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FOR EVENTS FROM 1 JANUARY 2018 PLEASE REFER TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
Lots of events are free but please note many are ticketed, sometimes free but sometimes there's a price to pay.


REGULAR EVENTS

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.

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.

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



NOVEMBER

Monday 13 November 7pm. HISTORICAL TALK: Dave Allen - In the Footsteps of Phyllis. When she died in 1969 Phyllis Nicklin left behind a marvellous, but largely unexplored, archive of photographs of Birmingham. As part of his Grid Project photographer Dave Allen, along with nearly 100 other photographers, is revisiting those places Phyllis photographed. The talk is, naturally, illustrated! More information at Tickets (£1.66 inc booking fee) and more info available at Eventbrite..

Tuesday 14 November 5.30pm until it finishes! GAME ON! An evening of board games organised by a Birmingham-based group of board and card gamers Some of the games are so new they're still in development. Great fun that uses a few brain cells. Also, maybe damages a few - depending on how much beer you consume.

Thursday 16 November 7pm. VEGAN CHOCOLATE TASTING with Sindy Stanley of Artastry. Sindy takes us through a range of her handmade vegan chocolates and offers an opportunity to taste (and buy!) white, milk and dark chocolates with a variety of centres - which can be made to order. Tickets (£6) available here.

Friday 17 November 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Life. Jazz/swing/blues; great vocal (Sue Fear) backed by tight rock/blues combo!

Saturday 18 November 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Open Mic - Celtic Night. Everyone had such a great time at a casually arranged open music night a couple of weeks back that we’ve decided it’s worth revisiting. Starting with just a couple of guitars and a couple of voices the evening steadily grew until if felt like a pub back in the days when people had to make their own entertainment! Bring along instruments and voices and join in - or listen and enjoy. It’s FREE, of course.

Saturday 18 November 8pm. FILM NIGHT. S tebou mě baví svět (I Enjoy the World with You). A charming comedy favourite presented by Birmingham’s Czech and Slovak Clubs.

Sunday 19 November 11am start; ends at pub approx 1pm. SOLD OUT! HISTORICAL WALK & TALK. Letterboxes of the Jewellery Quarter. The distinctive letterboxes of the Jewellery Quarter were forged in the Georgian era as secure portals for precious metals and stones. 200 years later they remain an iconic detail of Birmingham’s unique industrial landscape. The tour starts near the Chamberlain Clock, Warstone Lane, is about two miles, takes approximately two hours and tickets (£10) are available here. The walk finishes at the Gunmakers Arms where there's an exhibition of photos of the letterboxes. There's more info on our Facebook page.

Sunday 19 November - Sunday 3 December. EXHIBITION. Made on the canal. Birmingham-based Thomas Parry presents a range of illustrations based on Birmingham landmark buildings, structures and monuments that have in some way played a role in inspiring, uplifting, or entertaining our senses. Thomas Parry is a product designer and illustrator living and working on 'The Menace', a narrow boat that travels the Grand Union canal network. You can find out more about Thomas at Made on the canal.

Sunday 19 November 7.30pm. 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.

Friday 24 November 7pm FREE LIVE MUSIC. Dark Circus. They'll be playing two sets, one either side of Darren Smith. To find out more about Dark Circus visit their Facebook page. And here's a link to Darren's.

Sunday 26 November 11am start; ends at pub approx 1pm. SOLD OUT! HISTORICAL WALK & TALK. Letterboxes of the Jewellery Quarter. The distinctive letterboxes of the Jewellery Quarter were forged in the Georgian era as secure portals for precious metals and stones. 200 years later they remain an iconic detail of Birmingham’s unique industrial landscape. The tour starts near the Chamberlain Clock, Warstone Lane, is about two miles, takes approximately two hours and tickets (£10) are available here. The walk finishes at the Gunmakers Arms where there's an exhibition of photos of the letterboxes. There's more info on our Facebook page.

Saturday 25 November 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 26 November 7.30pm FREE LIVE MUSIC. Paul Steadman & Friends. Keeping the blues alive with the help of some rock, reggae and soul. Here they are on Facebook.

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.



DECEMBER

Friday 1 December 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC: The Dead Bandits. Live, of course! A terrific covers band described (by themselves!) as ‘possibly the best rock & roll band in the Midlands’. Chuck Berry; Little Richard; The Beatles; The Rolling Stones; Muddy Waters; Status Quo; The Refreshments; T-Bone Walker; Gary Moore; Canned Heat; Dr Feelgood; The Mannish Boys. Say no more. Here's their Facebook page

Saturday 2 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 3 December 12.15pm-2.15pm. GUIDED TOUR. Religion, Reformers and Rascals; Ian Jelf Guided Tours in association with Two Towers Brewery and the Gunmakers Arms. Beginning and ending at the pub the third of our walks looks at an area on the edge of the city centre which has seen a religious house, social reform and more than a few criminals being “banged to rights”. And – as they say – there’s more. There’s time to examine some great architecture, learn about surprising Brummies and how the railway builders tackled hilly Birmingham. Tickets are £9 and to book email ian@bluebadge.co.uk or call (07976) 251785, leaving a message if necessary. Pay on the day but places are limited so you MUST book. More details on our Facebook page.

Sunday 3 December 7.30pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC. Grant Pritchard Trio. Blues and funk driven rock. Original material blends catchy riffs and melodies with guitar fronted intricacy. See more at www.grantpritchardmusic.com/.

Friday 8 December 7pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC: Darren Smith; Acoustic Session. Darren’s building up a solid following here at the Gunmakers Arms. Here's his Facebook page.

Saturday 9 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 10 December 1pm. 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 (tickets £10) and they're really popular so pop over to Brum Ghost Signs Facebook page to find out more and to Eventbrite to book.

Sunday 10 December 7.30pm. FREE LIVE MUSIC: The David Moore Band. Returning to Birmingham from New York for a spell David Moore brings his own take on blues guitar to the Gunmakers Arms. See the band on YouTube and then see them live here.

Monday 11 December 7pm. HISTORICAL 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.

Tuesday 12 December 7pm. SPOKEN WORD: Yuletide Tales.Get ready for winter with warming ales and Christmassy tales. Local writers lined up for a sparkling evening include Rachel New, David Wake, Andy Conway, Andrew Sparke, Elaine Christie, Ray Bradnock, AA Abbott, Ali Elsey and Guy Etchells. You might even solve those Christmas gift conundrums with great books on sale at very reasonable prices. Tickets for the evening are FREE, so please book early to ensure a seat: Yuletide Tales.

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.

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.