Past Instameets

Discover past IGersBirmingham instameets here.

Perhaps you will be inspired to visit these locations for yourself or attend a future event?

National Sea Life Centre Instameet

Date: August 7, 2017

Time: 6.30 - 8.30 pm

Location: Sea Life Centre Birmingham, Brindleyplace, Birmingham

Join us for a fantastically fishy instameet at the National Sea Life Centre in Brindleyplace on the 7th of August at 6.30 pm! This event will give 40 lucky Instagramers the chance to explore the Sea Life Centre after it closes to the public! The attendees will get the whole place to themselves including the Baby Penguin enclosure and the 360 degree underwater tunnel! The event is limited to only 40 places so make sure you sign up fast to get a place!

Aston Fire Station

Date: July 15, 2017

Time: 2:45pm

Location: Aston Fire Station

The Grade II listed Aston Fire Station is one of 15 fire stations within Birmingham and one of 38 across the West Midlands Fire Service. It currently has 1 fire engine and 1 brigade response vehicle (BRV). Aston has 40 full time Fire personnel that work on 4 watches (red, blue, green and white). As an inner city fire station within Birmingham Aston covers a wide and diverse area including industrial, commercial and residential properties. Aston is due for a rebuild within the next 18 months and this is a unique opportunity to visit one of the oldest working fire stations within the Birmingham area to see and photograph the work and activity that goes on daily.

At this instameet we’ll see the fantastic details that are in this wonderful old building. We’ll see behind the scenes at the station: the engine bay, kit rooms, a ladder drill, a wrecked car demo, and of course firefighters.

As part of the booking form, we require your address. This is a condition of booking set by WMFS. Attendees also agree to follow all information that will be provided in the safety briefing at the start of the meet. You’ll need to ensure that you wear sensible shoes.

PLEASE only book a place if you are free and intend to come as numbers are extremely limited! Tickets are non-transferable and do let us know if you can no longer attend as we always have waiting lists.

We’d like to thank the West Midlands Fire Service for making this happen. We’re honoured to be working with such a great organisation that do so much for the community.

IGersBirmingham Summer Social – Edwardian Tea Rooms Later at BMAG

Date: June 24, 2017

Time: 6.30pm - 10.00pm

Location: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Join IGersBirmingham (Instagramers of Birmingham) in the Edwardian Tearooms at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on the evening of Saturday 24th June for their summer social.

It’s a great opportunity for all members of the community to get together – whether you are a regular poster, have attended instameets or are simply a fan of the account and would like to know more. The bar will be open, and you’ll even have rare access to the Round Room and Industrial Gallery after hours!

The event starts at 6:30pm, with a very exciting announcement at 7:30 – see you there!

Steelhouse Lane Lock up Instameet

Date: June 4, 2017

Time: 1.00 - 2.00pm / 3.00 - 4.00pm

Location: Steelhouse Lane Lock up, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6SE

It wouldn’t be June without Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces! Thanks to a collaboration with West Midlands Police, @hiddenbrum gave 40 lucky photographers the chance to explore the Steelhouse Lane Lock Up as part of a special instameet! This grade-II listed former Victorian cell house is infamous in Birmingham’s Heritage and was still in use until recent years.
The event will took place on Sunday the 4th of June (this Sunday!) with two slots available! The time of each slot is 1-2pm and 3-4pm with only 20 spaces on each slot!
We’d like to thank the West Midlands Police for making this happen!

#igersbirmingham #hiddenspaces #birmingham #igb_meet_lockup #hiddenbrum

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Instameet

Date: May 27, 2017

Time: 8.30 - 10.00 am

Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a 15 acre botanical gardens and educational charity situated in the heart of Edgbaston, Birmingham and we gave a limited number of IGers out-of-hours access. The venue had plenty to photograph: four glasshouses, aviaries, wildlife trails, a children’s play area and a seasonal butterfly house, as well as hosting family-friendly, music and fundraising events,  As a special treat, the first outdoor dinosaur festival of its kind in the UK, Jurassic Kingdom, was also at the Gardens, giving IGers the opportunity to photograph giant animatronic dinosaurs before the event opened to the public.


Warwick Castle instameet

Date: April 29, 2017

Time: 9:45am

Location: Warwick Castle

This event involved the IGers community venturing out of Birmingham to invade Warwick Castle! As we’re sure you can imagine, there was plenty to photograph: inside and outside the castle, 64 acres of grounds, birds of prey and peacocks, and much more.




Birmingham Hippodrome Instameet

Date: April 1, 2017

Time: 9.00 - 12.00

Location: Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre

IGers Birmingham and Visit Birmingham joined forces with the Birmingham Hippodrome for the theatre’s FIRST ever Instameet!

This event was the first time that an Instameet had backstage access to this historic building, giving attendees the chance to explore behind the scenes in the UK’s busiest theatre! The Instameet took place on the 1st of April with 2 sessions at 9am and 10:30am.

#igb_meet_hippodrome #brumhippodrome #igersbirmingham #visitbirmingham

I LOVE JQ Instameet

Date: March 25, 2017

Time: 10.30 - 13.00

Location: Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Having kindly sponsored our exhibition in December, we were pleased to be teaming up with @JQ_BID again for an instameet on Saturday 25th March. This meet took in some of the architectural gems of this historic area as well as a visiting some of the award-winning local businesses that make this area unique, so there was plenty to see for new and veteran IGers.

This instameet is also part of World Wide Instameet Day: this time their theme is “kindness” so this is a perfect excuse to show how much we love the JQ!

Start time: 10:30am
Start point: St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham



Street Photography Workshop with Kris Askey

Date: February 11, 2017

Location: Birmingham Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham

Are you interested in street photography? Do you like capturing those fleeting moments in peoples lives that often go by unnoticed? Are you unafraid of photographing the general public? If so, this workshop is for you!

IGers Birmingham teamed up with well known local street photographer Kris Askey to put on two workshops on his area of photographic expertise! Kris gave a 30 minute talk on his life as a Freelance Photographer, how he gets the shots we all know and love, and the challenges that he faces, followed by a 10 minute question and answer session. The attendees were then sent out on their own for 60 minutes to go and shoot some street photography before being brought back to discuss their experience and show off their 3 favourite unedited shots from the event.

This event was limited to only 40 spaces and sold out in 18 minutes when it was first advertised!

Reclaim Photography Festival instameet

Date: January 14, 2017

Location: Deritend

The first IGersBirmingham instameet of 2017 took place on Saturday 14th January! This instameet was ran in conjunction with Reclaim Photography Festival and was on the theme of cultural landscapes. The event took attendees around the Deritend area of the city, ending up around the Bullring. This area had not been touched by our previous instameets but its wealth of new developments and derelict structures, set against a backdrop of the city skyline, made for some excellent images!


You can find out more about Reclaim Photography Festival here!