Illuminated Garden

Sandwell Council to host family Illuminated Garden event on 5 November

Sandwell Council is set to hold an alternative free Bonfire Night event – minus the traditional bonfire and fireworks – on Friday 5 November 2021.

The Illuminated Garden event on Friday 5 November will feature an illuminated night-time garden walk, filled with bubbles and lights, through Dartmouth Park in West Bromwich.

Admission to the environmentally-friendly event will be completely free to enter. The walk will also be Covid-safe, with visitors able to socially distance from one another during the walk.

Dartmouth Park’s Pavilion will be brightly lit up, and a laser show will project from the roof which will be visible right across the park.

The Illuminated Garden will run from 6pm to 9.30pm on Friday 5 November. The illuminated walk itself should take around 30 minutes to complete.

Councillor Danny Millard, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, said the night would not feature the bangs and burning of a traditional fireworks display – but would be a free, enjoyable evening for families.

“We are very pleased to announce that we’re hosting this alternative free event and we hope to welcome families on Friday 5 November to our illuminated garden walk,” Cllr Millard said.

“Planning usually starts in the spring for our bonfire events and this year at that point, we were just emerging from a lockdown.

“With all the uncertainties of this year it was always going to be difficult to plan a full-scale bonfire event this autumn.

“Not only that, but we’re very aware that many people and animals don’t enjoy the noise and smoke of bonfire night – as well as people being concerned about the environmental impact of burning wood and fireworks.

“Our Illuminated Garden will even be suitable for dogs to come along to – with their owners of course. The evening will also create a much smaller carbon footprint – and it will enable visitors to socially distance from other families.”

Parking for the event at Sandwell Valley Country Park will also be free, though visitors are urged to walk or use public transport if possible.

Visitors are urged to wear wellies, warm clothes and waterproofs. Dogs are welcome but will need to remain on a lead at all times.

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