Just sharing another round up of great things for kids to do.. BBCs Newsround has always been good and our national public broadcaster is really working well in the current situation.
Bug houses, Bee B&Bs, smile stones, birdfeeders and growing veg are all featured on the current Newsround page… all things our Unplug and Play sessions really encourage.
Until we can welcome you back into the Gardens – why not practice with the Beeb.
I’m looking forward to a set of activities in the Gardens, led by enthusiastic, imaginative and skilled children!
Yes, we can make it happen.
Time to learn an extra skill…. not the easiest of folds for beginners, but just look what 2 elastic bands and some kitchen roll can make in an emergency
outdoor learning resources slam workshop session
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)
We are delighted to welcome back the ‘flower fairies’ from Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists.
Last year the talented artists from the Society sat in the Garden, the greenhouse, the visitor centre whichever was the most comfortable, and drew together, once a month.
They are back again this year starting on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday 14th at 1.30pm
They invite anyone to join them, in companionship, for a couple of hours each month
Each season has a fresh thing to discover; an early apricot, a humble seedhead or a spectacular flower. some decided to follow a tree the whole year around, others had a go at whatever they found.
Love drawing, but too shy to show anyone?
Well come along on these monthly Wednesday afternoons. Everyone is welcome to take their ‘line for a walk’, with pencil and paper in a relaxed and non-judgemental atmosphere. Draw in companionship.
And… if you do want advice and comment, then the artists are on hand to helpyou out.
LOVE drawing this Valentine’s Day …make it a monthly date.
The second Wednesday in the Month – 1.30 -3.30pm
Bring your own materials or take advantage of some basic pen and paper we’ll provide.
Normal entry fees apply but (basic)materials and support are free
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
Transition to ‘Big School’ can be a nervy time for many pupils. The Gardens’ education department is offering a fun day out for Year 6 with a purpose.
A Taste of KS3 History gets the kids out of the classroom into the open in 10 acres of open space. Our historic garden gives us the opportunity to touch on topics across the KeyStage3 curriculum.
Sessions during the day include The Black Death and early medecine (our medicinal herb borders show the real plants), ‘Dig for Victory’ in our veg. plot and the opportunity to play like a Victorian on our Archery Lawn. They’ll also be the chance to taste ‘knot biscuits’ (shortcake based recipe) and carrot cookies (wartime recipe).
A day aimed at looking forward with confidence. £4 per pupil
Booking now for weekdays (not Wednesday)
contact email@example.com, 0121 749 4100
Like to Draw? Join us for our new (free) monthly relaxed drawing sessions with our artists in residence from the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists.
We are delighted to announce the beginning of a year long drawing project in conjunction with the Society.
Once a month Members of the BSBA will be in the Gardens drawing plants across the seasons. They are inviting anyone – of whatever experience – to join them for a relaxed and no hassle couple of hours.
Normal garden entry charges will apply, but otherwise the sessions are free to anyone who wishes to join in and be guided by experienced botanical artists.
The first session will be on Wednesday 8th February and continue on the second Wednesday of every month thereafter 1.30 to 3.30.
All you will need is suitable clothing (we will be outside for all or some of the time – indoors if the weather is bad) and bring some basic drawing tools – paper, sketchbooks pens/pencils and perhaps a folding seat – together with a willingness to observe aspects of the garden and make drawings of what you see.
Some very basic drawing materials will be available if you are coming for the first time.