Christmas picks in Birmingham


With just over a month until Christmas, why not see what’s going on in Birmingham for the festive season and even New Year!

The famous German Market is currently in the city where you can go and try some tasty traditional German food, as well as warming up with a hot Glühwein- or known to us as mulled wine. There is also plenty of things ideal for a quirky Christmas gift including jewellery, crafts, clothing and decorations. Also don’t forget to try the lovely German beer!

Birmingham is also the ideal place to start your Christmas shopping (if you haven’t yet…like myself), there is not only the Bullring but also the High Street where you will find the Pavilions and if you are looking for designer names then head to Selfridges and The Mailbox. If you are planning a special gift for your loved one or relatives then the Jewellery Quarter has some amazing shops where you can purchase items by local and independent retailers.

There are also parties and club nights for New Years Eve at Gatecrasher which starts from 9pm and lasts until 6am, tickets range from £25-£70, The Tower Ballroom in Edgbaston and raves at The Q Club and Institute.

To find out more about what’s going on in Birmingham simply head to If you are a fan of independent stores and culture then it’s worth following @IndependentBham to see what is happening over the festivities.

Happy Holidays!


Interview with Charlie Homer Director of Gaga UK about The Remembering Tree – Yarn Bombing Stratford on Avon 2013

We speak with Nikki Curwood Warwick Town Development officer about tonight’s Warwick Victorian Evening and Christmas Lights Switch on.

Interview with Sarah Abellan organiser of the Christmas Fiesta to be held on Saturday 30th November at The kenilworth Centre 6-9pm

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On the build up to Christmas join Sarah and her team on Saturday 30th November 6pm-9pm at The kenilworth Centre for a festive evening of Christmas shopping and at the same time help support your local traders. Whilst shopping you can be serenaded by 5 live acts all singing/playing Christmas tunes, enjoy a drink from the bar, steak burger from the winter bar-b-q, free samples of Christmas popcorn, purchase the obligatory mulled wine and mince pie and you can even order your Christmas Turkey and purchase/order your real Christmas Tree!!!!! Christmas is all wrapped up in one night and don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win some fantastic prizes!!
MP Jeremy Wright will be attending the event to support local business.
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Interview with Daniel Browne from Push Project Warwickshire Campaigning to Make Schools a Safer Place for LGBTQ Youth

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Liane from Radio Warwickshire speaks to Daniel who with his team are calling on local schools to open a dialogue and discuss the bullying of LGBTQ students that is still prevalent amongst today’s youth. Homophobic and transphobic bullying can have a damaging effect on young people that lasts well into adulthood. It can cause mental health issues that some people never recover from.
We aim to work with schools to challenge homophobia & transphobia and celebrate diversity. We are able to deliver workshops to young people and provide training to teachers on how to tackle this huge social problem.
This is a vital piece of work and one that you can be involved with. If you would like to help make the lives of young LGBTQ people better please contact Dan at Push Projects.
Telephone: 07580 532659
Twitter: @PushProjects

Push Projects is an LGBTQ youth support charity based in Warwick, serving the town and the surrounding area. Push Projects offers support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people up to the age of 25, as well as those who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity (Q). To find out more you can click on the links below or on the menu at the top of the page. You’ll find information about who we are, what we do, and how you can get involved… AND there’s all sorts of sound advice and information too.
On our Useful Links page you will find a range of other websites that provide fantastic support and advice, as well as some fun stuff too. All of the links have been carefully chosen by Push Projects to provide you with some top quality content.
reporter – @lianekate

Interview with John Ford of Tudor World Stratford about their T.V debut with Ruth Watson on Channel 4 on the 19th December.

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Tudor World in Stratford upon Avon are to appear in a new series called Ruth Watson Means Business! The show looks at the impact of online reviews on individual businesses. Tudor World was chosen as one of 20 businesses.

Tudor World is an independent visitor attraction set in an historic house in beautiful Stratford upon Avon. The owners, Janet and John Ford, took over the business 6 years ago and have renovated the museum; added a gift shop; cleared the entry to reveal the beautiful cobbled courtyard; added an outdoor covered rustic theatre and developed a thriving schools programme. They also have various tours from the museum including a haunted pub tour with dashing Jack; a ghost tour of the museum at night by lantern lit; a tour with William Shakespeare of his beloved town on Saturdays and school holidays; Shakespeare’s Supper and overnight paranormal events. All managed by a very small team.

Ruth Watson had been a food editor for many years for such publications as the Daily Mail Weekend but really came to prominence when she became the star of the Channel 5 television series The Hotel Inspector. In each episode of this observational documentary series, Watson would visit a struggling British hotel and try to turn their fortunes by giving advice and suggestions to the owner. Watson’s direct style appealed to viewers and The Hotel Inspector has became one of Channel 5’s most popular series of the 2000s and has also presented such shows as the Country House Rescue.

In this new series Ruth looks at businesses who have mainly good reviews and the occasional negative review and examines how this effects them, both personally and financially, as well as offering business advice. Ruth Watson herself is a business owner and has suffered first hand from unfair negative reviews at her hotel and restaurant.

Many different types of businesses were used during filming and Tudor World was chosen due to the uniqueness of the business. During filming, Janet and John Ford were taken to a secret location to see if they could gain further inspiration. The programme ends when some of the (genuine) negative reviewers (as any business knows they receive a number of fake negative reviews by rivals) and the owners are put together.

Janet and John said “The viewers get to see behind the scenes as well as glimpse different elements of the business in action. We also hope it shows how much hard work and passion it takes for small business owners to survive and their commitment to improving and developing their business. There is still a public perception that small business owners have lots of funds to play with or are given grants, but you only have to look at so many empty shops to see that the opposite is true. We trust the programme will dispel many of these misconceptions and educate online reviewers that there are real human beings behind the businesses with their livelihoods at stake and also deter rival businesses from putting on false reviews”.

The programme will be aired in on Channel 4 on Thursday 19th December 2013 at 11am.

Interview with Peter Knight of Steeleye Span on their UK tour which comes to Warwick Arts Centre on the 3rd December

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We speak with Peter Knight of Steeleye Span on their UK tour which comes to Warwick Arts Centre on the 3rd December. We also find out about their
new album in collaboration with Sir Terry Pratchett.

With a career that has taken in an astounding six decades, Steeleye Span is not just a legendary name in British music but also a link to the classic days of rock and folk music. Contemporaries of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fairport Convention, they have gone on to change the face of folk music forever, taking it from small clubs and festivals into the world of chart topping albums and international tours.

Part of that incredible story has been the individuals that have contributed to the band’s history. Steeleye Span has provided a home for a long list of some of the world’s finest musicians – Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Tim Harries, Bob Johnson to name but a few. Of late, the band has achieved another significant milestone as the 2003 line-up went on to become the longest serving in the group’s history.

This being Steeleye Span, however, nothing stays the same forever and in 2011 the band added not one but two new members. Guitarist Julian Littman and Multi-instrumentalist Peter Zorn. Julian in his career could boast performances with the likes of Gerry Rafferty, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Barbara Dickson, Carlene Carter, Paul Jones, Malcolm McLaren, Steve Harley, Debbie Bonham, and Pete Townsend, as well being a respected songwriter. American Pete Zorn before coming to Steeleye had been a long time member of Richard Thompson’s band.

As ever, though, there were still some very familiar faces. Maddy Prior the voice of the band for all but five of their forty-two years together, as well as enjoying successful solo career and series of collaborations. Peter Knight, fiddle player extraordinaire, a unique musician who provides the bridging point between classical and folk music. Rick Kemp who first picked up the bass in Steeleye Span in 1972 and was part of the band’s greatest commercial success in the following years and drummer Liam Genockey another legendary name in the Steeleye circles, a musician as equally home playing jazz and world music.

Now having established themselves live over the last 2 years as a 6 piece, Steeleye Span are emerging on another new exciting chapter. This time the band has looked even further afield and has found inspiration in the work of famous British author, Terry Pratchett.

Famous for his series of Discworld novels Terry is a long-standing fan of the band, even booking them to play at his sixtieth birthday party. Now the two are to collaborate on a brand new project, a record based on Pratchett’s Wintersmith novel. The subject matter is completely appropriate for Steeleye, a tale of ancient rituals and secret folk dances that perfectly complements their previous work whilst taking it in new directions. The resulting album will be released towards the end of the year.

Fans will be able to get a taste of these new songs along with the familiar classics and gems on the band’s forthcoming UK tour, please see attached for tour dates..

Please see link below to the album trailer and link to official bio and press release