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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Seaside Antics & A Beach For Families During School Holidays
Despite Birmingham being the furthest point from the sea in England, the Southside part of the city will be transformed into a seaside this summer.

Summer in Southside, Birmingham centre, free events for families,
The Cod Choir join innovative deep sea divers and a giant puppet squid for Summer In Southside


Life's a beach for the Summer In Southside free family street festival that will include live theatrical entertainment with child-friendly activities.

The areas around the Arcadian, Inge Street, Hurst Street and Hippodrome Square will be transformed into the sights, sounds and silliness of the seaside during the weekend of July 23 and 24, from midday to 5pm on both days.

Events for families opting for a staycation will include a cod choir, deep-sea divers, pirates, lifeguards, street acrobatics, and an enormous whale. There will also be a man-made beach with giant sand sculptures.

Summer in Southside, Birmingham centre, free events for families,
Plenty of fun for children at the free Summer In Southside weekend in Birmingham


Traditional British acts will sit alongside carnival atmospheres from the Caribbean and South America. Children of all ages can play on wooden street games, dive into the mouth of an enormous whale, enjoy street acrobatics or watch a marching band with a difference.

Acts performing for free over the weekend include the Grand Theatre of Lemmings creating a Cod Choir made up of cheeky fishermen with larger than life puppet fish, who are armed and ready to joke with unsuspecting members of the public with their fishy gags.

Larkin' About will bring their Deep Sea Divers to the streets. This features two divers wearing large corroded copper helmets that squirt jets of water and backpacks that play atmospheric undersea noises.

Summer in Southside, Birmingham centre, free events for families,
Life's a beach for Summer in Southside in Birmingham


Desperate Men are behind The Eco Pirates, who are trying to bury a large treasure chest while reminding audiences of re-cycling, litter and maritime pollution in a fun way. There will also be a gigantic squid thanks to Puppets with Guts and their performances of Citizen Squid.

In other street entertainment, Pif Paf takes families on a journey with their travelling machines in The Submercycle and The Flycycle. The weekend of fun is produced by Hippodrome CREATIVE. There is no need to book as audiences can turn up and enjoy entertainment and activities for free.

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Why? Enjoy Free Family Festival During School Holidays
When: July 23 - 24, 2016
Where: Southside - area around Hurst Street, Birmingham City Centre
Cost: Free
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