The second annual summer festival took place in July 2016 with a weekend of events that celebrate the diversity and creativity of the Jewellery Quarter. Organised by the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID), JQ Festival 2016 was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Carl Rice, on Friday 22nd July.

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


The third annual Jewellery Quarter Festival is back this summer, bringing with it a taste of something quirky and a little bit different in Birmingham. Organised by the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) and supported by local businesses, JQ Festival 2017 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.



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 info@jqdt.org or calling 0121 233 2814 and providing feedback.

JQ Festival 2016 Image Gallery


Visitors explored the studios and work spaces of over 50 creatives who all call the Jewellery Quarter home, including graphic designers, leather workers, glass makers and etchers, film makers, photographers, jewellery makers, and architects. Each studio showcased their industry in their own way from practical demonstrations to interactive workshops or games, all of which allowed visitors to meet the people behind the products.

Download the open studios map