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Alexandra Theatre

Stand-up comedy, West End shows and touring companies are all on offer to patrons of the 'Alex'. Recent and forthcoming acts include; Sir Roger Moore, Russell Kane, the Circus of Horrors... even squeaky Joe Pasquale has put in an appearance playing Sherlock Holmes.


Considered the UK's busiest single theatre, over 500,000 visitors pass through the Hippodrome's doors every year to take in everything from the Birmingham Royal Ballet to major touring West End productions and the obligatory annual pantomime.

LG Arena (the NEC Birmingham)

It’s hardly surprising that over a million visitors pile through the doors of the UK’s largest exhibition centre year on year. It plays host to EVERYTHING! Stalwart annual events include the BBC Good Food show, the Gadget Show Live and Crufts, while headlining acts U2, David Bowie, Rihanna and The Script have all taken to the stage. The arena gets a well-deserved thumbs-up for its tag-team eventing when November sees both the Classic Motorbike and Classic Motor Shows land in its halls, and January welcomes not only the world’s top racing machines for Autosport International, but a selection of the world’s best supercars at the Performance Car Show.

National Indoor Arena

It's billed as one of Europe's busiest indoor multi-purpose entertainment venues, since opening in '91 the arena has played host to no fewer than 30 different sports, with championship athletics, Davis Cup tennis, judo, trampolining and even indoor rowing making an appearance. Recent and forthcoming acts include; Micky Flanagan, John Bishop, Jack Whitehall, Black Sabbath, Wet Wet Wet, Nitro Circus, Diversity and Premier League darts.


(Feb) - Chinese New Year Celebrations
(Mar) - St Patrick's Day Parade
(Apr) - St George's Day Party
(May) - Birmingham Pride
(Jul) - Birmingham International Jazz Festival
(Oct) - Birmingham Comedy Festival
(Oct/Nov) - Birmingham Beer and Cider Festival
(Nov/Dec) - Birmingham Tattoo
(Nov/Dec) - Frankfurt Christmas Market


  • Birmingham is hub of British Athletics
  • The city's Alexander Stadium is one of only two venues in the country to play host to fixtures in the IAAF Diamond League.
  • And is home to the Birchfield Harriers, the city's biggest athletics club whose recent stars have included medal-winning Olympians Denise Lewis and Mark Lewis Francis.
  • Edgbaston, home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club, has been bringing test match cricket to Birmingham for over 100 years and proudly takes its place as second only to the mighty Lords.
  • The Belfry's championship course has seen the world's top golfers battle it out for the Ryder Cup more times than any other venue.

Fans of the beautiful game won't need to be told that Birmingham is home to two of the oldest professional football teams in the UK, which between them boast a 5 star UEFA rated stadium and founder status of both Premier League and Football League's Second Division.

And for the footy fans among you StagWeb offers the best seats in the house with our West Brom hospitality package, where you can take in a match, drink in hand from the comfort of our pre-arranged hospitality suites at the mighty Hawthorns Stadium.

Getting there

By Road

The UK Motorway Network serves the city from all directions:

  • M5, M6, M40, M42
  • A34, A38
  • M1 (less than half an hour away)
  • With the M6 adding to your options

By Coach

National Express provides links to 1200 destinations across Britain, with

  • a service leaving London Victoria every hour
  • and links to airports across the country (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead...)

By Rail

The city is served by three main rail stations: New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill, with frequent connections across the UK and bus or parking options on-site. Virgin Trains departs from London roughly every 20 minutes and will get you to Birmingham in just under 90 minutes. Birmingham International Station provides a 10 minute link between the airport and city centre.

By Air

Birmingham Airport serves over 50 airlines and is easily accessible via the main line and M42. A 24 hour taxi service is in operation and both local bus routes and shuttle bus service provide regular city links.

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