It’s time to grab your pals and the entire family for the best Skool Trips of the season!
26th November – 27th December – Gone Too Far! @ The mac, 6.00pm
A sparky comedy following two estranged teenage brothers over the course of a single day as they meet for the first time and struggle to accept each other for who they are. When London teenager Yemi’s big brother comes to live with him from Nigeria, Ikudayisi’s terrible fashion sense, broad Yoruba accent and misplaced confidence with the opposite sex threaten to destroy Yemi’s already small amount of street cred.
Tickets: Standard £7.50 / Students £5.50 / U16 Years £5.50 / JSA £5.50
26th November – 14 January 2015 – The BFG @ The REP, 7:30pm (other times vary)
When Sophie is snatched from her orphanage early one morning by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and whisked away to his home in Giant Country, she fears for the worst. But very soon she realises that he’s not a monster, but a dream catcher who collects sweet dreams and delivers them to children.
Tickets: £7 – £35
27th – 30th November – BBC Good Food Show Winter @ NEC
The ultimate food-lover’s day out. Find tastings and shopping galore while exploring the aisles of food and drinks producers, familiar brands and kitchen gadgets.
28th November – 13th December – Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker @ Birmingham Hippodrome, 7.30pm (other times vary)
Having crept downstairs at midnight to play with her new Nutcracker doll, Clara is swept up in a fantasy of toy soldiers, giant rats, snow fairies, magic and mystery. After saving her beloved Nutcracker from the King of the Rats, she is whisked away to an enchanted land and dances the night away in his arms, meeting a host of strange and exotic characters, before she is finally transformed into a beautiful ballerina.
Tickets: £18.00 – £52.00
29th November – Free Radio Live 2014 @ LG Arena
Free Radio is back with their massive pop party for 2014 – The line-up includes: McBusted, Rixton, Ella Eyre, Nicole Scherzinger, Ed Sheeran and Labrinth.
4th December – Boys II Men @ O2 Academy, Birmingham, 7.00pm
Renowned for their smooth trademark harmonies, Boys II Men return to the stage with their clean-cut “retro nouveau”image, synchronized dance routines, and a polished stage act. Between 1992 and 1997 they recorded five Number One Pop hits and twelve Top Ten R&B singles, sold over 60 million records worldwide, and earned a host of awards including four Grammy Awards.
4th – 5th December – Dem Boyz @ The Drum, 7:30pm
Dem Boyz is a performance for young people (suitable for Years 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13) exploring issues of gang association. Devised and Performed by Year 2 BA (Hons) Students from Birmingham School of Acting.
5th December – Upfront Christmas Special @ The Drum, 7.00pm
Slick and smooth double act Jefferson and Whitfield, veterans of The Real McCoy bring their smooth routines to a line up including veteran Wolves-born comedienne Susan Murray and rising star Thanyia Moore.
5th – 9th December
Clothes Show Live @ NEC, 9.00am – 6pm
With over 500 leading fashion and beauty brands, non-stop catwalk shows, manicures, beauty demonstrations and style advice, it’s the ultimate girls day out just before Christmas!
Tickets: Standard £29.00 / Platinum £42.00
World Duty Free Birmingham Winter Sale @ NEC, 9.00am – 7.00pm (other times vary)
If you are looking to pick up a great value Christmas Gift Set, you’ll find an extensive range including some of the latest fragrances with up to 50% savings against High Street prices, save up to 35% on cosmetics and skincare products and up to 50% off fashion accessories such as designer handbags, watches and jewellery.
6th December – Norms of Conduct @ The Drum, 7:30pm
A fascinating combination of three individual productions crafted by esteemed choreographers Adam Rutherford, Rosie Kay and Carlos Pons Guerra, performed by a cast of vibrant young dancers from the Rutherford Dance Company.
Bashment Housewives @ The Drum, 7.30pm
This exciting urban-comedy drama highlights the lifestyles of four competitive young women wanting to live a life full of luxury facing relationship challenges and financial struggle with their hubbies.
Shalamar @ The Institute, Birmingham, 7.00pm
Throughout the early 80′s the group were favourites on the U.S. R&B scene, as well as scoring a number of British hit singles (the two biggest being “A Night To Remember” and “There It Is” in 1982)and winning a Grammy Award.
Tickets: £25.00 / VIP £50.00
9th December – Talented Tuesdays @ Stirlings Bar, Birmingham, 8:00pm
Andre Soul presents: Talented Tuesdays, a chance for performers from singers, poets and visual artists to show case their talent direct to you!
Entry fee: £5.00
12th December – MAIA Creatives Scratch Bham @ ORT Café, 7.30pm
Scratch Night is where you see the most unpolished, unperfected and untested work of the UK’s undiscovered creative including singing, dance and spoken word performances.
Entry fee: £6.00
13th – 14th December – LKA General Championship Dog Show @ NEC, 8:00am
Championship Dog Show, featuring over 150 breeds of dogs over two days. The ideal opportunity to do your last minute Christmas shopping for your canine and human friends with over 60 trade stands to browse.
Tickets: Adults £8.00, OAP / Under 15 £4.00
16th December – The Hot 500 Club: Turn Up The Heat Christmas Event @ BPP, Birmingham, 6.30pm
This will be an evening of networking, fun activities and thanks to those entrepreneurs, organisations and individuals who believe in the Hot500 and what we stand for!
Admission: Limited Free Spaces (for 16-24 year-olds)
18th – 21st December – Uncle Ben’s Festive Block Party, 7.00pm (other times vary)
After a tragic year battling ill health, Uncle Ben has become a grumpy old man. But after some unexpected news from his doctor, and a very strange dream, he decides it’s time to change for the better. In this season of good will to all mankind he decides to get into the festive mood by inviting his very diverse neighbours round for a good old fashioned Block Party!
Tickets: £12.50, (Book before 5pm on Sun 30 Nov to get Early Bird Offer - Tickets only £10.50 / Concessions: £8.50
19th December – 1 February 2015 – Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime @ Birmingham Hippodrome, 7.15pm (other times vary)
Birmingham’s Giant pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk stars TV personality and singing sensation Jane McDonald as The Enchantress, Blue’s Duncan James as Jack, and ITV soap personality Chris Gascoyne as Fleshcreep.
Tickets: £14.00 – £40.00
Also don’t forget to check out the ‘What’s On’ Event Guide for the Library of Birmingham