I’ve been finding lots of interesting and random events happening in July and I wanted to share them with you. Here is an eclectic mix of different events to suit all tastes and interests, and hopefully invite you to try out something new!

Brunchin’ & Hip Hop Brum: Secret Warehouse Party 6th July

Have you got tired of Brunch? Perhaps you’d rather you could have the brunch without all the chat? Or maybe you have made it your life’s work to Brunch as hard as you possibly can? Regardless, get on down to Brunchin’ & Hip Hop Brum to have a brunch you’ve never experienced before.

The longest running daytimer celebrating Hip Hop Old Skool Classics in Birmingham this is an event not to be missed. This is not one of those brunches with cheesy game shows, or inflatables thrown excitedly across the room that invariably land in your waffles. This is about the music. There are cracking DJs throughout the event, playing classic music allowing you to brunch the way you want to with a banging backing track.

If you join early you can have bottomless cocktails from 12pm-1pm. Otherwise, food is served throughout the day with a bar offering a wide range of drinks and craft beer on tap until 6pm. Tickets are £12.50 or £15 on the door. The event is for over 18s and will be at a secret location.

For tickets and to get more information go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brunchn-hip-hop-secret-warehouse-brunch-tickets-61520862556

Birmingham Gaming Market 6th July

Gaming gets a bad rap, but regardless of how everyone’s parents are fretting, it’s the biggest entertainment industry by a mile! The UK’s biggest gaming market is coming to Birmingham and is a chance to meet other gamers and aficionados.

This is the latest gaming market from PLAY Expo and Video Game Market organisers Replay Events.

Replay Events bring the market to Digbeth Campus of the South and City College. It’s a collector-style event focusing on buying and selling games. They fill the venue with merchandise retailers and thousands of gamers, collectors, and gaming geeks come down to see what’s in store. Offering classic games, consoles, gaming merchandise, old computers, and even custom made artwork – there is everything a gamer could desire under one roof!

If you’re very keen you can buy an early entry ticket for £4 and get to see all the games first at 11am. Otherwise, entry is £2 for adults with under 16s going for free while being accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 12pm and close at 4pm.

Tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-gaming-market-6th-july-2019-tickets-55189642707

Boris the Musical 2: Brexit Harder 3rd-5th July

After the 2016 EU referendum, Blowfish Theatre made a musical about Boris Johnson and Brexit. They thought it wouldn’t last the summer. They have a feeling this won’t be the last mistake they make…

Blowfish Theatre brings a completely revised and updated version of their stand-out musical about Brexit and Boris. Longer, blonder and worser, follow Boris from Eton to Brexit – in song!

‘Therapy for those sick and tired of politics’ North West End. If you just want a break from the news come and have a laugh at this mad musical coming to The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre Venue from 3rd – 5th July.

Tickets: www.oldjointstock.co.uk/whats-on/boris-the-musical-2

Late night access to the Black Sabbath exhibition 4th July

Finally an exhibition for the Venn diagram that is black metal fans and frequent museum patrons! ‘The Home of Metal Presents: Black Sabbath – 50 years’ is being hosted by Birmingham Museum and Gallery and is an exhibition well worth a visit. The exhibition tracks the relationship between Black Sabbath and their loyal fans. If you want to try something a bit different on an evening out, why not go to their late night viewing?

Formed in Aston, Birmingham in 1968 and cited as the godfathers and pioneers of Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath is Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, and Bill Ward. The exhibition aims to explore how the music of four working-class lads captured the hearts of fans across the world.

This is your chance to have late access to the exhibition. You’ll be treated to a Sabbath themed drink on arrival to get you in the mood for after-hours viewing. Tickets are £17 including entry to the museum and a drink.

Tickets: www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/home-of-metal-late

CBSO Notelets: A Small Person’s Guide to the Orchestra 12th – 13th July

You have young children, you’ve heard classical music is supposed to be beneficial for them, but you cannot for the life of you engage them in Mozart? Hey, we’ve all been there! Luckily you are not alone and CBSO Notelets has sprung up to answer your call. CBSO has created A Small Person’s Guide to the Orchestra to get young children excited in classical and live music.

CBSO welcomes all ages and they know that when it comes to singing, dancing, and generally making themselves heard, toddlers are already star performers! This toddler-friendly mini-concert features the CBSO’s special mini-orchestra for mini people playing music specially chosen for small listeners. Get ready to shout, clap, sing and make a big, big noise!

Free craft activities take place from an hour before each concert and at the end, there is also a chance to meet the musicians and see their instruments close up.

Babies under 9 months old do not require a ticket.

Tickets: www.thsh.co.uk/event/a-small-persons-guide-to-the-orchestra

Circles in the Sand 6th July

A beautiful, breathtaking, and inclusive show for children 3 and under, Circles in the Sand invites under 3s to explore a world of buckets, castle building, spinning and tumbling!

This is a show that shows sand in new and exciting ways. With no words and accompanied by an evocative soundtrack of world music, Circles in the Sand is an intimate, imaginative, and captivating show, providing the perfect introduction to theatre for the very young.

Created by award-winning theatre director Sarah Argent and performance by Marleen Vermeulen. Performances last 25 minutes and are followed by an interactive free-play session where children are invited to play in the sand with the props that feature in the production.

The theatre provides a relaxed environment with a relaxed approach to noise, movement, and the use of assistive technology. A variety of seating and spaces will be available. A touch tour is available in the space before each performance. A chill-out zone will be available outside the space for those who need to take a little time out before, during or after the show. A visual story for the event will be available via email. Contact with as much notice as possible at [email protected]

Tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/circles-in-the-sand-an-inclusive-childrens-theatre-show-tickets-56948645933

Brum Zine Fest 6 July

If you are arty this one is for you. Brum Zine Fest is back for its second year! Zine-making is a highly personal, political, and creative art form that allows for creative risks that may not be attempted in other mediums. An exciting festival to be a part of Brum Zine Fest is open to zine lovers, makers, and those who are curious.

The festival celebrates some of the city’s most exciting makers as well as others across the country. Meet other makers and discover their wonderful work. You are invited to read, buy, and swap zines – whatever works best for you.

The day will feature a range of talks and workshops designed to inspire everyone to cut, stick, write, fold, tell stories, and share ideas. There are lots on offer for all levels of experience. Fuel your imagination and connect with other supportive creative people!

For tickets and a list of stallholders: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brum-zine-fest-2019-tickets-62405702135

Klub Kids Birmingham 10 July

Klub Kids invite Alaska Thunderf**k, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Winner, and Handsome Jeremy to Glee Club Birmingham for their new show ‘The Amethyst Tour!’

The two have brought a quirky, musical extravaganza the likes you will have never seen before! A show where drag meets aliens – this is something not to be missed. Doors open at 8pm. If you buy a VIP ticket you have a meet and greet with the stars and gain early admission to the show, allowing you to get the best seats! The show is 14+ with 14-16-year-olds having to be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/klub-kids-birmingham-presents-alaska-thunderfk-the-amethyst-tour-ages-14-tickets-62004400832