Growing up here has allowed me to explore the city over a long period of time and learn its ins and outs, and I have to say - there’s a lot more to Birmingham than meets the eye. It seems like your typical English city - packed high streets with fanciful restaurants, but the Birmingham that you may seek lies with its many, often hidden, communities across the city - there are plenty of towns and neighbourhoods that have come to be a part of Birmingham, but still have distinctive character. From the skaters of Quinton, to Digbeth streetwear, the foodies of Brindleyplace or even the various music scenes (Jazz, grime, RnB, classical) across the city, there’s something for everyone in Birmingham - if you’re not afraid to get out there and explore, or do quick google searches. The ease of access by the great Network West Midlands transport services makes exploration of the city seemless. You can get from inner city attractions like the Bullring shopping mall or New Street station to beautiful countryside such as Lickey Hills or Sutton Park in 1-2 buses. As for those more conventional, a classic night out can be found in the club/pub crawls at Broad Street, and other entertainment complexes such as Broadway Plaza and Star City can offer many attractions for fun for the whole family. Whilst it can be said that these can be found anywhere, in Birmingham these are much more easily accessible. Sometimes there are big seasonal events such as ice rinks, preloved clothes kilo sales, open air film showings or the famous Christmas German market, so it’s good to keep an eye out for those too - some are exclusive! At a glance, Birmingham may seem a bit standard or boring, but if you’re willing to dig a bit, you can shape out a Birmingham that you’ll personally love.