Summer in the Square to host bandstand and food stalls for visitors

Victoria Square will be a hive of activity once again this summer as Retail BID, in partnership with Colmore BID and Birmingham City Council, announces Summer in the Square to support city’s leisure and hospitality industry.

This April, Victoria Square will be transformed into a new space, allowing visitors and those working in the city to enjoy their favourite bars and restaurants outdoors.

The space will feature socially distanced seating for 120 people, a band stand for live music and entertainment as well as four beach huts with vendors from across the city centre selling a range of food and drink. The space is free for anyone to use and will be open 24/7. Seating will go in from 12 April, with the huts and bandstand following shortly. A full programme of summer events will be announced over the coming weeks.

Steve Hewlett, Manager of Retail BID, said: “Creating space outdoors in the city centre for people to meet safely with friends and family will help all of the businesses. Working together on this project with Colmore BID and the city council has shown what can be done in a short space of time to really show off the city at its best.”

Michele Wilby, CEO of Colmore BID said: “After months of planning, we can officially announce the launch of Summer in the Square. Over the course of the past 12 months, we have continued to consult and support the businesses in our District by any means possible. Road closures have been on the agenda for some time, however due to works happening to the city’s infrastructure, many of the suggestions were just not possible.

“Summer in the Square will allow for increased outdoor seating in the District, in a safe and measured way. We know people cannot wait to return to the city, however we need to do this carefully. We have big plans for the coming months that will hopefully see patrons flock back to their favourite venues. I for one cannot wait to be out there once again with friends and colleagues.”