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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 lighting installations by Ford Bacon (description of him TBC) 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 Ford Bacon) situated next to the Tipi Cafe  https://www.facebook.com/EventinaTent/ also, 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, 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 Timings

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




CLICK HERE << or click on map image below, for full size version of map.


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! 

> Visit and experience ‘Bear’s Out Of Space Adventure’
> Sound Sculpture Garden
> Tales From The Other Side
> More kids activities TBC

Last years Programme (below) – Illuminate 2018

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