Autumn Event 19th September 2021

Live music from local musicians, children’s wildlife activities, Storytelling, 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 19 September 2021 from 11am – 3pm. Our family friendly ‘green’ fete will celebrate the Autumn harvest and provide an afternoon of family fun.

Performances include:

Black Adder Dance   Regular performers at our Autumn Event, Black Adder wear rag jackets and clogs. Their dancing style is lively and from the North West Morris tradition, which is why they wear the clogs, as was done in the mills of Lancashire. We are hoping BlackAdder will also be bringing their Maypole for the afternoon!

Members of Drumrockady will play Irish music – Pete Churchill accordion, Alice Hutchings fiddle and Belinda Hutchings flute and whistle.

Elle Carter-Knowles – singer

Birmingham Storytellers’ Studio. Terrific tales and stupendous stories for the young, the old, and the in-between! Regular performers at Martineau Gardens, the Tellers say: ‘we’re back to knock your socks off! We look forward to seeing your gleaming faces or masks ;o)    … ‘

Our thanks to all our musicians and performers who are giving their time for free in support of Martineau Gardens

Community stalls:

LaightNightKnits will be bringing a selection of her latest handmade crafts – likely to include knits, fibre arts, Doll House décor, kumihimo braids, willow obelisks and perhaps some very special locally-sourced Jacobs sheep yarn!

www.let-it-bee.co.uk: natural and sustainable products which harness the amazing power of local honey and beeswax. All hand and lip balms, soaps, candles and beeswax wraps are all lovingly handmade in small batches and bee-utifully packaged using 100% recyclable materials.

South Birmingham Tools for Africa : SBTA are returning to the Autumn Event –  a voluntary group that restores donated tools and equipment to put them in the hands of tradesmen and women in six African countries so that they can provide for their families. They also restore donated tools – especially gardening  tools – which are not required by the African projects and will be selling a selection of these tools, to support the projects. They are happy to recieve donations of gardening tools (non electrical) at The Autumn Event too.  

Bourn Beautiful Naturals  Local company Bourn Beautiful Naturals will be selling  their vegan handmade soaps and  plant-powered skincare range, suitable for all the family and ideal for sensitive and dry, itchy skin.

JennaCatton Illustrations –  When Jenna is not storytelling with the Storyteller’s Studios, she will be displaying and selling her beautiful illustrations from a stall nearby
Graham Langley will be running a stall with craft, books and … perhaps a pumpkin or two!
The craft cooperative – will be bringing a selection of crafts plus a surplus of crafty materials for you to pick up a bargain from to inspire your own craft projects.

Admission charge:

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 adults, £1 children. No concessions.  Tickets can be purchased on the gate. (There are no advance sales for this event, cash or card on the gate is welcomed.)

Come and support your local community garden!

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 blue cycle route (A38) – to plan your journey by bike, click here.

Save the date – more details soon!