Welcome Solihull Festivals showcase great music, comedy, literature, dance and fabulous food in a town renowned for fantastic shopping and a vibrant café culture. Festival fun throughout 2013 kicked off in April with Lolihull - Solihull’s brand new laugh-a-minute comedy and literature event - before the summer months buzzed with the musical delights of the Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival and Dance Live.
Solihull’s taste buds will be tempted in October with a weekend of glorious food events, competitions and mouthwatering special offers at The Big Taste 2013. Keep up-to-date with all that is going this year and in 2014 by following Solihull Festivals on Facebook Facebook and @solihullfests on Twitter, or sign-up for our newsletter.
Tantalise your taste buds this October with The Big Taste festival, the third annual three-day celebration of fabulous food and drink in Solihull. Combining flavour-filled experiences with fantastic entertainment, The Big Taste features special menus, interactive fun for food fans of all ages, fine dining produce for your kitchen and exclusive voucher deals for many of Solihull's restaurants, bars, coffee houses and pubs. A Tour de Solihull challenge will give festivalgoers a chance to test their cycling prowess on bikes with a difference. Blend your own smoothie and pump up the music by pedal power alone.
Check out the Gallery to capture a taste of last year’s hugely popular event.
Solihull’s first-ever comedy and literary event featured a fantastic line up of comedians, including: Fringe Festival award nominee Joe Lycett; Joe Lycett; popular mime actBoy with Tape on His Face; the master of the one-liner Gary Delaney and Festival Patron Jasper Carrott's:and BBC One Show regular Arthur Smith. Lolihull Festival goers also enjoyed a Barnstormers Comedy evening, stand-up workshops for budding comedians of all ages, a Poetry Slam competition, children’s story telling as well as an array of entertainment hosted by sponsors and local businesses.2013-04-06 2013-04-13
The Jazz & Blues Festival 2013 had Solihull jumping and jiving in the warm sunshine to the cool rhythms of bands such asKing Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, Val Wiseman, Tipitina and the Roy Forbes Quartet as well as undisputed Jazz 'Maestro' Alan Barnes with his very special Liquorice Allsorts Jazz band. Crowds turned out in force on the May Bank Holiday weekend to enjoy the packed programme of live jazz and soak up the carnival atmosphere. A highlight of the free events was the colourful costumes and carnival atmosphere of the Mardi Gras parade on the Saturday joined by more than 70 representatives of Solihull businesses.2013-05-24 2013-05-27
Dance Live provided a spectacular weekend of free dance performances and workshops around Mell Square, featuring street dance, ballroom, Latin, as well as live music and DJs. The event, compered throughout the weekend by superstar lookalike Wicked Will Smith, offered lots of fun for the whole family and was a huge hit. Big stars of the weekend included West Midland’s hip-hop dance crew Antics and Bollywood performers Dance Sansaar. Local groups of all ages also showed us their moves for the summer fun festival.