Wales Fungus Day 2019

  • Sunday 13 October 2019
  • 10am to 4pm
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Wales Fungus Day

October 13th promises to be a fung-tastic day at the National Botanic Garden of Wales’ 8th annual Wales Fungus Day. A venue that knows how to put the fun into fungi, visitors will find a mix of science, fun, art and magic here that will appeal to anyone curious about the strange but fascinating kingdom of fungi.

With a fab programme guided walks, visitors to Wales Fungus Day can pick up some handy basic identification techniques and find out how to grow and conserve fungi.

There’ll be an array of trade and activity stalls in the Botanic Garden’s iconic Great Glasshouse, including woodworkers, crafters, and mushroom activities for all – which shouldn’t take up too ‘mushroom’ in the world’s largest single-span glasshouse! Outdoors, the Garden is a great place to come and look for wild fungi, and you’ll find all types of mushroom-friendly habitat here – woods, fields, lawns and flower beds. There’s even a meadow that has an internationally important collection of multi-coloured waxcap fungi.

Younger visitors will love the fungi face painting, wooden toadstool making and fungi themed activities throughout the day. They’ll also have the chance to explore the fungi-rich Fairy Wood where they can look for signs of domestic fairy life and post a letter to the fairies in the fairy village.  Ballet lovers will also enjoy fairy and fungi inspired performances by Llangain Youth Ballet and there’s free Garden entry to anyone dressed as a fairy or elf to this magical day!

The event includes:

  • Guided walks and talks about fungi in meadows, flower beds, lawns and woods
  • Tony’s Table– a cornucopia of fresh fungal fruiting bodies
  • Learn how to make your own fungarium
  • Find out how to grow your own mushrooms
  • Fungi and fairy-inspired ballet with Llangain Youth Ballet
  • Look for signs of fairies deep within our fungi-rich Fairy Wood and post a letter to the fairies in the fairy village
  • Displays of fungi-inspired textiles, art and illustrations
  • Lots of fungi and fairy-inspired family activities
  • Stalls selling fairy and fungi bits and bobs

 Guided Walks 

10.30-11.30am: Experimental mycologist Hywel Evans fungi tour will show you how fungi reproduce

12-1pm: Join Emma Williams for a fungi identification walk around the Garden

1.30-2.30pm: Come and help Bruce Langridge and Ray Woods carry out a waxcap fungi relocation experiment

3-3.45: Manon Williams will introduce you to some of the Botanic Garden’s wonderful lichens

All walks start from the western entrance of the Great Glasshouse.

Llangain Ballet Performances in Theatr Botanica

1.30-2pm / 2.15-2.45pm / 3-3.30pm

All ballet performances are free with entry but to help us to control numbers, please collect a ticket for your preferred performance time from the foyer of the Theatr Botanica. 

Wales Fungus Day is part of the Growing the Future project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

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.