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Newsletter 3 January 2019


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Get Fit – For FREE!

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas has taken its toll?

Well, it is a new year and maybe time to shape up. So why not crack on with those new year resolutions and burn some unwanted calories against the stunning backdrop of 568 acres of National Botanic Garden?

We have created a series of trails around the Garden – some on flat paths to suit strollers, pushchairs and wheelchairs; and some more rugged, off-road routes around the estate.

And, if you can get to the Garden Monday-to-Friday in January, admission is completely FREE.

What better way to try out your new fitness gadget, dig out and dust off that FitBit you were given last Christmas and clock up a serious number of steps?

The various trails are clearly way-marked and there’s a free map to accompany you on your journey – the map is also downloadable if you want to check it out pre-visit.

And each route has a ‘cupcake’ rating that indicates the degree of difficulty.

So, whether you are planning a buggy boot camp, have a walking group in search of a new venue or you belong to a fitness group in need of a change of scene, this will fit like your favourite trainers.


Woodcraft Weekend


Wood-turners, lovespoon-carvers, stick-makers, power tools and pyrography are just some of the attractions gathering together  for a weekend of demonstrations and displays – on Saturday and Sunday January 12-13.

There’s plenty to see and do over the Garden’s Woodcraft Weekend, including –  pyrography demonstrations and children’s workshops by the international pyrography artist, Bob Neill.

There are also demonstrations and displays of powertools and woodturning products, by the likes of Blacksmith Nic Westermann, Isca Timber and local wood-working clubs.

The Garden’s popular Woodcraft Weekend runs from 10am-4.30pm both days and admission is just £4 per person.

For more information about this and other Garden events email or call 01558 667149.


Food Fair

There’ll be mouth-watering array of food and drink from some of the best Welsh producers in Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse on Saturday and Sunday, January 19-20.

There’s no better way to cheer up the very long, grey month of January than a food fair.  And this will be a very tasty affair with lots to choose from – like The producers of the Best Wine in Wales – Llaethliw Vineyard, the perfect tonic of a range of flavoured gins, meat, vegan food, vegetarian options and gluten free, too.

Whether you have a thing for fudge, cheese, cider, charcuterie or liqueurs, this will be the place to be.
Garden admission is just £4. The gates open at 10am and close again at 4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm). There’s no additional charge for the Food Fair and there is plenty of free parking for everyone.

For more information about this and other Garden events, email or call 01558 667149.


Antiques Fair Weekend

A vast cornucopia of curios and collectables is set to transform the National Botanic Garden of Wales – as the Derwen Antiques Fair prepares to return.

Antiques, collectables, retro and vintage will take centre stage among the rare and endangered blooms here on Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th of January.

The Derwen Fairs flagship event has increased from just 23 stalls in the early days, to more than 100 dotted around the site including Theatr Botanica, the Garden Marquee and the impressive Regency-era Principality House.


The Garden and the fair are open from 10am to 4.30pm (last entry is 3.30pm). Admission to the Garden is only £4, with free parking.

For more information about this event and other Garden events, call 01558 667149 or email

For more info about Derwen Antiques, visit



Inspirational Women of Horticulture


On three Friday lunchtimes in January, Growing the Future will be hosting a series of talks starring inspirational women in horticulture, covering aspects such as their career journeys and horticultural interests.

Learn more on the scientific research and horticultural developments within the Botanic Garden too with introductory talks by Garden PhD Researchers and Horticulturist.  Enjoy this FREE series while also taking advantage of FREE Garden entry during weekdays in January.

On January 11 at 12pm the talk will be ‘From Kew Gardens to Gardeners’ World – my life in horticulture’ by Miranda Janatka.

For more information click here. To book your place, please visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.


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 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:


Doggy Days and Weekends

Every Monday and Friday is Doggy Day at the Garden. Bring your pet pooch for a lovely walk around our beautiful Garden.

Our next Doggy Weekends are on:
January 5-6
January 26-27
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.