Part-time traveller, Full-Time Brummie

Out and About in Brum: March 2016

The first weekend of March saw the return of the Seasonal Markets at The Bond in Digbeth. A bit different from normal, this was a Night and Day Market taking place on the Saturday evening and Sunday daytime. Usually these events are a couple of quid, pay on the day, but this one was a little more expensive and tickets could be purchased in advance. We took advantage of the Independent Birmingham members offer and purchased weekend tickets for two for £20.

As always, the street food selection was top notch; this time around we tried Andy’s Low & Slow for the first time with Mr Fletche having the chilli brisket, and I went for the pulled pork. Well have to try those pig cheek tacos sometime! Later on we decided to share a second course from Thai food specialists and former Masterchef finalist Buddha Belly… love their crispy chicken! We met up with friends, and between them we covered every food stall, with their choices including savouries from Baked in Brick and Caribou Poutine, and dessert from The Bourneville Waffle Company.

Whilst we sat freezing our butts off in the slightly sheltered courtyard, we could hear great music playing from inside. And eventually to warm up a little we decided to join the crowds inside and have a dance. And dance we did, to the fantastic Norman Jay.  One of my favourite things about these events is the diverse crowd. Every single person there was out for a fun night, with no trouble, and that shared philosophy was evident more than any differences between people. Mr Fletche in particular enjoyed his time on the dance floor and threw himself into the dancefloor festivities with vigour…

The next seasonal market is the Spring Market on 16th April, £2 entry, families welcome (and I hear rumours that the bus bar might be back?).

If you look very carefully,my forehead makes it into one of these photos…
We took a trip down the M40 for a bit of lamb-spotting at Burton Dassett Hills Country Park…
I found some!
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Mr Fletche went out on a couple of the IGers Birmingham Instameets to celebrate the Capture Birmingham weekend, celebrating photography in our city.  I’ll let his photos tell the story of his weekend out and about in Brum… Strangely enough there were no photos taken during his many trips to the pub 😀
For more of Mr Fletche’s fab photography,you can visit his website here or follow him on Instagram and Facebook!
The IGers meet meant that Mr Fletche couldn’t attend Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole’s show with me.  I suspect foul play here, but nonetheless, Ma Lee was my worthy second choice guest.  It doesn’t matter what I go and see at Birmingham Symphony Hall but I can never get over how beautiful it is inside – of course, I always point out that I too have graced that stage…  It’s one of those venues that make you proud to be a Brummie, and when performers say that its one of the best venues in the country, even cynical little me is inclined to believe them.  The dancing was great, the band and vocalists were excellent, and a sneaky red wine and quick snack at Brindley Place’s All Bar One went down a treat.
So what’s next in April?  A Brummie Home and Abroad is off to Copenhagen, and Digbeth Dining Club and the Spring Markets both beckon 🙂

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