Tag: open air

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


Alice in Wonderland – outdoor theatre

What does the Dodo do?  Just how mad are the Hare and the Hatter?

What makes the Caterpillar Grumpy and the Hedgehog Prickly? Questions are answered and answers are questioned in this deceptively simple, yet highly original re-telling of the Lewis Carroll classic. Hold tight for rolling heads, rocketing sneezes, skimming plates and darting jam Tarts. Three actors, multiple characters and one classic story that’s high in energy, humour and audience participation………and all the while the Cheshire Cat grinned from ear-to-ear. Great for 4years and upwards. From The Cat’s Grin Theatre company and Kick in the Head Productions  A mad ending to our Through the Looking Glass Easter holiday Tickets £6 (7years and over – including adults), £4 for (3- 7year olds)    

Wedding Fayre – Elite Tents

Another special opening in the early season. More and more people like the freedom and independence of an outdoor wedding reception.

So we are thrilled to host one of our favourite suppliers, Elite Tents, for their Wedding Fair.

Come and speak to them about your dreams. 

Information about hiring the Gardens for your event  can be found here

Entry to the Gardens and the Fair in the day will be free. While you’re here, wander the extensive grounds to see the snowdrops, aconites and emerging daffodils.
FREE entry 



Unplug and Play

Half Term Family Friendly Activities in the Gardens

Make the most of the warmer weather to get out and about in the open and discover nature.

Self Guided Trails all week 

There’s a caterpillar flower trail for the littl’uns and for everyone, try our ‘invent a plant name‘ to stretch everyone’s creative powers.

3 days of craft activities.

Leaf and plant printing.
Make your own pictures, bunting or gift tags with collected leaves and flowers.
We’ll use 2 techniques. One with paint and one with a hammer (Hapa zome).
suitable for all ages (with adult supervision
12- 3pm, £2 per person (including garden entry).

FREE for Family Friendly Activities Annual Pass holders

Tuesday 28th May
Wednesday 29th May
Friday 31st May

Don’t forget the Gardens open at 11am – Make a day of it


Blossom picnics- Birmingham’s own Hanami

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.

Easter Family Activity Days – Unplug and Play

Hooray, Easter is here. 
Whatever the weather this April we have activities, inside and out, to keep the kids happy, creative and busy.
As well as the daily drop-in Egg Hunt and special weekend events, why not come in for these gentle Craft and Activity Days.

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