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The Swingamajig Botanical Ball will take place at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne rd, B153TR
The Swingamajig Afterparty will take place at Amusement 13, Kent St B5 6RD

The Botanical Ball By Car

Parking/traffic around the Botanical Gardens can be difficult and we strongly advise avoiding coming by car if you can help it.  If  you have to drive then please make sure you plan your journey and parking in advance as if you just drive to the gardens it will delay your journey.

Swingamajig customers are not allowed to use the Botanical Gardens Carpark, if you drive in you will be turned away and this will likely cause traffic delays too.  Disabled blue badge holders are able to park here and when you arrive please speak to our staff and fill in your registration or you may get a parking ticket.  Swingamajig accepts no liability for parking fines from the Botanical Gardens carpark.

Where should I park if I am coming to the Botanical Ball (and don’t have a blue badge)?
The good news is there is plenty of carparking in the area, and we advise finding street parking on the surrounding roads.  EG Westbourne rd, Highfield rd, Harbourne rd.  Slightly further from the gardens would be better as we expect traffic to be very slow.  As a general rule the single yellows/2 hrs max stay in this area don’t apply to Sundays so you can park here all day (they do apply on Mondays so watch out if you are leaving your car overnight).

There are a couple of small carparks available for use free of charge , our carparks are on not reserved and will fill on a first come first served basis. They are:
Edgbaston School for girls carpark, Westbourne Road. Entrance on the left just before the Botanical Gardens.
Vicarage Road University Carpark, on vickerage road opposite the Botanical Gardens entrance.
Stewards will be on these entrances to let you know if there is any space and advise on where is the best place to park

Once again, please DO NOT try to turn into the Botanical gardens carpark as this will cause delays and back up the road. You may also end up with a parking fine as there are parking cameras in operation.

Taxis

  • Black Cabs – the only vehicles licenced to pick you up without prebooking first.  They tend to be a little more expensive but can always be found outside the various stations
  • Private hire/mini cab – there are plenty around, we use are A2B Radio cars 0121 744 1111 and they are very reasonable
  • Uber is in Birmingham and as long as you avoid surge pricing it is very reasonable

Getting home from the festival if you are ordering your own taxi, please avoid ordering a taxi to the gardens to avoid traffic delays. Walk out onto Westbourne Road and from there you will find it much easier to find your taxi/continue your onward journy.

We will be running a fixed price taxi rank sending cars to the afterparty. There will be a lot of people trying to leave the site between 23:00 and 23:30 so please factor this into your plans.

Public Transport

The number 1 bus goes almost to the Botanical Gardens but Five Ways (which is a 10 mins walk) is a major route where you will find busses coming in from all over Birmingham.
If you are coming by train then you can get off at Five Ways Station and that is a 15 min walk from the festival.

Walking/Cycling
The area around the gardens is lovely and we encourage anyone coming locally to walk or cycle.  There is not a lot of space to put a bike but there are some spaces on the left hand side of the car park as you come in.  If you need help finding somewhere suitable for your bike then just let us know.

Afterparty Parking

There are several private carparks in the area around the afterparty of if you would rather there is free overnight parking a short walk away in Dibgeth.