Dippy the Dinosaur and other major Birmingham events to enjoy in 2018

The year ahead will see a host of huge events to attract visitors of all ages to the city centre. Here, we look at a few of the highlights for 2018.

 

DIPPY ON TOUR

The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus, known as Dippy, is taking a road trip to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from 26th May – 9th September 2018.

The British icon is on a mission to inspire five million natural history adventures, encouraging families to explore nature on their doorstep.

And to celebrate Dippy’s visit to Birmingham, Retail BID is working on a dinosaur trail across the city centre for families to enjoy when they visit the exhibit.

Dippy on Tour will be a free ticketed event. Advanced booking is strongly advised as this will be a very popular exhibition, according to Birmingham Museums Trust.

Dippy has delighted visitors since he arrived in London in 1905. The Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation is working with eight partners UK wide to tour one of its most iconic exhibits, with the aim of 1.5 million people across the The full skeleton cast in its displayed pose is an impressive 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.25 metres high.

Not all dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years. One group survived and evolved into the birds we know today. Using Birmingham’s fantastic bird collection this exhibition will also explore how the features we think of as characteristic of birds such as feathers and nests first appeared in dinosaurs.

Dippy the Dinosaur. Image courtesy Natural History Museum

 

WORLD-FAMOUS ATHLETICS

The IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 will take place at Arena Birmingham between March 1st to 4th and more than 400 athletes from 150 countries are expected to compete.

This will be the second time that Birmingham has staged the championships, having successfully organised the ninth edition of the event in 2003.

Remembering the 2003 event, Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We all have fond memories of the 2003 championships – an event that helped put Birmingham on the sporting map.

“Since then we’ve hosted many more global sporting events and we are delighted that 15 years later, we will once again be welcoming this prestigious event back to Birmingham.”

Since 2003 the city of Birmingham has changed considerably, with new developments and improvements carried out across the city, including a £26 million revamp of Arena Birmingham, a venue which has now staged indoor athletics for 25 years, with 15 world records broken during that period.

The indoor track received its own makeover ahead of this year’s Müller Indoor Grand Prix as the entire infield, including the 60m straight and all the field event run ups, has been replaced.

The IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 will be jointly organised by Birmingham City Council and British Athletics.

Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham opens in the summer of 2018

LEGO HEAVEN

The first blocks have been laid as work on Birmingham’s Legoland continues.

Birmingham’s new £7 million Legoland Discovery Centre will enable children to step into a giant box of Lego bricks when it opens in time for the school summer holidays.

The Merlin indoor attraction will be located at Arena Birmingham, formally the Barclaycard Arena.

Visitors can expect Lego play areas, interactive rides, master classes from the Lego Master Model Builder, special party rooms for birthdays and a 4D cinema plus, of course, thousands and thousands of bricks of all shapes and sizes to play with.

 

READY, STEADY, GO…

The date for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run and Birmingham International Marathon 2018 has been revealed as Sunday, October 14, while the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K will take place on Sunday, May 6.

The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run is firmly established as one of the most popular half marathons in the country, while the Birmingham International Marathon will be returning for the second time after this year’s debut, which sold out months before the starting pistol was fired.

More than £4.1 million was raised for local and national good causes by runners at the marathon and half marathon in 2017, while the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K generated over £1.4 million for charity.

Exact start times and route details for the events are still being reviewed with more details to follow early in 2018.

The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run and 10K will also feature the Business Challenge, which sees Midlands companies compete for fastest-time trophies and all-important bragging rights. The Business Challenge is a way of raising office morale and team spirit.