Right now, Birmingham’s buzzing.
Take a look at some of the top things you can see and do. Birmingham has seen an amazing transformation in recent years and is now regarded as a world-class city to meet, eat, shop and visit. The city is buzzing and there has never been such an exciting time to visit.
The Dippy the dinosaur (pictured), which used to be a permanent fixture in the Natural History Museum in London, arrives in Birmingham for the summer and casts a spell over visitors to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery until September 9. Measuring a magnificent 21.3 metres long, the iconic Diplodocus skeleton cast is free to view but entry is ticketed so book in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.
Matilda the Musical
The multi-award-winning Matilda The Musical (pictured) takes up residence at Birmingham Hippodrome until September 8. Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin's musical adaptation of Roald Dahl follows an extremely clever girl, who uses her extraordinary powers to free her classmates from the tyranny of sadistic headmistress, Miss Trunchbull.
Mega Mela Fun Day
Families will also flock to the Mega Mela Fun Day on August 12 in Ward Park, which proudly salutes Asian Pakistani music, culture, food and sports.
Top 10 things to do and see in Birmingham this week
Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park
Animals such as red pandas, meerkats, lemurs, otters and reptiles can be seen in indoor and outdoor enclosures.
Thinktank: Birmingham Science Museum
A range of family-friendly, hands-on exhibits and interactive fun divided into 10 themed sections over four floors.
Winterbourne Botanic Garden
Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the six acre suburban villa garden which was designed by Margaret Nettlefold and bequeathed to the university.
The Last Roman
Various coins on show that date from the reign of Emperor Justinian I (527-565 A.D.), the so-called 'Last Roman Emperor'.
George Bellows: Men Of The Docks
The National Gallery loan is displayed alongside the same artist's Nude, Miss Bentham giving an insight into the work of a leading member of New York's early 20th-century Ashcan School with its radical urban subject matter.
Based in a former pen factory in the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, the museum documents the evolution of the modern pen and celebrates Birmingham's role in its trade.
National Trust: Birmingham Back To Backs
Carefully restored, atmospheric 19th-century courtyard of working people's houses.
- Over 50s
National Sea Life Centre
Located in the heart of the city, Sea Life will transport you into an amazing underwater world. Come nose-to-nose with sharks, starfish, seahorses, rays and other denizens of the deep.
Dippy On Tour: A Natural History Adventure
The Natural History Museum's famous Diplodocus is on a mission to inspire five million natural history adventures, encouraging families to explore nature on their doorstep.
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