'll stop by for a bit of culture intake at The Ikon Gallery – a beautifully modern art venue showcasing contemporary art, absolutely free of charge.

 

Photo by Kevin Maslin

 

After enjoying an exhibition or two, you'll hit the Bullring for an afternoon of non-stop serious shopping!

 

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Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

With endless stores to browse in, you'll be kept on your toes as you hunt for the latest fashion must-haves.

 

If there's time, you'll call in at Miss Macaroon in the Great Western Arcade for a glass of prosecco and array of tasty macaroons – the perfect sophisticated pick-me-up after an afternoon of shopping.

 

Photo by George Daley

 

To round off the evening you'll attend a stand-up comedy night at the Glee Club, and enjoy endless amounts of entertainment and laughter.

 

A perfect end to a perfect 48 hours in Brum!

 

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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

 

For information on projects featured by Birmingham We Are or to use our platform to engage and connect with your community Connect with us

 

 

 

 

 

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Photography
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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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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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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23 Feb 2018 - FreeTimePays

Tony Smith, passionate about all things 'Birmingham' with his suggestion on how to spend a great '48 Hours in Birmingham'

Like all great cities, Birmingham is an exciting mixture of old and new. It was the “city of a thousand trades” with loads of civic pride still evident today. It is now one of the youngest cities in Europe and the Commonwealth Games city for 2022.

 

Let's see what Tony suggests as a great way to spend '48 hours in Birmingham'. Tony should know as he is well connected across the City and passionate about all things related to the future of the City.

 

Take the article below to see what Tony says. Take the project link to see other '48 Hours in Birmingham' suggestions from people who are passionate about the city.

 

 

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Tony Smith, passionate about all things 'Birmingham' with his suggestion on how to spend a great '48 Hours in Birmingham'




Like all great cities, Birmingham is an exciting mixture of old and new. It was the “city of a thousand trades” with loads of civic pride still evident today. It is now one of the youngest cities in Europe and the Commonwealth Games city for 2022.

 

Let's see what Tony suggests as a great way to spend '48 hours in Birmingham'. Tony should know as he is well connected across the City and passionate about all things related to the future of the City.

 

Take the article below to see what Tony says. Take the project link to see other '48 Hours in Birmingham' suggestions from people who are passionate about the city.

 

 


Like all great cities Birmingham is an exciting mixture of old and new. It was the “city of a thousand trades” with loads of civic pride still evident today. It is now one of the youngest and most diverse cities in Europe and the Commonwealth Games city for 2022.

 

'A hundred thousand welcomes', an Irish Birmingham greeting in Digbeth. Photo by Mac McCreery

 

Day 1 .....

 

Start the weekend at the free 5pm Jazz Lines concert at Symphony Hall café bar, check out what’s on and come back to one of the best modern concert halls in the world. Its' sister venue, Town Hall, opened in 1834, remains a jewel in Birmingham’s architectural crown.

 

Town Hall, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Explore the canals and Brindley Place where you’ll find lots of bars and restaurants, with Bistrot Pierre and the Pickled Piglet definitely worth a try.

 

Bridge over canal leading to Brindley Place, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Stroll up to the Mailbox for more choice of food and drink, walk through the shopping centre and on towards the gleaming façade of New Street Station (also a shopping centre).

 

Grand Central, Birmingham. Photo by Chris Fletcher.

 

Turn down John Bright Street, home to more lively bars and eateries – try the Stable for pizza to share, Cherry Reds or the Victoria.

 

Next day you could shop, but why not explore some heritage? Among the restored streets of the Jewellery Quarter, bustling with jewellers and many other small businesses, you will find James Watt’s House, St Paul’s Square and Church and two historic cemeteries, one of which contains the grave of Joseph Chamberlain (though you’ll have to hunt for it).

 

Jewellery Museum, Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

For lunch try the Pig and Tail, The Church Inn or the Lord Clifden.

 

It’s also well worth strolling round the Digbeth area beyond the Bullring shopping centre, Take a stroll through Eastside City Park. Eastside is home to Millennium Point, Thinktank (Birmingham's Science Museum) and the 'Dancing' water fountains. 

 

Dancing water fountains, Eastside, Birmingham. Photo by Damien Walmsley.

 

In Digbeth, Drop in to the arty shops in the Custard Factory and The Old Crown next door.

 

Saturday night brings a choice of great restaurants, including Asha’s or Lasan for Indian and Pasta di Piazza or San Carlo for Italian. The Purecraft Bar and Kitchen is a winning partnership of Purity Brewery and Simpsons restaurant doing posh pub food.

 

Or take a cab out to Ladypool Road for an authentic Balti. See a film at the charming Electric Cinema.

 

The entrance to the UK's oldest cinema, The Electric near Grand Central. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Day 2 .....

 

On Sunday, don’t miss the Museum and Art Gallery and its Pre-Raphaelite paintings.

 

Beautiful sculptured masonry of the Museum and Art Gallery. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Then visit St Phillip’s Cathedral to see the stunning Burne-Jones windows, taking in the historic Council House, the School of Art and the Victorian facades of Colmore Row.

 

Burne-Jones windows inside St Philip's Cathedral. Photo by Christine Wright

 

Take a break at Urban Coffee and make a quick visit to the Old Joint Stock pub with its magnificent interior. For lovers of real ale there’s the Wellington Arms, just across the alley at the back of the OJS. Hotel Du Vin is the perfect place for a long, lazy Sunday lunch.

 

Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham. Courtesy Barry Whitehead.

 

For more history visit Soho House or take a train out to Lichfield to see Erasmus Darwin’s House. Take the train to the University and discover the excellent Barber Collection of art, or head out to the Victorian suburb of Moseley, take a walk round Cannon Hill Park, then lunch in The Fighting Cocks or Carters restaurant in Moseley Village.

 

The great city of Birmingham from Romsley Hills 8 miles west. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

And that’s just a taster of the many great things old and new you will find in Brum.

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20 Feb 2018 - FreeTimePays

'48 Hours in Birmingham' - a biker's (cyclist) delight as recommended by Lisa, Biking Adventure

So, you’ve arrived in Birmingham with 48 hours to enjoy. You've come with your bike and you're eager to explore our great city. Get ready for an urban (and countryside) adventure on two wheels, all from your base in the City. Oh and if you haven't brought your own bike, don't worry, you can always hire one.

 

Let's see how Lisa (Biking Adventure) would recommend you enjoy a great 48 hours in and around Birmingham.

 

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'48 Hours in Birmingham' - a biker's (cyclist) delight as recommended by Lisa, Biking Adventure




So, you’ve arrived in Birmingham with 48 hours to enjoy. You've come with your bike and you're eager to explore our great city. Get ready for an urban (and countryside) adventure on two wheels, all from your base in the City. Oh and if you haven't brought your own bike, don't worry, you can always hire one.

 

Let's see how Lisa (Biking Adventure) would recommend you enjoy a great 48 hours in and around Birmingham.

 

Take the article link below. For other 48 hour suggestions, take the project link.

 

 


Day 1 ....

 

Birmingham to Sutton Coldfield (cycle route suggested by Biking Adventure

 

A good day on the bike always starts with a good breakfast, I would recommend one of the great independents we have in the town centre. Cherry Reds or Yorks Café are a good shout, quirky but homely and both offering great food and drinks, catering for all.

 

Coffee at Yorks Cafe. Photo by Biking Adventure.

 

Once you're all fuelled up, head across town getting on the canal behind the Symphony Hall, this is where you will start your journey to Sutton Park.

 

The Birmingham canal system has more waterways than Venice and is a very different way to view the city, traffic free on two wheels. The canal towpaths connect with parks, trails and open spaces to take you on a real touring adventure, you almost forget you’re in a city.

 

Birmingham - the heart of the Waterways. Photo by Biking Adventure

 

The beginning of this route is a bit up and down over a series of locks and bridges but luckily not for too long and it makes for an exciting ride. It’s quite an industrial part of the city and passing under the famous Spaghetti Junction is an experience in itself but be sure to keep a look out for all the cute encounters along the way.

 

'Cute encounters' along the canal. Photo by Biking Adventure.

 

Coming off the canal at Egerton Rd you are led to Pype Hayes Park via a few small roads, keeping to the path brings you to the trail following Plants Brook Stream through New Hall Country Park, an enjoyable ride with beautiful scenery for a few miles as you approach Sutton Park.

 

New Hall Country Park. Photo by Biking Adventure.

 

You might want to put aside a few hours to explore Sutton Park, either on your bike, checking out the dirt trails and bridle ways or by foot (great bike parking outside the leisure centre). A picturesque 11 mile traffic free ride and you have reached one of the largest urban parks in Europe. 2,400 acres of National Nature Reserve where you’ll find lots to do. Open heathland, woodlands, several lakes, wetlands, and marshes. There’s even wild ponies and cattle grazing if you’re lucky enough to see them or you can even head over to the Donkey Sanctuary.

 

Wild Ponies in Sutton Park. Photo by Biking Adventure.

 

This is one of the most amazing outdoor places in Brum with so much to do and see you’ll find it hard to leave. If you need a coffee stop there are a few pubs and cafes in the park, my fav is Blackroot Bistro, a lovely little pit stop set in a wonderful location.

 

After all your exploring I’m sure you are ready for food, head for the town gate where you can easily access Sutton Coldfield town centre. I can recommend Brew House and Kitchen, a great food menu accompanied by some great beers that are brewed in-house.

 

The Brewhouse, Sutton Coldfield. Photo by Biking Adventure.

 

The 'Beer Can Chicken' paired with an English Ale is very popular. I don’t know about you but I love nothing more than a great beer after a ride and they have a great choice of beers. There are also veggie/vegan options although you will also find Earths Kitchen close by, serving up some great Vegan dishes to die for!

 

Your day has been jam-packed and I’m sure you will have had time to sample a few craft beers on your last stop. We wouldn’t want you wobbling back to Birmingham Town centre on your bike and 10 miles back will probably not looking too attractive, so I would suggest hopping on the train, a short 30 min journey for £3.60.

 

Day 2 ….

 

Birmingham circular route (cycle route suggested by Biking Adventure

 

After a busy day yesterday, you deserve a lie in. You’ll need it because you are in for another adventure today! Before you set off, get yourself a hearty breakfast down at the canal basin. The Canalside Café serves up great grub for meat eaters and vegans alike. Unfortunately, you will have to miss out on the great beers they have on offer, unless a breakfast beer is your thing? (We won’t judge promise!)

 

Canalside Cafe at Gas Street Basin, Birmingham. Photo by Biking Adventure.

 

This is a wonderful place to start the day. There’s lots of photo opportunities with all of the barges, Venice-style bridges and reflections making it a very picturesque part of town.

 

Now it’s time to head off down the canal towpath, you will follow the train line towards the university. Surprisingly a very green, scenic route taking us out of the city.

 

A short enjoyable ride where you will come off at the university, you just have to cycle under the arch of Old Joe, the tallest freestanding clock tower in the world which is believed to have been the inspiration for the tower of Orthanc, the black tower of Isengard, in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

 

'Old Joe', Birmingham University. Photo by Biking Adventure.

 

If you’re lucky you might even spot the famous Peregrine falcons, who nest in the clock tower. If you’re into your museums and art galleries there’s a few hidden gems worth a stop. On the university site you have The Lapworth Museum of Geology and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts - both are a good shout.

 

Only a few miles of cycle friendly roads and a section of the Rea Valley route, roughly 20 mins takes you to the best lunch time stop in the cycling world. You’ve done the tourist thing and you must be gasping for a drink and some food, Gorilla Coffee is Birmingham’s designated cycle café.

 

Gorilla Coffee Cafe, Kings Heath, Birmingham. Photo by Biking Adventure.

 

A great atmosphere with all the cycling banter you could ask for, very chilled and laid-back, cycle themed décor with great food and beer. You may never leave…

 

If you do manage to leave you will be full after lunch so we are taking some side roads and a hill, but don’t worry its downhill so enjoy the ride. At the bottom of the hill there is a gap in the trees which is the John Morris Jones Walkway, following the River Cole it is part of the Shire Country Park taking us to the next point to call, Sarehole Mill, which is only a 15 min ride from the café but well worth the stop. Sarehole Mill dates back to 18th Century with a fully working waterwheel used to grind wheat every Wednesday and Sunday, Sare(w)hole meal flour is available from the mill shop. There’s also a charming tea room on site. The mill is another place connected with JRR Tolkien, he lived across the road from the mill, and it has been said the mill and rural surroundings inspired his writings of Middle-earth.

 

This green space is a fantastic cycle route, as you continue following the River Cole, shortly coming to what I like to call the river splash! This is not compulsory as there is path/bridge but go on… put some fun between your legs and ride through the river.

 

'River Splash!' at River Cole. Photo by Biking Adventure.

 

Adults out there, you are never too old for some fun on a bike. This is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and you will soon dry off, it’s not that deep. Continue to follow the path through the country park. There’s a few road crossings but very clearly marked and you will soon reach the Ackers Adventure Centre. You may want to book ahead to join on one of the activities they have on offer from skiing and archery, to canoeing and rock climbing. It’s definitely worth a quick stop just for the Tobogganing. They have a mini slope which is a fun activity for children but don’t worry adults, they have a few rubber tubes which are awesome fun for us too.

 

Continuing on the off-road paths, you will see the signs directing you to the Union Canal.

 

Union Canal. Photo by Biking Adventure.

 

There are a few steps to tackle while getting down onto the canal or you can take the long way around on the road. Then there is a short journey on the canal taking you to your final destination. Again, there will be a few locks to tackle and a few cobbled towpaths to test you, but a great route and you’ll soon pass some great industrial Birmingham inspired street art which is how you will know that you have reached Digbeth.

 

Industrial street art, Digbeth. Photo by Biking Adventure

 

You’ll be amazed by the quality of the work that puts a splash of colour to an otherwise quite dull part of town. I would suggest coming off the canal at Fazeley Street and going on a little wander on the side streets to take in all the works of art that adorn the walls of old factory buildings.

 

Head under the arches of the bridge, check out the amazing graffiti filled Trinity Street car park with the quirky crushed car entrance before locking your bike up at the Custard Factory. There’s loads to check out from the city centre brewery, Dig Brew, Mockingbird Theatre and Bar, a bit of Ghetto Golf, The Ruin or craft beer house Clink. You’ll be spoilt for choice on how to spend your evening but I’m sure you will have built up an appetite.

 

I know the itinerary was jam-packed and you probably need another 48 hours to recover but I hope you’ve had a good time and will be back to Birmingham again soon.

 

*If you happen to have left your bike at home, I can recommend Midland Cycle Hire with a drop off and pick up service, if you want to make a real adventure of it they even do tandems.

 

More from Lisa, together with a great selection of photos, posts and links for cyclists of all abilities can be found at Biking Adventure.

 

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15 Feb 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham shows its support for the cyclist!

Great to see a number of strategically located 'orange' cycle parking stands going up across the City of Birmingham. It goes a long way to showing evidence of the City's commitment to cycling and the increasing number of cyclists now commuting into the City for business and pleasure. 1 car parking space for every cycling stand is good deal for drivers as more cyclists commuting = more parking spaces available.

 

See the article for more photos of the cycle stands going up. Oh and we've started a project at Birmingham We Are to support the campaign to get more people cycling. 

 

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Great to see a number of strategically located 'orange' cycle parking stands going up across the City of Birmingham. It goes a long way to showing evidence of the City's commitment to cycling and the increasing number of cyclists now commuting into the City for business and pleasure. 1 car parking space for every cycling stand is good deal for drivers as more cyclists commuting = more parking spaces available.

 

See the article for more photos of the cycle stands going up. Oh and we've started a project at Birmingham We Are to support the campaign to get more people cycling. 

 


'Orange' cycle stands going up across Birmingham.  See where!

 

All photos and updates are courtesy of Elliott Brown.  

 

One in Edmund Street, Birmingham. 

 

One in Digbeth, Nr Selfridges, Birmingham.

 

One in Cornwall Street, Birmingham.

 

One in Temple Street, Birmingham.

 

One in Colmore Row, Birmingham.

 

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Let us give you a full tour of the FreeTimePays digital platform - this can be arranged on-line or we will come and see you. We can give you a demo login so you can see for yourself the amazing tools and applications available. See for yourself what your community would see and experience with FreeTimePays.
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11 Feb 2018 - FreeTimePays

'48 Hours in Birmingham' with actor Tracey Briggs, adopted 'Brummie' and often seen at BBC Birmingham

Let's see how great actor and adopted 'Brummie' Tracey Briggs (Casualty, Archers and many others) would suggest a visitor to Birmingham spends their 48 hours in our great city. Take the article for Tracey's absolutely brilliant 2 days in Birmingham, together with some fantastic photography from our 'People with Passion'. 

 

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'48 Hours in Birmingham' with actor Tracey Briggs, adopted 'Brummie' and often seen at BBC Birmingham




Let's see how great actor and adopted 'Brummie' Tracey Briggs (Casualty, Archers and many others) would suggest a visitor to Birmingham spends their 48 hours in our great city. Take the article for Tracey's absolutely brilliant 2 days in Birmingham, together with some fantastic photography from our 'People with Passion'. 

 


Day 1:

 

So you have come to Birmingham and I’m so proud to show you round my adopted city. Make sure you’re wearing comfy shoes because there is so much to see and I like to walk.

 

You’ve arrived at Birmingham New Street station and walk into Grand Central, which is always an excellent start for a trip around Birmingham.

 

Grand Central, Birmingham. Photo by Chris Fletcher

 

From there we will follow the brightly coloured footpath to the Mailbox, with lots of high-end shops including Harvey Nicks and BBC Birmingham where I go to work when I’m in “The Archers”, and then to my favourite bit - the comfy blue chairs and sofas in the middle of the refurbished Mailbox, where we might bump into “Coronation Street” actor and comedian Gareth Berliner and his National Theatre actor wife Kiruna Stamell, who have recently made Birmingham their home.

 

Mailbox, Birmingham. Photo by Tammie Naughton.

 

 

Walk past the Everyman boutique cinema by lots of excellent bars and restaurants into the Cube, and up to the top to Marco Pierre White’s. We just have to linger here to appreciate both the food and excellent views, and the see-through floor in the champagne bar which is scary for people with acrophobia. We could also maybe pop into Madeleine on the ground floor of the Cube for scrumptious cake and coffee.

 

The Cube, Mailbox, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Then walk along the canal and a bridge, a quick glance round Brindley Place, and into the ICC, where we have to have a quick peek into Symphony Hall. I’m so proud of this building; and built with European funding, by the way.

 

Symphony Hall and organ, Birmingham. Photo courtesy Mike Gutteridge

 

Then it’s to the building that I always love to show visitors to my adopted city, the Birmingham Library. We must go right to the top to appreciate the garden, the other secret garden, and the wonderful views, and spend some time in the Shakespeare Memorial Room.

 

Library of Birmingham & Shakespeare Memorial Room. Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Then race past the impressive Council House, Floozy in the Jacuzzi (or rather in the jungle as she is now) to Colmore Row and Pigeon Park where we can appreciate the newly refurbished Grand Hotel and the beautiful Burne-Jones stained glass windows in St Philip’s Cathedral.

 

St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham. Photo by Damien Walmsley 

 

And then I’ve just got to show you the Great Western Arcade, with its beautiful architecture and my favourite cheese shop Anderson & Hill.

 

Great Western Arcade, Birmingham. Photo by George Daley.

 

You may have to drag me away from the cheese shop kicking and screaming, as I do love cheese! Now we must be feeling peckish again despite eating all the cheese in Anderson and Hills. So let’s go and look at St Paul's Square with its pretty church, Georgian buildings and my favourite wine bar The Rectory I had a lovely birthday meal here with friends last year.

 

St. Paul's Church, St.Paul's Square, Birmingham. Courtesy Elliott Brown

 

Now it’s the evening and we have to go to my absolute favourite place in the whole of Birmingham, the Old Joint-Stock Theatre, which was created a decade ago after the Equity Birmingham branch and West Midlands Writers Guild lobbied Fuller’s brewery. Tonight my talented young friends and recent acting graduates from Birmingham Conservatoire are in the Old Joint Stock Theatre with their in-house production “Kanada”. As we go up to the top floor don’t forget to glance up at the ceiling of the Old Joint Stock pub and take in all the delights of this fabulous building, we may even catch sight of Julian Lloyd Webber having a quiet drink in a corner. We can end our evening back in the bar discussing this challenging play with my young actor friends and the immensely warm and welcoming producers who run the Old Joint Stock Theatre, Karl Steele and Adam Lacey. 

 

Day 2:

 

Day two just has to be a walk round Bournville Village. We can start off at the pretty train station and walk by the chocolate factory, see the lovely environment built by the Cadbury family for its factory workers back in the late 1800s. We must not miss Bournville Green with the carrilon as it’s the most amazing and bizarre bell ringing you’ll ever hear. We can loiter in the various parks and have brunch at Leverton & Halls

 

I told you to wear comfy walking shoes, because now it’s back to Bournville train station where we will go through the gate and have a lovely long walk down the canal to Birmingham University. Doing this walk always feels like you’re in the middle of the countryside and hard to believe you’re in the middle of a bustling city.

 

'Old Joe', University of Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

At the University we just have to visit the Barber Institute to appreciate some art and this fine building.

 

Also not to be missed, Winterbourne House with its 7 acre Botanic Garden; a lovely oasis in the middle of our city.

 

Winterbourne gardens. Photo by Peter Leadbetter.

 

Then time to have something to eat at Winterbourne’s Terrace Tea Room, and then back to Grand Central for your train home.

 

Hope you enjoyed your journey around Birmingham with me, there’s so much more I can show you so do come back again soon.

 

Tracey xx

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07 Feb 2018 - FreeTimePays

New project to showcase Birmingham's great modern architecture

Birmingham hosts some fantastic modern architecture.  This new Birmingham 100+ project will grow with weekly contributions from across the Birmingham We Are community of 'People with Passion' to become a digital showcase of all the city's wonderful modern architecture. Each week, we will feature one of our great landmarks.

 

This week, we have chose to feature the wonderful Selfridges building. Take the project link to view our first post and the start of our gallery.  

 

Get in touch, we have some great sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Contact Jonathan at FreeTimePays on 0121 410 5520 or email Jonathan.Bostock@FreeTimePays.com

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04 Feb 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Cranes in Reflection

A nice photo of the huge crane reflected in a puddle at Leftbank where BankTower Two is going up on Broad Street in Birmingham, built by Wates Group

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