Things to do… Olympic Open Weekend

If you are looking for something to keep you occupied this weekend then there is plenty to choose from as the countdown to the Olympics gets well and truly underway. Throughout the West Midlands there are a cool 63 events listed on the official website we’ve picked out a couple of our faves…

Jamaica Live!
Marking a year to go until the Jamaican Track and Field team will be based in Birmingham with free live music, storytelling and spoken word, art activities and cooking demonstrations – all inspired by the Islands.

Birmingham’s first family-friendly, pop-up festival. Drop in and help us celebrate Jamaican culture and the world of old-school vinyl and analogue sounds. With food, free music and hands-on fun and games. Featuring the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra and live cooking demonstrations from Levi Roots.

Saturday 23 July, 12-6pm
Victoria Square, Birmingham
Free entry


Circus in the City
Take part in Six Summer Saturday’s Circus Games with No Fit State Circus.

Flags will be flying, bands will be strolling and spectators of the Circus will soon be inspired to try out the trampoline, have a go on the tight wire becoming the circus stars. Discovering and awarding new talents The M5 Talent Squad will be on the scout, whilst the BBC big screen will debut our interactive circus game – Great Balls of Fire! Feed the circus heads with fire balls, compete with friends and enjoy the celebration when the heads become full and satisfied.

Saturday 23, 12-6pm
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham


The Great Train Dance
Rosie Kay Dance Company invites you aboard The Great Train Dance, which will take you on a magical mystery journey.

The Great Train Dance is a unique large-scale dance performance transforming the Severn Valley Railway for one day. Combining professional dancers and students from throughout the local area this performance is a magical experience for families, to hunt for clues and solve the puzzle. This exciting and unusual train experience travels from Kidderminster to Highley. The performance concludes at The Engine House, with passengers disembarking the train at Highley station where all will be revealed.

23 July, 11.15am and 3.15pm
Kidderminster Station- Highley Station, Severn Valley Railway

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