What’s on in the Midlands in May

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As life starts to reopen post-lockdown, here are just a few of the entertainment treats you’re due to be able to enjoy this month.

What: Science museum

Where: Thinktank Birmingham, Millennium Point

When: May 29 onwards

Thinktank is finally set to reopen to the public this month after being closed since March last year.

Families will once again be able to explore a world of wonder through impressive exhibits and historical collections, with reopening timed to coincide with the school half term holidays.

To ensure people can keep a safe distance from each other, capacity will be limited and all visitors including members will need to pre-book a timed ticket in advance. Tickets will be available from May 6.

The planetarium at Thinktank.

The planetarium at Thinktank.

What: Art exhibition

Where: Ikon Gallery, Brindleyplace, Birmingham

When: May 17 onwards

Ikon Gallery reopens after lockdown with an exhibition of work for sale by more than 250 Birmingham artists.

It’s unusual for Ikon, a charity, to exhibit works that are for sale but it has chosen to do so to try to help artists. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the artists themselves.

Tickets must be booked in advance, with a full list of the works available online from May 4. It will include paintings, drawings, photography, textiles, sculpture and video.

What: Variety show

Where: Lichfield Garrick Theatre

When: Thursday, May 20

A Black Country Night Out.

A Black Country Night Out.

Variety show A Black Country Night Out, is currently set to be the first show at Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre following its reopening.

It will include comedy, music and more – aiming to be a good old fashioned variety show featuring acts drawn from the region.

The next show at the theatre is due to be musicals tribute Beyond the Barricades on Sunday, May 23.

What: Drive in cinema

Where: NEC

When: May 1,2, 3

The Luna Drive in at the NEC.

The Luna Drive in at the NEC.

Drive in cinema has experienced a comeback since the start of the pandemic with venues popping up around the region, including The Luna Drive in at the NEC.

There is absolutely no need to even leave your vehicle during the experience, making this the ultimate in Covid-safe entertainment.

Guests are given a speaker box on arrival which sits on their dashboard and is sanitised between screenings.

What: Walking tours

Where: Birmingham city weekends

When: Weekends throughout May and into the summer

Positively Birmingham have resumed their walking tours of the city centre.

Positively Birmingham have resumed their walking tours of the city centre.

Positively Birmingham have resumed their walking tours of the city centre, with four different themes and routes to choose from.

You can visit the city centre canals and discover more about Georgian and Victorian Birmingham, discover more about Chamberlain Square and the Bull Ring, take an hour-long tour of Centenary Square or opt for a Discovering Birmingham route.

Tickets should be booked in advance at www.positivelybirmingham.co.uk

What: Film festival

Where: Online and on screens around Birmingham

When: May 21 onwards and throughout the summer

Flatpack Festival 2021.

Flatpack Festival 2021.

Using a mix of online screenings, outdoor venues and hopefully indoor cinemas as they reopen, Flatpack Festival 2021 will share filmmaking from around the globe.

A series of screenings and discussions will delve into the archives for buried treasure, from the secret history of Birmingham’s adventure playgrounds to Indonesian folk horror.

To find out more about events and venues visit flatpackfestival.org.uk


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