Sandwell Council is set to hold a free Illuminated Garden event on Friday 5th November as an alternative this year to their traditional Bonfire Night.

It will feature an illuminated night-time garden walk, filled with bubbles and lights, through Dartmouth Park in West Bromwich.

The illuminated walk itself should take around 30 minutes to complete, be free to enter and be Covid-safe, with visitors able to socially distance from one another during the walk.

Dartmouth Park’s Pavilion will be brightly lit up, and a laser show will project from the roof which will be visible right across the park.

The Illuminated Garden will run from 6pm to 9.30pm on Friday 5thNovember.

Councillor Danny Millard, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, said the night would not feature the bangs and burning of a traditional fireworks display – but would be a free, enjoyable alternative evening for families.

“We are very pleased to announce that we’re hosting this alternative free event and we hope to welcome families on Friday 5 November to our illuminated garden walk,” Cllr Millard said.

"Planning usually starts in the spring for our bonfire events and this year at that point, we were just emerging from a lockdown.

"With all the uncertainties of this year it was always going to be difficult to plan a full-scale bonfire event this autumn.

"Our Illuminated Garden will even be suitable for dogs to come along to – with their owners of course. The evening will also enable visitors to socially distance from other families."

Parking for the event at Sandwell Valley Country Park will also be free, though visitors are urged to walk or use public transport if possible.

Visitors are urged to wear wellies, warm clothes and waterproofs. Dogs are welcome but will need to remain on a lead at all times.

More details about the Illuminated Garden Walk.