What’s On in Birmingham | September 2022

Family Lego Club

Children aged 4-11 are welcome to come along to Polesworth Library to play with Lego at the Family Lego Club. This is a great event for your children to make new friends, whilst you sit and have a cuppa with other parents, or have a look at the books they have to offer.

Date and time: Every Saturday from the 3rd onwards, at 10 – 12am. Price: FREE.

What's On in Birmingham | September 2022, two children playing with lego

Sunday School Service at St Laurence Church

St Laurence Sunday School Service is holding an arts & crafts session to support their theme of the week. You will need to bring your own equipment, so those of you who have our craft kits at home you can bring these to the church. If not you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Sellotape
  • Pencils and crayons
  • A bag to take things home in

Date and time: Every Sunday from 4th onwards, at 8:30 – 9am. Price: FREE.

Family Forest School

Forest school is a child centred outdoor learning experience which encourages holistic growth and development in the outdoors for children & adults. Play, controlled risk and nature exploration are key to the process. During the 2 hour session your child will be able to:

  • Build a den
  • Light a fire
  • Slack lining
  • Storytelling
  • Free play

Sessions are family based so parents & carers will need to stay for the entire session. The event is aimed at age 3+.

Date and time: Every Tuesday from 16th August – 27th September, at 1 – 3pm. Price: Starts at £13.08, many ticket options are available.

Nature Tots at Parkridge

Nature Tots aims to introduce an early interest in nature and wildlife. Each session you head outdoors into the natural surroundings of the reserves for a fun-filled hour with a combination of stories, wildlife themed activities, games and a craft to take home. These sessions are suitable for children aged around 2 – 4 years. There is a cafe on-site where you can get refreshments too.

Date and time: Friday 16th September, 10:30 – 11:30am. Price: £4 per child with an accompanying adult.

Precious Playhouse Play and Stay Session

Play and Stay is a session for parents and carers to bring their babies and young children to meet new friends and get involved in fun activities. During the Commonwealth Week, your children can try out therapeutic colouring and a word search activity, whilst the babies get involved in a sensory activity and musical time. On the 19th and the 21st of September, if you bring your child’s swimsuit then they can play in the paddling pool!

Date and time: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 1st September. Price: £5.98.

Performances at the Symphony Hall

Tim Peake: My Journey to Space

Tim Peake is a European Space Agency astronaut. In December 2015, he became the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station to conduct a spacewalk (and run a marathon!) whilst orbiting Earth. Now, join him on an epic and thrilling journey to the International Space Station as part of his first ever UK tour.

Tim will be your personal guide through life in space, to show you breath-taking photographs, and never-before-seen incredible footage. It’s a fascinating insight into what it’s really like to be an astronaut; from training to launch, spacewalk to re-entry, Tim reveals the secrets, the science and the everyday wonders of how and why humans journey into space. Sharing his passion for aviation, exploration and adventure, this is your chance to spend an evening with one of the world’s greatest living astronauts, and to rediscover the wonder of the place we call home.

Date and time: Wednesday 7th September at 7:30pm. Price: Tickets start at £28.

What's On in Birmingham | September 2022, tim peake, my journey to space poster

Jazzlines Ensemble Workshop

Jazzlines Ensemble is a FREE workshop for young people aged 11-19 to learn jazz and improvisation skills. The sessions are for beginners and advanced musicians who are interested in learning more about performing as part of an ensemble. The Jazzline Ensemble have been performing together for 10 years, and the sessions are run by the most in-demand musicians and educators including the likes of Xhosa Cole, Alicia Gardener-Trejo and David Austin-Grey. They are supported alongside a team of support musicians made up of students and recent graduates from Birmingham Conservatoire’s jazz degree course.

Date and time: The sessions are fortnightly, from Saturday 10th September until 18th March 2023. Price: FREE.

What's On in Birmingham | September 2022, jazz band playing saxophone, trumpet and trombone

National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain Children’s Band

The National Youth Brass Band will be performing at the Symphony Hall with a wide variety of repertoire including a brand new commission by Lucy Pankhurst and conducted by renowned brass band conductor Duncan Beckley.

Date and time: Sunday 11th September at 1pm. No tickets are required.

Rupi Kaur

Performing new unpublished pieces, poems from her latest book ‘home body’ and greatest hits from her iconic books ‘milk and honey’ and ‘the sun and her flowers’ – Rupi Kaur is bringing a captivating performance to the world stage in an all-new spoken word poetry experience.

Known for her captivating performance and unforgettably powerful voice, Rupi leads audiences on a journey of personal loss and love, growth, mental health, community, friendship, and strength. As her biggest tour to date, the show integrates original music and projections, creating a highly immersive experience as Rupi lifts hearts and endlessly captivates the audience with her personal stories and undeniable humour.

You may have seen Rupi Kaur’s poems on Instagram, an example of her work is in the image below.

What's On in Birmingham | September 2022, poem from rupi kaur

Date and time: Tuesday 20th September, 7:30pm. Price: Tickets start at £31.

Dick and Dom In Da Bungalow

20 years after the hit BBC show ‘Da Bungalow’ first hit our screens, quadruple Bafta award winners Dick & Dom are bringing their own special kind of mayhem live to Birmingham! Fun for all ages and packed with chaos and familiar favourites including Two-Word Tango, Musical Splatues, The Grunty Song, Fairly Hairy Fizzogs, Pants Dance, What a Sweaty Flap and of course Bogies, the live show promises to bring the spirit of Da Bungalow back to life.

Expect the unexpected as the legendary Creamy Muck Muck game returns and with appearances from Diddy Dick and Dom, and D.I Harry Batt no member of the audience is safe!

Date and time: Friday 23rd September at 7:30pm. Price: Tickets start at £30.50, for £46 you can attend a meet and greet with a photo opportunity, as well as premium seating.

Monkey Puzzle & Peter and The Wolf with Toscana Strings

Monkey Puzzle – A reading of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s lovely story about a butterfly helping a little monkey find his mum. Accompanied by music and dance, the audience will learn new moves for each animal they meet along the way! Performed by former Birmingham Royal Ballet soloist, Laura Tye, and Toscana Strings. Narrated by Sophie Price. Music by Julianne Bourne.

Peter and the Wolf – Orchestrated for string quintet, hear the original score brought to life through dance. With audience participation a must, each character from the story will be represented by a different mime, performed during the finale. Performed by former Birmingham Royal Ballet soloist, Laura Tye, and Toscana Strings. Narrated by Sophie Price. Music by Sergei Prokofiev.

Date and time: Sunday 25th September, 10:30am, and 1pm. Price: £10.

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