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Sustainable Christmas

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We are having a very Merry and Sustainable Christmas at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

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

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 Food Fair

Indulge yourself in some seasonal Christmas treats at the National Botanic Garden’s popular Christmas Food Fair weekend on December 15 & 16.

The stunning Great Glasshouse is the venue for this celebration of local food and drink and there is certainly something for everyone among the festive offerings in the largest single-span glasshouse on the planet. There will also be music playing within the Glasshouse to get you in the Festive spirit!

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.

 

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 12
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 15
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

Traditional Willow Wreath Workshop
Bring a bit of the outside in this Christmas with help from the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Come and make a traditional wreath or ring as a festive decoration for a door or table centerpiece.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/traditional-willow-wreath-workshop-gweithdy-torch-helyg-traddodiadol-tickets-52811703226

December 16
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

Traditional Willow Wreath Workshop
Bring a bit of the outside in this Christmas with help from the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Come and make a traditional wreath or ring as a festive decoration for a door or table centerpiece.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/traditional-willow-wreath-workshop-gweithdy-torch-helyg-traddodiadol-tickets-52811703226

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 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 15 & 16.
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 The Last Quest at 11.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday – December 15 & 16.
Cast out from Paradise Gardens, a brave band of heroes must journey through space wormholes on a raucous quest to find a new home.  Tested by trickery, facing daring duels and dancing dust zombies, will they find their way their way to the mythical world they seek?

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

 

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

 

Carols in the Garden

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Carolau yn yr Ardd event – planned for the evening of Wednesday 12 December – has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.