Live music from local musicians, children’s wildlife activities, the Stick Man trail, seasonal produce sales and gardening inspiration are some of the treats in store for visitors to Martineau Gardens’ annual Autumn Event on Sunday 22 September 2019 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, we are enormously grateful to the following who will be performing for us: Black Adder Morris, The Cafe Band, Moseley Village Band and Ingrid’s Accordion band
Stalls and activities
Local community groups and organisations will be running stalls and activities including the Martineau Gardens plants and produce stall, the Beekeepers stall, Tools for Africa, the Craft Cooperative, TCV will be inviting you to sow winter beans and peas, Suburban Plants will bringing a gorgeous selection of autumn plants, there will be pop-up potato jousting, and demonstrations of seasonal cooking using the Earth Oven in our outdoor kitchen.
Meet the beekeepers, with demonstration hive and find out how bees pollinate our crops – Martineau Gardens’ new harvest of honey will be on sale.
Enjoy listening to storytelling with the Storyteller’s Studio.
Fun for children
The Gardens are an oasis for wildlife and a place for children to get close to nature. The Shipwreck play area is a popular spot for picnicking and play.
Juliette Green (the Gardens’ environmental education officer) will be running wildlife activities for children including pond dipping and a minibeast hunt.
The self-guided Stick Man trail will be running, ideal for three to seven year olds, look for Stick Man Boards around the Gardens and claim a Stick Man Trail Certificate for completing the trail. (In addition to the trail, activity packs available for purchase at £2.50 plus Stick Man toys.)
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.
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.
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 £4, concessions £2 and free to Friends.
Come and support your local community garden!
Get in to the special event for free by 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: 61, 63; Pershore Road: 45, 47 . To plan your journey by public transport, visit www.traveline.info and use the Martineau Gardens’ postcode, B5 7UG.
Travelling by bike? We have a large covered bike shelter – Martineau Gardens is just 5 minutes cycle ride from the new blue cycle route (A38) – to plan your journey by bike, click here.