Tag: family

Wind in the Willows – summer theatre for kids

Meet Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad and all the  Wild Wooders in this enchanting interactive production about selfless friendship.

Told with high energy, humour and audience participation by returning players The Cat’s Grin

From an idyllic riverside setting, through the snowbound Wild Wood via Mr Toad’s motoring misadventures to the final Battle for Toad Hall, a unique adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s original book oozes with charm & wit. This family friendly interactive performance shimmers with big characters and big hearts. Just 70 minutes in length with lots of audience participation.

Suitable for 4 year olds and over. Three actors, multiple characters and one classic story that’s high in energy, humour and audience participation.

The Cat’s Grin Company from Kick in the Head Productions.

Bring your own chair or blankets. Some seats freely available

Ticket includes access to the Gardens

£6 over 7s (including adults), £4  3- 7 year olds, under 3s FREE

Tickets in advance or on the door

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turning stony faces into smiles

Our call out for your SmileStone creations to build ‘social distancing’ markers in the Gardens is beginning to take of… These have been delivered to our gates in the last week. AMAZING

Thank you so much – keep’em coming!

(your creations can be dropped into the flowerpot  at our gate – we’ll use them to make 2m markers- come back and see your creation… when we can open)

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forever young … activities

We had hoped to keep the Gardens open for ‘contactless’  walks and explorations – especially for our younger visitors who like to experience the magic of all the intriguing spaces and easily accessible nature.

Until we can do that again, here are some of the inspirational people and ideas who are now sharing on the web to help keep you and your young ones creative and active at home or in your garden.

Nature Makers,  Art sessions for the very young will resume in the Gardens, hopefully later in the year. Here is Faye online https://www.facebook.com/NatureMakers/,  https://bookwhen.com/naturemakers#focus=ev-sr62-20200410000000

Jessica Hartshorn, a local illustrator and museum person  – some live drawing sessions for you and young people  https://www.facebook.com/jessi.illustrates/

B’Opera,  Yes baby opera! – Singalong and great music making ideas while you’re cooped up. Let’s hope we can see them in the Gardens sometime. https://www.facebook.com/pg/BoperaBabyOpera/videos/?ref=page_internal

Woodland Trust, We love the Woodland Trust and follow their lead in so many things – here are some specials for ‘lockdown nature hunters’. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, our good neighbours in wildlife. some great blogs about nature spotting form your garden and a place to share your photos. https://www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/blog

Free downloads from EarlyYearsResources . Like many commercial companies, they are not open at present, but they have made some lovely free downloadable worksheets, play ideas and colouring for those quieter times at home https://www.earlyyearsresources.co.uk/downloadables-c275/minibeasts-c1570

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Was’hael…. wake up the Gardens

Come a’ Wassailing with us in the Gardens.

This ancient custom involves a lot of singing, dancing and merriment and generally making lots of noise. Chase away the winter’s evil spirits and encourage the apples to grow. Sound like fun?
Listen to songs and stories performed by The Wild Green Man of the Woods.
There’ll be singing and dancing along with plenty of fresh air and a beautiful historic garden to roam around.
The ground may be muddy, so some wellies are advisable.

Adults £5, children (5 – 15 years) £1, under 5’s and dogs go FREE. Entry includes a warm drink

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Midsummer Night’s Dream – the Crescent Theatre

In Athens preparations are being made for the marriage of the Duke, Theseus, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Meanwhile, in a nearby enchanted forest, the feud between the Fairy King and Queen reaches a new crisis. Into their realm are drawn four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors – and comic mayhem ensues.

Hugely funny and heart-warming, modern dress production of one of Shakespeare’s best loved and most enduring comedies.
What better place to see this magical Shakespeare place but in the Gardens…

“So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition,
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem.”

Some seating available. Feel free to bring your own, and a picnic. This is an outdoor production Please dress for the weather. Light refreshments available.
Tickets £10

Tickets from the Crescent theatre site  HERE , or by calling at the Gardens and on the gate.

This is one of 3 Shakespeare’s in the Gardens this Summer … buy a tickets for all 3 at £10 each (present your purchased tickets at the kiosk to get the difference refunded)

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Midsummer Night’s Dream – the Crescent Theatre

In Athens preparations are being made for the marriage of the Duke, Theseus, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Meanwhile, in a nearby enchanted forest, the feud between the Fairy King and Queen reaches a new crisis. Into their realm are drawn four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors – and comic mayhem ensues.

Hugely funny and heart-warming, modern dress production of one of Shakespeare’s best loved and most enduring comedies.
What better place to see this magical Shakespeare place but in the Gardens…

“So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition,
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem.”

Some seating available. Feel free to bring your own, and a picnic. This is an outdoor production Please dress for the weather. Light refreshments available.
Tickets £10

Tickets from the Crescent theatre site  HERE , or by calling at the Gardens and on the gate.

This is one of 3 Shakespeare’s in the Gardens this Summer … buy a tickets for all 3 at £10 each (present your purchased tickets at the kiosk to get the difference refunded)

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1940s weekend

Another weekend full of nostalgia, stories, music and vintage fun.
Seriously good entertainment from Kevin Mack, George Formby Experience, the Bluebird Belles and 1940's Weekendmany others.
Re-enactors from the Home Front: Peggy Skivvy, Victory Belles WI, Bevan Boys.
Reminders of the fighting forces: Pathfinders, Red Caps and many many more.
Vehicles, encampments and vintage sales.
Get your hair done 40’s style (KDB Vintage Hairstyling: BOOK HERE ), try on some frocks…

Picnics welcome.
FOOD,DRINK, CAKES, ICE CREAM all on sale throughout the day
Fun for all the Family.

Buy your tickets on the door.
£5

Free parking- but VERY limited.. come by bus!  x12, 94, x70,72 and 71

NB Birmingham VELO bicycle Race will severely effect  roads on SUNDAY – Access roads to the Gardens should be open by 10.30am!

See here for detailed guidance https://www.velobirmingham.com/the-route/road-closures/

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