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Stars and Shadows…Christmas Lantern Festival in the Gardens

A magical ‘make and explore’ lead up  to Christmas for all the family in the Gardens.

As night falls, wander into the Gardens with your own Willow Star lantern find the Big Star constellations hidden in the trees, run from Jupiter to Mars and make your own planetary shadow play..

There’s hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows around the fire-pit too.

Drop in any time on our Event Days to make your own ‘star lantern’ during the afternoon and, when the lights in the Gardens come on (around 3.30-4pm pm), take your lantern to explore the gently twinkling stars and planets scattered around the garden. Making a lantern is not compulsory – but its more fun!

Event Days:

Saturday 1st December, 12.30 -4.30 (ish)
£2 per person (over 5 years). Free for Family Activity Pass Holders

Saturday 8th December, 12.30 -4.30 (ish)
£2 per person (over 5 years). Free for Family Activity Pass Holders

Saturday 15th December, 1pm -6pm  Lantern Parade and Entertainments
£5  (£3 for members)

 

 

 

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Stars and Shadows…Christmas Lantern Festival in the Gardens

A magical ‘make and explore’ lead up  to Christmas for all the family in the Gardens.

As night falls, wander into the Gardens with your own willow lantern; find the Big Star constellations hidden in the trees, run from Jupiter to Mars and make your own planetary shadow play..There’s hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows around the firepit too.

Drop in any time on our Event Days to make your own ‘star lantern’ during the afternoon and, when the lights in the Gardens come on (around 3.30-4pm pm), take your lantern to explore the gently twinkling stars and planets scattered around the garden. Making a lantern is not compulsory – but its more fun!

 

Event Days:

Saturday 1st December, 12.30 -4.30 (ish)
£2 per person (over 5 years). Free for Family Activity Pass Holders

Saturday 8th December, 12.30 -4.30 (ish)
£2 per person (over 5 years). Free for Family Activity Pass Holders

Saturday 15th December, 1pm -6pm  Lantern Parade and Entertainments
£5  (£3 for members)

 

 

 

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Stars and Shadows…Christmas Lantern Festival in the Gardens

A magical ‘make and explore’ lead up  to Christmas for all the family in the Gardens.

As night falls, wander into the Gardens with your own willow lantern; find the Big Star constellations hidden in the trees, run from Jupiter to Mars and make your own planetary shadow play..There’s hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows around the firepit too.

Drop in any time on our Event Days to make your own ‘star lantern’ during the afternoon and, when the lights in the Gardens come on (around 3.30-4pm pm), take your lantern to explore the gently twinkling stars and planets scattered around the garden. Making a lantern is not compulsory – but its more fun!

 

Event Days:

Saturday 1st December, 12.30 -4.30 (ish)
£2 per person (over 5 years). Free for Family Activity Pass Holders

Saturday 8th December, 12.30 -4.30 (ish)
£2 per person (over 5 years). Free for Family Activity Pass Holders

Saturday 15th December, 1pm -6pm  Lantern Parade and Entertainments
£5  (£3 for members)

 

 

 

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Unplug and Play – all summer

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.

Contact: 0121 749 4100   Email: admin@cbhgt.org.uk

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Volunteers make the welcome work …

We’re full of  Family Fun at half term … Can you help make the best welcome for all to the Gardens?
We are recruiting volunteers to support us deliver fun and friendly craft and outdoor activities next week. (Monday 20th Feb – Friday 24th 11-3.30)
All week children and their grown-ups will explore our 10 acres, discover the mud kitchen, hunt for bugs, make daffodil cards and find signs of spring.
Volunteers can help with everything from showing people round, ensuring signs and maps are ready, showing how to make the crafts. Training and induction is given and you’re always in a team with others.
Our cosy café serves visitors warm drinks and snacks… we always need help there too.
Interested? Contact us for a chat. Phone, message or fill in the form on our website here : volunteer-enquiry form
#wegrowtogether

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Half Term Family Activities – Bats and Pumpkins

Colourful leaves, pumpkins and bats.

Crisp and bright. Run around, stir up a colourful cloud of autumn leaves. Be a dragon blowing steamy clouds from your mouth.

Everyday during half term we’ll have some outdoor and indoor craft activities for young people and orange-pumpkin-with-fly-579be13e3df78c3276846a38their grownups. Our themes are pumpkins and bats… we have plenty of both.

Leaf Hedgehog pictures, pinecone spiders, batty mobiles and bat finger puppets. Make a paper Pumpkin Lantern and on Thursday meet the Bat lady.

bats-web(NB we have various garden grown pumpkins for sale … until they’re gone)

12 – 3pm Monday to Friday. £2 each for everyone over 5 years of age 

(£8 family day ticket, Free to Season Pass holders)

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Frogs, Tree Parties and Knitted Tents

Summer activities for families in the gardens have begun. On  Tuesdays , Wednesdays and Thursdays we have ‘guided’ activities, but we are open 7 days a week, so there are ‘self- guided’ activities for every day. You’re never too old to join in!

Here are some of the things you can do:
Doodle stations : pick up a pencil and doodle.  Inspired by the view or a flower? Sit on the bench, use the materials from the box  and sketch. The Greenhouse will become a temporary gallery. for summer.

the-tent_tali-buchler06Mud Kitchen A brand new area of recycled objects, designed to let the imagination flow..already on the menu have been leaf tea, cone towers and mudmixers.
Story Maze: the centre of the maze has always been a beautiful place for quiet contemplation. We will leave a box of books there. Feel free to sit down and read . On Family Activity days we’ll have  StoryTelling Time at 2pm.
Junior Gardening : Every Wednesday 12-3pm. Help the real gardeners look after the garden, enjoy planting, watering, weeding. Suitable for 4years upwards. No need to book.
Knit-knot tent: a summer long project to create a hanging tent for the walnut tree outside the walls. This is an opportunity for us to share and re-learn craft techniques of knitting, finger knitting and just being together.

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