The Pits?

I popped down to the Bull Ring this afternoon, with my flip-flops, windbreak and swingball – we love beaches at B:iNS (see we do). Despite the palm trees wicker parasols, it’s really just a 10m square sandpit – they do have podcast tho but as you need to be a ‘browse bullring’ member I’ve not bothered.

It’s not a beach without water really, and ‘wednesday afternoon for grown-ups, with music supplied by galaxy’ doesn’t thrill either. Beach two has a big telly, beach three punch and judy, beach four scantily clad volleyballers.

Bull Ring Beach

more pics here

12 comments for “The Pits?

  1. Anonymous
    7 June 2007 at 11:45 am

    Your glass really is half empty isn’t it! Why not celebrate the tremendous effort that has brought a superb new facility to the centre of Birmingham rather than focussing on what it doesn’t have? I went yesterday and the beach was full of school kids, some of whom had never been to a beach before, having an absolute wail of a time. So get off your high horse and don’t visit the beach again – leave it for those who appreciate and enjoy it.

  2. bounder
    7 June 2007 at 12:10 pm

    “the tremendous effort that has brought a superb new facility to the centre of Birmingham”

    it’s some sand.

    lighten up, my tongue is firmly in my cheek as ever.

  3. bounder
    7 June 2007 at 12:43 pm

    What i mean is, it’s fun, it looks lovely – have a look at the pics if you want.

    But despite all the hype and arguing, a man-made beach is just a sandpit – the other three will be too.

    I’ve actually never seen the point of beaches anyway, sand being just dirt that is (usually!) closer to the sea than some other dirt.

    Donkey rides, that’s what we want ;)

  4. Anonymous
    7 June 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Its over 100 miles to the nearest beach from Birmingham, so sandpit or not, it’s somewhere to sit when it’s sunny and warm, and its all free, so why are you so sad :-(

  5. Ben
    7 June 2007 at 4:34 pm

    I agree, yes fundamentally it’s just a pit of sand, but it’s a pretty nice looking pit of sand and it makes people happy. I saw two separate school trips there yesterday and the kids loved it. Some of the children said they’d never been on holiday, so if they can come to the middle of Brum and enjoy making some sandcastles for a few hours, surely it’s a good thing? Personally, if the Bullring want to spend a load of money to make my lunchtimes more pleasant, I’m happy to let them do so.

  6. bounder
    7 June 2007 at 4:35 pm

    You could have sat there anyway. Nothing disappoints as much as hype.

    I’m not sad, I’m quite chripy, you seem to be a bit riled tho’.

  7. Bullring
    7 June 2007 at 4:52 pm

    I work at Bullring & obviously I would say that I love the beach. We know that when you bring it down to basics, it’s a pit of sand with some decking round it…but so what! If something as simple as that can make people as chilled out and as happy as they were yesterday then brilliant. We’re not trying to coerce you into buying anything, you don’t have to pay for entry, we’ve just spent a bit of money making somewhere look nice in the hope that visitors to the centre will like it. So chill out, relax, sit on a deckchair and enjoy being in Birmingham, because actually, it’s not shit! :-)

  8. Russ L
    7 June 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Silence Bounder, you fool.

    You’re perfectly well aware that by making a public statement you assented to the “I am obliged to like absolutely everything” contract.

  9. Anonymous
    7 June 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Bounder, get out of your box room, put your web cam down for a second, eat some humble pie and admit that you were wrong. The Bullring Beach is the best thing to happen to the city since Ocean Colour Scene hit the big time. The beach is ace – I’ve heard that there is going to be loads of free gigs there and if you want to turn yourn your nose up at free live music, free kids soccer schools, beach church services and an excuse for all the Selfridges staff to sunbathe at lunchtime
    (;-]) then you seriously need help. Chill out mate, it summer…

  10. Russ L
    8 June 2007 at 5:56 pm

    “The Bullring Beach is the best thing to happen to the city since Ocean Colour Scene hit the big time.”

    The key to good satire is subtlety.

  11. Christopher
    13 June 2007 at 5:46 am

    Well, if anybody’s interested, here’s the podcast link:

  12. Anonymous
    6 July 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Daz said…

    I can’t believe the reaction to such a light hearted article. My friends and I, all born and bred Brummies. Quite regularly riducule the “beach”. I mean, it is ridiculous, isn’t it.

    For me it’s the real life equivalent of the scene in The Holy Grail with the peasants playing in the mud. And no, I’m not a snob, I was brought up on the Hawkesley Council Estate. But if I ever caught my parents catching some rays on a deck chair in an oversized sandpit, I would disown them.

    Then again, I did hear rumours of another such scheme being planned for a beach beneath Spaghetti Junction. Come on Brummies, we can do better than this.

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