Sunday, 29 June 2014

A day out in the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

As you all know I believe spending lots of time in the house with tiny children can end up sending you a smidge bonkers. So over the summer, each week I am going to do a little post about a day trip we had out. Some will be pricey. Some will be cheaper. Some will be free! Each post will have a vlog featuring my little lovelies. And I can promise you one thing. It will be very, very Brummy!

This week I took the children to Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It is a bit steep price wise here (£7 for an adult), but under 5s are free and if you go on the website every few months they host an open day so you could go then. However it is RAMMED on this day but there is more than enough room to squeeze your fam in for a picnic.



Whenever I tell friends I have a family pass to get in here they always say "Yawn how dull, weird big plants". Ah but you forget. Kids love weird crap. Love it! You walk through a few greenhouses with some of the giantess (that's not a word is it?) well huge plants and things like pineapples which blows our minds. There is also some great little fish ponds. Super interesting. And all super weird. My girl loves it!

Then you get out into the main park bit and are greeted by beautiful, beautiful green grass, and a pretty bandstand straight out of Mary Poppins and fountains. It's really gorgeous. And the best bit? Now don't kill me dog owners as I have one, but as dogs are not allowed there is no 'poo by picnic' factor. You can easily sit in the middle and your kids can run around and you can keep an eye on them, whilst you have a little rest or catch up with your chums.


Watch our day out!



Close by is a birds house with parrots and teeny tiny little birds, there is also a butterfly house which is new and I am yet to venture into. There is a great park with lots of bits and bobs for kids of all sizes to climb up and slide down, and there is also another brilliant little park deep in the middle of trees, to explore in but unfortunately this took a hit in some strong wind we had so it is currently being tarted up.

Food wise there is a really nice tea room but I will say it is a bit pricey so we always take a picnic. There are plenty of benches around and as I said the grass is lush. But if you fancy a nice treat and a Costa coffee? The tea rooms are for you. There is also a really nice gift shop that sells plants, and cards and bunting (oh bunting how I adore thee).



What I mainly like about the Botanical Gardens, and why it will always hold a special place in my heart is because sometimes when I go. Especially in the dead of winter, or in autumn when the are leaves are all around. It feels like me and my little fam are the only people there. Having this little adventure together in our secret garden. Sounds proper cheesy! But when I am old and grey that is what I shall think about.

So if it's a warm day and you're at a lose end pop and go and visit The Botanical Gardens.


   
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

35 comments:

  1. A beautiful place to visit and have a picnic. It sounds like there is plenty for the children to see and plenty of space to run around and have fun. Thanks for linking up and sharing your fun with Country Kids.

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    1. It is gorgeous. See you same time next week! xxx

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  2. This makes me think a bit of RHS Wisley which is near us. They also have a relatively steep entry fee but a free open day every now and again too. We went to the last open day and you're right - it was rammed! They had a butterfly exhibition on and the queue was 80 minutes long!! (We didn't bother!). I understand what you're saying about the feeling of having a secret garden. When I was younger there was a beautiful little woodland garden near where I lived which I used to cycle to with a good book and a can of Coke and pretend it was my garden - those were the days! X #countrykids

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    1. Ah the days of being able to go places and not feel scared. I doubt I will let me kids get away with half of what I got up to when I was little. Tis a shame. At least they can run around safely at the Botanics xxx

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  3. Love it! Sounds like Kew Gardens which is PROPER pricey. £16 for an adult and think you even pay for over 1yr olds!

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    1. £16!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BLIMEY! xxx

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  4. Her little voice!!! His little face!!! Cutest kids on Youtube, no contest! :) xx

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  5. I keep reading posts about places to visit in and around Birmingham - I've never been and didn't realise there was so much to do there. Will have to visit! x

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    1. Oh Birmingham is fab. If you can put up with our accents ;) xxx

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  6. I only live a few mins in the car from here and I've never been! I'm making sure we go in the next few weeks!

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  7. We have an annual pass too *getting excited* - we can meet up and watch the band and drink Pimms and pretend we live in the 1950s. My bigger two can run after your little ones. And the men can just keep handing us gin drinks. Hurrah xxx Your kids are so very cute x

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    1. OH MY GOD WHEN SHALL WE GO??????? Are you off over the summer? I can't remember if you work full time? Let's go asap xxx

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  8. That sounds and looks like a wonderful place place to visit!

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  9. Sounds like such a lovely place to visit, especially in the Autumn/Winter #magicmoments

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    1. Oh yeah in the Autumn is my total fav. I love it so much xxx

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  10. Aww I am sold! Sounds like the perfect place to go with kiddies, love it and love the photos :) xx #magicmoments

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    1. It's brill. Glad you liked the piccys hun xxx

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  11. This looks lovely and not somewhere we've been, will have to visit if we're heading up that way over the summer #whatsthestory

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    1. Oh do. You will really enjoy it. There will defo be a free day over the summer hols xxx

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  12. Oh wow this looks stunning x

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  13. This place is not boring at all! If me and my fam will be there we will be crouching always trying to capture the beauty of the giantess plants =) #whatsthestory

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    1. Yes Giantess is so not a word is it?? Ha ha ha xxx

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  14. Looks beautiful! Picnics always go wrong for me though - my boys don't do sitting, juts running around like loons trying to kill themselves :-/

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    1. Yes I did have to rescue my boy as he hurtled towards the fountains! xxx

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  15. We've only been there once and it was Easter and rammed - it was not good! But you have got me thinking we should try it again now, so thank you!

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    1. Well my pass could get us all in for free! I am the lady of free passes! xxx

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  16. It looks beautiful, and to think I've never been as it's so close to family. Certainly made me think twice

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    1. You should defo pop in and go and have a little look! xxx

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  17. 5 years ago I would have laughed in the face of your botanical garden pass, but you know what, this looks like my perfect day out now!
    If there was something like that round here I would buy a pass in a heartbeat, looks lovely x

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  18. This sounds like my kind of place. I love wandering around a garden now shoving my lens in every orofice, sorry flower. You're right though the kids love it. This is such a great post and it seems amazing there, shame its not nearer! Look forward to your other posts, thanks for sharing lovely #whatsthestory

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  19. oh wow i had no idea that Birmingham had a botanical garden!! beautiful

    thanks for linking up with #Magicmoments x

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