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Half Term Family Friendly Activites

Drop-in activities for young ones and their grown ups.

Monday to Friday , 12 – 3pm
Simple autumn themed craft makes every day. Bat mobiles, leaf crowns, pine cone bird feeders. Outdoor and undercover activities; make fresh apple juice with our apple press, dig up the last of the potatoes, add to our leafy – land art tree. Ideal for children over 4, but family groups welcome.

£2 per person – everyone over 5 years old. Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders

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Kale

This week I planted out 40 Kale plants in the Batty Langley vegetable garden that have been quietly growing along in the greenhouse since September. We are trying three varieties, ‘Red Russian’, ‘Cavolo Nero’ and ‘Borecole – Green Curled Dwarf’.

Kale does well over the colder months, so will hopefully add some interest in the garden over the following darker months. As pigeons take a fancy to stripping the foliage off plants in the Brassica family, the precaution of placing net over the kale plants has been necessary to stop them becoming just tattered stems!

I have used two beds to grow the kale in, with 20 plants in each one, and to create a neat formal look the use of a tape measure was implemented to ensure even spacing.

The botanical name for kale is Brassica oleracea var. acephala, ‘Brassica’ being the genus consisting of cabbages, ‘oleracea’ meaning that the plant can be used as a vegetable and ‘acephala’ meaning ‘without a head’, i.e that the plant is loose leafed rather than with a head as many cultivated cabbages have. Kale has a long history as a food crop, being one of the most important green vegetables in Europe up until the end of the Middle Ages.

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Half Term Family Friendly Activites

Drop-in activities for young ones and their grown ups.

Monday to Friday , 12 – 3pm
Simple autumn themed craft makes every day. Bat mobiles, leaf crowns, pine cone bird feeders. Outdoor and undercover activities; make fresh apple juice with our apple press, dig up the last of the potatoes, add to our leafy – land art tree. Ideal for children over 4, but family groups welcome.

£2 per person – everyone over 5 years old. Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders

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Half Term Family Friendly Activites

Drop-in activities for young ones and their grown ups.

Monday to Friday , 12 – 3pm
Simple autumn themed craft makes every day. Bat mobiles, leaf crowns, pine cone bird feeders. Outdoor and undercover activities; make fresh apple juice with our apple press, dig up the last of the potatoes, add to our leafy – land art tree. Ideal for children over 4, but family groups welcome.

£2 per person – everyone over 5 years old. Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders

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Half Term Family Friendly Activites

Drop-in activities for young ones and their grown ups.

Monday to Friday , 12 – 3pm
Simple autumn themed craft makes every day. Bat mobiles, leaf crowns, pine cone bird feeders. Outdoor and undercover activities; make fresh apple juice with our apple press, dig up the last of the potatoes, add to our leafy – land art tree. Ideal for children over 4, but family groups welcome.

£2 per person – everyone over 5 years old. Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders

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Half Term Family Friendly Activites

Drop-in activities for young ones and their grown ups.

Monday to Friday , 12 – 3pm
Simple autumn themed craft makes every day. Bat mobiles, leaf crowns, pine cone bird feeders. Outdoor and undercover activities; make fresh apple juice with our apple press, dig up the last of the potatoes, add to our leafy – land art tree. Ideal for children over 4, but family groups welcome.

£2 per person – everyone over 5 years old. Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders

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Half Term Family Friendly Activites

Drop-in activities for young ones and their grown ups.

Monday to Friday , 12 – 3pm
Simple autumn themed craft makes every day. Bat mobiles, leaf crowns, pine cone bird feeders. Outdoor and undercover activities; make fresh apple juice with our apple press, dig up the last of the potatoes, add to our leafy – land art tree. Ideal for children over 4, but family groups welcome.

£2 per person – everyone over 5 years old. Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders

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Free lantern making workshops

Help make our enchanted mushroom lantern village for christmas in the Gardens.

We’re working with artist Sophie Handy to make 100 little mushroom houses from willow and tissue paper. A great family, club or class event. These workshops are free.

Your creations will go into the Gardens to help make a magical, illuminated woodland walk ready for our weekends before christmas 

and the big Community Lantern Parade. ‘Mushroom makers’ who help on these days will get free refreshments on the day and, as a thank you, a token for free hot chocolate and marshmallows in our Community Lantern Parade on 16th Dec.

It takes about 2-3 hours to make the lanterns, and its probably best for children over 7 years old.

November 10th (12-5pm) and Saturday 11th (10- 4pm)

Pop in on the days .. or contact us here for more info

SEE here for details of the events lantern parades, woodland walks and entertainment

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Autumn Harvest: Apples, Potatoes, Vegetables

A day to celebrate all the good things nature has brought us…
Apples, veg and potato displays, excellent food, cake and bread sales, cob-oven cooking, foraging walks, storytelling from the Green Man, dancing with the Glorishears of Brummagem Molly Dancers, snap apple, apple printing and other family craft activities.

Bring a bottle to fill with your own juiced apples. Bring any apples from your own trees or have harvested from trees on common land.
A day of sharing, swopping recipes, sharing cooking secrets and making. 

Our apple harvest hasnt been great this year, but there is still plenty on common land trees. You are welcome to bring apples to share or to crush and take home in your own bottles…
(we cant guarantee your success, but lets have a go)


Join Dr Rob Tilling for a foraging walk around and outside the Gardens and outside the walls (1.30 ish for 40mins).
Food from Change Kitchen, our local jam and cake wizards and more.

Normal entry prices

(RHS and Garden Members £3.50)

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Draw the Gardens.. relaxed drawing sessions

Like to draw? Join us for our new monthly relaxed drawing sessions with our artists in residence.

From 1.30 -3.30, on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, artists from the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists will be in the Gardens drawing and recording our lovely plants.

Anyone can join them for a no hassle, not pressure drawing session – whatever your ability.

As the seasons progress BSBA will record the life cycle of our plants… why not come and have a go yourself. They will be pleased to advise and support… or just leave you to your own devices.

Bring your own materials or take advantage of some basic pen and paper we’ll provide.

Normal entry fees apply but materials and support are free

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