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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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Sustainable Christmas

It’s going to be a very Merry and Sustainable Christmas at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this year.

With a seasonal series of workshops and events, we’re aiming to reduce the excess, waste and stress often associated with Christmas.

For more information and a full list of our Sustainable Christmas events and workshops click here.

We are now offering Christmas dinner with all the trimmings! The Christmas menu is available every day until Sunday 23 December. To book or to find out more, call 01558 667141 or email  catering@gardenofwales.org.uk

 

Christmas Craft Fair

The Garden’s popular Christmas Craft Fair, on Saturday and Sunday December 8 & 9, is offering something for everyone looking to buy that perfect last-minute gift.

The Great Glasshouse will be the venue for a fabulous fair with a fantastic array of stalls showcasing locally-made crafts and gifts; from handmade scented candles and bath bombs, and handmade jewellery to homewares and glass work items!

 

Sustainable Christmas Workshops

With weekly themes, Growing the Future’s FREE, ethical workshops will teach you how to reuse and recycle items to create your own wrapping, gifts and decorations. This week’s workshops are:

December 5
Pyrography Christmas Decorations

Create your own beautiful wooden Christmas tree decorations and hand decorate them using pyrography.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-pyrography-workshop-gweithdy-pyrograffeg-y-nadolig-tickets-52958776125

Birdfeeder Wreath Workshop
Choose from a bountiful selection of foraged materials and add your individual green touch to a seasonal hand woven petit wreath base. There is willow and birch in varying sizes to suit your space. You will also create a tasty ‘tweet’ for the birds this season, and take home a pretty pine cone feeder to hang in your outdoor space.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birdfeeder-wreath-workshop-gweithdy-torch-porthwr-adar-tickets-52809607959

December 8
Pyrography Christmas Decorations
Create your own beautiful wooden Christmas tree decorations and hand decorate them using pyrography.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-pyrography-workshop-gweithdy-pyrograffeg-y-nadolig-tickets-52958776125

Cyanotype Gifts, Cards and Gift Tags Workshop
An opportunity to have a glimpse of the magical cyanotype process, while making your own beautiful and unique gifts, cards or gift tags using seasonal flora and fauna picked at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyanotype-workshop-gweithdy-syanoteip-tickets-52864675668

December 9
Pyrography Christmas Decorations
Create your own beautiful wooden Christmas tree decorations and hand decorate them using pyrography.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-pyrography-workshop-gweithdy-pyrograffeg-y-nadolig-tickets-52958776125

Cyanotype Gifts, Cards and Gift Tags Workshop
An opportunity to have a glimpse of the magical cyanotype process, while making your own beautiful and unique gifts, cards or gift tags using seasonal flora and fauna picked at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyanotype-workshop-gweithdy-syanoteip-tickets-52864675668

Please note that the free workshops do not include entry to the Garden, please see here for entry prices.

 

Christmas Owl Shows

Owls about that then?! Come and meet Santa Owl at our daily display by the British Bird of Prey Centre. Every day from December 5 until December 23 at 1pm, our Christmas Owl Show also features flying displays, music and games.

It all takes place in the Garden’s marquee and the cost is £3.50 per person. The cost also includes entry to the British Bird of Prey Centre and their daily flying displays at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

 

Santa’s Grotto

Come and meet Santa Claus in our Sustainable Christmas Grotto between 12pm-3pm on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 & 9.
You can meet Santa in the Great Glasshouse and also receive a present from him. Cost £3.50

 

Christmas Pantomime

Mess Up The Mess will be performing Winter Wonderworld at 11.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday – December 8 & 9.
Seren, Noel and Ivy have built Winter Wonderworld to be the greatest grotto in all of space and time.  Fabulous festive foods, a glorious gallery of gifts, plus a visit from the Crimson King himself.  What could possibly go wrong?

Tickets must be purchased beforehand by clicking here. Tickets are £2.50 per person in addition to normal Garden entry.

 

Carols in the Garden

There will be a Carols in the Garden at 6.30pm on Wednesday 12 December. The evening will include performances from Luke Rees, folk group Mansant and the Crwbin Band.

The cost for the service is £3.50 adult and under 16s are free.

 

Membership As A Gift

National Botanic Garden membership is the gift that keeps on giving.

Enjoy the splendour and the beauty of this very special place 363 days of the year – from as little as £40.

The perfect present. Now and for the future.

For more information about the different types of membership on offer, take a look at our membership page or call Jane on 01558 667118 or our Admissions team on 01558 667149. Or email membership@gardenofwales.org.uk