Trains to The Birmingham Mela

Embark on a vibrant journey to the Birmingham Mela with Avanti West Coast. This colourful festival celebrates South Asian culture through entertainment, food, and activities.

How to Get to the Birmingham Mela

Reaching the Birmingham Mela is simple and convenient, especially by train. After arriving at Birmingham New Street Station, take a short walk to Colmore Row Bus Stop SH1. From here, take either the 82 towards Bearwood or the 87 towards Dudley.

After arriving at either High St/Claremont Rd for the 87 service, or Cape Hill/Windmill Lane for the 82 service, Victoria Park will be less than a 10-minute walk away.

What to Do at the Birmingham Mela

The Birmingham Mela, a vibrant celebration of South Asian culture, offers an array of activities for all ages.

The Desi Hits Main Stage is a highlight, featuring an exciting lineup of famous music and movie stars from the UK and abroad. This stage is a hub of energy and entertainment, showcasing a mix of traditional and contemporary performances that captivate audiences year after year.

In the Food Village, you can try a variety of world foods. From spicy and flavorful South Asian dishes to classic British and Chinese options, there's plenty to please every taste. This area is a sensory delight, filled with smells and tastes that take you around the world.

Shoppers will love the Shopping Bazaar. Here, you can find a range of items from local and international brands, including clothes, jewellery, and beauty products. The bazaar is a colourful reflection of South Asian culture.

The Arts Village is the must-visit spot for art and craft enthusiasts. It hosts a variety of workshops where you can take part in activities like traditional dance and crafts. These workshops are fun and informative, teaching you about South Asia's rich art traditions.

For those seeking thrills, Mela's Funfair, the largest travelling funfair, presents an array of rides. From the excitement of dodgems to the nostalgia of carousels, there's something for everyone. For the more adventurous, there are thrilling rides that promise an adrenaline rush.

The Showcase Stage is a platform for emerging talents, where local and global artists get a chance to shine. This stage is a testament to Mela's commitment to nurturing new talent and providing them with a significant audience.

The Visual Arts section is a feast for the eyes, featuring new art commissions. This includes a variety of visual arts forms like aerial performances, street theatre, and walkabouts, providing a unique and engaging experience.

Birmingham Mela tickets will become available to reserve online closer to the event, but they can be bought at the entrance as well.

About the Birmingham Mela

The Birmingham Mela, also known as Sandwell & Birmingham Mela, is a beacon of South Asian culture in the UK.

Starting in July 2011 at Victoria Park, Smethwick, the festival has grown quickly and attracts people from all over the country. With over 120,000 attendees in 2015, the festival has cemented its place as a major event in Birmingham’s cultural calendar.

First sponsored by South Asian broadcaster Star TV Network, the Mela has evolved with various sponsors over the years. Even with challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mela has kept going strong. It remains a major cultural and social gathering.

Its success is a testament to the enduring appeal and importance of cultural festivals in enriching the social fabric of the UK.

Ways to Save on Your Train Ticket to the Birmingham Mela

Travelling to the Birmingham Mela with Avanti West Coast can be both affordable and convenient.

Begin with Avanti's Family and Group Fares. These special rates are particularly advantageous for those travelling in groups or with family. They make the journey more affordable, and a bonus is that children under five travel at no cost.

Booking your tickets in advance is another great move. By securing your tickets between eight to 12 weeks ahead, you could reduce your travel costs by as much as 70%. Planning your trip early not only guarantees savings but also builds excitement for your visit to the Mela.

For those who travel by train more frequently, joining Club Avanti is a wise choice. Membership provides a 10% discount on your next journey and includes other benefits such as complimentary tickets and discounts on onboard purchases.

Don't forget the usefulness of Avanti’s Journey Planner. It's an essential tool for finding the most cost-effective fares and optimising your travel plans. Ideal for those who want to weigh different options and snag the best deal.

Get the App

Make the most of your journey to the Birmingham Mela with the Avanti app, your go-to travel companion.

With it, you can effortlessly modify your journey details, pick your preferred seat for added comfort, and get your tickets directly on your phone, all with just a few taps.

Keep up-to-date with real-time train tracking using Track My Train'. For added convenience, the app supports smooth payment methods, including Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Getting to Birmingham

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Birmingham New Street Station