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Newsletter November 7 2018


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Christmas at the Garden

The Garden will host a selection of events this December to get you in the festive spirit!

On December 8th and 9th the Garden’s popular Christmas Craft Fair returns and is offering something for everyone looking to buy that perfect last-minute gift. From handmade scented candles and bath bombs, and handmade jewellery to homewares and glasswork items!

On December 15th and 16th indulge yourself in some seasonal Christmas treats at the National Botanic Garden’s popular Christmas Food Fair. There’ll be lots of tasty treats on offer which includes luxury cakes by The Apprentice winner – Alana Spencer, cheese, chocolate and chutney, honey, baked goods and cider, smoked meats and coffee, and many more festive treats!

There will also be daily British Birds of Prey displays and a panto to get you into the festive spirit throughout both weekends!

This Christmas we’ll also be offering Christmas dinner at the Garden. The Christmas menu begins on Monday 3rd December and will run until Sunday 23rd December. All deposits and enquiries need to go to Catering on 01558 667141 or
The Garden is open 10am-4.30pm with last entry at 3.30pm. For more information about this and other Garden events, email, call 01558 667149 or visit


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 £38.

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


Stained Glass Taster Weekend

Discover the techniques and processes involved in making a leaded stained glass panel here at The National Botanic Garden of Wales on 10th and 11th November 10.30am-4.30pm.

Learn how to cut glass to one of our tried and tested patterns on the first day. Then lead and solder the panel to take home on the second day.

Important safety information:

The art of stained glass uses sharp glass, chemicals and lead – please be aware that the course is NOT suitable for children under 16 years of age or if you are pregnant.

Our courses are intensive – if you have any health concerns, problems with balance, standing/sitting for long periods, or are affected by poor grip, please contact us before booking to discuss your needs.

You MUST wear sensible shoes when working with glass – no open toes, sandals, flip flops etc. We reserve the right to ask a student to leave the class if correct attire is not worn, and/or if safety information is not adhered to. No refund will be given in this instance.

Tuition, safety equipment and tools are all provided, however it is wise to bring your own apron and wear old clothes.

All classes are suitable for absolute beginners.

For more information click here. Booking is essential – 01558667150.


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, 14th November is called  ‘Good night Hedgehog’.  The children will  meet a very sleepy hedgehog and find out more about him. They will help him to make a safe place to hibernate for the winter and also feed him up before he goes to sleep.  The children will also make their own hedgehog out of clay to take home.


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.


Growing the Future

Are you interested in sowing, growing, wildlife gardening or bee-keeping? Want to learn how to identify plants? Or how to improve your soil? You can do ALL of these on our fabulous Growing The Future courses. For more information on our website, or sign up to our weekly Growing The Future newsletter here.