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Christmas at The Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

This evening I had the pleasure of joining a group of bloggers in Birmingham, to enjoy the Christmas Lights Trail at the city’s Botanical Gardens.
Located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, the Brum Bloggers event was an exciting opportunity to enjoy the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, in all of its festive glamour.
It may not be December yet, but visitors to the Botanical Gardens can enjoy following a well-lit path around the outdoor gardens, a perfect introduction to the festive season.

Visitors can also enjoy fairground rides along the way, including a Victorian carousel and steam boat swing. 
From glittering trees, decorated reindeer and colourful lights that dance to the appropriate and much-loved Christmas musical classics, visitors can explore the trail in around 45 minutes.

Along the way, there’s a selection of stalls providing mulled wine, hot chocolate and an array of other hot drinks to keep you warm during the winter weather. Hot food is also on sale, as well as other sweet treats, like smores.
Suitable for visitors of all age groups, the Christmas Lights Trail is Birmingham’s newest Christmas attraction. Tickets are currently on sale via the Botanical Gardens website, with prices starting from £10 for children above the age of 4, £16 per adult.

Tips for travelling during the festive season

I’ve lived in London for three years and it certainly has it ups and downs, with one of the benefits being the accessibility to a range of cities around the country. I love having the option to travel across the country in a few short hours to have new experiences and thankfully, the UK’s infrastructure is pretty supportive of this, however the season can completely determine just how successful my ventures will be.

When it comes to festive travel, I typically spend months organising my travel from London for the holiday season and this year is no different. Whilst I’ll be taking an international flight this year, here are my tops tips for travelling within the UK during the festive season.

Plan ahead

Give yourself as much time as possible to plan your journey. Popular routes tend to be on main city connections like Edinburgh, Birmingham and London, so check out your options and the best way for you to make the journey to your destination.

In some cities specific festivities usually take place, so be prepared that some routes may be more congested than usual.

Also, be sure to check out the connections on your route to help you to travel confidently and of course, give yourself enough time to make the connection.

Frankfurt Christmas market in Birmingham
Frankfurt Christmas market in Birmingham

Stay informed, stay in control

It’s not uncommon now for companies like TransPennine Express to keep you in the loop via their website and social media channels. Whether it’s bad weather or ‘leaves on the line’, staying informed can help you to stay calm and reassured for your trip.

Invest in noise-cancelling headphones

If your silence is golden then headphones are more than worth their weight in gold. Being relaxed and able to entertain yourself on the trip is invaluable. In the event of a delay, at least you can claim a little bit of personal head space.

Be flexible to save money

Tickets for journeys over the festive period usually go on sale a few months in advance, however certain routes may offer a reduced service. If you need to take an alternative route then be open to it. It could save you some cash – a bonus of being flexible.

Pack gifts with care

If you’re travelling with gifts, be mindful of anything that may be large, heavy or fragile. Wrap bottles and other breakable items in clothing to prevent your gift from being broken before it arrives under the tree. Even better, send your gift in advance to avoid having to travel with any bulky items that will only add to add potentially frustrating trip.

Many thanks to TransPennine Express, leading providers of rail services across the UK and part of First Group, for collaborating with me on this blog post.