Over the last few years we have been able to invite more and more artists to be inspired by the Gardens.
Let’s hope, when all this is over…. we can continue to play host to everyone’s creative spark – whatever age you are.
Here are one or two pictures from a variety of activities and residencies.
outdoor learning resources slam workshop session
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.