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Sneaks&Peaks #5

When: Saturday 6th September, 12:00 onwards
Where: Boxxed Workspace, Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR
Tickets: £5 VIP tickets in advance (including queue jump and free raffle); £3 on the door

Edition 5 of Sneaks&Peaks will be taking place on Saturday 6th September at Boxxed in Digbeth, coinciding with the City of Colours festival.

Once again they’ll be bringing you the hardest to find kicks and leading fashion brands, supported by street art, live music, and a host of street food vendors, courtesy of Scoff Street Food.

Taking advantage of the new look yard plus the additional secret warehouse space, this edition promises to be the biggest and best yet!

Confirmed traders on the day include:

Advanced VIP tickets are £5, which includes first entry/queue jump and free entry in to the raffle; standard entry is £3 on the door on the day. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Gin Festival

When: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September, 12:00-17:00
Where: The Bond Co, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: £5 (+£1 booking fee) available online here

Birmingham’s first gin festival is coming to the Bond on Saturday 6th September, with an additional date planned for Sunday 7th September due to popular demand.

Coinciding with an already jam-packed weekend (City of Colours festival is happening on the same day), the festival will showcase over fifty of the UK’s finest gins alongside entertainment and expert masterclasses.

After your entry fee, all gins (including tonics and garnishes) at the event will cost £4. Tickets for Sunday’s event are still available online here – the Saturday session sold out in record time!

For more information, click here to visit the website or visit the Facebook page.

Old Crown New Garden

When: Friday 22 and Saturday 23 August 2014, from 18:00
Where: The Old Crown Garden, Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B12 0LD

Today sees the launch of the Old Crown’s new garden!

The team at the Old Crown have been working day and night to finish their work in the garden. The revamped space will include a retractable awning to ensure the British weather doesn’t rain off play, along with some old favourite pub games, as well as some more modern ones (table tennis anyone?).

With live DJs on rotation from 6pm every Friday and Saturday night, the new garden is bound to be the next top place to head to at the weekend. And considering Digbeth Dining Club is literally a ping pong ball throws away, you wouldn’t be blamed for setting up camp for the whole evening.

For more information, visit the Old Crown’s Facebook page or website.

City of Colours – Volunteers Needed!

When: Saturday 6th September, 10:30-20:00
Where: Various locations across Digbeth

We’re delighted that City of Colours will be partnering with a fantastic local charity, St Basil’s, with the festival raising funds and increasing awareness of this deserving organisation.

With a 42-year track record, St Basil’s works with over 5,000 people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness every year. Offering a range of advice, accommodation and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives, gain skills, training and employment, with the aim of successfully breaking the cycle of homelessness, so that they can realise a brighter future.

St Basil’s will need a team of 60 dedicated volunteers to support City of Colours, who will play a crucial role and allow the event to actually happen. Volunteer marshals’ tasks include handing out maps and giving directions, supervising the art areas, distributing evaluation forms, holding collection buckets, and maybe a little bit of tidying up at the end of your shift.

Help is needed for two shifts: 10:30 to 15:30, and from 15:30 to 20:00. In return, volunteers will have their travel expenses covered, be offered car free parking, and get a warm fuzzy glow from supporting this event and indeed St Basil’s.

For more information or to register your support, please click here to visit the St Basil’s website, email or call 0121 772 9614.

Many thanks in advance to all the generous souls supporting City of Colours – Digbeth is proud of you!

Beach Party in Digbeth

When: Sunday 24th August, 15:00-18:00
Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage (close to The Warehouse), Digbeth, B5 5JG
Tickets: Free entry (suggested donation of £2)

This Sunday, Birmingham Friends of the Earth are hosting a beach party in the beautiful Digbeth Community Garden, which was recently opened by Councillor Yvonne Mosquito and John Gordon, Chair of DRA.

Originally a warehouse which was demolished in the 1980s, the patch of land has been lovingly transformed by volunteers and members of the community.

Along with seaside-themed activities such as ocean fact fishing, a sea quiz, and a making (things out of) rubbish competition, there will also be prizes for the best beach-themed fancy dress outfits. If you play an instrument, why not bring it along and have a jam?

A small BBQ and refreshments will be available, but feel free to bring your own food and drinks. For more information please visit the Birmingham FOE website or email

Robert Pass, a representative from Birmingham Friends of the Earth with Councillor Yvonne Mosquito and John Gordon, chair of Digbeth Residents Association.

Digbeth Dining Club is two!

When: Friday 22nd August, 17:30 onwards
Where: Spot*light, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG
Tickets: £1 entry fee

With numerous accolades and a British Street Food Award under its belt, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Digbeth Dining Club was older than a toothing toddler, but this Friday sees DDC close down Lower Trinity Street and celebrate turning (a terrible?) two in style!

Utilising Lower Trinity Street and Spot*light to accommodate a dozen of the nation’s best street food traders, live bands and DJs, along with an afterparty at Next▢Door courtesy of Blackdot (free entry before midnight), the DDC birthday bash promises to be the best way to start the bank holiday weekend!

And we’re not the only ones excited about the event; the Birmingham Mail have whetted the appetites of the region with their article entitled Food Heaven, with photos of what to expect from the confirmed traders:

  • Original Patty Men
  • Deli at Edgbaston
  • Vegan Grindhouse
  • Esmie’s
  • Bournville Waffle Company
  • Savanna Grill
  • Canoodle
  • Low ‘N’ Slow
  • Big Daddies Diner
  • Pietanic
  • Buddha Belly
  • The Bean Stall

For more information, visit the DDC website or Facebook event page. We’ll see you there!

Social Enterprise Quarter Walking Tour

When: Wednesday 27th August, 09:30-13:00
Where: iSE, Avoca Court, 23 Moseley Road, Digbeth, B12 0HJ
Tickets: £10 + VAT

Following the launch of the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter, iSE have devised a walk to showcase the talents and opportunities available in this growing sector.

Join them for a tour of selected social enterprises in Digbeth next Wednesday. For more information, see the flyer below or visit the iSE website.

Odd Bite: Alfie Bird’s Gourmet Eats and Beats in Digbeth

Image: Birmingham Mail

Where: Alfie Bird’s, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA

The Birmingham Mail’s Graham Young recently visited Alfie Bird’s in the Custard Factory, and had nothing but praise for the recently reopened venue:

Once known as Digbeth’s Medicine Bar, the four-storey building with different themed floors overlooks the Custard Factory’s inner quadrangle.

It is a multi-purpose destination, and one of the potentially most exciting eating, drinking and rocking venues that Birmingham has seen for years. The indoor music venue has a capacity of 350, but there’s the potential to develop a 2,500 capacity warehouse rock venue too.

Luckily, the gas-fired wood-burning pizza oven was well ablaze when we visited, and soon, we were tucking into four pizzas shared between five of us – veritable bargains. All of the pizzas were mighty tasty, along with a side portion of top quality fries, complete with skins.

On a warm, summer’s evening this was the perfect family place to be. Somewhere different, somewhere good, somewhere cool.

And yes, they’re working on custard cocktails.

Great stuff and two thumbs up for the team at Alfie Bird’s! We understand that the guys are regularly working on developing their menu further and have recently added home-made garlic and chilli oils to complement their pizzas. For more information or to have a gander at the menu, visit the Alfie Bird’s website here.

Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters

When: Thursday 21st August, 18:00-late
Where: Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: £7.50 (available online) discounts available

Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters is coming to Fazeley Studios next week. A series of talks from local designers, illustrators and studios, Glug events take place around the country and are designed to inspire creativity.

This will be the first edition of Glug Birmingham, featuring live art, creative talks (including Digbeth’s very own Matt Nation of PROVIDE), a pop-up art and a BBQ, followed by an after-party at SPOT*LIGHT.

Tickets are £7.50, with discounted entry for Fazeley Studios and Custard Factory residents. For the full line-up of speakers, and more information about the event, please see the flyer or visit the Created in Birmingham website.

Urban Village is Closing Down

When: from Saturday 16th until Saturday 30th of August
Where: Urban Village, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA

Last week, we heard some news that shook our world: Urban Village is closing down.

Yes, it’s slightly unbelievable, and yes, it is certainly the end of an era. Urban Village’s owner, Frankie Johns, has grown the shop into a bastion of vintage shopping glory, winning numerous fans, awards and respect in the process. The fact that Urban Village has stood in Digbeth for over 15 years is testament of his hard work and passion.

To celebrate the life of the store, they will be having a huge closing down sale from this Saturday until the 30th August, when the doors of Urban Village will close for good.

To explain why, let’s hear from Frankie in his own words:

It comes with great regret that I must inform all my loyal Urban Village customers that we will be closing our doors for the very last time on August 30th.

This announcement comes with a heavy heart, but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. After putting my heart and soul into Urban Village over many years and leading the business through recession, I have decided it is time for new ventures that will enable me to spend more time with my family.

To say goodbye, we are having a massive closing down sale – so come down and pick up a piece of Urban Village history.

Watch out for new adventures ahead as we will be taking Urban Village on the road, bringing the finest 50s, 60s and 70s vintage clothes and memorabilia to a fair near you!

A new website is in the pipeline, but for more information in the meantime, visit the Facebook event page.

From Digbeth Residents Association, we will be sorry to see Urban Village go. However, we’d like to wish Frankie and his team all the best with their future endeavours, in the hope that this is only goodbye and not farewell.