Birmingham Christmas Attraction Designed By Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Has Closed

16 December 2014, 07:43 | Updated: 16 December 2014, 07:48

A Christmas experience in Birmingham designed by Laurence Llewleyn-Bowen has closed from today after a major financial backer pulled out

The Magical Journey, at the Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield, was also forced to close one day after opening in November because of negative feedback from vistors on social media.

It reopened several days later after work to improve it, winning positive customer reviews, but last night the organisers said they had been `left in the lurch' and couldn't find a replacement backer.

Llewelyn-Bowen said he had not given any financial support to the project and was unaware who the backer was.

He said: `It's absolutely shocking. We found out by Twitter. Everybody was in bed feeling Christmassy and now we are not feeling very Christmassy at all.'

A statement on the Magical Journey's website said: `We are really sorry to have to tell you this, but as of tomorrow  The Magical Journey, based at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, will no longer be in operation.'

An automated message on the attractions phone line said all customers who had booked for the next nine days would receive an email about how to get a refund.