#BACKTOBACKS Birmingham Adventures – Part 1

There’s so much to explore in good old Brum, but it’s easy to get stuck in a set routine and visit the same old places at the weekend; this is exactly what me and Matt have been doing for the last 7 months – way too long!!  So we’ve decided that we’ll both each plan a surprise day out once a month which will mean twice a month for the rest of the summer we’ll have a mini adventure in Brum. I know. Genius plan 😉

This weekend was epic; it was my turn to plan the day out so I chose for us to visit Winterbourne House and Garden on Saturday. It was brilliant timing to visit as there was a live jazz concert in the evening. It was bliss. Most people brought their own picnics and blankets and we sat in the beautiful summery evening sun, and listened to the jazz band. Tickets were £12 each.

Alongside Matt and I taking it in turns to plan days out each month; my friends and I at work have started a commuter club. Quite a few of my colleagues have a similarly long commute, and we catch the same train and bus to and from work. A long commute each day ain’t easy and it can take its toll. So we’ve decided to plan fun days out together at the weekend and bond – commuter club style 😉

The first commuter club adventure we planned this weekend was a visit to the Back to Backs  and then afternoon tea in the city centre at Browns. Verdict: it was epic! And I’m not just talking about the scones and jam!

Tickets to visit the Back to Backs are £7.50 or it’s free entry if you have a national trust membership.  Afternoon tea at Browns will leave you with a full tum and the food is gorgeous and costs £12 per head. Not bad ey 😉 There was also a pianist in the restaurant playing beautifully.

This Saturday there was free street entertainment theatrical style very near to the Back to Backs. This is a brilliant social initiative to encourage young people and families to access the arts for free, which is brilliant, especially now the Summer holidays are here.

If you find yourself in Birmingham; these places are definitely worth a visit!

Here’s a snap shot of our first commuter club Sunday adventure:

court yard 3
Back to Back Courtyard 15 – the only remaining back to back in Birmingham which has been restored by the National Trust. This courtyard was bombed during World War II

courtyard 2

national t sign

me and poonam



wash:cook bowl
The communal wash bowl that would have been shared by circa 80 people, this same bowl was also used to cook food



sweet shop
Sweet shop next to Back to Backs


street entertainment
Street entertainment!
st martin's
St Martin in the Bull Ring
afternoon tea
Afternoon tea at Browns



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