Category: What’s On

What’s happening in Stirchley Baths

Kopfkino returns to Stirchley Baths’ Cinema Room this Friday!

Stirchley Baths has a great space, the “ Cinema Room” which has played host to a number of film screenings  since opening in 2016 and will be hosting more and more film events thanks to a new community led  Stirchley Community Cinema Project , seed funded by the city’s Local Innovation Fund – this will be starting in the next couple of months so watch this space!

In the meantime we have caught up with our good friends Kopfkino who are returning to Stirchley Baths this Friday 16 March with a new screening of Afshar Films’ ‘The Case Against Assad: Syria’s Disappeared’. The event will be in support of King’s Heath Action for Refugees, and please see below about other ways in which you can help those affected by the Syrian conflict….

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A Visit To The Memory Cafe

On Tuesday 19th February I was invited to visit the Memory Café, a monthly event, initially set up as part of Stirchley Baths’ heritage programme in collaboration with Rachel Duggan and Carla Smith from Leaf Creative Arts. The event is held in the Cinema Room at Stirchley Baths. The Café provides a space for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory problems to engage with multi-sensory arts activities, to create and reminisce, with a steady supply of hot drinks and cakes.

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Introducing a new regular Stirchley Baths Stitch Club

Some of our regular adult stitchers had such a good time working on the Big Stirchley Baths Stitch Project, they didn’t want it to end! We are delighted to announce that we are continuing to run a monthly Stitch Club, and new people are welcome to join. To start, people are asked to bring in their own work, but we hope to start a new collaborative project in the future. £2 suggested contribution per session. Enjoy a cuppa, chat and being creative with like-minded individuals in a relaxed and welcoming environment. 

Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways


Join us at Stirchley Baths on 22 April for a double bill of theatre, poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of World War II. A shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal. Young women, later nicknamed the Idle Women, who took on the challenge of managing a pair of 72’ narrow boats and 50 tons of cargo.

Come and enjoy Isobel’s War (Kate Saffin) and Idle Women and Judies (Heather Wastie), as they follow the routes worked by lesser known women including Daphne March. Before the Women’s Training Scheme formally started in 1942, there was one woman already working a single boat. Daphne March operated the Heather Bell throughout the war in the West Midlands, and our Spring 2018 tour follows the route that Daphne mostly worked (Worcester  Tipton  Cannock), sharing insights into her working life as new additions to the show.

Ticketing is through Eventbrite – link for Stirchley Baths here:

There is also a ticket hotline to reserve tickets. This number is 07465 238 063, or you can make ticket reservations through email:

You can read more about Alarum Theatre and their work on their website

Watch the video of their 2017 tour on historic narrowboat Tench: