Things to do this weekend

Things to do this weekend

Looking for fun things to do in Birmingham this weekend? Here are five quirky ways to explore the city.

If you’re looking for quirky things to do this weekend in Brum you’re in the right place. Roundhouse Birmingham has a full schedule of tours and activities which will make you see the city differently. From kayaking on the cities’ infamous canals to a relaxing boat trip, if you’re interested in history or enjoy outdoor activities you’ll want to read on.

1. Canal tour in a heritage working boat 

If you’re looking for a relaxed tour of Birmingham’s canals with live narration then this is the trip for you. What makes this boat trip different from others in Birmingham is that you’ll be travelling in the cargo hold of a restored 1930s working boat. These were used for carrying goods along the canals and families would live and work onboard. You’ll also get a peek into the tiny living quarters and learn what life was like on the canals. Selected weekends, more information and booking here

2. Have a go at stand up paddleboarding on the canal

For the more adventurous or those that like a challenge, try a stand up paddleboarding (SUP) experience in the heart of Birmingham’s canals. If you’ve seen people on stand up paddleboards at the beach and on rivers and fancied giving it a try, this is a great way to test the waters (not literally we hope!) The canals are very still and there’s no current so it’s a bit easier than on the sea or a river. More information and booking here.

3. See the canals from a different perspective on a kayak tour

If you’re in Birmingham and want to learn more about its history and how it got its canals while being active, join a kayak tour. These are suitable for beginners and the guides will give you an introduction to kayaking during the safety briefing. There are three routes to choose from; Bustling Birmingham takes you into the centre of the city’s canal network, visiting iconic landmarks like the Mailbox and Gas Street Basin while a guide shares the stories of these places and how Birmingham came to be the city it is today. 

If you prefer a bit more paddling and a bit less history, try the Green Escape kayak tour, which takes you around some of the cities’ quieter canal loops with a chance to see some wildlife. Like the sound of both? Try Explore hidden Birmingham to see parts of the canal you can’t get to on foot. From Friday to Sunday, more information and booking here

4. On a budget? Pick up a free trail leaflet or start a self-guided audio tour

If you’re looking for free ways to explore Birmingham, visit the Roundhouse to pick up a free trail leaflet or start a self-guided audio tour. There’s a family-friendly Local Look Around Trail which takes you from the Roundhouse to Brindleyplace and back, a cycling trail to Bournville, or if you’re into photography try the Brum Through a Lens trail to get some great photos. You can also start self-guided audio tours of Edgbaston Reservoir or the local area from the Roundhouse. Just download the GeoTourist app to get started and search ‘Roundhouse Birmingham’ to see the tours. 

5. Make a day of it

There are lots of other great things to do near the Roundhouse. We’re a stone’s throw away from Gas Street Basin which is home to the Legoland Discovery Centre and SeaLife Centre. If you want a full day of history and heritage, read the displays in the Roundhouse Birmingham Visitor Centre or join a free drop in tour, then walk up the canal to The Coffin Works
There are so many ways to explore Birmingham and its rich history with Roundhouse Birmingham. Whether it’s heritage by stealth on a kayak tour or making your own adventure on a self-guided audio tour, we’ll show you a different side to the UK’s second city. 

You can book all of our activities through our website, visit the Explore Birmingham page to pick your tour and book today. There’s lots going on in Birmingham every weekend, head to the Visit Birmingham website to find even more things to do. 

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