GLYNN PURNELL STEPS UP TO THE PLATE FOR LONGBRIDGE DINING CLUB

Longbridge Food Festival, Longbridge Town Centre, Glynn Purnell

Birmingham’s finest foodie, Glynn Purnell,  will be heading to Longbridge Town Centre next month for its 2019 Food Festival. Fresh from his appearances on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, the Yummy Brummie will be serving up cooking demonstrations, top tips, and a generous helping of his cheeky one-liners on Saturday 13 July. Joining the highly-lauded chef, Andy Stubbs of Low N Slow and a host of award-winning street-food vendors from Longbridge Dining Club will be part of the stellar recipe for the day. Taking over Longbridge Town Centre, 10 of Digbeth Dining Club’s favourite faces, from Chef Shack and Middle Feast

RETRO GAMING MARKET LEVELS UP WITH BIRMINGHAM DEBUT

Birmingham Gaming Market

The nation’s favourite market dedicated to all things old skool gaming is heading to Brum. The Birmingham Gaming Market will provide the ultimate throwback next month, with a day entirely dedicated to blasts from gaming’s past. Brought to the Midlands by the UK’s largest retro video gaming experts, the Birmingham Gaming Market will debut in Digbeth next week, bringing an event filled to the brim with nostalgia. If you know your Sonic from your Street Racer; have a keenness for Crash Bandicoot; or are simply missing a bit of Mario Kart 64: this is the place for you. Taking place

BRUM BUSINESSES HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL FOR COLLEGE PROGRESSION DAY

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College will be welcoming a line-up of Birmingham’s most successful businesses this week, to inspire its students to think outside the box when it comes to their careers. The only OFSTED Grade 1 college in Birmingham and Solihull, JCC’s very first Progression Day builds on the success of Careers and Higher Education fairs in previous years, and will introduce students to over 50 working professionals to offer an insight into the world of work. From local SMEs to global firms, representatives from across the board will come together for the day to open the students’ eyes

INSOMNIA GAMING FESTIVAL LEVELS UP WITH GRAND RETURN

Insomnia Gaming Festival

Gamers across the country are getting their heads in the game, as the UK’s biggest gaming festival is BACK this August. Following its record-breaking success in Spring, Insomnia will return to the NEC for the August Bank Holiday, with players answering the Call of Duty to Overwatch the gaming event of the season. Over 40,000 people attended April’s Insomnia festival, making the most of the four-day non-stop gaming. Those in attendance met their favourite YouTubers, from WillNE and Syndicate, to ImAlexx and Jelly; experienced cutting-edge VR technology; and took part in a real-life video game. What’s more, 1,000 people plugged

MALMAISON’S NEW BAR MANAGER SHAKES UP COCKTAIL MENU

Alex McNamee, Malmaison Birmingham, The Alchemist Birmingham

Alex McNamee has been creating a stir as Malmaison’s new Bar Manager, crafting its new drinks menu into a piece of storytelling. Adding a bit of fairytale to the world of cocktails, Chez Mal’s signature serves will fall into four chapters – love, infidelity, forgiveness, andpower– giving guests a taste of drama with each sip. Each section features four fresh cocktail creations to fulfil everyone’s fancy. While lovefeatures elegant tipples, such as ‘Battles & Hearts’, a prosecco-based fusion, infidelityoffers something more unusual in ‘The Veil is Torn’. Those in favour of long drinks will be fans of the ‘Rhubarb Triangle’from

THE RAMBLERS BALL BRINGS POETRY TO BLAKESLEY HALL

The Ramblers Ball, Evolve, Blakesley Hall

The Ramblers Ball is back this summer, and this time it is hitting the road! The popular open-mic poetry night created by Digbeth’s social enterprise café, Evolve, and friends, will return this July. Taking over the stunning grounds of Blakesley Hall for one night only, The Ramblers Ball will be bringing beats, eats, and treats with it. The stage will be set for three show-stopping main acts including Birmingham’s very own Casey Bailey. Joining him as headliners will also be Hannah Swings, who many will recognise from Nationwide Building Society’s recent national advert, and ThinkWriteFly, aka Adrian B Earle.  Set

WOLVERHAMPTON FIESTA GETS FIRED UP FOR FOURTH YEAR OF FUN

Wolverhampton Fiesta, Harry Jones Fun Fairs

The city’s favourite funfair is back by popular demand for a fourth year running! Wolverhampton Fiesta will be making a grand return for a weekend packed with entertainment, rides and performances, perfect for all the family.  Organised by Harry JonesCompany, Wolverhampton Fiestawill make a triumphant return to West Park on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July, promising an unmissable weekend of non-stop fun. Previously known as the City Show, this much-loved local fair will once again put on a show like no other for the residents of Wolverhampton, bringing the party feeling directly to the park.   Harry Jones, Organiser

LEADING BRANDS SERVE UP STELLAR EVENTS SCHEDULE FOR THE FIFTH BIRMINGHAM COCKTAIL WEEKEND

Birmingham Cocktail Weekend

Next month sees the fifth annual Birmingham Cocktail Weekend take place, with 50 venues across the city taking part in the four-day event. Alongside discounted cocktails, wristband wearers will also have access to a host of exclusive events; from a boozy Japanese Tea Ceremony and Jamaican rum tasting, to Kentucky Karaoke with a live band and a History of American Cocktails. Taking place from Thursday 11 July – Sunday 14 July, Birmingham Cocktail Weekend has unveiled a stellar events schedule, which will showcase the world’s leading drinks brands in everything from interactive tastings to a dining experience. Some events are

CASTLE FINE ART NEW FLAGSHIP NOW OPEN AT MAILBOX BIRMINGHAM

Castle Fine Art, Mailbox Birmingham, Washington Green Fine Art

The UK’s leading fine art retailer, Castle Fine Art, unveiled its biggest gallery last Wednesday in the heart of the Midlands. The brand new gallery opened to the public on Saturday 8 June, in a stunning 6,000 sq ft space at the Mailbox, Birmingham showcasing the best contemporary artists from around the world. Adding a splash of colour to the designer destination, the new-look Castle Fine Art is the latest in the company’s network of 38 galleries across the UK. Four times the size of the current Mailbox gallery, it will be home to some of the biggest names in

FEMALE BARBER PROVES WOMEN CAN MAKE THE CUT

The Barber House Birmingham

With the push to make workplaces more diverse and inclusive, there’s pressure on employers to look beyond the norm for their next hires. However, one industry that isn’t currently making the cut is the barbering industry, but The Barber House in Birmingham wants to fix this and hopes its very own Ellie Sampey will spearhead the way for change. With only 10% of the workforce made up of women, female barbers are still widely seen as a phenomenon rather than the norm. What’s more, the idea that barber-houses aren’t just places for haircuts and beard trims, but sacred all-male zones,