May in Kings Heath!

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Kings Heath is packed full of loads of events for all ages to get involved in this May. From music to comedy, craft sessions to running, there's something for everyone! We decided to put together a list of some of the best ways to spend May and make the most of the recent improvement in weather to make your life a little bit easier. So have a read of the blog below and see which events take your fancy!

Bank Holiday in Kings Heath!

Party at Hare & Hounds

As per usual there’s plenty happening at Hare & Hounds this month, with live music every night it’s always a party and May at H&H plays host to a wide array of incredible artists and with two bank holidays this month Hare & Hounds are going to party hard. The first bank holiday event on Sunday 6th, ‘SKA and MOD Fest,’ will feature live performances from The Underclass, Marina Coombs, The Curv3 The Ska445s. You can find out more and get your tickets here. To celebrate the second bank hol, on Sunday 27th H&H’s  ‘Electro Bank Holiday Special’ takes centre stage. Featuring an afternoon of family gaming fun and then an evening of music and drinks. Find out more and get your tickets here.

Curious Hifi at Black Lab

Curious HiFi Soundsystems return to Black Lab on Saturday 5th May for another evening of good music and good vibes this Bank Holiday. Paired alongside the delectable Cocktails served at Black Lab the evening is one you don’t want to miss out on. Check out the event here to find out more!

Going out in May!

Wellbeing Open Day with Gorilla Coffee Cafe and Barefoot Birmingham


On Sunday 27th May Barefoot Yoga are linking up with Gorilla Coffee Café to hold a free cycling and yoga day in and around the café/courtyard, next to the yoga studio on Drayton Road. GCC will be celebrating the final day of the Giro D'Italia, the famous Italian Grand Tour Cycle race. Along with showing the event live on the big screen, there will also be led rides, music, food, craft beer...and of course YOGA. You can find out all about the event here.

Kinks Heath Fest

On Sunday 20th May celebrate 52 years since Kinks debut at The Ritz Ballroom. From 3 pm to 6 pm local musicians will play their favourite Kinks songs at Fletchers Bar on York Road. From 7 pm the doors will open across the road at the Hare & Hounds for an evening concert by The Kast Off Kinks.

The Kast Off Kinks are line-up are formed from ex-Kinks members including; Mick Avory on drums and vocals who also played at the 1966 Ritz gig, John Dalton on bass guitar and vocals, Ian Gibbons on keyboards and Dave Clarke on lead guitar and vocals. The band was created to keep the music of Kinks alive and to give something back to loyal Kinks fans. Tickets for the afternoon session at Fletchers cost £4 in advance or £4.40 here. Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the door.

The first 50 Advance Tickets for the evening concert at Hare & Hounds cost just £12 plus booking fee and then £15 plus booking free and can be bought here.

Tickets to see The Kast off Kinks also available for £15 cash from Kitchen Garden Cafe.

Charity Quiz Night at Loco Lounge

Charity quiz night at Loco Lounge -  Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a brainiac? Why pop down to Loco Lounge on the 6th May for the return of their quiz night? Not only will the winner of the quiz receive a £30 gift voucher to spend in any of the Lounges across the UK but all proceeds of the event will be donated to the GAIN (Guillain-Barré and Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies) charity, so all the fun’s in the name of a great cause!

In addition to Loco Lounges usual mixed of all types of questions, there will also challenges and games so be sure to bring your sharpest friends along with you!

Entry costs just £2 per-person which will be donated to GAIN, you can find out more about the event by clicking here.

Twisted Tongues return to The Station

Twisted Tongues returns to The Station for the second time this May! On the 17th May head down to the station for an evening of laughs and amazement. The Open Mic event invites anyone to come and show their skills with words, whether you’re a comedian, poet or storyteller. Twisted Tongues is all about celebrating the local talent around Birmingham and with drinks all night long and a wonderful venue on 17th May there’s only one place to be, and that’s at The Station. Find out more about Twisted Tongues here.

Events at The Kitchen Garden Cafe

Kitchen Garden Cafe have plenty of live performances and events happening all throughout this month including music, comedy, storytelling, gardening and more. We’re especially looking forward to; contemporary/folk duo Gilmore & Roberts on Thursday 10th, KGC’s Storytelling Cafe on Wednesday 16th, Poetry Bites on Tuesday 22nd and an Introduction to Forest Gardening on Wednesday 23rd. To see the full May line-up at Kitchen Garden Cafe click here.

Family Time!

Get active with Kings Heath Running Club

The best way to make the most of this good weather is to get out and about and active while the Sun’s still shining. The Kings Heath Running Club provide many weekly runs for all level of runners; whether you’re looking to test yourself with a high pace run or just have a light jog with the family KHRC have something for everyone. All sessions are free to run in and happen every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, starting from Kings Heath Car Park on Avenue Road. You can find out about all of Kings Heath Running Club’s sessions and more here.

Car Boot Sale at All Saints

On Monday 7th May head down to All Saints Centre for a day of family fun events. The event will feature a car boot sale on the square, indoor Bric a Brac, a book sale, a history tour of All Saints Church, a live concert from All Saints Singers and an outdoor Bowls mat for you and your little ones to test your skills at. The event will start with the car boot sale which kicks off at 9 am.

Family Boxercise at New Life Baptist Church

New Life Baptist Church are offering workshop activities which are adapted for people with disabilities to help reduce social anxiety, build confidence, develop strength and improve focus. The sessions are great fun for the whole family and with a variety of activities including weight bearing and fundamental movement and agility training the session are more than worth it at £5 per person.

The first session will start on Thursday 24th May and will run Fortnightly from 4:45 pm till 5:45 pm. Book your place no by calling 07707931439 or emailing noraboxercise@hotmail.com!

Try Something New!

Make your own Jewelry at Enki

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own jewellery? Located in Kings Court, Enki provides just that with their evening classes. Alongside learning how to craft your very own jewellery, enjoy a few glasses of wine, tasty gourmet sandwiches and an evening of chatting with some good company. Enki’s May course will take place on Tuesday 15th of this month, you can find out more on Enki’s site here.

Shop till you Drop!

Homegrown Goodness at Kings Heath Farmers Market

Every first Saturday of the month plays host to the ever-popular Kings Heath Farmers Market. The market features a variety of delectable food products from a range of different traders. Be sure to head down early on Saturday 5th of this month to get the first choice of all the amazing food products available and check out all the wonderful craft products available.

Eat Out!

Treat yourself to some Terrific Tapas at Byzantium

Embrace the warm weather with some classic Mediterranean dishes at Byzantium. The delicious Tapas available at Byzantium complement the warm weather perfectly and when combined with one of their fruity Cocktails you’ll feel like you’re sitting in a beachside restaurant in the Med itself.

Vote for your Kings Heath Favorites

The MFDH Awards 2018 shortlist has been announced and it’s time to get voting for all your Kings Heath favourites. Nominations include:

BEST GASTRO PUB: Fletchers Bar 

3. BEST CURRY HOUSE: Kings Indian Dining, Mezbaan Dining and Cocktails

7. BEST SPANISH RESTAURANT: Byzantium Tapas Resturant

9. PEOPLE’S CHOICE: CherryReds

32. BEST FAST FOOD TAKEAWAY/CASUAL DINING: Maison Mayci

The awards will take place Monday 25th June 2018, best of luck to everyone taking part! Vote here: http://www.mfdhawards.co.uk/vote-now

As you can see there's plenty happening this month in Kings Heath so be sure to get involved and make the most of the good weather this month!

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