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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
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
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
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
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.
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!