Where to stay?
If you need somewhere to stay during the festival there are numerous options to suit all budgets. Airbnb isn’t great in the city, so move quickly if that’s your preference.
This year Fierce has a hotel partnership with StayCity who have two locations in the city, Jewellery Quarter (near to Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery) and The Arcadian (near to Birmingham Hippodrome and the Digbeth venues). You get your own kitchen/lounge and the rooms are nice and modern. Fierce attendees can get a 15% discount on offered room rates by calling +44121 237 5600 (1) and quoting Fierce Festival.
If you like boats then try the Boatel, run by friend of Fierce Saima Razzaq. There are two hostels: Hatters Hostel (slightly nicer) in the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham Backpackers (staggering distance from Club Fierce) in Digbeth.
Birmingham has dozens of cheap hotels. The cheapest probably being the EasyHotel, but also look at local institutions such as the Britannia or the Paragon. Other cheap chains include Travelodge, Adagio Aparthotel, Ibis Budget and more. If you’re looking for something a bit nicer try new boutique The Frederick Street Hotel or the BLOC Hotel both in the Jewellery Quarter offering something a bit more stylish that won’t break the bank.
Birmingham is served by its own airport (BHX) which is just a 10 minute train ride from the city centre or a 30 minute drive. There are regular flights from numerous European cities including Berlin, Dublin, Amsterdam, Geneva, Frankfurt and many more. Please consider the environment and take another mode of transport where possible.
Birmingham has 3 major train stations (Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill). With direct trains running from most major cities across the UK. Trains running between London Euston and Birmingham New Street take 1 hour 24minutes and run 3 times an hour. Cheaper but slower options are available. We particularly recommend the cheaper Chiltern train line from London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street, which only takes 20 minutes longer but has nicer carriages and free wi-fi.
We recommend taking the Eurostar from mainland Europe and then walking the short distance from the London Eurostar terminal to London Euston to take a train to complete the journey to Birmingham.
Megabus and National Express services run to Birmingham frequently from most UK cities, all arriving into Digbeth Coach Station in the city centre, and near to many Fierce venues.
By car the city can be accessed from the north via the M6, the south, via the M40 or M1, M6 and the South West via the M5.
Getting around the city
Most venues are walking distance from each other, and we’ve planned the schedule to allow enough time to get between all venues in time for the next show, but plan your route beforehand!
The city is served well by taxis and Uber. There are lots of bus routes around Birmingham with contactless card now accepted on them, so you could consider staying out of the city centre. A new tramline runs from Birmingham New Street to Wolverhampton with lots of stops en route too.
Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) is slightly further out of the city, but can be walked in 40 minutes or you can get on buses 1, 35, 45, 47, 62 and 63 (depending on where you’re leaving from) or take a 10minute taxi – but beware Birmingham rush hour is notoriously bad!
Warwick Arts Centre is in Coventry. Take a short train journey from Birmingham New Street then it’s a 10 minute bus ride or taxi. Trains run until late. OR on Tuesday 15th October, get the free Fierce bus to Warwick Arts Centre for the Gala Opening Double Bill of Justin Shoulder & Davy Pieters. The Fierce Fun Bus leaves Minerva Works at 6pm returning after the last show.
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton is just 15 minutes by train from Birmingham New Street, or 25 minutes by tram.