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 (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.
Last Thursday of the month 8.00pm. COMEDY: The Gunmakers Arms hosts the King Kong Comedy Club. £2 on the door or £1.66 (inc booking fee) - booking details under the entry below.
Third Saturday of the month 6pm. FOOD AND DRINK. Vegan drinks (all Two Towers Brewery ales are vegan) and a vegan street food vendor.
Second Sunday of the month 2pm. GUIDED TOUR. Birmingham's Ghost Signs - those traces of history you sometimes see painted on walls. All 2017 tours fully booked.
Friday 22 September 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Bluebird + Darren Smith. Darren entertained us so much back in August here he is again, with friends. Here's his Facebook page.
Sunday 24 September 7.30pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. The Good Water. A "unique psychedelic-soaked style of contemporary rock 'n' roll". Words copied from their website which is here: The Good Water. And here's: The Good Water at the Gunmakers Arms Facebook page.
Tuesday 26 September 7pm. HISTORICAL TALK: Kevin Thomas - History from the 50. A photographic celebration of the number 50 bus route (which boasts the most frequent buses in Europe!). Photographer Kevin Thomas talks us through the images of cultural and architectural heritage he's captured on the 50 route. More info, including booking details here.
Thursday 28 September 8pm. King Kong Comedy Club.Funny how, when it comes round to the last thunderous day of the month and wallets, purses, pockets and bank accounts are really stretched, people who think they’re funny, and, fortuitously, always are, stand up. Not to be counted but to distract you, with humour, from all those things you should really stay at home to worry about. Will they suck seed? (Damn this voice to text software.) There's only one way to find out.
Friday 29 September 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Starmaker Karaoke. It is what it says - bring your voice along to lift the recorded backing track to the highest height. Like Mr Banks' children's kite. A huge and eclectic selection of genres.
Saturday 30 September 6.30pm. BIRMINGHAM POETRY FESTIVAL: Word Up - Recycled and Renewed Special. Reviving the popular poetry night for the festival's fifth anniversary. Details here on the pub's Facebook page. And here's the festival's Facebook page.
Sunday 1 October 7.30pm. LIVE MUSIC. Ukelele Theatre. They went down so well last month they're coming back with some highly entertaining interpretations of hits new and old. More here on Facebook.
Friday 6 October 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. The Honey Boy Jones. A purveyor of old timey american blues sounds. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details. In the meantime here's The Honey Boy Jones Facebook page.
Saturday 7 October 8pm. FILM NIGHT: Another in our occasional series of Czech and Slovak films. You can choose the film you want to see here: 7 October film choice. Presented by Birmingham’s Czech and Slovak Clubs.
Sunday 8 October. WALKING TOUR: Birmingham's Ghost Signs. These walks around some of those traces of history found on the city's walls are organised by Brum Ghost Signs and finish here at the Gunmakers Arms. Booking is essential and they're really popular so pop over to Brum Ghost Signs Facebook page to find out more and to Eventbrite to book.
Sunday 8 October 7.30pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Still Breathing. A fantastic one-off line-up of Birmingham music legends who specialise in the yoga technique of breathing, sometimes heavily, without moving. No, that's not true; I just made it up. They ROCK!
Show me your Birmingham
Monday 9 October - Sunday 15 October. A major mixed media exhibition, including music, devoted to both established and emerging artists with a connection to Birmingham and the Midlands. Show Me Your Birmingham is organised by the Anchor Gallery and will be held across the Gunmakers Arms and Two Towers Brewery. We’re privileged to be hosting the exhibition and delighted to do so as part of our commitment to engagement with the community - in this case, Birmingham’s cultural community.
There’s far too much for us to list here but one of the highlights will be an intimate live acoustic show (20 seats only) from the Anchor Gallery's curator, driving force behind the exhibition and acclaimed musician Rachel Mayfield. She will be performing her latest album Winter of Desire in full on Thursday 12 October, the day of the album’s release. She’ll be joined by cellist/vocalist Toni Woodward and vocalist Kirsty Ford. Here are some links to further information including details of ticketing - a £10 ticket gets you unlimited access to all events, talks, groups, workshops, live performances and film screenings throughout the exhibition (the pub itself is open as usual, of course!):
Winter of Desire performance; the Anchor Gallery on Facebook; Gunmakers Arms on Facebook; and, if you know all you need to know and want to go straight for a ticket here's the Eventbrite booking site.
Tuesday 17 October 7pm. HISTORICAL TALK: Phil Clayton of the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society - Birmingham Lads and Friends. A musical presentation with illustrations covering the birth, life, death and resurrection of Birmingham's canals. There's a less succinct description, including ticketing info on this Facebook page.
Thursday 19 October 6.30pm. CHOCOLATE: An evening with Artastry. An indulgent and luxurious vegan chocolate experience. With a talk on what makes our beer vegan. The first ten people to book get free chocs so head on over quickly to this Facebook page.
Friday 20 October 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Mr Apollo. A wealth of influences from the worlds of blues, rock, folk and country, with a healthy dollop of self-effacing humour thrown in. More event info here.
Friday 20 October 6.30pm. BIRMINGHAM POETRY FESTIVAL: Birmingham Illuminations Festival Finale. Not literally fireworks but, perhaps, literary fireworks. Details here on the pub's Facebook page. And here's the festival's Facebook page.
Saturday 21 October 6pm. BOOK LAUNCH. To Die For by Colin Ward. Readings, music and a talk about parental alienation, one of the themes of the book, an action-packed thriller set in Birmingham. It's free but you ought to book and to find out how, along with more salient details, check out our Facebook page for more.
Sunday 22 October 7.30pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Black Rabbit. Rising from the ashes of early 1970's progressive rock band White Rabbit - three of the original players have come together after 45 years to create something a little different for 2017. R&B - Soul - Funk. There's more here.
Wednesday 25 October 7pm. HISTORICAL TALK: Corinne Brazier and Steve Rice - A Fair Cop. The first women police officers in the West Midlands were appointed 100 years ago in 1917. Corinne Brazier and Steve Rice are the authors of A Fair Cop which celebrates the centenary. More info, including booking details here.
Friday 27 October 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Rookie. ”Quality music, pure bangers and mash,” says one reviewer. Sounds tasty, we say. Find out more at Rookie’s Facebook Band Page
Sunday 29 October 7.30pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Ellie Jones and The Giants. From pop to ska, blues to soul, they play the songs you love ... and songs you'd forgotten you loved! More event details here.
Tuesday 31 October 7pm. HORROR NIGHT. At the Brewery of Madness. Book readings, film and more. We here at Two Towers Brewery and the Gunmakers Arms are welcoming and reasonably sane, of course. Although there's a locked room in one tower and, at a window of the other tower, there occasionally appears the silhouette of a woman who's face, at first just ghostly, turns a whiter shade of Chamberlain Pale Ale. Pop over to our Facebook page for more.
Friday 3 November 7pm. LIVE MUSIC. Darren Smith’s Singer/Songwriters. Not only is Darren, just about a resident here at the Gunmakers Arms, a talented singer/songwriter himself, he also has a wide circle of talented friends. So tonight he introduces us to some of them. Including Tim Martin, Ian Hughes and more we’ll let you know about when they’re confirmed.
Sunday 5 November 7.30pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Harlequins Kiss. A full-on rock five piece, playing original material and great covers. Here's their website.
Monday 6 November 7pm. SCIENTIFIC TALK: Keith T Butler, Materials Theorist, University of Bath - Utopia/Dystopia: The good, the bad and the basics of Machine Learning. This is a talk about how machines learn and what it is they learn. Like, for example, can a machine learn to brew beer? There's only one way to find out - ask a machine to brew beer! Incredulous? Well have a look at this. More details about booking etc on this Facebook page.
Friday 10 November 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Ceri Justice Duo. A great voice singing great songs. More details will be forthcoming. Our Facebook events page might get there before this website.
Sunday 12 November 7.30pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Smokin' Ade Wakelin. Original and classic songs and instrumentals of the Blues. Steeped in Texas Blues Shuffles, with a hint of Swing, Funk, Jump and Jazz. When they banned smokin' they weren't accountin' for Smokin' Ade Wakelin. Here he is on Facebook.
Friday 17 November 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Life. Jazz/swing/blues; great vocal (Sue Fear) backed by tight rock/blues combo!
Sunday 19 November 6.30pm (As it stands, but TBC). FREE LIVE MUSIC. Maz Mitrenko Band. Well known and well popular around these here parts the Maz Mitrenko Band 'play a mixture of finely honed original songs alongside a range of classic blues and rock covers from the likes of Rory Gallagher and Jimi Hendrix to some less likely selections from Steve Earle and Robin Trower.' You can read those very words and more on mazmitrenkoband.co.uk.
Tuesday 28 November 7pm. LOCAL HISTORY. Fiona Joseph - The role of Cadbury women workers during World War One. Join Birmingham author and speaker Fiona Joseph as she delves into the Cadbury Archives to uncover the real life stories of the factory women at Bournville during war-time, and how their efforts on the Home Front inspired her novel, Comforts for the Troops. Fiona is also the author of Beatrice; the Cadbury heiress who gave away her fortune. You can find out more about Fiona and her books at fionajoseph.com.
Please book here (£1.66 inc booking fee): Not just chocolate bars and knitted socks.