Questing for Equus: or, Why the Long Walk? // Ben Waddington

Sat 20th Oct // 11. 30am and 16 30pm

£6.50 - 8.50

Meet: Roundhouse Birmingham,102 Saint Vincent Street, Birmingham B16 8EB

It should be no surprise to discover that the cultural and historical landscape of Birmingham is packed with references to horses. While the city is now known for its enduring love affair with the motor-car, it was once all about horse power - whether that was travelling by carriage, barge, tram, cart or saddle.

To celebrate the the forthcoming renovation of the Roundhouse (formerly canal-side stables) and the opening of War Horse at the Hippodrome (formerly an equestrian circus), Roundhouse Birmingham and Still Walking Festival have co-produced a guided tour that explores Birmingham’s history of horses. Expect to discover unexpected equine references in art, history, and place names; finding forgotten stables, cart shelters and more.

The walks have been timed to allow a leisurely walk from the Roundhouse to Birmingham Hippodrome to coincide with matinee and evening performances of War Horse, with time allowed for rest and refreshments before curtain; making for a perfect prelude to the production… tickets available here.

Meet outside Roundhouse main gate at the corner of Sheepcote Street and St Vincent Street.

The walking route will take in approximately two miles. Please wear shoes suitable for urban walking. Walks will take place whatever the weather, so please come dressed for the elements!

About Ben:

Ben is the director of the Still Walking festival, with a long standing fascination with Birmingham’s industrial past.


  • Footwear suitable for urban walking and weather-appropriate clothing essential.

  • Accessible route includes ramps and tow paths.

  • This is the first outing for this walk!

  • Booking for this event is via Roundhouse Birmingham