This October, Birmingham Botanical Gardens have a whole host of activities, for adults and families alike. Get caught up in ghoulishly gratifying half term activities, second hand book sale and informative cactus show.
On Sunday 7 October, 11am - 4pm, join our Friends for a second hand book sale. You may even find your next favourite novel in their collection, as there will be a wide variety of books for sale, generously donated by visitors and members.
All proceeds will go towards the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, helping towards the upkeep and maintenance of these beautiful and historic gardens. If you have any books, CDs or DVDs you are looking to donate, drop them off at reception anytime between 10am and 5pm on the day.
Moreover, on Sunday 7 October, the Gardens will also be hosting a Cactus Show. Come and see a display of superb cactus and succulent plants, entered into the show by experienced growers from around the country.
You will also be able to purchase plants from one of the specialist nurseries that will be present, and even have your burning questions answered by specialists who will be happy to give cultivation advice.
If you’re looking to plan out your October half term with the family, from 29 October - 2 November, Birmingham Botanical Gardens will then have a week fit to bursting with activities to keep the kids happy, including: arts and crafts, activity sheets and animal shows!
Tuesday 30 October and Thursday 1 November, the team will be giving animal presentations throughout the day, starting from 10.30am until 3.00pm. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about some of the animals they keep in their education department, chosen from; a corn snake, panther chameleon, gargoyle gecko, fire salamander and much more!
Spaces are limited, with 40 per session. Tickets can be collected at reception. There is no extra charge, but we will hand them out on a first come first served basis.
In addition, on Monday 29, Wednesday 31 October and Friday 2 November, families can enjoy a variety of arts and crafts workshops and activity sheets, taking you on a mission through the best the Gardens have to offer at this time of year.
On top of all of this, from Friday 26 October to Sunday 4 November, under the cover of darkness, Xtra Humongous and Birmingham Botanical Gardens are delighted to invite you to the most spooktacular event of the year. Dr. Nerium’s Garden of Ghouls is a scaremaze experience that will encompass six installations around the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
The live action, spooky trail takes visitors through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and is a fully immersive experience made up by a combination of a theatre group and installation props. If you make it out of the scaremaze, you will arrive at our entertainment area, including: street food traders, bars, performers, music and additional circus themed entertainment – there is something for the whole family!
It’s also worth noting that earlier time slots for the scaremaze are suitable for families, but from 7pm onwards the experience gets scarier, suitable for 14+. We recommend you book your time slot as soon as possible to ensure you aren’t disappointed.
James Wheeler, chief executive of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, said: “Our half term holiday activities are always extremely popular with the little ones and parents alike. Coming up with new and exciting holiday plans every day can be time consuming and expensive – here at the Gardens, we try to alleviate some of the pressure that comes with entertaining young children with five days bursting with free activities, and something a little scarier come nightfall. They might even learn a thing or two!”
General admission is £7.50 per adult and £5.25 for children over five years old. Children under five will be admitted for free. However, Dr Nerium’s Garden of Ghouls has separate prices, which you can find on the website. For more information on Birmingham Botanical Gardens, visit www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk.