Saving Bartholomew Row

I was sent this link over two years ago by Simon Linford, one of the team behind the hugely successful redevelopment of The Woodman.

Saving Bartholomew Row was to be their next project, to bring the historic Christopher Wray building back into use as part of a student accommodation scheme. The existing building is to be converted into offices and a coffee shop, building a tower behind it to satisfy the explosion in demand for student accommodation in the city centre.

The scheme looks to be high-quality and respectful of the heritage of the site – something of a trademark of the team. I noticed on a walk past the building a couple of weeks ago that hoardings have now been erected, which suggests that after over two years in the planning, work is to begin soon.

We’ll keep you up to date with progress, but if you have any news to share, please do email us at

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The Cornetto Trilogy at The Mockingbird

When: Sunday 23 July, 12:00–20:00
Where: The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: from £12 (available online here)

The Mockingbird are showing Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End – known as The Cornetto Trilogy – as part of their Sunday Club on 23 July.

Tickets include three films and a Cornetto (naturally), and you can opt to supersize your Sunday with a roast dinner too!

For more information, visit the Eventbrite page here. Learn more about the fantastic events scheduled at The Mockingbird over the coming months here.

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Tilt Festival 2017

When: Monday 17 – Sunday 23 July
Where: various venues

Resident Digbethites RoguePlay Theatre are bringing back their Tilt Festival this July.

See more information below, or visit the Tilt Festival website here.

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BetterPoints, in partnership with Birmingham Connected, have created #BrumBreathes, a programme designed to give people an incentive to choose more sustainable forms of transport.

When you move around the city from Digbeth, you can gain BetterPoints for walking or cycling as well as taking the train, bus or tram. These points can then be exchanged for rewards such as theatre tickets, shopping or restaurant vouchers or even a donation to charity.

To get started download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

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Award-winning Sara Preisler

Earlier this year, the eponymous founder of the Sara Preisler Gallery at the Custard Factory was named ‘Contemporary Jewellery Designer Of The Year’ by the 2017 Luxury Goods Awards.

The Luxury Goods Awards have been established to recognise and celebrate the elite companies and individuals that the luxury services industry has to offer.

Sara’s quality goods and her unwavering dedication to showcase the most talented and diverse designers in the area mean she is a much-loved Birmingham institution. But don’t take my word for it – Sara was in Ian Davies’ Brum Creatives project.

Congratulations to Sara and the whole team!

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Coming soon: Café Colette

Where: Unit 5, Lower Trinity Street, B9 4AG
When: Friday 4 August 2017

The newest addition to Lower Trinity Street’s cultural offering will be opening on Friday 4 August.

Café Colette is a 1920s-themed bar offering prohibition cocktails alongside live jazz and a summer garden, which will serve as additional seating for Digbeth Dining Club. Following the opening, the venue will be open Fridays-Mondays inclusive.

Local Digbeth boys STAX Creations are responsible for the fit out, and have shared the photos below with us.

We’re certainly looking forward to seeing Café Colette in the flesh!

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Marks out of Tenancy

Marks Out Of Tenancy is a new organisation established to give tenants a voice. It’s essentially TripAdvisor for the private rented sector.

Reviews are split between the landlord, letting agent, rental property and neighbourhood, which is designed to give potential tenants an overall view rather than it just being a website to slate landlords.

The site also allow users to rate specific desirable characteristic of each of these aspects, for instance the quality of repairs by a landlord or the soundproofing of a property.

The team behind Marks Out Of Tenancy also hope to add other data to the site soon, including transport links, OFSTED reports, and local shops and amenities.

For more information, visit the website or Marks Out Of Tenancy Facebook page.

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Cheese Fest Birmingham

When: Saturday 18th November, 10:00-18:00
Where: Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: from £3 (available online here)

This November, Cheese Fest UK comes to Birmingham for the first time, setting up shop in the Custard Factory for the day.

They promise to bring you some of the best cheeses in the world including melted raclette, cheese wheels, gooey mozzarella sticks and a whole host of cheesetastic tastes from the UK’s best cheese traders.

From traditional cheeses to halloumi fries and the most amazing mac and cheese, expect to learn about all types of cheese, and the best wines and beers that go with them at a day perfect for the cheesiest people in the city.

Tickets are on sale now but only until 15 July – so if you want to go along, make sure to get yours booked soon! For more information and tickets see the Cheese Fest UK website here.

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Grand Union – July 2017 News

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Peep Show Quiz

When: Wednesday 5 July, 19:00-23:30
Where: The Old Crown, High Street Deritend, Digbeth, B12 0LD
Tickets: £4 (available online here)

The local pub quiz has become a British institution, much like the cult 90s TV series Peep Show.

The Old Crown are launching a programme of cult quiz nights in the garden, so bring your brain, friends and strong quiz names!

The Peep Show Quiz will be hosted by Jamie Cartwright. Tickets are £4 and teams of 5-6 people are recommended.

Expect stellar prizes, drink deals, special bonus rounds and huge amounts of respect for the winners!

See Design My Night for more information and tickets.

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