Tag: gardens

Family Fun Day

Fun for all the family together. Traditional games on the lawn: sack races, egg and spoon races, hook a duck, face painting, explore the maze, bric-a-brac, treasure hunts, RSPB, songs, dances etc.

In conjunction with Castle Bromwich branch of the U3A (University of the Third Age) – Big Thanks!

Cafe and shop open. Picnics welcome

  • All tickets  £2  (under 4s free)
  • £8 for a family day ticket (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults)
  • Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults, including named cardholder). Pass costs £40 and lasts 12 months.

Rare Plants Fair

Another visit from some wonderful independent nurseries.

The Rare Plants Fair is organised by Teresa and Ian Moss who have taken the brand into its 23rd season. The seek out the best sources of plants from the many specialist growers and nurseries around the country. Many are based in remote locations, or may not be open regularly (or at all) to the public at their home sites. So the Rare Plant Fairs gather these together and decamp to beautiful gardens for a day of pleasurable buying, and drooling, over plants, grown with love.

We count ourselves blessed to be able to welcome the Fair again this year. Although we have struggled been without a professional Gardener in post for the last few months, our volunteers have been working overtime (if that is an appropriate category for volunteers) to get the Gardens ready for our fellow nursery friends.

Normal entry fees to the Gardens and the chance to buy some amazing well grown and unusual plants…Cafe and shop open as usual.

For a full list of visiting nurseries see here http://www.rareplantfair.co.uk/our-fairs/2017-castle-bromwich-hall-gardens/


a Get Wild afternoon…

We’re joining in with the RSPBs Big Wild Sleepout  this weekend and staying open later than usual

Visit us on Saturday afternoon to get ready for your own overnight adventure. Join in the activities all afternoon from 3pm to 6pm (entry to the Gardens for this event is £2 for everyone over 5 years old.)

The RSPBs Big Wild Sleepout is encouraging us all to go on a wild adventure and find out about night time nature.

Whether you are part of the Wild Challenge, or just want to learn more about nature, come along for these free activities for all the family.

BrumBats, RSPB, Birmingham Astronomy Society and others will be leading drop in activities all afternoon. Among the activities are:

  • Find out about bats and how to spot them
  • Make a wild animal tracker
  • Build a hedgehog tunnel, to see if you have any in your garden.
  • Have a (safe) close up look at the Sun

Spend the afternoon with us and prepare for your own night time garden spotting.

Want to know more about the Wild Challenge? Go here to get ideas and free resources https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/kids-and-schools/kids-at-school/wild-challenge/

The 211th Scout group will be taking over the site in the evening for an onsite sleepover (sorry all places are now full)



National Gardens Scheme: Charity Activity Day

Saturday July 8th 12:30 – 4:30

Our multiple charity day: You give – we give away.
Lots of goodies to sample or take part in, including :

  • Change Kitchen doing a pop-up of vegan and veggie food,
  • Our friend Trevor from Hosta Groundcare will lead our popular- Summer Baskets Workshop (£20).
  • And, to celebrate Wimbledon; Some informal coaching from Pype Hayes tennis club coaches and a spot of croquet on the lawn too.

Join in and make a difference to one of the many nursing charities supported by the National Gardens Scheme
Usual Entry prices
We will be donating to the NGS National Charities
To find out what these are visit the NGS site HERE


Pop-up cafe with music on the Lawn

Relaxed afternoons in the Gardens … a little time to ‘take time for me’. a pop-up cafe from local, artisan and quality food businesses and some live music to chill out

This month we are delighted to welcome the award winning Indian takeaway specialists ‘Chutney Express‘.
Based in Castle Bromwich, they have in just four years been crowned King of Curries in the West Midlands and been national finalists twice for the national Curry awards.

Meet them and try some of their yummy food in our relaxed pop-up cafe.
Dave – who is also one of our Garden guides, will be providing some gentle background guitar music too.
Good prices, good food and good company .
Usual Garden entry prices 


Invasion of the Giant Flowers – half term activities

Did you shrink or did the flowers just grow?

Wander amongst our beautiful towering plants over 4 metres tall – they’re crocheted!

This May half term join in the festival atmosphere with our Alice in Wonderland sized installation… All week from Bank Holiday Monday (29th May) through to Friday (June 2nd) we’ll also running family friendly activities around our flower theme.

Add a pompom flower to our woolly field and make some pom pom bees to fly amongst them.

Help us build giant bug hotel and learn how to make your own mini-beastie hotel at home. And why not construct a giant birds nest for the little ones to snuggle up in.

Little green fingers can also help us plant up our Jack and the Giant Beanstalk runner bean tunnel… plant now and come back to play in the tunnel over summer.

The giant flowers are here all week and weekend, the family activities are Monday to Friday.

Family Friendly sessions + entry to the Gardens £2 (for anyone over 5 years old)

Family Activities Annual Pass holders: FREE

NB Normal entry prices for non-family groups


Family Activities 12- 3pm Monday to Friday

Gardens open Saturday 27th – Sunday 4th