Where are you going this summer?
Picking the right destination is never easy, with you often having to simply choose a place that annoys the least number of people. So why not avoid this problem and pick somewhere that has it all.
Birmingham is the second city of Britain, with a range of outstanding attractions and events to match its podium reputation. The city attracts millions of visitors all year round due to its vibrant culture and terrific conference venues, with this number added to in the summer months by the tourists who flock to the Midlands.
With so much already on offer, read on to find out about the five best things that will draw you to Birmingham this summer.
Gardeners' World Live - 12th-16th June
The BBC's popular gardening show is coming to Birmingham once again this summer from the mid-June.
Gardeners' World Live will see top horticulture professionals and enthusiasts descend on the NEC Birmingham to attend one of the city's most popular shows. Highlights across the four days include the spectacular Show Gardens and the florist shoot-out in the much anticipated Flower Box competition. Diarmund Gavin, Monty Don and a range of other BBC experts will also be in attendance to answer the questions and gardening queries of visitors to the live event.
Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival - 5th-14th June
Holidaymakers visiting Birmingham this July will be able to enjoy the serenading summer sounds of jazz and blues. This year's event is set to be bigger than ever, with 170 shows taking place in various pubs, clubs and music venues across the city for 9 days.
The British Jazz awards are also returning to Birmingham this summer, meaning you could be rubbing shoulders with the very best in UK music during the festival.
Brindleyplace Film Festival - 8th-14th July
Returning by popular demand, the Brindleyplace Film Festival provides silver screen fun for all the family. This week long summer event screens films every day, with this year's 'Momentous Movies' theme seeing classics such as Breakfast At Tiffany's and The Lion King on the programme.
Birmingham Fest - 12th-28th July
Birmingham Fest is a popular showcase where artists and production companies can exhibit their work and talents.
Taking place in venues around the city, visitors can enjoy shows and performances by many top comedians, theatre actors and stage performers before they head up to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. With so much to see and do, art lovers should stay at the Comfort Inn in Birmingham to make the most of the full-day programmes.
Birmingham Chilli Festival - 19th-20th July
Add some spice into you summer holiday in the Midlands at this year's Birmingham Chilli Festival. Celebrating all things chilli, tourists can sample many different varieties as well as learning about the fascinating pepper. The highlight of the festival will take place on Saturday afternoon at the legendary Chilli Eating Competition, where the bravest competitors pit their tastebuds against the hottest peppers around.
What do you plan to do in Birmingham this summer?
-- This guest post was written by Gareth Anderson