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Exhibitions & Galleries

Phyllis Oberman

 By Phyllis Oberman, Art Aficionado

Ballerinas in Colour

The great French Impressionist artist, Edgar Degas, who died one hundred years ago, is currently celebrated in two important exhibitions in London and Cambridge.

He is best known for his sensitive paintings, drawings and sketches of young ballet dancers at rest, rehearsing and performing in Paris.

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, The Green Ballet Skirt

      Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
 The Green Ballet Skirt, about 1896
 The Burrell Collection, © CSG CIC
     Glasgow Museums Collection



The National Gallery, London, has a show of Degas pastels. The stars of the show come from the Burrell Collection in Glasgow that is closed for major refurbishment. This will be the first time that most of them will be seen outside Glasgow since they were bought over 100 years ago.

Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell is enhanced by works from The National Gallery's own Degas collection .

The exhibition is by no means all ballerinas. Degas' interests in the Paris social scene, everyday life and the crowds and horses at the racecourse illustrate the breadth of his skills.

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Laundresses

       Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
         Laundresses about 1882-4
   The Burrell Collection, © CSG CIC
      Glasgow Museums Collection

The National Gallery show concludes on 7th May, 2018 and admission is free.

Further information including details of talks and other related events are available from www.nationalgallery.org.uk

In Cambridge The Fitzwilliam also celebrates the centenary of the death of Degas. Here the gallery in conjunction with Denver Art museum adds to its own collection paintings, sculpture, drawings, pastels, etchings and letters on loan from public and private collections in Europe and the United States.

This large exhibition includes works by artists from the past that Degas admired and concludes the show with more contemporary paintings by some who were inspired by Degas such as Picasso, Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon.

Giovanni Boldini: Edgar Degas at a Cafe Table

      Giovanni Boldini: Edgar Degas
               at a Cafe Table, 1883
 © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge


This 'not to be missed' event continues until 14th January, 2018. Admission is free.

For further information about the exhibition visit www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Rembrandt Illuminates

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery has an important collection of Rembrandt prints from etchings that it is showing for the first time in 30 years.

This little-known collection forms the focus of an exhibition of etchings, paintings and drawing, Rembrandt: Lightening The Darkness that continues until 7th January, 2018.

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rij, Self Portrait

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rij
   (1606-1669)Self-portrait Leaning
    on a Stone-sill (II/II) 1639 Norfolk
  Museums Service (Norwich Castle
            Museum & Art Gallery)


Rembrandt was a very skilled etcher and his works in this show demonstrate how he managed to achieve amazing effects of light and shade with just black lines and white space.

Works have also been loaned from National Galleries of Scotland, The Royal Collection, The National Gallery and The British Museum. Visitors to the exhibition can also view the whole printing process demonstrated in a print room.

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rij, Group of Musicians

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    1606-1669, Group of Musicians
   Listening to a Flute Player 1635
    Brown ink and wash on paper
      © Norfolk Museums Service


He considered etching and the prints that resulted as a distinct art form and not just a means of making copies of his oil paintings for a wider audience. The paintings included in this exhibition also show clearly his talent for achieving remarkable effects of light and darkness.

Admission to this exhibition is free with a ticket for Norwich Castle. Concessionary tickets are available.

Further information is available from the website at www.museums.norfolk.gove.uk 

Talent to Illustrate

Cartoonist, author and prolific illustrator, William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) now has his own museum in Pinner, Middlesex. Celebrating its first year and supported by many volunteers, the museum houses a huge collection of his original artwork as well as holding regular special shows.

One of his objectives throughout his life was to satirise pomposity in society - but always with good humour and lack of malice. His work ranged from illustrating Kipling, Shakespeare plays, children's books and images of the weird and wonderful contraptions he created to amuse – often tied together with knotted string!

His name can be found in reference books to describe cartoons such as the one below.

One of Heath Robinson's 'Contraptions'

          One of Heath Robinson's
                     'Contraptions'

An Illustration for 'The Water Babies' by Heath Robinson


      An Illustration for 'The Water
       Babies' by Heath Robinson

The museum is in Pinner Memorial Park and details of opening days and hours can be found at www.heathrobinsonmuseum.org

Concessionary tickets are available.

Reality on the Streets

For some of us who were born or lived in East London a new book – just published - of colourful realist paintings of 20th century East London scenes should be of great interest.

East End Vernacular: Artists Who Painted London's East End Streets in the 20th Century features paintings, many of them never published before, from thirty artists. There is also a fascinating biography of each artist the majority of whom began as amateurs. The book runs to 160 pages.

Street scenes that do not exist any more remind one of how it looked in the 1930's and earlier in Petticoat Lane, Bethnal Green or Spitalfields.

For further information visit the Spitalfields Life Books website at www.spitalfieldslife.com

Grove Hall Park, Bow

         Grove Hall Park, Bow, 1933
               by Harold Steggles
              © The Artist’s Estate

St James' Road, Old Ford, E

  St James’ Road, Old Ford, E. 1933
 by Henry Silk © The Artist’s Estate


Coincidentally an exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery entitled From Mile End to Mayfair brings together art produced by members of The East London Group who were active in the 1920's and 1930's. Both the paintings from the book, shown above, can be seen in Southampton.

The exhibition combines works on loan from public and private collections with some of the Gallery's own paintings and continues until 6th January, 2018 Entrance is free.

Further information is available from www.southamptoncityartgallery.com and also www.eastlondongroup.co.uk

Favourite Gallery or Museum

If you have a favourite local art gallery or museum that you would like to share with Sixtyplusurfers readers, please send the details to Phyllis Oberman care of Sixtyplusurfers to: jennyitz@hotmail.com

Please mark your email favourite art gallery and museum for Phyllis Oberman's column.
 

Retirement & Hobbies

How to be Happy
When Times are Hard Grow your Roots


Adrian and Judy Reith

By Adrian Reith, with his wife, Judy

Planning for our post-60 future my wife Judy and I decided to sell up and build a house suitable for our third act. Here’s a life lesson we learned along the way.

There is only one tree in our garden. A majestic 150-year old yew stands, annoyingly, in the worst possible place for building the new house for Judy and our family – blocking access. But sadly the tree is healthy.

I would have chopped it down, but was forbidden from doing so as it has a Tree Preservation Order on it. Ouch. And the fine for taking it down without permission? £25,000. Ouch ouch.

The Council Tree Officer - dogged woman - forced us to tunnel under the roots with a specialist air spade to pass gas, water and drainage pipes; communications and electric cables.

We had to protect those precious roots at all costs, she said. For a few days the roots of the tree were completely exposed on one side to allow these works, then carefully re-covered, unharmed. Next the entire 35-ton house had to be flown over the tree by crane - piece by piece – mercifully we had bought a modular house, pre-built in a factory.

The Great Tree Drama helped us see more clearly that we need to apply the same care and attention we deployed to preserve healthy roots of our blessed yew tree

So you will understand why – after this traumatic process - when we settled in and started to enjoy our new home - we named it ‘Treehouse’.

And as it turns out, the tree continues to figure large in our post-60 plans, as this autumn the last of our three daughters left for college. And our new Treehouse feels newly … empty. We’re here in Act 3, that 50-plus bit.

The Great Tree Drama helped us see more clearly that we need to apply the same care and attention we deployed to preserve healthy roots of our blessed yew tree - to the roots of the relationship Judy and I share.

Especially in our post-60 years. Especially having been married for 28. Especially with an empty nest – the life stage you’re most likely to get divorced.

So, a useful metaphor for us to plan for a good Act 3 has become the tree. And of course the roots are the most important, but rarely visible, part of a tree.

Healthy roots make happy healthy lives. Root 1 – Relationships

In our work as Life Coaches, Judy and I are inspired by Dr Robert Waldinger’s Harvard study, which proves good relationships keep us happier and healthier, and loneliness kills.

Simply watch what you’re doing each day and who you’re with. And see if you can pay more and more careful attention to the people you’re with. Put aside all your preconceptions and just be there with somebody. Listen to them. It makes a huge difference.

Healthy roots make true lives. Root 2 – Values

We also highlight findings by a palliative care worker Bronnie Ware who found the most frequent regret of the dying people she nursed was I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

So a plan would be to listen to the voice inside yourself whispering Stop doing X. Start doing Y. Continue doing Z. So that at your 80th birthday people can say Wow! This period of your life has been inspiring – what happened to you after 60? You make change true by acting on it. Not thinking about it.

Healthy roots make engaged lives. Root 3 – Purpose

The Harvard study also found by the time people reached middle age, those who engaged in what psychologists call “generativity,” or an interest in establishing and guiding the next generation, were happier and better adjusted than those who didn’t. And generativity is not dependent on being a parent — while people can develop it by raising children, they can also exhibit it at work or other situations where they mentor younger adults. Giving back gives you purpose.

It’s obvious, but gazing at a tree, you’ll probably not be thinking about the roots. You’re admiring the shoots and fruits.

Look after your roots and you’ll withstand any storm.

Act3 - How To Live A Better Life After 50

Save 20% now if you pre-order  Act3 – How To Live A Better Life After 50 the new book by Judy & Adrian Reith to be published in 2018.

Stay in touch here: www.Act3Life.com @Act3Life 

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Adrian & Judy help people plan for better later life with 1:1 coaching, speaking, and workshops.  Next workshop
is: Act3 Guardian Masterclass Weekend
 

      The Creation of a
     Christmas Classic
    Explored at Charles

 Dickens's Family Home 


Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas

      Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens in
       The Man Who Invented Christmas


This Christmas, the Charles Dickens Museum will celebrate and explore the creation of the story that may just be the most loved of the author’s tales. A Ghost of an Idea: unwrapping A Christmas Carol will draw on the Museum’s unrivalled collections of original Dickens material to examine the issues and circumstances - social, political and personal - that drove Dickens to write A Christmas Carol.

A Ghost of an Idea: unwrapping A Christmas Carol runs from 29th November 2017 – 25th February 2018 at the Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, the London Townhouse into which Charles Dickens moved with his family in 1837. When Dickens moved to Doughty Street, he was a littleknown writer, still using his pen-name, Boz; by the time he left, he was an international superstar, having written The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby there. Dickens’s rooms will be dressed for Christmas for the whole run of the exhibition.

Dining Room at Charles Dickens Museum by Jayne Lloyd

      Dining Room at Charles Dickens
              Museum by Jayne Lloyd


Aside from exploring the creation of A Christmas Carol, the exhibition will look at its success, legacy and continued enormous popularity, a great example of which is the new film The Man Who Invented Christmas, which opens in the UK on 1st December and stars Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens.

To mark the UK release of the film, which focuses on Dickens’s motivations for writing A Christmas Carol, the Museum will devote a whole section of the exhibition to original costumes from the film, as well as examples of its set and costume designs, props and other production material. Among the highlights will be the costumes worn by Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge, Donald Sumpter as Jacob Marley, Jonathan Pryce as John Dickens, Ger Ryan as Elizabeth Dickens and Dickens aficionado Simon Callow as John Leech.

Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge in The Man Who Invented Christmas

     Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer
             Scrooge in The Man Who
                  Invented Christmas

A Ghost of an Idea: unwrapping A Christmas Carol will reveal how a campaigning article about the injustices of child labour turned into a story that continues to inspire, more than 170 years after its publication.

Written in six weeks in the winter of 1843 (to ensure its publication before Christmas), A Christmas Carol sold 6,000 copies in the six days between its release and Christmas Eve that same year and has never been out of print since. Inspired by a damning parliamentary report and growing awareness of child poverty, the book follows Ebenezer Scrooge over the course of a tortuous night. At the time of publication, one critic declared it ‘a national benefit to every man and woman who reads it…’


The exhibition explores the inspiration behind the novella through artefacts such as the earliest hand-tinted etchings by John Leech for the first edition of A Christmas Carol in 1843, first editions of the story, playbills and presentation copies given by Dickens to his friends.

Cindy Sughrue, Director of the Charles Dickens Museum says, “A Christmas Carol takes a man on a transformational journey and shows us all that we can make a difference with small acts of kindness and generosity. The story was a hit as soon as it was published and its appeal and message remain as powerful as ever. We are delighted to be showing the quite exquisite costumes created for The Man Who Invented Christmas in the rooms in which Dickens and his family lived. It is a remarkable prospect for lovers of Dickens, film and Christmas.”

The exhibition is just one of the special events celebrating Christmas at the Museum this year. Among the brilliantly atmospheric candlelit evening openings, late-night openings, tours of the House and special performances are:

The Christmas Books by Charles Dickens. Adapted and performed by James Swanton

A rare opportunity to experience all five of the Christmas Books; not only A Christmas Carol, but The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life and The Haunted Man. Presented in the traditional fashion of Dickens’s own Public Readings, these exquisite fantasies unlock a world teeming with goblin infested bells, angelic insects, war-torn phantoms and Ghosts of Christmases Past and Present and Yet To Come. They are true fairy-tales of the Victorian age with enduring resonance. Performed by James Swanton, who took Dickens to the West End in the acclaimed Sikes & Nancy and now the first actor to perform all five of the Christmas Books together.

Dates:

9 Dec. 15.00: A Christmas Carol; 18.00: The Chimes
10 Dec. 15.00: The Cricket on the Hearth; 18.00: A Christmas Carol
12 Dec. 18.00: The Battle of Life
13 Dec. 18.00: The Haunted Man
14 Dec. 15.00: The Battle of Life; 18.00: The Cricket on the Hearth
15 Dec. 15.00: The Haunted Man; 18.00: A Christmas Carol
16 Dec. 15.00: The Chimes; 18.00: A Christmas Carol 23rd December. 10.30: A Christmas Carol; 12.00: The Chimes; 13.30: The Cricket on the Hearth;
15.00: The Battle of Life; 16.30: The Haunted Man
Price: £18.00

A Christmas Carol - Performed by Dominic Gerard

A special candlelit performance of A Christmas Carol by acclaimed actor and Dickens performer, Dominic Gerrard, in the rooms in which Dickens wrote. A magical retelling of the classic Christmas story, directed by Tim Carroll and with ingenious puppetry animating the words of Ebenezer Scrooge. According to Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, Dickens’s great-great-great-granddaughter, ‘It’s the perfect way to begin your  Christmas’.
Dates: 17-21 Dec & 27-30 December. 15.00 & 18.00.

A Christmas Carol read by Michael Slater

The great Dickens authority, Professor Michael Slater MBE, brings A Christmas Carol to life. A much-loved annual festive treat, highly recommended by all at the Museum and the many visitors who return to experience it each year.
Dates: 22 December. 15.00 & 18.00.

Christmas Housemaid's Tour

Step back in time to Christmas 1839. While Dickens and his family are out at a Christmas event, their housemaid takes a break from her duties to invite visitors through the original door of 48 Doughty Street, which Dickens used, to enjoy an exclusive tour of Dickens’s ‘house in town’, dressed for Christmas and filled with festive greenery, authentic Victorian fayre and the scent of citrus and spice.
Dates: 10, 17 December. 10.00, 11.00 and 11.45.

Christmas Eve at 48 Doughty Street

48 Doughty Street

The Christmas season starts with a day to remember at 48 Doughty Street. The halls are decked with holly and ivy and the rooms made ready for a Christmas celebration as the Dickens Family would have known it. Visitors will be immersed in a host of festive activities around the Museum with the opportunity to hear Christmas Carols echoing through the house and to listen to extracts from A Christmas Carol.

The Charles Dickens Museum holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of Dickens-related material. As visitors make their way through the house, they can see the raised reading desk he designed, and from which he gave countless public readings and pore over original manuscripts of his great works, letters, personal items and photographs. The rooms are still filled with the furniture he bought. Most of the fireplaces, doors, locks, window shutters and fittings are still in place as they were when the family resided there.

Visitor Information

A Ghost of an Idea: Unwrapping A Christmas Carol at Charles Dickens Museum
 
‘A Ghost of an Idea: Unwrapping A Christmas Carol is at Charles Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX

Dates: 29th November 2017 - 25th February 2018

Museum admission prices (includes special exhibition): Adults £9; Concessions £7; Children (6-16) £4; Under 6's go free

Opening hours: Seven days a week, 10.00-17.00 (last admission 16.00). Closed on Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Tickets for Christmas events are on sale now at www.dickensmuseum.com
 

   Sixtyplusurfers Competition

  Win Pandemonio

Win Pandemonio from Drumond Park

    A new game for all the family

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Drumond Park to offer three lucky readers the chance to win Pandemonio, a great new game for all the family.

New Pandemonio from Drumond Park (RRP £19.99, age 8 to adult) is a brilliant, wild and wacky card trading game – where everyone plays at once, all the time! Yes – it’s pandemonium… loud, raucous and, of course, extremely funny.


Pandemonio from Drumond Park

The card-swapping mayhem is overseen by the hilarious Wind-up Colin – a ‘coffee cup’ timer who keeps time for every round – by marching down his track in the centre of the colourful playing board.

Everyone starts with a random selection of eight cards (bicycles, headphones, planes, false teeth etc), and play starts when Colin is wound up and set off along his track. Everyone gets swapping madly (with cards face down – so you don’t know what you’re getting!) for an equal number of an opponent’s cards.

Wind-up Colin

As Colin gets to the end of track, the swapping gets ever more frantic, until he grinds to a halt! Then everyone moves their playing piece along the board by the number of correct cards collected.

Each round, the players must get rid of their old cards and collect cards that match the new board square their piece is now sitting on. The first player to get all the way up the board - to land on or pass the Start Line - Wins!

Pandemonio will be a real hit with family and friends this Christmas

Pandemonio will be a real hit with family and friends this Christmas – it’s an ingenious, quick-fire game that’s guaranteed to provide hours of multi-generational fun!

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a) Start-up Sam
b) Wind-up Colin
c) Timmy Times-up
d) Clockwork Charlie


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    Christmas Craft
  Fair at RHS Garden
  Wisley in November

        
Christmas Dog by Suzie Jasper


Visit the fair from 22nd-26th November

Craft In Focus is returning to RHS Garden Wisley from 22nd-26th November to stage the UK’s leading popular Christmas craft and design fair. The event will be bigger than ever with over 190 exhibitors!

The craft fair will be held in floored and heated marquees within the Garden this year and features a selection of the UK’s finest professional contemporary craftworkers and artists working in wood, glass, metal, textiles, ceramics and more.

See the beautiful glassware at RHS Garden Wisley Christmas Craft Fair

The UK has a wealth of individual and talented designer makers and artists who produce wonderful original items that simply cannot be found amongst the mass-produced and imported goods on the high street. Craft In Focus has selected the best of these to show at the Christmas event.

All exhibitors at Craft In Focus events design and make the work that they display and are selected for their individuality and innovation in contemporary design, as well as outstanding technical ability. The event is a must visit for anyone seeking something unusual and original and produced by an individual business that has a real passion for the work they create.

Fox by Nichola Theakston

Visitors will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking creativity from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers. This event really is a refreshing alternative to Christmas shopping on the predictable high street.

The event incorporates a Food Pavilion for a “Taste of Christmas” and delicious food on offer includes Christmas cakes and puddings, olive oils, nut products, handmade chocolate and fudge, truckle cheeses, fruit infused spirits, and a selection of English preserves and chutneys.

Chickens by Jeff Soan

Throughout the event there will be live music which will include the classical guitar sounds of The Corcovado Project, a traditional jazz band – Jazz Magic, a cutting-edge, all-female string ensemble - Gold Quartet, the gentle jazz sounds of Pink Champagne and the Wey Gospel Choir.

An event not to be missed! The craft fair opens from 9am each day. Normal Garden admission charges apply and include craft fair entry. RHS Members free.

Venue address is RHS Garden Wisley, Nr Woking, GU23 6QB

For further information contact Craft In Focus at Telephone:  01622 747 325

Or visit www.craftinfocus.com

 

   Fireworks at Blists
  Hill Victorian Town


Family Fireworks at Blists Hill Victorian Town


See the night sky spectacularly lit up over Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Saturday evening, 4th November when the townsfolk will be celebrating Guy Fawkes’ foiled Gunpowder Plot with a fantastic family fireworks display.

The gates open at 6pm allowing plenty of time to explore the Town’s Victorian streets and atmospheric buildings. Wrap up warm, buy a cup of hot chocolate from the café and enjoy the smell of coal fires burning as you make your way down to the Village Green for the show. You will be able talk to the townsfolk in their cottages, shops and other places of work and hear about life in the late 1800s.

Remember to visit the Town’s Foundry where you will be able to see molten iron being poured into moulds during the dramatic iron casting demonstration.

The highlight of the night will be the fantastic fireworks extravaganza accompanied by music, which will start at around 7.30pm and light up the night sky.

This popular fun and safe family event takes place between 6pm and 9pm. Tickets priced at £10 adults; £7.25 children aged 3-15 years and £32 for a family of 2+2, under 3s free, must be purchased in advance either online or from any of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums and will not be available at the gate.

The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6

For further information, contact the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424

Or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk
 

Magical Wonderland
    at Birmingham
  Botanical Gardens

 
 
Magical Wonderland at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

A spectacular new Christmas trail at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens will be transforming the gardens into a magical illuminated wonderland when it opens on 29th November 2017.

The jewel-coloured trail will lead visitors through the Gardens, highlighting the rich Victorian history and heritage trees, all with the magical entertainment of the festive season.

The trail weaves across the landscape, telling little stories and encouraging visitors to interact with the seasonal themes. Installations that visitors will experience include illuminated scenes bringing to life The Twelve Days of Christmas; a tunnel of lights; a mistletoe moment, a scented fire garden and much more.

Visitors will also see an incredible Singing Tree. This magnificent coppice tree has five trunks! Using the latest technology this single coppice will appear to magically sing as visitors wander past. Inspiration will also be drawn from other festive pieces including Silent Night, O Holy Night and The Holly and the Ivy.

Leading the creative, design and implementation is Zoe Bottrell, who is responsible for the creative concepts enjoyed at the popular Christmas at Kew, whose trail has had over one million festive visitors!

The much-loved Botanical Gardens, with four Glasshouses, a Victorian park and bandstand, has provided horticultural inspiration for the Creative Designer.

Zoe plans to have every rib of the beautiful aviary aglow with programmable lights, whilst the entire lawn will be washed with fire-like illumination. This installation alone will feature over 60,000 individual lights. It will take the team over five days to rig the lighting using specialist riggers.

She says, “The Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston, are an enticing canvas to create a Christmas story, featuring a beautiful aviary, to provide inspiration and illumination opportunities.”

Working in a heritage and botanical landscape creates its own challenges. From the vast amount of infrastructure, to getting hundreds of visitors into gardens whilst keeping them pristine in the midst of winter. The trail has been specially designed for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Christmas at The Botanical Gardens takes place from 29th November – 1st January.

Discover a new Christmas light trail set within the beautiful landscape of The Botanic Gardens, created for all the family to enjoy.

Admission: Advance Non-Member Adult from £14.00 - £16.00, Child from £8.00 - £10.00 Advance Family Ticket from £40.00 - £48.00.

For further information visit the website at 
www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk