Keep calm and go to the park
Amongst all the chaos and the hustle and bustle of city life, it sure is nice to know that there’s a nearby place of total contrast to escape to. No huge buildings dominating the skyline, no car horns blaring, and no herds of people walking at snail’s pace side by side along the high street. A place to immerse yourself in the glorious sounds of birdsong and the wind in the trees. A place where you can really get in touch with nature and all that’s beautiful about it.
In Birmingham, we’re a lucky lot. While we are very privileged to be able to call this amazing city home, we also have a number of stunning, picturesque parks and nature reserves dotted around the outskirts of the city centre. Let’s start by telling you about The Birmingham Botanical Gardens: Fifteen acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with 7000 plants, shrubs and trees, four glasshouses showcasing a vast range of exotic plants, art gallery, tea room, and a gift shop. The Botanical Gardens is available to hire, and is ideal for wedding venues and parties. There is an open-air theatre during the summer for live music, and they are also available to local schools for educational visits.
A little further south of the city, there’s the famous Cannon Hill Park, complete with boating lake! This wonderful park, made up of 80 acres of formal parkland and 120 acres of conservation and woodland plantation, was donated to the citizens of Birmingham by Miss Louisa Ryland expressing her wish that the Park would prove a source of healthful recreation to the people of Birmingham.
Venturing further out, there’s Moseley Bog & Nature Reserve, which was actually a popular playground for Lord of the Rings author J R R Tolkien. He has said that it was the inspiration for the “old forest” in the books, and people from all over have visited the bog to experience his inspiration for themselves. There are also some remains of Victorian Gardens in the reserve, as well as evidence of human activity dating back 3000 years throughout, including clay pits and two Bronze Age burnt mounds.
Our wonderful city features some amazing sights (especially if you’ve ever dined at the top of The Cube or the brand new Park Regis Hotel, or lived in Beetham Tower), but if you’re looking for a break from all that concrete for sights more bright, beautiful, great and small, we thoroughly recommend exploring one of these wonderful places.