Another week, another top five things to do! We’ve passed the halfway point of January and the days are getting lighter. This week why not brave the cold and try something new! Whether it’s the old favourite film Spirited Away in a new environment, or a chance to try activism for the first time, this Top Five has lots to explore.

Spirited Away on the Big Screen

Come along to the Vue cinema to see Spirited Away on Friday 31st January from 7.00pm. Spirited Away is an award-winning, cult-classic, animated film from Studio Ghibli by acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki.

Join Chihiro who discovers a fantasy world after moving to the suburbs with her parents. She becomes braver and stronger than she ever knew she could be and makes close friendships along the way. A film full of magic and beauty as well as exploring the relationships we have with our parents.

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Ed Byrne live at The Town Hall

The acerbic and angry comedian, Ed Byrne, takes a long, hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing onto his children. Join Ed on Thursday 30th January from 8.00pm for his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy.

Ed is a household name, performing regularly on Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, and QI. Praise includes: ‘Thoroughly entertaining… he is a total pro and terrific company’ The Times; ‘A one-hour tour de force performance from the master comedian’ Broadway Baby; and ‘There is a reason why he has become a household name’ Ed Fest Mag.

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Vintage Furniture Flea Market

The Vintage Furniture Flea is returning to Birmingham on Sunday 2nd February from 10.30am at the Custard Factory. Voted ‘best fair’ by Vintage Guide to London this is a fair not to be missed. Focusing on quality and affordability the flea has lots to offer from prints, to ornaments, to cushions, crockery and glass! This is a celebration of mid-century living from the 50s onwards.

Traders come from all over the UK with large items like chairs and tables, to smaller items like barware, textiles and fabrics. There will also be cameras, sewing machines, record players, and radios, as well as decorative items like figurines, posters, and magazines.

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Ghostly Tales: Family Friendly Ghost Tour

Explore Aston Hall, one of Birmingham’s most haunted buildings, under the safety of daylight on this family friendly ghost tour! Hear some great ghost stories on Sunday 2nd February. There are three time slots available throughout the daylight hours.

If you love ghost stories and historic buildings, but don’t like being scared – this is the tour for you! It is suitable for children aged 5-12 with an accompanying adult. After the tour why not take yourselves for an afternoon tea to recover from the gruesome tales!

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The Railway Children Sleepout

Why not do some good this week and join the Railway Children Sleepout. Swap your warm bed at home for the floor of a railway station on Thursday 30th January to help raise awareness and funds to support the hundreds of children sleeping rough in the UK.

This time of year is incredibly difficult for rough sleepers, and particularly so for children who do not have a permanent home. The aim of the event is to turn heads. It is an annual event and last year was very successful. Even if you are not able to be part of the sleepout, why not go along and support the people who are giving up their beds at home to let others know about this important cause.

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