Christmas is quickly approaching! With only a couple of weeks until the big day, I’m determined to fit in as many Christmassy events as possible, so I was very pleased to see the Birmingham Bloggers x Birmingham Botanical Gardens event!
At the end of November, a number of bloggers were selected to attend a preview of the Botanical Gardens’ Christmas lights. For me, the event fell at the perfect time and really kick started my Christmas! The event focused on their Magical Illuminated Trail. The trail is situated outside within their gardens, where hundreds of lights illuminate the trees and bushes.
Different sections of the gardens make up different sections of the trail, each with different themes, as you may be able to tell from the selection of photos included. There are a few different sections including the fire garden and the illuminated lawn to name a couple, which just happened to be my favourites too!
As well as the glowing gardens, the trail also features seasonal food and drink stalls, with mulled cider and wine, warm non-alcoholic drinks and roasted chestnuts. It also includes something that I’ve not seen before – a toast your own marshmallow stall!! On the trail, you’ll also find a short performance from Santa and his elves, followed by a small number of traditional rides, which all help add to the atmosphere.
The Illuminated Trail is very child and family friendly, it really is suitable for people of all ages as there’s something for everyone and I enjoyed it, despite the cold weather! The trail was shorter than I expected, however you wouldn’t want to be out in the cold for too long anyway.. The only downside of the lights, is the limited parking available at the Botanical Gardens. The only other parking available is on street parking surrounding the gardens, however this can’t be guaranteed. This means alternative transport may be needed including the use of trains and buses, as the nearest train station involves quite a walk, especially in the cold.
The Christmas lights are available to see until the 30th December and is £14.00 per person (adult). For more info about the Botanical Gardens and their Christmas festivities, follow the link –> https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/events/christmas-birmingham-botanical-gardens/