BIRMINGHAM MAIL - Top 5 things to do in Birmingham this weekend

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BIRMINGHAM MAIL - Top 5 things to do in Birmingham this weekend

Top 5 things to do in Birmingham this weekend

From dinosaurs to outdoor cinema, comedy to music, what to do from August 18-20


It’s your last chance to catch those Dinosaurs in the Wild at the NEC.

But there are still plenty of outdoor cinema screenings in Birmingham and beyond, as well as top comedy, live music and a tour of an unusual city venue.

These are our top five things to do from Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20.

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Dinosaurs in the Wild

NEC Birmingham

Friday - Sunday

This £12 million attraction had its world premiere in Birmingham in June but is ending on August 23, before packing up and moving to Manchester. Make the most of the last weekend, as there are still tickets available here for most of the half-hourly time slots. It’s a mixture of theatre and theme par k, using cutting edge technology to take visitors back 67 million years – and 3D, animatronics and special effects to let us see ‘real’ dinosaurs.

Outdoor Cinema

Rum Runner Yard

Regency Wharf off Broad Street

Friday - Sunday

The open air film screenings paired with excellent street food, deckchairs and blankets continue.

On Friday night there’s Slumdog Millionaire and on Saturday there’s Stand By Me, both starting at 7pm and with food from The Spice is Right and Pietanic respectively.

Then on Sunday there’s a Flatpack screening of Om Shanti Om at 6pm, an Indian romantic musical and a tribute to Bollywood in the swinging 70s. Included in the price is a Gateway to India meal.

Or if you don’t fancy any of these films, head to mac in Cannon Hill Park on Friday where they’re showing Sister Act: Back in the Habit in the outdoor arena. Further afield, Bromsgrove Artrix has a Mamma Mia Drive-In screening.

James Redmond

Jongleurs Comedy Club

Bliss Bar, Broad Street

Saturday, 7pm

Yes, it’s THAT James Redmond - the actor who shot to fame in Hollyoaks before moving to Casualty and Coronation Street, but who has also been a stand-up comedy act for several years. Now he comes to Birmingham with his tales of an early mid-life crisis. He shares the bill with Ray Badran and Steve Hall.

Tour of the Baths and Underground Tunnels

Stirchley Baths

0121 464 9072

Sunday, 2pm

If you haven’t yet taken one of these regular tours of the tunnels beneath the swimming baths, then now’s your chance. Visitors get to go behind the scenes, up on the balcony, into the deep end of the pool and along the tunnels to the original well, hard hats included. The building opened in 1911 but was derelict for 28 years after closing in 1988, re-opening in 2016. Tours cost £3 and booking is essential.

Beethoven’s Fifth

Symphony Hall

0121 780 3333

Sunday, 7pm

There are few more stirring and familiar pieces of music than Beethoven’s Symphony No 5, so imagine what it would be like to hear it in the amazing surroundings of Symphony Hall, played by a world-class orchestra. Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla conducts and the programme also includes Beethoven’s Overture Leonore No. 3 and Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto.