Archive for November 2007

Want to know exactly whats happening in Birmingham this December?

November 30, 2007

Of course you do. Russ L has produced a great guide to everything December. If you can’t find something that tickles your fancy there then, frankly, your a bit rubbish. Go and watch EastEnders or something.


Festival of Christmas Trees

November 29, 2007

This weekend will see Hazelwood Church in Kings Heath in a festive frenzy, stuffing their congregation full of decorated Christmas trees. Members of the public will be able to see the ‘Festival of Christmas’ on the afternoons and evenings of Friday December 1, Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3.

Over 45 trees will be contributed by local organisations and decorated with items representing their business. With a dentists and a chiropodists amongst the providers, some unorthadox tree decorations can be expected.

The aptly named Canon Priestley, Vicar of Hazelwood Church said: “We want to make this a friendly occasion when church and community come together to create a magical event and so help one another.”

Admission costs £2 for adults with accompanied children going free. All profits will be shared amongst three local charities.

BBC Birmingham’s preview of the festival

Street Ice Returns

November 29, 2007

Just a quick reminder. T-Mobile Street Ice opened its doors today to the delight of skaters in Birmingham.

Buy your tickets here

Or if you fancy finding out if its any good first, stay tuned because we will have a video up very soon.

In the meantime, check out these pictures from the BBC.

Help Save Birmingham’s Christmas!

November 29, 2007

Birmingham’s festive celebrations are in danger of falling flat with a lack of volunteers to bring Christmas cheer to the city. Throughout the region, cries for help are being issued to ensure Xmas 2007 is a success.

Carollers are needed to get in tune and ensure that shoppers at the Bull Ring Markets don’t have to endure a silent night in front of the recently installed 40 foot Christmas tree. Bosses at the markets have launched an urgent appeal for singers to bring festive cheer to the city centre attraction.

Head of Markets Matt Kelly said: “We are really shocked we can’t find find people to come and sing for us. It’s such a shame – the Christmas tree looks absolutely fantastic with it’s lights.

“We are calling on anyone who would like to come and sing us a few carols to get in touch. It’s vital that we keep traditions like carol singing in Birmingham going.”

Meanwhile, things are getting worse in Tipton where Santa himself needs help getting going with a good old-fashioned towing. Volunteer drivers are needed to pull his sleigh in the Black Country for the annual sleigh tour. In the past, the tour has fallen victim to stone-throwers but will, this year, steer clear of trouble spots.

Barry Whitehouse, president of the Tipton Community Association, said: “We are in urgent need for volunteer drivers who could help us by towing Santa’s sleigh around the various routes. The costs for fuel can be covered.”

To help out call Karen Simms on 07870 497104 or email

So come on people of Birmingham. Help save Christmas!

Birmingham Mail appeal for carol singers

The Battle of the Sausages

November 26, 2007

To celebrate the opening of the Birmingham Craft Market we pit some of their best English sausages against the cream of Germany’s neighbouring Frankfurt Christmas Market. Representing the English are Pork and mustard sausages from The Parsons Nose, which take on the German white sausage from the frankfurter stall.

Many thanks to The Parsons Nose and the German Frankfurter Stall for their kind participation.

Birmingham Craft Market

November 24, 2007

As some of you will know, we filmed at the first day of the Birmingham Craft Market on Thursday. Unfortunately, we had a few problems with the sound and editing and had to go back on Friday. Hence the video will not be up on the site until Monday.

 It’s worth the wait though. Turkey Brumstick holds a sausage tasting contest, England vs Germany. It’s a real clash of the titans so don’t forget to check back on Monday!

Birmingham Craft Market Set to Return

November 20, 2007

The Birmingham Craft Market returns this Thursday (22nd November), offering unique gift ideas from local craftsmen in time for Christmas.

The annual market will be located in Chamberlain Square and lasts until 23rd December.

Admission is free.

Myself and Todd Nash will be attending the market so keep a look out out for forthcoming videos.

Saturday shoppers at the Frankfurt Market

November 19, 2007

We ask the public what they think about the Frankfurt Christmas Market:

Dreaming of a White Christmas

November 18, 2007

Snow in Perry Barr

Perry Barr sees some snow

More snow in Perry Barr

The first snow of winter, as seen in glorious Perry Barr. Send us your pictures of the snow to:

JCWeatherman’s photos of snow in Birmingham

Street Ice Tickets On Sale

November 18, 2007

T-Mobile Street Ice

T-Mobile Street Ice, the largest temporary outdoor ice rink in the UK, is coming back to Birminghama and tickets are on sale now. Open from November 29 right through the xmas period until January 13, the rink will return to Centenary Square alongside food stalls and bars from the neighbouring Frankfurt Christmas Market.

This year, skaters are able to text in song requests with the ‘Text DJ’ feature, which sounds like a recipe for an endless stream of terrible music chosen by screaming teenage girls. Oh well. Another unfortunate new feature, well for me anyway, is that every skater will be photographed ‘dancing’ on the ice and given a free print to take home. As if I don’t own enough embaressing photos of me breakdancing.

Tickets can be bought from Visit Birmingham and cost between five and seven pounds. The rink is open from 10 in the morning until 10 at night.

Will we be seeing you on the Ice this year? Leave us a comment and we might even come and film you.