5 ways to live out your Bridgerton dreams in Birmingham

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From ice cream parlors to boxing gyms, see how to live out your Bridgerton dreams in Birmingham. Photo via Bham Now

Bridgerton fever is still high, after the show debuted on Christmas Day and Season Two is already underway. We’ve put together a handy guide to five ways to live out your favorite Bridgerton scenes in Birmingham (Alabama, not England).

(Not those scenes – keep it PG.)

1. Find your ‘fit

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Square necklines and puff sleeves are probably the closest 2021 will get to Regency style. Dress by Staud and bag by Cult Gaia. Photo provided by Gus Mayer

With corsets, puff sleeves, square necklines galore, Bridgerton (and more generally, Regency) style has taken over storefronts and influencer posts. I’m pretty guilty of making several fashion purchases based off costumes from the show.

Birmingham has tons of places where you can shop to find the perfect dress to give you Daphne-vibes (or Featherington, if that’s your style):

2. Promenade through the park

Enjoy one of the most prolific Regency traditions, promenading for suitors, in a well-manicured garden or park. Back in the day, women and men dressed UP to “take the air” and show off for potential suitors.

Luckily, Birmingham has plenty of beautifully-groomed parks that are perfect for a good old fashioned promenade.

3. Go on an ice cream date

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Treat yourself with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Photo via Bham Now

Another very popular Bridgerton scene is the pseudo-military planning session between Daphne and Simon over decadent bowls of ice cream. As the weather heats up, it’s definitely one of the coolest scenes to recreate yourself—all you need is a cute ice cream spot.

You can recreate this scene yourself at one of Birmingham’s many ice cream parlors:

4. Take a boxing lesson

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Grab some gloves and a friend. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Birmingham is full of cool boxing gyms that will get you in peak Will Mondritch shape (fun fact: Will’s character was based on a real boxer in England at the time). While modern-day boxing isn’t quite so bloody, particularly the kind done for exercise, it’s still just as fun as it looks on the show.

Grab your best friend and hit the boxing ring (and each other I guess, if you’re so inclined) just like Simon and Will at one of Birmingham’s boxing gyms:

5. Ballroom dance

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Grab your boo and sign up for a dance lesson. Photo via Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Learn to glide across the floor with your Duke or Duchess of choice, preferably decked out in a bejeweled outfit (or workout gear). It’s both a great workout and as Bridgerton makes clear, a good place to meet your match.

Check out some of Birmingham’s ballroom dancing studios offering classes:

If you’re planning on trying to do a Bridgerton-inspired day in Birmingham, make sure to tag us @bhamnow.

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