Sport & Leisure

There are live sports events throughout the year in Birmingham from International Athletics to the Ryder Cup Golf

Villa Park


Many exciting sports venues can be found across the Birmingham area with international and national athletics at the Alexander Stadium, Cricket at Edgbaston Cricket Ground and unmissable events in the world of golf, football, badminton, tennis and rugby taking place throughout the year.

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Key Facts

  • Edgbaston Cricket Ground has been hosting test matches for over 100 years
  • Birmingham hosted the very first game of lawn tennis and is now home to the Aegon Classic Birmingham
  • Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers football clubs can all be found in Birmingham

Sporting Events

Numerous international sports events are held throughout Birmingham - there are more European sporting events held here than in any other UK city.

Rugby World Cup games and countless football matches are held at Villa Park close to the city centre. British Athletics have also made Birmingham their hotspot for many championships, including the Sainsbury's Summer Series at the famed Alexander Stadium.


Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City all have their home in the region, bringing followers from all over the UK to their games.

The 5 Star UEFA rated Villa Park Stadium in Birmingham hosts numerous matches throughout the year.

Read more about football in Birmingham on the Visit Birmingham website.


If you're a fan of cricket, Edgbaston Cricket Ground is a name you'll have heard many times over. As one of England's most famous sporting venues, it has hosted Test Match cricket for over 100 years, including the Ashes in 2015.

It is also the stadium with the least disruption by rain compared to any other UK cricket ground, which is great news for anyone looking to attend the 50 days of domestic cricket each summer!

Read more about cricket in Birmingham on the Visit Birmingham website.


The Aegon Classic Birmingham returns to the city each year, with the biggest stars of tennis from the world over.

It marks the beginning of the summer tennis season at the Edgbaston Priory Club, just outside the city, and is one of the most high profile tennis events of the sporting calender.

For those who want to grab a racket and join in, The Edgbaston Priory Club boasts 32 tennis courts with varying surfaces for players to experience. There are also courts in Cannon Hill Park and over 30 tennis clubs in the Birmingham area to join.

Read more about tennis in Birmingham at Visit Birmingham website.


Birmingham brings together a variety of courses for golfers to master, from beginner to professional level. There are a number of top rated golf clubs in the region, including The Belfry which has hosted the Ryder Cup four times and houses England's only PGA branded Academy.

Nailcote Hall, close to the NEC, also plays host to The British Par 3 Championship, allowing golfers to take a swing at the 18 hole championship. Golf clubs of all calibres and sizes can be found in the Birmingham area, allowing a choice of venue to suit your time and style.

Read more about golf in Birmingham on the Visit Birmingham website.

Outdoor Leisure

Birmingham has a great variety of venues for players of all sports and levels. Cannon Hill Park is a perfect example with five tennis courts, a bowling green and two running tracks to get your heart rate pumping!

There are skate parks and a Snow Dome with real snow in the region for the more adrenaline fuelled sporting pursuits. 

Fans of boating and watersports have the choice of various lakes and rivers in the Birmingham area to visit, notably the 20 acre Upton Warren Lake with its canoeing and boating clubs.


Discover More of what Birmingham has to offer

With everything from the latest fashion and greatest dining, the liveliest bands to the most relaxing canal rides, there's always something new to discover in Birmingham.