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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)
Swingamajig has moved to a Friday for this year only (due to the change in the Bank Holiday) and this makes parking in the area much more difficult. The street parking we used in 2019 is NOT available as the single yellow parking rules are enforced on bank holidays until 6pm.  There are some 1 and 2 hr no returns spots you can take in the area which come free at 6pm too.  Otherwise we suggest parking a little further away and catching a taxi, or in one of the pay and display carparks around 5 ways.  We are currently exploring options with nearby schools and University carparks, and will have more comprehensive advice closer to the time.

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.