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What’s On

The fireworks at Illuminate the Gardens are provided by award winning Yorkshire company OPTIMUM FIREWORKS, with a ‘low bangs’ display taking place earlier in the evening and a mindblowing finale display set to music towards the end of the event.

Fx Productions return again this year for another jaw- dropping laser extravaganza from
the top of the Pavillion

New areas: Tulip garden and several additional awe inspiring installations from ILum-N8 and the Party Wonderland brought to you by Modular Moods, expect a Tropical caravan bar and food truck Vinyl wrapped in art by local artist Yas Mina, JBL soundsystem, audiovisuals, lighting including a giant walk in mirrored infinity cube, sculptures and vintage furniture!

The best places to view the fireworks from are our NEW area for 2019, the Tulip Garden displays (brought to you by ILum-N8). Also our additional new area for this year our  Avalanche Tipi Cafe situated at the top of the Pavillion.  The Boardwalk between the Pavilions and fountain, and on the areas where the lawns have been covered near the bar and food traders, are another popular area to view the fireworks and the amazing light show.

Many of the Botanical Garden’s beautiful features have been specially lit for the event to show them off in all their glory. We recommend a stroll around the open paths during the event (see MAP for more details) and look out for pop-up performances taking place around the gardens throughout the event.  We have a number of free activities for families – check out the THINGS TO DO page below for more information. The lower gardens (near the Thompson Rd entrance) will host vintage fairground rides from NORTH’S FUNFAIRS. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be the star of your own show at ‘Tales From The Other Side’ http://www.lizvongraevenitz.co.uk/ or visit the ‘Sound Sculptures Garden’  https://www.orchestraofobjects.co.uk/.  You won’t be short of things to entertain your little ones including multiple activities and installations to interact with, including swingboats, helter skelter and swing chairs. All rides priced at just £1.50 a go.  Look out for stunning decorative features provided by local company CLOUD 9 DECOR including their giant crochet flowers along the Broadwalk and fantastic magpie installation at the top of the lower gardens.



Event Digital Programme 2019

Event Timings

Some of our free family activities run at restricted times, please see the THINGS TO DO section below for more information.





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Things to Do

This year we will have lots of things happening around the gardens to encourage you to keep moving and keep warm in between the fireworks shows! 

Bear’s Out of Space Adventure From exploring the ocean floor last year, this year we’ve decided to send Bear out of Space for another illuminated adventure. The Bear Pit will be transformed into a UV galaxy, brought to you by Manchester based artist Kelly Blue Creative, Add to the adventure by creating your own twinkling star to hang within the Bear Pit or take home if you wish. 

Sound Sculpture Garden With an array of giant percussion and instruments made
from upcycled materials placed around the Marnock Garden
brought to you by Ben Gates – https://www.orchestraofobjects.co.uk.
Join in, get creative and show off your musical rhythms with some wonderful noisy toys!

Tales from the other side Be a part of your own story in the amazing Shadow Puppet Theatre created by local artist Liz Von Graevenitz – http://www.lizvongraevenitz.co.uk.
This interactive installation is for both young and old to experience and bring it to life.

My Arty Party – www.myartyparty.co.uk is a family run business established in 2014 and based in Sheffield. Providing arts and crafts entertainment for children that inspires and encourages their natural creativity and imagination, come join them in the kids activities tent this year to create your own paper bag luminaries or experiment with leaf printing!

Facepainters! Many of the Botanical gardens features have been specially lit for the event, add to the sparkle by getting your face glittered! We have 2 groups of amazing glitter girls situated in the kids activities tent and near the Modular Moods party zone, to make sure you, your friends and family are sparkling away with bio- degradable glitter. 

Additionally, please follow – https://www.illuminatethegardens.co.uk/food-drink/#drinks for the more mature audience looking for a warming tipple, a fancy cocktail or a glass of fizz at some of our bars around site including our new additional areas this year Modular Moods Party Zone and the Avalanche Tipi.

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