Relaxing walk in a Birmingham Park

Relaxing walk in a Birmingham Park

Get some air while here.

Birmingham is an amazing city, especially if you have planned a trip with your kids, since there are amazing parks to visit and choose from. Let’s breakdown some of the beautiful parks you can visit after a morning in the comfort of your  self catering apartment or serviced apartment.


Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park

In Canon Hill Park you will find 5 tennis courts, a bowling green and a mini-golf course all located in the central area. You will also find a children min fun fair that operates during the weekends, there are boats that operate in the lakes during summer. You can also take a walk in the park good way to keep fit.  Cannon Park is not far outside city centre and very near some of our self-catering serviced apartments.


Kings Heath Park
    Kings Heath Park

This is the first urban park in Birmingham to achieve a Green Flag status which covers a wide range of acres. The area situated around the main house and conservatory features high quality seasonal bedding schemes, shrubs and a renovated pool area.


Eastside City Park is Birmingham’s first new City Centre park in over 100 years. This park is the largest single piece in Birmingham City Centre; you can also take a walk to this park.  Ideal for a relaxing time while on a short stay.


Lickey Hill Country Park
Lickey Hill Country Park

The Lickey Hill Country Park is one of the oldest parks managed by Birmingham. Here you will find Beacon Hill which is the most famous view at the Lickey Hills Country Park, the hills rises above sea level giving extensive views of the surrounding countryside.


Handsworth Park
Handsworth Park


Handsworth Park occupies a large acre of land in the centre of Handsworth and is a welcome oasis for the many people who visit the area. This park has been the heart of the community for a couple of years, and following its revival it continues to be popular for families, dog walkers and school going children.

There are other activities to enjoys in the Birmingham other than the parks, from art and culture, sightseeing, museum and gallery, visiting historic churches or nature reserves without breaking a bank and melting the plastic.

Birmingham is an amazing city, especially if you have planned a trip the family, you can chose to visit a number of wonderful parks.  Let’s breakdown some of the beautiful parks you can visit after a morning in the comfort of your serviced apartment or self-catering apartment.


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Grand Central Rail Station
Grand Central Rail Station

Birmingham has become one of the most visited cities and is England’s second largest with dynamic diversity and culture. These aspects have propelled the city into an international destination for events, festivals, high quality shopping, award winning restaurants and an active night life. A short stay holiday break here can never be dull. From the comfort of your own serviced apartment get a combination of art, comedy festivals, orchestra, and self prepared cuisine from your kitchenette and read literature from your living room away from home.

While in Birmingham, the new Grand Central station is hard to miss, its an upgrade of the old New Street station it opened its doors in September 2015 after a costly superb refurbishment estimated to be over £100 million . Along with the original Birmingham New Street station, the new mall has an amazing glass atrium roof as a centerpiece that covers a combination of over 60 high quality fashion brand stores, cafes, restaurants and department stores. This has made Birmingham an investment hotspot with its world class status. Being one of the most spectacular places in the city of a thousand trades, Grand Central opens as early as 6.30am and closes at 11pm with most restaurants open until closing time. With 24 hour parking that is charged hourly and close to 500 parking spaces with great security, shopping and having fun at the station is relaxing and convenient.

Grand Central
John Lewis Anchor tenant in Grand Central Birmingham

With facilities like ATM machines, toilets and assistance desks, there would be no occasion for panic. Take a walk around the fashion stores with big entities like John Lewis, Carluccio’s, Nando’s, Tortillas, Square pie, yakinori and many others then take as many photos  and use their free wifi to upload and share your moments.  While you dine beneath the majestic glass canopy explore and enjoy the array of international restaurants infused with authentic tastes of Birmingham, colleague took a trip down here and told me about how close his self catering suite was to the grand central and how easy it was to access the services and supplies to entertain his guests.  Staycity has excellent serviced apartment in the area.  Other serviced apartment companies are  Comfortzone Apartments and City-Nites.

Sea Life Birmingham
    Sea Life Birmingham

I wouldn’t worry about a thing while in Birmingham with the good English charm, spectacular self catering suites and the array of activities and places to visit. A family trip would be worth it.

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ITS FINALLY HERE!!!!!! Yes! The time of the year that almost everybody awaits. Want to experience what Birmingham has to offer you this season? You can start by securing your accommodation at a self-catering- rental or maybe a serviced-apartment because there is a lot this glorious city has to offer this time of year that you really do not want to miss out on.

Birmingham Library
                                                                            Birmingham Library

Apart from Santa, various artists and bands will be coming to town.

World reknowned rock band, Nickleback, has been touring the world in  support of their new album No fixed address and guess what!!! They will be having a concert at the Venting arena in  Birmingham on the 21st of November 2015.

Singer/Songwriter Paul Weller will be having a 10 date arena tour in the winter and will be heading to the Barclay Card Arena on the 27th of November.   One of our serviced apartments accommodations providers  City-Nites  is located meters  from the Barclaycard-Arena  ideal location for your short stay

The awaited Birmingham International Tattoo, where world class performers join local performers to create a three hour spectacle with over 1000 performers this is the biggest indoor international tatoo in Britain. You really do not want to miss this. It will be held from the 28th to 29th of November at the Barclay Card Arena.

Barclaycard Arean
                                                              Barclaycard Arena

The BBC awards this year will be hosted in Birmingham at the Genting arena on Thursday the 10th of December. This years awards will feature performances from Ellie Goulding, Hozier, Jess Glynne, Little Mix, Mumford and Sons, OMI and One direction. Tickets can be purchased from

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas market and craft market set to start on the 12th of November  is on going and will be running till the 22nd of December. Said to be the largest Christmas market in Britain with over 180 stalls you will definitely experience different aspects of culture from amazing food to beautiful works of art, its an amazing opportunity to shop for gifts and souvenirs. With people coming from all over the UK and Europe for the exhibition you can be sure not to be disappointing

Birmingham at Christmas time
                                                                               Birmingham at Christmas time

Cinderella, the first ever production of its kind, the worlds biggest pantomime with a cast of over 100 including stars Bradley Walsh, Paul O’Grady and Dick and Dom. This one is definitely one not to miss featuring that largest panto stage ever and a 50 ft high castle, if you have kids, the kids will definitely love it. Its going to be a brilliant family show at the Barclaycard-Arena.

Dont forget are provide you with excellent serviced-apartment-accommodation ideally located to attend any of these events.

Rugby World Cup has a arrived for a Short Stay Again

Rugby World Cup has a arrived for a Short Stay Again

The IRB Rugby World Cup has arrived on our door step once again. This time 2015 England play host to this famous competition.The first Rugby World Cup was held in 1987, hosted by Australia and New Zealand . Since the first tournament, six others have been held at four-year intervals. The most recent tournament was held in New Zealand in 2011, and was won by the New Zealand All Blacks. Twenty teams for various rugby playing countries will take part.

Most you will recognize as the obvious ones: All Black, France, host nation England and Ireland. But other team not just making up the numbers will also take part. Such teams as Fiji, Samoa, The US Eagles will all certainly be giving of their best. You will also have rugby developing countries such as Japan, Uruguay, Romania, Canada.
The competition is centred on 4 Pools with 5 teams in each pool.

Pool A: Australia, England, Wales, Fiji, Uruguay.
Pool B: South Africa, Samoa, Japan, Scotland, USA.
Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Georgia, Nambia.
Pool D: France, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Romania

Twickenham  the home of English Rugby
Twickenham the home of English Rugby

At this stage most of the teams will have had a number of challenge matches . These events give the onerous opportunity to the coaching team to choose their final travelling party. These matches also bring injuries problems. Ireland lost the presence of flanker Tommy O Donnell. He dislocated his hip in a World Cup warm up against Wales.

The Munster player, was taken off on a stretcher in the 75th minute of Ireland’s 35-21 win in Cardiff. He was hoping to play in his first World Cup. A double injury crisis occurred to Wales in their Warm up round against England. Leigh Halfpenny, the full-back and points-kicker ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. Not only but Rhys Webb sustained ankle ligament ­damage, and also an injury to his knee.

But it is all part and parcel of the tournament preparation, and risks have to be taken.

The fact that it is being held in London and other parts of the UK will add to the occasion both for players and supporters.


From our point of view at we have been busy renting our short stay self catering accommodation London and our excellent self-catering Birmingham.    The excellent transport links be it air, sea, road or rail mean all those involved in this great occasion can arrive with complications.

The venues are well chosen :

Twickenham, London. The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.  Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.  Sandy Park,  Exeter.  Manchester City Stadium, Manchester.   Kingsholm, Gloucester.   Villa Park Birmingham.   Stadiummk, Milton Keynes.   Leicester City Stadium, Leicester.   St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne.   Wembley Stadium, London.  Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton.

IRB websites will completed travel guidelines for each venue.

Accommodation  spoiled for chose.”

All the venue locations provide excellent accommodation providers.  From highly rated hotels to excellent B&B type accommodation.  Our preference of course is the self-catering route where you can based the whole family or a group of friends in the one service apartments development.  Apart from they are a multitude of informative websites to meet every need.

May the best team win as long as it is Ireland.



If you are planning to or already have planned to visit Birmingham in the coming months, here are some of the events you can add to your bucket list in case you haven’t figured out exactly what to do during your short stay here.

Birmingham City Nite
Birmingham City Nites


The Moseley Folk Festival returns to Moseley each year.
During the festival visit The Moseley Village’s finest pubs where you’ll find live sessions, dancing and an array of talented musicians.

Bass 15

The Bass 15 band features a program of 10 iconic events throughout the month of October, with major performances in Birmingham and key venues outside the city. Programmed by Punch, Bass 15 will bring unforgettable music experiences featuring specially commissioned new work.

Barclaycard Arena
Barclaycard Arena


Everyone (majority) loves the One Direction boys, this will one event you wouldn’t want to miss.

Following on already announced dates in Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa, One Direction will return to the UK & Ireland this autumn – giving fans the chance to see the band perform live songs from their brand new album ‘FOUR’. This is for the first time alongside all their much-loved hits.

The boys’ will play three nights at the Barclaycard Arena:
• Saturday 10th October – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
• Sunday 11th October – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

At Goholidaylets we have the ideal location for your Gig accommodation City Nites serviced apartments one of our property partners is located just across the road from the Barclaycard Arena.

City Nites Serviced Apartments
City Nites Serviced Apartments

Birmingham Independent Food Fair

The Birmingham International Food Fair is back, with organizers adding an extra day to take the festival across the weekend of 12-13 September 2015.

The event is dedicated to showcasing Birmingham’s independent food and drink sector, which has seen the addition of many new restaurants and bars in recent months.

More space, more food and more entertainment, as well as growing into a two-day event, the fair will expand across into Eastside Park, with more outdoor stalls and a communal dining area planned to create a street party atmosphere.

The Great British Food Festival

The event returns to Ragley Hall 7 Gardens on Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September. This year the festival is going to be even bigger and better featuring new additions such as adult cookery classes and hunter guided walks. The recipe for the weekend includes over 80 top local producers, a large serving of hot food, real ale and wine bars, add a dash of craft and gift stalls, lots of activities for children, top Chef demonstrations there will be live music and mix together to make a lovely foodie family day out.

Biddle & Webb’s wine & spirits sale is on Saturday 12 September from 10am. Lots to be sold range from single bottles to full cases. Wines and spirits of all ages, regions and prices to be sold. Biddle & Webb have a dedicated wine & spirits team who are on hand to give you any help and advice needed.


Interior of LG Arena. Big enough to drive a bus.
Interior of LG Arena. Big enough to drive a bus.


Shop from over 350 fashion and beauty shops, watch non-stop runway shows, fashion experts, inside trend reports and receive exclusive style advice. Treat yourself at one of the many bars and cafes and enjoy a luxury beauty treatment in the Pamper Lounge.

For something a little bit special, why not head to the Boutique area of the show for that one off piece you won’t find on the high street. Shop from a selection of carefully selected lifestyle and unique British brands.

Birmingham is a very accessible city with road and rails links to all parts of mainland UK. Birmingham International Airport handles flights daily from all around the globe. Accommodation is also readily available from 5 star hotels to hostels.  Our preference nowadays is City Centre self catering serviced apartments where all the family can enjoy a pleasant stay in this vibrant modern British West Midlands city.

Hope this will calendar visit will give you at least an insight of you will do during your trip among other things that you plan to do.

Self catering in Birmingham – What we got ?

Self catering in Birmingham – What we got ?

This is how Goholidaylets journey started for serving self catering Apartments, Cottages, Villas and Holiday Homes in Birmingham.

As a start up business in the field of Holiday Rentals, we had to started searching self catering properties in Birmingham. Initially, we decided to tap the luxury villas and apartments in Portugal, Spain and other Southern European countries only. But as we started getting involved with people through different mediums like Facebook, Pinterest, Google plus and twitter we found that there is a huge demand of short stay rentals and self catering in Birmingham. We talked to many people on different channels and asked people – would the prefer a self catering apartment stay in Birmingham or would they like to rent a 5 star room in a hotel. Initially, the response was more for hotels we were unable to find out the loop holes that how other rental properties were doing a lot of business if most of the people are not interested in renting a self catering apartment in Birmingham.

Then we did an experiment, we showed the pics of apartments and we talked about the benefits that will be provided to them while hiring or renting a short stay self catering apartment, the first reaction of the potential travelers was “wow” – it could be like a dream home from home without any Hotel restrictions , with complete privacy and a freedom to enjoy the complete surroundings and most importantly great value for money because to hotel prices in centre city locations are very expensive. So, from this point things started and we keep on sharing the benefits with people on every platform we met and where ever we go.

Focusing on Birmingham initially as our commercial base this is here. If we look at the last years visitor count in Birmingham it has reached a remarkable number. Visitors to the city are at all-times are high with 33.8 million visiting last year, an increase of 11% over the past six years. However, honestly speaking we do not have the number with us how many of this % of visitors hired or rented self catering apartments. But looking at the numbers, it certainly has increased. From the official visitor website for Birmingham and the region, the numbers are huge for tourists.

Birmingham attracted an additional 740,000 visitors last year according to new figures released by industry research body, Global Tourism Solutions. Visitor numbers rose to 33.5m in 2011, up from 32.8m in 2010. The overall value of the city’s visitor economy is now £4.9bn.

The research, released today by Marketing Birmingham, shows an increase in the number of visitors to the Birmingham area in 2011 – 33.5m tourists visited the city, up 740,000 on the previous year.

The STEAM report, produced annually by Global Tourism Solutions to assess the economic impact of visitors to the UK’s major cities, also revealed that the amount of money spent by visitors to Birmingham last year hit £4.9bn, up 2% on 2010’s total of £4.8bn. This increased spend helped to create an additional 2,126 jobs for the city and surrounding region.

Birmingham’s visitor economy has grown significantly over the last six years with visitor numbers rising by 10% from 30.4m to 33.5m. These figures fuel the sector’s growing economic impact which has also risen by over 10% in the last six years – from £4.47bn in 2006 to £4.93bn in 2011. The strength of the city’s visitor economy has also seen employment in the sector grow by more than 3%.

We never thought when we start this project that we needed to go into such details But they have helped us to plan our strategy on the development of the Birmingham self catering and short stay market. However, while interacting with people over all we have found that Customer Service also plays a major role interaction with people owners and travelers alike. We then discovered that alot of private owners hadn’t the background or the time to marketing their properties properly We then at started to develop a process for owners in an effort to help them portray their properties. We found its not easy for the owners to describe their properties , fill all the details going through multiple forms and registrations. So, we took a step ahead and actually found the problem and provided the proactive customer service to the owners Our technical and marketing team then marketed the property on the internet. So, we do not want any of our property lost in the crowd. We not only find owners with luxury properties but also get the travellers the accommodation of their choice. We found that there was a weakness in advertising the properties on social channels as other channels do not provide the necessary details. They do not want to get involved with the travellers and the owners as well and we are trying fill that gap. This is how we started advertising Self Catering Short stay apartments in Birmingham.

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