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Non-Python Programme

We know what it is like to arrive in a city, your other half is interested in the conference, and you don't know what to do. Well ladies and gentlemen, we'll tell you what you can do – you can join in our Non-Python Programme. This is for people would like to share the experience of visiting a new place with other like-minded people. The Non-Python Programme is provided at no additional cost, but you may have to pay for transport or entrance to venues. The Programme is open to all, whether you are the partner of a conference delegate or a delegate that would like to escape from the conference to see a little of Birmingham. We have tried to find inexpensive but interesting places to visit.

The Non-Python Programme is co-ordinated by Sheila, Jutta and Mary. Say Hello to Mary.

The Bull Ring

This is going to be your holiday experience so we need you to let us know where you would like to go. We have made some suggestions, but are open to other ideas. Please email if there is somewhere specific you would like to visit. We will do our best to accommodate you.

These are some of the suggestions that we have come up with:

  • Pen Museum – this is where you can have a go with scribing with quills, see if you can keep your fingers ink-free! The precursor to the computer keyboard!
  • National Motorcycle Museum – the English Midlands were once the home of the motor industry. A visit to the largest collection of motorcycles is a must for anyone interested in the two-wheel history. Admission approximately £7 adults, £6 children.
  • Art Gallery – So big you will never see it all in a day, or a week. Admission free.
  • Jewellery Quarter - is home to over 400 jewellery businesses, still making an estimated 40% of UK jewellery and home to over 100 independent specialist jewellery retail outlets. You can have jewellery designed and manufactured to your very own design.
  • Canal trip – [charge approximately £10] – a hour's trip on the many canals of Birmingham. Hear about people used to live and work on the canals.
  • The Mailbox – houses designer shops and the local British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). You can not only take advantage of a spa or buy your next designer suit, you can view the presenters, and leave them messages, as they broadcast live. Home of The Archers, an everyday story of country folk.
  • Cadbury World – [charge approximately £14 adults, £10.50 children – needs to be booked at least a fortnight in advance]. Home of the best made chocolate in the world – well we think so. Join a tour around the visitor centre, eat bars and bars of chocolate and visit their chocolate shop – a must for chocoholics.
Centenary Square

For more ideas and links take a look at the information about Birmingham and the Attractions page on the Wiki.

Have we whetted your appetite? Don't forget – these are just our suggestions. There are hundreds of venues worth visiting in and around Birmingham. If you have any other ideas please let us know.

You will need to contact us beforehand to let us know we need to look out for you at the conference venue. Say Hello to Mary.

We look forward to meeting you.