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Newsletter – 23 October 2018


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Harry Potter themed Half Term Fun

There’s a Harry Potter-themed week of fun and games and spells and owls at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this coming half-term.
The fun, family activities run every day from Saturday Oct 27th to Sunday Nov 4th and offer visitors the chance to make their own magic wand, learn how to cast spells and meet Hedwig lookalike ‘Margaret’, the snowy owl.
All the action takes place in the British Bird of Prey Centre so, as well as all of the above fun and games, there are also three flying displays every day – at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. There is an additional £3.50 charge for entry to the British Bird of Prey Centre.

The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm until the 31st October. The Garden will be open 10am-4.30pm from the 1st November.
Admission to the Garden is £10. Under 5s are free and parking is free for all.

Cinema Under the Stars

A fang-tastic event for all the family to enjoy!
Bring a blanket, sit under the stars and celebrate Halloween with a spook-tacular outdoor cinema experience for all ages with a showing of the original GHOSTBUSTERS on Saturday 27th October!
The event will feature a fancy dress, BBQ, fully stocked bar, popcorn, snacks, music and more.
There will also be PRIZES will be given out for the best fancy dress.
Gates open at 5.30pm, with the film getting underway at 7pm.
Click here for further information, and to book your tickets click here.

An Apple a Day course
Develop your flair for planting design with a course that focuses on the humble apple tree on Thursday 25th October (10am-2pm).
Examine the various tree forms on a walk through the Botanic Garden’s collections with our horticultural trainer.
Learn about rootstocks, bare root trees and container grown specimens. Find out all about plant establishment from healing in, to preparing the ground, planting and staking. Discuss seasonal maintenance requirements and practice your pruning skills.
Booking is essential. Course delivered as part of the Growing the Future project.
This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Towy Valley Vintage Crank-Down
It’s the annual end of season ‘crank down’ and the members of Towy Valley Vintage Club will be showing off all their classic and vintage vehicles on Sunday 28th October 11am-3pm..

Admission to the Garden is £10. Under 5s are free and parking is free for all. There is NO additional charge for the display.

The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm.

Chrysanthemum Show
Some of the best chrysanthemums in Wales will be on display on Sunday 28th October from 10am.
The event highlighting the flowers native to Asia and northeastern Europe will be hosted by the South Wales Group of the National Chrysanthemum Society; One of just six groups covering the whole of the UK. To read more on these groups click here.
Admission to the Garden is £10. Under 5s are free and parking is free for all. There is NO additional charge for the display.
The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm.

Job Vacancy
Trustee Board Minute Taker
Approximately 45-50 hours p.a.; Contract; £10/hr.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales operations and strategic development are led and supported by a Board of Trustees. In response to the Garden’s continued growth, we are now recruiting a Board Minute Taker who will take full ownership for minute taking responsibilities at Trustee meetings.
The Board has a range of different backgrounds and experience; however, all are united in their support of the Garden and seeing it develop as an internationally recognised centre of excellence in conservation and leading visitor destination in Wales. This is a role that presents an exciting and flexible opportunity for someone who shares this passion to join the team.
Informal enquiries in advance of application, to Huw Francis (Garden Director), are welcome: 01558 667106;
Please email applications to by 11pm on Sunday 11th November 2018, enclosing your CV and cover letter detailing how you believe this role would be well suited to you.

Buggy Running

There are FREE Buggy Running sessions every Tuesday at 10am, in conjunction with Welsh Athletics and Mudiad Meithrin.

Buggy Running is for families who want to walk, jog or run with their little ones.

Participants should meet at the café near the main Garden entrance. A buggy that is suitable for jogging is essential.

The sessions are led by a qualified Ti a Fi run leader. Places are limited so please book your buggy running place via EventBrite.

For more information about Buggy Running at the Botanic Garden, contact or

The British Bird of Prey Centre

The British Bird of Prey Centre has been awarded number 1 on the list of top things to do in Carmarthen on Trip Advisor. The centre has a specialist collection of British raptors, focusing on the welfare and conservation of our native species of birds of prey.
The new centre is based in the National Botanic Garden of Wales, so you can visit during your day in the Garden.
Daily Flying Displays Timetable
11.30am – Flying Display (45 minutes)
1pm – Owl Flying & Talk (30 minutes)
2.30 – Flying Display (45 minutes)
3.30 – Conservation Talk (30 minutes)

Open 10am – 5pm daily.

You can also have Half a Day Flying Experience with an experienced falconer!
These amazing experiences include 2.5 hours of flying 4 different species of birds. Photographs, refreshments and entry into the Garden are included in the price. It’s a 100% unique and private show for you to experience!
Adults £75
Children (5-16) £30*
Family (2+2) £199
*Under 5’s fly free of charge. All children must be accompanied by a full paying adult.

Taster sessions are also available where you can fly red kites and many more birds for an additional £10.
To book your place: Call: 01437 751725 or email:

Welly Wednesday
Welly Wednesday activities are at 11am and are included in the price of entry (under 5s are free) and run every Wednesday during term time.

This week’s activity, the 24th October, Lovely Autumn Leaves. The children will meet Stick Man who wants to tell them all about what happens some trees in autumn. The children will be going on a leaf hunt to find leaves of different colours and shapes. Then they will to create their own pictures using leaves and other natural materials. We will also have a go at creating some land art. There will be a leafy story and song time at the end.

Doggy Days and Weekends

Every Monday is Doggy Day at the Garden, bring your pet pooch for a lovely walk around our beautiful Garden.
Our next Doggy Weekends are on:
November 17-18
December 22-23
January 5-6
February 9-10
March 16-17
April 6-7
The Garden’s Doggy Day rules urge all owners to be responsible and clean up after your dog, and keep you dogs on a non-extendable lead at all times.