Mystical magicians, dazzling fire breathers and impressive aerial acts are set to take over Birmingham this June, as part of a magical walk for a local charity.
The ‘Enchanted Midsummer Walk’ – which is organised by Birmingham St Mary’s – will see hundreds of Brummies walk a 10k route across South Birmingham.
Taking place at dusk, mythical performers – including jugglers and stilt walkers – will guide participants along the route, creating a Shakespeare-inspired stroll.
The walk begins at Rowheath Pavillion in Bournville – where participants will be able to enjoy music, street food and drinks – before heading off into the leafy suburbs of Edgbaston, Harborne and Selly Oak.
Along the route, participants will be treated to an ice cream stop to help them refuel and will receive a celebratory glass of fizz and commemorative medal at the finish line.
As well as creating magical moments, the walk is also an opportunity to celebrate the lives of loved ones who are sadly no longer with us. During the walk, participants will be able to visit the hospice at Selly Park, where they will be able to light a candle in memory of their special someone.
Lucy Watkins, head of fundraising at Birmingham St Mary’s, said: “Our midsummer walk is a truly magical evening – not only is it a chance to celebrate loved ones but it’s also a special time to create new memories with family and friends. I love seeing everyone get dressed up and into the spirit of the evening and the walk is always a fun event that the whole family can enjoy.”
Last year, the Enchanted Midsummer Walk sold out, with over 400 walkers raising £32,000 for the hospice. All funds raised will go towards Birmingham St Mary’s, which provides vital care to local people living with life-limiting illness.
Lucy added: “It costs £8 million to run the hospice every year – over half of which needs to come from voluntary donations – so we truly rely on the generosity of local people to help us continue to provide our crucial care.”
Every day, Birmingham St Mary’s cares for 350 people living across Birmingham and Sandwell – whether that’s at the hospice, in people’s own homes, or in community locations such as GP surgeries.
The Enchanted Midsummer Walk takes place on Saturday 23rd June from 6.30 to 11.30pm. Tickets cost £16 per person or £12.50 per person when booked as a group of five or more. To find out more or to book your place, visit here.