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 24 September 2017 from 11am – 3pm. Our family friendly ‘green’ fete will celebrate the Autumn harvest and provide an afternoon of family fun.
Enjoy live performances from local musicians – including Black Adder Morris Dancers, East by South East, Folk Tone, Ingrid’s Accordions and Raggle Taggle.
Apples from the Martineau Gardens orchard (grapes too if they are ripe) will be pressed during the event with a traditional wooden press, to produce delicious juice for you to taste.
Homemade cakes and seasonal produce
The Gardens’ seasonal harvest will be for sale including home-made jams and freshly-cut vegetables. 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. Activities for children include an Autumn trail and leaf rubbing art. The Shipwreck play area is a popular spot for picnicking and play.
Local community groups and organisations will be running stalls, including the Craft Co-Op and Suburban Garden
The RSPB will be present, running a ‘make your own dragonfly’ activity.
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.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics, but there will be delicious home-made cakes, salads and sandwiches and other refreshments on sale near 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:
There is a small car park at the Gardens, reserved for disabled parking. Public parking for the event will be at the Priory Hospital, opposite, by kind permission of the hospital. Please park at the rear of the Hospital (follow the signs) and allow yourself five minutes walk to get back to Martineau Gardens.
Martineau Gardens is well served by buses. The nearest bus routes are Priory Road: 1; Bristol Road: X61, 63, 64 ; Pershore Road: 45, 47 . To plan your journey by public transport, visit www.traveline.info and use the Martineau Gardens’ postcode, B5 7UG. Please be aware that their are road closures in place for the Velo Birmingham bike ride event that could impact on your travel arrangements – click here for more information