The Christmas market.

The Birmingham Christmas Market by redandgoldweb

redandgoldweb

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas , in fact stick a fork in me, because I’m done! I have finished my Christmas shopping and now am looking forward to enjoying the run up to the big day.

The inevitable trip to Birmingham German Christmas market took place and I’m happy to report it is as wonderful as ever. I know it’s deemed fashionable by some to not love this market but for our family the market is and always will be part of our Christmas. That first cup of hot Gluhwien well and truly says “it’s Christmas ”

Whilst I have seen Christmas markets that offer more to entertain the younger family members,but lily and Lucas did enjoy a ride on the carousel, this market is bigger than most and makes for a great place to find some unusual gifts. As well as gift ideas ranging from traditional…

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The Markets of Birmingham

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market started last Thursday 17th November…..this is a brief history of Birmingham Markets from 1133 until the present day with Brummagem’s Markets under threat from internet shopping and the Wholesale Market moving to Witton in the shadow of Villa Park another Birmingham institution….

The Iron Room

This week Birmingham welcomes back the Frankfurt Christmas Market, and this year marks 50 years of partnership between our two cities!

In celebration of this significant anniversary a number of events have been planned jointly with the City of Frankfurt and Frankfurt based organisations, and a calendar of events marking this special year can be found here.

The Christmas market, the biggest of its kind outside Germany and Austria, came to Birmingham for the first time in 1997 when it consisted of 11 stalls in Victoria Square. It returned in 2001, since which time it has become an annual fixture in the Birmingham calendar. The stallholders all come from Frankfurt and surrounding areas and their offer here in Birmingham mirrors that in Frankfurt – in fact some of the stalls look almost identical! If you want to find out more about the history of the Frankfurt Market you can find out…

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Two Towers Brewery

I too am a Brummie Blogger and was at the Gunmaker’s Arms last night for the launch…..Mark Arnott-Job is such an engaging ‘mine host’…..My faves are the ‘Dark Beers’: Jewellery Porter and the Birmingham Mild…..to die for! And if you want another Brill Brummie Dining experience the Gunmakers Sunday lunch is great value….me and the Missus Mary and her 87 year old Dad George all ate a hearty Sunday Lunch for less than a tenner for the 3 of us……Brill value….I had the roast chicken with all the trimmings and Mary and George had the pork roast….I can heartily recommend it…..please follow my ‘Birmingham Blog from Downtown Bearwood’ where you can read my #BrumPoems at: https://keithbracey.wordpress.com Cheers…..Bottoms up! Keith Bracey AKA The Brummie Bard

redandgoldweb

When fellow blogger Dave invited me to join him to the press launch of one of Birmingham’s finest breweries I was intrigued .

I had, of course heard of Two Towers brewery but I had not visited the Gunmakers arms where the microbrewery is located at the back of their beer garden.


located at 93 Bath Street the Gunmakers arms is a very traditional old pub, and had it been located in Digbeth or the Jewellery Quarter it would be very hipster and possibly pretentious but as it is, just off the beaten track only 10 minutes walk from Snow Hill station the Gunmakers is a good old honest, down to earth pub that happens to have a talented team of brewers.

The brewery is just at the back of the beer garden, which in itself is a lovely little micro climate and was considerably warmer than the biting cold…

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THE BATTLE OF BIRMINGHAM IN THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR 1642 WHEN THE LITTLE MIDLANDS MANUFACTURING TOWN OF BIRMINGHAM WAS ATTACKED AND BURNED BY THE ROYALIST PRINCE RUPERT AND HIS MERCENARY FORCES ON THE SIDE OF KING CHARLES I

THE BATTLE OF BIRMINGHAM

 

Brum is Burning, Brum is Burning

 

Fire…..Fire……Fire…..Fire

 

King Charles Prince Rupert

 

Was marauding

 

Throughout the Town

 

Throughout the Town

 

Brum was Roundhead

 

Not for Royalists….

 

Ride them down…..

 

Ride them down…..

 

Rupert killed them

 

Torched their houses

 

For supporting

 

Parliament…..

 

NOT The Crown;

 

NOT The Crown

 

Many murdered…..

 

Many murdered…..

 

By Rupert’s Cavalry

 

Cut them down…!!!

 

Cut them down…!!!

 

Yet at Shireland

 

Was a Skirmish

 

Where Earl Denbigh

 

Met his end

 

Shot him down……!!!

 

Shot him down……!!!

 

No Justice!!!

 

No Justice!!!

 

For Brummagem!

 

For Brummagem!

 

Brum is Burning

 

Brum is Burning

 

Fire….Fire…..Fire…Fire

 

Battle’s over

 

Battle’s over……

 

Poor Birmingham

 

POOR Birmingham…….

 

BRUMMAGEM!