Birmingham Botanical Gardens Shining Bright this November

Magical Lantern Festival Returns To Light Up The Botanical Gardens

As we creep closer and closer towards Christmas, why not take a look at some of these exciting upcoming events to get you in the festive mood. From glowing fireworks to magical lanterns, make Birmingham Botanical Gardens your go-to destination this November.

On Sunday 4 November, the Gardens will mark the centenary of the armistice that ended World War One by hosting a commemoration event, to include; a live theatre performance (aimed at 5-14 year olds), live music, local history, food and craft stalls, the unveiling of a commemorative poppy collage (created by visiting educational groups) and more.

Theatre performances will be on ‘Living with the War’ and will be performed at multiple times throughout the day. Normal admission applies, with a £2 per person charge for the theatre performance. However, a donation from the proceeds will be made by the Gardens to the Royal British Legion charity.

Then, on Monday 5 November, join us on the terrace for our annual firework display. From Catherine Wheels to Roman Candles, witness a spectacular 10-minute display of fizzling fireworks – don’t forget your sparklers! There will be a whole range to behold, all dancing across the sky to a number of your favourite songs. What better location to watch something so magical than our stunning Gardens!

The Gardens are also delighted to announce they will be hosting the Magical Lantern Festival again this year, from 23 November – 1 January, due to exceptional demand. Brighten up your winter by visiting these stunning, special seasonal illuminations! Visitors will get a chance to see the grounds like they never have before.

These unique, artistic and beautifully constructed installations are being designed and made in China, and brought over to Birmingham especially for the event. Joining Santa and his reindeer will be a beautiful 12-metre wide lantern scene featuring penguins, snowmen, Christmas trees and baubles. There will also be a giant Christmas fairy themed area, spanning an impressive 500 metres across the garden landscape, with a floating fairy surrounded by beautiful butterflies and a garden floor awash with thousands of brightly lit tiny lights.

The festival is open Thursdays to Sundays each week and then open every day during the school Christmas holidays from Friday 21st Dec. Opening from 5pm to 10pm each day with last entry at 9pm. Children aged 3 and under enter free and do not need tickets.

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