What to do in Birmingham during the autumn and winter seasons. It’s time to dust off your woolly hats and gloves and tear out last year’s Christmas shopping. The leaves are on the change and that familiar chill is back in the air. Birmingham and beyond is brimming with autumnal and winter-time activities. We’ve picked out some of our favourites to share – most being suitable for the whole family!
From pumpkin picking, firework displays and meeting Santa. It’s time to soak up the festivities throughout Autumn until Winter with our itinerary of the best that Birmingham has to offer during the seasonal months.
Honour spooky season with the iconic orange squash by grabbing a wheelbarrow to harvest the best pick of the patch. Whether you choose to carve a Jack-o’-lantern or cook them into an autumnal dish, pumpkin-picking season is in full-swing.
Some pumpkin picking spots we recommend are:
Please note that we recommend checking opening times and if booking in advance is required.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens Winter Light Trail
Embark on an evening mile-long wander illuminated by the theatrical lights, sights, and sounds, bringing the grounds of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens to life. Running from Saturday 26th November 2022 to Monday 2nd January 2023. It is noted that tickets must be booked in advanced online.
Book your enchanting journey now: https://luminate.live/birmingham-botanical-gardens
The Polar Express Train Ride
Do you believe? You will after this! THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is returning to Vintage Trains with the magical Christmas family film being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the Christmas season. The train leaves from Birmingham Moor Street with the experience lasting around two hours. Expect hot chocolate, cookies and an unforgettable festive show.
Book tickets now: www.vintagetrains.co.uk/train-rides/polar-express/
Edgbaston Cricket Ground Fireworks Spectacular & Fun Fair
Remember, remember the 5th of November! The sky above Edgbaston Cricket Ground is set to be alight with a sparkling, crackling and booming extravaganza. Alongside this, there will be an on-site Fun Fair featuring classic rides and food stalls to keep you fed and warm.
Purchase your tickets here: https://edgbaston.com/events/whats-on/fireworks-display-in-birmingham/
Keep reading to see some more ideas of what to do in Birmingham during the Autumn and Winter seasons.
Warwick Castle Halloween At The Castle
Visit the West Midland’s most historical landmark, within its walls as old as time, you can delve into its thousands of years’ worth of history and haunting true tales.
‘Halloween at the Castle’ is taking place from the 22nd – 31st October. Creep around mysterious mazes, visit the Witches Den, Spooky School and much more for the whole family as the castle comes to life with eerie and spine-chilling stories and activities!
The castles after dusk event, ‘Castle After Dark’, are for those daring to seek more of a fright! This is a festival-themed evening event which will feature live music and entertainment, scare mazes, as well as local street food & drink stalls.
For more information and to book, visit: https://www.warwick-castle.com/explore/events/halloween/
Birmingham Hippodrome Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker
An annual festive classic here in Birmingham, is the Nutcracker performance by the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Sir Peter Wright’s timeless production of the Christmas classic will transport you straight to an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, twinkling Christmas trees and even a Sugar Plum Fairy.
Black Country Living Museum
Step back in time this festive season at the Black Country Living Museum. The award-winning open-air museum, who are one of Tik Tok’s star platforms, will be featuring three festive events: the Merry Makers daytime event, Glad Tidings evening event and Santa Hunts.
The Merry Makers event invites you to dip in out of shops, houses and workshops to see what Santa’s elves, toy soldiers and sugar plum fairies are up to in preparation for the most magical time of year!
Glad Tidings will welcome you to a traditional Victorian Christmas, where you will gather around hearths, braziers, and fires, as the sound of carols and Christmas tales ring out around every corner.
Santa Hunts will invite you on a quest, led by his Elves, to solve clues to find him! You will have the opportunity to meet him yourself individually and hint at what is on your Christmas list this year and even snap a photo with him.
Breath in the fresh, crisp air and feel the crunch of leaves beneath your feet in one of Birmingham’s most picturesque spots: Lickey Hills. Take a stroll amongst the vibrant colours bursting from the trees around you, stop for a hot chocolate in the café and let your little ones run wild in the woodland park. You can also opt to visit its neighbouring village, Barnt Green, where local pubs will welcome you to cosy up with a drink and bite to eat by a crackling log fire.
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That is some of our ideas of what to do in Birmingham during the Autumn and Winter seasons.