WE visited a magical winter light trail under 50 minutes away from Worcester - and had an incredible time.

Luminate transformed the scenic Birmingham Botanical Gardens have been into a beautiful festive light trail.

We were able to try the light trail before it opened on Saturday, November 25.

The Luminate team advise those attending to wrap up warm and to wear appropriate footwear, so we were sure to bring warm jackets and comfy but sturdy shoes.

Our slot was for between 5.30pm and 5.45pm, and all visitors get two and a half hours of free parking in the on-site car park.

On arrival, we gathered at the entrance to the trail, where a small courtyard of food vendors had formed where attendees could grab a bite to eat.

The ostrich burgers and stilton fries were tempting.

There was hot mulled wine and cider available to buy on entry, alongside some soft drink options as well.

Thousands of lights illuminated the trail, and clever projections and audio were also used along the route. There were several 'living trees' which spoke to you as you followed the trail and told jokes.

There was also a section where tiny fairies and elves were projected into small bird cages, making it look as if they were really inside and walking around.

Our favourite instalment in the trail was a big moon over a pond, which was incredibly striking in person.

Along the trail, there were lots of interactive installations, like a Rubik's cube, illuminated stepping stones, and a spot where you can control spotlights.

It would not be a festive winter trail without stopping for a luxury hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, which are available to purchase about halfway through the route.

There is also a section where you can toast marshmallows as well, which made for a nice addition to the route.

The trail ends with a picturesque light tunnel, perfect for selfies and festive snaps.

Luminate is a family company which will be running the light trail until Tuesday, January 2.

The trail takes approximately an hour to 90 minutes.

All tickets for the event must be pre-booked online in advance, with carers getting free access to the trail.

On Monday to Thursday up until Thursday, December 14, tickets start at £16.75 for adults, £12.25 for children and there is a family option for £56.50.

From Friday to Sunday, and everyday from Monday December 18, adult tickets are £21.25, children's tickets are £15.75 and family tickets are £69.50.

The whole experience certainly left us feeling festive and counting down the days until Christmas.