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A magical night out for the whole family, at ILLUMINATE THE GARDENS you can enjoy some delicious street food or grab a drink from the licensed bar, get involved in some free kids activities, enjoy the vintage fairground rides and watch mesmerising fire performance. If you’ve got little ones with sensitive ears, you can join us for a ‘low bangs’ fireworks display in the early evening, or stay later to enjoy the exhilarating main display. Of course, the real star of the show is the wonderful venue itself: experience the Botanical Gardens in all its glory with wonderful lighting highlighting some of its stunning features.

Ticket information

Illuminate the Gardens will take place on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2018 at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield. Tickets for the 2018 event are available to purchase online here: www.illuminatethegardens.co.uk/tickets.

Early bird tickets: £8.50 adult / £4.50 child / £20 family
Standard tickets: £10 adult / £5 child.

Family tickets admit 2 adults and 2 children (2-16yrs).
Admission is free for under 2 year olds. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times

Getting here

Sheffield Botanical Gardens is situated between Clarkehouse Road and Ecclesall Road in south Sheffield. Access to the event will be through the entrance on Thompson Road (S11 8RB) or through the archway on Clarkehouse Road (S10 2LN).

Parking around the Botanical Gardens is extremely limited so attendees are encouraged to walk or use public transport wherever possible.

Buses to Ecclesall Rd: for Thompson Rd entrance leave from stops MF1 and MF2 on Charter Row in the city centre. These include 65 (Sheffield – Buxton), 81/82 (Stannington – Dore), 83/83a (Ecclesfield – Fulwood), 88 (Chapeltown – Bents Green), 215 (Sheffield – Matlock) and 272 (Sheffield – Matlock)

Buses to Clarkehouse Rd: include 6 (Millhouses – Manor Top) which you can catch from HS3 on the High St, 181 (Dore – Western Bank) which leaves from CH3 West St, 10/10a (Manor Top via Heeley and Nether Edge) and 271 (Sheffield – Matlock).

Facilities on site

There are toilets with disabled access and baby changing facilities available in The Curator’s House and near the Thompson Rd entrance. There will also be additional portaloos available around the site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I park my car?

There is very limited parking around the Botanical Gardens, the majority of which is allocated to local residents. We would recommend walking or using public transport or taxis wherever possible. Please see guidance for blue badge holders in the section below about accessibility.

If using your car is unavoidable, we suggest parking either in the city centre (https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/parking/car-parks) or in the multistorey car park near Sheffield University (http://www.q-park.co.uk/parking/sheffield/q-park-durham-road) and walking or catching a bus from there.

Buses to Ecclesall Rd for Thompson Rd entrance: leave from stops MF1 and MF2 on Charter Row in the city centre. These include 65 (Sheffield – Buxton), 81/82 (Stannington – Dore), 83/83a (Ecclesfield – Fulwood), 88 (Chapeltown – Bents Green), 215 (Sheffield – Matlock) and 272 (Sheffield – Matlock)

Buses to Clarkehouse Rd: include 6 (Millhouses – Manor Top) which you can catch from HS3 on the High St, 181 (Dore – Western Bank) which leaves from CH3 West St, 10/10a (Manor Top via Heeley and Nether Edge) and 271 (Sheffield – Matlock).

More information on Sheffield bus routes and times on https://travelsouthyorkshire.com/

Can I bring a bag with me?

We would recommend that you leave personal belongings at home wherever possible. Any bags larger than a handbag will need to be searched on entry and will slow your entry into the venue.

Can I bring a pushchair with me?

Yes, of course. Though this will be a busy event, we have judged our capacity based on the fact that there will be a number of people with young children using pushchairs. Please be aware that pushchairs and large bags may be subject to searches on entry.

Can I bring my own alcohol into the event?

No. We are unable to permit people to bring their own alcohol into this event. However, we have a licensed bar on site, providing great drinks at reasonable prices.

Can I bring my own fireworks, sparklers or sky lanterns?

For the safety of everyone attending, please DO NOT bring your own fireworks, sparklers or sky lanterns into this event. They will be confiscated on entry and will not be returned.

Will dogs be permitted into the event?

No dogs or other animals will be permitted into the venue, with the exception of assistance dogs (and the resident squirrels!).

Can I bring my own chairs / blankets to sit on?

You may bring your own chairs if you wish, but please be aware that this will be a busy event at which space is at a premium. We ask that people leave the hardstanding paths clear and use the matted area in front of the bar if they wish to bring seating. We do not recommend you sit on blankets due to the ground conditions at this time of year.

Is the event accessible for wheelchair users?

The Botanical Gardens has excellent access for wheelchair users with hardstanding paths throughout and step free access through the Thompson Rd and Brocco Bank entrances. There are permanent accessible toilets at The Curators House Cafe and near the Thompson Rd entrance. We have also added additional disabled portaloo units to some of our toilet stations.

There is a limited amount of blue badge parking available near the Thompson Rd entrance. We have been unable to reserve further parking spaces but have been advised by Sheffield City Council Parking Services that blue badge holders may park:

  • In the dual bays (Pay & Display and Permit Holders) without a time limit although their Badge must be clearly displayed.
  • In Permit Holder only bays for up to 3 hours – Badge and clock (showing the time of arrival) must be clearly displayed
  • On single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours – Badge and clock (showing the time of arrival) must be clearly displayed
Do you have baby changing facilities?

Yes, there are permanent baby change units in the disabled toilets at The Curators House Cafe and near the Thompson Rd entrance. We have also added additional disabled portaloo units, which include baby change facilities, to some of our toilet stations.

Will the whole of the Botanical Gardens be open to visitors during the event?

No, to ensure the safety of attendees and to preserve important elements of the Gardens, particularly the top lawns and plant collections, some areas will be out of bounds throughout the event. Other areas will need to be out of bounds before, during and after the firework displays. These areas will be clearly signposted – please respect our signage and support our stewards in vacating areas in a timely manner when requested.

What will happen in the event of bad weather?

Due to the time of year, visitors must accept that poor weather conditions are a possibility and should prepare accordingly. In event of bad weather, the event will proceed UNLESS the Event Safety Officer advises that weather conditions are dangerous, in which circumstances the event will be cancelled. No refunds or exchanges will be offered in the event of bad weather, unless cancellation occurs. If the event does need to be cancelled, we will communicate with ticket buyers via email where possible and using our website and social media giving as much notice as possible.

I can't find my ticket! What do I do?

If you bought from our website, then please check your email for a message from Events Collective (which is the name of our production company) – remember to check your junk mail folder as the messages can sometimes land in there. If you still can’t find it, please contact us and we will send it through again.

Do I have to print my ticket or can I show it on my mobile device?

Yes! Please feel free to show your ticket QR code on your mobile device and save the paper from printing it.

I've bought tickets for the wrong date, can I swap?

We are happy to swap tickets for a different date (providing that date has not sold out) up to and including Friday 26th October. No ticket date swaps will be possible after that point, but you may use our Facebook Event Page to resell your ticket before purchasing one for the date you require.

Spectacular lighting – fireworks – street food – licensed bar – and more!