Spend the day under the blossom trees in the heritage orchards of the Historic Gardens. With apple and pear blossoms instead of the traditional Japanese plum, this version of Hanami still echoes the tradition of enjoying the beauty of the flowers this Spring. A picnic in the Gardens is always enjoyable, however, the orchards in full bloom also provide the perfect setting for your relaxing day out. Traditional Japanese food by Pika Pika will be available on the day, with a selection of delicious sushi and curry available. Bring your own food and drink too. Cafe open for light refreshments Music and other activities likely! Take part in learning how to create beautiful origami creations. Normal entrance fees
Richard Shilling – acclaimed environmental Land Artist – will make a welcome return to our green and pleasant land in October. He and his partner Julia Brooklyn, who specialises in working with children, have agreed to run some special days for schools on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October. Using natural materials and responding to the environment the class workshops will release individual and group creativity this Autumn. Half days or whole school length days are available to book. We welcome schools of any kind and groups of home educated children to book places. Suitable for all ages and abilities £5 per child (group prices by negotiation), ring 0121 749 4100 or email to book Julia and Richard have agreed to stay over until Saturday and to continue the Festival feel of their artist residency on Saturday 27th October. The Land Art Fesitval day will be a drop in anytime, join in and make art together type event. Let our garden inspire you to explore shapes and places together Normal Garden Entry fees apply (TBC)
The amazing young performers of the K’antu early music ensemble provice a fun and lively ‘have a go’ music making workshop this summer afternoon (1pm -2.30pm)… Watch out: vegetable flutes may be involved :-))) Later at 3.30pm K’antu will enchant us with a concert of early music in our 17th century Gardens Normal entry prices apply Discounted entry for members
Sometimes all you want on Sunday afternoon at this time of year is a bit of fresh air and a stretching of the legs. No kitting up for a long walk in the hills, just a stroll around a green and peaceful place… This winter we are having a series of special weekend openings at the Gardens with this need in mind. There are five ‘Sunday Saunters’ between the end of January and the beginning of the season in April. Late Winter and early Spring is also just a fascinating time in our Gardens.. the snowdrops, aconites and hellebores begin to emerge. As the days get longer the birds (and the box hedges!) get more active. Soon our drifts of daffodils begin to shoot up. When we are lucky enough to have some sunshine the low raking light illuminates the walkways and creates intriguing silhouettes. We like to share these transient treasures, so Sunday opening offers a chance for our busy visitors to have a couple of hours of healthy pootering outdoors. Of course it’s still a bit parky, so we have opened our 18th century Greenhouse (sometimes known as the Orangery) for people to find shelter and get a cup of warming chocolate. On some of the days we will also strike up the firepit and indulge in toasted marshmallows and have some simple family crafts too. Here are the dates. Do check back to the events calendar on this site or on Facebook just to make sure.
|Sundays, 11am – 3pm £4 adults, £1 children. Free for Members|
|28th January||Snowdrops+ RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and family craft|
|4th March||Daffs + Elite Tents Wedding Fair on site (free entry)|
|18th March||Good for Daffs|
Sunday is the first of our four enchanting afternoons in the Gardens Over the last two days the willow and lighting gnomes … aka artist Sophie Handy and her hardy crew, have been busy making our wionderful garden into an evening delight. Come along in the afternoon tomorrow, make some easy lanterns form tissue willow and twigs and then …. as the sun goes down, and the light begins to fade…the mushroom village begins to appear. Take you lantern and explore the Garden, follow the paths find the mushroom village… some of them seem to be having a party, others are cosily tucked up… Wander back have a hot chocolate and toast a marshmallow or two over our firepit and cut back to the the visitor centre via the glowing gnomes and dragonfly. Join for one or four afternoons of fun… see here for more (4 dates 26 nov, 2nd Dec, 10 dec and 16th Dec £3 for everyone over 4years old (including crafts and lanterns) £10 families Free for Garden members and Family Activity Annual Pass holders.
Help make our enchanted mushroom lantern village for christmas in the Gardens. We’re working with artist Sophie Handy to make 100 little mushroom houses from willow and tissue paper. A great family, club or class event. These workshops are free. Your creations will go into the Gardens to help make a magical, illuminated woodland walk ready for our weekends before christmas and the big Community Lantern Parade. ‘Mushroom makers’ who help on these days will get free refreshments on the day and, as a thank you, a token for free hot chocolate and marshmallows in our Community Lantern Parade on 16th Dec. It takes about 2-3 hours to make the lanterns, and its probably best for children over 7 years old. November 10th (12-5pm) and Saturday 11th (10- 4pm) Pop in on the days .. or contact us here for more info SEE here for details of the events lantern parades, woodland walks and entertainment
Nearly time again for our amazingly popular low-tech family fun day. Skittles, sack races, hopscotch and egg and spoon races bring three – or more – generations together this Thursday (11-3.30pm). We run this event every year in conjunction with the local branch of the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) as a fundraiser for us and them. We love that every year this generation’s kids are thrilled by such old fashioned games as hook-a-duck, quoits and skipping. Grannies and granddads feel extra special showing them how to play. These activities run all day alongside, fabulous face painting from GlitterCreep, dances from the Lawrie School of Dance and sing along fun from the Generations Choir and shanties from the Lichfield LightHouse choir. Meet the RSPB, explore the maze, follow the trails… All for £2 each for everyone over 5years. Old fashioned prices too!
Cafe and shop open. Picnics welcome
- All tickets £2 (under 4s free)
- £8 for a family day ticket (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults)
- Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults, including named cardholder). Pass costs £40 and lasts 12 months.
Five weeks of good value summer fun at the Gardens Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12- 3.30… it’s Unplug and Play Crafts, gardening and outdoor exploration. Children and families can enjoy outdoor play and/or craft activities under gentle supervision. The mud kitchen, maze, dipping pond and some gardening activities available for families to explore any day during summer. Every week will have a different activity based on something in the Gardens. Week one 25th, 26th, 27th July Get up and do Recycled streamers, making chatterboxes and all things on the move: waving, bending, climbing, crawling flying, rolling , fluttering , creeping. Week two, 2nd & 3rd August Wildlife disguises Collages from leaves, green man masquerade masks, find the dancers in the trees. (because of the Dogs Don’t do Ballet performance on Tues 1st – there will be no craft activities. Tickets for the performance £10) Week three, 8th, 9th 10th August Make an impression.. Clay hedgehogs, leaf and bark rubbings, flowers and leaf pressed nature medallions Week four, 15th, 16th 17th August Festival style! The recycled way. Make your own flags and bunting from plastic bags, paper and other household things. NB Thursday 17th is big Family Fun Day 11-3.30 Week five, 22nd 23rd, 24th August Teddies, picnics, making a picture Sit and relax with teddy, make a den, explore the wildlife and create some art around the site There’s 10 acres of formal gardens, lawns, holly maze and wilder areas, so lots of places to explore, play and run around whatever is going on.
- Café and small shop onsite. No need to book.
- Cost: £2 per person (free for under 5s)
- £8 for a family day ticket (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults)
- £20 for a family week ticket (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults)
- Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults, including named cardholder) Pass cost £40 and will runs for 12 months.
To kick off the summer holidays with a fun and warming outdoor show , get the kids up and moving with Bif… Biff is not like other dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like weeing on lampposts, or scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog. He thinks he’s a ballerina! We are delighted to have Little Blue Monster Theatre join us to perform Dogs Don’t Do Ballet. Get ready for an afternoon of songs, puppetry and lively story-telling. The show goes on whatever the weather Tickets on sale HERE Would you like the chance to win 4 tickets to see the show at the Gardens, as well as a VIP backstage tour of the set with Bif? To win simply get your little one to draw their best picture of Bif and send it to us on social media. Be sure to post it with the hashtag #Bifatthegardensand tag us in the post. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 19th July. We look forward to seeing your entries and hope you enjoy the show. Facebook: Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Twitter: @cbhallgardens Instagram: @castlebromwichhallgardens