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Lickey
Marston Green
Meriden
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Selly Oak
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County Town: Birmingham
Population: 2,555,592
Area: 348 sq miles - 902 sq km
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Events

March
Crufts Dog Show
LUPUS UK Butterfly Ball
Rock, Gem 'n' Bead Show
St Patricks Festival

April
Bonsai Show

May
Birmingham Gay Pride
Coventry Jazz Festival
Knowle Fun Run
May Day Activities
The Baby Show

June
BBC Gardener's World Live
Coventry Food Festival
Festival of Young Playwriting
Summer BBC Good Food Festival
Welsh National Opera Summer Tour

July
3rd Solihull & Warwickshire Bikeathon
7th Summer Stroll
Birmingham Carnival
Birmingham Eid Mela
Birmingham International Jazz Festival
Birmingham Jazz Festival
Birmingham to Oxford Ride for the Jennifer Trust
Coventry Festival
Eid Mela
Festival of Young Playwriting
Godiva Festival
Latin American Festival
Latin American Festival
Mostly Jazz Festival
Rath Yatra Chariot Festival
SuperSonic
Taste of Birmingham
The Royal Show
Wolvestock Country Music Festival

August
City Centre Discovery Day
Free Folk Festival

September
ArtsFest
Birmingham Comedy Festival
Heritage Open Days
Moseley Folk Festival
Reggae Rockz
Rotary Club Country Music Festival
Walsall Illuminations

October
Acorns Lantern Walk
Birmingham Comedy Festival
Bupa Great Birmingham Run
Coventry Bike Ride
Eclectricity Boutique Autumn Festival
Hearts Bike Ride
Horse of the Year Show
National Motorhome and Caravan show
The National Wedding Show

November
BBC Good Food Show
Birmingham Tattoo
Bonfire & Fireworks Display
British Ski & Board Show
Christmas Lights Switch On
Classic Motor Show
Diwali
Fireworks Fantasia
Gigbeth
Motorcycle Live

December
Annual Kingshurst Christmas Pageant
Christmas at the Black Country Living Museum
Clothes Show Live
Frankfurt Christmas Market
Lions Festive Walk
LKA Championship Dog Show
National Christmas Lacemaker's Fair

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The heart of England, the West Midlands is usually associated with being the engine house of England, the term Black Country refers to just one part of the Midlands and if like most people you assume that this is the Midlands then you would be wrong as well as a wide variety of industries there are large open swathes of open countryside throughout the area. In fact there are 731 Conservation Areas, around 1400 scheduled ancient monuments, 143 registered parks and gardens and the jewel in the crown, a World Heritage Site at Ironbridge in Telford .

The West Midlands covers an area of some 13,000 sq km. with a population of around 5.27 million people and in 2002 the gross domestic product of the region was £63,500 million.

The West Midlands is a truly diverse region, the south of the West Midlands provides a view of the gently rolling hills of the Cotswolds whilst to the North around Stoke on Trent there are the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Peak District with its steeps peaks and small fields characterized with their dry stone walls. The West Midlands is home to one of the finest medieval towns in Europe – a trip to Ludlow will verify this, whilst Shrewsbury with around 600 listed buildings is yet another example of the depth of history that this area enjoys. The West Midlands is not rooted in the past, it accepts and welcomes change in contrast to the historic towns there is Telford – a New Town planned in the 1960’s that today is a success attracting businesses from all over the world and with a wide range of modern amenities and facilities.

The region has tremendous resources, coal from Shropshire , Warwickshire and Staffordshire , whilst the Peak District provided a ready supply of iron ore and Staffordshire provided the clay on which the towns surrounding Stoke on Trent built their wealth. Natural resources alone though are not enough to ensure the success of an area, with great natural resources you need great men to be able to exploit and utilise these resources, men like Thomas Telford , Wedgwood and Darby to mention but a few. Another famous son from the region though was renowned not for his engineering ability but for his contribution to literature for the Midlands was home to the world’s most famous author, William Shakespeare , and today the Royal Shakespeare Company continue to celebrate his works at Stratford upon Avon ’s theatre where his plays have been continually performed in the town since the 19th century.

There is no doubt that the West Midlands’ success as a commercial and industrial centre is due to its location, the pottery industry of the Staffordshire was enhanced by the road and rail network, and from the 19th century Birmingham has been a major hub in the national rail network. Excellent road and rail links continue to this day and this contributes to the area’s continued success.

Central to the Midlands success story is Birmingham, the city of a thousand trades, and from where access by road, rail and canal throughout the country is easily achieved. It is known as England’s second city and reflects the determination of the region to accept and welcome change and yet this city retains many outstanding examples of Victorian architecture whilst the centre of the city, the Bull Ring, is today a shining example of how a city with purpose can adapt and once again become successful.

Birmingham Airport – the UK’s fifth largest airport with around 9 million passengers a year passing through its gates. The NEC – National Exhibition Centre – opened in 1976 offered 89,000 sq metres of exhibition space and today it has grown to now provide around 200,000 sq metres of space and plays host to around 180 exhibitions a year. There is the Symphony Hall with a seating capacity of 2,200 it is home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and has played host to many world famous conductors and artists as well as the best in rock, jazz, folk and world music.

For those who live in the West Midlands and for those who visit here the West Midlands offers a tremendous amount of variety, there is so much to see and do that any time you invest in discovering this most interesting of regions will well rewarded. From country walks and mountain biking, to delving through history at any one of the many museums, to appreciating the arts or music, to shopping in one of the most modern cities or browsing through traditional shops in the villages there is certainly something for everyone to appreciate.

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