The Christmas market.

The Birmingham Christmas Market by 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… 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: Cheers…..Bottoms up! Keith Bracey AKA The Brummie Bard


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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Brum is Burning, Brum is Burning




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




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




Battle’s over


Battle’s over……


Poor Birmingham


POOR Birmingham…….



The Mousetrap at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

#TheMousetrap……Arguably #AgathaChristie #QueenofCrime most succcessful play/piece/distraction… ran for over 70 years in #TheWestEndTheatre in thatthereLondon ……BrumIsBrill Absolootleebloominbrilliant ……..Go and see it if you loki a #Whodunnit………#CometoBrum #MeetBirmingham @1truclaretnblu #KeithBracey @KeithBracey #BirminghamBlogfromDowntownBearwood

#BrumHour Archive 2015-2018

by Julie Wallis

Caught in the Moustrap

This week the New Alexandra Theatre plays host to the long running success that is Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. A classic whodunnit murder mystery in the format that was Christies trademark style, with a murder taking place in an isolated location and the murderer being revealed in the parlour at the end.

I’m not going to tell you anything else about the story, I’m the world’s worst secret keeper and I really don’t want to be responsible for any spoilers.

This charming production has just one stage setting which is the wood panelled lounge of a manor house. It is a beautiful set and I really was there with the hosts Mollie and Giles Ralston (Anna Andresen and Nick Barclay) as their five guests arrived. I especially loved the lighting outside the huge window which was supposed to be…

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