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Lots of events are free but please note many are ticketed, sometimes free but sometimes there's a price to pay.


FREE LIVE MUSIC: Every Sunday 7.30pm and every Friday 7pm (details may occasionally vary so check back here to confirm details) Revive your flagging weekend with the best of Birmingham’s bands here at the Gunmakers Arms. FREE!

Second and fourth Tuesday of the month 6.00pm. GAME ON: Board and card games for the beginner and expert. Free.

Second Sunday of the month. GUIDED TOUR. Birmingham's Ghost Signs - those traces of history you sometimes see painted on walls.


Until Sunday 17 December. EXHIBITION. Visualé. Birmingham-based artist Dee Manning presents a selection of her original paintings, including portraits and her acclaimed abstracts. She will be giving a talk to accompany the exhibition on 14 December (see below).

Monday 11 December 7pm. CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHERHISTORICAL TALK. A Brief History of Bellringing - Bill Dargue. Those Christmas chimes will bring extra cheer this year after you’ve heard Bill’s fascinating talk about one of the iconic sounds of England. The veteran Castle Bromwich bellringer will recount the development of what those in the know call ‘The Exercise’ with particular reference to Birmingham bell towers. Places are limited so please book your £1.66 ticket (inc booking fee) here: Bellringing Talk. And you can learn about the Castle Bromwich bell restoration project at castlebromwichbells.btck.co.uk.

Thursday 14 December 7pm. MEET THE ARTIST. Visualé. Artist Dee Manning makes the very short trip from her studio in the Jewellery Quarter to talk about her paintings (see Visualé exhibition above). Entry is free but space is limited so please book at Eventbrite.

Friday 15 December 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC: Derek and the Checkmates with Maz Mitrenko. A very popular band with a big loyal following. Playing blues and rock, the band features Derek Wood (Bass & Vocal), Dan Wood (Guitar), Tom Fisher (Drums) and Pete Hyde (Guitar & Vocal). Here they are on YouTube.

Saturday 16 December 5pm. FILM NIGHT. Tři oříšky pro Popelku (Cinderella). Another in our occasional series of Czech and Slovak films, this time a family film especially for Christmas. Presented by Birmingham’s Czech and Slovak Clubs.

Saturday 16 December 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Open Mic - Celtic Night. Bring along instruments and voices and join in - or listen and enjoy. Led by really good musicians this is what pubs must have been like back in the days when people had to make their own entertainment!

Sunday 17 December 7.30pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. The Honey Boy Jones. It’s a welcome return for this purveyor of old time american blues sounds. Here's Honey Boy Jones’ Facebook page.

Friday 22 December 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC: Here There Be Dragons. John Gabb and Craig James played recently at the Gunmakers Arms as a support band but we were so impressed we've invited them back in their own right. A fresh, lively indie band who take lyrics and melodies seriously and who blend current folk, tasteful pop with a rock slant. In the future you might say: "I remember seeing these guys just before they were famous!"

Saturday 23 December 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. The Good Water; Crop Circles. After their terrific gig here in September we were obliged to get them back. If you were here you’ll know what we mean; if you weren’t, don’t miss it this time. Find out more at The Good Water.

Christmas Eve; Sunday 24 December 7.30pm FREE LIVE MUSIC. Thirsty Work. We're absolutely delighted to welcome back Thirsty Work for Christmas Eve. Superlatives aren't enough so here's a hyperlative: Great music! Have a peek at their Facebook page and then nip over to YouTube for a setlist sample.