What's on, when it's on, in West Midlands
The West Midlands is a metropolitan county found in central England that was formed in 1974 from parts of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire and is made up of seven metropolitan boroughs: Walsall, Solihull, Sandwell, Dudley, the City of Wolverhampton, the City of Coventry and the City of Birmingham. It is sometimes referred to as the West Midlands conurbation or the West Midland metropolitan area and also the term West Midlands is a broader term for the region.
The county itself is essentially a metropolitan, urban and industrial county, defined by the cities within. That is not to say there is nothing to do however as those cities offer plenty of excitement and the area has long had a reputation for industrial heritage, fantastic museums, new and exciting art galleries and a vibrant and entertaining nightlife.
In Dudley for example, there are attractions such as the Dudley Zoo or the Black Country Living Museum, and there is the Dudley Canal and Tunnel as well as the ruins of Dudley Castle and numerous beautiful churches (such as the Church of St. Edmund or the Church of St. James the Great). There are beautiful churches to be found in Wolverhampton too, from St. Peters Collegiate Church and St. Peters Gardens to the Church of St. John.
Also worth a look are Wightwick Manor and Moseley Old Hall. However, the highlight of the West Midlands must surely be the city of Birmingham, a city that has cast off its reputation as an industrial, grim city and swapped manufacturing for culture, the arts and entertaining. This is a city of exquisite dining (particularly the curry) and fantastic nightlife, endless shopping and constant entertainment.
From the impressive National Exhibition Centre to the football at Villa Park, or from watching the cricket at Edgbaston, home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, to shopping in the stunning Bull Ring Shopping Centre and the space-age Selfridges Store, (designed using a weird skin of 15,000 spun aluminium discs), one thing Birmingham knows how to do is entertain. Whether you spend the entire time in the cities or venture out into the black country, West Midlands is a fascinating and entertaining destination.
Days out and Attractions
Discover museums, art galleries, historic houses, castles, attractions, theme parks and much more in and around West Midlands to keep families entertained whatever the British weather.
Events in West Midlands
From world-class live music, festivals and exhibitions to shows, sports events and gigs, West Midlands has it all.
Use the list of event categories below to find events to suit your mood, as well as your pocket!
West Midlands Features
Ed Ruscha at Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Although his name might not be familiar, you're likely to have seen some of his pop art paintings. BritEvent's Lucy Middleton visits his exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
Day out at West Midlands Safari Park
Voted best attraction in the Midlands by both parents and their children, Bewdley's West Midlands Safari Park is fun for all the family. We sent BritEvents' Lucy Middleton to see what all the fuss is about, and to enjoy an ice cream or two, on us!
Forthcoming Events Diary
|The GameThe Game appears live in Birmingham, West Midlands at HMV Institute Birmingham on Wednesday, 11 December 2013. For ticket prices to watch The Game at HMV Institute Birmingham, see the list of tickets available for The G…||TomorrowHMV Institute BirminghamBirminghamMiscellaneous|
|5ive5ive performs live at LG Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, West Midlands on Thursday, 12 December 2013. Buy and compare your tickets for 5ive at LG Arena Birmingham now.…||12 Dec 2013LG Arena BirminghamBirminghamMiscellaneous|
|Only Men AloudOnly Men Aloud performs live at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, West Midlands on Thursday, 12 December 2013. Buy and compare your tickets for Only Men Aloud at Symphony Hall now.…||12 Dec 2013Symphony HallBirminghamMiscellaneous|
|PlaceboAlternative rock band, 'Placebo' are; Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steve Forrest. They have collectively released 6 albums to date and 29 singles. They are famed for hits such as 'Every You, Every Me' and 'Infra Red' a…||12 Dec 2013O2 Academy BirminghamBirminghamMiscellaneous|
|The WaterboysThe Waterboys are truly a "one of a kind" band. They claim to be like no other band, with no genre, school, or fashion, they simply play Waterboy music. They have performed all over the world and have a large following w…||12 Dec 2013New Alexandra TheatreBirminghamMiscellaneous|
|JLSThe name JLS is an abbreviation of 'Jack the Lad Swing' all is band name for Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan 'JB' Gill and Ortise Williams. Having been runner up to Alexandra Burke on series 5 of the 'X Factor', …||13 Dec 2013LG ArenaBirminghamMiscellaneous|
|PeacePeace appears live in Birmingham, West Midlands at O2 Academy Birmingham on Friday, 13 December 2013. For ticket prices to watch Peace at O2 Academy Birmingham, see the list of tickets available for Peace.…||13 Dec 2013O2 Academy BirminghamBirminghamMiscellaneous|
|Shed SevenEnglish indie-rock band 'Shed Seven' began together in 1990 and is credited with making contributions to the 'Brit-pop' scene along with the likes of 'Blur' and 'Oasis' in the early 1990s. The familiar wailing vocals and…||14 Dec 2013HMV InstituteBirminghamMiscellaneous|
|Wet Wet WetWet Wet Wet performs live at LG Arena in Birmingham, West Midlands on Sunday, 15 December 2013. Buy and compare your tickets for Wet Wet Wet at LG Arena now.…||15 Dec 2013LG ArenaBirminghamMiscellaneous|
|White LiesWhite Lies at HMV Institute Birmingham live on Sunday, 15 December 2013 in Birmingham, West Midlands. For tickets to see White Lies at HMV Institute Birmingham, see the list of ticket prices.…||15 Dec 2013HMV Institute BirminghamBirminghamMiscellaneous|
|Tinie TempahPatrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu is a British rapper and performer known in the business as 'Tinie Tempah'. His debut album 'Disc-Overy' was a huge success and from it came a string of hit singles and two B…||16 Dec 2013LG ArenaBirminghamMiscellaneous|
|Tenacious DTenacious D appears live in Birmingham, West Midlands at O2 Academy Birmingham on Wednesday, 18 December 2013. For ticket prices to watch Tenacious D at O2 Academy Birmingham, see the list of tickets available for Tenac…||18 Dec 2013O2 Academy BirminghamBirminghamMiscellaneous|
West Midlands Safari Park
Creep on down to West Midland Safari Park this Half Term for an event full of entertainment and ghoulishly good fun! Starting on Saturday 20th October and running each evening until Friday 2nd November, everyone is encouraged to dress up and take part in a variety of hands on spooky activities and spooky animal encounters to celebrate the spookiest of seasons - all for fun of course! More info at: www.wmsp.co.uk/spooky
Chosen by Amanda Arnold