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Our friends at Martineau Gardens are running their Autumn Event this Sunday 25th. Always a treat to experience this beautiful garden in its autumnal beauty and enjoy some seasonal produces and activities! ...
Martineau Gardens Autumn Event
September 25, 2016, 11:00am - September 25, 2016, 3:00pm
Apple pressing, seasonal produce, children’s wildlife activities and live music from local bands are some of the treats in store for visitors to Martineau Gardens’ annual Autumn Event on Sunday 25 September 2016 from 11am – 3pm. Our family friendly ‘green’ fete will celebrate the Autumn harvest and provide an afternoon of family fun.
New for this year – Studio Talks! See below
Live Music - Enjoy live performances from local musicians.
12.30 Black Adder Morris dance workshop in the Courtyard
1.00 Carlo Mahalo and the G Strings in the Marquee
2.00 East by South East in the Marquee
Apples from local orchards will be pressed during the event with a traditional wooden press, to produce delicious juice for you to taste.
Home made salads, sandwiches and cakes, will be served from the Pavilion
The Garden’s seasonal harvest will be for sale including home-made jams, freshly-cut vegetables and honey made by local bees (subject to availability)! There will be delicious home-made cakes, salads and sandwiches and other refreshments on sale inspired by the garden harvest.
Fun for children: The Gardens are an oasis for wildlife and a place for children to get close to nature.
Juliette Green will be running a series of activities for children with a wildlife theme, pond-dipping, minibeasts hunting in the woodland and signs of Autumn activities. Look out for the poster on the day for more details.
Crafty Kids with Kika will be here – she’ll be providing a crafty activity to make stick creatures, pop in to the Green Gazebo to find her!
The Shipwreck play area is a popular spot for picnicking and play.
You’ve heard of the Ted Talks? Well come and listen to people passionate about their topic:
11.10 to 11.30 Jan Tchamani: writing groups, organisation and inspiration
11.30 to 11.50 Michael Burnett: the refurbishment with reference to carbon emissions and air quality
11.50 to 12.10 Birmingham Friends of the Earth: climate change and our divestment campaign.
12.10 to 12.30 Ron Rock:Bumble Bee Conservation
Local community groups and individuals will be running stalls including Birmingham Friends of the Earth, the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust, Gales Honey, Suburban Plants, RSPB, Qi Energy, Sara’s Parlour Face Painting and more.
Gardening, Plants and Produce
Gardeners will enjoy the opportunity to stock up on Martineau Gardens autumn plants, compost and there will be expert gardeners on hand to deal with any gardening queries. There’s a garden workshop planned.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics, but there will be delicious home-made cakes, salads and sandwiches and other refreshments on sale in the Pavilion.
The Gardens, though only two miles from Birmingham city centre are a green oasis that is teeming with wildlife. There’s plenty to enjoy, including woodland, glass houses, formal gardens, an orchard, vegetable plots, wildflower meadows and a ‘Shipwreck’ children’s play area.
Martineau Gardens are open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm and are free entry except on Event Days. Admission fee for the Autumn Event is £3, concessions £1, families £6 and free to Friends.
Come and support your local community garden!
To find out more about becoming a Friend, click here.
Travelling to the Autumn Event:
Parking on site for this event, is reserved for disabled parking and our performers. Additional parking for this event is opposite the Gardens, at the Priory Hospital (Priory Road), by kind permission of the hospital. Follow the signs and drive to the rear of the hospital where you will find a spacious car park.
We recommend that you consider the green option and travel by public transport to the event. Martineau Gardens is well served by buses. The nearest bus routes are Priory Road: 1; Bristol Road: 61, 63, X64 ; Pershore Road: 45, 47 . To plan your journey by public transport, visit www.traveline.info and use the Martineau Gardens’ postcode, B5 7UG.