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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.

The best places to view the firework displays are in front of the Pavilions, on the Broadwalk between the Pavilions and fountain, and on the areas where the lawns have been covered near the bar and food traders.

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, 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 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

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

Explore the Sound Sculpture Garden: with an array of giant percussion and instruments made from colourful recycled materials placed around the beautiful Marnock Garden. Come and show off your musical creativity and rhythms!
More about Ben Gates Sound Sculptures at soundsculptures.co.uk
The Sound Sculpture Garden closes at 8:30pm each night.

Bear’s Deep Sea Adventure! Come and see Bear as you’ve never seen her before, exploring the ocean floor. The Bear Pit will be transformed into a glowing UV seascape and the team from Ignite Imaginations will be on hand to help you create your own deep sea creatures to swim with Bear or take home if you wish.
More about Ignite Imaginations at www.igniteimaginations.org.uk
Activity times: Fri & Sat 5-6pm / 6:45-7:45pm, Sun 4:30-5:30pm / 6:15-7:15pm

All Things Apple: join in with apple chopping and juicing, enjoy some mulled apple juice and get involved in other seasonal activities with the team from Regather Trading Co-op. They will also be selling traditional sweets, popcorn and cinder toffee from the activity marquee near the Marnock Garden.
More about Regather at regather.net

Be Part of the Story! Step into the magical world created by Sheffield based artist Liz von Graevenitz with her Shadow Puppet installation. Inspired by ‘Things That Never Were’ with a touch of woodland wonderment, this interactive installation is for young and old to experience and bring it to life.
More about Liz von Graevenitz at www.lizvongraevenitz.co.uk/

Discover the science behind Autumn: Get involved in some hands-on science with the team from the British Science Association, exploring the science behind this changing season. From experimenting with the colour of leaves to weather forecasting using pine cones to finding out the science behind apple mulling – come join us and explore a new side of Autumn.
More about the British Science Association – Sheffield at https://bsasheffield.org/

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