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.