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Exploring the Magic Lantern Festival | Birmingham

November 28, 2016

Last week I was invited down to the Magic Lantern Festival switch on at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This was rather exciting as Christmas is just around the corner, plus the event gave me a chance to see my sister! 

The Magic Lantern Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. A stunning outdoor Christmas themed event as well as one of light and illumination. The event involves a trail around Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens. You get to wander round looking at amazing giant lanterns, which represent Christmas, traditional Chinese culture and the amazing 2000-year heritage of Lantern Festivals.

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The opening was pretty spectacular, when the lights got switched on the whole Botanical Gardens came to life. It was just stunning! Because of my train home I only had around half an hour to explore, I’d love to go back for longer as there’s just so much to see. My sister and I are hoping to take my mum to visit we reckon she would love it too!

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There were all sorts of lanterns, from Zodiac signs to famous fairytales. There were also some fun Christmas lanterns too. It’s quite a long trail and you will stop a lot to look. I definitely suggest wrapping up warm as you walk around. There are also plenty of food stalls to keep you going throughout your adventure- the churros looked pretty good!

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If you fancy visiting, the Magic Lantern Festival at Birmingham Botanical Gardens runs from 25/11/2016 until 02/01/2017, tickets are available online. Have you been to a Magic Lantern Festival? Would you go? Let me know in the comments,

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P.S. Thank you to East Village PR for the invite and Magic Lantern Festival for putting on such a stunning event. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.

P.P.S. Birmingham Botanical Gardens are located on Westbourne Rd, Birmingham B15 3TR.

18 Comments

  • Reply The Purley Girly November 30, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I went to the one in London last year, it’s so pretty. I love the penguins, they’re so cute.

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      The London one looked awesome too! I’m hoping they come back again next year.

  • Reply Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) November 29, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    This looks so wonderful! I think that has to be the cutest grasshopper I’ve ver seen ^_^

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      So so cute! There was a pretty ladybird too 🙂

  • Reply Hairwonderfulday November 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    This looks absolutely beautiful !!!xx

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    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      It was absolutely stunning, there’s one in Leeds too 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie November 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    some cracking photo’s. I love those little lighty up penguins! very sweet

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you 🙂 The penguins were super super cute 🙂

  • Reply Gem November 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

    These look fabulous! I’m sure there was a similar event local to me last year but I couldn’t make it! Your photos are really good too lovely!
    Such a festive and excited trip out and you can’t beat some churros 😉

    Gem | gemsupnorth.co.uk

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      That’s a shame! They have them in Leeds this year too, no idea if that’s near you?

  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy November 28, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Wow! I didn’t know that this festival even existed. Everything is so pretty!

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      It’s so pretty! There’s one in Leeds too 🙂

  • Reply Mellissa Williams November 28, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I didn’t even know that Birmingham did this. How fantastic! I can see children especially enjoying this

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      It’s great for adults too 🙂 proper bit of Christmas spirit right there!

  • Reply Rachel November 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Wow this looks spectacular and so different to anything else I have seen so far this year! I love the flower lanterns x

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      It was so amazing! I can’t wait to visit when it’s back again 🙂

  • Reply Liz November 28, 2016 at 9:15 am

    That sounds amazing and so very different. The pretty lights and displays are stunning. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Glad you enjoyed reading. It really was rather special, having never visited one before.

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