The Jewellery Quarter Festival Is Back!

Birmingham’s Historic & Vibrant Gem

The Jewellery Quarter is nestled in central Birmingham, where it thrives off a mixture of its rich history, pioneering Jewellery trade and the lively business and social hotspot that it is today.

With a history spanning over 250 years it has been the mecca of Jewellery production since the 1800’s after prospering from the industrial revolution, therefore it comes as no surprise that a staggering 40% of British Jewellery is made here in our beloved Jewellery Quarter.

Now home to specialist retailers, diamond dealers, workshops, museums, art galleries and trendy bars and restaurants, it offers a place of unique character that attracts people from all over the world. Not forgetting its home to us here at Breslin’s!

“the Jewellery Quarter is a unique historic environment, with jewellery and metal working that does not seem to exist anywhere else in the world, its a national treasure”

English heritage


The JQ Festival is back for the 5th year running, and by the looks of things it is set to be the best one yet! Therefore, if you fancy doing some celebrating in honour of the energy and heritage of the quarter, you won’t want to miss this. This year the festival commences on Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th June across the Jewellery Quarter and its iconic destinations such as St Pauls Square and The Golden Square as well as the Deakin & Francis car park.

Circus Mash @ JQ Festival 2018

Perhaps you fancy a family fun filled day out? Or maybe a brewery tour featuring the likes of 1000 trades, the rock and roll brewhouse and the burning soul? Or simply just want to come and relax with some good old live music and some appetising street food? If that sounds like a good way to spend your weekend, here’s some further details of the upcoming events:

On Saturday 29th June:

Immerse yourself into the celebrations with…

  • family crafts and activities
  • brewery tour
  • The Jam Houses 20th birthday
  • street food and drink
  • 50th anniversary Apollo 11 Moon landing with Think Tank
  • activities paying homage to the bicentenary of the death of James Watt (industrial pioneer of JQ)
  • Circus Mash performance
  • rideable steam engine from Denver light railway
  • 3D printing

On Sunday 30th June:

Immerse yourself into the history with…

  • Guided tour of the Jewellery Quarter
  • Theatre style programme of talks and discussions surrounding Jewellery Quarters heritage
  • Exhibition welcoming local Jewellery Quarter jewellers and businesses

JQ Open Studios

This is set to make its grand return this year at the festival, running across both the Saturday and the Sunday. Giving you the opportunity to discover the art first-hand from the creatives, over 30 makers from within the quarter will be opening their workshops and studios. Speak to the local makers, watch demos and purchase handmade items. Some of the creatives on hand includes the names of Tina Francis Tapestry, Abbie Gaiger & Slice Laser Studio & James Newman Jewellery.

With free entertainments, tours, events and music this is the perfect opportunity to explore this unique neighbourhood.  For more information on times, events and destinations head over to the free festival guide.

We are so excited at Breslin’s for the JQ festival this year and feel so proud to be part of such a treasured and close community here in the Jewellery Quarter!