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Discovery Day
Explore Birmingham with Discovery Day

Discovery Day and Sportsfest

Discovery Day is a free family event, which gives local people and visitors to the city a chance to get an exclusive look behind the scenes at Birmingham city centre. Get active with Sporstfest in Millennium point too - it's all free!

Discovery Day and Sportsfest - Birmingham city centre, Sunday 21st August 2005

Lily meets a clown
Lily meets a clown

This year’s Discovery Day Trail has sixteen different stamping stations, each offering fun and varied activities to entertain the whole family. New stamping stations this year include the Matthew Boulton College, department store Selfridges Birmingham and Teamworks Karting on Fazeley Street who are offering free go karting testing sessions for anyone aged 16 and over.

The Discovery Day Trail also takes in venues such as the ICC, Brindleyplace, the Mailbox, Beatties, Thinktank and the British Waterways’ Customer Service Centre. You can also go back stage at the Birmingham Hippodrome and Alexandra Theatre and the Crown Court is back by popular demand.

At the BBC

Here in The Mailbox you'll be able  to take a guided tour of BBC Midlands Today and The Archers - and see what the radio team are up to at BBC WM.

Big Screen

And Big Screen Birmingham is going interactive as Chamberlain Square turns into a games zone between 11am and 5pm. With a camera on top of the screen, and motion sensors in front of it, people's movements on the square can trigger off all sorts of actions on the screen.

Nikki Tapper
Join in the Big Screen games with Nikki

BBC WM's Nikki Tapper will be live on stage hosting a full day's programme of games everyone can join in with.

Games include Pong - the old computer game, a penalty shoot out and football. But some of the games have been exclusively developed for the screen - can you escape from the growling lion, make music by activating virtual spheres, or get your photo on screen by moving in front of the camera?

Come along to Chamberlain Square this Sunday and try it for yourself - but watch out for Birmingham City Council leader, Councillor Mike Whitby, taking part in a virtual boxing match just after 2pm!

Big Brum


The event is organised by Birmingham City Council and is a great chance to find out about the services offered by the country’s largest local authority and explore areas in the Council House such as the Lord Mayor’s Parlour. You can even climb the Big Brum clock tower.


This year’s festival of all things sporty will be staged at Millennium Point on Sunday 21 August from 11am until 5pm.

The area in front of Millennium Point will be divided into different zones for each sport. More than ten sports will feature and activities should include an inflatable football pitch where kids can play games, an interactive cricket roadshow, an athletics agility challenge and the rugby union Sweet Chariot Tour will also be making an appearance.

Get active at Sportsfest
Get active at Sportsfest

There is also a disability sports zone where children can have a go at table cricket, Polly Bat and a target throw, along with Boccia - an official Paralympic sport.

Each zone will be run by qualified coaches, so kids will also receive expert advice and helpful hints on how to improve their sporting ability.

To find out more about Discovery Day and SportsFest call 0121 767 4141, log onto www.birmingham.gov.uk/discoveryday or pick up a leaflet at you nearest library, leisure centre or park.

last updated: 19/08/05
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Han, Tan and Kim
We have been to BBC Birmingham at The Mailbox and went on the 'Be On TV'. We really enjoyed it and thought it was a great idea and we had a fantastic time. We tried to leave a message on the 'Public Space Videobox', but we found that the previous users had damaged it and the playback did not work. In our opinion, the 'Public Space Videobox' should be kept a close eye on, and other equipment should be watched for mis-users, because it meant that we did not get a chance to use it.

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