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Birmingham to light up Bullring

World Premiere of festive pop-up turns on in Birmingham    • Installation to feature 88,000 fairy lights, more than 9km in length, enough to reach the top of Everest • More festive lights per square foot than any site in Britain  • Tea parlour to serve the world’s first crystal clear Christmas puddings 

Visitors to Birmingham will be able to journey to the centre of the fairy light with Once Upon A Time In Birmingham, Bompas & Parr’s festive tea parlour and party bar, which is opening in Hammerson’s flagship destination, Bullring & Grand Central on 14th November 2019. 
The Christmas installation features 88,000 fairy lights, over 9km of illumination, as well as a host of mirrors in a grand, sparkling interior. The merry and bright installation will not only be illuminating, but also delicious, with a menu designed to glow and sparkle. 
What is it like to be inside a fairy light?
After venturing down a pulsating electric cable, guests will emerge into a tea parlour and cocktail bar, decked out like the imagined interior of a fairy light. This immersive space will feature:
LED-eyed portraits of the heroes of electricity: Faraday, Volta, Hertz, Ampère, Ohm, Franklin, Swan and others
Views of St Martin in the Bullring, a neo-gothic church seen through jewel-like iridescent dichroic film 
iLOOminated bathrooms – even the toilets will glow 
Carol-oke and sporadic Christmas games hosted by Mr Sprinkles and Glowstick 
Light desserts 
Once Upon a Time in Birmingham will serve drinks that glow, sparkle, and change colour,  allowing guests to experience the tastes and smells of Christmas in the most brilliant way. In a world first, it will also offer crystal clear Christmas puddings that refract light like a prism - a magical twist on a festive staple.
Harry Parr, director of Bompas & Parr said: “We are aiming to turn Once Upon a Time in Birmingham into one of the most festive places on the planet, an ode to the fairy light. The only thing I’m worried about is all the lights getting in a tangle – with over 9km of strings it’ll be a real challenge to unravel! Come revel with us this winter and lighten your spirits!”
Stephanie Lacey, General Manager at Bullring & Grand Central, said: “Once Upon a Time in Birmingham will be a truly immersive experience that is not to be missed. At Bullring & Grand Central, we’ve got a great track record of putting on events that amaze and delight, and this will be no different. Birmingham has never seen anything like this before.”
Reservations can be made at http://bompasandparr.com; walk-ups are also possible but booking is recommended to avoid a party on the kerb! 
Date: 14th November to 23rd December
Event Address:  Once Upon A Time in Birmingham (site of former Jamie’s Italian), Middle Mall, Birmingham B5 4BE, England
Prices: £5 daytime entry, £6 evening entry, £12.50 Christmas High Tea.