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Newsletter – 30th October 2018


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Wizards and Witches Half Term Fun

There’s a magical week of fun and games and spells and owls at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this half-term.

The fun, family activities run every day until Sunday Nov 4th and offer visitors the chance to make their own magic wand, learn how to cast spells and meet ‘Margaret’, the amazing snowy owl.

All the action takes place in the British Bird of Prey Centre between 11am-3pm, 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.

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


Gift Fair

Do you need something for that difficult-to-buy-for friend or relative?

Then our Gift Fair on November 3rd and 4th might just be the answer.

There are stalls selling hand-dyed silks, handmade silver (and oak) jewellery, organic sheepskin and goatskin rugs, bird-tables, beauty care products, hand-crafted vintage lamps, gin, watercolour paintings, chutneys, curds and preserves. And much more!

Admission to the Garden is £10. Under 5s are free and parking is free for all. There is NO additional charge for admission to the Gift Fair.
The Garden is open from 10am to 4.30pm from the 1st of November.


The Sustainable Allotment Calendar: This Month on the Plot

Focus on starting from scratch to get you growing, whether breaking new ground for the first time or taking over an established site.

Out in the Garden you will assess the aspect and situation of former working plots, and analyse the soil conditions. Learn to identify weeds to watch and help clear the plots without the need for pesticide use.

Discuss why composting matters and explore the size and system that’s right for you.

This course takes place on Thursday 1st November, 10am-2pm. Booking is essential. Click here for more information. 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.


Willow course– Christmas Reindeer

Make your very own reindeer sculpture out of willow just in time to decorate your home for the festive season in this very popular course at The National Botanic Garden of Wales on Saturday 3rd Nov 10.30am-4.30pm.

The course tutor is Mel from

Booking is essential. For more information click here.


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.


Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking takes place in the Garden every Monday.

Adventure Walk 12.30pm – a social walk enjoying the beautiful surroundings & finishing with a cup of tea.

Wellbeing Walk 1.30pm – A gentle walk for those concerned about distance or pace.
There will be a new ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ 4 week course commencing on Monday 5th November at 12.30pm at the Garden.

Regular taster sessions and learn to Nordic Walk courses will help you learn how to Nordic Walk for fitness, weight loss, and fun.

For more information please contact Becki at Pilates in the Nordic on 07502 215827 or or visit their website.


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 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.

Next week’s activity, 7th of November is called ‘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.

Please note that due to it being half term this week there will be no Welly Wednesday.


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.