Published on 18/04/18

Free Family Events with Birmingham Civic Society

Free family-friendly events and activities are taking place across Birmingham this year, to celebrate 100 years of the Birmingham Civic Society. Part of ‘The City Beautiful’ programme, and with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Society has arranged a whole host of workshops, trails, and other celebrations to mark this milestone for the organisation.

FREE events and activities for families include;

  • Sunday 10 June, 1pm Civic Picnic (Soho House) Pack a picnic, join the festivities and receive a warm welcome as we celebrate our 100th birthday with a fun filled afternoon in the grounds of Soho House, Handsworth, home of industrialist and Birmingham great, Matthew Boulton.
  • Tuesday 7 August, 1pm-4pm Library Laughs. A bookable activity for children ages 5-12 (Birmingham Library) Bring along your best jokes or write them with us on the day – then try out a bit of stand up! Guaranteed laughs inspired by world famous 20th century Brummie comedian Sid Field and The Summer Reading Challenge Mischief Makers.
  • Thursday 16 August, 1pm-3pm Casting Creations. A drop in craft activity for children of all ages (The Coffin Works Museum) Celebrate Birmingham Civic Society’s Blue Plaque scheme by creating your very own name plate out of a magical combination of sand, plaster and paint.
  • 15 / 16 September, 1pm-3pm Imaginative Gardens. A drop in craft activity for children of all ages as part of Heritage Open Weekend (Aston Hall) Enjoy the parts of Aston Park designed by Birmingham Civic Society in the 1930s then see if you can make your own Imaginative Garden
  • Sunday 30 September, 2pm-4pm The City Beautiful Printmaking Workshop (Royal Birmingham Society of Arts)An opportunity for families to work with an RBSA print making tutor with The City Beautiful as your theme.

These are just a few of the events taking place this year to mark the Society’s centenary. In November 2017, the society announced that it had been awarded a grant of £55,700 from the National Lottery towards the ‘The City Beautiful’ project to celebrate and commemorate the centenary of the Society. This has allowed for other projects including a Young People’s Blue Plaque film project, an outdoor temporary exhibition in the city centre, a citywide heritage trail, conserving the statue of Queen Victoria in Victoria Square, and installing four new blue plaques to notable citizens.

Gavin Orton, Chairman of the Society said:

“The Birmingham Civic Society is committed to protecting our city and promoting citizenship, especially amongst our young Birmingham residents. We are very pleased to present our ‘The City Beautiful’ Centenary programme which includes lots of hands-on events and fun activities for all ages.”

Download the full centenary programme at