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28th, 29th & 30th July 2017


What’s the Story?

The Jewellery Quarter Festival is a showcase of what Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is today  as well as a celebration of the vibrant business and wider JQ communities. Organised by the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) and supported by local businesses, the festival takes place over a weekend in July each year and is ideal for visitors and families as well as anyone who lives, learns or works in the area. The event is comprised of two main features; outdoor activities and entertainment on the two public squares and the Open Studios Trail in a number of workshops and studios across the Quarter.

Our old-timey Helter Skelter will be making a come back this year offering free, unlimited rides all weekend.

Our old-timey Helter Skelter is a staple feature offering free, unlimited rides for all ages throughout the weekend.


What’s Open Studios?

Open Studios is your chance to discover what today’s Jewellery Quarter is really about. For this weekend only you will be welcomed inside the world of designer-makers, be given the opportunity to meet and chat with the people behind the businesses, see demonstrations and maybe even try your hand at what they do.

Discover what the Jewellery Quarter is really about in our Open Studios Trail

Watch out for our JQBID balloons. These will be placed outside all businesses taking part in Open Studios Trail.

In 2016 this free event had over 50 workshops, studios and galleries across the Quarter open their doors for visitors to come inside and see what they do and how they do it. Studios include Architects, artists, leather workers; digital, jewellery designers and even a pop-up independent record market, are just some of the industries that have featured on this free trail.

What’s on the Squares?

With the exception of Friday, both squares host a variety of live acts and entertainment over the weekend. On Friday the Golden Square plays host to an after work launch party aimed at professionals, workers and local residents. In previous years, Friday night entertainment has included comedy by local comedienne Ms Barbara Nice, music by Aston Performing Arts Academy, a Light Show and a Burlesque Show all with on site bar and a small sample of street food.
Live acts will include CircusMash, dance performances, live music and more!

Live acts have included CircusMash, dance performances, live music and more!


On Saturday and Sunday, the Golden Square hosts a range of activities, live music, entertainment and performances suitable for all ages with a particular emphasis on family. In 2016, the festival expanded to include St Paul’s Square, Birmingham’s last Georgian Square. Considered one of the best picnic places in the UK, St Paul’s Square caters for a more relaxed, mature vibe with ambient live music, Capoeira demonstrations and picnic blankets and food boxes being sold for visitors to relax and enjoy the sun.

In 2016, the festival expanded to include St Paul’s Square with a relaxed picnic vibe perfect for people who just wanted to relax.



Both squares are accessible to wheelchair users but some venues may not be. Golden Square is equipped with ramps accessible to wheelchair users on both Vyse Street & Warstone Lane. St Paul’s Square is naturally sloped although visitors should be advised that due to it having its original cobble stones, it might cause problems for wheelchair users. Businesses on the Open Studios trail may not be accessible to some visitors, we advise that you check the access information in bold underneath each participating business on the Open Studios Map which is released closer to the weekend. The JQ stations is equipped with a lift taking you to street level. Please note that some streets do not have a drop curb making it difficult for wheelchairs. The JQBID is committed to making the JQ Festival, as well as the Quarter itself, an accessible destination for all. Whether you visit us over the Festival weekend or not, we would like to hear your views on accessibility in the area. Please help us by emailing or calling 0121 233 2814 and providing feedback.

Getting here

The Jewellery Quarter is easy to get to with a 20-minute walk or 7-minute tram ride from the city centre (£1 adult single or 0.90p using a Swift Card). You can also catch a bus, drive or walk here. The Golden Square runs the length of Warstone Lane, nestled underneath the Big Peg Office building. For further information,  please see


How much will it cost?

Entertainment and live music on both Golden Square and St Paul’s Square, as well as the Open Studios Trail, is completely free.


Who are the Organisers?

 The Jewellery Quarter Festival is organised by the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID). The BID are a not-for-profit community interest company who are funded exclusively by local businesses to deliver projects, initiatives and events to raise the profile of the local area and make it the place to live, learn, work & visit.  You can read more about what the BID deliver by clicking here. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkdIn.


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