Summer Fun for Children July 9, 2012

Three new holiday clubs are coming to the Gardens’ this summer.  ‘Wild Things’  on selected days in August (10am—4pm) gives children aged eight to twelve years the chance to participate in wildlife activities. (Parental supervision is not required.) Or on the last three Fridays of August (11.30am—1pm), join the Femtinos (four little aliens visiting planet earth) for family sessions for children aged two to eleven. And finally, we’re delighted to announce that due to popular demand, a children’s Saturday morning pottery group is beginning. Read on to find out more:

Wild Things

Gill Preston, founder of Wild Things, is bringing a Summer Activities Club for 8 – 12 year olds to Martineau Gardens this August. Here, she explains the activities that she will be running at the Gardens this summer.

“Our clubs are a great way for children to have fun, exercise and meet new friends during the holidays. Your child’s enjoyment is our priority and we have a wide range of activities including pond dipping, bug hunts, bird watching and scarecrow making. All tempered by a variety of more calming arts and crafts in nature activities.”

Each day begins at 10am and ends at 4pm and the following dates are available throughout August. Alternatively you can book shorter sessions, on the same dates, 10am – 12 pm or 2pm – 4pm.

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd and 29th, 30th.

The cost per child per full  day is £25, (or £10 for shorter sessions) there are some concessions available, please contact Gill Preston for details. Parents / carers are not expected to stay at Martineau Gardens during the session.

Advance booking is essential.

Book your child’s place for a fun day in the beautiful setting of Martineau Gardens in the heart of Birmingham.

To Book

To book a place please call Gill Preston at Wild Things on 07772447452 or email

More Information …

For more information about Wildthings, and specific activities planned for each date, visit the web page at

The Femtinos

Join the Femtinos this summer holidays for some fun filled activities.  Inquisitive Explorers, who created the Femtinos, explains exactly who they are:

“Femtinos are four little aliens who have travelled across the universe and discovered planet Earth. Each week they explore different topics and learn something new and exciting.”


Friday 17 August, 11:30 to 1pm, Trees & Leaves Workshops

Have fun compiling some information for the aliens about the different types of trees at the Gardens. Find out if there is a relationship between how wide a tree trunk is and the size and shape of its leaves!

Friday 24 August, 11:30 to 1pm, Nests & Feathers

The Femtinos find the bird creatures of Planet Earth fascinating. Help the aliens compile a record of all the lovely birds we see in the gardens and create some colourful collages with feathers and craft materials.

Friday 31st August, 11:30 to 1pm, Treasure Hunt

The aliens have hidden letters around the gardens. Work in teams to explore what the gardens have to offer and see if you can find all the hidden clues. Also have fun designing your own treasure map and clues.

Please note:

Inquisitive Explorers Ltd reserves the right to alter the contents of the workshops in the event of bad weather. Please ensure children are appropriately dressed for the outdoors. Advance booking is essential.

To Book

Places are limited, advance booking essential at

Femtinos at Martineau Gardens, suitable for 2 – 11s, parental/guardian supervision required. Cost is £4 per child.

Saturday Morning Children’s Pottery

A children’s pottery group is running for six weeks at Martineau Gardens. This will be an opportunity for your child to learn basic pottery skills, under the direction of Linda Harvey (session leader at the Martineau Gardens’ events). Linda says, “I’ll be encouraging the children to express their own enthusiasm and ideas in what will be a very relaxed environment.”

There will be two one-hour sessions each Saturday, 10.30am – 11.30am and 12noon – 1pm, on the following dates: Sat 28 July, 4 August, 11 August, 18 August, 25 August, 1 September. The cost per child, per hours is £5; all age groups are welcome. Parents / guardians should stay at Martineau Gardens during the sessions, where we’re sure you’ll enjoy the therapeutic surroundings. Parents of under 5s will need to stay with their children in the studio and will be given an opportunity to enjoy it as much as the children do. Advance booking essential.


Please book direct with pottery group organiser Linda Harvey on 0758 1783652 or e-mail Linda says, “If your child has particular needs, please do not hesitate to inform me – I will do my best to meet their needs”.

The information above is correct at time of publication, but for latest details, please check with the organisers direct.

Martineau Gardens will continue to be open to the public, as usual, throughout August (except Sundays and the bank holiday on Monday 27 August). For full details of Martineau Gardens’ opening times, click here.