Please note that the printed version of this page will include opening times and other useful information for each property/event.
Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries at www.heritageopendays.org.uk for last-minute changes.
RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, St Paul's, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 1SA
Artist Demonstration with Marylane Barfield PPRBSA. Taking inspiration from the RBSA Permanent Collection and Archive, Marylane will demonstrate how she creates works in pastel. The RBSA Gallery is wheelchair accessible and pram friendly. There is a level entry to the building, lift access throughout and a fully accessible toilet with baby-changing facilities on the ground floor. The Gallery also has a self-service cafe area and a children's activity table.
Access Information: There is pay and display parking around the Gallery. There is also space for blue badge holders to park their car for a limited period in front of the Gallery entrance.
Additional Information: Max 30 people per tour/event. There is pay and display parking around the Gallery. There is also space for blue badge holders to park their car for a limited period in front of the Gallery entrance.
Directions: The Gallery is located just off the corner of St. Paul's Square, opposite the Italian restaurant.
Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B6 6JD
Entry will be free to Aston Hall on Sunday 15th September as part of our Worlds Apart day. Children's trails, dressing up costumes, crafts, re-enactors and more. Please note that the Hall is now CLOSED on Saturday 14th September due to an Aston Villa home match, so do come along on Sunday instead for a great family day out! Children's trails, dressing up costumes, handling boxes.
Access Information: There is level access to the ground floor of Aston Hall, but there are around 80 stairs in the Hall if you wish to go above the ground floor. There is no lift in the Hall itself due to the natureof the building. There is level access, and a lift, in the Stables Range, where there is a local history exhibition on the first floor.
Victoria Square, Colmore Row and Waterloo Street (corner of), Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 1BB
From chocolate, custard, cars, buttons, whistles and bangles to the best in the world for science, medicine, education and art , Birmingham has it all. A live guided exciting adventure through the UK's second city, the Brummagem tour takes you to the commercial heart of the city and includes the major buildings of architectural interest. Following the road to the unique Jewellery Quarter which really emphasises why Birmingham was known as the city of a thousand trades in Victorian times we then travel along Broad Street, the Golden Mile with the Golden Boys. Picking up the highway to Edgbaston, home to the manufacturers of the city and the international cricket ground we link up with the Tolkien trail and the world famous Cardinal Newman Oratory. Entering the city from the East side we get the full panoramic view of St Martin's Parish Church and the new state of the art Bullring shopping complex with the iconic building of Selfridges.
Booking Details: Contact: Sue Behan Call: 0121 427 2555/078051 15998 Email: email@example.com Go to: www.birmingham-tours.co.uk Booking opens: 6 May 2013 09:00 Booking closes: 2 September 2013 09:00
Directions: Lamp post with sign next to the Council House, Victoria Square on the corner of Colmore Row and Waterloo Street - very near Starbucks.
Birmingham Back to Backs, 55-63 Hurst Street , Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4TE
Take a stroll into court 15 Birmingham's last remaining courtyard of back to back houses. You can visit the ground floors ONLY of our 1840's house our 1870's house our 1930's house as well as visit our tailors shop and courtyard and share a few interesting stories around our privies and wash house. Visitors will on the day have the opportunity to book onto our regular guided tours. There will be various craft activities in our courtyard for children and familes (a small charge may be applicable for materials)
Access Information: Due to large number of visitors anticipated on the day there will be no access to the upper floors of our property. Anyone who would like a full guided tour can book on the day for an alternative day.
Additional Information: Max 80 people per tour/event.
Directions: Birmingham New Street train station is ¼ mile away. We are within easy walking distance of bus and railway stations (follow signs for Hippodrome Theatre).
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 3TR
An oasis of delightful gardens, peaceful and tranquil, just one mile from the city centre. Opened in 1832, these historic Gardens are home to fascinating plant collections. Four stunning glasshouses filled with exotic plants take you from tropical rainforest to arid desert. Beyond, fifteen acres of beautiful landscaped gardens offer sunny lawns and collections of roses, alpines, perennials, rare trees and shrubs, ideal for picnics and exploring every day of the year. Special features include the Japanese Garden and National Bonsai Collection, four-flight Lawn Aviary and Rock Pool with its Diamond Jubilee Cascade. There is also a Woodland Walk, Pinetum and Bamboo Maze. The many attractions include an art gallery, tearoom and the Shop at the Gardens is well-stocked with plants, quality gifts, cards, confectionery and books. Open Air Music from bandstand and also Urban Food Festival Children's Playground; Discovery Garden; Growing Schools Garden. Themed Children's Trails. Family Explorer Backpacks for hire.
Additional Information: Birmingham Botanical Gardens is an independent education charity
Directions: Close to Birmingham city centre. From the M40: Take M42 West to M5 then: From the M5: Leave at junction 3 and take A456 signposted City Centre. Turn right onto B4129 (Norfolk Road) signposted Botanical Gardens. From the M6: Leave at junction 6 and take A38(M) to City Centre. Follow underpasses signposted Birmingham West to A456. At Five Ways island turn left onto B4217 (Calthorpe Road) signposted Botanical Gardens. Local Traffic: Follow signs for Edgbaston then brown tourist signs to Botanical Gardens. Buses: 10, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 29 stop in Westbourne Road (westbound) and Harborne Road (eastbound).Trains: From Five Ways Station - 15 minutes walk or no 22 bus. From Birmingham New Street Station - Buses (as above) from Colmore Row or 20 minutes' taxi ride.
Blakesley Road, Yardley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B25 8RN
Join us for free entry and free guided tours, with our costumed staff during Heritage Open Days. Visit the attics, normally closed to the public, enjoy the gardens, and try out some garden games! Garden games, family -friendly tours.
Access Information: Partial disabled access - Only the 1st floor of the hall does not have wheelchair access.
Blakesley Road, Yardley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B25 8RN
Join us for a free guided tour of St Edburgha's Church, Yardley, a listed Medieval church. The church dates back 800 years and the area has been the centre of worship for 1000 years.
Access Information: The tour starts from Blakesley Hall and includes a ten minute walk between the Hall and Church.
Soho House Museum, Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 5LB
Discover more about the Birmingham that Matthew Boulton knew and loved. Take part in this lively interactive walk and discover some Soho secrets! Tour starts and finishes at Soho House, and tours the surrounding area. Free, but please book.
Booking Details: Free entry but booking required Contact: Soho House Museum Call: 0121 554 9122
Access Information: Toilet facilities at Soho House, not during the tour.
Selly Manor, Maple Road, Bournville, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 2AE
As part of Heritage Open Days we will be offering free entry. Meet the Bournville Beekeepers and their bees for lots of fantastic facts amd advice on bee conservation. Plant Heritage, Hay Green and Court lane allotment societies will have produce for sale and the Bournville Bake Off will be judged at 11.30 ! All money from cake sales will go the the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Children's activities and games.
Directions: Next to Bournville village green, close to Cadbury World, 4 miles from Birmingham city centre.
65 Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 1JT
Visitors can look around the building, which is unusual for a Quaker Meeting House. Built in 1905, the architect, W. Alexander Harvey, was responsible for designing many of the buildings for the new village and it has features influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. It is the only Quaker Meeting House to have an organ, built by Harrison and Harrison and installed in 1915 as a gift from George and Elizabeth Cadbury to celebrate their Silver wedding anniversary. Members of the Meeting will be present to talk about the Quakers, their history and beliefs, and Quaker literature will be available.Families and children are welcome.
Access Information: There is a small car park, for about 10 cars.
Additional Information: Max 100 people per tour/event.
Directions: The Meeting House is on Birmingham's Outer Ring Road, the A4040. The site is on Bournville Green, opposite the junction with Linden Road and Woodbrooke Road.
Bournville United Reformed Church, Beaumont Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 2EB
A chance to look around Bournville United Reformed Church. The Church was founded as Bournville Church of Christ in 1905. It moved to the present purpose built Meeting House in 1914. The Church retains a number of original features including a baptistery for believer's baptisms. There will a display about the history of the church and some items from the archives of the Churches of Christ on display. Refreshments available.
Access Information: The building is not accessible for wheelchair users.
Directions: Located near the junction with Linden Road. 10 minutes walk from Bournville Rail Station, buses 11 & 84 stop nearby.
40 Bull Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 6AF
Bull Street Quaker Meeting House, built in 1933 on a city centre site occupied by Quakers since 1703. Old gravestones in garden. Tour of meeting room and lobby. The main exhibition this year will be the an exhibition illustrating Quaker Service including that of service during WWI and WWII There will also be information on the history of Quakers and also introducing modern Quakers. Leaflets available. Garden with seating. Quaker trail walk on Sunday.
Access Information: The whole area open for Heritage Open Day is level. There is a disabled parking bay. Due to ongoing road works access, except for disabled parking, would be best on foot.
Directions: The meeting house is located in the upper part of Bull Street between Corporation Street and Colmore Row. The meeting house is set back from the road between Temple Court and Johnson's Dry Cleaners. At the moment work is taking place in upper Bull Street and Corporation Street in respect of extending the Metro Line. Access to the carpark is via Colmore Row and Temple Row. The building would be best accessed on foot. The nearest car park is at Snow Hill Station accessed via Livery Street. Snow Hill Station is about 5 minutes walk away and New St Station 10 minutes walk . Main bus stops are to be found in Colmore Row, Corporation St and Moor St.
Stanhope Street/Conybere Street, Highgate, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 0YF
Grade II* listed large Victorian Gothic Church, architect John Loughborough Pearson 1881, with tower by Reynolds 1938. Descriptive materials and tour guides available. Heritage Open Day Concert for the Young Sunday September 15th at 2.00 p.m. in the church. Free. Children’s Corner.
Access Information: The main entrance to the church will be through the large west doors. This entrance is reached by a flight of stone steps. Level access for wheelchairs is provided by entering through the garden gate in Stanhope Street. The main body of the church, chapels, church hall and toilets may be accessed by wheelchair. Only the Chancel and Sanctuary are reached by steps.
Directions: Building is visible from Belgrave Middleway, and is situated two roads behind Birmingham Central Mosque.
Grove Park car park, Harborne Park Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B17
Guided walk mainly round west Harborne, centred on the pond, streams and holloways in the area.
Access Information: Walk will include crossing some rough grassed parkland and non-tarmac paths.
Directions: Bus services 11A, 11C, 29 and 29A stop very close to the starting point.
20 Slack Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B20 2JL
Small community museum housed in a Grade II listed building dating from c1460 and one of the best examples of early 'cruck' timber frame construction.
Access Information: Wheelchair access to ground floor only.
Directions: Corner of Slack Lane and College Road, handsworth. Close to 101 (from city) and 11A/11C (outer circle) bus routes at Grove Lane/Church Lane junction.
13-15 Fleet Street, Hockley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 1JP
Especially for Heritage Open Days, our contractors Fairhurst Ward Abbotts Ltd will be leading visitors around Birmingham Conservation Trust's Grade II* listed factory in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. The Newman Bros. Coffin Works was purpose built in 1894 and made coffin fittings of the highest quality until it closed in 1999. This tour will focus on the conservation and repair work FWA are doing to bring this building back into use as a heritage attraction which will also incorporate commercial units. (Tour = more conservation, less social history!) The building is due to re-open in summer 2014.
Booking Details: As the office is not always staffed, we are asking people to book through eventbrite on-line ticketing system. It is free to book. If you are not an internet user, then please do ring to book and leave a message, but we cannot guarantee a ticket will still be available. Call: 0121 3032664 Go to: http://coffinworkshods13tours.eventbrite.co.uk/ Booking opens: 1 August 2013 08:00 Booking closes: 14 September 2013 23:30
Access Information: Safety is very important. At this time the Coffin Works will be a building site. Hard Hats Provided. Please wear sensible shoes; no heels or open toes. During the repair phase access is not suitable for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. Steep stairs and uneven surfaces. No toilets.
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/event. Tours last about 45 minutes. Please be prompt. Street parking around Coffin Works is free on a Sunday. Closest NCPs are at Newhall Street and Paradise Circus. Tour only suitable for children over 8 years old. No additional family activities provided.
Directions: On Fleet Street you will find us in between Mitchell & Butlers and Viet Moon restaurant. Fleet Street is a one-way system. We are at the top of the hill on the Summer Row end. Look for big red doors and scaffold! Postcode does not link 100% accurately to maps run by Google.
221 Alcester Road South, Kings Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands, B14 6DT
The Masonic Hall will be open to the public with guided tours of the Lodge Rooms, plus static displays of Masonic Regalia and artefacts and photographic displays of charitable activities undertaken by local Freemasons within the local community.
Access Information: All front car park bays are suitable for disabled parking, being close to the main entrance. Full toilet facilities available on the ground floor. The entrance to the Masonic Hall is suitable for wheel chair access and a lift facility is available to the Lodge Rooms located on the upper floor.
179b Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands
The 18C dovecote offers an insight into rural Moseley before its incorporation into Birmingham. Normally a dove-free building, on this occasion there will be real doves. The octagonal brick dovecote is surrounded by a period garden, and we will provide plant identification quizzes to suit all ages. Scarecrow making will add to the experience. An exhibition 'Moseley at War' will be on display in the adjoining cowhouse. Child scarecrows and plant/leaf quizzes.
Additional Information: Parking available in the hospital car park and other facilities available in Moseley Village.
Directions: Just south of Moseley Village centre, by the entrance to Moseley Hall Hospital, opposite King David School
Moseley Park and Pool, 93A/95 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 8DD
Explore one of Moseley's hidden gems - the tranquil oasis normally available only to key-holding subscribers. Part of the Moseley Hall estate for which Humphry Repton designed one of his Red Books, it also contains a late 18th century ice house which is in excellent condition. Bring food for the water birds on the pool and enjoy the echo in the ice house.
Access Information: Paths are rough. Wear walking shoes.
Additional Information: Parking in local side streets, good bus transport, many facilities available in Moseley Village.
Directions: Entrance is on foot, between Dixons estate agents and Thistle Estates in Victoria Parade in Moseley Village
75-80 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 6HA
Costumed guided tours. Family make-and-take activity (Saturday only 1300-1500). Family make-and-take activity (Saturday only 1300-1500).
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/event.
173 Church Road, Northfield, Birmingham, West Midlands, B31 2LX
Saint Laurence is a Grade 1 mediaeval church, listed in the Domesday Book, and set in the Northfield Conservation Area. The chancel and tower date from the 12th and 13th centuries, with the former being an outstanding example of Early English work. The south aisle was added in the 14th century in the Decorated style and the porch and upper tower in the early 15th century.The Victorian north aisle is a sympathetic extension, preserving the original Norman door and 14th century windows. The stained glass throughout is an excellent example of the works of Augustus Pugin, John Hardman and Charles Kempe. There will be guided tours lasting approximately one hour. There is the opportunity to visit the bell chamber and tower roof, subject to restrictions. At 4pm there will be an informal Songs of Praise, to which visitors are warmly welcomed. There are guided materials for the exterior and interior of the church and for the excellent stained glass. There is a guide for families and children.
Access Information: Parking is available at the St Laurence Pastoral Centre, with a short walk to the church. This is a one way system and visitors should be aware of traffic from the left. There is one step up to the chancel and three to the ground floor of the tower.There are age, health and clothing restrictions for tours of the bell chamber and tower roof. Access is by steep, narrow stairways.
Directions: The church is a short walk down Church Road from the centre of Northfield on the Bristol Road or up Church Hill from Northfield Station. Parking at St Laurence Pastoral Centre, adjacent to the church and opposite the Great Stone Public House.
81 The Green, Kings Norton, Birmingham, West Midlands, B38 8RU
Our volunteer guides will be in Tudor period costume to lead tours at 11am and 12.30pm and 2pm around the Tudor buildings (Saracen's Head, Old School House and Tudor Merchants House). Tours will last approx. 1 hour.
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/event. St Nicolas Place won the BBC/HLF restoration series of 2004 with the restoration works coupled in 2008.
Directions: Parking available on the green and at the Bulls Head Pub next door. There will be a farmers Market, craft fayre and book sale on the same day.
Cole Bank Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 6BD
Visit Birmingham's 18th century working water mill, a beautiful site and a source of inspiration for the author J R R Tolkien. Take a free guided walk along the River Cole and find out about the mills of Birmingham. Walking tour lasts approximately 1 hour.
Access Information: The walking tours will be alongside the River - please ring for access information.
Additional Information: On Sunday, the Mill will be working, and bread will be baking - admission charge applies.
The Old Clifton School, Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 8NJ
A chance to visit the Old Cifton School, and the Victorian and Second World War schoolrooom, with activities including: drawing on slates; writing with pen and ink; and tables practice. Victorian classes will also be held with a teacher on Saturday and Sunday, 14th & 15th September, at 12 noon and 2 p.m. and are limited to 30 pupils. Places will be allocated on arrival. Victorian discipline will be strictly adhered to. There will also be an exhibition of Diamond Balsall Heath: the history of the area in 60 objects from the last 60 years. There will be interactive displays and demonstrations throughout the day.
Access Information: It is possible, but not easy, to bring wheelchair in to the building but -0121 464 4376.
Additional Information: Max 100 people per tour/event.
Directions: Clifron Road runs from the Moseley Road to Ladypool Road.
Soho House Museum, Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 5LB
Free entry to Soho House on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, as part of Heritage Open Days. Even if you're not joining a rooftop tour, or our Boulton Walk, why not visit Soho House, see the recently refurbished Visitor Centre, take a walk around Boulton's home or see the hermitage in our beautiful gardens!
Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 5LB
Free rooftop tours. A rare opportunity to access the roof of the museum and follow in the footsteps of the Lunar Men who would stargaze from the top of Soho House. Free, but please pre-book.
Booking Details: Free, but please prebook Contact: Soho House Museum Call: 0121 554 9122
Wake Green Road, Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 9QD
A striking example of Victorian Gothic architecture of the Decorative style. This Grade II listed building has seen service as a theological college, hydropathic baths, WWI barracks, orphanage and, since 1923, as a school. Features include 80ft tower, diapery brickwork, galleried library with hammerbeam roof and hydropathic bath. Guided tours, lasting about an hour, will provide commentary and access to the important areas including swimming baths and tower.
St Chad's Cathedral, St Chad's Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 6EU
An opportunity to see parts of the Cathedral not normally open to visitors, and hear about its fascinating history. A Victorian Gothic masterpiece by AWN Pugin, St Chad's was the first Catholic cathedral to be built in England after the Reformation. Some medieval artefacts are on display.
Booking Details: Contact: Trish Brookes Call: 0121 230 6211 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Booking opens: 1 July 2013 10:00 Booking closes: 30 August 2013 12:00
Access Information: Full access to main part of Cathedral, but steps to crypt and sanctuary.
Additional Information: Max 40 people per tour/event.
The Bull Ring, Edgbaston Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 5BB
St Martin's is the ancient parish church of Birmingham - historically the mother church of Birmingham and a Grade II* listed building. Records dating from early 12th century. The only UK church with a peal of 16 bells. Regular guided tours at flexible times. For a unique opportunity to see the Bull Ring and other parts of Birmingham from a different perspective, sign up for a tour up the church tower - bookable on arrival on the day. No children under 7 years of age permitted in tower.
Access Information: Tower tours bookable in church on the day. Tower not accessible to wheelchairs.
Additional Information: On-site cafe and shop open on weekdays only.
Directions: At the heart of the Bull Ring in the city centre - where Birmingham began! Near bus, coach and railway city centre termini. Between Moor Street station and New Street station.
1162 Tyburn Road, Pype Hayes, Birmingham, West Midlands, B24 0TB
St Mary's Church is a 1929 Grade II listed building described as a masterpiece and the finest of its time. The whole of the church site will be open for people to hear music in the church, wander around the church hall for light refreshments and food in the garden cooked on the bar-b-que. Face painting for all age groups and a bouncy castle.
Access Information: Full wheelchair access to the church building and hall, with the use of a portable ramp.
Additional Information: There is not a breast-feeding area, but space can be found if privacy is needed.
Directions: 67 bus from the city centre. Church is on the corner of Padstow Road and Tyburn Road.
98 Hunters Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B19 1EB
St Mary's is a little-known architectural gem by Augustus Welby Pugin, and is an interesting example of Pugin's Convent architecture. The convent also has strong historical connections with the Hardman family of Hardman & Co. stained glass fame. Come and be guided around the convent, see the restored interiors, ornate carvings and Hardman artefacts and windows. Learn about the story of the Sisters of Mercy through our exhibition trail of archives and artefacts. Discover more about the nursing of the Sisters in the Crimean War, and gain an insight into the life of a Sister. Discover the beautiful chapel and the bedroom of our foundress, the Venerable Catherine McAuley. There will also be a chance to meet some of the Sisters.
Access Information: Lift to all floors, but one room is missing a ramp and will be inaccessible to wheelchairs.
Additional Information: Max 12 people per tour/event.
St Paul's Square, The Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 1QZ
Beautiful 18th century Grade I listed church, set in Birmingham's only remaining Georgian square. Original box pews, rare and unusually painted east window, and gallery. Historic links with the founding fathers of the Jewellery Quarter and Matthew Boulton. Continued links with current industries.
Access Information: Most of ground floor accessible, stairlift to first floor. Disabled parking available with prior notice.
39 Hawthorne Road, Kings Norton, Bournville, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 1EQ
Pioneering owners of some of the UK’s most eco-friendly SuperHomes are hosting free Open Days this September. SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and fewer carbon emissions - at least 60% less! Visitors can expect to come away with plenty of ideas for greening their own properties, including home improvements likely to be eligible for future Green Deal finance. Harriet and Chris Martin super-insulated their 1930s property as they retired. They also installed a new boiler, wood burning stove, double glazing. Solar panels deliver green electricity and hot water. All this resulted in an 85% reduction in their energy bills!
Booking Details: To pre-book a place on a tour, please visit the Superhomes website Go to: http://www.superhomes.org.uk/63
Additional Information: Max 8 people per tour/event.
Directions: 30 Hawthorne Road is near Rowheath Pavilion (community centre).
103 Tindal Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 9QU
Pioneering owners of some of the UK’s most eco-friendly SuperHomes are hosting free Open Days this September. SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and fewer carbon emissions - at least 60% less! Visitors can expect to come away with plenty of ideas for greening their own properties, including home improvements likely to be eligible for future Green Deal finance. In renovating his home, architect John Christopher’s and his wife Jo Hindley took on a serious challenge. They aimed to take a 1840s Victorian house to “zero carbon” standard (Code for Sustainable Homes level 6) – a UK first. Improvements include triple glazing, super-insulation, whole house mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, a wood stove and 34sqm of solar panels. RIBA called the house “quirky, delightful” and “a thoughtful design of exceptional quality”. There is a special children’s presentation at 2pm.
Booking Details: To pre-book a place on a tour, please visit the Superhomes website Go to: http://www.superhomes.org.uk/41
Additional Information: Max 50 people per tour/event.
Directions: 103 Tindal Street is very close to St John & St Martin RC church.
Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 7UG
Visit a beautiful community garden with 2.5 acres of organically managed landscape. Find out what a community garden is and Martineau Gardens' role in providing a home for wildlife so close to Birmingham city centre. The Honey Show is a chance to find out all about the fascinating craft of beekeeping, you'll be able to talk to local beekeepers, view observation hives, make candles from beeswax and buy locally produced honey direct from the beekeepers. There will be plant sales and refreshments available. There's woodland, an orchard, formal gardens, ponds, a hot house, an earth oven, wildflower meadow, a visitor room (located in a 1940s pavilion) and more. Children's activities include candlemaking plus the 'Shipwreck' children's play area.
Access Information: The visitor room is accessible to wheelchair users. There are male and female toilets. There is a toilet in the female side which is accessible to wheelchair users. Parts of the Garden will only be accessible for the determined - paths in the woodland area are made of bark chippings.
Additional Information: Max 100 people per tour/event.
Directions: Martineau Gardens is situated on the B4217 (Priory Road), 2 miles south of Birmingham City Centre. Opposite The Priory Hospital (BMI) and on the same road as Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and the Warwickshire Cricket Ground (Edgbaston Road). Bus services 1, 45, 47, 61, 63, X64 (but check with travel provider for latest services running). Location details on the website: www.martineau-gardens.org.uk/visitor-information
Museum Collections Centre, 25 Dollman Street, Nechells, Birmingham, West Midlands, B7 4RQ
Informal tours of the Museum Collections Centre allow visitors to see behind the scenes at one of the UK's largest museum stores - a real trip down memory lane. Visitors will find out more about the sites, as well as seeing a huge diversity of objects with a partiular connection to the history of Birmingham and the West Midlands, such as cars and mototrbikes, sculpture, engines, old computers, and even a Sinclair C5!
Booking Details: Spaces on the tour must be pre-booked. It is not possible to visit the site without booking onto a tour Contact: Louise Alden Call: 0121 675 2579 Email: email@example.com Go to: www.bmag.org.uk Booking opens: 5 August 2013 10:00 Booking closes: 12 September 2013 16:00
Access Information: Please advise us if you will be using a wheelchair or pushchair on-site so that we can plan the route of access accordingly. We may plan to include a short journey by lift (of one floor) - please also inform us if this presents any issues for you.
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/event.
Directions: The Museum Collections Centre is situated 5 minutes away from Duddeston train station (by foot)
The Pen Museum, Unit 3 The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 3HS
Located in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter The Pen Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of the steel pen trade that was unique to the city of Birmingham. Few people are aware of the enormous contribution made by this trade to world literacy. The need to replace the quill pen with a more convenient writing implement lead Birmingham engineers to pioneer the development of mechanically produced steel pens which were more durable and long lasting. School Room, Writing with Quill Pen, Telephone Exchange, Family Activity Packs.
Directions: From: City Centre Follow Newhall Street, into Graham Street, right into Frederick Street. Jewellery Quarter Station Walk along Vyse Street towards 'the clock' into Frederick Street.
University of Birmingham, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2RT
We will be joined by the resident printers in our printing press who will be showing visitors how 19th century presses worked. There is plenty for all the family and access includes entry to the garden and house exhibition rooms.
Access Information: Due to narrow doorways, mobility scooters are not able to access the house. Similarly, parents with buggies can leave them in buggy parks and make use of baby carriers we have available.
Directions: Winterbourne is based just off the A38 roughly 2 miles south west of Birmingham city centre.
Aston Hall, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B6 6JD
This event brings together artists and crafts-people from the local community, along with re-enactors demonstrating life in the past, to celebrate the long historical links between Aston Hall and the Indian subcontinent. During the event you can meet Jacobean soldiers, servants and nobles to find out about life in the past, and take part in craft activities celebrating South Asian cultures. Find out about foods from across the world and across time; speak to local artists, and much more! Make your own rangoli pattern; make a flower garland; have a mehndi hand design; meet people from the past.
Access Information: There is level access to the ground floor of the Hall itself, and to all of the Stables Range. There is no lift access in the Hall itself, however the majority of the event will be taking place on the ground floor or gardens.
Directions: Enter Aston Hall by coming up the drive, into the Park, from Trinity Road. The entrance to the drive is almost directly opposite Aston Parish Church.
103 Tindal Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 9QU
Completed in 2009, the UK's first and only retrofit house to “zero carbon” standard (Code for Sustainable Homes level 6). It generates all its own renewable energy with no use of fossil fuels and has won six design awards including Civic Trust Commendation and RIBA Architecture Award. "Quirky, delightful...a thoughtful design of exceptional quality" - RIBA. "I've seen the future - and it's in Birmingham" - The Times. Note this is a private family home. Children of all ages are very welcome. At 2:00pm a special children's presentation will describe how the house works, through its use of sun, rain, wind and earth.
Access Information: Ground floor and garden are fully accessible for wheelchairs, and there is a wheelchair-friendly ground floor WC. First and second floors are accessible via stairs.
Directions: LOCATION: 2.5 miles south of Birmingham city centre. CYCLE: A few streets away from the River Rae cycle path through Canon Hill Park, interactive cycle routes, see http://localview.birmingham.gov.uk/cycling/bham_cycling.html. BUS: No 50 from Moor Street station to Homer Street, see http://www.networkwestmidlands.com/bus/busindex.aspx. CAR: near A435, free parking on Tindal Street