25 Oct 2017

Garden Newsletter – October 25

Ardd Fotaneg · Botanic Garden

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Autumn Half-Term

Come and carve a pumpkin and have a conker fight! Just two of the activitiesthis half term at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Pumpkin carving and conkers begin on Saturday October 28 and continue until the 31st. Then the fun switches from Halloween to Harvest with opportunities to bake bread, make corn dollies, build a model farm and bob for apples.

There will also be a bird of prey display every day, amazing encounters to be had in our tropical Butterfly House and water zorbing.

All of these fun family activities take place between 11am and 3pm.

The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm until October 31st, when the Garden’s summer season ends.  From November 1st, the Garden will be open from 10am to 4:30pm, with last entry at 3:30pm, as the winter season begins.

Admission to the Garden is £10.50 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £4.95 for children over five.  Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is free for all.

For more information about this or other events, call 01558 667149, email info@gardenofwales.org.uk


Hocus Pocus Under The Stars

There’s an early Halloween treat in-store at the Garden on Saturday, October 28th, with a spooktacular outdoor cinema experience showing of the Disney classic, Hocus Pocus!

There’ll be Halloween fancy dress, fire pit, barbecue, bar, Halloween punch, toffee apples, popcorn, spooky music and more.

Prizes will be given out for the best fancy dress!

As it’ll also be the first day of the autumn half-term, there’ll be plenty of Halloween family activities, pumpkin carving, conkers, apple bobbing, art and crafts on throughout the day, and as your cinema ticket will also give you entry to the Garden, why not make a day of it here?

Tickets are £12 for adults and £8 for children under 16 years old, and availablehere.  Event starts at 5pm, film starts at 6:30pm.

Image by Mathew Browne Photography.


Gift Fair

Here’s a nice, early opportunity to bag that perfect gift for a loved one or friend on Saturday and Sunday November 4th and 5th.

With a wide choice of stalls, ranging from hand-dyed silk scarves and Welsh cream liqueur, to festive cards and hand-made teddy bears, you’ll get your Christmas shopping off to a fine start, all in the stunning surrounds of the Great Glasshouse.


Pounds for Piers!

One of our horticulture team, Piers Lunt has been selected for a prestigious seed-collecting expedition to Tasmania.

The aim of the exciting three-week challenge is to collect seed for our Woods of the World project here at the Garden. It is hoped the Slate Beds and theBoulder Garden will also benefit.

Piers will join other experts from the National Trust, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens but he needs your help.

He has to raise £2,000 to finance his Tasmanian trip and we’re hoping Members can help.

Please give what you can but, in true crowd-funding fashion, there are a number of rewards on offer for our most generous givers:

£50 = 2 free tickets to the Garden
£100 = 4 free tickets and a special ‘Woods of the World’ tour with Piers
£250 = 2 family tickets, tour with Piers, exclusive afternoon tea in the Great Glasshouse and your name featured on the plant label of a Tasmanian specimen

If you can help, please contact Membership manager Jane Down on 01558 667118 or jane.down@gardenofwales.org.uk

Garden Bake Off!

In light of Piers Lunt being chosen to go on this prestigious seed collecting trip, the volunteers and staff at the National Botanic Garden of Wales will be holding a special Garden Bake Off with a cake sale at the Garden on Tuesday 31 October, to help raise funds for Piers.

The Cake Sale will be held in the Great Glasshouse from 10am onwards, please come and support us.


Winter Wonderland

There’s not long to go until the Garden is transformed into a ‘Winter Wonderland‘.

Come to the ‘Park After Dark’ this festive season and enjoy:

  • Amazing lights show
  • Stunning owl display
  • Free mulled wine and mince pie
  • Bar, barbecue, turkey rolls, candy floss and other yuletide treats
  • Fun, games and music

There’s special entry from the 8th to the 17th of December, between 4-7pm: £6 for adults, £3 for children, free for members.