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Tour Blog 2019

Entering our 4th Season with lots of new ideas….. Amazing that we are entering our 4th summer season of walking tours. Key thing for us this year include: Assistant guides We have taken on two new assistant guides which enables us to ensure we can cope with larger sized tours with  everyone still getting a great experience. Tour No. 3 every Sunday We are running our Discovering Birmingham Tour No. 3 every Sunday at 13:30  from the Library of Birmingham. This new tour takes the ‘secret canal’ to the Jewellery Quarter and really tries to get underneath the skin of the city. This tour is currently run by Jonathan Berg, the author of the books Positively Birmingham and Discovering Birmingham. Tour No. 4 - Round and about Centenary Square We are very much looking forward to the much delayed completion of Centenary Square  in the summer. We have a new tour ready to go which uses the Square and surrounding area to give a great introduction to the city. This will be a slightly shorter tour at around 1 hour and will also have a version as an ‘early riser’ in the summer  months starting at 08:00. Touchy, feely tours! On our tours we explain the historical context of Birmingham and then look at aspects of the modern city. On our Sunday afternoon tour you actually get to pick up and touch some of the things that made Birmingham famous. From tiny Birmingham ‘toys’ produce in their millions to fine 18th Century printing by the renowned type designer and printer John Baskerville. AI translation system We have been gaining experience with the Travis artificial intelligence translation system. We have used this successfully on a number of tour now. We transmit the live translation through the audio system - first you hear the guide in English and then in the chosen language for the group. Jonathan demonstrates it in the video here. Helping homeless and rough sleeper initiatives We continue our support for key issues that we are all confronted with every single day in our city. We commit to donating at least 10% of our turnover to the Digbeth based charity Sifa Fireside. So far we have donated over £5,000 to Sifa. You can see a link to our donations page at the bottom of our front page.

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Alessia helping with a great group of ladies. Assistant Guide Maria with Barbara who helps run our back office.