8th Aug 2023|Life at Centrick|News|Sales|

Summer In Birmingham: The Best Of Britain’s Second City

As the UK’s second (and we like to think most amazing!) city, Birmingham is a hive of activity throughout the year. With so much to do, a thriving local economy and a strong jobs market, the city we call home is expected to continue to soar in popularity.  With summer well and truly underway, our city is buzzing, the atmosphere is thriving and we expect to attract more visitors from far and wide with our fantastic amenities, events and activities. From vibrant cultural festivals to independent food markets, there is something to suit everyone. Whether you’re in Moseley, Edgbaston, Harborne or the Jewellery Quarter, you won’t have to go far to experience all that it has to offer. We’re sharing our top picks, and where you’ll no doubt find us enjoying the summer months:

Birmingham for the food lovers: 

Birmingham has been frequently voted as one of the top food destinations in the UK, and we take huge pride in that title (and the plates!). The Birmingham Restaurant Festival celebrates and showcases some of our best establishments across the city. Running until the 27th August the Festival brings together an eclectic and diverse selection of restaurants, from Dishoom to Fiesta Del Asado, Orelle, Aluna and Lasan – as well as a huge besides AND each with a bespoke and exciting new menu for you to try. Explore all of the participating restaurants and send your tastebuds on an adventure. 

Birmingham for the sports enthusiasts:

Birmingham is no stranger to major sporting events, from The Ashes to The Commonwealth Games, we know how to host a sporting spectacle. The Hundred returns to Edgbaston this August! Experience the fast-paced 100 ball tournament and experience a new way to watch cricket. But The Hundred isn’t just an epic game of sport, with live performances and entertainment on the main stage, this is a fantastic day out for families and friends. 

Birmingham for the seaside lovers:

We may not have the seaside on our doorstep, but luckily Birmingham Beach is back for 2023! Located at the Smithfield site next to the Bullring, Birmingham Beach will transport you to the seaside in the heart of the city. Feel the sand between your toes, relax on the deckchairs, embrace the water features and enjoy the funfair. Open all summer long, this is the perfect day out for all of the family. 

Birmingham for the art fanatics:

Embrace the arts and culture of our beautiful city at the Birmingham Weekender 2023. This free festival of the arts is open to everyone and will see the streets of Birmingham become full of colour and energy. Including lifesized retro arcades, aerial dance duos, silent disco walking tours, mass choirs and so much more, there is something for all ages.

Birmingham for the outdoor enthusiasts: 

With more than 8,000 acres of green space, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning a summer walk in Birmingham. Explore Moseley Bog and discover the inspiration behind some of JRR Tolkein’s key locations in The Lord of the Rings; Take a stroll through Canon Hill Park and hop on the pedal boats or embrace the wildflower meadows; Or for those looking to head further out of the city, Lickey Hills boasts fantastic views of the West Midlands and beyond.

Birmingham for the alfresco diners: 

After a long day, there’s often nothing better than enjoying a cold drink whilst the summer sun sets for the evening. We know that Birmingham prides itself on its culinary delights, but we have a few favourites when it comes to those summer nights. The Button Factory in the famous Jewellery Quarter has a fantastic terrace, or head down the canal and pop into The Distillery where you’ll be served stonebaked pizzas and can watch the latest sporting action on their outdoor screen. If Digbeth is your location of choice, Luna Springs offers excellent entertainment in their fully outdoor venue, or head to The Old Crown, Birmingham’s oldest standing inn!

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Birmingham’s rising popularity, range of amenities and excellent transport links means that a variety of homebuyers and renters are now looking to Birmingham as their new home. According to Rightmove the average house price in Birmingham has increased by 9% since 2019 to £274,781 and the Council’s plans to build 2000+ new homes by 2029, reflects the fact that the desire for homebuyers and renters to make Birmingham their home shows no signs of slowing. 

It’s not just the property market that is booming in Birmingham though, the West Midlands has become a global investment hotspot, attracting the most Foreign Direct Investment outside of London and achieving the highest annual growth rate. In addition to this, many businesses such as Visit Britain, PwC, Goldman Sachs and HSBC are choosing Birmingham as their new home, creating a range of new employment opportunities. If that wasn’t enough, with the introduction of HS2, journey times to London will be sliced. Commuters will be able to reach the capital in just 42 minutes, allowing them to look for alternative towns and cities to live in, whilst still benefiting from London wages.

If all of this has got you thinking about buying or selling in Birmingham, our team of local experts know our city like the back of their hand and will provide accurate and up to date advice on the local property market. Book a free home valuation today to find out how we can help:

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