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Halloween Tickets now on sale.


Halloween Ghost Walk Tickets now on sale.

We plan to have a similar format to 2012, we will start by telling a few ghost stories in Yorks Bakery Café on Newhall Street before the walk, we will then congregate on the steps of the Council House, Victoria Square, before heading off into the night. We will end at the haunted Red Lion on Warstone Lane where the staff will welcome us with a Halloween cocktail and a warming bowl of pumpkin soup. The pub will also lay on a Halloween party. Tickets at £13 are only available from our on-line agent Oxboffice and are now on sale.

Fancy dress is optional for the walk, and we will be giving a prize to the best costume on the night.

Last year the Serial or Cereal Killer costume of Chantal, was the worthy winner.

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The Brum Drum


In between the two walking tours we run in Birmingham every Saturday, I heard drumming coming from the corner of the Town Hall in Birmingham’s Victoria Square.  I went over to investigate to hear Chris Dixon running workshops as part of The Black Exposure Live event at Birmingham Town Hall. Chris of Alkhami was teaching a group of three young boys. When the lads left Chris invited me to sit down and my lesson in playing the Djembe African Drum started. I was joined by the local family shown in the picture, and Chris got soon got us working together in unison. We even had a group of Birmingham City supporters spontaneously break into a chorus of “We will rock you” in time to our drumming. I wasn’t as good as the children, but held my own against Mum and Dad.

“I’ve been drumming for as long as I can remember” said Chris who is studying music at Birmingham City University. “I’m busy drumming and teaching at parties, corporate events and weddings, but my goal is to teach music in Schools when I finish my degree.

Michael

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Posted in News on May 11, 2013 No comments

You Cannot Be Serious!


Our famous bull was kitted out for tennis today. He was joined by very friendly young ladies promoting the city’s Aegon Classic tournament. Some of the world’s top female players will compete for the Harry Gem Trophy, named after the Birmingham man who invented the modern sport of lawn tennis.

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Posted in News on April 27, 2013 No comments

Freedom Of The City


Appropriately on the day our themed tour is ‘Heroes and Villains’, Birmingham honoured some real heroes. Members of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, many recently returned from Afghanistan, were given the Freedom Of The City by the Lord Mayor, followed by a march through the city centre.

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Posted in News on March 23, 2013 No comments

Day two of Lebara Oriental Food Festival Cancelled


The snow put a premature end to the two day Oriental Food Festival in Birmingham’s Victoria Square. I had been looking forward to my lunch at the festival between our two Saturday walking tours. Thanks to the brave souls that joined the tour. We are proud of our record for never cancelling a tour, no matter the weather.

 

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Tolkien enthusiasts look for black riders at the Ford of Bruinen


On 24/2, our special “Tolkien’s Middle Earth Tour” was held and was a great success.  More than 20 Tolkien fans joined us for a combined coach and walking tour.  Our first stopping point was Sarehole Mill, Tolkien’s childhood playground, where we also explored the surrounding area, including the ford that inspired the iconic Ford of Bruinen scene in Lord Of The Rings.  After 3 1/2 hours discovering the areas Tolkien grew up in and how his experiences in Birmingham shaped his writing, everyone had just enough energy left to climb the 108 steps of Perrott’s Folly in Edgbaston, for great views over the city including the waterworks tower, which along with the folly may well be the inspiration for the title “The Two Towers”.  Those who came on the tour went away with a whole new appreciation of Tolkien and his work, as well as having seen some “off the beaten track” parts of the city.

 

 More photos of the Middle Earth Tour on our Facebook page Midlands Discovery Tours

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Victoria Square over run by Rabbits again.


Victoria Square in Birmingham, is over run with rabbits again after 500 years. In the 1500’s the monks that lived on the site of today’s Council House kept rabbits for food in a Conigreave. Coni meaning rabbit and greave a clearing in a wood, hence the name of Congreve Passage, the pedestrian route between the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Central Library. The rabbits this time however are part of a children’s charity event sponsored by Lindt.

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On the day of writing our Saturday afternoon walk visited sites connected with the growth of Cadbury in the city, but we skirted Victoria Square avoiding the Swiss Chocolate competitor.

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Addition of Perrott's Folly to Tolkien's Middle Earth Tour


There’s now just over a week to go until it’s time for our Tolkien’s Middle Earth Tour on Sunday 24th February.  Making the tour even more interesting, we are delighted to announce a special tie-in with local charity Trident Reach.  They recently acquired Perrott’s Folly in Edgbaston, one of the original two towers that are said to have inspired the young Tolkien, and are aiming to raise £1 million to restore it for community and visitor use.  Ben Bradley from the charity has kindly agreed to open the tower and take us inside and up to the top as part of our tour, so we can get a great view of one of the areas Tolkien lived in, and over the whole city skyline.  Thanks to Ben for his offer, which has given an extra dimension to our tour, and we wish him and his colleagues every success in their fundraising and public awareness campaigns.

To get your tickets for the tour, including this unique opportunity to visit Perrott’s Folly, visit our online booking site Oxboffice.

To find out more about Trident Reach’s work, including the Perrott’s Folly project, check out their website.

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Bulldeer


The Bull Ring Bull in its Christmas makeover.

The last Midlands Discovery Tours Saturday walk of the year finished close to the Bull Ring Shopping Centre on the busiest shopping day of the year.

Due to public demand we are making a few changes to the 2013 weekend walking tours. The hugely successful Saturday morning City Walking tours will continue, starting again on the 12th January 2013 at 11:30 between the Council House and the Town Hall, Victoria Square.

We are introducing new tours for Saturday afternoons that will be based on our four most popular themed walks, Canal, Jewellery, City of 1,000 Trades and our Heroes and Villains Tours, starting at 2:00 and will start at the same place as the morning tour.

Our Sunday tours will only run as specialist one off tours such as Valentines, Mothers and Fathers Days. These and other specialist tours will be promoted through this web site.  

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Guide Dog joins Saturday Walking Tour


Guide dog brood bitch Annie joins Ian of Midlands Discovery Tours at Jo’s mobile coffee van  before the regular Saturday morning walking tour. Although Annie is destined to be part of the Guide dog breeding program she still goes through much of the training program that prepares such dogs to become a Guide dog. Saturdays walk though Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas market was a good learning experience for her with such big crowds and lots of tasty morsels on the floor. Next test is to take her on one of the Graveyard ghost walks and see how she copes with buried bones.

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