Jewellery Quarter FESTIVAL 2017

The third annual Jewellery Quarter Festival is back this summer. Organised by the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) and supported by local businesses, the event will be hosted over the weekend of 28th – 30th July with free activities, entertainment and opportunities to discover why today’s Jewellery Quarter is the place to live, learn, work, visit and invest.

Festival Guide Image gallery

The Jewellery Quarter Festival 2017 is a free three-day extravaganza bringing businesses, residents and visitors together to celebrate the creative and vibrant Jewellery Quarter. The anticipation is building for this year’s event which also includes the Jewellery Quarter Open Studios. Learn more about what you can expect at the festival below…
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    Free entertainment

    Enjoy live bands (ranging from soul to jazz) all weekend and performers including Circus Mash, The Swing Era, Aston Performing Arts Academy and The Commentators (Stans Cafe).

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    Free booklet of discounts & offers

    Pick up your free copy of vouchers to use in the Quarter’s famous jewellery shops, food and drink outlets, hair and beauty shops, non-retail jewellers and tourist attractions.

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    Free children's activities

    Choose from being an junior architect for the day (courtesy of our friends at ADP Architecture), Baloonantics, Scalextric, Facepainting, the Sandpit & of course the famous Helta Skelta!

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    Free guided Heritage Tours

    Learn more about the famous heritage of the area by joining one of the free guided walking tours around the streets of the Jewellery Quarter.

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    Free entry (Saturday only) to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter Museum

    This remarkable museum tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage.

  • Other festival highlights include street food specialists Digbeth Dining Club presenting their first ever “JQ Dining Club”, the JQ Jazz Festival, street performers & the vintage bike ride.


    Download the the full programme here: Festival Guide

  • The JQ Festival will start on Friday 28th July at 4pm on the Golden Square with the entertainment aimed at adults only.

    Over the weekend, the times for the festival are; Saturday 29th 11.00am-7.00pm and Sunday 30th 12pm – 5.00pm . JQ Open Studios is running over the weekend only.

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    Tweet any images / selfies using the hastag #JQFestival

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    Get creative with your camera and tag the JQBID in any photos you take

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    Check in and share your festival stories with us!

Running alongside the festival again this year is Jewellery Quarter Open Studios which involves artists, designers and makers opening their workshops or studios for visitors to experience the wonders that are normally behind closed doors. 50 locations are participating over the weekend and the line-up this year includes jewellery designer makers, art galleries, architecture firms and local breweries.

Local tapestry maker Tina Francis and JQ Open Studios Coordinator is curating this year’s trail: “Whilst the Jewellery Quarter is famous for its metal trades, there’s a growing number of makers that are starting to call this part of Birmingham their home. These makers benefit from working in a vibrant community which is always wanting to help each other with advice and support.

“Birmingham used to be called the City of 1000 Trades and whilst we may no longer be able to make that claim, a visit to Jewellery Quarter Open Studios will demonstrate that craftsmanship is alive and well in the UK’s second city.”

For more details about JQ Open Studios, please visit the dedicated blog or follow @JQOpenStudios for the latest news.

This year’s trail is available for download below:
JQ Open Studios trail 2017


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. Find out more


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.

JQBID levy payers

The JQ Festival is funded by the JQBID levy payers. It is therefore crucial that all businesses in the Quarter engage with visitors before the event. Please tag all social media posts with the official JQBID channels (see above). In addition please find below some useful material to help promote the festival digitally:

JQ Festival Launch

The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) welcomed guests to Argentea Gallery for the launch of the Jewellery Quarter Festival 2017.

JQBID Director Luke Crane and JQ Open Studios Coordinator Tina Francis provided an overview of this year’s festival and what visitors can expect over the weekend. View the images from the event here.


JQ Festival 2016 Image Gallery