14 Sept 2017

Garden Newsletter – September 13

Ardd Fotaneg · Botanic Garden

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Science, Nature and Comedy Festival

The world’s first ever Science, Nature and Comedy Festival takes place at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on September 16-17.
A host of top names are taking part in this very special weekend of learning and laughing including: theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili; multi-award-winning comedian and Brian Cox sidekick Robin Ince; Welsh-born geneticist Professor Steve Jones; and neuroscientist and stand-up comedian Professor Sophie Scott – who has just be chosen to give the 2017 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

There will also be fungi foraging, walks, talks, tours, story-telling, rockets, chemistry and lots of fun, family activities.

See the Festival’s full line-up here.
Take a look at the Festival’s timetable, so you don’t miss out on your favourite acts:

Saturday September 16:


12noon – Jim Al Khalili

1.30pm – Robin Ince

3pm – Steve Jones

4.30pm – Sophie Scott

Paxton Room, Principality House

12noon – Helen Arney

1.30pm – Matt Parker

3pm – AF Harrold

4.30pm – Hugh Warwick

Theatr Botanica

12noon – Joanna Neary

1.30pm – Brenna Hassett

3pm – Will Ashon

4.30pm – Penderyn

Richard Osmond will be foraging around the Garden and performing his poetry at 3pm.

Sunday September 17:


11.30am – Helen Arney

1pm – Steve Jones

2.30pm – Sophie Scott

4pm – Robin Ince

Paxton Room, Principality House

11.30am  – Hugh Warwick

1pm – Matt Parker

2.30pm – AF Harrold

Theatr Botanica

11.30am  – Brenna Hasset

1pm – Will Ashon

2.30pm – Penderyn
Richard Osmond will be foraging around the Garden and performing his poetry at 2pm.

The world’s first ever Science, Nature and Comedy Festival is sponsored by Castell Howell.


Carmarthenshire 50+ Forum

Admission is FREE for Carmarthenshire 50+ members upon presentation of a membership card, for a celebratory event on Friday the 15th of September.

There’ll be so much to see and do:

  • An audience with Caryl Parry Jones, renowned entertainer, singer, actress and script writer.
  • Browse information stalls from over 40 organisations.
  • Take part in a wide range of taster sessions, the most eclectic offering yet!  Likely to include arts and crafts, painting, ballroom dancing, men’s sheds, guided walking tours, computer/ tablet workshops, reflexology, and short mat bowls.
  • Learn about good health and wellbeing.  We are proud to host our first dementia friends area.

Visitors who are 50+ can join the Forum for free on the day, or by contacting 01267 224692.

The Garden on Bargain Hunt

If you missed the Garden on Monday’s BBC’s Bargain Hunt, you can catch-up on the iPlayer here.

Just look at those beautiful blue April skies!

The Garden has another Antiques Weekend coming up on October 7th and 8th!


The Garden on Chris Evans’ Breakast Show

Did you hear our great review on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2?

Libby from Talgarth, Powys visited the Garden on a school trip and really enjoyed the Great Glasshouse, the Butterfly House and The British Bird of Prey Centre!

You can catch-up here, with Libby speaking at exactly an hour in.


Nordic Walking at the Garden

Every Monday afternoon starting September 11: learn to Nordic walk on a four-week course.

Get to grips with the technique to help you reach your personal health and fitness goals. Each session adds another ‘gear’ and helps you to understand how to gain propulsion, gradually increase the workload and learn how to Nordic walk for fitness, weight loss or for fun.

There are four one-hour sessions in a relaxed group suitable for all levels. The taste sessions start at 12.30pm. There is a Gentle Wellbeing Walk at 1.45pm

Regular Adventure Walks are a great way to be active outdoors and simply enjoy sociable Nordic Walking in stunning locations with a mixed ability group. These classes always finish at the cafe.

For those who have concerns about distance, pace or their health, our Wellbeing Walks are a gentle safe way to walk yourself fitter. Never venturing far from the entrance, these walks will include exercises that help with flexibility, balance and strength whilst using poles to improve general fitness and increase joint mobility.

For more information please contact Becki at Pilates in the Nordic on 07502 215827 or pilatesinthenordic@gmail.com or visit www.pilatesinthenordic.com


The British Bird of Prey Centre

There are awesome encounters to be had EVERY day at the National Botanic Garden’s brand-new attraction – The British Bird of Prey Centre – with a daily flying display at 2:30pm!

You’ll be able to enjoy amazing flying displays by a Jack Merlin, Red Kites, a Barn Owl and many more!