Have you ever wondered what might be hiding on the Edgbaston campus of the university? It’s awful when you know that there must be some interesting events happening but you’re just not sure when or where they are. Luckily we’re here to provide you with a neat little overview of our five favourite spots on campus and our favourite upcoming event for them. Read on to find out what’ll keep you busy this Christmas.
R4 on Campus Map,
Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 noon – 5pm
Our Geology museum in the heart of campus is one of the oldest specialised museums in the UK with some of the UK’s most outstanding collections of geology. If you want to see fossils that are 420 million years old, then this is the place for you.
Best Upcoming Event: Rock Choir
Lapworth Museum, Sunday 9th December 2:30 – 3:00pm – free entry
Lapworth Museum is welcoming the UK’s largest contemporary choir – Rock Choir – into the museum to sing some fun, festive music, with festive refreshments provided! The Rock Choir is a group of fun, friendship and community spirit, combining a love of music with an active and social community. Pop down if you’re feeling like an uplifting, warming afternoon of entertainment!
R12 on Campus Map
The Bramall’s main auditorium seats 450 people, providing a very intimate space for audience and performer. The acoustics of the hall are world-class, being designed by the same team who were involved in developing the acoustics for the Royal Opera House Muscat. They have so many events it was hard for us to just pick one, so you should really check out their website and see what your favourite is.
Best Upcoming Event: Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra Concert
The Bramall, Sunday 16th December 3:00pm – tickets from £6 to £16
With music from Tchaikovsky, Khatchaturian and Shostakovich, the Philharmonic Orchestra is providing us with a very Russian, very historical set that we’re super excited to hear! While Tchaikovsky’s work reflects upon a Russian triumph over Napoleon, Shostakovich’s commemorates the early stages of the Russian Revolution. This is a powerful, historical and thought-provoking set of music.
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
R14 on Campus Map
Monday to Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday:11am – 5pm
The Barber Institute was founded ‘for the Study and encouragement of art and music’ by Lady Barber in 1932. They continue to live up to her vision today, and we think they’re doing a very good job of it. With many events that are open to all it makes Fine Art – a notoriously exclusive form – available to all. With regular gallery tours, events for children, workshops, talks and drawing sessions, the Barber has created an inclusive space for everyone in the community that’s interested in art.
Best Upcoming Event: Sunday Gallery Tours
The Barber, every second and fourth Sunday of the month 2:30pm – free entry
If you want to find out more about the collections in the Barber, then this is the event for you. Maybe you’re confused about where to start with Fine Art, or you have some specific questions, whatever your thoughts these tours will answer all the questions you have and more. Have an hour being taken around the gallery with experts, their wealth of knowledge at your disposal. Each tour starts at 14:30 and the meeting place is below the portrait of Lady Barber in the foyer.
Winterbourne House and Gardens
58 Edgbaston Park Rd, Birmingham B15 2RT
November-March 10.30am – 4pm Daily
If the built-up city centre is getting you down then maybe a quick escape to Winterbourne Garden is exactly what you need. This quaint Edwardian house tucked away with a 7-achre botanical garden is a little oasis of green in the centre of built-up-Birmingham. Escape into history and into nature with a relaxing day in the gardens.
Best Upcoming Event: Christmas Private Dining in the Old Kitchen
Winterbourne House, 12:00 – 2:00pm – Festive Afternoon Tea £17.95 p.p., Christmas Lunch £19.95 p.p.
The Old Kitchen in the Edwardian House at Winterbourne is open for you and whoever you wish to bring to lunch. The room will be covered with traditional Christmas decorations, and you’ll have the choice of either a wintery Afternoon Tea, or a full Christmas Lunch. There is nowhere cosier to have a Christmas meal this season. Make sure you book soon though, because we all know everyone’s pining for that lunch as close to Christmas as you can get it!
Though it’s not quite ready yet, of course we think that one of our favourite (upcoming) hidden gems on campus is of course the Greenheart. It’s a space that will be open to all, for relaxing, studying, picnicking, light jogs – whatever you see fit.
Best Upcoming Event: The Greenheart Festival
June 2019 – May 2020
For nearly a whole year we will be celebrating the opening of the Greenheart with a festival full of events so that there will be something for everyone. We want everyone to be involved, staff, students, partners and the local community, because the Greenheart really is for everyone.
Celebrations start on the weekend of the 7th June 2019, so mark it down in your calendars! All activities will be free and open to all, with a prom, performances, activities and demonstrations to name only a few. We can’t wait!