A sweet Birmingham accompaniment

Marketingbirmingham.com has reported on the Old Library at Birmingham's Custard Factory being voted number 10 in a poll of the best event venues in the UK. The poll by Event magazine polled 2,000 readers on a total of 400 venues. The Old Library was the only venue in the top ten outside of London and reflects the success of the Custard Factory and it's continued development as a hub of creative industry and entertainment.

Nick Morgan, events director at Big Cat Group and co-owner of The Old Library, said: “We are really excited that The Old Library has been rated so highly by Event magazine readers. I think our success is a reflection of the growing popularity of unique spaces – those which offer a more flexible and personal solution for events of all sizes.

The Old Library was built in the 1850s as one of only four free libraries in Birmingham and was refurbished in 2001 as an events venue for upto 300 people.

The accolade supports the continuing reputation the Custard Factory and Birmingham overall attracts for being a centre of creativity with the Custard Factory itself being in the top 10 best outdoor dancefloors in the UK in an article by the Guardian in August 2008 together with fellow Digbeth venue The Rainbow; 10 best outdoor dancefloors in the UK.

The Rainbow, Birmingham
From the outside it's an unassuming boozer, but inside you'll find local art adorning the Victorian pub walls and when you head out back into The Rainbow's courtyard you'll discover an outdoor space that's home to some of the hippest club nights in the country

Factory Club, Birmingham
The former Birds' Custard Factory has been converted into one of Europe's largest creative hubs for small arts and media businesses, and is also home to the Factory Club. Previously known as the Medicine Bar, the Factory Club spills out on to a swimming pool.


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