How you can have an egg-citing time on Westside this Easter

It’s that time of year again, and Easter is upon us! To make things easy for you, we have compiled a list of things to do and places to eat over the egg-citing season!

The Roundhouse Birmingham is inviting people to come and celebrate the launch of its new season with a range of free heritage themed activities over the Easter holidays.  

From 6 April between 11am and 3pm, families can take part in free craft workshops in the Roundhouse Event Space. There’s a different activity each day, here’s the full schedule:  

  • Thursday 6 and Thursday 13 April – Make a canal boat: the Roundhouse is right next to the canal and was a great delivery spot for narrowboats. Join local artist Sue Guthrie to cut out, paint, and decorate your own model canal boat. 
  • Friday 7 and Friday 14 April – Twist and tag a horse: local artist Ruth Carless has been inspired by the horses who used to live at the Roundhouse. Join her for a session making wire sculptures of horses, blackbirds and more. And design a name tag for your creation.  
  • Saturday 8 and Saturday 15 April – Build a Roundhouse: make a colourful mini-model of the Roundhouse, layer by layer. A mix of puzzle and craft with a model to take away. Marvel as kids work them out before you do. 
  • Sunday 9 and Sunday 16 April – Paint a Roundhouse: paint a mini plaster model of the Roundhouse. Get as creative as you like and take your creation home. All activities include a free “Local Look Around” trail leaflet for families to explore the local area, including a stop at the magnificent blossom display outside the Ikon Gallery. 
  • For full details, vist: https://roundhousebirmingham.org.uk/product/drop-in-craft-activities/  
  • Thursday to Sunday – Free drop in tours of the building at 11.30am and 2pm: for history and architecture lovers, there’s also a new, free drop -in tour of the Grade II* listed building. It’s an interactive tour sharing the history of the Roundhouse, the Victorian people and horses who made it a busy hub for the city. Visitors will play a game of Victorian top trumps, hunt for clues in the courtyard and ponder the question – why is it round? Sign up at their Visitor Centre 15 minutes before the start time.
  • For full details, visit https://roundhousebirmingham.org.uk/product/free-drop-in-tour-workers-of-the-roundhouse/  
  • Wednesday to Sunday – Free exhibition and film from 9.30am to 4.30pm: Interested in Birmingham’s canals or the history of the local area? Visit the display space at the Roundhouse to watch a free film of archive footage showing Birmingham’s canal journey. There’s also a display about Birmingham’s night workers and collages by local artist Claire Cotterill.  
  • Roundhouse Birmingham also offer visitors the chance to explore Birmingham with a range of quirky tours including kayak tours of the canals, a Birmingham Bingo walking tour and Heritage Working Boat Trips.
  • More information about all these activities can be found on the Roundhouse website, www.Roundhousebirmingham.org.uk      
  • You can also book by calling 0121 716 4077 during opening hours.  

Velvet Music Rooms

After tucking into some wonderful food at Westside’s authentic Irish bar, treat your ears to a selection of top class bands over the Easter break. Details:

Birmingham Rocks – Sunday evenings, from 6.30pm, free admission

  • Sunday 9 April – Thomas Atlas
  • Sunday 16 April – Back On The Road

Henry’s Blueshouse – Tuesday nights, from 7pm, free admission

  • Tuesday 11 April – James Oliver Band
  • Tuesday 18 April – Will Killeen Band

For more details, visit: Home | Velvet Music Rooms & Sugar Suite Club

Bistrot Pierre: celebrate Easter Sunday with Bistrot Pierre and enjoy a beautiful three-course set menu for £24.95. For more information:  Easter Sunday – Bistrot Pierre

Easter gifting: as hard as it may seem, not all of us enjoy chocolate, so why not treat a friend or loved one to an experience or gift over the Easter season?

Ikon Gallery: there’s a a range of unique items created and designed by local artists. Why not put a smile on the faces of friends or family with a book or some jewellery? Shop here – Ikon Shop (ikon-gallery.org)

Rock up: why not treat someone to the gift of indoor climbing? Rock Up is the thrilling indoor climbing adventure for all ages. There are 26 fantastic climbing walls towering over 8m with multiple routes to their peaks. Book here – Activities | Rock Up (rock-up.co.uk)

Sea Life Centre: why not dive under water in Westside’s Sea Life centre and come face to face with some wonderful underwater creatures? Book here – Plan a Visit | National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham Aquarium (visitsealife.com)

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