Things to do during the August bank holiday

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Butterfly on flower
Many places closed during the pandemic and now that lockdowns are, or in the process of, re-opening, this beginning of a return to pre-COVID life brings with it new opportunities to go out and explore what our local areas have to offer. Maybe you want to visit a museum with your family, or take a trip to somewhere like Stratford-upon-Avon, or attend a family-orientated festival. While the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is still closed at the time of writing this post, there are still other attractions and activities that you can do alone, with friends or with family, in a way that keeps the virus at bay. Here are the events and facilities open in the days leading up to, and on, the August 30th bank holiday.
First up:

Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul

A musical festival held in Moseley Park between 20 and 22 August, pushed back from June to accommodate changing coronavirus/lockdown restrictions. Acts include Hannah Williams, Jocelyn Brown, Craig Charles, Cinematic Orchestra and many more. Information about booking can be found on Mostly Jazz website.

Just So Festival

Also taking place between the 20 and 22 August, this event will take place in Rode Hall, Cheshire. Aimed at families, the festival offers all aspects of arts from literature to theatre, dance and music. The line-up for this year includes David Gibb, James Campbell and Anna McLuckie. Tickets available to book on the website, where you can also find information about how they will keep the area COVID-safe.

Warwickshire Family Festival

This will be taking place between 27th-29th August at the Jockey Club, Warwick, which will play host to various events and activities suitable for all members of the family. From live music to street food, fairground rides, craft stalls and an open-air showing of The Greatest Showman, there will be something for everyone. Further details regarding booking and directions available by visiting The Jockey Club Warwick.

Treasure Hunt Birmingham

This activity takes place around the city centre, with locations including Brindley Place, the Jewellery Quarter and St Paul’s Square. Using an app, participants can explore the city easily, while learning interesting facts about significant areas of the city. The fact that this treasure hunt is self-guided means that you don’t have to worry about social distancing. Book tickets by visiting Visit Birmingham.

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

Located near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, this farm is home to not just various species of butterfly, but also other creatures, such as quails, leafcutter ants, snakes and other reptiles. There’s also a wildflower garden and a display of statues from the ancient Maya civilisation of South America, which has connections to the farm. Suitable for all ages, tickets can be booked online to guarantee entrance.

Wythall Transport Museum

For the last 44 years, this museum has preserved old buses and other transportation, and since 1980, it has been open to the public. Having undergone various developments over the years, the latest was in 2017, when Hall 2 underwent upgrades to the roof and cladding. The 29th and 30th August are event days, where visitors can go on classic bus rides, and board the miniature steam railway. No pre-booking required. Further details for event days can be found on the Transport Museum Wythall website.

Whatever you do decide to do, please continue to follow government guidance. Visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for further information.
– Faron Spence-Small, BA (Hons) Theology and Philosophy student –