The Golden 3
Every third Sunday of the month.
The Nightingale Club, Kent St. Birmingham B5 6RD
£7 CASH ONLY
Yes on the ground floor at the back of the reception area next to the cloak room.
Yes, unisex toilets on every floor.
Bars located on both the ground and middle floor.
Yes! There is a cafe on our middle floor.
The venue has a large smoking garden with benches and overhead heaters.
Disabled access is to the ground floor and the garden only as the lift is currently out of order, disabled toilet on each floor. We offer free entry for wheelchair users for the BBB and BBBAfterParty. We also offer free carers/essential companions tickets for those who require them. Please let our door team know upon arrival and have your access card to hand if appropriate (please feel free to email us in advance if you have any questions/queries).
Photos are ONLY allowed to be taken in our designated photo areas.
We provide an indoor selfie area for both The BBB and the BBB After Party and from February we will be providing an outdoor selfie area as well! We always ensure that the background is blank for you.
As part of the BBBAfterParty selfie studio we even set box lights up for you to make sure your photos have enough light whilst not compromising our party atmosphere.
For The BBB we really do encourage our attendees to express themselves, particularly where it comes to their clothing. For those who need a little nudge we put themes on for each month to help spark some ideas or help boost your confidence. Some folks attend in their jeans and t shirt whilst others will come out striding in full latex. The choice is entirely yours. We offer changing rooms so you don't have to travel in your finest if you do not wish to. The themes are completely optional so take from them what you will. Whilst we are happy for bare chests, exposed bottoms and breasts,please cover up if your are going into the smoking garden and there is no genital nudity during the BBB market.
Can I go out and come back in?
Yes, we issue you with a wrist band upon entry so you can come and go as you please. Try not to lose it as we will check each time.
Whos Trading this month?
Have a look on our THIS MONTH page! We update it monthly so you know which of your favourite traders is on that month.
Is it okay to come alone?
Absolutely! Whilst we appreciate it can be anxiety provoking and may not feel particularly cool, many people over the years have attended the BBB alone for their first time.
It is very rare this happens again.
We are vibrant, welcoming community who all remember our own first steps through those doors. We also offer a meet and greet service to help get you started on that journey. Our team of friendly and experienced community members are happy to help with a tours, introductions to traders and attendees as well as being available to help answer questions as you delve into our bizarre bazaar.
Do I have to follow the theme?
Not at all! The theme is completely optional but can be a lot of fun. Our demo's and workshops are usually booked to keep in with the monthly theme and a bold outfit could secure you the best dressed award.
Do I book online?
No you do not. We are a "pay on the door" event. Please be advised we are cash only as well.
Clean Air Zone?
Check your car/van is exempt from the clean air charge as you may be cheaper getting the train or bus in if you are local - usually effects pre 2005 petrol vehicles and pre 2015 diesel vehicles, motorcycles are exempt. If not you can pay the £8 charge in advance or up to 6 days afterwards. Link to the GOV.UK site is here - https://vehiclecheck.drive-clean-air-zone.service.gov.uk/vehicle_checkers/enter_details
Note it is only the days the vehicle is moving so if you are staying in a city centre hotel and drive in Saturday and leave Monday you will be charged 2 days only.
FREE STREET PARKING
On street parking is free in the Gay Village on a Sunday in Birmingham, obviously the spots nearest to the city centre will go first in the morning so the earlier you get there the better for free parking, travel in sensible shoes and try the more industrial area round the bottom of Hurst Street, Sherlock Street and Bishop Street. Gooch Street North parking spaces depends on the times for the Church of Christ services on a Sunday. Once the shoppers leave there is often plenty free parking for the evening AfterParty.
There are 2 large carparks within a 4 minute walk -
(Sadly the Lower Essex Street and Hurst Street carparks have now closed. We will keep you updated for any new carparks that open.)
4 minute walk is the open air is Kent Street opposite end to The Nightingale/BBB. Turn left into one way Kent Street from Wrentham Street use postcode B5 6QL which is the Fountain Inn on the corner. Carpark is on your right with sign partially hidden by a tree.
£1 per hour, max fee £5 which gives you 24hrs. Machine takes cash or use JustPark app or phone 01234 862178. Location code is 299076. No height restrictions.
(Note - although you can prepay for parking there is no reservations if the carpark is full!)
4 minute walk, huge undercover Arcadian Centre carpark with cameras in Bromsgrove Street B5 6NU. Height restrictions. EuroCarParks - Up to 3 Hours £6.50, Up to 5 Hours £7.50, Up to 8 Hours £12, Up to 10 Hours £15, Up to 12 Hours £17.50, Theatre Rate (17.00 – 02.00) £7.50.
Any local hotels?
Ibis - nearest is Ibis Budget Birmingham centre 6 minute walk to BBB and has the added advantage of a bunk bed where a 3rd person can sleep for an extra £10 (and a ladder to tie to!) https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-5678-ibis-budget-birmingham-centre/index.shtml
Travelodge - nearest is called the Birmingham Central Bull Ring and is only 5 minute walk, some of the other Travelodges are cheaper but involve a longer walk/taxi/bus https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/503/Birmingham-Central-Bull-Ring-hotel
Premier Inn - one right above New Street station, 10 minute walk to BBB https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/west-midlands/birmingham/birmingham-city-centre-new-st-station.html
plus overlooking the canal 10 minutes to New Street, 20 minutes to BBB https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/west-midlands/birmingham/birmingham-city-centre-bridge-street.html
Brittannia Hotel on New Street, 15 minute walk to BBB, 5 minute walk to New Street station https://www.britanniahotels.com/hotels/the-britannia-hotel-birmingham
Briar Rose - 10 minute walk BBB, 4 minutes New Street station, above Wetherspoons https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/hotels/england/west-midlands/the-briar-rose
Comfort Inn - right outside New Street station, 10 minutes walk to BBB https://www.comfortinnbirmingham.co.uk
StayCity Aparthotels for those who prefer a whole apartment, 5 minutes to BBB https://www.staycity.com/birmingham/arcadian-centre
Nearest hostel - is in Digbeth, 15 min walk, very handy if arriving at Digbeth coach station http://www.birminghambackpackers.com