Past Instameets

Discover past IGersBirmingham instameets here.

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

IGers Birmingham Instameet at Highbury Hall

Date: June 10, 2018

Time: 10am, 11am, 12noon

Location: Highbury Hall

IGers Birmingham Instameet at Highbury Hall

Join us at Highbury Hall to explore the historic home of one of Birmingham’s most famous statesmen, Joseph Chamberlain, before a programme of renovations gets underway to formally open the Hall to the public. Commissioned in 1878 and taking its name from the area of London where he lived as a child, Chamberlain lived here from 1880 until his death in 1914.

This Grade II Listed building retains much of its historic grandeur, despite having been used in the intervening years as a hospital annex and home for disabled soldiers, a home for the elderly and most recently as a conference and events venue.

In 2016 the Chamberlain Highbury Trust took over the building from Birmingham City Council on a long leasehold. An £8 million fundraising campaign was launched in 2018 to restore the building and parkland. The plans aim to open Highbury to the public for the first time, creating an exhibition on the Chamberlain’s lives and history of the hall, a café as well as maintaining spaces for weddings and conferences. Highbury is an exceptional example of a mansion house and grounds created by a wealthy industrialist in a suburban location. It is remarkable for its Venetian Gothic architecture and its wealth of craftsmanship and decoration.

You can find out more about fascinating history and future plans for Highbury Hall here.

After exploring Highbury’s interior, we will visit the grounds, Highbury Park and King’s Heath Park before ending in the park’s Tea Rooms.

There are three slots, limited to 20 people at each one. PLEASE only book if you can attend and if you find that you can no longer attend once you’ve booked, do let us know and we can re-allocate the ticket as we always have a waiting list, even if it’s at the last minute. Thanks.

Birmingham International Dance Festival Instameet

Date: June 9, 2018

Time: 12.00 - 22.00

Location: Victoria Square

Birmingham International Dance Festival Instameet

Join us for a special instameet where you will get to capture the beauty and poise of the performers of the Birmingham International Dance Festival! If live dance and performance art is your thing then this is for you! There are 40 spaces available for this event so book your place quickly before it sells out!

This is an all-day event that starts at 12 noon and will run until 10 pm. You will be provided with an event lanyard and pass to identify you as part of the instameet and for you to use to get in the best position to capture the performers. With this lanyard and pass, you will be able to come and go from the event as you please, so if you can’t stay for the whole day and want to return later on that is possible.

The event will be held in Victoria Square and BIDF have kindly arranged for refreshments to be on hand for the breaks which will occur throughout the day.

Full details of the meeting place, line up, and break times will be shared prior to the event by email.

There will be a special guest co-running the event on the day as well but you will need to attend to find out who!



IGers Birmingham Instameet at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Date: May 7, 2018

Time: 2:45pm - 4pm

Location: Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

IGers Birmingham Instameet at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

In one month’s time the IGers Birmingham exhibition that is currently on display at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter will come to an end. Before it ends we will be holding an instameet in the museum itself. The museum is built around a perfectly preserved jewellery workshop offering a unique glimpse of working life in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter.

When the proprietors of the Smith & Pepper jewellery manufacturing firm retired in 1981 they simply ceased trading and locked the door, unaware they would be leaving a time capsule for future generations.
Today the factory is a remarkable museum, which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage.

This is a limited numbers event.

Time: 2:45pm – 4pm
Date: Monday 7th May
Cost: The Museum have kindly waived the entrance fee, but do bring some cash with you to give a donation.

IGers Birmingham with IGers Wiltshire Canals of Brum Instameet

Date: April 28, 2018

Time: 10:30am - 13:30am

Location: University Station

IGers Birmingham with IGers Wiltshire Canals of Brum Instameet

In 2014 @igerswiltshire attended one of the early @igersbirmingham instameets which involved exploring the canals – a photo of which is used here! Four years later they want to come back so we are putting on another canals-based meet.

The 3.5 mile route will take in a variety of Birmingham landmarks and views. Being a canal-based route it’s pretty flat and everyone will be able to take it at their own pace. We anticipate the meet will last around 2 hours (depending upon individuals’ speed). For those worried about the distance, “exit routes” will be highlighted so you can get the train / bus back to the city centre if the going gets too tough (or you’ve spent too much time taking photos during the first half!).

We’ll be ending at the Malt House so you’ll be able to get refreshments after the walk. After you have refuelled, you are welcome to stay and join us in showing @igerswiltshire around the city centre.

Start point (updated): the space near the entrance to University Station, next to the University of Birmingham

Please note the update to the start point and length of this event.

IGers Birmingham & Ross Jukes exhibition preview event

Date: April 27, 2018

Time: 19:00 - 20:30

Location: Birmingham Hippodrome

IGers Birmingham & Ross Jukes exhibition preview event
We’re pleased to be bringing you another special IGers Birmingham event, this time in conjunction with Ross Jukes – local photographer and long term friend of the IGers Birmingham community.
The event will coincide with the launch of his new exhibition chronicling life in and around Southside which is being held at Birmingham Hippodrome Friday 27 April – Sunday 6 May.
We are offering 50 lucky IGers the opportunity to attend a special preview of the exhibition with the man himself. Ross will give a short talk and show a short video he has created about the project, and there will be a Q&A where you can ask anything about the project and his photography. You’ll also have the opportunity to chat with him and there will be drinks & nibbles.
Ross has spent the last 12 months taking pictures in the area, amassing a collection of more than 2,000 images so it’s sure to be an interesting session. Ross was commissioned by Rockspring Property Investment Managers, owners of The Forum, a development of 333 apartments under construction on the site of the former ice rink in Pershore Street.
Due to the limited nature of this event and based on feedback, tickets will be allocated via a ballot. To get a place in the ballot you must:
  1. Register for a space via  our eventbrite ballot between now and 9am on Thursday 19th April. Only one entry per person.
  2. The names of everyone who has registered will then be put in to a hat and 50 names will be drawn.
  3. You will be notified by 6pm on Thursday 19th of April if you have / have not been successful or are on the wait list.
  4. If you are no longer able to attend you must let us know. Places are non transferable.
The exhibition, called ‘In ‘Side’, was curated by a panel of independent judges including David Oram of Brumpic; Adrian Middleton, manager of Southside BID; James Wong, managing director of Chung Ying Restaurant Group and Tom Cullen, editor of I Choose Birmingham. The panel was chaired by Fiona Allan, artistic director and chief executive of Birmingham Hippodrome.
Thirty three images will be on display, split into four categories: people, places, festivals and street art. ‘In ‘Side’ will be at Birmingham Hippodrome’s Thorp Street foyer from Friday 27 April – Sunday 6 May, from 10am – 7pm. It is free to enter.
Ross says:
“My work to date has largely been bigger, broader, landscape shots of the city, but this project forced me to come in close. I walked miles and miles, just following my nose. It was uncommon for me to have any structure, unless there was a specific event happening. I skirted the boundaries and dipped in and out of the Southside area. I have been given total creative control and have not been put under any pressure to capture a particular type or style of image. Southside is an area on the cusp of change, with the wholesale markets disappearing and the Smithfield district emerging. The exhibition will show all walks of life and I hope is a true reflection of life in the area.”

IGers Birmingham and IGers Black Country Black Country Living Museum Instameet

Date: March 24, 2018

Time: 10:30 - 3pm

Location: Black Country Living Museum

IGers Birmingham and IGers Black Country Black Country Living Museum Instameet

We’re pleased to announce our next instameet at the Black Country Living Museum, an award winning open air living museum in Dudley that tells the story of the world’s first industrial landscape with buildings, vehicles, objects and costumed characters for you to interact with and explore.

This instameet is a collaboration between @igblackcountry, @igersbirmingham, @igersUK, @bclivingmuseum and @VisitEngland for English Tourism Week.

The event will take place on the 24th of March with a start time of 11am prompt – late comers can’t be admitted sorry.

You can stay and wander around the museum for as long as you want, although at 2.30 there will be free drinks for attendees at the Bottle and Glass Inn in the museum.

There are 80 tickets for this event – please bookings on a first come first served basis. Tickets are split between @igersblackcountry and @igersbirmingham.

Apologies for the short notice, we’ve been waiting on confirmation.


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  • #igbc_meet_BCLM
  • #VisitEngland
  • #ETW18
  • #Springland
  • #BCLM

There will be free parking (please use public transport or share lifts if possible).

IGers Birmingham with Google Digital Garage Social Media Workshops

Start date: March 21, 2018

End date: March 29, 2018

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Location: Alpha Works

IGers Birmingham with Google Digital Garage Social Media Workshops

We have teamed up with Google to offer free workshops to individuals, small businesses and aspiring digital / social media marketers. These two unique events will be hosted by Alpha Works.

Workshop 1 will be about learning to create a social media strategy, based on your business goals. You will learn:

  • about the key social media platforms for businesses to use in 2018,
  • how to build a social media strategy for a business, based on business goals
  • how to define a set of brand guidelines for a business on social media.

Workshop 2 will be about writing for social media, learning how to create compelling content and develop a tone of voice that’s right for your business. You will learn:

  • How to develop a brand tone of voice for a business on social media
  • Writing techniques to help hone writing for small spaces online
  • The different ways of responding to customer complaints on social media.

This is a very limited event and interest will be high, so PLEASE make sure these workshops are of relevance to you. We want to be very upfront about what these workshops are NOT, as we do not want to waste anybody’s time.

  • You will not learn about gaining more likes or followers on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or other social media platforms for your personal accounts.
  • They are not aimed at individuals who have no interest in pursuing or developing their own personal brand or small business via social media training

It’s important that if you sign up that you can commit to the date and time of the workshop – if you are unable to make it please notify us ASAP as we anticipate that we will have a waiting list.

Please feel free to message with any questions!

The Google Digital Garage project is part of Google’s commitment to provide free digital skills training to everyone across the UK. Anyone can learn how to harness the power of the internet to grow their business, develop new vocational skills or strategise their social media. Google Digital Garage offers a wide range of courses from beginner to intermediate levels meaning that anyone can take part. And it’s all free!

Digbeth Instameet

Date: February 3, 2018

Time: 10:30 - 1pm

Location: Aston University

Digbeth Instameet

Join us on Saturday 3rd Feb for an unlimited numbers instameet, taking in the very varied sights of Digbeth: plenty of street art, old & new architecture, city views, canals and much more.

Our route will start at Aston University and then head along the canal to the heart of Digbeth, seeing a wide variety of this area’s historic buildings and newest developments. The route is specially designed to take in many of Digbeth’s best pieces of street art (some of which are only visible from the canal banks) and we’ll even provide you with details of the artists. This is thanks to the kindness of @colatron who has provided us with a fantastic amount of info!

The route is approximately 4.5km and will end at The Old Crown in Digbeth.

Everybody welcome.

IGers Birmingham Botanical Gardens Christmas lights instameet

Date: November 29, 2017

Time: 6:45pm – 8:30pm

Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

IGers Birmingham Botanical Gardens Christmas lights instameet

Join us at Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a special preview event for their new after-dark Christmas-lights experience.

The trees and glasshouses will be lit and all aglow as part of a special light-display, bought to you by entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd who are well established for producing concerts and live events though out the UK. They have also co -produced the highly successful Christmas at Kew and Christmas at Blenheim illuminated light trails. Christmas at the Botanical Gardens has been developed in collaboration with Culture Creative, producers of trails that celebrate the heritage and landscapes of stunning locations across the UK. They have previously worked with English Heritage, the National Trust, Forestry Commission, and the National Trust for Scotland. Find out more here:

We have 50 places available to this preview event. Please only book if you are able to attend. Tickets are non-transferable and due to the nature of the event, late arrivals may not be able to get in.

There will be no on-site car parking available.

Birmingham Weekender Instameet

Date: September 23, 2017

Time: 10.45 - 22.00

Location: Birmingham City Centre

Birmingham Weekender Instameet

We are delighted to be teaming up with Birmingham Weekender to put on a fantastic instameet that will capture the colour, flair, and excitement of this great event! Starting at 10.45am the instameet will follow a route around the city centre that will link up with a selection of the days great dance and performance art events. Culminating in an evening of incredible live drumming and pyrotechnics at the Clash of Drums in Eastside Park, the event will run throughout the day until around 10pm. The event is limited to only 100 places so you will need to move fast to book your place! . Full details of the meeting point and route will be mailed to all attendees a week before the event. Full details on Birmingham Weekender can be found at

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